Thursday, December 31, 2015

Diving Into Race, Identity of Multiracial Families In 'Raising Mixed Race' - NBC News

My Q&A with Sharon Chang for NBC Asian America
"'Raising Mixed Race' represents not only years of work on my end but a multitude of others' lived racial realities; stories about and involving mixedness that are poignant, sharp, relevant and vital, and yet - remain mostly untold in America and around the world," wrote Chang in her blog, Multiracial Asian Families, when announcing her book. "It is my sincere belief if we engage with 'Raising Mixed Race,' it can (will) challenge our thinking on mixedness to go deeper and contribute to moving society as a whole towards justice, healing and true transformation."
Diving Into Race, Identity of Multiracial Families In 'Raising Mixed Race' - NBC News

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Essay: Standing Between Cultures In a Time of Islamophobia - NBC News

my new essay at NBC News Asian America responding to San Bernardino shooting and Tamir Rice case.
"Although some are afraid of Muslims today because they are different, I am becoming afraid of Islamophobes because I am different. Sometimes I am actually afraid of how white people who don't know better might mistake me and my children. Things look different from the other side of brown."
Essay: Standing Between Cultures In a Time of Islamophobia - NBC News

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sikh Americans Respond to Fresno Attack Online with #WhyWeAreHere - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America re Fresno attack
Because early news coverage reported Bal's attackers shouted, "Why are you here?" while beating Bal, Sikh Americans and allies have turned to Twitter to answer that question, using the hashtag #WhyWeAreHere to continue the conversation started by earlier hashtags #MySikhAmericanLife and#BeLikeDarsh.
Sikh Americans Respond to Fresno Attack Online with #WhyWeAreHere - NBC News

Asian-American Leaders Respond to Japan-South Korea Agreement Regarding 'Comfort Women' - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"I am deeply disappointed this agreement lacks a commitment by Japan to ensure they will no longer whitewash history and [will] educate future generations,"
Asian-American Leaders Respond to Japan-South Korea Agreement Regarding 'Comfort Women' - NBC News

Monday, December 28, 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Social Media Campaign Shows Sikh-American Life in Pictures - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re #MySikhAmericanLife
"Hateful rhetoric around the country is surging and people feel increasingly emboldened to verbally and physically attack people based on how they look or what they believe...This campaign is a fantastic way to introduce ourselves to our neighbors in a way that is both authentic and humanizing,"
Social Media Campaign Shows Sikh-American Life in Pictures - NBC News

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Meet Yuna, an Asian-American Doll Breaking Down Stereotypes | TIME

What. Time magazine picked up my story? Omg. There is something different about being published by a magazine you have read all your life. (I noticed they had copied my story the other day, didn't realize it was literally my story--yay for partnership agreements)http://time.com/4154708/yuna-doll/


Meet Yuna, an Asian-American Doll Breaking Down Stereotypes | TIME

Friday, December 18, 2015

Yuna, and Her Friends, Are Bringing Diversity to the Doll Industry - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America. Kickstarter until Jan 3. Love the Giant Robot T-shirt
"She likes space, rockets, art, painting, die-cast metal toys from Japan, digital cameras from Akihabara, listening to K-pop, and hanging out at Giant Robot on Sawtelle Blvd in Los Angeles...She may also be the first Asian-American doll to be the central character in a doll line."
Yuna, and Her Friends, Are Bringing Diversity to the Doll Industry - NBC News

Thursday, December 17, 2015

People Love This Sikh Former NCAA Basketball Player So Much, They Want to #BeLikeDarsh | Mic

People Love This Sikh Former NCAA Basketball Player So Much, They Want to #BeLikeDarsh

Inspiration for the Holidays : An 'Asian-American' Gift Guide for 2015 - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America--A look back at some of the cool artists and entrepreneurs we have met this past year. Support Asian American artists and entrepreneurs and inspire others!
"...the perfect gift for your best friend who gets that daze in her eyes whenever Daniel Henney is mentioned; your smart cousin who wishes you read real poetry but loves you for the pop culture junkie you are;...or anyone with eyes who thinks it's pretty hot when attractive Asian men don't take themselves too seriously," calendar creator Ada Tseng told NBC News.
Inspiration for the Holidays : An 'Asian-American' Gift Guide for 2015 - NBC News

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Muslim, Jewish Communities in Michigan to Host Day of Service on Christmas - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"This event reminds all of us about the common values and humanity that bring us together," Muzammil Ahmed, chairperson of the MMCC board of directors, told NBC News. "We hope to help our disadvantaged community members enjoy the holiday. We hope to encourage Muslims and Jews and Christians to work together the rest of the year to make our state a better place for all,"
Muslim, Jewish Communities in Michigan to Host Day of Service on Christmas - NBC News

Monday, December 14, 2015

Arrest, Apology Made in California Sikh Temple Vandalism - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America
I have lived alongside this temple for many years of my life and have never once seen you as anything but a peaceful people. I just hope that you will see by my presence that all I want is for peace as well."
Arrest, Apology Made in California Sikh Temple Vandalism - NBC News

Sikh U.S. Army Capt. Granted Temporary Permission to Grow Beard, Wear Turban - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"We demand that the military take the next logical step to allow all eligible observant Sikhs to serve," Harsimran Kaur, legal director of The Sikh Coalition, told NBC News. "For the military to include observant Sikhs would send a message that all religious and ethnic minorities are part of the fabric of America — and have a right to equal participation."
Sikh U.S. Army Capt. Granted Temporary Permission to Grow Beard, Wear Turban - NBC News

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Internet rallies around subject of racist meme | MSNBC

#LoveU2 Richard Lui, #BeLikeDarsh. Richard Lui interviews Darsh Preet Singh on MSNBC Up!

Internet rallies around subject of racist meme | MSNBC

Upcoming classes and speaking engagements Winter 2016

Register for courses early while there is still room! (schedule as of December 6, 2016)

Asian Pacific American Civil Rights History and the Law, American Culture 301

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Mondays and Wednesdays, Winter Semester 2016

AnnHua Chinese School (for high school students)
Sundays, September to June
ACT/SAT essay writing, 11:00am-12:00pm
Public Speaking, 2:00-3:00 pm

Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan (for adults)
Fridays, September to May, 7:00-9:00 pm
Conversational Chinese II

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Assembly Keynote Speaker
Friday, January 15, 2016
Clague Middle School

Introduction to Chinese New Year's Traditions, Stories, and Song
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 10:00am-1:00pm
Washtenaw Community College

Conversational Chinese 1
Wednesdays, January 20-March 9, 2016 6:00-8:30 pm, 8 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association Midwest Conference Speaker
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 2:00-6:00 pm
University of Michigan

Korematsu Day events January 2016
Northville High School ?
University of Michigan Law School: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 11:45 am - 1:00 pm 
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, Thursday, January 28, 2016, 4:00-6:00 pm

Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan Chinese New Year's Celebration (tentative)
February 6, 2016, Washtenaw Community College

