Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Pulitzer, Comics, and Essays: Asian-American Literary Achievements to Read from 2016 - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"Asian America is not a monolith, and that's why I support Asian American writers and their books, which reveal the multitudes in our community, in our families, and in ourselves," Vanessa Hua, author of award-winning short story collection, "Deceit and Other Possibilities," told NBC News. "Our work is more important than ever at a time when people of color are being denied their humanity — denied their stories."
The Pulitzer, Comics, and Essays: Asian-American Literary Achievements to Read from 2016 - NBC News

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Twin Cities Performing Arts Company Celebrates 25 Years of Asian-American Stories - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"About eight years ago, we made a concerted effort to focus on the social justice aspect of our mission. Celebrating our 25th year of producing works born of the Asian-American experience, we now want to be more deliberate in making sure we engage the community that we serve by getting them to see the work that we have created for them, about them, and with them."
Twin Cities Performing Arts Company Celebrates 25 Years of Asian-American Stories - NBC News

Students Collect Love Letters to Counter Islamophobia - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"Our goal is simple: To show that community across difference and disagreement can stand and work together against injustice and ignorance in our nation," Sharma said. "When we show the power and beauty that is the diversity of the American fabric, we don't merely talk about it, we show it in every way we can."
Students Collect Love Letters to Counter Islamophobia - NBC News

Monday, December 26, 2016

Largest U.S. Hmong New Year Celebration Kicks Off in California - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"It is the largest assembly of the Hmong ethnic group in the United States and perhaps in the world," Ly told NBC News, adding that he was "excited" to attend the event's opening day.
Largest U.S. Hmong New Year Celebration Kicks Off in California - NBC News

Illinois' First Indian-American Representative Is Ready to Work 'Across the Aisle' - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
Krishnamoorthi defeated Republican Pete DiCianni by approximately 17 points in the race to replace Democrat Rep. Tammy Duckworth — who will be joining the Senate. During the election, Krishnamoorthi won endorsements from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times as well as from President Barack Obama.
Illinois' First Indian-American Representative Is Ready to Work 'Across the Aisle' - NBC News

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Essay: This Christmas, We'll Leave Santa Mochi and Dumplings - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
Every year, Little Brother asks his pressing questions of the moment that only Santa can help him with — how to get ahead of his Chinese school homework, how to deal with bullies in school, how to be kind, and how to become a man in this day.

Sometimes I have questions, too.

Checking in with Santa every year becomes as reassuring for me as it is for Little Brother.
Essay: This Christmas, We'll Leave Santa Mochi and Dumplings - NBC News

Monday, December 19, 2016

New Year of the Rooster Stamp to Make Its Debut in Seattle Ceremony - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"The new stamp's image of a red envelope with the rooster is a meaningful recognition of Asian-American cultural heritage," Beth Takekawa, executive director of the Wing Luke Museum, told NBC News. "Our community's traditions and legacy shape our future, and the Wing Luke Museum is proud to have the USPS Year of the Rooster stamp launch here."
New Year of the Rooster Stamp to Make Its Debut in Seattle Ceremony - NBC News

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Congress Authorizes Payment to Guam Residents Harmed During World War II - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"The passage of this bill brings us a step closer to honoring Guam's greatest generation and rightfully recognizing the survivors of the occupation of Guam during World War II," Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) said in a statement.
Congress Authorizes Payment to Guam Residents Harmed During World War II - NBC News

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

For Nation's First Hmong Mayor, Life Is an 'American Story' - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"It is significant for the Hmong community, but more importantly this is an American story," Ly told NBC News. "It doesn't matter whether you came to America 20 years ago or 200 years ago, everyone has a story, and when you reach into the story of every individual in the United States you see the meaning of what America is about."
For Nation's First Hmong Mayor, Life Is an 'American Story' - NBC News

Hawaii's Last Sugar Plantation Finishes Its Final Harvest - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"Rarely has an industry so shaped and influenced a place and helped create a culture, a fabulous, blended, multi-ethnic culture as the sugar industry did in Hawaii," Chris Benjamin, president and CEO of parent company Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) and general manager of HC&S, said at the ceremony. "The harmonious melting pot we enjoy in Hawaii is the perfect counter to the divisiveness and isolationism that much of the country sadly is embracing."
Hawaii's Last Sugar Plantation Finishes Its Final Harvest - NBC News

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Film to Imagine Muslim Americans Interned Under Trump Administration - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"As descendants of people who were in internment camps, I always tell my son that we have a moral responsibility to make sure that it never happens to anyone else ever again," writer and producer Koji Steven Sakai, who is also a former executive at the Japanese American National Museum, told NBC News. "'Executive Order 13800' is my opportunity to remind my country what happened 75 years ago to ensure we don't make the same mistake with another marginalized community."
Film to Imagine Muslim Americans Interned Under Trump Administration - NBC News

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Flowers, Hotties, and Food: An Asian-American Gift Guide for 2016 - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"In these times of outward hatred, it is more important than ever to be intentional about crossing the false lines of difference and tapping into our human commonalities," Beautifully Wrapped calendar creator Zarinah El-Amin Naeem told NBC News. "Using stunning photography, Beautifully Wrapped explores the intersection between fashion and faith, sparking global conversations around tradition, culture - with the goal to inspire, educate, and cultivate a global culture of love."
Flowers, Hotties, and Food: An Asian-American Gift Guide for 2016 - NBC News

Saturday, December 3, 2016

English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Update: Class cancelled by WCC

Special intensive all day writing workshop at WCC (my mid-life crisis writing workshop) today
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 this challenge. Part journaling, part business plan, lots of short writing exercises, this class 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.
English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Friday, December 2, 2016

Composer Debuts Song Honoring Dim Sum Workers Two Years After Labor Settlement - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"Because the Yank Sing Restaurant workers represent a part of the invisible economic architecture of San Francisco, it was inspiring to witness these Chinese immigrant workers fight for their human dignity by recovering their stolen wages through winning a $4 million settlement with a broad base of community support from the Chinese Progressive Association, Local 2, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice," Jang told NBC News. "'Yank Sing Work Song' by the Jon Jangtet pays tribute to the soulful courage of the Chinese immigrant workers of the Yank Sing Restaurant and sends a powerful message of resistance to Trump's anti-immigrant stance and manic xenophobia."
Composer Debuts Song Honoring Dim Sum Workers Two Years After Labor Settlement - NBC News

10 Vietnamese Noodle Soups You Must Know | SAVEUR

10 Vietnamese Noodle Soups You Must Know | SAVEUR

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mauna Kea Telescope Opponents File Second Appeal to Hawaii Supreme Court - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"You either let a bad thing go, or you try and stop the bleeding," Clarence Ku Ching, one of the petitioners told Hawaii Public Radio about why they were filing now before the ruling. "So we're trying to stop the bleeding."
Mauna Kea Telescope Opponents File Second Appeal to Hawaii Supreme Court - NBC News

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture class at WCC

Update: Class cancelled

Starting today! Fun class with field trips!

