Kids Book Review: Apple Pie Fourth of July

This book is written by Janet Wong. Review from School Library Journal: Kindergarten-Grade 2-This simply told story explores a child’s fears about cultural differences and fitting in with understanding and affection. A Chinese-American girl helps her parents open their small neighborhood grocery store every day of the year. However, today is the Fourth of July and her parents just don’t understand that customers won’t be ordering chow mein and sweet-and-sour pork on this very American holiday.  READ MORE

NBA Winning Coach: The Multi Cultural Erik Spoelstra

Erik Spoelstra is an NBA coach who was born to a father of Dutch and Irish descent and a Filipino mother named Elisa Celino.  Erik Spoelstra (born November 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of theNational Basketball Association‘s Miami Heat. He is the first Filipino-American head coach in the NBA, as well as the first Filipino-American head coach of any North American professional sports team.  He is also the first Asian-American head coach in the history of the four major American sports leagues.

He is the son of DutchIrish-American Jon Spoelstra, who was an NBA executive for the Portland Trail BlazersDenver Nuggets,Buffalo Braves and New Jersey Nets,[4] and the grandson of the late Watson Spoelstra, a sportswriter in the Detroit area.

The Rise of Jeremy Lin- American Basketball Star of Chinese/Taiwanese Descent

Jeremy Lin – a name that few have ever heard of as little as a month ago, has become not only a household name sweeping across the basketball world, but a phenomenon whose impact extends far beyond sports. Fans and media outlets alike have become infatuated with the point guard’s sensational play as well as his improbable journey, with nicknames such as “Linsanity” and “Linderella” dominating the headlines for the past few weeks. As a result, advertisers have been lining up to grasp the marketing opportunity. The appeal is obvious; beyond the fact that Lin is the first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, the classic underdog story in addition to his humble, affable persona make a perfect spokesperson to reach a broad audience. (Read More)

Find out What Restaurants in New York have Jeremy Lin Inspired Food & Drink Specials

2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival: March 8-18

With over 100 films and videos from 20 countries, the 2012 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) spans the globe to offer the largest and most prestigious showcase of movies         by and about Asians and Asian Americans.

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Oh So Cultural Carrie Ann Inaba of DWTS

Inaba was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, graduating from Punahou School in 1986. She is of Chinese, Japanese, and Irish descent.  She studied at Sophia University and the University of California, Irvine before graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. degree in World Arts and Cultures.

She started her career as a singer in Japan but became best known for her dancing, first introducing herself to American audiences as one of the original Fly Girls on the sketch comedy series In Living Color. Most notably, Inaba appears as one of three judges(the only female judge) on the hit ABC television series Dancing with the Stars (DWTS).

Inaba has worked with the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s iParticipate campaign, an American volunteer advocacy group, and Drea’s Dream, a dance therapy initiative for children who have cancer.  She’s also a founding member of Nigel Lythgoe’s dance education organization, the Dizzy Feet Foundation.   After her mother’s battle with cancer in 2008, both women began to participate in the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women.

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5 Scene Stealing Sweet Potato Recipes

The Sweet Potato is a well loved in many cultures. Sweet potatoes very early became popular in the islands of the Pacific Ocean, spreading from Polynesia to Japan and the Philippines. One reason is that they were a reliable crop in cases of crop failure of other staple foods due to typhoon flooding. They are featured in many favorite dishes in Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and other island nations. Indonesia, Vietnam, India, and some other Asian countries are also large sweet potato growers. Uganda (the third largest grower after Indonesia), Rwanda, and some other African countries also grow a large crop which is an important part of their peoples’ diets. North and South America, the original home of the sweet potato, together grow less than three percent of the world’s supply

In some fashion or another it makes it way on holiday dinner tables.  Here are five recipes that will have your guests begging for more:

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Bubor Cha Cha is a porridge dessert with pieces of yam or colored dough in a sweetened broth. Sometimes it’s made with tapioca which is how I like it. I also like it creamy and with lots of coconut milk!

Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

(Photo from Japan Guidebook)

Green tea ice cream has a smooth delicious flavor.  Like Vanilla is not a strong flavored ice cream. However, the ice cream featured in the photo is matcha (green tea) ice cream, which is stronger than green tea ice cream in the United States. Green tea originates from China.


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons dry green tea
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 1 1/4 cups double (heavy) cream
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

DirectionsTake the dry green tea and soak in boiling water with the tablespoon of sugar for 10-12 minutes.

Into a saucepan put the vanilla pod and milk and gently bring to the boil then pour this over the tea. Leave to stand for 5 or 6 minutes.

Beat the egg yolks with the 1/4 cup caster sugar in a separate bowl and then strain the milk mixture into it.

Transfer to a saucepan and gently heat, stirring all the time, until the mixture is thick. Leave to cool. Whip the double (heavy) cream and fold into the cooled tea mixture. Transfer the complete mixture into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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The Multi Cultural Sharon Leal

Beside being drop dead gorgeous, Sharon Leal teams with Tyler Perry again as his wife in Why Did I Get Married Too? In the world of the Multi Cultural Cooking Network we like to share the unknown ingredients.   Leal is part African American(father) and part Filipina (mother).  She lived in Manilla until she was six years old and grew up listening to Filipino singers like Sharon Cuneta.

Where else have you seen the lovely lady?  Leal has appeared daytime( Guiding Light) and night time television( Boston Public).  She has also appeared in a number of films including Dream Girls.

Read about her C0-star Duane “The Rock” Johnson’s African Canadian and Pacific Islander Ancestry.

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Every idea begins with a passionate vision. Helen’s vision is to bring joy to women. By realizing the value of feeling beautiful, confident and sexy, Helen implements a sense of luxury and timelessness into every apron. She also gives each style a unique name and distinct personality to compliment the individuality of every woman, helping them to realize their unique beauty. – Simply Savvy Mission Statement Website:




Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno

Before he garnered more fame by Dancing With the Stars, Apolo Anton Ohno earned his recognition representing the U.SA.  as  winning Olympic Speed Skater in the Winter Olympic Games.  He is among the top Olympians of all-time. 

Photo Credit Wikepedia: 2006 Winter Olympics

Apolo Anton Ohno (born May 22, 1982) is an American short track speed skating competitor and a five-time medalist (two gold, one silver, two bronze) in the Winter Olympics.  Ohno has won five Olympic medals over his career and is one of only four Americans who has won three medals in a single Winter Olympics game.[3] He is tied with Eric Heiden for most career medals at the Winter Games by an American man.

His Heritage and Background:

Ohno was born in Federal Way, Washington, to a Caucasian-American mother, Jerrie Lee, and Japanese-born father, Yuki Ohno (大野 幸, Ōno Yuki?).Ohno’s parents divorced when he was an infant and he was raised by his father.   He has had little contact with his biological mother and as of 2002, has expressed no interest in knowing her or his older half-brother.   Ohno’s father, a high-fashion hair stylist and owner of the salon Yuki’s Diffusion, often worked 12-hour shifts, and with no family in the United States, found it hard to balance career and family.  His father chose to name his son Apolo after the Greek words “Ap” which means to “steer away from”, and “lo” which means “look out, here he comes”.  When Ohno was very young, his father meticulously researched childcare providers to care for his son during his long work hours.  As he grew older, his father became concerned his son would become a latchkey kid, so he got his son involved with competitive swimming and inline speed skating to fill his spare time.   Ohno’s days were spent with morning swimming practices, followed by schooling, and finally skating practices in the afternoon.  When he was 12, he won the Washington state championship in the breaststroke but preferred inline speed skating over swimming.  He has stated that by the time he turned 13 years old, he attended parties with older teenagers if he did not have competitions on the weekends.   His father has stated that it was a struggle balancing his son’s desire for independence while helping him reach his potential as a young athlete. – (Wikepedia)

Ohno talks about hopes for 2010 Olympics.  See interview: