I first heard that Olympic Gold medalist in halfpipe snowboarding Chloe Kim made the cover of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes while watching an interview with her on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and then later, finding the press release:
“To celebrate Chloe Kim’s Gold Medal win with Team USA at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Kellogg’s® has announced that she will be featured on Gold Medal edition boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®. Boxes are available in limited quantities for a short time only on KelloggsFamilyRewards.com.
The Gold Medal Edition Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal box is available on KelloggsFamilyRewards.com, while supplies last. Fans can visit KelloggsFamilyRewards.com for information about how to become a member and order their very own collectible box.”
But I was disappointed to not only learn that this special edition box was only available online, but was already sold out:
“On Wednesday night, the Chloe Kim “Gold Medal” box was announced on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and became available online. It sold out in seven hours, according to Sam Minardi, director of brand marketing at Kellogg Company. “That is a record,” Minardi said in an email.”
I wonder why Kellogg decided to only make this available online! I mean, Nathan Chen’s box made it into retail, and he didn’t even medal (though he was expected to …)
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Congratulations to brother-and-sister duo Maia and Alex Shibutani on winning the Bronze in the 2018 Winter Olympics for Ice Dancing. No doubt, if you’ve been watching the Winter Olympics, you’ve seen this ad, which really doesn’t seem like an ad, highlighting the sibilings’ journey to the Olympics:
“Minute Maid is proud to support Maia and Alex Shibutani on their journey to The Olympic Winter Games. The siblings and teammates know a thing or two about healthy competition, but they also know that the best moments – both on and off the rink – are often shared. Cheers to the #ShibSibs“
I had noticed recently that the Shib Sibs had posted a YouTube video seeing for themselves for the first time on some Minute Maid cartons:
So I wound up going to my local grocery store to check out the Minute Maid cartons. However, I could only find three out of the four that they mentioned:
I wonder what the 4th carton is?!?
Also, I had noticed that Intel was one of their sponsors as well, when I noticed on Facebook, Intel congratulating them:
I knew that Intel was an Olympic sponsor, given that they powered the Drone exhibition during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.But I didn’t know that Intel had sponsored any athletes. But a quick Google search came across this press release listing their sponsored Intel athletes (which I thought was kind of an oxymoron …):
It’s interesting that Intel sponsors non-U.S. athletes, but then again, they are a global company with global customers.
Again, congrats to the Shibutanis on winning the Bronze!
While watching the Olympics, I saw this United TV commercial and was surprised to see U.S. figure skater Nathan Chen, since I wasn’t aware that United was one of his sponsors, unlike Kellogg’s, Bridgestone and John Wilson. The super hero-themed commercial itself is a little bit weird if you ask me:
Helping superheroes fly for 38 years. Proud to fly Team USA.
Also, on United’s YouTube channel, they even have a 60 second “origin” video which discusses how Chen got into figure skating:
Congrats to Nathan Chen on his historic performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics!
You know faster is better. We’ve got a faster way to pay. You don’t have to be an Olympic snowboarder like Chloe Kim to shave seconds off your time at checkout. Tap to pay like a champion with your contactless Visa card where you see the Contactless Symbol. #PyeongChang2018 #TeamVisa
I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of Chloe Kim now that she’s an Olympic Gold winner in the halfpipe! Congrats again Chloe – hope to meet you one day!
Although I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1999, I only started following the NBA and the Golden State Warriors since they signed Jeremy Lin, and after Lin left – with the rise of Stephen Curry. On a demographic percentage basis, the San Francisco Bay Area probably has the largest Asian and Asian American population for any given NBA market – the 2010 census put’s that figure at 23.3%. And we also know that the NBA is huge in China:
“Under Xi, the government has poured money into investments designed to transform China into a soccer superpower on par with Brazil. Yet the National Basketball Association remains by far China’s most popular sports league. According to one recent study that measured online engagement, the NBA is six times more popular in China than the three largest European soccer leagues combined. During the 2017 NBA Finals, more than 190 million Chinese streamed the games on their mobile devices. By contrast, in the U.S., each Finals game averaged 20.4 million viewers, and an additional 430,000 live-streamers.”