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture
Wednesdays, 11/30/2016-12/14/2016, 6:00-8:30 pm, 3 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Explore Chinese food customs and culture in the classroom, grocery store and dinner table. Discover 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. Understand the differences Szechuan and Cantonese cooking and where fortune cookies were invented. Find out the difference between Chinese and Western table manners as well as who General Tso was and why are we eating his chicken.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Eight Asian-American, Pacific Islander Groups to Donate to on #GivingTuesday - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"While there are many worthy causes to support this Giving Tuesday, I hope people will consider [Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander] AANHPI organizations in particular, as our voices must be as strong as ever to protect our civil rights, immigrant rights, health care, and more," Christopher Kang, national director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), told NBC News. "When only 0.3 percent of foundation investments support AANHPI communities, it is up to individuals to help ensure that we can stand up and speak out."
Eight Asian-American, Pacific Islander Groups to Donate to on #GivingTuesday - NBC News

Century-Old Kamaka Hawaii Celebrates Four Generations of Ukulele Making - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"The heritage of 'ukulele making at Kamaka Hawaii is preserved by second, third, and now fourth generation Hawaiian luthiers, as well as the many talented craftsmen at the Kakaako factory in Honolulu," a Kamaka Hawaii spokesperson told NBC News. "Four generations of Kamaka luthiers have developed 'ukulele-making techniques that create durable, exquisite koa instruments that improve with age," they added.
Century-Old Kamaka Hawaii Celebrates Four Generations of Ukulele Making - NBC News

Sunday, November 27, 2016

English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Update: Class cancelled

Sat 12/3 at WCC all day workshop
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 this challenge. Part journaling, part business plan, lots of short writing exercises, this class 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.
English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Monday, November 21, 2016

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang | Drunken Boat

so excited to find my poem/creative non-fiction, "Poignant Truth, Precarious You (and preparing for the Sriracha Apocalypse)," published in Drunken Boat 23 in April 2016. Somehow I missed it back then. Even though they highlighted passages from my poem in their bulk email and introductory essay. This was originally written for the Asian American Women Artists' Association (AAWAA) and its annual art show and poetry reading in May 2014. Drunken Boat calls it "funny and heartbreaking."
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang | Drunken Boat

Here's what else they wrote about it:
In “Poignant Truth, Precarious You (and preparing for the Sriracha Apocalypse)” Frances Kai-Hwa Wang speaks in moments of tea. Teapots, tea cups, perfectly made Chai imperfectly remembered, and blue-pot part shattered across a kitchen floor. And she asks, “Or, did I imagine all that?” Not because—it is obvious—she doubts the edge of the shards on the floor, or the hands that made that perfect Chai, but all the subjective atoms between those facts. The magnetic fields and the bacteria and the gravity between them. The fictions we impose and depend upon to leap from nonfictional moment to nonfictional moment and maintain the semblance of a nonfictional self. She states, “I’m not sure,” because that’s what great nonfiction demands. Doubt.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Fun class! Chinese Food: Customs and Culture at WCC

Fun class with field trips!

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture
Wednesdays, 11/30/2016-12/14/2016, 6:00-8:30 pm, 3 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Explore Chinese food customs and culture in the classroom, grocery store and dinner table. Discover 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. Understand the differences Szechuan and Cantonese cooking and where fortune cookies were invented. Find out the difference between Chinese and Western table manners as well as who General Tso was and why are we eating his chicken.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Sikh-American Truck Drivers Reach Settlement after Religious Discrimination - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"Our clients repeatedly asked for alternatives within the drug testing regimes that would allow them to follow their religious tenets, and those requests were denied," Harsimran Kaur, The Sikh Coalition legal director, said in a statement to NBC News. "Thankfully J.B. Hunt has finally switched gears and moved into the right lane to comply with federal anti-discrimination law."
Sikh-American Truck Drivers Reach Settlement after Religious Discrimination - NBC News

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Guest lecture today at University of Michigan

Just back from guest lecturing in University of Michigan Prof Manan Desai's Intro to APIA Studies class re "APIA media and new media landscape" -- almost didn't get all my toys back :)

Monday, November 14, 2016

California Celebrates Fifth Consecutive Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"As an attorney, activist, and Community Development Manager for the Sikh Coalition, I feel it is imperative for the California community to actively organize and participate in local activities this month," Harjit Kaur, The Sikh Coalition's community development manager, told NBC News. "Now more than ever, it is important to show solidarity amongst our diverse communities and to celebrate our collective contributions to the history of California."
California Celebrates Fifth Consecutive Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month - NBC News

Friday, November 11, 2016

Chinese-American History Finds Permanent Home in San Francisco - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"This is the most comprehensive exhibition on Chinese American experiences," Pam Wong, CHSA deputy director, told NBC News. "Though Chinese have been a part of this country from the very beginning, we're still seen as foreigners, as if we do not belong. This exhibition allows for us to tell our story. This is America's story."
Chinese-American History Finds Permanent Home in San Francisco - NBC News

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Essay: The Day after Election Day, What Do I Tell My Son? - NBC News

my essay for nbc asian america
This vote feels like a referendum on who gets to belong, who must stay out in the cold.
But this is my home. I should not have to fight to belong.
Now what am I going to tell my son?
Essay: The Day after Election Day, What Do I Tell My Son? - NBC News

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Essay: Vote — This Is Our Story, Too - NBC News

my essay for NBC Asian America
These days, when I teach about the arguments American politicians made in the late 1800s and early 1900s about how Asians and Native Hawaiians were not the Americans our founding fathers intended, I always juxtapose that with an image of the founding fathers writing the musical, "Hamilton."
Essay: Vote — This Is Our Story, Too - NBC News

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Finding Your Voice: Intensive Writers Workshop at WCC today

Today all day at WCC
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 similar aspiring writers, gain that much-needed practice and thoughtful, constructive critique in a genial but structured environment.
Finding Your Voice: Intensive Writers Workshop - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Finding Your Voice: Intensive Writers Workshop - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Sat 11/5 all day at WCC
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 similar aspiring writers, gain that much-needed practice and thoughtful, constructive critique in a genial but structured environment.
Finding Your Voice: Intensive Writers Workshop - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Sharing Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center "H1B" today

