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About This Blog

So why did I name this blog “Chinese or Japanese?” An excerpt from over 13 years ago from the first season of King of the Hill inspired me in naming this blog and was also the first time I began thinking about what it means to be Asian American. In the first season, in episode seven “Westie Side Story,” Hank Hill’s Laotian neighbor Khan Souphanousinphone moves to Arlington from his family. When Hank Hill and the neighborhood boys meet Khan, they find a little more about their new neighbor, the first thing Hank asks Khan is: “So are you Chinese or Japanese?”

As Khan goes on about his Laotian heritage, Hank Hill and company are puzzled about this mythical land called Laos, and ultimately lose interest after Khan’s rant only to ask Khan one more time “So are you Chinese or Japanese?”

Here’s a clip of the scene I dug up:

Still in middle school at the time, as funny as I found the clip, I began to think about what it means to be Asian American. Throughout high school, college, and my life I’ve been socially conscious of how race and ethnicity affects us as individuals as well as perceptions of Asians in the US.

Now in 2008, I’ve decided to compile my ideas and thoughts about being Asian American.

54 Comments on "About This Blog"

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  4. Hello Will,

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    As you may know, the Confucius Institute is a Chinese government-funded program that sends teachers around the world. The Chinese government pays these teachers and gives extra money to the schools that house them. These teachers then instruct their students in the Chinese language and culture.

    Some schools (like Stanford University) have refused to accept Confucius Institutes. They fear that these institutes might be a soft power ploy by the Chinese government. The Confucius Institutes have also been in the news lately because they are suspected of having discriminatory hiring practices for the teachers they send abroad.

    We would really like to have your opinions as we build this story. None of us have an Asian background, and we fear that because of that our story might be lacking in some areas. My team and I would be eternally grateful if you would check out our Facebook site and share your opinion of the materials that we have posted there. It would be great if your readers could contribute as well.

    We want to make sure that we do justice to this story. We would be grateful for your input.

    Stephanie Bronner
    Fusion Journalist at Western iMedia

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  6. I appreciate your lens about the Asian American experience. I manage a blog called SmartyGirl to empower Asian American Women as successful business women. Great job!

  7. Aina says:

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  8. Daren Yip says:

    Am an asian and I own a korean japanese chinese online shop. No matter chinese or japanese, my hair is black so am an asian

    http://www.mysecret-closet.com <—— be an asian and visit my shop 😀

  9. karen says:


    I am recruiting CHINESE-AMERICAN VOLUNTEERS for my dissertation research study.

    Participation will take about 1-hour of your time (fit around your schedule). You will be asked to complete questionnaires about your experiences as being both Chinese and American, and problem solving tasks.

    Do you meet these criteria:
    – Immigrated to the America before the age of 12 from Mainland China or Hong Kong?
    – Second-generation Chinese born in the United States with parents who immigrated from Mainland China or Hong Kong?

    If the answer is YES, I am very interested in hearing about your experiences as a bicultural person.

    As a token of my appreciation, you will receive a $10.00 gift card. If you are interested in participating in this study and want more information,
    please e-mail: bicultural.stress.study@gmail.com

  10. Hello,

    Today, Funny or Die.com will be featuring the comedy short, “Token” on their main page. Written by Kulap Vilaysack (The Office, The Sarah Silverman Program) & Kevin Seccia (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Premium Blend), it pairs Kulap & Brandon Johnson (HBO’s Funny or Die Presents, Get Him to the Greek) in a farce about needing to be the only minority in any room. “Token” is directed by Peter Atencio (The Rig,many FOD videos) and produced by Funny or Die.

    We are very happy with how the short came out and want to get as many eyes on it as possible. Please let us know if you like it… and if you post it on your blog… because it will make us feel very good about ourselves. How’s that for honesty?


    Best Regards,
    Kulap Vilaysack & Kevin Seccia
    Best Pals & Drinking Buddies

  11. Jasmine Ako says:

    Dear Chinese or Japanese,

    My name is Jasmine Ako and I am a staff writer and marketing representative from Mochi Magazine (www.mochimag.com), an online magazine geared towards empowering Asian American girls. We are currently working to promote our new Fall Influence issue, where we have interviewed a number of influential figures in the APA community such as Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang, entertainer Margaret Cho, author Chang Rae Lee, the Disgrasian cofounders, Step-Up director Jon Chu, among others. Would you be able to post about our issue on your blog to help us spread the word? We’d really appreciate your support!