So it’s no surprise that the Golden State Warriors and the NBA try to appeal to these fans, and no surprise again that the Warriors reveal a new Chinese heritage uniform:
The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors will wear Chinese Heritage alternate uniforms for select games during the 2017-18 season as a nod to the strong Chinese culture in the Bay Area, the team announced today. The Warriors will first wear the Chinese Heritage alternate uniforms at home on Thursday, January 25th vs. Minnesota when the team plays the Timberwolves at home. Chinese Heritage merchandise, including hats, shirts and sweatshirts, is available now at warriors.com and will be available at the Warriors Team Store tonight, while Chinese Heritage alternate jerseys for every player on the roster is available for presale at warriors.com.
The Warriors are wearing the Chinese Heritage uniform for the following games:
I’m wouldn’t be surprised if these are sold in China as well.
When I saw a friend post a photo of her young son with a box of Corn Flakes with Nathan Chen on the cover of the box, I knew I had to see it for myself! Apparently, Kellogg’s thought Chen’s chances of Chen making it to the U.S. Olympic Team was very high, since this was announced last October: “Meet The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hopefuls Who Will Make Up Team Kellogg’s 2018”:
Meet the Team Kellogg’s athletes here and follow the evolution of their stories as they share what gets them started each day. Additionally, the athletes will be featured on their very own Kellogg’s limited-edition cereal boxes, available at grocery retailers nationwide in December.
Reigning 2017 U.S. men’s figure skating champion Nathan Chen focuses on small steps each day in order to attain his larger goals. Whether he sets his sights on lifting more weight or working on choreography during training, he knows that he is one step closer to his dream by accomplishing his daily goals. Nathan will appear on boxes of Corn Flakes®.
When I saw a Facebook friend post “CHEN-SANITY” (as in “LINSANITY”) when Chen won the Gold for the 2018 Championships U.S. Figure Skating Men’s Single and named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team, I thought I should try to make “CHENSANITY” a thing (without the hyphen – I don’t think LINSANITY was ever hyphenated!
Especially since there is another Chen representing the United States in U.S. Figure Skating – Karen Chen! I hope some cereal company puts Karen on the cover of their box in the near future – with her with an Olympic Gold!
But Kellogg’s is not the only sponsor Nathan Chen has. When I was walking around SAP Center in San Jose during the 2018 Championships (“Nationals”), I saw this Bridgestone cutout of him:
Chen is indeed a part of “Team Bridgestone.”
And to no one’s surprise, Nathan Chen apparently endorses ice skates – by the brand, John Wilson:
Best of luck with Chen in the Olympics!
I’ve blogged about my favorite Taiwanese American Congressman, Ted Lieu. I’ve never watched The Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Show, but I saw this interview with Congressman Lieu I think on Facebook. The last time I saw Congressman Lieu on TV I think was on 60 Minutes.
This time around, Lieu is interviewed by comedian Jim Jefferies about Lieu’s infamous trolling of President Donald Trump on Twitter, as reported in this Washington Post article this past Spring:
“Since the beginning of the year, followers of his personal @tedlieu account have exploded, going from fewer than 10,000 to more than 122,000. (The official @reptedlieu account, managed by his staff, is generally more cautious, like Lieu’s former public profile.)
His frequent barbs have gotten the far right’s attention. Breitbart News has wondered whether, as a colonel in the Air Force Reserve, he could be court-martialed for persistent criticism of the commander in chief. (He can’t be, and he doesn’t tweet on duty.)
In conversation, Lieu is far more cautious and earnest than he is in his Twitter ripostes, and polite to a fault. Born in Taiwan, he projects a conservatism in manner and dress that seems at odds with many of his constituents.
After a dozen years serving in local and state politics, he succeeded Democrat Henry Waxman, who retired in 2014 after representing California’s 33rd District for four decades, more than three-quarters of Lieu’s life. The district is among the nation’s wealthiest and includes Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Malibu and Lieu’s more middle-class home of Torrance.
Lieu was elected president of his Democratic freshman class, but his first two years in Congress were comparatively quiet on social media. “We had a Democratic president who could stop stupid ideas and unconstitutional ideas,” he says. Now, Democratic members of Congress “are basically the last line of defense.”
Trump and his administration unleashed Lieu’s mojo. “Was charged $2.99 for coffee listed at $2.59,” ran one tweet. “That’s why I have trust issues. Oh, and the fact that @seanspicer at #WhiteHouse makes s— up.”