Excited to be talking today at the The Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference about the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's H1B visa exhibit and my and Omi Chowdhury's multimedia artwork "Dreams of the Diaspora" in a panel about writing beyond the form

Dreams of the Diaspora
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNv_fUYv7Dc 

Dreams of the Diaspora Artists Statement
https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/u/0/asset/dreams-of-the-diaspora/AwFGC9hcUOFpzA

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center "H-1B"
https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/u/0/exhibit/QRdMk4sZ

New Smithsonian Digital Exhibit Explores Immigration ... - NBC News


Twelve Gates Arts Smithsonian H-1B exhibit
http://twelvegatesarts.org/exhibitions/h1b

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center "Beyond Bollywood"
http://smithsonianapa.org/beyondbollywood/

Smithsonian's 'Beyond Bollywood' Hits the Road - NBC News


#BeLikeDarsh

Inshallah on Planes (Tanzila Ahmed and friends)
https://medium.com/poetry-a-day-for-ramadan/inshallah-on-planes-2c8d79bd41d#.2bk4cu6z7

Poetry a Day for Ramadan (Tanzila Ahmed and friends)
https://medium.com/poetry-a-day-for-ramadan

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast w Tanzila Ahmed and Zahra Noorbacht
http://www.goodmuslimbadmuslim.com/

Are You A 'Good' or 'Bad' Muslim? These Two Will Help ... - NBC News


#GoodMuslimBadMuslim Guide to Voting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R299KNw98fU

Halloween

Essay: A Toddler, A Turban, and a Little Lesson In Confidence - NBC ...







Speaking at the Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference today

Today! Looking forward to speaking at the Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference -- on two panels!
Beyond the Page: Exploring the edges of nonfiction. What forms can narrative take when it’s freed from daily deadlines, paragraphs, and even the page? Four veteran journalists grapple with tough subjects in works that blend still images, voice, poetry, prose, and even virtual reality. Their work is as much mixed media as multimedia; we’ll explore it all. McKenzie Funk, Keris Salmon, Lakshmi Sarah, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, moderated by Jessica Carew Kraft. ROOM: Upper Newsroom
Writing about Race. Review the news landscape over the past year and pick out the gnawing domestic issues. One of them, surely, is race, whether in cop stories, social justice, or presidential politics. Daily stories have given us a litany of police killings, The New Yorker profiled the leaders of Black Lives Matter, and polls reflect the coverage of Donald Trump’s statements about Mexicans and Muslims. But how do we, as narrative journalists, step away from daily news and discern the contours of the larger, epic story? How do we navigate shifting currents and the winds of political correctness without losing our way? JamilahKing, Jon Steinberg, Alex Tizon, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, moderated by Tyche Hendricks. ROOM: Library
Program - The Berkeley Narrative Journalism ConferenceThe Berkeley Narrative Journalism 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Student Campaign Fights 'Culturally Appropriative' Halloween Costumes - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"'We're A Culture Not A Costume' began in response to the large block party at Ohio University every Halloween," Mailé Nguyen, OU STARS president, told NBC News. "We feel that culturally appropriative costumes alienate and exotify certain students on our campus, and [we] wanted to educate people on the harmful effects of enforcing negative stereotypes of minorities."
Student Campaign Fights 'Culturally Appropriative' Halloween Costumes - NBC News

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Adoptee Adam Crapser Denied Relief, Expected To Be Deported - NBC News

My article on NBC Asian America, update on Adam Crapser
We do not choose our families," Kessel said. "But the U.S. does choose to bring adoptees into the U.S. with a promise of placing these children in safe homes to grow up like any other American ... Adoptees are not disposable. We urge the community to call members of Congress and underline the need for a legislative fix now."
Adoptee Adam Crapser Denied Relief, Expected To Be Deported - NBC News

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sikh Documentary, 'Under the Turban,' Debuts at UN Association Film Festival - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"It started when our daughter Zara, who was eight at the time, asked what it meant to be Sikh," Harpreet Bedi, executive producer of the film, told NBC News.
Sikh Documentary, 'Under the Turban,' Debuts at UN Association Film Festival - NBC News

Film screening with filmmaker Geri Alumit Zeldes Tuesday Oct 25

Film screening with filmmaker Geri Alumit Zeldes Tuesday Oct 25

Special screening of the documentary film “That Strange Summer,” with filmmaker Geri Alumit Zeldes, Angell Hall Auditorium D, 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public. Bring your friends!

The film examines the evidence in the murder case brought against two Filipina nurses at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor in 1975. One reviewer writes, “People in the film keep coming back in amazement that such a thing took place in Ann Arbor—underlining that distrust of foreigners can exist anywhere.” 

Sponsored by Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, School of Nursing, and Filipino American Student Association. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Man Accused of Triple Homicide to Undergo New Mental Health Evaluation - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"The Vue family is very disappointed that Dan Popp continues to hide under the due process by rejecting the most recent medical report that he is competent to stand trial," Mai Zong Vue, Vue family spokesperson, told NBC News. "The Vue family hopes that whoever evaluates Dan between now and the next hearing in December will concur that Dan is just faking it. We continue to feel that justice delayed is injustice everywhere."
Man Accused of Triple Homicide to Undergo New Mental Health Evaluation - NBC News

Off-Ramp | Commemorating LA's Chinese Massacre, possibly the worst lynching in US history | 89.3 KPCC

Noting to read again later

Off-Ramp | Commemorating LA's Chinese Massacre, possibly the worst lynching in US history | 89.3 KPCC

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Essay: Amongst Chaos, I Know That 'We All Belong Here' - NBC News

my latest essay for NBC Asian America, posting again
"In recent weeks, racist flyers have appeared on the University of Michigan campus, where I teach Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies as a lecturer. The lesson plans I have prepared are put aside while the students and I discuss these incidents and other incidents across the country. I worry when students say it is not a big deal because they are used to it, because it is not OK to become used to these things."
Essay: Amongst Chaos, I Know That 'We All Belong Here' - NBC News

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Program - The Berkeley Narrative Journalism ConferenceThe Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference

Looking forward to speaking at the Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference next week-- on two panels!