Award Winning Essays writing workshop
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2:30-4:30 pm
Chelsea District Library

Chinese Food and Traditions
Thursdays, Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 3, Mar 10, 1-3pm
Chelsea Adult Learners Institute, Chelsea

Jumpstart your Memoir
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 10:00am-4:00pm, Washtenaw Community College

Creative Nonfiction
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 10:00-4:00, Washtenaw Community College

Friday, December 11, 2015

Man Charged With Vincent Chin's Death Seeks Lien Removed, Still Owes Millions - NBC News

Written with Emil Guillermo for NBC News Asian America
"It is beyond outrageous that this unremorseful killer is suing for attorney's fees that would allow him to continue evading payment for beating Vincent Chin to death 23 years ago," Zia said.
Man Charged With Vincent Chin's Death Seeks Lien Removed, Still Owes Millions - NBC News

How the first turbaned NCAA basketball player responded to becoming a racist meme - The Washington Post

Hey look, I'm quoted in the Washington Post. This just keeps getting more and more fun.

How the first turbaned NCAA basketball player responded to becoming a racist meme - The Washington Post

Here's How This Sikh Man Went From Being A Racist Meme to an Internet Hero... | Cosmopolitan India

Here's How This Sikh Man Went From Being A Racist Meme to an Internet Hero... from Cosmopolitan India

Sikh-American Teen Writes Book to Raise Awareness About Bullying - NBC News

So while you were sleeping, this high school student conducted a study and wrote a book. My article for NBC News Asian America
"Sikh-American youth are largely unrepresented and do not seem to have a voice on the national stage or in the media, especially when it comes to bullying," Pannu told NBC News. "I wanted to help in any way I could to alleviate this pain and suffering which children from my faith go through on a daily basis."
Sikh-American Teen Writes Book to Raise Awareness About Bullying - NBC News

Darsh Singh: They turned my picture into a racist meme. What happened next is an inspiration. | Dallas Morning News

Here's the best part, an essay from Darsh Singh in Dallas Morning News:

Darsh Singh: They turned my picture into a racist meme. What happened next is an inspiration. | Dallas Morning News

After This Sikh Guy Became Part Of A Racist Meme, The Internet Helped Turn Him Into A Hero | Buzzfeed

and Buzzfeed is copying us too? Cool!

After This Sikh Guy Became Part Of A Racist Meme, The Internet Helped Turn Him Into A Hero

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Why Everyone Wants to #BeLikeDarsh - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America on #BeLikeDarsh, thanks to the Smithsonian APA Center
"We see opportunities for learning in everything and our goal is to always shift public discourse in positive ways," Konrad Ng, director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, told NBC News. "Our multimedia team has a talent for framing the Asian Pacific American experience in aspirational terms — that is the essence of the American spirit. #BeLikeDarsh represents America."
Why Everyone Wants to #BeLikeDarsh - NBC News

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New Report Discusses Impact of Mass Incarceration on AAPI Community - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"By raising awareness about the intersections of the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline that exists in the AAPI community, we are hopeful that this historic report will serve as a critical resource to insert the AAPI community voice in the larger arena around criminal justice reform.
New Report Discusses Impact of Mass Incarceration on AAPI Community - NBC News

'His Name Is Darsh Singh': Pushback Against 'Joke' Goes Viral - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"As it becomes increasingly acceptable to discriminate against people based on how they look, we need people of various communities to lend their voices and to remind us of our shared values," Singh said.
'His Name Is Darsh Singh': Pushback Against 'Joke' Goes Viral - NBC News

Monday, December 7, 2015

Teaching Winter 2016 at University of Michigan

Tell your UM students to sign up for my course! American Culture 301, Section 003, Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the Civil Rights Movement, Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00 am - 11:30 am, Winter Term starting January 6, 2016, 1459 Mason Hall, listed under Professor Roland Hwang
This course is an overview of how federal and state laws have affected the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) experience and presence in the United States, covering a variety of civil rights cases and civil wrongs against APIAs. The course features lectures, movies, and guest lecturers from the movement, including me and Ron Aramaki.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. :(  Next time register earlier! :)

Jumpstart that big writing project today at WCC. Come join us for what I only half-jokingly call "Dare to Dream--The Mid-life Crisis Writing Workshop."
Facing a big change or opportunity in your life? Terrified or thrilled out of your wits? Not sure if you trust that you know what you know? Learn simple but powerful methods to get the ideas out of your head and onto the page in order to write your way through this challenge. Part journaling, part business plan, lots of short writing exercises, this class aspires to create the space in your head and the courage in your heart to take those first dizzying steps as you dare to dream. Bring a notebook and pen.
English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Friday, December 4, 2015

'Haikus With Hotties' Wants to Help You Ring in the New Year - NBC News

What you need this weekend, my article for NBC Asian America re "Haikus with Hotties"
"'Haikus with Hotties' first started because I was assigned to write a profile about [model and actor] Godfrey Gao for Audrey Magazine, and I was a little bummed that it was going to be an email interview because it's difficult to experience Godfrey Gao's hotness through email," series and calendar creator Ada Tsengtold NBC News. "But I thought if he was going to write me, it'd be funny if I could get him to exchange mediocre poetry with me about his hotness."
'Haikus With Hotties' Wants to Help You Ring in the New Year - NBC News

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Leaders Warn Against Stereotyping and Backlash After San Bernardino Shooting - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America after San Bernardino shotings
"We grieve yet again for the victims of a mass shooting, this time so close to home," said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of AAAJ-LA. "But we also stand vigilant against any backlash against Muslim and South Asian members of our community that may follow the identification of the suspects in yesterday's shooting. We urge community members to report suspected hate crimes and we ask law enforcement to stand with us to denounce any such attacks against members of our community."
Leaders Warn Against Stereotyping and Backlash After San Bernardino Shooting - NBC News

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

'Iggy and the Inhalers': Doctors Take Creative Approach to Educate Patients About Asthma - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America on "Iggy and the Inhalers"
"If you ask a 9-year-old to explain dinosaurs or Pokemon, they could tell you everything," Thomas, a Chicago-based pediatric allergist and cartoonist, told NBC News. "But have them describe a bronchodilator, and it's confusing. It's not that they don't have the capacity. So that's how we styled this...using characters to describe what inhalers they should be using."
'Iggy and the Inhalers': Doctors Take Creative Approach to Educate Patients About Asthma - NBC News

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Launching a fun new "experimental" class at WCC today. Join us for lots of foodie fun!
Explore Chinese Food Customs and Culture in the classroom, in the grocery store and at the dinner table. Learn about the customs, traditions and stories surrounding Chinese food and festivals. Challenge yourself to adventure beyond General Tso's Chicken. Learn how to put together a Chinese meal and how to pick the freshest tofu. What is the difference between Szechuan and Cantonese cooking? Where were fortune cookies invented? Wha tis the difference between Chinese and Western table manners? And who was General Tso anyway and why are we eating his chicken?
Chinese Food: Customs and Culture - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Monday, November 30, 2015

