Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Book on Civil Rights Icon Fred Korematsu Challenges Youth to Speak Up for Justice - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America

"[Korematsu's] story is all the more important now with threats to Muslims, immigrants, refugees, and LGBT people," Yogi added. "Kids need to know that we can organize and fight against injustice, just like Fred."
New Book on Civil Rights Icon Fred Korematsu Challenges Youth to Speak Up for Justice - NBC News

‘We the People’ Public Art Series Plans to Infiltrate the Inauguration - NBC News

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"As artists, it is always important to create work with positive uplifting messages, but even more so during these divisive times," photographer Ridwan Adhami told NBC News. "There is a need to balance all the negativity swirling around. We have a responsibility to the youth in our communities, we need to give them something to look up to that can hopefully inspire and encourage strength. That is what the 'We The People' campaign is all about, and I am proud and honored to be part of the movement."
‘We the People’ Public Art Series Plans to Infiltrate the Inauguration - NBC News

Monday, January 16, 2017

'Our Democracy Is at Risk': 'Writers Resist' with Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Readings - NBC News

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"Our democracy is at risk," Giles Li, a poet and community leader who participated in the Boston event, told NBC News. "Growing public cynicism and an alarming disdain for truthfulness is eroding our most dearly held democratic ideals. As writers we have tremendous power to bypass empty political discourse and focus public attention on the ideals of a free, just, and compassionate society."
'Our Democracy Is at Risk': 'Writers Resist' with Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Readings - NBC News

UMich MLK Day Symposium

Looking forward to UMich MLK Day Symposium

MEMORIAL KEYNOTE LECTURE
2017 MEMORIAL LECTURERS: AMY GOODMAN and ISSA RAE
Monday January 16th, 2017
10am-11:30am (EST) (Doors open at 9:30am. Free and open to the public, not ticketed.)
Hill Auditorium

The University community is especially pleased to welcome Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae, writer, producer, and star of the hit HBO series Insecure, and Amy Goodman, award winning investigative journalist, author, syndicated columnist, and host of Democracy Now!, as speakers for the keynote memorial lecture. This year’s keynote event will focus on a sit-down discussion between Amy Goodman and Issa Rae.

Event will be live-streamed via mlksymposium.umich.edu

Signature Event | Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives

All UMich MLK Day events
http://oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium/events/

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. - Black History - HISTORY.com

The Detroit origins of MLK's I have a dream speech
Martin Luther King Jr. - Black History - HISTORY.com

Upcoming classes at WCC winter term

Upcoming classes w me at WCC this semester

Dare to Dream 
Saturday 1/21/2017, Washtenaw Community College

Chinese: Level 1 at WCC 
Wednesday 1/25/2017-3/15/2017, 6:00-8:30, 8 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Jumpstart your memoir 
Saturday 2/18/2017-3/4/2017, 3 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Finding your Voice
Saturday 3/18/2017, Washtenaw Community College

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture 
Wednesday 3/22/2017-4/12/2017, 4 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Special intensive all day writing workshop at WCC (my mid-life crisis writing workshop) next Sat
Facing a big change or opportunity in your life? Terrified or thrilled out of your wits? Not sure if you trust that you know what you know? Learn simple but powerful methods to get the ideas out of your head and onto the page in order to write your way through this challenge. Part journaling, part business plan, lots of short writing exercises, this class aspires to create the space in your head and the courage in your heart to take those first dizzying steps as you dare to dream.
English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope Suffers New Legal Setback - NBC News

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"Judge Nakamura's decision follows the Supreme Court's clear message to government agencies that they cannot act as 'a passive actor or a neutral umpire' when it comes to decisions that implicate the constitutional rights of Native Hawaiians to exercise traditional and customary practices," David Kauila Kopper of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, which is representing Flores, said in a statement. "They must take affirmative steps to ensure a process that safeguards Native Hawaiian rights and effectuates the values of the public trust."
Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope Suffers New Legal Setback - NBC News

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hawaiian Music Pioneer Eddie Kamae Dies at 89 - NBC News

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"Eddie Kamae was the catalyst behind so many Hawaiian musicians," musician Patrick Landeza told NBC News. "The Sons of Hawai'i were the root of the Hawaiian Renaissance and it was his genius of discovering the past which allowed us to move forward to the future, that future being Hawaiian music today as we know it through his music and films."
Hawaiian Music Pioneer Eddie Kamae Dies at 89 - NBC News

Sunday, January 8, 2017

TSP: Stephanie Han's Ten Points of Fiction Writing Advice

great advice
TSP: Stephanie Han's Ten Points of Fiction Writing Advice

Upcoming classes at WCC this semester

Upcoming classes w me at WCC this semester

Dare to Dream 
Saturday 1/21/2017, Washtenaw Community College

Chinese: Level 1 at WCC 
Wednesday 1/25/2017-3/15/2017, 6:00-8:30, 8 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Jumpstart your memoir 
Saturday 2/18/2017-3/4/2017, 3 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Finding your Voice
Saturday 3/18/2017, Washtenaw Community College

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture 
Wednesday 3/22/2017-4/12/2017, 4 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Friday, January 6, 2017

'A Spiritual Act': How Multilingual Jazz Artist Jen Shyu Found Safety on Stage - NBC News

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"Performance for me is a spiritual act," Shyu said. "I am hoping to heal, bring together, make sense of, and address people's inner mysteries and questions through the time span of a performance. I am driven by exploring and performing the unfamiliar, shedding light on issues, traditions, and cultures that might be living in the shadows."
'A Spiritual Act': How Multilingual Jazz Artist Jen Shyu Found Safety on Stage - NBC News

Thursday, January 5, 2017

From Hashtag to Movement to Book: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Publishes First Anthology - NBC News

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"For a while, I kind of stopped talking about it because it felt like I was speaking into the wind — no one new was listening and everything stayed the same. But then WNDB came along, and for the first time ever I am starting to see real changes."
From Hashtag to Movement to Book: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Publishes First Anthology - NBC News

Army Issues New Rule Granting Religious Accommodations for Turbans, Beards, Hijabs - NBC News

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"Our Army can now fully reflect the diversity of faiths, cultures, and experiences that are woven into the fabric of our American experience and make us stronger."
Army Issues New Rule Granting Religious Accommodations for Turbans, Beards, Hijabs - NBC News

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Essay: In the 'Las Vegas of Asia,' Lessons in How Multiculturalism Makes Community - NBC News

my new year's essay for nbc asian america
Such an intriguing mix of old and new, East and West, and so many languages! It seemed that almost everyone we met speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Portuguese.
Essay: In the 'Las Vegas of Asia,' Lessons in How Multiculturalism Makes Community - NBC News
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