Beyond the Page: Exploring the edges of nonfiction. What forms can narrative take when it’s freed from daily deadlines, paragraphs, and even the page? Four veteran journalists grapple with tough subjects in works that blend still images, voice, poetry, prose, and even virtual reality. Their work is as much mixed media as multimedia; we’ll explore it all. McKenzie Funk, Keris Salmon, Lakshmi Sarah, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, moderated by Jessica Carew Kraft. ROOM: Upper Newsroom
Writing about Race. Review the news landscape over the past year and pick out the gnawing domestic issues. One of them, surely, is race, whether in cop stories, social justice, or presidential politics. Daily stories have given us a litany of police killings, The New Yorker profiled the leaders of Black Lives Matter, and polls reflect the coverage of Donald Trump’s statements about Mexicans and Muslims. But how do we, as narrative journalists, step away from daily news and discern the contours of the larger, epic story? How do we navigate shifting currents and the winds of political correctness without losing our way? JamilahKing, Jon Steinberg, Alex Tizon, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, moderated by Tyche Hendricks. ROOM: Library
Program - The Berkeley Narrative Journalism ConferenceThe Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference

Film screening with filmmaker Geri Alumit Zeldes Tuesday Oct 25


Friday, October 21, 2016

Dylan Yang, Teen Convicted of Homicide, Sentenced to 13 Years Confinement - NBC News

My article for nbc asian america re dylan yang case
Wisconsin Hmong-American teenager Dylan Yang was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years of confinement and 17 years of extended supervision — a total of 30 years — for the first-degree reckless homicide of 13-year-old Isaiah Powell,according to NBC affiliate WJFW. Harry Hertel, Yang's attorney, plans to appeal the conviction, according to NBC affiliate WEAU.
Dylan Yang, Teen Convicted of Homicide, Sentenced to 13 Years Confinement - NBC News

Film Theater Locations - Allegiance - Allegiance

Yay! Allegiance is coming to town! Dec 13 only.

Film Theater Locations - Allegiance - Allegiance

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Essay: Amongst Chaos, I Know That 'We All Belong Here' - NBC News

my latest essay for NBC Asian America
On curriculum night at the high school, I am as giddy and jubilant as the children on the first day of school. So many old friendships. So much news to catch up on. So much competitive complaining about our kids to do. It's senior year! Jean's mom and I get scolded by the computer science teacher for taking selfies in class, "Are you two the troublemakers?" But after 16 to 17 years together, these parents of my children's friends are now my friends, too.
Essay: Amongst Chaos, I Know That 'We All Belong Here' - NBC News

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Talking to Prof. May-Lee Chai's MFA students at UNCW

Great to talk to Prof. May-Lee Chai's creative nonfiction class at UNCW on Tuesday (and to remember that I write creative nonfiction, too!). Thanks for the opportunity and for the great convo!

and always great to be able to talk about "Dreams of the Diaspora," too!



Friday, October 14, 2016

Jeff Chang Takes on Race, Culture, and Resegregation in 'We Gon' Be Alright' - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America on Jeff Chang's new book, the best thing I've read in a long time

We are in between. In between black and white. In between complicity and freedom. Between narrow self-interest and equal justice. We have the luxury and privilege of sitting on the fence, of waiting out the battle, of refusing to engage. But I think racial justice impacts us all, and now is not the time to be neutral.
Jeff Chang Takes on Race, Culture, and Resegregation in 'We Gon' Be Alright' - NBC News

Hate Crime Charges Filed In Attack on California Sikh Man - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"It is clear that bias was a substantial factor in this brutal assault," Harsimran Kaur, legal director for The Sikh Coalition, told NBC News. "We can't combat the problem of hatred in our communities if we don't recognize it first, and District Attorney Peterson has taken a critical first step in doing that today."
Hate Crime Charges Filed In Attack on California Sikh Man - NBC News

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Immigrant Story Archiving Project to Expand Internationally - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"Immigration is one of the most important issues in America and around the world today," Professor Erika Lee, director of the University of Minnesota's Immigration History Research Center and author of The Making of Asian America, told NBC News. "Yet, too often, the experiences of immigrants and refugees get lost in the deluge of alarming newspaper reports and statistics-driven policy studies that dominate the news cycle. There is an especially urgent need to publicize the diverse experiences of Asian Americans — the fastest growing group in the U.S. and largely made up of immigrants and the children of immigrants."
Immigrant Story Archiving Project to Expand Internationally - NBC News

Monday, October 10, 2016

Two Men Charged With Felony Assault of Sikh-American Man in California - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"The responding officers were dubious that a hate crime had occurred," Harsimran Kaur, legal director of The Sikh Coalition, told NBC News. "We are urging authorities to investigate and prosecute this case as a hate crime because it was wholly unprovoked, brutal, and his Sikh articles of faith — his turban and unshorn hair — were violently targeted."
Two Men Charged With Felony Assault of Sikh-American Man in California - NBC News

Friday, October 7, 2016

Talking data with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Moderating a panel today at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders event Elevate Data Challenge Convening. (!!!)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Hate Crimes Against Chinese, Muslims in LA Spike in 2015: Report - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"This is the dark side of living in one of the most culturally diverse places on earth," Wong added. "This disturbing news should not fill us with despair. It should move us to action."
Hate Crimes Against Chinese, Muslims in LA Spike in 2015: Report - NBC News

California Gov. Signs Law to Address Muslim, Sikh, South Asian American Bullying - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"This is a landmark bill for California that will curb bullying and discrimination in the classroom," Harjit Kaur, community development manager for The Sikh Coalition, told NBC News. "AB 2845 ensures the right of every child to practice his/her faith freely in public schools. We look forward to implementing this bill and engaging with communities and schools across California to address bullying and discrimination in the classroom."
California Gov. Signs Law to Address Muslim, Sikh, South Asian American Bullying - NBC News

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hawaii Dems, GOP Disavow Candidate Who Called Hindus 'Cannibals' - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
Because of seemingly anti-Japanese, anti-Buddhist, anti-Hindu comments made by Kaaihue as well as for using the slogan, "I'm healthy, I'm cancer-free!" while campaigning for Takai's seat, according to NBC affiliate Hawaii News Now, both Democrat and Republican parties have been distancing themselves from Kaaihue.
Hawaii Dems, GOP Disavow Candidate Who Called Hindus 'Cannibals' - NBC News

Monday, September 26, 2016

Some Protest US Rule for Recognition of Native Hawaiian Government - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"In reality, many Hawaiians feel this development is less about benevolence and the beginning of good faith negotiations and more about the continued seizure of our national lands and resources and ignoring our claims under international law at a time when our national consciousness is reawakening and the politics of aloha ʻāina (love for land and natural resources) are beginning to influence and take root across our island planet," Beamer continued.
Some Protest US Rule for Recognition of Native Hawaiian Government - NBC News

