Thursday, April 30, 2015

Single Mom, Nan-Hui Jo, Released From Jail, Detained by ICE - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America:
"It is critical to keep the pressure on ICE so that they do not continue to hold her indefinitely. Within hours, Nan-Hui was released from one jail to be taken to another—even though she has multiple immigration applications pending as well as court dates in both immigration and family courts."
Single Mom, Nan-Hui Jo, Released From Jail, Detained by ICE - NBC News.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Revisiting 'Karate Kid II," Thirty Years Later - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America on Crane Kick Commentary at LAPFF
"I've watched The Karate Kid Part II dozens upon dozens of times since I was a kid," Yu told NBC News. "It's one of those movies I grew up watching, and many people in the community have a goofy fondness for. I thought it would be really fun to revisit it, like friends watching the movie together on the couch."
Revisiting 'Karate Kid II," Thirty Years Later - NBC News.com

Monday, April 27, 2015

'Epic Adventure': Dawen On Making Music And A Home in Taiwan - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America on Dawen!
"Dawen is not only a soulful, talented musician, but he is the sweetest guy," Phil Yu of the Angry Asian Man blog told NBC News. "It's been so cool to see him grow as an artist, find fans and seize the opportunity to share his music with a global audience."
'Epic Adventure': Dawen On Making Music And A Home in Taiwan - NBC News.com

Friday, April 24, 2015

National Poetry Month: Asian-American Poets to Watch - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America
"It is important to read Asian American poetry, because it allows us access to an underrepresented perspective and to deepen our understanding of the diverse communities that make up America," poet Ravi Shankar, editor of Drunken Boatonline literary journal and author of "What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations," told NBC News. "But just as there's no monolithic 'country' that defines us all, neither is there just one kind of Asian American poet."
National Poetry Month: Asian-American Poets to Watch - NBC News.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Brick Bash - Ann Arbor Observer

This year's Lego Brick Bash is April 18
After we walk down the long hallway back to the cafeteria for Skyline High School's Brick Bash, ten-year-old Little Brother stops dead in his tracks when he sees the twelve-foot-tall skyscraper, all clear glass and blue angles, standing majestically at the entrance to the room. "Whoa," my son asks. "Is that all made of Legos?"
Brick Bash - Ann Arbor Observer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Auction of Internment Items Halted After George Takei Intervenes - NBC News.com

My article on how George Takei and Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation save the day
"There is an essential discussion to be had about the sale of historical items that are a legacy of man's inhumanity to man. It extends beyond what is legal."
Auction of Internment Items Halted After George Takei Intervenes - NBC News.com

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

'Battle for Talent Is Global': Rust Belt Seeks Visa Reform - NBC News.com

My article on H-1B H1B visa reform for NBC News Asian America
"It's hard for us to find the kind of people who can do the math and communicate with others," Don Hicks, CEO of LLamasoft, the global leader in supply chain software design, said at his Michigan headquarters. "I struggle with the terms foreign-born or immigrant, but they're just people. They're just our guys. And we're just waiting around to see who are we going to have to help move."
'Battle for Talent Is Global': Rust Belt Seeks Visa Reform - NBC News.com

Meet the Cartoon Kid Superheroes of Pakistan - NBC News.com

My article re 3 Bahadur, Pakistan's first full-length animated feature film, re three 11yo superheroes
"If I had Amna's powers, I would save my country from danger," said one girl student, "These characters represent all the children of Pakistan."
Meet the Cartoon Kid Superheroes of Pakistan - NBC News.com

Friday, April 10, 2015

Aasif Mandvi's 'Halal in the Family' Premieres on 'Funny or Die' - NBC News.com

my article for nbc news asian america re Aasif Mandvi's "Halal in the Family"

"With Halal in the Family I had a chance to create an all-American Muslim family dealing with common forms of ignorance and prejudice, resolving them - in classic sitcom fashion - by the end of each episode."
Aasif Mandvi's 'Halal in the Family' Premieres on 'Funny or Die' - NBC News.com

Reading "Asian Americans in Michigan"

Reading today at University of Michigan.



The official version, plus me and Durriya too: The Critical Ethnic and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop and the United Asian American Organizations enthusiastically invite you to participate in A/PIA Experiences at the University of Michigan, an open-forum discussion between graduate students, undergraduates, staff, and faculty discussing the state of A/PIA studies and campus climate at the University of Michigan on Friday, April 10th 1-3pm at 3512 Haven Hall. We will also be featuring the School of Social Work's Professor Joseph Galura's recent publication in the book Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from The Midwest. This event is part of A/PIA Heritage Month at the University of Michigan. Snacks and bubble tea will be provided.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Speaking Thursday and Friday


I'll be speaking Thursday at Ann Arbor North Rotary Club.

I'll also be speaking Thursday on "A/PIA Media and Stereotypes" at a UM Intro to Asian Pacific Islander American Studies class in North Quad 2:40-4:00, 2435 North Quad (105 S. State St).

On Friday, I'll be part of a reading for "Asian Americans in Michigan" at University of Michigan Department of American Culture, 3512 Haven Hall, 1-3. Free food and bubble tea.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Could This Amendment Save Adoptee Adam Crapser From Deportation? - NBC News.com

my article for NBC News Asian America on Amendment to Child Citizenship Act 2000 to #KeepAdamHome

"For the U.S. to deport adoptees to a country they likely do not speak the language, do not understand the culture, and do not have any connections or resources is a reprehensible and shameful act," said March. "If members of Congress do not support this amendment, it is equivalent to objecting to the fundamental purpose and values of adoption."
Could This Amendment Save Adoptee Adam Crapser From Deportation? - NBC News.com

The World's Premiere Hula Competition is Happening Now - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America on Merrie Monarch
"Having our ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi become a part of this broadcast is momentous, and hopefully will continue to grow in presence and content coverage," Hiapo Perreira, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language and Literature at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, told NBC News, "joining current normalization efforts that support the life and proliferation of our language. E ola ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi! (The Hawaiian language shall live!)"
The World's Premiere Hula Competition is Happening Now - NBC News.com

Monday, April 6, 2015

Native Hawaiians Arrested in Protests of Massive Telescope - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America on the arrests of TMT Protectors in Hawaii
"We are so proud of the young protectors as they have stayed truly in the Kapu Aloha and have been training others to prepare themselves for staying in Kapu Aloha."
Native Hawaiians Arrested in Protests of Massive Telescope - NBC News.com

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Single Mom's Sentencing Postponed as Supporters #StandWithNanHui - NBC News.com

My article for NBC News Asian America on #StandwithNanHui Sentencing Postponement
"We are alarmed by the continued threat of detention or deportation of Nan-Hui as it would mean permanent separation from her six-year-old daughter,"
Single Mom's Sentencing Postponed as Supporters #StandWithNanHui - NBC News.com

Dharun Ravi Conviction in Tyler Clementi Case Could Be Reversed - NBC News.com

my article in nbc news asian america on nj bias intimidation law change
"Unlike any other bias-crime statute in the country, N.J.S.A. 2C:16-1(a)(3) focuses on the victim's, not the defendant's, state of mind," wrote Justice Albin in his opinion. "The defendant's fate depends not on whether bias was the purpose for the commission of the crime but on whether the victim 'reasonably believed' that was the purpose."
Dharun Ravi Conviction in Tyler Clementi Case Could Be Reversed - NBC News.com
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