Saturday, January 31, 2015

MHP remembers landmark SCOTUS case | MSNBC

Great MHP video from last fall where Melissa Harris-Perry details the Supreme Court case from 70 years ago that became the test case to challenge the constitutionality of Japanese internment camps. #korematsuday Fred Korematsu

MHP remembers landmark SCOTUS case | MSNBC

Fred Koramatsu Remembered

about our Korematsu Commemoration Program at Troy High School (with Athens and Niles Community High Schools) Thursday, January 29, 2015Fred Koramatsu Remembered

Friday, January 30, 2015

Push Continues to Make Fred Korematsu Day A National Holiday - NBC News.com

I got a quote from Asian America's Uncle George Takei! for my article for NBC News Asian America
"Fred Korematsu Day not only honors a great man, but also reminds us about our fragile democracy, which is only as strong as our the adherence to our constitutional principles," said Asian American actor and civil rights activist George Takei
Push Continues to Make Fred Korematsu Day A National Holiday - NBC News.com

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Speaking at APA Studies Program for Korematsu Recognition | Michigan State University

Speaking Friday at MSU
Please join us for a "Recognition of Fred T. Korematsu" panel and reception
WHEN: FRIDAY, January 30th
TIME: 4:00 PM (reception at 3:30 PM)
WHERE: MOSAIC Multicultural Unity Center (2nd floor of MSU Union)
Michigan State University, East Lansing
APA Studies Program | Michigan State University

Speaking at Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration Presents: A Recognition of Fred T. Korematsu - Events - Multicultural Affairs - Grand Valley State University

Speaking Friday
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration Presents: A Recognition of Fred T. Korematsu
Date: Friday, January 30, 2015 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: DeVos Center » 122E - Loosemore Auditorium

Speaking Thursday at Troy High School for Korematsu Recognition Event

Yay! Last minute schedule change so will be speaking at Fred Korematsu Recognition Program at Troy High School (with Athens and Niles Community High Schools) Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The 'Lost' Work of Frank Chin to be Published in March - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America
A novel by provocative Asian-American writer, Frank Chin, written in the mid-1970's and long considered "lost," will finally be published this March by the University of Hawaii Press as "The Confessions of a Number One Son: The Great Chinese American Novel" after being discovered by Asian-American literature scholar Calvin McMillin.
"The discovery and eventual restoration of Chin's lost novel," said McMillian, "warrants a serious critical reevaluation of the author's work and his ultimate legacy." 
The 'Lost' Work of Frank Chin to be Published in March - NBC News.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Study Reveals Most Americans Don't Understand Sikhism - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America:
Sikhism is the world's fifth largest religion, with over 500,000 Sikhs in America. Yet the study found that sixty percent of Americans surveyed did not know anything about Sikhism or Sikh Americans. Only 11 percent of those surveyed actually knew a Sikh person.
New Study Reveals Most Americans Don't Understand Sikhism - NBC News.com

Friday, January 23, 2015

Increase in Anti-Muslim Incidents in France Post-Shooting - NBC News.com

My article in NBC News Asian America
"The attacks in Paris occurred in a very Islamophobic and racist context in France," said Elsa Ray, spokesperson for the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF), an advocacy group which has recorded reports of over 66 anti-Muslim attacks (not necessarily reported to the police) in the past two weeks. "The number [of anti-Muslim attacks] has been increasing over the past few years because hate speech and stigmatizing discourse on Muslims have been a global trend and the French government has done nothing to counter this problem, to counter discrimination and violence toward Muslims."
Increase in Anti-Muslim Incidents in France Post-Shooting - NBC News.com

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Paris Attack Response Stirs #JeNeSuisPasCharlie Discussion - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America
The world mourned the senseless deaths in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, prompting a public global surge in support of free speech and the subsequent outpouring on social media, tagged with #JeSuisCharlie ("I Am Charlie"). But in the days since, that first conversation has given way to a second - with some Asian-American satirists and writers at the forefront - focused on where freedom of speech meets the limits of satire.
Paris Attack Response Stirs #JeNeSuisPasCharlie Discussion - NBC News.com

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Applauding the State of the Union Address, Still Hoping for More - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America
President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address touched on many issues at the core of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, including childcare, education, voting rights, income disparities, immigration, discrimination, and more. Leaders from the AAPI community react to what they heard, and what they wanted to hear but didn't, in last night's address.
Applauding the State of the Union Address, Still Hoping for More - NBC News.com

Sikh Superhero: Captain America, Like You've Never Seen Him - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America
It started with a poster of a bearded Captain America wearing a bright blue turban created by Sikh-American cartoonist, Vishavjit "Vish" Singh. "Just relax! It's called a turban," the cartoon read. "Inside is my long unshorn waist length hair. Now let's kick some intolerant ass."
Sikh Superhero: Captain America, Like You've Never Seen Him - NBC News.com

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Family Secrets From India to the U.S. in 'Don't Let Him Know' - NBC News.com

My article in NBC News Asian America about Sandip Roy's debut novel:
I wanted to tell the story of the burden of being good, the good son, the good wife, the good father, which I think Asians know a thing or two about. I wanted to explore the difference between being happy and being contented. 'Don't Let Him Know' begins with a young Indian American in California finding an old letter which he thinks reveals a secret he does not know about his mother. But as we discover, even secrets carry secrets within them.
Family Secrets From India to the U.S. in 'Don't Let Him Know' - NBC News.com

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Write Award Winning Creative Non-Fiction

Teaching at Chelsea District Library this Monday for MLK Day--Register today!

