NPR: How the Instant Pot Became So Popular

Image Credit: Grace Hwang Lynch You’ve heard about the Instant Pot, haven’t you? The past few months, the thing has been popping up all over my social media feeds. Different groups of friends who don’t even know each other were posting about it ....more

Maxine Hong Kingston 40 Years After The Woman Warrior

When I heard that author and columnist Vanessa Hua was hosting a discussion with Maxine Hong Kingston in honor of the 40th anniversary of The Woman Warrior, I had to go. Chatting with Maxine Hong Kingston at the Women’s National Book Association event in San Francisco As I’ve mentioned before, I had the privilege of taking a creative writing workshop with Maxine Hong Kingston when I was an undergrad at Berkeley. Six years ago, I had the chance to meet her again when she was reading from her book I Love a Broad Margin to My Life and had a chance to tell her how much that class meant to me and was inspiring me to get back into my personal writing after years of not really pursuing it ....more

Open a ScholarShare Account on December 9 and Get $50 Holiday Match

This post is made possible by our partners at ScholarShare California’s 529 program ScholarShare Holiday Match promotion The other night I overheard a conversation between my two kids as they were getting ready for bed.“What do you want for Christmas?” Little Brother asked Big Brother. “I want a drum set, a bike, ear buds…” “Probably just money for college,” Big Brother replied. I nearly choked on my toothpaste ....more

Same Family, Different Colors Book Review and Giveaway

Image Credit: Beacon Press You may remember that I posted a while back a call for people to be interviewed for a book about how skin color affects families. Well, that book is now out! Same Family, Different Colors...more

Where Do We Go From Here?

Me and the family, in front of the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. The kids were a little smaller then. I had a feeling this was going to happen. Because I have heard it brewing ....more

Water Bottle Flipping? There’s Worse Things They Could Be Doing

Image Credit: John Loo via Flickr Thunk! Thunk! Thunk! ...more

Taiwanese Style Zucchini Noodle Stir-Fry

I’ve written about zucchini noodles before and how they’re one of my four top ways to sneak a few extra veggies into your diet. I’ve experimented with “zoodles”, as some people like to call them, and here is one of my favorite one pot ways too cook them… in a Taiwanese style stir-fry! My tool of choice is the Paderno Spiralizer...more

Making Green Screen Videos for Star Wars #GoRogue Contest

My kids had Fall Break this week, which often means we are looking for something to do. Luckily, we received a pack of the new Disney Store Elite Series action figures for #ForceFriday. These are the new characters from the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which will be released on December 16 ....more

Talking With Grace Lin When the Sea Turned to Silver

I caught up with Grace Lin as she launched her new fantasy/folklore chapter book,...more

Center for Asian American Media: Asian Americans in Hollywood After #OscarsSoWhite

Oscars statues at Pixar headquarters, Image Credit: HapaMama I’ve been following the conversation about diversity (or lack of it) in Hollywood, and my latest piece is an article I wrote with Momo Chang for the Center for Asian American media, including interviews with April Reign, creator of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, actress Tamlyn Tomita, film executive Janet Yang, director Chris Tashima and others. It was an interesting peek into what has been going on behind the scenes… and also what they think still needs to happen for better AAPI representation in entertainment. Read the article Have Awards shows changed the way we view Asian Americans? ...more
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