I love following Congressman Lieu and do wonder if his tweets are to give himself a higher profile. This past July, I did see Lieu speak at Politicon 2017 in Pasadena, and was able to ask him if he was going to run for Senate if California Senator Dianne Feinstein was going to retire (she’s 84 and her current term expires in 2018) – he stated he was focused on getting re-elected and helping elect a Democratic House for 2018 (note: Feinstein has since stated she’s going to run for re-election).
You can follow Congressman Lieu’s latest tweets here:
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 16: “Ride the Tiger”
Original airdate February 6, 2018.
Synopsis: In celebration of Chinese New Year, the Huangs have a contest to see who can go the longest speaking only in Mandarin. Grandma is apparently exempt, and the game comes down to Evan and Jessica. Their dialogue through nearly the whole episode is in Mandarin. Emery is pleased that his year of bad luck is over, and he’s eager to ask his crush Celeste to the Spring Fling. His confidence is down, so Louis tries to help, much to Emery’s displeasure. Eddie doesn’t understand why he didn’t get a red envelope from Big Auntie, with whom he’s been in a fight he wasn’t aware of.
Yo! Microphone check one-two what is this?: What a cool idea. FOtB writer Jeff Chiang in the Hollywood Reporter explains that he wrote half the dialogue in Mandarin “because he could,” which by itself sums up the importance of this sitcom’s existence. I think it’s funny, predictable, and wholly realistic for Eddie only to be able to utter the same phrase in Mandarin repeatedly, conceding early because he doesn’t know how to ask for the dumplings, while Emery and Evan seem pretty adept with their parents’ language. I can’t speak to how authentic the dialogue is, but it sounds pretty good to me.
This is how I like Overly Enthusiastic Louis: overly enthusiastic on behalf of someone else, in this case Emery. The guy is so eager to be helpful you kind of forgive the thousands of other stupid things he’s done this season.
The Jessica-Evan interactions are just great, and not merely because they’re in Mandarin. They play well off each other when Evan isn’t going psycho.
Some lines I enjoyed:
“Connie Chung called and she was pissed!” (May May)
“Diversity: check!” (Gus)
“You tried to use Hanson against me? They’re just boys!” (Evan)
“Congratulations, everyone, especially our African American friends.” (Deidre)
“Nobody questions my integrity.” (Grandma)
“We need to have a serious talk, which is impossible while you’re wearing a mesh tank top.” (Louis)
“Ride the tiger low, and with measured enthusiasm.” (Louis)
“You know who the winner is here? A child’s love for his mother.” (Evan)
“And the loser is you.” (Jessica)
The five-foot assassin with the roughneck business: I can’t even really complain about Marvin this time. He lameness actually plays a nice part in the conflict between Jessica and Evan. I’m okay not having any minuses this week.
FOB moment: Duh.
Soundtrack flashback: “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugarhill Gang (1979). “MMMBop” by Hanson (1997), a song I totally love.
Final grade, this episode: I hate that giving this episode a grade of anything better than B+ is predictable of me, since I’ve historically favored shows (kind of to my surprise) highlighting Asian American issues. This one isn’t quite an issue episode, but it’s something of a statement, as the other Chinese New Year episodes in this series have been. Can’t help it: I really like it. A-minus.
My doctor has always considered my high blood pressure to be a significant concern, and she makes sure I am managing it effectively. After thinking about the Asian Americans that I know who have had a stroke and this recent report and video, I should really be thankful. Preliminary results from an analysis of 1.7 million stroke cases between 2004 and 2016 reveal that Asian Americans are more likely to have more severe ischemic strokes and worse outcomes than whites. In addition, Asian Americans studied were less likely to receive clot busting stroke treatment, although this difference seems to diminish during the studied time period. Study lead author Dr. Sarah Song, who revealed the initial results at the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference, said:
“Asian Americans may have a distinctive pathophysiologic profile of ischemic stroke than whites. Regardless, this study highlights the need for more focused research, improved stroke prevention and possibly different treatment strategies for Asian Americans.”
Oftentimes, many Super Bowl advertisers will “leak” their TV commercials on the Internet prior to the Super Bowl to generate some buzz. NBC is no different. Well, NBC posted recently a TV ad for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, which they will be airing as well as the Super Bowl, so it makes sense for them to inform the U.S. public that during the Super Bowl. And one ad that caught my eye is with Korean American Olympian Chloe Kim and her dad:
No doubt, this commercial will annoy some white supremacists and alt-right supporters, but I have to agree that U.S. Olympians of all races and ethnicities represent the best of the U.S. and “US.”