'Sanjay's Super Team' Features Pixar's First Human Protagonist of Color - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America re Pixar's "Sanjay's Super Team"
Before this film, Patel's father had not seen any of the movies Patel had worked on in his almost 20 years at Pixar, so the studio invited him to watch the film when it was completed. Patel told NBC News that his father was very moved — he was obviously proud of his son's achievements but was particularly touched to see a film about their relationship.
'Sanjay's Super Team' Features Pixar's First Human Protagonist of Color - NBC News

Failsafe: A New Kind of Video Game With Adventure and Diversity - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America re Failsafe with Beau Sia and Dante Basco
"Failsafe is a game that focuses on achievement without violence, exploration without being on a fixed course, and brings to the forefront diversity, without making it an agenda to force upon the player," Sia told NBC News. "Collectively we hope that Failsafe will broaden representation in video games. We want to make a game that represents us, the cultures we've drawn from to create Failsafe's, that gamers want to play over and over again, because they are geeked on discovery."
Failsafe: A New Kind of Video Game With Adventure and Diversity - NBC News

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Read These Blogs | Angry Asian Man

Thanks for including me in this week's roundup, Angry Asian Man!
Essay: Carrying Our Courage, From Immigrant Stories to Refugee Stories: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang on the legacies of her immigrant family and passing them on to her sixth-grade son for his social studies project.
Read These Blogs

English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

One day intensive writer's workshop this coming weekend at WCC. Register to ensure a seat!
Facing a big change or opportunity in your life? Terrified or thrilled out of your wits? Not sure if you trust that you know what you know? Learn simple but powerful methods to get the ideas out of your head and onto the page in order to write your way through this challenge. Part journaling, part business plan, lots of short writing exercises, this class aspires to create the space in your head and the courage in your heart to take those first dizzying steps as you dare to dream. Bring a notebook and pen.
English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Launching a fun new class at WCC this Wednesday. Register for lots of foodie fun!

Explore Chinese Food Customs and Culture in the classroom, in the grocery store and at the dinner table. Learn about the customs, traditions and stories surrounding Chinese food and festivals. Challenge yourself to adventure beyond General Tso's Chicken. Learn how to put together a Chinese meal and how to pick the freshest tofu. What is the difference between Szechuan and Cantonese cooking? Where were fortune cookies invented? What is the difference between Chinese and Western table manners? And who was General Tso anyway and why are we eating his chicken?
Chinese Food: Customs and Culture - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Curtis Chin's "Tested" coming to UM Thursday

Curtis Chin's new documentary film, "Tested," will be showing as part of this year's Race and Social Justice in Education Symposium Series Thursday, December 3, 5:00 pm, University of Michigan, Schorling Auditorium, 1202 School of Education. Post-film discussion with filmmaker Curtis Chin too!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Teriyaki Turkey with sticky rice stuffing and a houseful of teenagers.


ICYMI 2014: A New Thanksgiving Tradition, Born of a Family's Separation - NBC News

App Helps Report Racial Profiling Allegations at Airports - NBC News

#FlyingWhileBrown this week? there's an app for that--FlyRights from The Sikh Coalition. My article at NBC News Asian America
"If the TSA profiles," Singh said, "they can be held accountable through the app. The app is a powerful tool to combat profiling because it immediately alerts the TSA, DHS, and members of Congress about air passenger screening violations and helps identify problem airports."
App Helps Report Racial Profiling Allegations at Airports - NBC News

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Essay: Carrying Our Courage, From Immigrant Stories to Refugee Stories - NBC News


Thanks to The Association of Opinion Journalists (AOJ) and The Poynter Institute's Minority Writers Seminar for their support in developing this essay.
Yet there are those who would reduce us to a single word — immigrant, refugee, minority, poor — and dare to look down on us when, really, it is just an accident of time and place and luck that any of us are born where and when we are.
Essay: Carrying Our Courage, From Immigrant Stories to Refugee Stories - NBC News

And thanks to everyone who has been sharing it so generously! Glad it is resonating!

StoryCorps' 'Great Thanksgiving Listen' Encourages Holiday Conversations - NBC News

Your Thanksgiving Homework: Talk to your relatives (or get the kids to do it) to get our AAPI stories into the StoryCorps archives with The Great Thanksgiving Listen. Any language ok, I asked. My article for NBC News Asian America:
"With The Great Thanksgiving Listen, StoryCorps hopes to capture the rich diversity of a generation of American lives," Colleen J. Ross, director of marketing and communications of StoryCorps, told NBC News. "As always, we are especially committed to honoring those whose stories might otherwise be omitted from the historical record, and to reminding people, through the collection of voices we will document, that every life matters equally and infinitely."
StoryCorps' 'Great Thanksgiving Listen' Encourages Holiday Conversations - NBC News

Monday, November 23, 2015

New Orleans Group Worked to Engage Young Voters in Gubernatorial Election - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America re VAYLA
"As a nonpartisan organization...our job is not to recommend who to vote for but to make sure that our community understands the issues at stake and why their votes count," Minh Thanh Nguyen, executive director of VAYLA New Orleans, told NBC News. "Even with the various barriers that the governor and state legislature have enacted, like the lack of language access and moving of polling locations without proper notice, we have seen preliminary numbers to indicate that we are seeing more than above projected turnout from the [Asian American and Pacific Islander] community."
New Orleans Group Worked to Engage Young Voters in Gubernatorial Election - NBC News

New Smithsonian Digital Exhibit Explores Immigration Stories Through H-1B Visas - NBC News

My article for NBC News re the Smithsonian H-1B Visa Art Exhibition (in which I have a multimedia piece with Jyoti Omi Chowdhury). Tanzila Ahmed also has a beautiful artwork in the exhibition.
Dr. Masum Momaya, Curator of "H-1B" told NBC News that the exhibition "illuminates an immigration status that often gets stereotyped or left out of dialogue around immigration in this United States. Each year, people from all over the world come to the United States for a better life; some find opportunity, and others endure great hardship. The artists in this show take us through the emotions and nuances of their journeys, illustrating new and complex layers of what has been a defining characteristic of America and American history: immigration."
New Smithsonian Digital Exhibit Explores Immigration Stories Through H-1B Visas - NBC News

Direct link to "Dreams of the Diaspora": https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/asset-viewer/dreams-of-the-diaspora/AwFGC9hcUOFpzA?exhibitId=QRdMk4sZ

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A New Thanksgiving Tradition, Born of a Family's Separation - NBC News

Revisiting last year's Thanksgiving Eve essay, but I still don't feel like cleaning the house...
"I am standing in the kitchen, staring at this bird, paralyzed with performance anxiety, until memories of my great aunt, the first in the family to immigrate to America, come in whisps of steam and ginger. Was it Christmas? New Year's? I can see her bringing a roast duck to the table, glazed shiny red and brown, its neck long and curved, stuffed full of sticky rice, each grain hanging onto my chopsticks."
A New Thanksgiving Tradition, Born of a Family's Separation - NBC News

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Chinese Foods and Festivals in Chelsea in February 2016

Launching a new class in Chelsea with Chelsea Adult Learners Institute (ALI) February 2016, should be fun!

