Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School - Ann Arbor, MI The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Congratulations King School!
The school enjoys a diversity of 31 different spoken languages and is comprised of 46% Asian, 35% Caucasian, and 19% of a mixture of several other cultural groups. International Night and other traditions showcase this diversity through collective stories and is an expression of the roots and values of the school community as global citizens. The tradition of respect honors the school’s namesake Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His philosophy that all people count, all people matter - permeates the daily lives of staff and students.
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School - Ann Arbor, MI The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dominic Pangborn Finds Artistic Evolution through Revolution - NBC News.com

My article in NBC News Asian America about hapa Korean American adult adoptee Detroit-based artist Dominic Pangborn:
"Then I discovered that art didn't require English, and Heaven’s gate opened."
Dominic Pangborn Finds Artistic Evolution through Revolution - NBC News.com

Native Hawaiians Don't Want to Divert Lava Flow from Homes - NBC News.com

My article at NBC News Asian America on Big Island lava flow:
“We will never own our land; this is Pele’s home,” said Native Hawaiian Ihilani Niles. “And if she feels she needs to clean her house, then let her clean her house.”
Native Hawaiians Don't Want to Divert Lava Flow from Homes - NBC News.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Asian-American Voter Registration Not Matching Population Growth - NBC News.com

My article for NBCNews Asian America on #celebrateNVRD:

"Today APIAVote-Michigan staff and volunteers successfully registered over 100 voters on University of Michigan and Michigan State University campuses,” said Theresa Q. Tran, Executive Director of APIAVote-Michigan. Her group was one of over 2,000 groups across the country—including 317 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) groups—participating in National Voter Registration Day, the largest single-day effort of the year to register voters. Despite their success, experts say there is much work to be done.
Asian-American Voter Registration Not Matching Population Growth - NBC News.com

Monday, September 22, 2014

AARP Film Asks, Are Families Ready to Care for Their Elderly? - NBC News.com

my article at nbc asian america:
According to a 2001 AARP multicultural survey, 73 percent of Asian Americans feel that children are expected to take care of their parents in their old age, as opposed to 57 percent of Hispanic Americans, 52 percent of blacks, and 47 percent of whites.
AARP Film Asks, Are Families Ready to Care for Their Elderly? - NBC News.com

'Hapa-palooza' Celebrates Canada's Mixed-Heritage Residents - NBC News.com

My article at NBC News Asian America:
“Growing up there was little to no awareness about the experiences of being mixed,” says festival co-founder Zarah Martz. “Canada prides itself on being a multicultural country, and Hapa-palooza explores the blending of various cultures and backgrounds.”
'Hapa-palooza' Celebrates Canada's Mixed-Heritage Residents - NBC News.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FCC Deadline Passes But Debate Rages On Over Net Neutrality - NBC News.com

My article at NBC News Asian America
“The FCC deadline has passed, but that doesn't mean the fight is over,” said leaders from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) activist group, 18MillionRising, who hosted a #Fight4NetRights Twitter Chat this week on net neutrality to continue to push for minority voices to be considered as the FCC considers public opinion.
FCC Deadline Passes But Debate Rages On Over Net Neutrality - NBC News.com

Ray Rice Video Prompts Asian Americans to Break Silence on Abuse - NBC News.com

I noticed that there were not that many Asian American voices in the #whyistayed #whyileft convo so I went out to find them. My (very short) article at NBC News Asian America. So many more sad stories out there... Thanks to all the activists who do this work, I couldn't...

Ray Rice Video Prompts Asian Americans to Break Silence on Abuse - NBC News.com

Jack Ma, Malala Among Asia Society's 'Game Changer' Honorees - NBC News.com

This article took so long to research because the projects these folks are doing are all so interesting I kept getting distracted! My article for NBC News Asian America on Asia Society's Asia Game Changer awards

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

International Basketball Relaxes Religious Headgear Rules - NBC News.com

my article for NBC News Asian America:
"FIBA has taken a step towards change, but this policy alteration will continue to lead to an unequal playing field," said Jasjit Singh, executive director of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF). "We hope that FIBA will soon recognize Sikhs, Muslims and Orthodox Jews can freely play with their respective articles of faith and not require process or paperwork to play beyond their home countries.”
International Basketball Relaxes Religious Headgear Rules - NBC News.com

How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word | Brain Pickings

from the master...