Expo Celebrates Head Wraps, Hijabs, Turbans, and the People Who Wear Them - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"We now live in a society where fear and negative assumptions of others run rampant," Zarinah El-Amin Naeem told NBC News. "I started the Headwrap Expo as a way to explore the rich intersection of fashion and faith and to create an experience that is mind-expanding, enlightening, and entertaining."
Expo Celebrates Head Wraps, Hijabs, Turbans, and the People Who Wear Them - NBC News

Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans Show Support for North Dakota Pipeline Protest - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"I went to Standing Rock because it is the time for all of us who are committed to protecting the water, the earth and our life ways and to align in our efforts, to strengthen one another," Case told NBC News. "We are not alone, and in these times of serious impact, desecration, construction and destruction we have no choice but to unify not just for ourselves, our people and all people but for the next seven generations..before it is too late, we stand."
Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans Show Support for North Dakota Pipeline Protest - NBC News

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Jumpstart Your Memoir and Writing to Change the World

Sat Oct 1 and 8 at WCC, two half day sessions

Jumpstart Your Memoir
For those who want to ease into the memoir writing process, this workshop is the way to go. Whether you've been scribbling poetry in a secret journal or you want to begin a memoir for future generations, it can take time to find your voice or have enough trust to show your writing to the world. Don't wait another minute to get started! Beginning one day and one word at a time; learn through short writing exercises. You'll gain tips and tricks to help and inspire you to confidently write from the heart.
Jumpstart Your Memoir - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development


Writing to Change the World
What do you care about? What do you really care about? Learn simple but powerful methods to get the ideas out of your head and onto the page in order to persuade, convince and move people to your point of view. Part journaling, part activism, this class aspires to clarify the change you want to see and to create that change in the world with the written word.
Writing to Change the World - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chinese: Level 1 - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Chinese class at WCC starts Wednesday, runs for eight weeks, 9/28-11/16, 6:00-8:30 pm, LA 138

In this introductory class, you’ll have fun and learn to speak Chinese as you explore proper pronunciations, greetings and useful expressions for daily life, people and things. You will also become familiar with the Chinese culture and country, as we cover topics such as history, beliefs, customs and food.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dept. of Interior Finalizes Rule to Recognize Native Hawaiian Government - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced today an administrative procedure that will allow a unified Native Hawaiian government — if one is established in the future — to enter into a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States.
This would give Native Hawaiians a status similar to more than 560 Native American tribes that currently hold nation-to-nation status, which could allow federal considerations on issues ranging from land management to social services.
Dept. of Interior Finalizes Rule to Recognize Native Hawaiian Government - NBC News

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016

College Application Essay Workshop: U of M - Chelsea District Library

Chelsea District Library
Saturday, Sep 17
10:30am–12:30pm
High School Students
Registration Required

Applying to the University of Michigan? Let Frances Kai-Hwa Wang help!

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, a creative writing instructor at Washtenaw Community College, will 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: U of M - Chelsea District Library

Thursday, September 15, 2016

'The Sikh Project' Book Brings Photo Exhibit Portraits Home - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"We feel that The Sikh Project Book isn't just for Sikhs," Naroop told NBC News. "It's for everyone. At its core, the project is about identity. Pride. Not conforming. Individuality. In this day and age, no [one] should feel that they need to fit in. Being like everyone else is boring. Staying true to who you are takes courage."
'The Sikh Project' Book Brings Photo Exhibit Portraits Home - NBC News

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

California Governor Signs Bill to Develop High School Ethnic Studies Curriculum - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
AB-2016 is a landmark law that will ensure all California high school students have an opportunity to learn about their own or another culture's history and importance in shaping the state's past, present, and future," founder of grassroots education news and civic tech site K-12 News Network Cynthia Liu told NBC News. "We hope mutual understanding, empathy, and racial/cultural literacy will be the fruit of this important law.
California Governor Signs Bill to Develop High School Ethnic Studies Curriculum - NBC News

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Maiv PAC Wants to Improve 'the Lives of Hmong and Immigrant Women' - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
We started Maiv PAC to raise funds to elect candidates who are committed to improving the lives of Hmong and immigrant women and girls," Thao-Urabe said. "As Americans who actively build community we know that improving our lives will improve the lives of our children and our families."
Maiv PAC Wants to Improve 'the Lives of Hmong and Immigrant Women' - NBC News

Monday, September 12, 2016

Activists Stage 9/11 DC 'Checkpoints' To Protest Profiling - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"9/11 was a devastating tragedy for all Americans," NQAPIA board member Almas Haider told NBC News. "Its legacy continues to traumatize us in different ways. This action calls attention to the experience of Muslims and those racialized as Muslim, who in the aftermath of 9/11 have experienced an increase in physical and verbal harassment, from our religious centers being vandalized to being murdered in and outside our homes."
Activists Stage 9/11 DC 'Checkpoints' To Protest Profiling - NBC News

Sunday, September 11, 2016

In Our Own Words: Reflections on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 | Colorlines

Read this today. Powerful 9/11 stories from Deepa Iyer and amazing folks.
"To move forward, the Sikh community needs to put the offensive “mistaken identity” rhetoric behind us. Sikhs are not attacked because people think we are Muslim. We are attacked because of racism and xenophobia. And to stop violence against Sikhs, we have to also end violence against Muslims, Latinx, African-Americans, Indigenous and LGBTQ communities. What happened to African-Americans in Ferguson is intrinsically connected to what happened to Sikhs in Oak Creek, to Muslims in Chapel Hill, and to the LGBTQ community in Orlando."
In Our Own Words: Reflections on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 | Colorlines

On Finding Strength 15 Years after 9/11 - The Aerogram

Beautiful essay at The Aerogram by my friend Rohin Guha
At that age, I would still be naïve to the future that awaited me and millions others who were born in this country with skin colors, physical features like mine: A future where the night before flying out of any airport, I would always make an hour to shave my beard off; a future where when speaking to airport officials, I’d always find a way to play up my queer identity to the tune of something GLAAD would approve. It’s a future where when I hear about family members of mine — especially elderly loved ones — traveling alone, my stomach is in knots until I hear that they have landed safely.
On Finding Strength 15 Years after 9/11 - The Aerogram

Divided We Fall

What I'm watching today. A documentary film by Valarie Kaur about the Sikh American community after the events of September 11, 2001. FYI The Sikh Coalition wants to help bring it to your campus this fall.

