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Please support research on Japanese Americans (for free!) by spreading this survey!

So, I know we updated with a post saying we would update more regularly over the summer. Unfortunately, that has not yet happened, and for that I apologize. HOWEVER, the reason I have not been posting much is because I received a summer research fellowship (roughly 30 hours/week) to support a study on Japanese Americans, assimilation, and identity.

Long story short, if you are Japanese American, please take this relatively short, 10-minute survey! If you are not, please spread the word about this survey to help research on Japanese Americans! A summary of my research is on the first page.

Click here for the survey!

Need some convincing? Following are two (somewhat less esoteric) summaries of my research–one for those of you who don’t want to read too much (a short version), and one for those of you who do (a long version)!

The Short Version:
Essentially, I am researching how Japanese Americans assimilate (or become more “Americanized”), and how where they live may or may not factor into that process. My goal is to contribute to a better understanding of Japanese Americans and Asian Americans over several generations. Part of my research requires surveying/interviewing Japanese Americans. This is where you come in! If you are Japanese American (yes, being part Japanese counts), please take the time to fill out my relatively short survey. It should take you around 10 minutes. If you are not Japanese American, please help spread the survey around! Thanks for your help!

Click here for the survey!

The Long Version:
Specifically, my research project involves mapping Japanese American populations in and around current Little Tokyos/Japantowns spanning several decades (currently I have all the population information for all counties in CA from every census since 1880), as well as a literature review and (you guessed it!) interviews and surveys conducted on Japanese Americans. I, along with my faculty mentor, hope to expand the existing literature and form a better understanding of Japanese Americans and Asian Americans, as well as deconstruct the idea of the “perpetual foreigner” by exploring not just the first three generations of Japanese Americans, but also the 4th and 5th generations to see how assimilation patterns may differ from those of their predecessors. This survey is one of the ways in which we are collecting data for the project. If you are Japanese American (yes, part Japanese does count), please take the time to fill out this relatively short survey! It should take about 10 minutes. If you are not Japanese American, please help spread the survey to your Japanese American friends! Thanks so much for your help!

Click here for the survey!

REMEMBER: IT’S FOR (social) SCIENCE! Also, I will be eternally grateful!

Thank you for following us, faithful readers! We will get back on the right posting track soon!


We Apologize for the Paucity of Posts!

Dearest readers,

We apologize for the paucity of posts lately. All three of us have been very busy as of late, and life tends to get in the way. However, now that summer is upon us, updates will resume. We intend to continue updating on a (relatively) more regular basis from now on. If you would like to help contribute to the blog, please contact us! We could use the help!

Thanks for sticking with us, faithful readers!

Some Kind of Asian


Our very own Joy on ABC’s CASTLE!

For those of you who missed it, 5 seconds of pure, unadulterated awesomeness. You will laugh. You will cry. Give this girl an Oscar already!

Some Kind of Asian interviews actor Julia Cho from the new LA theater collective, Artists at Play

We’re excited to have our first interview feature on Some Kind of Asian. After taking a long time to find a free HD video converter (sorry… we’re broke students/artists!), our interview with Artist at Play’s Julia Cho is finally ready for viewing. And not a minute too soon! Their debut play CHING CHONG CHINAMAN opens next weekend. (Accompanying post to follow.)

Transcript below:

SOME KIND OF ASIAN: Can you talk a little bit about yourself and how you got started?

JULIA: So, I always had a love for the arts, whether it was visual or performing. It wasn’t until high school that the performer in me, I guess, really kind of came out. I had moved to a new city, I had no friends, so in a sense, I really, I guess, I had nothing to lose? So I tried out for the school play, and then it kind of kept going from there, and it was always like a really fun hobby, and I guess it was college when I decided that this is something I’m really passionate about and it’s what I want to pursue, and so after college, I guess, is when I tried to embark on my professional career. And a lot of that was theater. And I think only in recent years have I kind of started to branch out into TV and film, which is great, so racking up those credits on my resume.

SOME KIND OF ASIAN: What made you want to start Artists at Play?

JULIA: Well, it actually started with our first show, which is Ching Chong Chinaman, by Lauren Yee, and I saw a production of it in the bay area, and it was just one of the first shows that I ever saw that I really wanted to be a part of and bring down to LA, and so that’s how it all started. So I contacted my friend Peter Kuo, a director that I had worked with, and he was very excited about it, so we decided to kind of go ahead and find time in our schedules so we could work on it together, and we brought on board Stefanie Wong Lau, who we had both worked with in various contexts, and to round out our group we had Marie-Reine Velez, and so we all came together primarily for the show, and as we’ve been working on it and realizing how well we work together, we’ve kind of come up with other productions we might want to pursue in the future. So the group came about really from the show, and we’re very excited about the way things are moving along, and yeah, we’ll see what’s in the future for us.

SOME KIND OF ASIAN: Can you talk about Ching Chong Chinaman, your upcoming production?