Chinese Foods and Festivals

Foods and Festivals are always linked, and there is no easier way to introduce yourself to another culture than through its food and festivals. Chinese Lunar New Year's Festival is one of the most important festivals for Chinese people all over the world. Learn about the traditions, food, and stories of Chinese New Year’s and other Chinese festivals. What are some connections between favorite Chinese dishes and Chinese American history? Learn how to put together a Chinese meal, how to order in a Chinese restaurant, Chinese table manners and etiquette, how to use chopsticks, and taste test some new dishes.

http://www.adultlearnersinstitute.org/winterspring.html

Friday, November 20, 2015

Asian Americans React to Jindal Decision to Suspend 2016 Campaign - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America re Bobby Jindal's Presidential Campaign "suspension"
The truth is, @bobbyjindal was irrelevant from day one not just because he rejected an Indian American identity, but also our values.
Asian Americans React to Jindal Decision to Suspend 2016 Campaign - NBC News

Virginia Mayor Apologizes for Japanese-American Internment Remarks - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America re Roanoke Virginia Mayor
"In particular, I apologize to Americans of Japanese descent for the unwise and inappropriate comparison between the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the current refugee crisis. Any such comparison was a mistake and I apologize. It's not in my heart to be racist or bigoted."
Virginia Mayor Apologizes for Japanese-American Internment Remarks - NBC News

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Virginia Officials Condemn Roanoke Mayor's Remarks About Internment - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America re Roanoke Virginia Mayor
"David is always running for something," Ferris said. Alhough Bowers was not running for reelection, Ferris said that Bowers may be considering running for several other offices, "and in order to run for any of those, he's got to move himself to the right, and this does it."
Virginia Officials Condemn Roanoke Mayor's Remarks About Internment - NBC News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Virginia Mayor Cites Japanese Internment in Statement on Barring Refugees - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America. Everybody is reacting to that Mayor in Roanoke Virginia
"The fact that not one single case of espionage by a Japanese American was proven underscores how wrong Mayor Bowers is to positively cite this policy. Instead of keeping us safe, Japanese internment compromised our principles and demonized an entire population of Americans. It is outrageous to let the same kind of xenophobia influence our policy today. If we do, we will only regret it again."
Virginia Mayor Cites Japanese Internment in Statement on Barring Refugees - NBC News

Sikh Community Condemns Doctored Photo That Depicts Sikh Man as Terrorist - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"By Photoshopping an image of a Sikh man to depict him as a terrorist, and worse, amplifying it through social and print media in the guise of legitimate news, an entire group of people are subjected to discrimination and hate violence,"
Sikh Community Condemns Doctored Photo That Depicts Sikh Man as Terrorist - NBC News

Modern Heirloom Jewelry Draws Inspiration From Dante's 'Divine Comedy' - NBC News

My Q and A for NBC Asian America re Alighieri Jewelry
"I found the 'Divine Comedy' to be such a visual piece of work that I kept imagining it rendered in objects," Mahtani told NBC News. "I wanted to tell a story, and the end goal is to establish a brand that sits in the intersection between design and literature."
Modern Heirloom Jewelry Draws Inspiration From Dante's 'Divine Comedy' - NBC News

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Teaching at Wayne State Law School tonight


So excited to be teaching at Wayne State Law School tonight as part of a new course on Asian Pacific American Civil Rights Law! Here's some extra reading...

State Supreme Court Suspends Hawaii Telescope Permit - NBC News

Community Leaders React to Michigan Governor's Stance On Syrian Refugees - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America re Michigan Governor on Syrian Refugees
"I am very disappointed by the Governor's decision to halt Michigan's efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in Michigan," Michigan Representative Stephanie Changtold NBC News. "Michigan is supposed to be a welcoming state, and the Governor's office seems to be moving backward on that positive momentum. Providing assistance to those who are fleeing crisis in their country should be a priority if we are truly to be a pro-immigrant, pro-refugee state."
Community Leaders React to Michigan Governor's Stance On Syrian Refugees - NBC News

Minoru Yasui to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom - NBC News

My article re Minoru Yasui for NBC News Asian America
"Minoru Yasui stood up for what was right at a time of injustice toward Japanese Americans," Senator Mazie Hirono said in a statement Monday. "The Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mr. Yasui recognizes him not only for his courageous stand during the time of the unjust internment of Japanese Americans, but for his lifelong commitment to civil rights and social justice."
Minoru Yasui to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom - NBC News

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Launching a fun new class at WCC in December. Register for lots of foodie fun!

Explore Chinese Food Customs and Culture in the classroom, in the grocery store and at the dinner table. Learn about the customs, traditions and stories surrounding Chinese food and festivals. Challenge yourself to adventure beyond General Tso's Chicken. Learn how to put together a Chinese meal and how to pick the freshest tofu. What is the difference between Szechuan and Cantonese cooking? Where were fortune cookies invented? Wha tis the difference between Chinese and Western table manners? And who was General Tso anyway and why are we eating his chicken?
Chinese Food: Customs and Culture - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Association of Opinion Journalists (AOJ) and Poynter Institute Minority Writers Seminar

Thank you Association of Opinion Journalists (AOJ) and Poynter Institute for this Minority Writers Seminar Fellowship to learn about Editorial Writing and Opinion Writing. Love this wonderfully cranky opinionated cohort!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bill Would Provide Retroactive Citizenship For All International Adoptees - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"The issue is simple: the bill ensures that adoption is the creation of a legal family, no strings attached," Kelsey Yoon, a Washington D.C.-based attorney and international adoptee, told NBC News. "The next stage of our efforts will be focused on raising awareness and encouraging people to reach out to their senators and representatives to express their support for this bill as it still needs to pass both the House and the Senate. It is crucial that Congress knows that their constituents support this bill."
Bill Would Provide Retroactive Citizenship For All International Adoptees - NBC News

Contact your Congressperson now to let them know how you feel, here, http://action.18mr.org/aca-2015/

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Documentary Focuses on Entry Barriers to Elite New York City Schools - NBC News

Q&A with filmmaker Curtis Chin (Vincent Who, Tested) for NBC News Asian America
The situation in New York City's public schools seemed like the perfect story to explore issues that matter to those working to improve America: racial equality, social justice, income inequality, and the model minority myth. I'm hoping this film will bring people together to discuss these issues and come up with solutions.
Documentary Focuses on Entry Barriers to Elite New York City Schools - NBC News

