Tag Archives: Asian

This father-son short film will make you cry

I made the mistake of watching this video at work, and let’s just say the “chopping onions” excuse doesn’t quite work very well in that environment. Below is a short film produced by Viddsee, which is an online media company that focuses on featuring short Asian films and making them accessible to the broader public outside of Asia. The YouTube channel also releases a short film every Thursday. It’s a pretty cool concept and I’m glad more films from Asia are getting the much deserved exposure.

Watch the very touching father-son story below:

What kind of sh*t do Asian girls say?

By now, you’ve probably seen the popular Sh*t Girls Say YouTube video that had girls confessing, “Oh my god, that’s so me!” and guys shaking their heads mumbling, “Story of my life.” I’ve seen spoof videos pop up and one of my favorites is the Sh*t Asian Girls Say version. Perhaps because I can totally see a lot of my Asian friends saying some of the quotes. And if I’m going to be really honest, the comment about bad driving hit really close to home. Watch below to see what I’m talking about:

Fobby history lesson: 4000 years in 3.5 minutes

I’ve always felt that my knowledge of Chinese history was pretty pathetic, especially considering I’m technically supposed to be a Chinese national with my Hong Kong passport.  And that’s why I especially loved this hilarious rap history lesson of the motherland.  I stumbled on it via 8asians, whom I totally agree with — this is way better than the lists of dynasties I had to memorize in middle school!

Stephenie Park – another Asian contestant to root for? Yes, please!

AbFob announcement: We’re stoked to announce our Guest Fobber series. Kicking it off is our first guest writer, Vicky Yue, a Taiwanese American blogger who’s ready to flash her fobulous V for Victory sign anytime, anywhere.  Vicky is a journalism grad from Northwestern and also writes for the popular Asian American magazine, Hyphen.  Welcome, Vicky!

Like many immigrants and 2nd gens, I grew up supporting pretty much anyone of Asian descent who showed up television. Tennis player Michael Chang. Gymnast Amy Chow. Any Asian on American Idol, regardless of actual talent. That Yan guy on Yan Can Cook. Broadcast journalist Connie Chung. And the list goes on.

Asians in America have a new girl to root for: Stephenie Park, an attorney from Chicago who is a contestant on new reality show America’s Next Great Restaurant. And—get this—she has a BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Harvard. She also did a two-year stint in the Peace Corps. If this Ivy Leaguer’s history of accomplishments is any indication of her over-achieving tendencies, then we are certainly in for a treat. (Pun!)

So her restaurant, Harvest Sol, originally called Compleat, is based around the idea of portion control and will feature Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Okay, so the menu isn’t exactly fobby, but healthy eating is pretty fobulous any way you look at it. I’ll definitely be watching on Sunday to see if Stephenie will be one step closer to achieving her restaurant dream.

Hey, you know you wanna cheer for the hometown girl!

Twitter hashtag #Asian is full of r-rated tweets

Our pal on Twitter shared an interesting fact about the #Asian tag. If you just take a look at 99 percent of the tweets under #Asian, you’ll see that most of them look pretty pornographic. But if you go to the #Black #AfricanAmerican #Mexican tags, you won’t find the same “phenomenon” over there. I’m gonna open this up to you readers — what do you think is going on? Is the model minority also the most sexualized ethnic group?

Fob revelation: Is my ethnicity a Halloween costume?

Happy Halloween, dear fans! I’m sure you’ve seen a plethora of crazy costumes this Halloween weekend.  But one costume that’s stirred a lot of debate among us AbFob bloggers is the “Asian” costume. I was at a bar on Friday night and saw a white dude dressed in a traditional Chinese silk shirt, with a hat/wig of a long, black braid of hair.  Then, he started doing an awkward karate-chop dance.

OK, that’s weird, I thought to myself.  Actually, no.  That is downright offensive.

But what if an Asian person wore his or her traditional dress for Halloween?  What if it was an Asian girl wearing a sexy geisha-inspired costume?  Is that different than if a white girl wore that same geisha costume?  At what point does the costume become a trivialization, and perhaps even ignorant mockery, of someone’s culture?

In Japan, black people are often exoticized on TV.  Often done for comedic effect, Japanese actors paint their face dark brown and perform in extremely stereotyped ways.  For most of us in the US, blackface depictions of African Americans, like the one below, are starkly offensive.

It’s a thin and ambiguous line to draw.  Perhaps the judgment call for this is similar to when Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart tried to define the difference between nudity and pornography — “You know it when you see it.”

My fobby flashback: Congee

So me and Emily are both home sick today with fevers.  Boo.  The weather in SF has been totally erratic, going from super cold last week to super hot this week.  And so it was time to make the ultimate comfort food for when you’re sick: Congee!

At home, we call it jook, the Cantonese word for rice porridge.  Made of boiled rice, congee has long been a favorite comfort food in many Asian cuisines because of its simple taste and stomach calming abilities.  Growing up, I especially loved it when I wasn’t feeling well.

Of course, really good congee is much more than just soupy boiled rice.  It’s all about the extras, such as salted egg, century egg, ginger, fish, pork blood (it’s actually quite good!), minced beef, the list goes on. . .

So next time you’re sick, do yourself a favor and make yourself a comforting bowl of congee. . . yum!

Special Announcement: AbFob gets press coverage!

We’ve got some exciting news to share with everyone.  Absolutely Fobulous just got its first piece of press coverage!  A couple months ago, a journalist from Mother Jones contacted us — she was writing a column piece on how blogs like ours are redefining the word “fob.”  Next thing you know, Absolutely Fobulous is in Mother Jones, one of our most admired publications!  Woohoo!

Check out the link here!

Fob revelation: Umbrellas are not beauty tools

Yes, you heard right my fellow fobs. People here do not use umbrellas, elbow-length gloves, or huge sun hats that block vision in order to stay fair. Instead, they buy fake tanners, roll around in the sun, and stare curiously at people who carry umbrellas on a sunny day.

My mom has always lectured me to put on sunscreen or cover up before I become *gasp* tanned. As a dutiful Asian daughter, I listened and I’m kind of glad I did. Protecting myself from the sun has saved my skin from its aging effects. But that’s just my own preference. I know my fellow fobbers Suzie and Amy do enjoy being tanned and actively seek the sun to maintain their luminous tan.

I could go into a detailed analysis of Asia’s traditional ideal of “white is beautiful” versus the Asian American “tanned is hot” preference…but I think I’ll leave that as food for thought for you guys.

This post was inspired by our favorite ramen skirt girl, Mai Truong. Here is a picture she took while in Hawaii.

Mai says:

“Every summer, hundreds of thousand of Japanese make their way down to the most isolated archipelago in the world to enjoy the beautiful beaches  and to soak up some sun…well minus the last part. Everywhere I turned I see ladies in floppy hats and arm warmers! I know how Asian adorn pale skin, but come on, you’re in Hawai’i! I had to take a picture and send it to you guys.”

Interested in reading more about the differing beauty ideals? Read about how 100 lbs is the ideal weight in Asia.

Alex Wong shows how Asian boys can break it down

Anyone who says Asians have no rhythm should eat their words after watching Alex Wong’s amazing performance in “So You Think You Can Dance.” The skilled dancer left the show recently due to an Achilles tendon injury. Formally trained as a ballet dancer, 23-year-old Wong pulls off hip hop moves with style and ease. I guess it helps that he’s really cute too!

(Thanks, Lu!)