Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tamil Language Schools On the Rise in United States - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america on tamil schools
"Sometimes it is heartbreaking. The grandparents [who come from India to visit] want to bond with the grandkids, and the grandkids want to bond with the grandparents. But language is the barrier," said Mallichetty. "However, after a few years of Tamil School, kids can talk to their grandparents and have lots of fun with them."
Tamil Language Schools On the Rise in United States - NBC News

Monday, June 29, 2015

Post-Nepal Earthquake, US Grants Nepalis Temporary Right to Stay - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"The natural disaster this spring in Nepal made it unsafe for people to return. We have heard reports of crumbling buildings and infrastructure, and the fact is that women and children are disproportionately affected by natural disasters and become more at-risk for mistreatment or abuse," US Representative Mike Honda told NBC News, "Thanks to this decision, Nepali people will not be forced to return to an unsafe situation."
Post-Nepal Earthquake, US Grants Nepalis Temporary Right to Stay - NBC News

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Comcast NBCUniversal and NBC4 Supporting AAJA’s V3con Digital Conference | NBC Southern California

omg I'm newsworthy enough to mention by name? lol. Excited to be a part of V3con Asian American Digital Media Conference.
The opening reception will be emceed by Richard Lui, anchor of MSNBC and Amna Nawaz and Frances Kai-Hwa Wang of NBC News Asian America will participate in panel discussions.
Comcast NBCUniversal and NBC4 Supporting AAJA’s V3con Digital Conference | NBC Southern California

Friday, June 26, 2015

Activist, Author, Icon Grace Lee Boggs Turns 100 Years Old - NBC News

Happy 100th Birthday to Grace Lee Boggs
"We try to heed Grace's challenge to us," said Putnam. "She said that we must 'think beyond what we even believe is possible.' This call for critical thinking and deep imagination is her legacy to us."
Activist, Author, Icon Grace Lee Boggs Turns 100 Years Old - NBC News

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Indian Americans React to Bobby Jindal Presidential Announcement - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america. make sure to check out #bobbyjindalissowhite and #jindian on twitter.
"On issue after issue, Bobby Jindal has shown that his opinions are very different from Asian American public opinion," University of California Riverside Public Policy Professor Karthick Ramakrishnan told NBC News. "And the way he's running doesn't seem like he's going after the Indian American vote, he's going after social conservatives. Most Indian Americans are socially and fiscally liberal."
Indian Americans React to Bobby Jindal Presidential Announcement - NBC News

Hey, just got called a "liberal bigot" on Twitter, this feels like old times. Must be doing something right, lol.

According to liberal bigot and , 4 tweets are enough to prove Bobby Jindal really isn't brown.


And someone took the time to write an article about my article!
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/connor-williams/2015/06/25/nbc-news-writer-indian-americans-reacted-jindal-announcement-jokes

Criminal Defense Attorney Mia Yamamoto Talks Race, Identity, Community - NBC News

such an honor to be able to interview the amazing Mia Yamamoto for NBC Asian America
Born in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II, criminal defense attorney Mia Frances Yamamoto has always known the effect that race can have on justice, and she often jokes to both audiences and clients, "I was born doing time."
Criminal Defense Mia Yamamoto Attorney Talks Race, Identity, Community - NBC News

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Vincent Chin's Estate Still Seeking Millions in Settlement Funds - NBC News

From Emil Guillermo on NBC Asian America

"People forget. It's been a long time ago. A whole generation has passed. It's ancient history to them," she said. "The main thing is we are a thorn in his side, and that he is not free."
Vincent Chin's Estate Still Seeking Millions in Settlement Funds - NBC News

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Study: International Students Outpace Americans in STEM Degrees - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America
According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, international students earned 11.6 percent of all American doctoral degrees conferred during the 2012-2013 academic year. However, at the department level, a different picture emerges, with international students earning 57 percent of doctoral degrees in engineering; 53 percent of doctoral degrees in computer and information sciences; and 50 percent of doctorates in mathematics and statistics.
Study: International Students Outpace Americans in STEM Degrees - NBC News

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Slant Eye For The Round Eye: #100PostsIn24HrsForAAPIHeritageMonth - 23 - Prolific Profiles: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Speaking of prolific, I only just found this at Slant Eye for the Round Eye, who never even told me, so embarrassed, but I'm loving the mic drop. thanks so much for including me!