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mothers Create Materials to Help Their Children Learn Their Heritage - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re "The Diwali Gift" by 3 Curious Monkeys:
"Currently, the Diwali celebrations in schools are usually a parent driven initiative," Chopra said. "If there is no parent willing to talk about it in the classroom, many times the holiday does not get mentioned."
Mothers Create Materials to Help Their Children Learn Their Heritage - NBC News

Campaign Urges USPS to Create Stamp in Honor of Japanese-American WWII Soldiers - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America
if Elvis, Batman, penguins, Harry Potter, butterflies, and Garfield all have commemorative stamps, then the most decorated military unit in U.S. history certainly meets USPS criteria.
Campaign Urges USPS to Create Stamp in Honor of Japanese-American WWII Soldiers - NBC News

omg Uncle George Takei has posted the article on his Facebook! Very interesting convo there...
https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/posts/1407041902658592

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Oakland Schools Join Others in California in Requiring Ethnic Studies - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America re Oakland Schools and Ethnic Studies
"I truly believe that ethnic studies is important and gives students the ability to feel powerful and feel as though they can be the new Martin Luther Kings, the new Malcom Xes, the new Rosa Parks, the new Caesar Chavezes,"
Oakland Schools Join Others in California in Requiring Ethnic Studies - NBC News

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Jumpstart Your Memoir - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Jumpstart that memoir today at WCC. Come join us!
For those who want to ease into the memoir writing process, this workshop is the way to go. Whether you have been scribbling poetry in a secret journal or you want to begin a memoir for future generations, it can take time to find your voice or have enough trust to show your writing to the world. Don't wait another minute to get started! Beginning one day and one word at a time, learn through doing, with short writing exercises and tips and tricks to help and inspire you to confidently write from the heart.
Jumpstart Your Memoir - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Friday, November 6, 2015

Master Chefs Team Up for Marvel-Inspired Pop-Up Dinner Series - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re #MarvelDinnerHK
"This event is very exciting for me," Leung told NBC News. "Marvel's many characters and stories are some of my favorites since childhood. I've been reading their comics since I was a kid so it's thrilling to now make dishes about Spiderman, Ant-Man, and Thor."
Master Chefs Team Up for Marvel-Inspired Pop-Up Dinner Series - NBC News

Students Call For Ethnic Studies in Portland High Schools - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re APANO ALLY students in Portland, Oregon
"I want to learn about the diversity of the United States. Not just about how the Europeans came to settle in America but also about how I, my people and many others, came and settled in America, their hardships and their accomplishments," Jonah Kim, ALLY leader and Franklin High School senior, told NBC News. "I believe that this will unite America so that we all can accept one another for who we are. I want to be able to see a country where people are not ashamed of where they came from, but instead proud to have come from such a background."
Students Call For Ethnic Studies in Portland High Schools - NBC News

#DalitWomenFight Brings Fight Against Caste-Based Violence to U.S. - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America re #DalitWomenFight
"Our main goal was to build awareness on caste apartheid in India and to expose caste-based sexual violence as one of the root causes of violence against women in India," Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Robert Rauschenberg Artist As Activist Fellow, told NBC News. "We also had some incredible relationships built with other movements dealing with state violence. This includes women from #SayHerName, #BlackLivesMatter, and INCITE."
#DalitWomenFight Brings Fight Against Caste-Based Violence to U.S. - NBC News

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Photo Project Features Sikh Men Rocking Their Beards, Turbans - NBC News

HOT (albeit hipster inspired) My article for NBC News Asian America about Amit & Naroop's Singh Project
"Early 2013, working in the trendy parts of London, Shoreditch, Dalston, Camden, etc., we started to notice the rise in the popularity of the beard among young British men. Then we began seeing fashion campaigns featuring models with beards down to their chests," Amit and Naroop said in a statement to NBC News. "So we came up with an idea. Why don't we photograph British Sikh men and show how Sikh men have been wearing beards for centuries, but for them it isn't a fashion or fad, it's a key part of their faith."
Photo Project Features Sikh Men Rocking Their Beards, Turbans - NBC News

Monday, November 2, 2015

Asian-American Students Launch 'Open Hands, Open Minds' to Celebrate Identity - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re Vanderbilt AASA #APAHM2015
"Though there is an emphasis on Asian Pacific American identity and experiences, we want everyone to feel that they too, could celebrate their own identity during this month, since we each hold our own junction of our identity," student leaders Amy Dam, Jordan Jenson, and Claire Song told NBC News. "We hope to help people understand and celebrate each others'—as well as their own—crossroads."
Asian-American Students Launch 'Open Hands, Open Minds' to Celebrate Identity - NBC News

Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Minoru Yasui Documentary - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America. Narrated by Uncle George Takei!
"We need more people like Min Yasui in the world — who are willing to stand up for what is right, for whom principles of justice are more important than personal comfort," said the film's co-director, Will Doolittle, in a statement.
Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Minoru Yasui Documentary - NBC News

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Jumpstart Your Memoir - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

One day writing intensive to finally get that memoir started this coming weekend at WCC. Register now to ensure a seat!
For those who want to ease into the memoir writing process, this workshop is the way to go. Whether you have been scribbling poetry in a secret journal or you want to begin a memoir for future generations, it can take time to find your voice or have enough trust to show your writing to the world. Don't wait another minute to get started! Beginning one day and one word at a time, learn through doing, with short writing exercises and tips and tricks to help and inspire you to confidently write from the heart.
Jumpstart Your Memoir - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ohio Parents Pack School Board Meeting to Speak Out Against Bullying - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"The suicide of Emilie Olsen last December and the current case of another girl at Fairfield Middle School have been wake-up calls to the Asian-American community in Greater Cincinnati,...The common link is that both girls were adopted as infants from China. While bullying can happen to any student, by the reaction of the Asian-American community, people perceive a trend and pattern at this school and they feel the school has not given the problem enough attention."
Ohio Parents Pack School Board Meeting to Speak Out Against Bullying - NBC News

Friday, October 23, 2015

Advocates on Capitol Hill Bring Attention to Rising Costs of Hate Violence - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America
"Charging an offender with a hate crime is not about demanding harsher penalties," Raghuvinder Singh told those assembled. "It is about acknowledging that hate-based violence is a real problem in our society and that the government is committed to tackling it. Hate crimes terrorize entire communities, like they did to the citizens of Oak Creek, Charleston, and Chapel Hill. Hate crime charges can help repair this damage by demonstrating to the perpetrator, victim, community, and America at large that hate won't be tolerated."
Advocates on Capitol Hill Bring Attention to Rising Costs of Hate Violence - NBC News

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Jumpstart your college application essay Class today at Chelsea District Library

Jumpstart your college application essay (MSU application)
RE-RESCHEDULED: Saturday, October 17, 2:00-4:00 pm, Chelsea District Library

Friday, October 16, 2015

Charges Against Mauna Kea Telescope Protesters Dropped - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"The State adopted an illegal rule to prevent opposition to the TMT at the expense of sincere cultural practices and public expression,"
Charges Against Mauna Kea Telescope Protesters Dropped - NBC News

