Thursday, March 26, 2015

From Pork Belly Buns to Bubble Tea, Book Captures Food of Taiwan - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America
Cathy Erway's new book, "The Food of Taiwan—Recipes from the Beautiful Island" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is a tantalizing and mouth-watering exploration of Taiwan's cuisine and country—ranging from the excitement of night market street food to the familiarity of home-cooked comfort dishes. Punctuated by photographs of people cooking and eating across the island's varied landscape, the writing is warm and personal, and captures the essence of Taiwan's obsession with food.
From Pork Belly Buns to Bubble Tea, Book Captures Food of Taiwan - NBC News.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

George Takei Invites Fans to Help Fund His Legacy Projects - NBC News.com

Join Asian America's beloved Uncle George Takei's legacy project to benefit both Allegiance - A New Musical and the Japanese American National Museum. My article for nbc asian america

George Takei Invites Fans to Help Fund His Legacy Projects - NBC News.com

'Shot Across the Bows': Restaurant Workers Win $2.7 Million Suit - NBC News.com

My article in NBC News Asian America about NYC Korean restaurant workers lawsuit
"Korean restaurant owners have to a large extent not been sued for labor law violations in the past, unlike Chinese restaurant owners, particularly in New York's Chinatown," Ken Kimerling, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) legal director, told NBC News. "This decision should be like a shot across the bows of the other Korean restaurants; they too are vulnerable to large damage awards unless they change their practices."
'Shot Across the Bows': Restaurant Workers Win $2.7 Million Suit - NBC News.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Oregon Law Could Mobilize 20,000 New AAPI Voters - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America re Oregon's new "Motor Voter" law:

"Getting Asian Americans empowered to vote involves three steps—increase naturalization rates, get more people registered to vote, and increase the turn-out among those registered to vote," Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Public Policy at the University of California-Riverside, told NBC News, "Increasing registration is arguably the largest step. [Oregon's new law] is impressive and it will be interesting to see how other states follow suit."
Oregon Law Could Mobilize 20,000 New AAPI Voters - NBC News.com

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Taste of Taiwan and Japan Fest this weekend at UMich

At University of Michigan this weekend:

Taste of Taiwan Saturday 6-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/1804602099764104/

Japan Cultural Fest Sunday 12-4pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/358202441046318/

Finding your voice class cancelled

Spring is here! Hard to get everyone back inside again, so unfortunately, my "Finding your Voice" creative writing class at WCC this Saturday, March 21, has been cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. 

My next class, "Dare to Dream," will be held Saturday, April 11, 9:30-3:30, at WCC. Register early and often! Tell all your friends!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Is There Anything "Insurgent" Star Daniel Dae Kim Can't Do? - NBC News.com

Did I happen to mention that I interviewed Daniel Dae Kim? He is so nice and so smart. 

Video by Traci Lee. Title via 18 Million Rising. And I told him that Emily P. Lawsin and I showed National Film Society's "Top 5 Asian Hotties" in class at UM last year. Here's my article for NBC News Asian America:
"It is much more empowering to be creating opportunities, to be the one who is saying, 'Look, I'm going to take this from the ground up and create a story that is meaningful to me as an Asian American, and cast it with Asian Americans, and have Asian Americans writing it.'"
Is There Anything "Insurgent" Star Daniel Dae Kim Can't Do? - NBC News.com

Lawsuit: At-Large Elections Lead to Racially-Polarized Voting - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America re Fullerton California lawsuit re Voting Rights

"Asian American voters long to participate in Fullerton's city government, but the current at-large system prevents that by diluting our power at the ballot box," said plaintiff Jonathan Paik in a statement, "We join with other voices in our community in calling for a change that provides all residents in this city an opportunity to have a seat at the table."
Lawsuit: At-Large Elections Lead to Racially-Polarized Voting - NBC News.com

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Are Undocumented New License Holders Driving Organ Donor Spike? - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America on AB60 and Organ Donation Registration Spike

"It's the only spike that's happened in the last few years," California Transplant and Donor Network Communications officer Anthony Borders told local media, raising speculation that the increase in organ donor registration is directly related to the high numbers of undocumented immigrants now able to get driver's licenses. According to Borders, ninety percent of those who sign up to be organ donors do so at the DMV.
Are Undocumented New License Holders Driving Organ Donor Spike? - NBC News.com

Attention Awesome Kids! This Is the Princess Story for You. - NBC News.com

my article at NBC News Asian America on Greg Pak's new book, "The Princess Who Saved Herself" now on Kickstarter

"The beautiful thing that pulled me into Jonathan Coulton's 'Princess Who Saved Herself' song is that its heroine is this awesome, proactive kid who tackles every challenge with fearlessness and aplomb — not hesitating to kick a dragon's butt if necessary," Pak told NBC News. "But ultimately, she deals with every problem with compassion."
Attention Awesome Kids! This Is the Princess Story for You. - NBC News.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The First Multiracial Miss Universe Japan Has Been Crowned - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America re first multiracial hapa Miss Universe Japan, Ariana Miyamoto
"In a country where the majority of fashion beauty magazines and TV shows are reigned by 'hāfu' models and actors," filmmaker and co-director of the film "Hafu," Lara Perez Takagi told NBC News, "It was actually about time that a mixed-race Japanese girl won the Miss Universe pageant."
The First Multiracial Miss Universe Japan Has Been Crowned - NBC News.com

Monday, March 16, 2015

'Bharat Babies' Brings Indian Culture to American Children - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America
"My daughter and her friends will be able to see themselves and their culture in the stories they read growing up," said Joshi, "And that is incredibly empowering."
'Bharat Babies' Brings Indian Culture to American Children - NBC News.com

The Untold Stories of Internment Resisters - NBC News.com

My article at NBC News Asian America about Japanese American resistance to internment that went way beyond the No-No boys. Check out the Suyama Project at UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the amazing story of what happened at Tule Camp Block 42. (I also love the stories of "borrowing" wood).The Untold Stories of Internment Resisters - NBC News.com

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor 2015 Spring Festival Celebration Fundraising Gala

Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor 2015 Chinese Spring Festival Celebration Fundraising Gala with Dinner and Cultural Performance to raise funds for Washtenaw Community College scholarship fund

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 6:00 pm

Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan

with performances by Ann Arbor Traditional Chinese Music Ensemble, Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan, University of Michigan Revolutions, and more!

Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor

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