Friday, July 31, 2015

To Mark Shooting Tragedy, Sikhs Organize Annual Day of Service - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America #rememberingoakcreek #oakcreek #dayofseva2015 #dayofseva
"By giving back in service to the community, Sikhs hope to be visible in their communities to create an opportunity to provide awareness about themselves, so that we can prevent future hate crimes." said Kaur, and "replace hate with ideals of positivity and service."
Shooting Tragedy, Sikhs Organize Annual Day of Service - NBC News

Deep Connections Lead Japanese Americans to Hail Boy Scouts' Decision - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"Proud of the @BoyScouts for making this decision today. It's simply the right thing to do."
Deep Connections Lead Japanese Americans to Hail Boy Scouts' Decision - NBC News

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Seattle Mourns Murdered Chinatown Leader Donnie Chin - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"I knew Donnie as an unsung hero who always put the needs of others above his own. He fiercely loved and guarded the neighborhood, and everyone in the C-ID respected Donnie. He will be missed for years and years to come."
Seattle Mourns Murdered Chinatown Leader Donnie Chin - NBC News

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pressure, Rebellion Revealed in Daughter's Plot to Kill Parents - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
However, it is the story written by one of her high school classmates, Karen K. Ho, for Toronto Life last week exploring the back story of how Pan got to that point that has Asian Americans and Asian Canadians talking about the horrific case again, in the context of high expectations from immigrant parents, the pressures of the model minority myth, and the stigma of mental health issues like depression.
Pressure, Rebellion Revealed in Daughter's Plot to Kill Parents - NBC News

STEM Sisters: Pair Build Pi-Bot to Make Engineering Accessible to All - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"The moment they begin building, programming, and learning about pulleys, gears, motion sensors, etc., the girls just don't want to leave our creativity center! They not only want to keep working, they also want to design their own models and write their own codes," explained Lavanya Jawaharlal, "We have 7-year-old girls saying they want to be scientists or engineers when they grow up."
STEM Sisters: Pair Build Pi-Bot to Make Engineering Accessible to All - NBC News

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ben Huh on Leaving Cheezburger, Taking Time Off, and What's Next - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"I want to change the paradigm," said Huh. "I want to keep myself engaged and thoughtful...I'm going to be talking to a lot of entrepreneurs to look at macro-level ideas and a holistic landscape. If you had all the time in which to start a company, what would you do?"
Ben Huh on Leaving Cheezburger, Taking Time Off, and What's Next - NBC News

Friday, July 24, 2015

Undocumented Single Mom Nan-Hui Jo Released by US Immigration - NBC News

My article on NBC News Asian America--Nan-Hui Jo has been released!
"We are incredibly relieved that Nan-Hui has finally been released and is one step closer to resolving this year-long nightmare. It is unthinkable that ICE was days away from permanently separating a mother from her child because of a system that prioritizes deportation quotas over the well-being of a family," said Saira Hussain, Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, in a statement. "We must recognize this case within the context of the growing criminalization of survivors of domestic violence and the undocumented community."
Undocumented Single Mom Nan-Hui Jo Released by US Immigration - NBC News

Reactions to Jose Antonio Vargas' #WhitePeople Doc - NBC News

My article on NBC News Asian America on Jose Antonio Vargas' documentary film on MTV, "White People" and the Asian American response:
"As we've seen in politics and current events in the past few months, race and immigration are inherently linked in the United States," said Vargas, who was born in the Philippines, in a statement, "Since starting Define American four years ago and traveling across the country, it became clear to me that much of the opposition to immigration reform is rooted in anxiety and fear among white Americans. This TV special - aimed at white Millennials - connects the dots between race and immigration and aims to increase empathy."
Reactions to Jose Antonio Vargas' #WhitePeople Doc - NBC News

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cheezburger Changeover: LOLcats Creator Ben Huh Says KThxBai - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"Cheezburger gave rise to a new category of content," wrote Huh, "A new industry of global reach, and as some would call it: the downfall of civilization. I say, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ bring it on, because it looks like a lot of fun. We have made a dent in the universe together."
Cheezburger Changeover: LOLcats Creator Ben Huh Says KThxBai - NBC News