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New White House Anti-Bullying Campaign Seeks to Empower Asian Americans - NBC News

My article for NBC News on #ActToChange
"Education is a right for everybody, but bullying has become a civil rights issue because it's constantly interfering with their education," Aasees Kaur, a Sikh Coalition advocate, told NBC News. "[Students] have to find that ounce of courage to stand up against bullying and keep going back [to school] because it just takes one voice to really change things."
New White House Anti-Bullying Campaign Seeks to Empower Asian Americans - NBC News

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Asian-American Voters Express Frustration Over Democratic Debate on Twitter - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America on #DemDebate
"As the fastest growing racial population in our country and one of our nation's fastest growing swing votes, the AAPI electorate will undoubtedly play a critical role in key states like Nevada, where the AAPI population has more than doubled over the past decade," Chu said.
Asian-American Voters Express Frustration Over Democratic Debate on Twitter - NBC News

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Perfect Marine Biology field trip at NASW CASW #SciWri15


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Thanks Woods Hole Oceanic Institute, Marine Biology Lab, National Association of Science Writers, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, and Knight Science Journalism at MIT for a perfect field trip. Thanks so much for this opportunity at #SciWri15 as part of #DiverseScholar #DiversityFellow NASW 2015 Diversity Travel Fellowship, I learned so much!

Monday, October 12, 2015

#Quidditch at MIT lol nerds NASW CASW #SciWri15


#Quidditch. MIT. lol nerds

Thanks National Association of Science Writers, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, Knight Science Journalism at MIT, and MIT for so much science and nerdliness. Thanks for this opportunity at #SciWri15 as part of #DiverseScholar #DiversityFellow NASW 2015 Diversity Travel Fellowship, I learned so much!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Visiting the Boston Globe NASW CASW #SciWri15

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Thanks Boston Globe, STATNews, National Association of Science Writers, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, Knight Science Journalism at MIT, and MIT for making room for us at the last minute so that #SciWri15 #DiverseScholar #DiversityFellow on the NASW 2015 Diversity Travel Fellowship could squeeze in, too. So cool to be in your space!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

DiverseScholar NASW 2015 Diversity Travel Fellowship #SciWri15


Thank you National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW) so much for this opportunity and #DiverseScholar NASW 2015 Diversity Travel Fellowship! What a great cohort. We are meeting great folks and learning so much science.

Minority Postdoc | DiverseScholar NASW 2015 Diversity Travel Fellowship

Friday, October 9, 2015

California Governor Vetoes Bill Aimed at Addressing Disparities in AAPI Communities - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America re AB-176
Betty Hung, Policy Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles explained the true cost to NBC News, "In vetoing AB-176, Governor Brown unfortunately sets forth a public policy approach that perpetuates the model minority myth and the dilemma of the AANHPI community being treated as a monolithic whole."
California Governor Vetoes Bill Aimed at Addressing Disparities in AAPI Communities - NBC News

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Next Disney Princess is Native Hawaiian Auli'i Cravalho - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America re Moana
"Everything I've seen and read about Moana makes me really excited for this movie," Keith Chow, founding editor of The Nerds of Color, told NBC News. "Like it or not the Disney Princess brand is hugely influential and to see a character like Moana — who will be played by an actual Native Hawaiian actress — added to that lineup is a win all the way around. On the heels of 'Big Hero 6,' which also featured a diverse cast voiced by diverse actors, it's nice to see Disney realize that the Asian American and Pacific Islander community is a market worth serving."
The Next Disney Princess is Native Hawaiian Auli'i Cravalho - NBC News

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Asian-American Leaders Remember Grace Lee Boggs - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America. More re Grace Lee Boggs
"Her legacy is — and will continue to be — an inspiration to Asian American and Pacific Islander feminist activists. May we all live our lives with as much intention, intensity and inspiration. A different world is possible. Thank you Grace Lee Boggs."
Asian-American Leaders Remember Grace Lee Boggs - NBC News

Monday, October 5, 2015

Activist, Civil Rights Icon Grace Lee Boggs Dies at 100 - NBC News

Rest in Power: AAPI voices remember Grace Lee Boggs. My article for NBC Asian America
"As a dialectical and revolutionary humanist, Grace believed that every one of us had a role to play in transforming ourselves to transform the world. At the same time, she began to express in her elder years a sense that Asian American had a unique and special role to play in breaking through the shackles that are holding back social justice," Kurashige told NBC News. "While Grace would be humbled and honored by all of the tributes coming her way, she would want everyone to use this moment to read, study, discuss, and organize to deepen their individual and collective philosophic knowledge."
Activist, Civil Rights Icon Grace Lee Boggs Dies at 100 - NBC News

White House Hosts Ceremony to Mark Immigration and Nationality Act Anniversary - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"The Republicans and Democrats who came together to pass the INA were driven by a desire to expand opportunity for all, and to live up to our heritage as a nation of immigrants," President Barack Obama said in a statement over the weekend. "They understood that immigration contributes to our economic growth by allowing hard-working, entrepreneurial individuals from around the world to pursue the American dream."
White House Hosts Ceremony to Mark Immigration and Nationality Act Anniversary - NBC News

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Finding Your Voice: Intensive Writers Workshop - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Intensive one day writer's workshop at WCC today! Come join us to get a jumpstart on that writing project you never have time to get to!
Where can writers learn to improve their craft and receive that all important feedback? In a creative writing class, of course! Through the guidance of an experienced writer and in the company of similiar aspiring writers, gain that much needed practice and thoughtful, constructive critique in a gental but yet structured environment.
Finding Your Voice: Intensive Writers Workshop - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Nepalese-American Death Metal Rocker Who Discovered Water on Mars - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America
"Certainly it's a great achievement for me and for the whole team as well," Ojha told NBC News. "I am receiving great messages, which is encouraging me a lot. I am really feeling grateful."
The Nepalese-American Death Metal Rocker Who Discovered Water on Mars - NBC News

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Petition Seeks to Rename Hawaii's McKinley High School - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America
"This is the era for the United States to review its past injustices to its own people and to those of other independent states," Aoloa Patao, who started the petition, wrote in Civil Beat. "McKinley High School perpetuates and lauds a name and a man who seemingly did wonders in the eyes of many Americans, but truth be told, his legacy in Hawaii was imperialistic, dishonorable and a violation of international law."
Petition Seeks to Rename Hawaii's McKinley High School - NBC News

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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

Fall Chinese Conversation and Culture class beginning today at WCC. Come join us!
Have fun and learn to speak a new language. Using various teaching methods, the trainer will cover topics including proper pronunciation, greetings and useful expressions for daily life, identifying people and things. Learn and become familiar with culture and country knowledge including climate, history, beliefs, customs, and food.
Chinese 1 - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Three Asian Americans Receive MacArthur 'Genius Grants' - NBC News