How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word | Brain Pickings

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Report: Asian American ACA Enrollment 'Disproportionately High' - NBC News.com

Great data from Karthick Ramakrishnan and AAPI Data as always. My article for NBC News Asian America on Asian American Affordable Care Act Enrollment:
“Linguistic and cultural barriers are very significant problems for Asian Americans in the health care context,” say Ramakrishnan and Ahmad, “And our understanding of the prevalence of this problem and its effects are limited by the lack of good administrative data on the provision of language assistance and culturally competent care.”
Report: Asian American ACA Enrollment 'Disproportionately High' - NBC News.com

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nonprofit With Balls / Nonprofit with Balls

and you gotta love a nonprofit blog with a name like this...

Nonprofit With Balls / Nonprofit with Balls

If You Give a Board Treasurer A Cookie . . . | Blue Avocado

for all my nonprofit friends: Brilliant, hysterical, children's books about nonprofit work. "If you give a board treasurer a cookie, he may ask who's paying for the cookie. When you answer that you're using funds he approved on the budget, he's probably going to ask to see a copy of the budget...." and so much more, each one painfully true.

If You Give a Board Treasurer A Cookie . . . | Blue Avocado

Friday, September 12, 2014

Forty Years Since Bilingual Education Ruling, Challenges Remain - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America:
US Supreme Court ruled in Lau v Nichols, “There is no equality of treatment merely by providing students with the same facilities, textbooks, teachers, and curriculum; for students who do not understand English are effectively foreclosed from any meaningful education.”
Forty Years Since Bilingual Education Ruling, Challenges Remain - NBC News.com

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jeremy Lin Punks, Dunks On Fans in Latest Prank at Wax Museum - NBC News.com

Oh Jeremy...but don't think you can get anything past your mom... NBC News Asian America

Jeremy Lin Punks, Dunks On Fans in Latest Prank at Wax Museum - NBC News.com

Human Rights Lawyer Sues NYPD After Arrest For Blocking Sidewalk - NBC News.com

“It was so public, and so humiliating," said Chaumtoli Huq. "No one should experience that.” My article at NBC News Asian America

Human Rights Lawyer Sues NYPD After Arrest For Blocking Sidewalk - NBC News.com

Immigration Activists Won't Back Down from Demands for Reform - NBC News.com

My article in NBCNews Asian America:
In the last few days, immigration advocates responded with new campaigns -- virtually and in the real world -- to keep up pressure on the administration to act: on Twitter with the hashtags #WeCantWait, #NoMoreDelays, #GoBigObama,#Not1More, and #FightForFamilies; in Twitter Town Halls; at rallies and press conferences; with postcard campaigns; and by occupying spaces such as Senator Harry Reid’s office.
mmigration Activists Won't Back Down from Demands for Reform - NBC News.com

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Helps International Students Acclimate at MSU

So after I wrote about MSU Journalism's "100 Questions and Answers about Americans" guidebook that the students write under the supervision of Joe Grimm, a Lansing, Michigan TV news station called them up to do a segment on the evening news.  Neat to see how the story spreads.

Book Helps International Students Acclimate at MSU

For Influx of Foreign Students, A Guide to Understanding America - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America on MSU Journalism's book, “100 Questions and Answers about Americans,"
“People have some basic questions about Americans that we forget about,” said Grimm. “What does it mean when an American asks, ‘How's it going?’ How do Americans feel about personal space? Why do we smile at strangers? What is included in a date? Why do Americans eat so fast?”
For Influx of Foreign Students, A Guide to Understanding America - NBC News.com

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Star of 'Samurai Bike Messengers' Is Smart, Female, and Digital - NBC News.com

My article at NBC News Asian America:
“Rather than creating Mona as a superhero,” said Pop-Post founder and CEO Kathleen Hiraga on her main character in "Samurai Bike Messengers," “I wanted to address the idea that everyone has untapped strengths to pull from, and that a girl on a bike who uses strategy and teamwork to save NYC from a Guzzle Thug takeover – never underestimate her!”
Star of 'Samurai Bike Messengers' Is Smart, Female, and Digital - NBC News.com

Monday, September 1, 2014

Register now for AnnHua Chinese School's ACT/SAT Writing | 安华中文学校

Register now for my  class: AnnHua Chinese School's ACT/SAT Writing

Ann Hua Chinese School at Washtenaw Community College
Sunday mornings 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
LA263
$210

Course Description

Writing is a skill, and best improved by practice. In this class, you'll learn simple but powerful methods to get the ideas out of your head and onto the page: how to analyze a topic, create a thesis statement, organize your writing, support your claims, add humor and style, and other tips and tricks to become a better writer. We will do some work on vocabulary and grammar building. But mostly we will practice writing. Short writing exercises will increase your skill, confidence, and speed as you face the ACT and SAT essay exams, as well as other writing projects. Bring a notebook and pen. *No class on 2/23/2014.

| 安华中文学校
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