Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Campaign to Disaggregate Data and Ensure All Students Count - NBC News.com

My article in NBC News about the #allstudentscount rally for data today in Washington DC

The simple checkbox on the most forms, denoting "Asian" or "Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander," belies the diversity behind those labels -- ranging from"Mixed Filipino," and "Hmong American," to "Samoan," and "Chinese/Japanese." That's the argument of those backing the #AllStudentsCount movement.
A Campaign to Disaggregate Data and Ensure All Students Count - NBC News.com

Monday, July 21, 2014

Study Debunks Myths Surrounding Sex-Selective Abortion Bans - NBC News.com

Fabulous study, very clear and well-laid-out. I am surprised how much people can just make stuff up  to further their own agenda (I look up and verify and double check everything!)
"We find that this legislation is based on myths and misinformation," wrote Professor Sital Kalantry."In fact, while sex-selective abortion bans have proliferated based on a supposed concern over Asian immigrant birth patterns, the reality is that Asian Americans tend to have more girls than white Americans."
Study Debunks Myths Surrounding Sex-Selective Abortion Bans - NBC News.com

John Cho Calls Casting Revolutionary, But Will He Get The Girl? - NBC News.com

I got to write about John Cho in NBC News! swoon :)
Bruce Lee never got the girl. Jet Li never got the girl. Lieutenant Sulu got a hug once, but that was a ruse in an alternate universe. Could John Cho leap the "romantic lead" hurdle?
John Cho Calls Casting Revolutionary, But Will He Get The Girl? - NBC News.com

Sunday, July 20, 2014

When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself : Code Switch : NPR

Great article by Mathhew Salessas in NPR
What happens when the workshop pits a person of color's lived experience against a white perspective of how that experience should read on the page? For a writer of color, the defense of one's work can quickly become a defense of the self.
When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself : Code Switch : NPR

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Asian American Writers' Workshop - Serve the People at the Bottom: Yuri Kochiyama

Great article by Scott Kurashige on Yuri Kochiyama in AAWW.org
Yuri’s indefatigable effort to build solidarity among all activists and oppressed people is what many will likely see as the hallmark of her legacy.
Asian American Writers' Workshop - Serve the People at the Bottom: Yuri Kochiyama

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Stereotypes in 'The Mikado' Stir Controversy in Seattle - NBC News.com

Seattle's Gilbert and Sullivan Society isn't the first to take on 'The Mikado' in modern times, but it's not also not the first to spark this sort of controversy. Performances around the country have drawn criticism and protests in recent years, including in New York (2004), Los Angeles (2007 and 2009), Boston (2007), Austin (2011), and Denver (2013)....
Actor Greg Watanabe is based in Seattle, and calls the Society's decision to produce the play in 2014 "willfully ignorant."
"It's astounding we have to keep relitigating this," said Watanabe. "The galling part is, the producer is aware there are racist elements and yet doesn't think it's relevant, isn't aware that people are offended and have a problem with it, or doesn't care, and then thinks casting no Asians in it is also totally fine."
Stereotypes in 'The Mikado' Stir Controversy in Seattle - NBC News.com

Population, Poverty Both Grew in This Asian American Community - NBC News.com

A new report by Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Orange County and the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, “A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Orange County,” looks at the contradictions found in America’s third largest Asian American community. There are nearly 600,000 Asian Americans and 19,000 Pacific Islanders in Orange County, growing at 41% and 17%, respectively.
Experts say as the community grows, so their needs, not just in California, but across America.
Population, Poverty Both Grew in This Asian American Community - NBC News.com

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Can Jeremy Lin Restart Career Through Fresh Start with Los Angeles Lakers? | Bleacher Report

Quoted here as "NBC News' Frances Kai-Hwa Wang." I sort of like the sound of that. And with my quotes from Scott Kurashige and Karthick Ramakrishnan!
As NBC News' Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, notes, "Lin’s story has resonated with many Asian Americans across lines of ethnicity and gender, sports fan or non-sports-fan, immigrant or American-born, as evidenced by his loyal "Linsanity" fandom."
Can Jeremy Lin Restart Career Through Fresh Start with Los Angeles Lakers? | Bleacher Report

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Jeremy Lin Trade to the Lakers Makes Clear Business Sense - NBC News.com

Asian-American Twitter accounts were ablaze this weekend surrounding the news that Jeremy Lin had been traded from the Houston Rockets to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jeremy Lin’s story has resonated with many Asian Americans across lines of ethnicity and gender, sports fan or non-sports-fan, immigrant or American-born, as evidenced by his loyal "Linsanity" fandom.
The Jeremy Lin Trade to the Lakers Makes Clear Business Sense - NBC News.com


Film Project Empowers Muslim Youth To Tell Their Own Stories - NBC News.com

The application for the Muslim Youth Voices Project asks, “What inspires you to tell stories?”
With a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is launching a series of free, intensive, seven-day film-making workshops in six U.S. cities for Muslim youth aged 12-18 from all backgrounds.
Film Project Empowers Muslim Youth To Tell Their Own Stories - NBC News.com

Friday, July 11, 2014

Native Hawaiians to Federal Government: Give Us Back Our Kingdom - NBC News.com

My article and TWO photographs for NBCnews' new Asian America page! Native Hawaiians to Federal Government: Give Us Back Our Kingdom http://t.co/EA9ZfiTJaz/s/3F7
“The Kingdom of Hawaii was never a tribe,” Francis Moku Malani, Jr. testified at the Hilo hearing last week, “We are a sovereign nation.”
Native Hawaiians to Federal Government: Give Us Back Our Kingdom - NBC News.com

UPDATE: 320 mostly racist comments and counting against African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Puerto Ricans, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, immigrants, poor people, losers in war, etc. (and a tiny handful of valiant Hawaiian history comments). but not one personal attack on me (yet). This is a new experience for me.

UPDATE: About a dozen positive emails about the article, again, no personal attacks, while the racist comments continue past 500. This is like some bizarro internet experience. Ha.

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