Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Asian Americans Show Solidarity, Support for Ferguson - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America

More than three decades after Vincent Chin's death, the decision not to indict Darren Wilson reminds us that our justice system is still broken,” said Emma Chen, president of American Citizens for Justice/Asian American Center for Justice. Chen was recalling the 1982 beating death of Chinese-American Vincent Chin, whose killers were fined $3000 and never spent a night in jail.
Asian Americans Show Solidarity, Support for Ferguson - NBC News.com

Language Barriers Persist in Affordable Care Act Enrollment - NBC News.com

My article in NBC News Asian America
“In the first enrollment, we had NO support or resources in terms of bilingual navigator assistance for the Asian-American community,” says Dr. Tsu-Yin Wu, Director of Michigan’s only AHJ member Healthy Asian Americans Project (HAAP). But this year, she received a federal grant to hire additional help, and is hiring bilingual navigators who speak Mandarin/Cantonese, Bengali, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi, and Gujarati.
Language Barriers Persist in Affordable Care Act Enrollment - NBC News.com

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hawaii's Patsy Mink Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom - NBC News.com

My article at NBC News Asian America:
“What you endure is who you are. And if you just accept and do nothing, then life goes on," said Mink. "But if you see it as a way for change, life doesn’t have to be so unfair. It can be better. Maybe not for me, I can’t change the past, but I can certainly help somebody else in the future so they don’t have to go through what I did.”
Hawaii's Patsy Mink Honored with Presidential Medal of Freedom - NBC News.com

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Teaching two writing classes at Chelsea District Library

Teaching two writing classes at Chelsea District Library Sat. Dec. 13 and Mon. Jan. 19:

Chelsea District Library
221 S. Main St.
Chelsea, MI 48118

Write an Award Winning Essay |Saturday, Dec. 13 | 10:00am-12:00pm | McKune | High School Only

Learn to write essays that can win you money for college, 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 for the Profile in Courage Essay Contest. This national contest offers a top prize of $10,000 as well as a trip to Boston. Please bring a notebook and pen.

Write Award Winning Creative Non-Fiction | Monday, Jan. 19 | 1:00am-3:00pm | McKune Grades 6 - 12

Creative nonfiction is another way to say true stories, well told. Learn to write great true stories with the help of Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, a creative writing instructor at Washtenaw Community College. Participants should come prepared to write, and will be working on submissions for several creative nonfiction contests. Please bring a notebook and pen.

You must register with the Chelsea District Library on the library's website or by phone to attend.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

King Elementary students celebrate rare honor |

“King has had a big impact on my life,” he said. “In other schools, I might not have gotten the opportunity to dance in front of an audience … and I might not have had as many great experiences. It’s so much fun, and there are so many unique after-school events and activities, King proves itself to be much more than just a school. It’s a community.”

King Elementary students celebrate rare honor |

Writing Workshop today: English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream

Teaching an all-day writing workshop today: English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream (the midlife crisis writing workshop) at Washtenaw Community College 9:30-3:25. Info at wccnet.edu.

Friday, November 21, 2014

White House Launches Bullying Prevention Task Force - NBC News.com

my article for nbc news asian america

A professional football player is a surprising spokesman for bullying prevention, but Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward is drawing from his own childhood to bolster his advocacy.
“I was a bullied kid,” says Ward, a former member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, in a White House video. “I used to get talked about and teased all the time. The black kids didn’t want to hang out with me because I was Korean, the Korean kids didn’t want to hang out with me because I was black, and the white kids didn’t want to hang out with me because I was both black and Korean.”
White House Launches Bullying Prevention Task Force - NBC News.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Creative Writing Class: Dare to Dream this Saturday at Washtenaw Community College

I'm teaching an all-day writer's workshop this Saturday that I jokingly call my mid-life crisis writing workshop: Dare to Dream this Saturday, November 21, 9:30-3:25, at Washtenaw Community College.

Sign up at wccedu.net under Lifelong Learning (I can't find the link for some reason, but everyone else tells me that it is there).

Spring 2015 Creative Writing Classes - Washtenaw Community College

Classes coming this spring:

Beginning Writers Workshop ENG 4290 Start 03/21/15 Mandatory Fees: $0.00 Rm. TBD
1 session Sat Tuition: $69.00 Location: Main Campus Instructor: Wang

English Special Workshop- Dare to Dream ENG 4055 Start 04/18/15 Mandatory Fees: $0.00 Rm. TBD
1 session Sat Tuition: $69.00 Location: Main Campus Instructor: Wang Please read: Students should bring a pen and a notebook ...More

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dozens of Groups Sign Letter Demanding Justice for Chaumtoli Huq - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America:
“The Mayor has snubbed over 60 community-based organizations representing a diverse cross-section of New Yorkers calling for a town hall meeting and basic reforms to community policing,” said Chaumtoli Huq, “In doing so, he has failed New York in his simplest obligation to us."
Dozens of Groups Sign Letter Demanding Justice for Chaumtoli Huq - NBC News.com

Monday, November 17, 2014

Actress, Director, Producer Joan Chen's New Role: Food Blogger - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America
“Not only am I a lover of food but I enjoy sitting around," said Chen. “This is also a way to share my journey as a Chinese American. Memories of my early life in China and my current life in America -- through food.”
Actress, Director, Producer Joan Chen's New Role: Food Blogger - NBC News.com

Friday, November 14, 2014

Midterm Elections: How Did Asian-American Candidates Fare? - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America:

"The 2014 November Election marked another milestone for AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) candidates at all levels of government,” said Floyd Mori, CEO/President of Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies (APAICS). “AAPIs continue to show they are electable in any kind of political climate.”
Midterm Elections: How Did Asian-American Candidates Fare? - NBC News.com

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