Write Award Winning Creative Non-Fiction

Write an Award Winning Creative Non-Fiction | Monday, Jan. 19 | 1:00am-3:00pm | McKune | Registration | Grades 6 - 12

Creative nonfiction is another way to say true stories, well told. Learn to write great true stories with the help of Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, a creative writing instructor at Washtenaw Community College. Participants should come prepared to write, and will be working on submissions for several creative nonfiction contests. Please bring a notebook and pen.

Write Award Winning Creative Non-Fiction

Friday, January 16, 2015

Scholarship Seeks to Raise Up Asian-American Undocumented - NBC News.com

My article at NBC Asian America
The first scholarship ever offered exclusively for undocumented Asian-American youth is now accepting its first round of applications until the end of January. Approximately 1.3 million Asian Americans are undocumented, and many of the youth struggle to finance their higher education because they are unable to apply for financial aid and student loans.
Scholarship Seeks to Raise Up Asian-American Undocumented - NBC News.com

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

In conversation with Aasif Mandvi

So cool to be invited to hang out with the handsome and talented Aasif Mandvi on Al Jazeera's The Stream. And Aamer Rahman, too!

In conversation with Aasif Mandvi

Wednesday, January 14 at 19:30 GMT: (2:30 pm Eastern Time)
He’s best known as the senior Muslim correspondent for “The Daily Show,” conducting satirical interviews or reviewing the news of the day, from a “brown” perspective. But Indo-Muslim-British-American Aasif Mandvi is also an actor and writer. His new book “No Land’s Man” is a series of essays exploring his journey as an immigrant. Join us with your comments and questions at 19:30 GMT for Aasif Mandvi.
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:
Aasif Mandvi @aasif
Actor
facebook.com/aasifmandvi
Yazmin Khan @KhanChronicles
Writer
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang @fkwang
Writer
franceskaihwawang.com 
Ernest Zahn @ErnieZahn
Independent filmmaker
Allkicker.com
(Repeats Thursday, January 15, 2015, 9:30 am Eastern Time)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WWII Stories From Japanese Americans Captured in New Book - NBC News.com

My article for NBC Asian America
This is not a book about life in the camps. Rather, this is a book about the Constitution, freedom, and the triumph of Japanese Americans as a community during a time of racial prejudice and wartime hysteria. It is semi-autobiographical, and tells Mori's personal stories as well as those told to him—from the young Nisei men who tried to enlist and found that they had been reclassified as "enemy aliens ineligible for service," to those who sought redress after the war to make sure this would never happen to anyone else again.
WWII Stories From Japanese Americans Captured in New Book - NBC News.com

Monday, January 12, 2015

Native Hawaiian Graduates Wearing Nothing but Cultural Pride - NBC News.com

"know your roots, represent, and perpetuate. Not just for yourself, but for your family, your ancestors, and the future generations of your culture."
Native Hawaiian Graduates Wearing Nothing but Cultural Pride - NBC News.com

The Rise of the Asian-American Blog: Ones to Watch in 2015 - NBC News.com

One of the oldest Asian-American blogs in the country, AARisings, shut down this month after 25 years. The site, born of a record label that later transformed to a general Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) entertainment hub, came to an end when the founder, Nelson Wong, began to see his audience slip away to social media....but several more have picked up Wong's torch and carry it forward. Here are the blogs to follow in 2015:

The Rise of the Asian-American Blog: Ones to Watch in 2015 - NBC News.com

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Story Behind America's Obsession with General Tso's Chicken - NBC News.com

"The film gets its charm from the Chinese restaurant owners themselves," notes Mitchell K. Dwyer in his 8Asians.com review, "Some of them, second and third-generation entrepreneurs, some of them offering their observations even while their parents, sitting right next to them, offer a slightly different take." my article at NBC Asian America

The Story Behind America's Obsession with General Tso's Chicken - NBC News.com

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

LankaCorps Offers Youth A Connection to Sri Lanka - NBC News.com

"This fellowship has been the most challenging and difficult but also the most rewarding months of my life." LankaCorp application deadline extended to Feb 28. My article at NBC Asian America re this cool Asia Foundation program for Sri Lankan American/Canadian youth.

LankaCorps Offers Youth A Connection to Sri Lanka - NBC News.com

Monday, January 5, 2015

Meet General Nagata, the Man Leading the Mission to Defeat ISIS - NBC News.com

My article for NBC Asian America
"Mike Nagata is as good as we have," Wade Ishimoto wrote about Nagata's reputation as a strategist, tactician, and planner in the Japanese American Veterans Association JAVA Advocate. "There is no doubt that if anyone can succeed in this tough task, it will be Mike Nagata."
Meet General Nagata, the Man Leading the Mission to Defeat ISIS - NBC News.com

Sweet Treats: Mochi Making at Family-Owned Koda Farms - NBC News.com

My article for NBC Asian America on Mochitsuki!
The small, pounded rice cakes -- eaten as a sweet dessert and enjoyed as a way to preserve rice through the year -- are easy for most urbanites in Japan to find at their corner mochi shop. But for many Japanese Americans, making mochi the old fashioned way offers a chance to connect with their heritage, teach their children about cultural traditions, and make enough mochi to last the year.
Sweet Treats: Mochi Making at Family-Owned Koda Farms - NBC News.com

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Asian American History on Display at 2015 Rose Parade - NBC News.com

Are you out there on Colorado Blvd this morning? My Article for NBC Asian America:
The morning of January first ushers in new year, and with it, the 126th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade, a New Year's morning tradition dating back to 1890 and reaching 50 million viewers, including many who have camped out all night along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, and many more across the country who will watch on their television sets. This year's theme is "Inspiring Stories," and several groups have looked to Asian-American history and cultures for stories and inspiration. These are the floats to look out for in 2015.
Asian American History on Display at 2015 Rose Parade - NBC News.com
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