Saturday, February 18, 2017

3 week memoir class at WCC

Offering a 3 week memoir class starting today at WCC. I scheduled this class by mistake, not knowing that mid-winter break had been cancelled. I will never offer a 3-week class again, so if you want a 3 week morning class, register to come today.

https://washtenaw.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=11540&int_category_id=3&int_sub_category_id=49&int_catalog_id=1

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Film, 'Go For Broke,' Explores Formation of U.S. Military's Most Decorated Unit - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"People know some of the history of the 442nd on the battlefield, but what led up to its formation is not known," actor Chris Tashima who portrays Shigeo Yoshida, a Japanese-American leader in Hawaii, told NBC News. "It didn't just happen by itself, and there were many fights that had to be won, on the local level [in Hawai'i], in order for government and military leaders to be persuaded to 'trust' the Nisei. This is important history, not yet told."
New Film, 'Go For Broke,' Explores Formation of U.S. Military's Most Decorated Unit - NBC News

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Event Series to Explore 'Asian American Feminism in the Age of Trump' - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"An Asian-American feminist movement is the only movement that is able to accurately advocate for and represent the needs of Asian-American cis and trans women," Kim told NBC News. "Every day comes a new attack on Muslims, undocumented immigrants, environmentalists, and so forth. There cannot be a divide and conquer — there must be a strong base that is ready to show up, resist, protest where we are needed. And yes, we are needed."
Event Series to Explore 'Asian American Feminism in the Age of Trump' - NBC News

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Write an Award Winning Essay 2/4/17

Rescheduled due to power outage and illness.

Write an Award Winning Essay
New Date! Saturday 2/4/2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Chelsea District Library, McKune Room
Registration is open

Learn to write essays that can win you money for college, improve your grades and much more. Join college instructor Frances Kai-Hwa Wang as she leads a workshop that will help you take your essay writing skills into the next level. Participants will practice writing essays, so come prepared to write. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Event Type(s): Teen
Age Group(s): 12-17 - Teen

http://chelsea.evanced.info/signup/Calendar

(Note date change, originally scheduled for 2/11)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#LitinColor Write-a-Thon Brings Diversity to North America's Largest Annual Literary Conference - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America

"This year, the idea of the #LitinColor Write-a-Thon seems even more important as so many people are looking for community and ways to ground themselves in what have suddenly become very harrowing times,"
#LitinColor Write-a-Thon Brings Diversity to North America's Largest Annual Literary Conference - NBC News

Monday, January 30, 2017

Korematsu Day media coverage 2017

Korematsu Day yesterday at Michigan Law School
Fred Korematsu panel draws parallels between immigration ban and WWII | The Michigan Daily

Michigan Law School Newsroom on Korematsu Day panel
Korematsu Day Commemoration Considers Internment’s Parallels to Trump’s Immigration Ban

Essay: This Chinese New Year, Make Noise, Be Brave, Create Your Own Luck - NBC News

my essay for nbc asian america

I will be thinking about all the ways that I am privileged to speak, and I will be carrying with me the thousands of people who have been standing up, marching, and protesting for others; the dark humor and new-found resistance of historians, scientists, and park rangers; the courage of Native Americans and veterans protecting the environment at Standing Rock; the image of volunteer attorneys sitting and working on the floors of airports; and the conviction of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance who went on strike at JFK Airport Saturday in protest of the executive order.
Essay: This Chinese New Year, Make Noise, Be Brave, Create Your Own Luck - NBC News

2017 Korematsu Day Dinner Panel at UM Law School

"When You See a Wrong, Speak Up."
APALSA & MLSA presents:
2017 Korematsu Day Dinner Panel
Jan. 30Monday 5 PM
South Hall 1225

Panelists
  • Asha Noor: coordinator of ACCESS’ Take on Hate Campaign, MI
  • Roland Hwang: former Chair to the State Advisory Commission to US Commission on Civil Rights;
  • Ron Aramaki: witness to the JACL's move for redress and reparations in the 1970s; 
  • Mary Kamidoi: former internee at Rohwer internment camp in Arkansas;
  • Frances Kai-Hwa Wang: writer for NBC Asian America.
Dinner provided (first-come, first-served)

Fred Korematsu was one of the many Japanese American citizens living on the West Coast of the United States at the onset of World War II. Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War and his military commanders to remove all individuals of Japanese ancestry from designated "military areas" and place them in internment camps in what is now known as the Japanese American internment. When such orders were issued for the West Coast, Korematsu instead became a fugitive. The legality of the internment order was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States, but Korematsu's conviction was overturned decades later after the disclosure of new evidence challenging the necessity of the internment, evidence which had been withheld from the courts by the U.S. government during the war.

To commemorate his journey as a civil rights activist, the "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution" was observed for the first time on January 30, 2011, by the state of California, and first such commemoration for an Asian American in the US.

At this event co-hosted by APALSA and MLSA, panelists will give a presentation on this rebellious journey of Fred Korematsu and the legacy he left behind.

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