Divided We Fall

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Peter Ho Davies’ ‘The Fortunes’ spins stories from Chinese-American struggles | Books | Dallas News

how did may-lee chai sneak me into her review of Peter Ho Davies' new book, and as a scholar, no less
It was not jokes and wishful thinking but the hard work of Chinese-American scholars and activists who made life better for Chinese-Americans. While Ho Davies thanks many real-life Chinese-American academics and writers like Anthony B. Chan and Frances Kai-Hwa Wang in his acknowledgments, there are no major characters in the novel who play this important role.
Peter Ho Davies’ ‘The Fortunes’ spins stories from Chinese-American struggles | Books | Dallas News

Friday, September 9, 2016

15 Years After 9/11 Founding, The Sikh Coalition Builds a 'Path Forward' - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
The Sikh Coalition was founded in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to provide legal aid resources and direct community support to a community that was thrown into crisis as the American public, through the media, began to equate the turban and beard with the face of terror," The Sikh Coalition executive director Sapreet Kaur told NBC News. "Since then, we have evolved into an organization that is creating lasting impact in the courtroom, classroom, community, and halls of Congress on behalf of Sikhs across the United States."
15 Years After 9/11 Founding, The Sikh Coalition Builds a 'Path Forward' - NBC News

Thursday, September 8, 2016

2017's 'Haikus On Hotties' Will Keep You Counting the Days - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"Often people assume hot Asian American men in the media are rare or hard to find, because we don't see enough of them in the mainstream, but once you're tasked with hottie curation, you realize they're everywhere," Tseng said. "And for us, it became a challenge to pick only 12 of them. So I hope we satisfy you with an interesting mix of hotties, and also that you are a hit at your office White Elephant party when you show up with a hot Asian man calendar for the second year in a row."
2017's 'Haikus On Hotties' Will Keep You Counting the Days - NBC News

Complaint Filed Against County Supervisor After Administrator Suspended for Peace March - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"At the end of the day, our community needs to be strong. We need to hold hands and not take this," Thao told NBC News. "She ignored our voice and voted for Karger's suspension. She doesn't care about us. It is sad that we are just treated like savages."
Complaint Filed Against County Supervisor After Administrator Suspended for Peace March - NBC News

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Monday, September 5, 2016

FA 2016 | AMCULT 353 - Asians in American Film and Television | Section 001

First day of classes at University of Michigan tomorrow! I'm teaching a 300 level course at UM this semester for Juniors and Seniors on "Asians in American Film and Television" if you have any kids at UM who might be interested. It is crosslisted with American Culture, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, and History
FA 2016 | AMCULT 353 - Asians in American Film and Television | Section 001

Friday, September 2, 2016

Akua Creative Tells Hawaiian Cultural Study with Design - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
With a major in art and a minor in marine science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Jeremiah White's designs of fish, sharks, whales, sea turtles, octopuses, wild boar, owls, and more are inspired by both the science and mythology of Hawaii. As founder and designer for Akua Creative, White said he strives to not only depict the natural world but to also tell some of the ancient Hawaiian stories that his mother read to him as a child using mediums of T-shirts, tank tops, dresses, and leggings.
Akua Creative Tells Hawaiian Cultural Study with Design - NBC News

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Seattle Mourns Community Leader 'Uncle' Bob Santos, Dead at 82 - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"By uniting not only the Asian American community in Washington, but many people of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds, Bob proved that lasting change comes from a united front," state Sen. Bob Hasegawa said in a statement on behalf of the the Washington Democrats. "There are children and families who received health care because of him, who got housing or were able to buy their first home because of him — not many people can say they had such a direct impact on the lives of their neighbors. His legacy will live on in their memories and ours. Like many of my colleagues, I am proud to have called Bob a friend. He was a mentor and moral anchor for our entire community."
Seattle Mourns Community Leader 'Uncle' Bob Santos, Dead at 82 - NBC News

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Laotian, Hmong Americans Cautiously Optimistic Ahead of Obama's Laos Visit - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"The visit of the President might help the former refugees from Laos and the government of Laos to speed up their long overdue reconciliation process. The war ended more than 40 years ago,"
Laotian, Hmong Americans Cautiously Optimistic Ahead of Obama's Laos Visit - NBC News

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Chef, a DJ, and an Artist Are Bringing Filipino Culture to Burning Man - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"This is the first time there will be a Filipino pop-up dinner in the ultimate pop-up city: Burning Man," Yana Gilbuena, a chef and creator of the SALO Series of Filipino pop-up dinners, told NBC News. "We're so excited to bring an official Filipino-themed camp featuring the Philippine eagle jeepney art car, which Andrea [Aguilar] has been conceptualizing and building for the past year to represent the heart of Filipino culture: community."
A Chef, a DJ, and an Artist Are Bringing Filipino Culture to Burning Man - NBC News

Sunday, August 28, 2016

College Application Essay Workshop: U of M - Chelsea District Library

Chelsea District Library
Saturday, Sep 17
10:30am–12:30pm
High School Students
Registration Required

Applying to the University of Michigan? Let Frances Kai-Hwa Wang help!

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, a creative writing instructor at Washtenaw Community College, will 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: U of M - Chelsea District Library

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Obama to Expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"This is a historical moment for Hawai'i and the world," William Aila, Jr., one of the Native Hawaiians leading the effort for expansion, said in a statement. "This is a bold move, and it took a bold President — born and raised in Hawai'i — to address the serious issues of climate change, the dire state of our oceans and recognizing the cultural significance of the area for Native Hawaiians. Mahalo, Mr. President."
Obama to Expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii - NBC News

Native Hawaiians Face Federal Charges for Sea Burial of Whale - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"We answered the call from the community to care for Wānanalua [the melon-headed whale]; it was not only our responsibility but it was our supreme honor and privilege to do so," Stewart told NBC News. "It is our hope that in telling our story we can move more collectively for an integrated model of care for Kanaloa[marine mammals and other ocean animals], perhaps a start of a great movement forward in affecting much needed and well overdue change within NOAA and how they navigate here in Hawai'i, where being a native Hawaiian cultural practitioner is not illegal."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Young Writer's Workshop | Chelsea District Library

Teaching at Chelsea District Library tomorrow!
Thursday, August 25, 2016
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Chelsea District Library - McKune Room
Young Writer's Workshop
Explore writing from many angles in this special multi-week writing workshop! Writer and WCC instructor Frances Kai-Wha Wang will facilitate the first two sessions, and YA Author Kelly Barson will present the last two sessions. Students registering for this program should come to the Youth Desk to pick up a free copy of Kelly Barson's book.
Young Writer's Workshop

Monday, August 22, 2016

Angry Asian American Parenting Guide | AngryAsianMan.com



Thanks to Angry Asian Man for inviting me to guest post on AngryAsianMan.com!
When my oldest child was about 10 years old, I wrote an Asian American parenting book, because I knew everything and had four perfect children. Unfortunately, I did not publish that book then, because my children soon became teenagers, and suddenly I knew nothing and did everything wrong. Now, with two children off to college, one child with a perfect ACT score, and one more who is very tall, I am finally starting to get my confidence back. 
So when I see younger Asian American friends struggle through the many challenges of raising Asian American babies, well, I just LOL. 
Here are some of my best unsolicited Angry Asian American parenting tips for raising strong, proud, and ANGRY Asian American children.
Angry Asian American Parenting Guide

Nick Ut, Photographer Behind 'Napalm Girl' Picture, Announces March Retirement - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Nick Ut, best known for his 1972 Vietnam War photograph known as "Napalm Girl," announced last month that he would be retiring from the Associated Press next March after 51 years.
Nick Ut, Photographer Behind 'Napalm Girl' Picture, Announces March Retirement - NBC News

Saturday, August 20, 2016

English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

This Sat and next Sat, 9:30-12:30 am
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 this challenge. Part journaling, part business plan, lots of short writing exercises, this class 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.