Slant Eye For The Round Eye: #100PostsIn24HrsForAAPIHeritageMonth - 23 - Prolific Profiles: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

#100PostsIn24HrsForAAPIHeritageMonth - 23 - Prolific Profiles: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Sunday, May 24, 2015
In order to push AAPI issues you have to have people who are out there engaged and active - and I'm always loving the interaction, writing, and reporting that Frances Kai-Hwa Wang - contributor at NBCNews Asian America, Editor at AAPIVoices, speaker, educator, and activist - always brings to the table. A little bit from the LI profile:
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a writer, editor, speaker, multicultural educator, and activist on Asian Pacific American community issues. She has worked in International Development in Nepal, nonprofit administration, nonprofit development, marketing, small business startups, philosophy, academics, civil rights activism, community organization, Asian Pacific American organizations and publications, ethnic new media and mainstream media. She is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese. She has both administrative skills and writing talent and would like to work for the Asian Pacific American community or Chinese American community at a national or international level.

Specialties: Asian Pacific American issues, Asian Pacific American history, Asian and Asian Pacific American arts and cultures, ethnic studies, multicultural issues, diversity, race, gender, writing, editing, speaking, teaching, lecturing, civil rights activism, revitalizing agencies, computerizing and streamlining systems, marketing, publicity, fundraising, development, logistics, strategy, language learning, raising our children with culture(s), Chinese New Year's traditions and stories.

And bikes. I can write about bikes.

Drop the mic now.

Teaching at University of Hawaii Hilo (UHH) this summer

Teaching 3 writing courses at University of Hawaii Hilo (UHH) this summer
Fitness for Life

Jumpstart your College Essay at WCC August 22 and 29

2 new classes coming this August at Washtenaw Community College, WCC

Jumpstart your College Essay
(Ages 15-18)
This two-day course is a college application essay boot camp to sit down and just get those college application essays done. Using timed writings and discussion, you'll analyze application essay questions, write a good first draft and discuss editing techniques. Bring laptop, notebook and pen.
August 22 and August 29
Saturdays 1:00pm-4:00pm
Fee: $69

Publicize your Event
August 22 and August 29
Saturdays 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fee: $69

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Letter From the Editor: NBC Asian America Marks One Year - NBC News

Happy anniversary! I'm so happy to be a part of NBC Asian America and to have the opportunity to write every day about Asian America and the good work all of you are doing for the community. Check out these top twenty stories we've written in the past year (and dudes, I wrote NINE of them!) Thanks to everyone who's helped me out this past year, and thanks especially to Karthick Ramakrishnan for the introduction! heart emoticon

Below, a look back at your top twenty stories from the last year.
  1. Indiana Sentences Purvi Patel to 20 Years for Feticide
  2. Alabama Cop Arrested for Takedown That Left Indian Man Partially Paralyzed
  3. Louisville Mourns 'Family Man' Shot After School Drop-Off
  4. Sureshbhai Patel, Grandfather Partially Paralyzed by Cop, 'Improving': Attorney
  5. Which Woman Should Replace Andrew Jackson on $20 Bill?
  6. Indian Grandfather Paralyzed After Encounter with Alabama Police
  7. Teen Pilot on Around-World Flight Found Dead in Samoa
  8. Native Hawaiians to Federal Government: Give Us Back Our Kingdom
  9. The First Multiracial Miss Universe Japan Has Been Crowned
  10. North Korea Furious Over Kim Jong Un Parody Dance Video
  11. Teen Pilot Attempts to Break Record With 30-Day Flight Around the World
  12. Paul Kalanithi, Doc Behind Essays on Dying, Succumbs to Cancer
  13. Mindy Kaling's Brother: I Posed As Black to Get Into Med School
  14. Auction of Internment Items Halted After George Takei Intervenes
  15. Margaret Cho Responds to Critics of Her Golden Globes Cameo
  16. World's Largest Hindu Temple Being Built in New Jersey
  17. Purvi Patel, Sentenced to 20 Years for Feticide, Files Appeal
  18. Congressman Mike Honda's Transgender Granddaughter Makes Him Proud
  19. Adoptees to Rachel Dolezal: You're Not Transracial
  20. Chinese Actress Sued for Her Intense Stare

Remembering Vincent Chin

Lots of resources re Vincent Chin case here at my other blog. Remember, 33 years ago, 27 years old, $3000. He would have been 60 this year.

Remembering Vincent Chin

Ann Arbor Summer Festival UM Revolutions Chinese Yo-Yo

University of Michigan Revolutions Chinese Yo-Yo Team tonight at Ann Arbor Summer Festival Kid Zone tent

