Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chinese: Level 1 - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Chinese class at WCC starts Wednesday, runs for eight weeks, 9/28-11/16, 6:00-8:30 pm, LA 138

In this introductory class, you’ll have fun and learn to speak Chinese as you explore proper pronunciations, greetings and useful expressions for daily life, people and things. You will also become familiar with the Chinese culture and country, as we cover topics such as history, beliefs, customs and food.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dept. of Interior Finalizes Rule to Recognize Native Hawaiian Government - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced today an administrative procedure that will allow a unified Native Hawaiian government — if one is established in the future — to enter into a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States.
This would give Native Hawaiians a status similar to more than 560 Native American tribes that currently hold nation-to-nation status, which could allow federal considerations on issues ranging from land management to social services.
Dept. of Interior Finalizes Rule to Recognize Native Hawaiian Government - NBC News

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

College Application Essay Workshop: U of M - Chelsea District Library

Chelsea District Library
Saturday, Sep 17
10:30am–12:30pm
High School Students
Registration Required

Applying to the University of Michigan? Let Frances Kai-Hwa Wang help!

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, a creative writing instructor at Washtenaw Community College, will help you craft the perfect essay to increase your chances of admission. Participants should come prepared to write, and will be working on the current admissions essay questions offered by the University of Michigan. Students may also bring other essay questions to work on from their colleges of choice.

College Application Essay Workshop: U of M - Chelsea District Library

Thursday, September 15, 2016

'The Sikh Project' Book Brings Photo Exhibit Portraits Home - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"We feel that The Sikh Project Book isn't just for Sikhs," Naroop told NBC News. "It's for everyone. At its core, the project is about identity. Pride. Not conforming. Individuality. In this day and age, no [one] should feel that they need to fit in. Being like everyone else is boring. Staying true to who you are takes courage."
'The Sikh Project' Book Brings Photo Exhibit Portraits Home - NBC News

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

California Governor Signs Bill to Develop High School Ethnic Studies Curriculum - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
AB-2016 is a landmark law that will ensure all California high school students have an opportunity to learn about their own or another culture's history and importance in shaping the state's past, present, and future," founder of grassroots education news and civic tech site K-12 News Network Cynthia Liu told NBC News. "We hope mutual understanding, empathy, and racial/cultural literacy will be the fruit of this important law.
California Governor Signs Bill to Develop High School Ethnic Studies Curriculum - NBC News

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Maiv PAC Wants to Improve 'the Lives of Hmong and Immigrant Women' - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
We started Maiv PAC to raise funds to elect candidates who are committed to improving the lives of Hmong and immigrant women and girls," Thao-Urabe said. "As Americans who actively build community we know that improving our lives will improve the lives of our children and our families."
Maiv PAC Wants to Improve 'the Lives of Hmong and Immigrant Women' - NBC News

Monday, September 12, 2016

Activists Stage 9/11 DC 'Checkpoints' To Protest Profiling - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"9/11 was a devastating tragedy for all Americans," NQAPIA board member Almas Haider told NBC News. "Its legacy continues to traumatize us in different ways. This action calls attention to the experience of Muslims and those racialized as Muslim, who in the aftermath of 9/11 have experienced an increase in physical and verbal harassment, from our religious centers being vandalized to being murdered in and outside our homes."
Activists Stage 9/11 DC 'Checkpoints' To Protest Profiling - NBC News

Sunday, September 11, 2016

In Our Own Words: Reflections on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 | Colorlines

Read this today. Powerful 9/11 stories from Deepa Iyer and amazing folks.
"To move forward, the Sikh community needs to put the offensive “mistaken identity” rhetoric behind us. Sikhs are not attacked because people think we are Muslim. We are attacked because of racism and xenophobia. And to stop violence against Sikhs, we have to also end violence against Muslims, Latinx, African-Americans, Indigenous and LGBTQ communities. What happened to African-Americans in Ferguson is intrinsically connected to what happened to Sikhs in Oak Creek, to Muslims in Chapel Hill, and to the LGBTQ community in Orlando."
In Our Own Words: Reflections on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 | Colorlines

On Finding Strength 15 Years after 9/11 - The Aerogram

Beautiful essay at The Aerogram by my friend Rohin Guha
At that age, I would still be na├»ve to the future that awaited me and millions others who were born in this country with skin colors, physical features like mine: A future where the night before flying out of any airport, I would always make an hour to shave my beard off; a future where when speaking to airport officials, I’d always find a way to play up my queer identity to the tune of something GLAAD would approve. It’s a future where when I hear about family members of mine — especially elderly loved ones — traveling alone, my stomach is in knots until I hear that they have landed safely.
On Finding Strength 15 Years after 9/11 - The Aerogram

Divided We Fall

What I'm watching today. A documentary film by Valarie Kaur about the Sikh American community after the events of September 11, 2001. FYI The Sikh Coalition wants to help bring it to your campus this fall.

Divided We Fall

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Peter Ho Davies’ ‘The Fortunes’ spins stories from Chinese-American struggles | Books | Dallas News

how did may-lee chai sneak me into her review of Peter Ho Davies' new book, and as a scholar, no less
It was not jokes and wishful thinking but the hard work of Chinese-American scholars and activists who made life better for Chinese-Americans. While Ho Davies thanks many real-life Chinese-American academics and writers like Anthony B. Chan and Frances Kai-Hwa Wang in his acknowledgments, there are no major characters in the novel who play this important role.
Peter Ho Davies’ ‘The Fortunes’ spins stories from Chinese-American struggles | Books | Dallas News
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