English Special Workshop: Dare to Dream - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Jumpstart Your College Essay - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic

This Saturday and next Saturday 1-4 at WCC
Have you been meaning to start your college application essays all summer? What do those questions mean? Where do you even start? How do you fit it all into the word count? This college application essay boot camp prompts you to sit down and just get it done. Using timed writings and discussion, we will inventory your 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

Friday, August 19, 2016

At Hawaii Remembrance and Memorial, U.S. Rep. Mark Takai Laid to Rest - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"In life Mark devoted himself to realizing his vision for a healthier, safer, and better world, and in death will be remembered for having so much more to give," said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in a statement. "Whether it was in the Hawaii Army National Guard, the Hawaii State Legislature, or in the U.S. Congress, Mark was a true champion for the people of Hawaii. We will long remember Mark for his smile, his kindness, his optimism, and the love he gave to his ohana and all he served."
At Hawaii Remembrance and Memorial, U.S. Rep. Mark Takai Laid to Rest - NBC News

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Asian-American Students Targets of Bullying: Federal Report - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"We learned that students from all AAPI groups are subject to bullying of all types, based on circumstances such as limited English proficiency, cultural stereotypes, religion, and religious attire. However, there's opportunity for all of us to work together to further build upon the resources available, tailor outreach to this community, and implement real solutions to combat bullying of AAPI youth."
Asian-American Students Targets of Bullying: Federal Report - NBC News

Family of Sikh Man Killed in Robbery Asks for Help Finding Suspect - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"The initial investigation suggests that the tragic murder of Amanjeet Singh Toor was a robbery gone wrong," Harsimran Kaur, legal director of The Sikh Coalition, told NBC News. "We remain very concerned about rising gun violence and the rising tide of profiling, backlash, and hate crimes impacting the American Sikh, Muslim, and South Asian communities. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victim and his family and we continue to monitor this case very closely."
Family of Sikh Man Killed in Robbery Asks for Help Finding Suspect - NBC News

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Asian-American Community Applauds Presidential Election Forum - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America on historic Presidential Election Forum
"We will be the swing vote in swing states — we could very well determine the presidency and the future of our country — and this historic gathering will be the campaigns' chance to hear our priorities and to tell us how their rhetoric, policies, and values address those concerns."
Asian-American Community Applauds Presidential Election Forum - NBC News

Friday, August 12, 2016

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang - 2016 AAJA National Convention

Hey look, it's me, moderating a panel and speaking today at AAJA National Convention with Erika Hayasaki and Michele Carson about Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) essayists, longform narrative journalists, public intellectuals, and thought leaders. At the end, we'll be taking a vote to decide what one person gets to be "our" Ta-Nehisi Coates (lol jk, hopefully we get to have more than one).

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang - 2016 AAJA National Convention

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

'War Brides of Japan' To Take Focus in New Documentary - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america on Yayoi Winfrey's documentary!
"Japanese 'war brides' were our very sweet and loving mothers who accepted their former enemies as their spouses; then, raised their children in a country that was often hostile towards them," wrote Winfrey on the film's fundraising page. "Yet, they persevered. At the very least, we owe them recognition for allowing their love to transcend war and hate."
'War Brides of Japan' To Take Focus in New Documentary - NBC News

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sikh Riders of America Aim to Educate with 'Selfless Service' - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"We live in a diverse world, where we all need to learn about each other and start a positive dialogue about any misunderstandings. [Our] ultimate goal is to educate everyone that we are all brothers and sisters and there shall be no place for hate in our lives and hearts."
Sikh Riders of America Aim to Educate with 'Selfless Service' - NBC News

Monday, August 8, 2016

New Hearings Begin on Embattled Proposed Mauna Kea Telescope - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"Despite the difficult day, the MKHUI [Mauna Kea Hui Petitioners] is honored to join the other protectors who have joined the hearing in a collective legal stand for Mauna Kea, and we continue to remain strong in the spirit of Aloha,"
New Hearings Begin on Embattled Proposed Mauna Kea Telescope - NBC News

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sikh Community Remembers Oak Creek By Running on 'Relentless Optimism' - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America

"If we don't bring people together because of fear, then we are cowards and have no business calling ourselves Sikhs. The run symbolizes this practice for bringing people together, the blood drive symbolizes the sacrifice and courage, and the food drive symbolizes the need to give to those who have less. Maya (illusion) separates us, we are simply removing these veils from community."
Sikh Community Remembers Oak Creek By Running on 'Relentless Optimism' - NBC News

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Activists Push for Hawaii National Monument Expansion After Public Meetings - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"Papahānaumokuākea resides in the middle of a deep sea realm that our Kupuna [elders] revered because these realms represent the very places where life not only begins but continues to emerge as we speak — where the regenerative forces of the sea and land come together,"
Activists Push for Hawaii National Monument Expansion After Public Meetings - NBC News

Monday, August 1, 2016

On Twitter, Muslim-American Women Ask Trump: #CanYouHearUsNow? - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"A Muslim lady went to your rally Mr.Trump, it was you who did not let her speak not her Muslim husband!#CanYouHearUsNow"
"he's lucky it wasn't my auntie. She'd back that op-ed with a burgundy slipper boomeranged to his head."
 On Twitter, Muslim-American Women Ask Trump: #CanYouHearUsNow? - NBC News

Friday, July 29, 2016

Two Killed Sikh Grandfathers To Be Remembered with Park - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"The people of Elk Grove embraced these families and the Sikh community in the difficult days after this tragedy. In the five years that have passed, it is clear that the bond has grown even stronger," Amar Shergill, American Sikh Public Affairs Association board member, told NBC News. "We are hopeful that, by keeping alive the memories of these beloved grandfathers, a witness may be motivated to come forward, bring the murderers to justice, and collect a $57,000 reward."
Two Killed Sikh Grandfathers To Be Remembered with Park - NBC News