So while you were sleeping, 3 more Asian American geniuses identified for your mother to compare you to. My article for NBC News Asian America
"I would like to use and leverage the resources from the Foundation to identify some of the most pressing global societal questions and challenges we face today and then contribute to sustainable answers towards addressing these challenges."
Three Asian Americans Receive MacArthur 'Genius Grants' - NBC News

Monday, September 28, 2015

Indian PM Modi Faces Protesters' 'Unwelcome' to Silicon Valley - NBC News

My article at NBC News Asian America re PM Modi's Silicon Valley visit
"Prime Minister Modi's 'Rock Star' visit to Silicon Valley can't make up for his rock bottom performance in human and civil rights," Virali Modi-Parekh of Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA) told NBC News. "Since Modi's been in office, violence against religious minorities has spiked. But Modi turns a blind eye while churches are burned and Muslims and Christians are being forcibly converted. There is a culture of fear and victimization, especially against minorities in India, which undermines Modi's standing as a business partner."
Indian PM Modi Faces Protesters' 'Unwelcome' to Silicon Valley - NBC News

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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

Fall Chinese Conversation and Culture class beginning this week on Wed., Sept 30, at WCC. Register early to ensure a seat.
Have fun and learn to speak a new language. Using various teaching methods, the trainer will cover topics including proper pronunciation, greetings and useful expressions for daily life, identifying people and things. Learn and become familiar with culture and country knowledge including climate, history, beliefs, customs, and food.
Chinese 1 - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Finding Your Voice: Intensive Writers Workshop - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Intensive one day writer's workshop at WCC this coming weekend. Register now to ensure a seat!
Where can writers learn to improve their craft and receive that all important feedback? In a creative writing class, of course! Through the guidance of an experienced writer and in the company of similiar aspiring writers, gain that much needed practice and thoughtful, constructive critique in a gental but yet structured environment.
Finding Your Voice: Intensive Writers Workshop - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Survivor of Anti-Sikh Violence Among Leaders to Share Stage with Pope - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re the Pope's Multireligious service
"Pope Francis sends a significant message by sharing this service with minority communities, such as Sikh Americans, that have been the target of post-9/11 racial violence," Dr. Gunisha Kaur, a Sikh-American leader and anesthesiologist who will take part in the multi-religious gathering, told NBC News. "Being on stage alongside such an incredible individual gives us an opportunity to demonstrate that we all belong to the same collective family and that we have many shared experiences that unite us. As a Sikh, New Yorker, and physician specializing in global health work, this message is powerful."
Survivor of Anti-Sikh Violence Among Leaders to Share Stage with Pope - NBC News

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

#IStandWithAhmed: Congressional Leaders Plead for Investigation - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"As a world leader, we should be setting the bar for tolerance and equality--principles that speak to the foundation of this great nation,"
#IStandWithAhmed: Congressional Leaders Plead for Investigation - NBC News

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Asian American and Muslim American Leaders Respond to Ben Carson, Call for Withdrawal From 2016 Race - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re Ben Carson's anti-Musim remarks
"We ask Mr. Ben Carson to withdraw from the presidential race because he is unfit to lead, because his views are in contradiction of the United States Constitution." --CAIR
Leaders Respond to Ben Carson, Call for Withdrawal From 2016 Race - NBC News

Monday, September 21, 2015

California Man Sentenced to Prison for 2013 Attack on Sikh American - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America on the 2013 Fresno attack of a Sikh Grandpa
"By recognizing the attack as a hate crime and with the subsequent conviction, minority communities around California and the people of Fresno know that they are welcome and valued part of the community,"
California Man Sentenced to Prison for 2013 Attack on Sikh American - NBC News

Bill Introduced to Honor Post-9/11 Hate Crime Victims - NBC News

my article for nbc news re house resolution 413
"While no one denies that the 9/11 attacks were abhorrent and tragic, what is often forgotten is the scores of Americans who were discriminated against, abused, and murdered due to a backlash rooted in senseless hatred and ignorance,"
Bill Introduced to Honor Post-9/11 Hate Crime Victims - NBC News

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Test driving a new class at WCC. Register for lots of foodie fun!

Explore Chineses Food Customs and Culture in the classroom, in the grocery store and at the dinner table. Learn about the customs, traditions and stories surrounding Chinese food and festivals. Challenge yourself to adventure beyond General Tso's Chicken. Learn how to put together a Chinese meal and how to pick the freshest tofu. What is the difference between Szechuan and Cantonese cooking? Where were fortune cookies invented? Wha tis the difference between Chinese and Western table manners? And who was General Tso anyway and why are we eating his chicken?
Chinese Food: Customs and Culture - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Friday, September 18, 2015

College Application Essay Workshop: Chelsea District Library

Saturday morning at Chelsea District Library, McKune Room

College Application Essay Workshop: University of Michigan questions
Saturday, September 19, 10:30am-12:30 pm

Applying to the University of Michigan? Let Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, a creative writing instructor at Washtenaw Community College, 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: University of Michigan

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Asian-American Advocates Join #IStandWithAhmed - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America: More support from the AAPI community for Ahmed Mohamed #IStandWithAhmed
"Ahmed and his talents have become victims of a culture of suspicion that we must extinguish," Representative Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, said as she called for an apology and called out the costs of Islamophobia, racism, and racial profiling. "Now, because of these racist and mistrustful responses from authority figures, students like Ahmed may be too afraid to engage and further express their creativity at school. This right here is where racial profiling and Islamophobic rhetoric lead us. What a tragedy."
Asian-American Advocates Join #IStandWithAhmed - NBC News

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

No Charges For Ahmed Mohamed, Teen Arrested After Bringing Homemade Clock to School - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America re Ahmed Mohamed #IStandWithAhmed
"Clearly, there were disassembled clock parts in there, but he offered no more explanation than that," Irving Police Officer James McLellan told NBC DFW.
No Charges For Ahmed Mohamed, Teen Arrested After Bringing Homemade Clock to School - NBC News

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Suspect Charged With Hate Crime in Chicago-Area Assault of Sikh American - NBC News

UPDATE! My article for NBC News on the Chicago attack on a Sikh American father of two
"For the Sikh American community, a formal hate crime charge was never about a harsher penalty, but instead prosecuting the crime for what it was. We can't combat the problem of hatred against minority communities in America unless our elected officials and government agencies acknowledge that the problem exists."
Suspect Charged With Hate Crime in Chicago-Area Assault of Sikh American - NBC News

Oakland's Chinatown Gets a Graffiti Makeover with 99 Dragons - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re Oakland Chinatown Youth project, Dragon School
"Defacing a dragon will curse your family for 18 generations. So if someone defaces your dragon, do NOT waste time being upset."
Oakland's Chinatown Gets a Graffiti Makeover with 99 Dragons - NBC News

Monday, September 14, 2015

Asian Americans React to Alabama Mistrial #AfterSeptember11 - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America re Asian American response to Alabama Indian Grandpa mistrial and decision not to prosecute attack against Chicago Sikh American father as hate crime #AfterSeptember11
"SAALT is deeply disappointed by the mistrial declared in the trial of former Officer Eric Parker, who is accused of the brutal beating of Mr. Sureshbhai Patel in Madison, Alabama," Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) told NBC News. "Mr. Patel remains partially paralyzed as a result of his interaction with Officer Parker, and is still in need of extensive medical care in a rehabilitation facility. Mr. Patel's right to justice remains a dream painfully deferred."
Asian Americans React to Alabama Mistrial #AfterSeptember11 - NBC News

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Welcome to Ann-Hua Chinese School 安华中文学校欢迎你! | annhua.org

Classes starting at Ann Hua Chinese School Today! I'm teaching a course on SAT/ACT Writing and a course on Public Speaking. Both taught mostly in English. Come check it out today or next week. Register by next week to secure a space!