JULIA: Ching Chong Chinaman is a play by Lauren Yee. It’s an incredibly funny, off the wall, satirical comedy. It looks at an Asian American family who are more “American” really, rather than Chinese, which is what their ethnicity is technically. But what’s interesting is, they’re as American as apple pie. So they’re almost not aware, I guess, of how they appear to other people. So they have the same judgments on Asians and other cultures that are maybe more relevant, maybe, to ignorant “Americans”. So you have the all-American family, you know, the dad loves to golf, the mom wants to have another baby, the daughter is all about getting into Princeton, and the son is obsessed with video gaming. And then to, kind of, help ease his workload, the son, Upton, decides to hire an indentured servant from China. And then so that’s when the household kind of turns upside down and hilarity ensues, and I think the play really sheds an interesting light on stereotypes. Really great sense of humor about it, which I think is very relevant to kind of, this newer generation of Asian Americans, where we’re not so hung up on like the old stereotypes, because they’re almost so dated and tired at this point, we can kind of poke fun at them ourselves, and so yeah, that’s something really great about our play, and I think it’ll resonate a lot, but not only with Asian Americans, but I think just people in general.

SOME KIND OF ASIAN: What are your plans for the future?

JULIA: I guess we’re just kind of taking it step by step. We do have some other plays that we wanted to do in the future, and, you know, we all happen to be Asian American, so I think we can’t help but have that be an underlying theme within our group and the works that we pursue, but I know personally, I am all about theater that is accessible to anyone and everyone, especially I think younger people. I love theater and that’s where my heart is, but kind of on the larger scale, it’s very expensive, and it’s somewhat–it’s harder to catch live theater as often as you’d like, being a younger person with maybe not such a steady income, and so yeah, that’s kind of always on the forefront of how I think about theater.

SOME KIND OF ASIAN: Is there anything else you want to say?

JULIA: I’m really excited to be working with this group. I’m just so in awe of the people I’m working with. I mean, they bring with them such an incredible amount of information and experience and I’m learning so much from them throughout the process, and I’m really excited about the show. I hope people will come and see it and enjoy it as much as I did the first time I saw it.

Artist at Play’s production of Ching Chong Chinaman, by Lauren Yee will run Nov 4-20, 2011 at the Actor’s Company in LA. Check their website for more details. For more information on Julia Cho as an actor, visit her website.

Watch SKAsian’s own Joy on 90210!

We’re pleased to finally be able to post Joy’s 90210 clip, where she plays a college-aged bookish drug dealer.

She will also appear in episode 409 of the ABC show CASTLE, so we’ll post that too after it airs! Fingers crossed for more bookings.

SKAsian now featuring… embedded Google calendars!

Hallelujah, WordPress finally made Google Calendars embeddable. Absolutely essential for a blog like ours, wouldn’t you say?

Red for NorCal, green for SoCal. You can find them under the “Calendar” tabs.

Unfortunately, because of our 3 column design, the calendars themselves are somewhat constrained. Therefore, we suggest you subscribe straight to the Google calendar itself! (it’s the plus button on the bottom right side)

Stay tuned for some changes to the “Upcoming Events” pages, which is admittedly difficult to maintain the way that it’s currently structured.

But hooray for Google Calendars!

Hyphen Magazine Open House, Looking for Volunteers to Join Staff – 5/17/11, SF

“Hyphen is looking for volunteers who can contribute to our organization in a meaningful way. We are a fun, dynamic, and dedicated bunch, who also take our commitment to Hyphen seriously. We are looking for smart, overachieving, creative, articulate, innovative, detailed-oriented and, above all, dedicated peeps who want to join our team.

Hyphen is a national magazine for urban, in-the-know Asian Americans. Covering arts, culture and politics with substance, style and sass, Hyphen has become a media must for one of the fastest growing populations in America.

It’s easy as…

  1. Fill out the application form linked here: Hyphen Volunteer Application 2011
  2. Email your resume to
  3. Come to our Open House on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 7:30pm (17 Walter U Lum Place, San Francisco). It’s a great opportunity to get to know us and see how you can get involved.”
More info at the Hyphen website.

Happy Lunar New Year!!!

Happy Lunar New Year, everybody! Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit, the luckiest animal in the zodiac. As you may have guessed, there are definitely some celebrations goin’ on to celebrate, so we’ll post about those shortly. Enjoy your day!!!

U.S. Weight Category Karate Championship 2011

Watch top fighters from the world gather in Little Tokyo! Participants are ages 5 to 17 youth fighters as well as adult men and women fighters.

  • WHERE: Aratani, Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
  • WHEN: Sunday, 1/30 at 9 pm
  • HOW MUCH: $20 for a regular ticket, $40 for a VIP ticket

Hello world!

Welcome! Our mission here is to create and maintain a centralized website for API events that is always up to date. We hope that all of you can really utilize this as a resource, whether you are someone looking for something to do on Friday nights or a member of an organization looking for ways to publicize events.

We’re still updating and editing a LOT of stuff (as you can imagine, this is a pretty daunting undertaking–not only are we taking on both the bay area and LA/Orange County, we’re also taking on the entire API community!), so please stick with us as the days go on. Things will be growing and getting better very quickly, we promise!

We’re very passionate about this project and want to do the best job we can. If you have any suggestions, or want to tell us about your event or organization, please drop us a line! We can’t be everywhere at once, as much as we would like to, but we will do our best.

In the meantime, thank you so much for visiting, and take a look around and enjoy… Some Kind of Asian.