The commercial shows the ups & downs of practice and the commitment that Chloe and her dad have to each other. It’s a wonderful heartwarming commercial.
I don’t know much about Chloe, but from what I’ve read, she’s amazing:
She is already being called the Shaun White of women’s snowboarding.
“Like the fabled Flying Tomato, the 5’2″, 115-pound Kim is redefining what is considered possible in the halfpipe, having become the only woman to land back-to-back 1080s. (She did it for the first time at the 2016 U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, joining White as the only riders to score a perfect 100 on a run at that event.) At the 2016 X Games, Kim won two gold medals at the tender age of 15 and ever since has been the presumptive golden girl in PyeongChang. In fact, Kim would have qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in 2014, but was too young.”
“Jong Jin immigrated to Southern California from South Korea as a young man, arriving with $800 in cash. He bought a used car and found work at a gas station. On one of his first days, a coworker asked for a ride home and promptly stole the car and all of Jong Jin’s remaining cash. He found another minimum-wage job and eventually matriculated at Long Beach State. Jong Jin earned his real estate license and saved enough money to buy a duplex, where the family lived while renting out the other floor. He would go on to amass substantial real estate holdings, including a condo in Mammoth Lakes.”
Best of luck to Chloe at the Winter Olympics!
After I finished writing the above, I discovered that there was another NBC Winter Olympics Super Bowl ad with an Asian American – Nathan Chen:
After seeing Nathan Chen compete in the 2018 U.S. Championships (“Nationals”) and making the U.S. Olympic team, and seeing his confidence, I wouldn’t be surprised if he won the Gold for Men’s Figure Skating, and that there is also a Super Bowl ad highlighting him as “Best of the U.S.”:
“With five quadruple jumps in his long program, figure skater Nathan Chen deserves to arrive in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Olympics with a little James Brown-like swagger. And, yeah, he deserves his own Super Bowl commercial about it, too.
So NBC delivered. In the spot above — the second of five 60-second “Best of U.S.” athlete films, featuring five American athletes, which will all air on Super Bowl Sunday — Chen pays “the cost to be the boss,” working hard, falling and getting back up, and eventually earning the spotlight and the respect of a bunch of hockey players, all set to James Brown’s “The Boss.” “You see a bad mutha” ready to tell the rest of the world “told you so!” with every single one of those jaw-dropping four-revolution jumps (shown in slow-motion here for maximum impact).”
So how cool is that? This is the beginning of CHENSANITY!
Best of luck to both Chloe Kim and Nathan Chan, and all Olympians!
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 15: “We Need to Talk About Evan”
Original airdate January 30, 2018.
Synopsis: Evan and Jessica notice a Student of the Week at Abraham Lincoln Elementary bumpersticker on someone else’s minivan. Shocked that such a thing would exist and not go to Evan, they are determined to ramp up their Good Student game. Evan joins the School Dance committee and the French club. He organizes a school garden. And in a moment of breaking under pressure, he throws glitter in a girl’s face. He is referred to Mr. Tim, the school counselor, which Jessica does not take well, since “counselor is school language for therapist.”
Louis is tired of so many things on the menu at Kenny Rogers’s Michael Bolton’s Cattleman’s Ranch being named for Kenny Rogers, so he names the chili Louis Huang’s Five-Alarm Chili, but nobody wants to order it.
Eddie and Emery decide it’s time they learned to unhook a bra. Grandma’s bra. On a pillow.’
Some good lines:
Older kid: You guys know how to take off a bra?
Eddie: I’ve got mad bra game.
Emery: Yes. I, too, have bra experience.
Evan: Real corn is not nibblets in a can! Sorry to blow your mind!
Jessica: My axe is love.
Grandma: Evan! Breathe into your mother’s knock-off purse!
Chuck D: Okay, although it’s kind of ridiculous, there’s something pretty dang funny and cutting edge about teenaged brothers puzzling together over unhooking a bra. I was disappointed that ABC didn’t provide a promo photo of the boys and their pillow, because it’s a hilarious image. And what they do with it at the very end of the episode, when Evan oberves them with a Mrs. Claus lawn figure, has to be a first in broadcast TV.
