Thursday, October 30, 2014

Enthusiasm High Among Young Asian Americans, But Outreach Is Low - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America:
with significant voter outreach, Asian-American youth voter turnout has the potential to rise significantly above previous levels for midterm elections, growing from a mere 37 percent to as high as 63 percent.
Enthusiasm High Among Young Asian Americans, But Outreach Is Low - NBC News.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Chinatown Tour Guide Apologizes for Racist Rant - NBC News.com

“I intended to do it as a satirical comedic portion of the tour," begins the tour guide's apology. What do you think? My article on NBC News Asian America

Chinatown Tour Guide Apologizes for Racist Rant - NBC News.com

One Year After Typhoon, Filipino Fishermen Struggle to Recover - NBC News.com

Fisherman still recovering one year after Typhoon Haiyan.

My article for NBC News Asian America, reporting made possible by Rotary International.
After Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) slammed into the Visayas region of the Philippines on November 8, 2013 -- the deadliest typhoon on record to hit that country -- people from across the Philippines and around the world sent relief in the form of food, clothing, shelter, and money. Now, a year later, the Rotary Club of Cebu Port Center (RCCPC) is one of many local organizations still working to help neighbors with reconstruction efforts.
“Instead of giving clothing or food,” said RCCPC President Romeo Toledo, “Because there are a lot of NGO’s [non-governmental organizations] giving away clothing and food, we wanted to do something with long term impact for the community.”
As business people, they knew the importance of empowering communities to support themselves. So they decided to help the local people to get back on their feet with livelihood projects instead of charity.
One Year After Typhoon, Filipino Fishermen Struggle to Recover - NBC News.com

Monday, October 27, 2014

Survey Reveals How Asian Americans Feel About Death Penalty - NBC News.com

My article in NBC News Asian America:
This issue is of historic importance to the Asian/Pacific Islander American community. “One of the first national pan-Asian movements was the campaign to free Mr. Chol Soo Lee who was wrongly convicted of a killing in 1973,” said Jung. “Due to the investigative reporting by K.W. Lee and Asian-American organizing that led to the Free Chol Soo Lee Defense Committee, Mr. Lee was freed from death row in 1983.”
Survey Reveals How Asian Americans Feel About Death Penalty - NBC News.com

Third Space Salon

I have a new idea, come be a part! Third Space Salon

Third Space Salon is an Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) literary and performing arts nonprofit dedicated to creating community, celebrating the arts, with a side of cultural and educational exchange.

A/PIA Poetry and Literary Readings third Sunday of every month 6:00-7:30 pm
at Sweetwaters Cafe, 123 W Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104,
Format: Invited poets and writers read, then Open Mic, pop-up bookshop
A/PIA clubs and organizations invited--makes a great bonding event or field trip!

Upcoming Dates 2014: November 16, December 21,
Upcoming Dates 2015: January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17

A/PIA Cultural Heritage Performances in the spring (April, May, or June)

Writing Workshops (coming soon)


*Official nonprofit status paperwork in process

Creative Writing Classes - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

This weekend! Jumpstart your Memoir 10-1 and Finding your Voice 1:30-4:30

Writers Workshop -Jumpstart Your Memoir  ENG 4006  Start 11/01/14  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Rm. LA 158
2 sessions  Sat  Tuition: $69.00  Location: Liberal Arts & Sciences Bldg   Instructor: Wang    Please read: Students will need to bring a notebook and ...More

Writing With Style- Finding Your Voice  ENG 4004  Start 11/01/14  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Rm. LA 150
2 sessions  Sat  Tuition: $59.00  Location: Liberal Arts & Sciences Bldg   Instructor: Wang    Please read: Students should bring to class a notebook ...More

Creative Writing Classes - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Grammar Girl : The Oxford Comma, in Pictures :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

Infographical love for the Oxford Comma:

Grammar Girl : The Oxford Comma, in Pictures :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Li-Young Lee - Poet coming to Concordia

Can't believe I almost missed this. Li-Young Lee is coming to town! Tuesday 10/28 7:30 pm Concordia. 

Li-Young Lee - PoetWhen: Tuesday, October 28, 7:30 p.m. 
Where: Kreft Center Black Box Theater
Free and open to the public.
Li-Young Lee is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry, including, most recent, Behind My Eye. His earlier collections are Book of My Nights; Rose, winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; The City in Which I Love You, the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and a memoir entitled The Winged Seed: A Remembrance, which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and was reissued by BOA Editions in 2012. Lee's honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
CUAA: Lectures

2014 Leadership Summit | CAPA



Today: Council of Asian Pacific Americans' annual Leadership Summit, with keynote speaker Joe Grimm!

2014 Leadership Summit | CAPA

Friday, October 24, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Meet Moana: Disney Announces Its First Pacific Islander Princess - NBC News.com

my NBC News Asian America intro to Moana, but more importantly to hapa Maori screenplay writer Taika Waititi who also wrote the 2003 play, “Untold Tales of Maui,” a clever updating of the many legends of the trickster demi-god Maui (which portends well). 

Meet Moana: Disney Announces Its First Pacific Islander Princess - NBC News.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

happy divali!

divali love letter from long ago (hopefully coming out in book form soon): 

Tonight, I turn off the computer, stuff my pockets with marigolds, and light the lamps from my room out my door down the path towards the river where the Canadian Geese take pause. If I float a diya down the river, I wonder if it will find its way to you by the sea.

Then all you have to do is follow the trail of lights on this dark night, and walk with me until the moon returns.

It is as simple as clay, mustard oil, wick, and spark.

Congratulations Mike Cullinane!

Hurrah for our friend Professor Mike Cullinane, who has just been named Adopted Son of Cebu.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Changing Lives by Saving Smiles in Post-Quake Philippines - NBC News.com

Rotaplast International makes 12th medical mission to the Philippines.
"Missions to other countries are no less important, but coming home to my country, my people, with the same black hair and same brown skin, has a special place in my heart. Because I grew up here, I know how hard it can be." Thanks to Rotary International for sending me on this reporting trip, and thanks to Rotaplast Intl. Rotaplast International for letting me be a part of the team, and thanks to Rotary Club of Cebu Port Centre for taking such good care of us all. My article for NBC News Asian America:

Changing Lives by Saving Smiles in Post-Quake Philippines - NBC News.com

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