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

Friday, September 4, 2015

Trial Begins for Alabama Cop who Paralyzed Indian Grandfather - NBC News

My article for NBC News re Indian Grandpa in Alabama
"This grandfather has committed no crime, is accused of no crime," Prosecutor Saaed Mody of the U.S. Department of Justice told jurors, according to local media. During his encounter with Officer Parker, Patel - who was visiting his son and his son's family in the U.S. from India - said "No English" five times, and was slammed to the ground, causing injuries that sent him to the hospital and left him partially paralyzed. "Seven months later that grandfather still cannot walk without assistance," said Mody. "That's what this case is about."
Trial Begins for Alabama Cop who Paralyzed Indian Grandfather - NBC News

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Will Sing for Disney's 'Moana' - NBC News

my article for NBC News Asian America. AND he sings!
"Samoa is in my blood, and to tell a story inspired by the South Pacific is truly a great honor."
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Will Sing for Disney's 'Moana' - NBC News

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Disbelief Over Wall Street Journal's Use of Slur in Tweet - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
Since 2012, there have been several calls from the Asian American community that the expression, which dates back to the 1400's, simply be retired, especially when there is no lack for alternative phrases that don't carry with them the same history of offense and racism.
Disbelief Over Wall Street Journal's Use of Slur in Tweet - NBC News
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