Chill, Internet, Hello Kitty is Still a Cat. Uh…Probably. Maybe.

When the news broke this week that the 40-year-old icon of all things loveably cute aka Hello Kitty was not a cat, the internet did the only thing it could collectively do under such circumstances—freak out. But I’m here to say, chill, internet, take this virtual valium because this may turn out to be one of those rare instances when information posted online may actually be incorrect and Hello Kitty is indeed a cat after all. Well, sort of.

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But first some background—Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty, told Christine R. Yano, who is curating a Hello Kitty exhibit scheduled to open this fall at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”

Furthermore, Hello Kitty is actually British and her original name is Kitty White—the daughter of George and Mary White (see the full whacked-out bios here).

Ladies, Dry Your Eyes: William Hung is Off the Market

News broke last week that ex-American Idol reject William Hung who went on to a little more than 15 minutes of fame for his…uh…particular set of singing skills has tied the knot. On June 18, Hung married Jian Teng in Alhambra, California.


I could not let this occasion pass without conveying my warmest congratulations to the happy couple especially considering how much blog material Hung has provided us with over the years. Although considering Alhambra is just a few minutes from our offices in South Pasadena, I am a little disappointed that I did not receive an invite to this joyous event. I mean, come on, William, I’ve had your back for all these years, I think an invite with a plus one and a free drink ticket wasn’t too much to ask for.

Letter To My Son

(10 days ago – after 18 wonderful years – we dropped our son off at college; it is still too raw for me to write about the day itself, but I wanted to share with you the letter I stuck in his hand as I hugged him goodbye and tried not to let him see the tears welling in my eyes)

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(above: on the drive over….below: 18 years before the drive over…)

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My dearest Rafael,

I’m sitting in the London apartment we rented, and am just beginning a letter which I will give you when you leave home for college.

This will be a random laundry list of thoughts – but you are not allowed to throw them away!  (I WILL check!)

The TITANIC ALS Challenge — Now, this is how it’s done!

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Many of my friends know that I think the ALS #IceBucketChallenge is getting out of hand and yes, it’s raised $15 million so far for ALS Research, the fact that Steve-O has to bring this into perspective, just shows how shallow we as a people are. I just want it to stop already, because it’s callous and 9 out of 10 people are just doing the ice bucket challenge without actually donating anything. I, for one, was recently called out and I opted to just open my check book and send a donation to one of my favorite charities. So there…

Around the Horn: Weird Family Advice

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My dad -to me- is the king of quotes. Not that he quotes anyone in particular, but he deposits little adages here and there in such meme-worthy bite-sized-ness that he is nothing but a series of Jack Handy advice quips. My mom screams out the same advice repeatedly so she represents a broken record to me.

The more bizarre (and yet I somewhat do take into consideration years down the line) advice I’ve received from them include:

Be the Ice Bucket Challenge for Halloween

I suppose it had to happen. With the popularity of the ice bucket challenge in support of ALS research, has just made your Halloween shopping that much easier:

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The Ice Bucket Challenge costume comes with everything you need to re-create this viral trend which everyone will have forgotten about by Halloween:

–Bucket with Faux Water Film
–White Tulle Tunic with Faux Ice Cubes
–Cube Tray

And yes, it looks like you will indeed have to manually hold that bucket over your head all night so might want to work out your biceps if you’re going with this choice.

(Other) Americans Trying Hawaiian Food

Ah, you mainlanders. You don’t know what you are missing. How can someone diss the yin and yang elegance of a spam musubi? It’s the perfect balance of salty and glutinous, wrapped in seaweed, and is perfect to have after a long day of surfing, hiking, or drinking. It’s great anytime of the day or night!

Therefore, I chortle at these Buzzfeed videos that have mainlanders taste Hawaiian food, even though they are using the term correctly. Whenever you refer to “Hawaiian,” it’s in reference to the Native Hawaiian culture and customs. When it comes to “Hawaiian food,” it is usually referred to Hawaii local cuisine, which is a hodge podge of Asian and Pacific influences, hence the spam musubi or the loco moco. But, I am a stickler when it comes to that kind of stuff.

The Woman with a 36-Year-Old Baby Skeleton Inside Her Stomach

When 60-year-old Kantabai Thakre went to the hospital after experiencing stomach pains, doctors discovered a lump in her abdomen and feared that she might have cancer. But the truth, as they say, turned out to be much stranger. For what they found inside her was this:


The skeleton of a 36-year-old baby.

Apparently, Thakre had gotten pregnant in 1978 at the age of 24, but the chances of survival for the unborn child were slim when it was discovered that the fetus was growing outside the womb. Fearing an operation, Thakre went to a neighboring health clinic to take care of the problem through alternative methods. She returned to her Indian village without having the fetus removed and the rest is…well, the remains of your dead baby that’s been in your stomach for the past 36 years.

Watch the first episode of SELFIE online now!

We are all very excited for the new fall TV season because of the actual Asian representation we’re seeing on many of the network’s major new shows, ranging from the mid-season FRESH OFF THE BOAT (based on Eddie Huang’s memoir), to the leads in SCORPION (executive produced by Justin Lin, who also directed the pilot), Maggie Q is back in the crime procedural STALKER, and John Cho’s romantic comedic lead role in SELFIE opposite former DOCTOR WHO companion Karen Gillan!

Granted, rattling off JUST four shows on network TV may be nothing to crow about, but it is incremental progress, and the fact that these shows have Asians in the lead roles, is a pretty big deal. Of course, in the end, it’s all about how good the content is, and we’re hoping that these shows are good and do survive the Nielsen ratings and find their audiences.

So Tom Cruise’s ‘The Last Samurai’ was Actually Historically Accurate?

Take a look at this image from a 13th Century Japanese scroll:


Some in Japan are convinced that is a drawing of a white guy. Dating back to the Kamakura Era (1185-1333), the scroll depicts a samurai battle with what appears to be the white guy engaged in the fighting:


The Portuguese didn’t land in Japan until the 16th Century and there are examples of Japanese art starting from that time that depicts both white and black guys:

Around the Horn: My Kids Playing Football aka Future Concussions

With the NFL football season quickly approaching, there will be many men and some women in America that will have their Sundays completely booked sitting on their couch glued to the TV. I never really had a desire to play for a real organized team growing up like in High School but I did love the sport. I grew up watching the San Francisco Forty Niners with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice bringing the city multiple Super Bowls trophies. But recently in the last 5 years, there has been many scientific test and testimonies from older players who have been suffering very bad head traumas and concussions that have left them scarred for life where they become poor paying for medical treatment.. The players union have sued the NFL and NFL sorta swept the problem away by paying them all off. Even though the NFL avoided being blamed for the cause for being a vicious sport and helmet to helmet violence, its still a scary thought to see a player being completely knocked out cold on the field. Football is even one of the worst sports salary contracts for their players compared to basketball and baseball but yet football’s revenue brings in one of the highest in all sports. My question this week to the Offenders is if your kids or future kids wanted to play football, would you let them play? Say it was High School football, maybe even college and you knew the level of competition was high where the chances are more likely for life threatening injuries could happen, would you want them to play?