Monday, July 20, 2015

Indian American Retirees Head South for Culture and Comfort - NBC News

"Since I don't have to cook, I don't have to clean up afterwards, I don't have to do grocery shopping, or plan what I'm going to cook for the day, so that's the best part for me." Aunty knows what's up. Who wants to go with? 3 vegetarian Indian meals a day... My story for NBC Asian America on a Florida Indian American retirement community.Indian American Retirees Head South for Culture and Comfort - NBC News

Greg Pak Gets Gross in His Latest Children's Book, 'ABC Disgusting' - NBC News

"Diversity's just honest storytelling, part of what makes the worlds I'm creating ring true. And then let's be honest -- I love seeing stereotypes overturned and difference recognized." My Q&A with the disgusting, I mean, totally awesome Greg Pak for NBC News Asian America (8 days to go on this kickstarter!)Greg Pak Gets Gross in His Latest Children's Book, 'ABC Disgusting' - NBC News

Sunday, July 19, 2015

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

Check out my summer and 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)

Publicize Your Event  BMG 4136  Start 08/22/15  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Room :  LA 150
2 sessions.  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.

Jumpstart Your College Essay  ENG 4012  Start 08/22/15  Mandatory Fees: $0.00  Room :  LA 160
2 sessions.  Days of the Week : Weekly - Sat .  Tuition: $69.00  Location : Liberal Arts & Sciences Bldg Location :
  Liberal Arts & Sciences Bldg.
  Instructor : Frances Wang    Please read: Lunch is not provided. Ages 15 to 18.

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

Publicize Your Event - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Develop a comprehensive marketing plan for your event or nonprofit today at WCC. Register early to ensure a seat!
Traditional and social media offer nimble and low-cost ways to get the word out about your organization, special event, or cause. However, a little strategy goes a long way. Learn how to write a press release and calendar listing. In addition, participants will review guidelines on length, frequency, tone and branding. Participants will also discover how to effectively use photographs, video, audio, graphics. The power of links, social media networks, and knowing your audience will be discussed. Bring a notebook and pen.
Publicize Your Event - 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

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

Check out my fall creative writing classes at WCC. Three intensive all-day writers' workshops! Please register early to ensure a seat! (Click on the link at the bottom of the page to access WCC website and Registration info)

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.

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

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

This August at Washtenaw Community College (WCC):
Have you been meaning to start your college application essays all summer? What do these questions mean? Where do you even start? How do you fit it all into the word count? This course is a college application essay boot camp to sit down and just get it done. Using timed writings and discussion, we will inventory our high school experiences, analyze application essay questions, write a good first draft, and discuss editing techniques. Bring a laptop, notebook, and pen.
Jumpstart Your College Essay - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jumpstart your college application essay!

One day College Application Essay writing boot camp at University of Hawaii this summer.

Have you been meaning to start your college application essays all summer? Have your parents been on your case to hurry up and get them done before school starts? What do these questions mean? Where do you even start? How do you fit it all into the word count? This course is a college application essay bootcamp to sit down and just get it done. Using timed writings and discussion, we will inventory our high school experiences, analyze various college application (and scholarship) essay questions, write a good first draft, and discuss editing techniques. Bring laptop, notebook, pen, and the application questions of the colleges/scholarships to which you want to apply.

Register now at UH Hilo College of Continuing Education & Community Service (UHH CCECS). http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/JumpstartYourCollegeApplicationEssay.php

Friday, July 17, 2015

Court Decision Deemed Win for Indian American Motel Owners - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America

"No hotel owner wants to see human trafficking or crime on his premises," Ray Patel, president of the North East Los Angeles Hotel Owners Association (NELAHOA), told India West. "But the tactics used by the LAPD were not preventing crimes."
Court Decision Deemed Win for Indian American Motel Owners - NBC News

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jumpstart your college application essays this Sat

'Tis the season. Send me your high school seniors who you know haven't started their college application essays yet. This Saturday 9-4 at UHH. A few seats left. Register now:
http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/registration/



CCECS Non-Credit Classes

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

From Broadway to Big Bird: Behind the Scenes With Sesame Street's Alan Muraoka - NBC News

I was watching old Sesame Street videos and singing Sesame Street songs the whole time I was working on this story for NBC Asian America. Thanks Gladys Chen for the introduction!
"What I love about Sesame is that it's a world of universal acceptance: where humans, animals, monsters, fairies, and Snuffleupaguses can live in harmony. I love that the show's writers create stories for me without having to point out my ethnicity. My ethnicity is apparent. They instead write for my humor and my heart, which I find much more rewarding."
From Broadway to Big Bird: Behind the Scenes With Sesame Street's Alan Muraoka - NBC News