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Muslim Americans React to Bill Clinton's Tuesday Night Speech - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"I appreciate Bill Clinton affirming that Muslims oppose terrorism. We do. We do. Thank you. But I do dream of a day when Muslims are mentioned outside of the context of terrorism and in the contexts that we live in daily. For example in a discussion about health care. Muslims are 1% of the US population and 10% of its doctors. That is a 1000% overrepresentation. If one had to "stereotype" Muslims based on lop-sided data, it would be that "Muslims are doctors."
Muslim Americans React to Bill Clinton's Tuesday Night Speech - NBC News

Asian-American Advocates Call for Solidarity with Black Lives Matter - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america re #AAPICallforSolidarity
"As AAPI allies and co-conspirators, we won't stand complicit in this system that disproportionately discriminates, devalues, and brutalizes folks who are unapologetically Black,"
Asian-American Advocates Call for Solidarity with Black Lives Matter - NBC News

Asian-American Advocates Call for Solidarity with Black Lives Matter - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"As AAPI allies and co-conspirators, we won't stand complicit in this system that disproportionately discriminates, devalues, and brutalizes folks who are unapologetically Black,"
Asian-American Advocates Call for Solidarity with Black Lives Matter - NBC News

Dreaming of Oz: A Literacy Narrative | ENTROPY

MUST READ: beautiful, heartbreaking, poignant essay from the great May-Lee Chai

Dreaming of Oz: A Literacy Narrative | ENTROPY

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Missouri Asian-American Community Speaks Out Against 'Xenophobic' Campaign Ads - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"I think it's distasteful and disgraceful for shadowy out of state PACs to influence Missouri politics by throwing Asian Americans under the bus," Caroline Fan, president of OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates St. Louis, said in a statement. "St. Louis is actively registering Asian American voters so that politicians on both sides understand our voices and votes count."
Missouri Asian-American Community Speaks Out Against 'Xenophobic' Campaign Ads - NBC News

Monday, July 25, 2016

Advocates Applaud Indiana Reversal on Purvi Patel Feticide Case - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america re Purvi Patel appeal
"It's important to remember that Indiana has enforced its feticide law against two pregnant women, both of whom are Asian American. We hope the strong precedent set in Patel's appeal will protect women of color in states like Indiana and others where laws that should protect them often end up criminalizing them instead."
Advocates Applaud Indiana Reversal on Purvi Patel Feticide Case - NBC News

Adult Adoptees Speak Out On Sentencing of Adoptive Dad who Killed Son - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America re adoptee Hyunsu O'Callaghan
"With the admission by Mr. O'Callaghan in open court of his 'significant history of mental illness' on Nov. 23, 2015, this adoption should never have been allowed to take place... The admission of mental illness by Mr. O'Callaghan is now being used to get a lighter sentence, yet the defendant intentionally hid his history of mental illness and ended up fatally abusing his adopted child."
Adult Adoptees Speak Out On Sentencing of Adoptive Dad who Killed Son - NBC News

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

'Dances Of Transformation': Ananya Dance Theatre Finds Justice Through Movement - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"My company was deliberately formed in 2004 as a company of women of color committed to making dances of social justice," Ananya Dance Theatre founder Ananya Chatterjea told NBC News. "I describe my work as 'people powered dances of transformation.'"
'Dances Of Transformation': Ananya Dance Theatre Finds Justice Through Movement - NBC News

#MahaloMark: Colleagues, Community Mourn Rep. Mark Takai's Death, Celebrate His Legacy - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"In the often tumultuous world of politics, he has been a shining example of what it means to be a public servant."
#MahaloMark: Colleagues, Community Mourn Rep. Mark Takai's Death, Celebrate His Legacy - NBC News

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

12 tips for writing fast – or at least faster – Poynter

Need to learn to write faster

12 tips for writing fast – or at least faster – Poynter

Want a lesson in focusing your writing? Read this hole-in-one lead – Poynter

Lesson on Focus

Want a lesson in focusing your writing? Read this hole-in-one lead – Poynter

Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism – Poynter

PlagiarismFlowchart-01

Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism – Poynter

Ohio Senate Candidate Criticizes Opponent with Fortune Cookies - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"Our Ohio elected officials fail to accurately represent our communities when they equate Chinese Americans and our contributions to American culture with foreign trade, highlighting their own blindness to the cultural relevancy of Chinese Americans," Lisa Wong, president of Greater Cleveland Chapter of OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, said. "We must protest against this insensitive behavior no matter the candidate or their political affiliation."
Ohio Senate Candidate Criticizes Opponent with Fortune Cookies - NBC News

Monday, July 18, 2016

California Passes Textbook Standards Including 'Comfort Women,' Sikhs - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"These changes are important for all California students and for the South Asian American community, in that through grassroots organization South Asian American organizers were able to beat back a well-funded Hindu fundamentalist lobby to ensure the facts were taught about the Dalit, Sikh, Ravidassia, Buddhist, and Muslim communities," Thenmozhi Soundararajan, a Dalit-American activist, co-founder of Dalit History Month, and part of the South Asian Histories for All Coalition, told NBC News.
California Passes Textbook Standards Including 'Comfort Women,' Sikhs - NBC News

Saturday, July 16, 2016

9 Writing Tips for People of Colour | South Asian Lifestyle

omg THIS.
I’m happy for my characters to chat about the heist and eat pav bhaji and not explain what pav bhaji is, because it has nothing to do with the heist, but also, because if you don’t know how delicious pav bhaji is, I can’t do anything for you.
9 Writing Tips for People of Colour | South Asian Lifestyle

Friday, July 15, 2016

Will Asian-Americans get behind Black Lives Matter? (Opinion) - CNN.com

beautiful essay from Jeff Yang on ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ "Do we continue to stand aside, ignoring the injustices black Americans face, thinking that it's "not our problem," or do we stand against these senseless, horrific killings, recognizing that when it becomes our problem, it is too late?"Will Asian-Americans get behind Black Lives Matter? (Opinion) - CNN.com

Asian Americans Offer Condolences, Urge Caution After Truck Attack in Nice - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america re #Nice #NiceAttack #PrayforNice
Asian-American members of Congress joined world leaders in offering condolences, Muslim community leaders urged caution, and one young Sikh Canadian man was falsely accused - AGAIN
Asian Americans Offer Condolences, Urge Caution After Truck Attack in Nice - NBC News
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