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.

Monday, October 20, 2014

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

"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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Philippines' 'Crisis Mappers' on a Mission to Save History - NBC News.com

Check out the first of many stories from this reporting trip (made possible by Rotary International) about the Handsome Crisis Mappers of the Philippines on this first anniversary of the Bohol earthquake which devastated the Visayas region October 13, 2013, 8:12 am.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Language Remains 'Top Challenge' to Asian American Enrollment - NBC News.com

My article at nbc news asian america

“Language access was and remains a top challenge to educating and enrolling Asian Americans about their health care obligations and options under the Affordable Care Act,” said Jeff Caballero, executive director of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, an Action for Health Justice partner organization.
Language Remains 'Top Challenge' to Asian American Enrollment - NBC News.com

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Study Finds Asian American Voices Missing From Sunday Talk Shows - NBC News.com

My article in nbc news asian america:

In a study of "The Big Five" Sunday television news shows, Asian-American think tank, ChangeLab, found that Asian Americans are simply missing from the conversation, even when the shows are discussing issues that are of interest and relevance to Asian Americans.
Study Finds Asian American Voices Missing From Sunday Talk Shows - NBC News.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Rep Judy Chu Fights State Bans Based on Racial Stereotypes - NBC News.com

Hurrah for Rep Judy Chu! My article at NBCNews Asian America:
“A woman’s constitutional rights should not depend on her zip code,” said US Representative Judy Chu about the patchwork of state laws eroding women’s access to legal abortion and other reproductive health services. Chu is the House lead sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act (HR 3471), a bill that would outlaw the restrictive state laws that target abortion services and shut down clinics across America.
Rep Judy Chu Fights State Bans Based on Racial Stereotypes - NBC News.com

Monday, October 6, 2014

New Study Shows Asian American Support for Affirmative Action - NBC News.com

My article at NBC News Asian America:
“We can't just let the loudest voices in the room represent what our community thinks, and needs.” --Karthick Ramakrishnan, Prof. UC Riverside and AAPIData.com
New Study Shows Asian American Support for Affirmative Action - NBC News.com

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Muslim Teens Find Their Voices as First-Time Filmmakers - NBC News.com

My article in NBC News Asian America
“On a very broad level, I learned the basics of filmmaking. I learned how to write a proper script and dialogue, how to storyboard, how to work with a partner to come up with a good, developed, story,” said Jannah Sellars. “On a deeper level, I learned some things about myself.”
Muslim Teens Find Their Voices as First-Time Filmmakers - NBC News.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

White House Launches Online Resource for Asian American Data - NBC News.com

My article at NBC News Asian America:
“The launch of Data.gov/AAPI marks an important milestone for better understanding and responding to the complex needs of AAPIs, now the fastest growing racial group in the country,” said Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director of theWhite House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI).
White House Launches Online Resource for Asian American Data - NBC News.com

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