Although the rest of the episode is nothing to get excited about, it’s nice to see the return of Port in a Storm Louis. His talk with Jessica about helping Evan is nice to hear. I had flashbacks to Richie and Howard Cunningham, and that’s seldom a bad thing.
Vanilla Ice: The other two (or three, depending on if you count the framework of the rival moms) stories are just kind of terrible. As soon as Louis says, “Shall we take a joint family road trip to the Grand Canyon?” I knew his part of the episode was going to be terrible.
FOB moment: This is weak, but the best I can do is, “I would love to cook you a traditional Taiwanese meal.”
Soundtrack flashback: Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” (1991).
Final grade, this episode: I’m beginning to feel bad, but I have to be honest. The stories are beginning to feel like variations on established themes with no real character growth in the adults. I can see now why the writers want Honey to have a baby. It gets Honey more involved (always a good thing) and breathes some fresh life into the cast. It’s not really working. This season seemed promising with Eddie, Emery, and Nicole getting into some new stuff, and that’s consistently been interesting, and with Grandma’s taking English classes, but that arc seems to have ended. Now I just feel like I’m riding out the season. C+.
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 14: “A Man to Share the Night With”
Original airdate January 30, 2018.
Synopsis: Louis sees Eddie shaving for what he believes is the first time. Overjoyed that his eldest son is now a man, he extends Eddie’s bedtime, long enough so he can watch the first part of The Late Show with David Letterman on school nights. Eddie, puffed up by his new manhood, takes Louis’s declaration to mean he can decide for himself what he can do with that extra time, opting instead to spend it roaming around the neighborhood at night with his friend Barefoot Dave, who of course has no bedtime since his single-parent mom works graveyard shifts. Jessica, heartbroken that Michelle Kwan has taken silver (and not gold) at the ’98 Winter Olympics, lies to Emery and Evan, telling them that Kwan has won. The boys, upon learning the truth, develop a conspiracy theory involving a Kwan imposter, which Jessica tries to convince Nancy Kerrigan to confirm.
BDP: Ooh, a reemergence of Bad Guy Eddie was overdue, and he brings it. What I like about the resolution is that Nice Guy Eddie executes his own turnaround not through the intervention of his parents, but on his own, when confronted with a possible very bad choice. He later credits his decision to his father. There’s some good stuff here for families.
Eddie’s self-correction combines with Evan and Emery’s sneaky resilience, not revealed until the last scene, to give us a structure we haven’t seen in this series. Jessica thinks she’s contructing a lie in order to protect her children, but we find that rather than be taken in by it, they use the lie to create their own lie so they may protect Jessica. Sweet! Did Richie and Joanie Cunningham ever turn the tables and dispense good parenting messages to Marion and Howard? I don’t think so!
I really like angry dad Louis in this scene. We don’t get enough of that in this show, and I understand because there needs to be room for Jessica, but like Eddie, I was happy he could be counted on when we needed him.
Some lines I liked:
“Take a lid.” (Louis to Eddie)
“Can I have our razor back?” (Grandma to Eddie)
“Told you. You come for Lipinski, you best be ready.” (Honey)
“Louis, you can stay up and watch that old man and his piano gremlin, but I’m going to bed.” (Jessica, about David Letterman)
ICP: Honey can do whatever she wants with her hair, but that Lipinski cut did not do it for me! Also, Marvin continues to be too weird even for this show. I was into the Olympics story, as nit-witty as it was, right up until the Nancy Kerrigan cameo, which just doesn’t work. Or maybe, like the Huangs, I was rooting for Michelle.
FOB moment: Like you, I was there in ’98. I remember what it was like, that weird American pride combined with Asian American pride, and the amazing deflated feeling when Kwan lost, when we were all so sure she had it sewn up. People where I worked put up signs in their workspaces, saying “We still love you Michelle!” as if she might somehow see or feel the sentiment halfway across the Pacific.
Soundtrack flashback: I didn’t hear anything! Did you?
Final grade, this episode: The Eddie story is pretty good, but the Jessica story, while expressing some feelings I think many of us had, felt out of place. Even the weird hugging Emery and Evan do when they learn that Kwan has won gold seems like it belongs in another show. B-minus.