Sunday, August 30, 2015

Race, Justice, Outreach at the Heart of this New Orleans Camp - NBC News

Remembering how little coverage and outreach there was of/for the Vietnamese American community in New Orleans ten years ago, and glad today to be able to highlight the good work of VAYLA New Orleans​ and Minh Nguyen​ on this tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
"We are building leadership, building confidence, and really changing the narrative around young people, especially young people of color. We do care about the community, we are part of the community, so let us be at the table to help figure this out."
Race, Justice, Outreach at the Heart of this New Orleans Camp - NBC News

Wayne State Law School APA History and the Law

I am pleased to be a part of Wayne State University School of Law's first offering of "Asian Pacific American History and the Law: Perspectives on APA Civil Rights" this fall semester with Roland Hwang and Ann Malayang Daley, Thursdays 6-8 pm, LEX 8015 (3 credits).

Tell all the law students you know at Wayne State to sign up while there are still seats.

I also just updated my "Upcoming" page--lots of writing classes and APIA speaking engagements coming up this year, but there's still some room for more. Invite me! (Discounts for California locations!) http://www.franceskaihwawang.com/p/upcoming.html

Saturday, August 29, 2015

"Jumpstart your college application essay" last day today

Last day of my writing class at WCC today, "Jumpstart your college application essay." We're writing all the common app, UM, and MSU questions. There's still time if you want to send me your teenagers and get those applications finished before school starts.

https://washtenaw.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=7897&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0

Friday, August 28, 2015

This Automatic Roti-Maker Has a $72 Million Waiting List - NBC News

WANT. my article for NBC Asian America
"With a demanding job, I often found that I did not have the energy to make [roti] and that's when I really missed my mom's garam garam karki roti," said Pranoti Nagarkar, co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Zimplistic, in a video.
This Automatic Roti-Maker Has a $72 Million Waiting List - NBC News

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jeremy Lin's Little Brother, Joseph, Signs Semi-Pro Deal - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re #BabyLin
"During his tryout with the team, he demonstrated exceptional poise, high basketball IQ, and a great shooting touch," Chris Tsai, general manager of the Fubon Braves, told NBC News. "We think he has the potential to be a very good point guard in Taiwan, and he has the right attitude and work ethic to make that happen."
Jeremy Lin's Little Brother, Joseph, Signs Semi-Pro Deal - NBC News

Trump's 'Offensive' Asian Parody Sparks Criticism - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"Coming on the heels of Jeb Bush's use of the derogatory term 'anchor babies' and saying that term 'is more related to Asian people,'" Representative Mike Honda (D-CA), Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and Chair of CAPAC's Immigration Task Force, told NBC News that Trump's "offensive" parody "builds upon a disturbing narrative that is fueled by xenophobic speech and thinking."
Trump's 'Offensive' Asian Parody Sparks Criticism - NBC News

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Leaders Demand Apology from Bush for Asian 'Anchor Baby' Remarks - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"All that is accomplished through talk of anchor-babies - be they from Latin America, Asia, Europe, or Africa - is to use xenophobia to further isolate immigrants," she said. "It's time for our country to return to a substantive discussion on immigration."
Leaders Demand Apology from Bush for Asian 'Anchor Baby' Remarks - NBC News

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Asian Americans Tweet Outrage After Jeb Bush 'Anchor Baby' Gaffe - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America re Jeb Bush
"I felt that Asian Americans need to be included in the immigration discussions," Fong told NBC News. "Our stories need to be told accurately so that our diversity and our contributions can be shared. Bush doesn't get to tell my story."
Asian Americans Tweet Outrage After Jeb Bush 'Anchor Baby' Gaffe - NBC News

Monday, August 24, 2015

Human Rights Lawyer Settles NYPD Case After Arrest for Blocking Sidewalk - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re Chaumtoli Huq case
"Being a human rights attorney, I know the legal system does not work for those who have been historically and presently excluded from it, and knew this growing up as a working class immigrant in the Bronx," Huq said. "But going through the legal system as a client, not the lawyer, gives you a perch from which you see the day to day ways we are asked to negotiate away our rights, and be comfortable with what we get."
Human Rights Lawyer Settles NYPD Case After Arrest for Blocking Sidewalk - NBC News

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Jumpstart Your College Essay - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Today at WCC! Wake up your high school senior and send him/her/them this afternoon!
Have you been meaning to start your college application essays all summer? What do these questions mean? Where do you even start? How do you fit it all into the word count? This course is a college application essay boot camp to sit down and just get it done. Using timed writings and discussion, we will inventory our high school experiences, analyze application essay questions, write a good first draft, and discuss editing techniques. Bring a laptop, notebook, and pen.
Jumpstart Your College Essay - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Publicize Your Event - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Course Cancelled.

Develop a comprehensive marketing plan for your event or nonprofit today at WCC. Come join us!
Traditional and social media offer nimble and low-cost ways to get the word out about your organization, special event, or cause. However, a little strategy goes a long way. Learn how to write a press release and calendar listing. In addition, participants will review guidelines on length, frequency, tone and branding. Participants will also discover how to effectively use photographs, video, audio, graphics. The power of links, social media networks, and knowing your audience will be discussed. Bring a notebook and pen.
Publicize Your Event - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Thursday, August 20, 2015

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Talks Need In Publishing | Neon Tommy

Hey look, it's me! I'm quoted. From November 2014

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Talks Need In Publishing | Neon Tommy

How BuzzFeed Is Winning With Asian-Americans | DigitalNext - Advertising Age

Great article re Four Strategies for Brands to Engage with the Asian-American Audience
At first glance, a hard-hitting piece on affirmative action seems far removed from the humorous viral sensation "Ask An Asian." Yet both pieces were published on BuzzFeed -- an unlikely hub for issues affecting Asian-Americans. BuzzFeed hasn't been shy about pursuing this wildly underserved market and has achieved impressive cultural relevancy that many brands have failed to earn.
How BuzzFeed Is Winning With Asian-Americans | DigitalNext - Advertising Age

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Akufuncture's Samuel Wang on Fashion, Film, and Remembering Your Roots - NBC News

My Q&A with Akufuncture and Picture Taipei's Samuel Wang for NBC News Asian America
"You only know where you're going if you know where you're from, and where we're from is what Legends are made of." 
Akufuncture's Samuel Wang on Fashion, Film, and Remembering Your Roots - NBC News
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