    Thank you,

    Jasmine Ako
    Staff Writer & Marketing Representative
    Mochi Magazine
    808.741.5120 I jasmineako@mochimag.com

  12. Hi,

    I want to email you but can not find an email address?


  13. Tony Kim says:

    Love your site and thanks for all that you do for the AA community. I was wondering if you could post my audition reel for the upcoming documentary about the San Diego Comic Con that Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) is directing. There are hardly any Asians auditioning and I hope to represent. I could use some support from my brothas and sistas. Thanks for the consideration.


    More about the documentary: http://comic-con.morganspurlock.com/

    Thanks and keep up the great content!

  14. FowlKon says:

    Oh yeah, the 1969 MVP was a Filipino guy, Roman Gabriel

  15. Anonymous says:

    in 1969, the nfl’s mvp was a filipino guy. can’t remember his name.

  16. lee cervantes says:

    there was one asian player that was not mentioned, he is a filipino player that played for the nfl, in fact, he was the most valuable player, and his name is roman gabriel. his mother, an irish, she was 6-5 and his dad is a filipino, 5-6

  17. Courtney Lee says:

    Fill In Our Future; Second Chance to Make a Difference!

    Dear Chinese or Japanese.com,
    I would like to follow up with you again on Fill In Our Future. I know that you may have been very busy and wanted to post about this, which is why I’d like to follow up with you again on this worthy cause. It is critical to have the entire Asian American community participate in the 2010 Census. An accurate count can help us receive our share of over $400 billion in annual federal funds for services our community needs. Unfortunately, past decades have shown that Asian Americans are among the groups most likely to discard their Census forms. In an effort to gather the most accurate count of our community for this year’s Census, we would like to request your assistance, as an influential Asian American blogger, in raising awareness on this issue.

    Fill In Our Future is a campaign created by AAPI Action to promote and encourage the participation of the Asian American community in the 2010 Census. Our website, fillinourfuture.org, features frequently asked Census questions, in-language resources (in over 24 Asian languages), informational brochures, sample Census forms, in-language assistance guides, celebrity and community leader PSA’s (Public Service Announcements) and monthly contests and giveaways. The larger campaign also includes media and community outreach, workshops, a speaker’s bureau and training seminars.

    We ask you to please share this resource with your loyal readers. As the Asian American and Pacific Islander population continues to grow and change, the data from the Census will help leaders obtain the best services, resources, and programs to meet our community needs. Please utilize and share the following resource links with your readers: Website: http://www.fillinourfuture.org; Facebook Fan Page: http://bit.ly/FBFillInOurFuture; and Twitter: http://bit.ly/TwitFillInOurFuture.

    We appreciate your help, and look forward to your support.


    Courtney Lee

  18. …the only ASIAN starting quarterback in NFL history. (Oops)

  19. Hi, great stuff on here. There is one major omission from your list of Asian players in the NFL – Roman Gabriel, the best Asian player in the history of the league ever.

    Gabriel was the son of a Filipino father and an Irish-American mother. He played for a total of 16 years in the NFL as starting quarterback for the LA Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles. He was drafted by the Rams in 1962 as the #2 pick overall.

    Gabriel won the NFL Most Valuable Player award in 1969 and made the Pro Bowl 4 times – 1967-69 and 1973. He retired as the Rams’ all-time leading passer with 22,223 yards and 154 touchdowns. To this day, Gabriel still holds the club record for touchdowns and career wins by a starting quarterback with 74.

    In college, Gabriel was a two-time All-American and two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year at North Carolina State. He set all kinds of school and conference records and his jersey number was retired by the North Carolina governor in 1962. Gabriel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989, and in 2003, he was named as one of the top 50 players in conference history at the ACC’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

    Roman Ildonzo Gabriel – son of a Filipino immigrant and the only starting quarterback in NFL history.

  20. Will says:

    Glad you guys all enjoy the blog. Thanks for reading 🙂

  21. A really nice idea for a website. I know just how the Laotian feels, you see I’m from the UK 😉

  22. Walter Lee says:

    Nice website. It’s really funny how KOTH captured the essence of a common Asian American experience. I’m a forth generation Chinese American ( my family has been in the USA since 1890s). I live in the Washington DC Area all my life. I am active in urban planning at the local level. Between 1999 to 2007 – I use to regularly posted on soc.culture.asian.american as “drydem” until I was banned by google for some unknown reason.

