The Happiest Man in America
Elizabeth Eun
Author: Elizabeth Eun
Posted: March 8th, 2011
Filed Under: BLOG
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Alvin Wong and his wife, Trudy Schandler-Wong. Such bliss.

Ever wonder who the happiest man in America is? No? Gallup’s figured it out for you anyway.

The New York Times asked Gallup, which compiled the first-ever daily assessment of U.S. resident’s health and well-being, to figure out a statistical composite for the happiest person in America.

Gallup came up with this: a tall, Asian American, observant Jew, who is at least 65 and married, has children, lives in Hawaii, runs his own business and earns more than $120,000 a year.

And yes. He exists.

Alvin Wong is a 5-foot-10, 69-year-old, Chinese American Jew, who’s married with children. He runs his own health care management business in Honolulu and earns more than $120,000 a year.

Wong told The Times that he may be the happiest man in America because “my life philosophy is, if you can’t laugh at yourself, life is going to be pretty terrible for you.”

That’s all fine and dandy, but my theory is that he’s the happiest man in America because he’s probably the ONLY PERSON WHO FITS THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

But that could be my bitterness talking, since you know, I’m short, Christian, 20-something, unmarried female who lives in California and I earn a meager salary (cough, cough). But hey, at least I’m Asian American.

In Blog We Trust: Part I of III
Elizabeth Eun
Author: Elizabeth Eun
Posted: November 3rd, 2010
Filed Under: Back Issues , BLOG , November 2010
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Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man may be the reigning king of the Asian American blogosphere, but a handful of wired scribes could soon inherit the throne.

This is part one of our cover series on the top 10 Asian American blogs to read (or watch) right now.

Jen Wang (left) with Diana Nguyen
Photographed by Eric Sueyoshi

Disgrasian

The Los Angeles-based duo behind Disgrasian, Jen Wang and Diana Nguyen, consider themselves to be Disgrasians rather than Amazians, but don’t think that they’re suffering from low self-esteem—they’re just Asian. “We totally think we’re Disgrasians,” says Wang. “Asian people are incredibly hard on themselves, so unless you think you’re doing something wrong, you’re not really Asian. So if you’re Asian, by nature and by design, you think you’re a Disgrasian.” But both Nguyen and Wang should be proud of what they’ve achieved in a little over three years. Although their blog isn’t the go-to site for breaking news, it’s become one of the most popular sites for abrasive, but hilarious commentary on Asians who are a “disgrace to the race.” Nguyen and Wang are also contributors for The Huffington Post, where they write snarky posts on topics such as U.S. Rep. Joseph Cao and the Miss USA pageant. But somehow, it’s easy to believe that the famed site stemmed from gabfests exchanged while buzzed off wine. Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands are reading their entries every day, there are enough posts about babes and bad behavior for Disgrasian to feel like a good, no-holds-barred convo between friends.” I think about Jen reading my post and almost no one else,” says Nguyen. “In a way, it’s made it possible to keep writing the way we have and preserving that original energy. That tunnel vision has been the reason we’ve been able to do it for so long.”
The Renaissance Man: KevJumba
KoreAm
Author: KoreAm
Posted: October 28th, 2010
Filed Under: Back Issues , BLOG , September 2010
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This is part of our cover series on Asian American YouTube stars. Check out our recent profiles on Wong Fu Productions, Dumbfoundead, Megan Lee, David Choi, Ryan Higa, Just Kidding Films and Clara Chung

Kevin Wu / kevjumba
actor, writer, comedian

Thank goodness for high school stress, or we might have never met the smooth-talking comic Kevin Wu … or his dad, YouTube’s token “DILF,” the equally adorable and hilarious Papa Wu who gets pranked to no end. The Houston born-and-bred wisecracker is the Renaissance Man of YouTube comedy. His rise to stardom began when he was in high school, escaping the pressures of SATs and college apps by animatedly talking straight into his webcam about everything from “elbow zits” to stereotypes. He’s collaborated with most of his fellow YouTube counterparts, attended two years at the University of California, Davis and even created a YouTube charity called JumbaFund. “I want to try everything,” says the 20-year-old. “I want to try having my own show; I want to do acting; I definitely want to pursue stand-up. I don’t want to be restricted by one thing.” Wu will also be appearing on a national television show, so be sure to catch him on the real tube sometime in the fall. Hint: He just might be racing around the world with a companion—his one-and-only Papa Wu.

By Julie Ma
Photographed by Eric Sueyoshi in Pasadena, California.

Check out a video of Kevin and his dad after the jump!

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