Studying for finals? Add oil!

As we UCLA students slog through final exams, we like to commiserate about our exams, projects, and papers and then reassure each other that it’ll all be over soon. In Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, people often use the expression “add oil (加油)” to encourage each other, especially during final exams season. Yesterday I said…

The ubiquitous peace sign

Have you ever noticed that many East Asians and Southeast Asians hold up a peace sign when posing for casual photos? My first exposure to this was when I studied abroad in Hong Kong.  Almost without fail, whenever my local peers posed for a photo, up went their fingers in a V-shape. I grew up…

Kimchi + Tacos, Qué!?

So I’ve been following the Kogi taco truck around for the past few weeks. On Twitter. Kogi is the brainchild of Mark Manguera, whose fusion of Korean BBQ and the ubiquitous taco truck has created a Los Angeles food sensation.  People keep talking about it – in class, at work, in my apartment, in the…

Vegetarian/vegan recipes and restaurants

In the latest issue of Pacific Ties (pages 16-17), I wrote an article entitled “Balancing Culture and Conviction,” exploring  the experiences of Asian American vegetarians and vegans.  Because of space limitations in the print issue, I wasn’t able to include veg-friendly recipe and restaurant links. So, here in the limitless amount of space online, I…

Cool API cartoonist: Deb Aoki

I love the comics section of the LA Times, except for one thing: the dearth of cartoon heroes of color. I appreciate the inclusion of Jump Start, Frazz, and La Cucaracha, which acknowledge the presence of African Americans and Latino Americans in our society.  However, the majority of human comic strip characters are white.  And…