Welcome to Ann-Hua Chinese School 安华中文学校欢迎你! | annhua.org

My fall courses - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Check out my fall classes at WCC. Please register early to ensure a seat!
(Click on the link at the bottom of the page to access WCC website and Registration info)

Chinese 1  CHN 4000  Start 09/30/15  Mandatory Fees: $10.00  Room :Rm.
8 sessions.  Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .  Tuition: $189.00  Location : Main Campus Location :
  Main Campus.
 Instructor : Frances Wang

Finding Your Voice: Intensive Writers Workshop  ENG 4290  Start 10/03/15  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Room :Rm.
1 session  Days of the Week : Weekly - Sat .  Tuition: $69.00  Location : Main Campus Location :
  Main Campus.
 Instructor : Frances Wang    Please read: No lunch provided

Jumpstart Your Memoir  ENG 4006  Start 11/07/15  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Room :Rm.
1 session  Days of the Week : Weekly - Sat .  Tuition: $69.00  Location : Main Campus Location :
  Main Campus.
 Instructor : Frances Wang    Please read: No lunch provided.

English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream  ENG 4055  Start 12/05/15  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Room :Rm.
1 session  Days of the Week : Weekly - Sat .  Tuition: $69.00  Location : Main Campus Location :
  Main Campus.
 Instructor : Frances Wang    Please read: No lunch provided.

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture  HUM 4014  Start 12/02/15  Mandatory Fees: $10.00  Room :Rm.
3 sessions.  Days of the Week : Weekly - Wed .  Tuition: $189.00  Location : Main Campus Location :
  Main Campus.
 Instructor : Frances Wang 

Courses - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

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

Fall Chinese Conversation and Culture class beginning Sept 30 at WCC. Register early to ensure a seat.
Have fun and learn to speak a new language. Using various teaching methods, the trainer will cover topics including proper pronunciation, greetings and useful expressions for daily life, identifying people and things. Learn and become familiar with culture and country knowledge including climate, history, beliefs, customs, and food.
Chinese 1 - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Saturday, September 12, 2015

compliment of the day

omg, compliment of the day, I am deeply touched.

"Thanks, Frances, for always covering stories with responsibility and authenticity."

and yesterday

"You get the best stories, Frances!"

"Frances, you find the coolest stuff to write about over there. Thanks for doing it!"

Thanks everyone for reading, I'm having fun.

Friday, September 11, 2015

'Yi-Fen Chou' Pen Name Controversy Takes Surprising Turn - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
So there's a real Yi-Fen Chou. Somehow I feel the creepiest aspects of this are still to come. #MichaelDerrickHudson
'Yi-Fen Chou' Pen Name Controversy Takes Surprising Turn - NBC News

Chicago-Area Assault On Sikh American Treated As Possible Hate Crime - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"We unfortunately have this burden to explain who we are," Kaur said. "We have a responsibility to reach out to people in our communities—whether it's your PTA or police office board or city library. Most students who come here are busy doing the immigrant hustle, just trying to get by, and we [at Sikh Coalition] try to remind the [Sikh] community that they need to reach out. There is so much misunderstanding about the Sikh community and who we are."

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Writer Jhumpa Lahiri to Receive National Humanities Medal - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America. Congratulations Jhumpa Lahiri on #ArtsHumanitiesMedal !
"Jhumpa Lahiri has influenced my own writing so much," Nina McConigley, Indian-American writer and Assistant Professor of Honors at the University of Wyoming, told NBC News. "When I first read her stories, I thought, yes - this is a world I know, this is a world I understand. I saw myself on the page, which as a person of color, you don't often see in books or in magazines. It was a revelation for me."
Writer Jhumpa Lahiri to Receive National Humanities Medal - NBC News

Oregon Leaders Urge Candidates To Take Stand Against Xenophobic Rhetoric - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
This comes after Springfield City Councilor David Ralston publicly opposed Mitham Clements, a Pacific Islander Salvation Army officer for a police advisory committee because his race "would just bring another minority element" to the police panel
Oregon Leaders Urge Candidates To Take Stand Against Xenophobic Rhetoric - NBC News

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Inside the Mind of the 'Sketchy Desi,' Soni Satpathy-Singh - NBC News

Taking on the Aunties: "You want to make comics? What about babies, why don't you want to make grandbabies instead?!" my article on NBC Asian America re Sketchy Desi

Inside the Mind of the 'Sketchy Desi,' Soni Satpathy-Singh - NBC News

PS Having fun on Twitter now: To out-Aunty Aunty:Sketchy Desi Soni Satpathy-Singh wants your #biodata for handsome @veeladwa http://nbcnews.to/1ieqETC (omg he just followed me back!)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Anthology Under Fire For Publishing Poem By White Man Using Chinese Pseudonym - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America (thanks Professors Timothy Yu and Ravi Shankar)
"That's the part that's the most insidious, because it's just not true that women and people of color have an easier time to publish," Yu told NBC News. "His cynical belief is actually false. I am a Chinese American writer and I can tell him he's wrong."
Anthology Under Fire For Publishing Poem By White Man Using Chinese Pseudonym - NBC News

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Creative Writing Classes - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Check out my fall creative writing classes at WCC. Please register early to ensure a seat!

English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream  ENG 4055  Start 12/05/15  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Room :Rm.
1 session  Days of the Week : Weekly - Sat .  Tuition: $69.00  Location : Main Campus Location :
  Main Campus.
 Instructor : Frances Wang    Please read: No lunch provided.

Finding Your Voice: Intensive Writers Workshop  ENG 4290  Start 10/03/15  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Room :Rm.
1 session  Days of the Week : Weekly - Sat .  Tuition: $69.00  Location : Main Campus Location :
  Main Campus.
 Instructor : Frances Wang    Please read: No lunch provided

Jumpstart Your Memoir  ENG 4006  Start 11/07/15  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Room :Rm.
1 session  Days of the Week : Weekly - Sat .  Tuition: $69.00  Location : Main Campus Location :
  Main Campus.
 Instructor : Frances Wang    Please read: No lunch provided.

Creative Writing Classes - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development
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