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Supporters Push for Mitsuye Endo's Presidential Medal of Freedom - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"The fight against Japanese American internment today is often remembered as a struggle by three men: Minoru Yasui, Gordon Hirabayashi and Fred Korematsu,"Gil Asakawa, author of "Being Japanese American," told NBC News. "But Mitusye Endo's contribution shouldn't be forgotten. She was the fourth Japanese American, and the only woman, to fight her incarceration in an American concentration camp in the judicial system, all the way to the Supreme Court."
Supporters Push for Mitsuye Endo's Presidential Medal of Freedom - NBC News

Monday, July 13, 2015

Multiracial Asian Americans 'Most Popular' in Online Dating: Study - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America
"One potential explanation of these preferences is that contemporary media promotes certain mixed-race appearances as chic, fashionable, or post-racial," suggested Lin, "while simultaneously portrays mono-racial Asians as being passive, sly, effeminate, and nerdy."
Multiracial Asian Americans 'Most Popular' in Online Dating: Study - NBC News

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Muslim Community Rallies to Rebuild Burned Black Churches - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America re #RespondWithLove and #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches
"The Muslim community and the Black community are connected in integral ways, one cannot tell the story of one in America without telling the story of the other.
Muslim Community Rallies to Rebuild Burned Black Churches - NBC News

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jumpstart your Memoir at UHH this summer


Teaching Memoir at University of Hawaii Hilo this summer. Four weeks of writing.

If you have a memoir you have been meaning to write, either for publication or just for your grandchildren, but are having difficulty getting going, why not just start here, one chapter at time? Short writing exercises, tips and tricks, including creating a space for writing, writing every day, reading aloud, training your mind to see detail, taking chances with emotion, having fun with humor and flourishes, writing from the heart, cultivating consistency, overcoming barriers to writing. Leave with beginning drafts of several chapters. Bring a notebook and pen.

Register now with UH Hilo College of Continuing Education & Community Service (UHH CCECS), only a few spaces left, classes starting soon!

http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/fitness/JumpstartMemoir.php

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

George Takei Apologizes for Calling Clarence Thomas 'Clown in Blackface' - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America
"Each of us, as humans, have hot-button topics that can set us off, and Justice Thomas had hit mine, that is clear,"
George Takei Apologizes for Calling Clarence Thomas 'Clown in Blackface' - NBC News

My first article at NBC News Asian America one year ago today

My first article at NBC News Asian America one year ago today! See how far we've come. So pleased to be a part. Thanks everyone for reading and for sharing your stories and insights with me.
Crowdsourced Collection Takes on Diversity of Asian America - NBC News.com
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/crowdsourced-collection-takes-diversity-asian-america-n149611

Monday, July 6, 2015

Dare to Dream this summer at UHH


Teaching at University of Hawaii Hilo this month. Dare to Dream (my midlife crisis workshop). Four weeks of writing, thinking, planning, reinventing. Courage now.

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 challenge. Part journaling, part business plan, lots of short writing exercises, this course 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.

Register now at UH Hilo College of Continuing Education & Community Service (UHH CCECS). http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/DaretoDream.php

The New America: Study Examines Modern Multiracial Identities - NBC News

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The New America: Study Examines Modern Multiracial Identities - NBC News

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The New America: Study Examines Modern Multiracial Identities - NBC News

My article for NBC News Asian America on Pew Research Center study on Multiracial Americans
Although 2.1 percent of adult Americans self-identified as multiracial on the 2010 US Census, when Pew Research Center also took into account the races of one's parents and grandparents, that number was much higher, 6.9 percent.
The New America: Study Examines Modern Multiracial Identities - NBC News

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jindal Swings at Critics With 'Tanned. Rested. Ready.' Slogan - NBC News

@BobbyJindal: "The liberal media said, "There's not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal,” so we made shirts to mock them." What? I don't understand. Plus Nixon. What? Somebody please explain. my article for nbc asian america. #bobbyjindalissowhite #jindian #askbobby

Jindal Swings at Critics With 'Tanned. Rested. Ready.' Slogan - NBC News
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