How to drink scotch like a real badass Asian

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I’ve always enjoyed Johnnie Walker Red. As a kid in Chinatown, it was the liquor of choice served during most of the 10-course Chinese restaurant banquets that we attended. But now I’m approaching my snifter in a much classier way, thanks to a recent whisky-tasting party. The venue was a Manhattan pop-up, a Johnnie Walker House created by the brand’s …

A look at Asian immigrant population trends

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The latest federal statistics on Asian immigrants are out and my jaw dropped. Wow: 25% of all the foreign-born folks in the United States are now from Asia. They are more likely to be married and living in multi-generational households. Four states have more than half a million Asian immigrant residents, including…Texas.  With these new stats, we might have more …

Jeffrey Yuen’s Classical Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Lately, so many people have been asking me for holistic health solutions that it’s time to give you a proper introduction to my Chinese medicine go-to guy, Jeffrey Yuen. More than two decades ago, I met Jeffrey in Chinatown and started taking his classes. Today, he’s a great family friend who still constantly inspires me. Thanks to him, I have …

Chinese Americans in the U.S.: 2011 convention overview

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I absolutely must share the experience of my day at a Chinese American-sponsored event that offered great ideas and inspiration for everyone. Since I can be grouchy about issues related to my ethnic heritage, it feels wonderful to be totally positive (for a change). My good time took place at the national OCA convention. This Washington, D.C. -based group was …

Sky Foods, the 2nd new big box food store in Flushing, reflects Asian population boom

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There’s a grand opening this Saturday for yet another humongous Asian supermarket in Flushing. It’s a jaw-dropping sign that New York City’s consumer base is shifting. Imagine: The number of residents of Asian heritage has surpassed the 1 million mark. That’s more Asians than you’ll find in both Los Angeles and San Francisco put together. Today, one out of every eight …

A cheap, simple holistic way to get rid of spring allergies – advice from Jeffrey Yuen

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Hey, allergy sufferers! How miserable are you? Desperate enough to try a fool-proof holistic solution? If the answer is “yes,” read on. And if you’re roaring “hell, no!” maybe you’ll keep reading anyway… The information here comes directly from Chinese medicine master Jeffrey Yuen. Getting him on my blog is truly special because he doesn’t chat online with anyone but …