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Adoptees to Rachel Dolezal: You're Not Transracial - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america on the rachel dolezal thing
"Many members of the White press have appropriated and co-opted a deeply meaningful, historical term - transracial - from the adoptee community," Kevin H. Vollmers, Executive Director of Gazillion Strong, told NBC News. "They're treating 'transracial' as though it's a new thing. As a transracial adoptee, this is, at the very least, a slap in the face."
Adoptees to Rachel Dolezal: You're Not Transracial - NBC News

on the main NBC News landing page!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ruling Allows Sikh ROTC Members to Wear Turbans - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America on Iknoor Singh case
"The ruling in this case is a step in the right direction towards improving religious freedom and equal opportunity in this country," Simran Jeet Singh, Sikh CoalitionSenior Religion Fellow, told NBC News. "At the same time, I am concerned because the U.S. Military's discriminatory ban remains in place. I am hopeful that the Pentagon sees this ruling -- which aligns with recent Supreme Court rulings -- as a signal that it is no longer free to discriminate against religious minorities."
Ruling Allows Sikh ROTC Members to Wear Turbans - NBC News

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Creative Writing Classes - Washtenaw Community College

Next Saturday, June 20, 2015, at WCC, 10am-4pm

Beginning Writers Workshop  ENG 4290  Start 06/20/15  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Room :  LA 157
1 session  Days of the Week : Weekly - Sat .  Tuition: $69.00  Location : Liberal Arts & Sciences Bldg Location :
  Liberal Arts & Sciences Bldg.
  Instructor : Frances Wang    Please read: No lunch provided

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

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Taiwan upcoming

Ann Arbor Summer Festival has begun!

Friday June 19
University of Michigan Revolutions Chinese Yo-Yo Team at Ann Arbor Summer Festival Kid Zone tent
Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Saturday June 20
Taiwanese American crafts and activities at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival Kid Zone tent with FASCA and AACCOM
Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Friday, June 12, 2015

'We Are Not Alone': Festival Celebrates Multiracial America - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re Mixed Remixed festival
"To me, festivals like this are all about community," multiracial Asian American writer and Mixed Remixed panel moderator Jason Sperber told NBC News. "Multiraciality is so often discussed as an individualized and individuated experience, but it is much more than that."
'We Are Not Alone': Festival Celebrates Multiracial America - NBC News

Michigan's First Publicly 'Out' Citizen Still Fighting for LGBTQ Rights - NBC News

My article for NBC News re the amazing Jim Toy
"I was taught never to talk about sex, politics, or religion at the dinner table. And I think I have learned that if you bring up one, the other two inevitably have to follow,"
Michigan's First Publicly 'Out' Citizen Still Fighting for LGBTQ Rights - NBC News

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

National Day of Action Planned for Nan-Hui Jo - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re Nan-Hui Jo case #standwithnanhui #dontdeportrosa
"Ms. Jo's detention shows ICE's complete lack of understanding of domestic violence and is a total waste of government resources." Jo's attorney, Amalia Wille, told NBC News. "Ms. Jo has several applications for lawful immigration status pending based on the domestic abuse she has experienced, and ICE should immediately release her, as it does with the vast majority of foreign nationals awaiting decisions on their cases."
National Day of Action Planned for Nan-Hui Jo - NBC News

Asian Americans in Michigan | Wayne State University Press

Book Launch party today

Asian Americans in Michigan | Wayne State University Press

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Race, Justice, Outreach at the Heart of this New Orleans Camp - NBC News

My article re VAYLA New Orleas about their summer leadership institute
"VAYLA New Orleans is known as a racial and social justice organization. We believe in youth leadership and youth power with a family component," Executive Director Minh Nguyen told NBC News, "because we believe young people can't succeed and thrive unless their caregiver is supported."
Race, Justice, Outreach at the Heart of this New Orleans Camp - NBC News

Monday, June 8, 2015

Indian Prime Minister's 'Despite Being A Woman' Comment Draws Fire - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re Modi's #DespiteBeingAWoman lols
"I am happy to say that the prime minister of Bangladesh, despite being a woman, is saying boldly that she has zero tolerance toward terrorism."
Indian Prime Minister's 'Despite Being A Woman' Comment Draws Fire - NBC News

Cross-Cultural Love Takes Center Stage in 'Waterfall' - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America re "Waterfall" world premiere at Pasadena Playhouse
"This is a beautiful, epic love story that deals with the different cultures of the world," director Tak Viravan told local media. "It is a combination of the American musical and the authenticity of the eastern world, but told for a western audience. It combines all the beauties of the world with the different cultures of the world. Waterfall is a rich, romantic, melodic piece of theatre."
Cross-Cultural Love Takes Center Stage in 'Waterfall' - NBC News

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

'Sanjay's Super Team' Brings an Indian-American Story to Big Screen - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America on Sanjay Patel's short film at Pixar
"If I could, I would go back to the 1980s and give my younger self this short," Patel told Los Angeles Times. "I want to normalize and bring a young brown boy's story to the pop culture zeitgeist. To have a broad audience like Pixar's see this ... it is a big deal. I'm so excited about that."
'Sanjay's Super Team' Brings an Indian-American Story to Big Screen - NBC News
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