  23. Hi Will,

    I know that your posts usually focus on East Asian and Asian-American information and events, but I was reading your blog and thought you’d be interested in our work that is relevant to the larger Asian community at large. I was trying to spread the word about Breakthrough’s Executive Director, Mallika Dutt, who is being honored by the Asian American Justice Center this Thursday, October 1st in D.C. If you have the opportunity please post! We’re trying to spread the word.


    Contact: Sandy Shin (sandy@breakthrough.tv); (212) 868-6500

    Mallika Dutt Honored with the American Courage Award by the Asian American Justice Center

    New York (September 28, 2009) – Breakthrough’s Executive Director, Mallika Dutt, will be honored by the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC) with the American Courage Award on October 1st.

    Created in 1997 by the AAJC, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations, the American Courage Award is bestowed upon an individual, company, or organization that has shown extraordinary courage or commitment to the cause of civil rights.

    The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) providing opening remarks. Anita Botti, Deputy Director of the President’s International Women’s Initiatives InterAgency Task Force, will present Mallika Dutt with the American Courage Award on behalf of Ambassador-at-Large, Melanne Verveer. Gloria T. Caoile, respected labor rights leader and Senior Political Director of the Asian Pacifica American Labor Alliance (AFL-CIO) will receive the Distinguished Service Award, and Edison International, the largest electric utility company in California, will receive the Bridge Builder Award.

    Mallika Dutt has a long history of activism and commitment to social change and has addressed global issues ranging from women’s rights to racial justice and immigrant rights. For the last decade, she has been spearheading efforts to stop the erosion of fundamental human rights in the United States, particularly in the aftermath of 9/11.

    Most recently, Breakthrough has partnered with the AAJC, along with 25 other leading organizations, to produce Restore Fairness, a powerful documentary that calls on the government to bring back due process to immigration in the United States. (www.restorefairness.org). Restore Fairness features interviews with Members of Congress, immigration judges, and individuals directly affected by unfair immigration policies.

    Restore Fairness follows the successful launch of the groundbreaking video game ICED – I Can End Deportation (www.icedgame.com), and interactive website End Homeland Guantanamos (www.homelandgitmo.com), two multimedia initiatives that have brought national attention to the harsh impact of unfair detention and deportation policies on immigrant communities.

    “I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the American Courage Award,” said Mallika Dutt. “We hope that our collective efforts will result in new immigration policies that respect fundamental American values of fairness and due process.”

    About Breakthrough

    Breakthrough is an innovative, international human rights organization using the power of popular culture, media, and community mobilization to transform public attitudes and advance equality, justice, and dignity. Through initiatives in India and the United States, Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, racial justice, and immigrant rights.

    For more on Breakthrough’s human rights programs, please visit http://www.breakthrough.tv.

    Thank you,

    Ishita Srivastava.

    4 West 37th Street
    NY, NY 10018

  24. CrilPo says:

    Cool about Steven Ho on tonight show. Looked him up on wikipedia, impressive creds. Not sure what he is promoting.

  25. ToniLD says:

    Conan O’brien has just booked the first Asian-American guest – martial artist and stuntman Steven Ho – on the Tonight Show! Wednesday June 10, 2009!! http://www.tonightshowwithconanobrien.com/

  26. lisa says:

    APAture: Call for Artist Submissions

    Kearny Street Workshop , the oldest Asian Pacific American multidisciplinary organization in the United States, is now accepting submissions for the 11th annual APAture festival of emerging Asian American artists. Each September, APAture showcases about 100 artists at venues throughout San Francisco, making it the Bay Area’s biggest platform for Asian American art.

    We are accepting submissions in five disciplines: visual arts, film & video, music, literary arts and performing arts. The deadline to submit is July 11, 2009.

    Go to kearnystreet.org/apature for more info and to apply online!

    Questions? Contact apature@kearnystreet.org

  27. Vince Wade says:

    I love what you have done here. This is one of my all time favorite KOTH episodes simply because of that piece of dialogue. I’m half Thai and I was thrilled to see your list of Asians in the NFL and not quite the NFL. I felt compelled to let you know that a sight like this comforts me. Throughout my life I’ve also been socially conscious of my race and how it has affected those around me. Anyway…keep this up because you just got a new fan.

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