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

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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

Sunday, July 10, 2016

In conversation with Aasif Mandvi

This January 2015 episode of Al Jazeera English The Stream where I'm on a panel interviewing Aasif Mandvi is finally available in US!

In conversation with Aasif Mandvi

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Asian Americans Crowdsource Open Letter to Families: 'Black Lives Matter To Us, Too' - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america re open letter to families explaining #BlackLivesMatter #BLM
"This is primarily a call for empathy and understanding. The Asian immigrant community as a whole doesn't see police brutality against black people as 'their problem' and are sometimes even anti-Black themselves. This is a conversation starter to ask for a willingness to stop and listen rather than getting immediately judgmental/defensive when we broach these issues with them,"
Asian Americans Crowdsource Open Letter to Families: 'Black Lives Matter To Us, Too' - NBC News

Friday, July 8, 2016

Activists Urge North Carolina Gov. to Veto Bill Restricting Access to Body Cam Footage - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
Without access to police recordings, we would not know what happened to victims of police violence," Cat Bao Le, executive director of SEAC, told NBC News. "We will be unable to hold police who kill our brothers and sisters of color accountable for their actions. The purpose of body cameras and police recordings are to build public trust in the police. It is important for Governor Pat McCrory to veto HB 972 for Chieu Di Thi Vo, Jonathan Ferrell, Bong Ackhavong, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and many more beloved community members whose lives were ended by police violence."
Activists Urge North Carolina Gov. to Veto Bill Restricting Access to Body Cam Footage - NBC News

Crowdsourced Collection Takes on Diversity of Asian America - NBC News

My first article for NBC Asian America, two years ago yesterday. So grateful and so honored every day to be able to write for and about our communities. Thanks so much for entrusting your stories with me.

Crowdsourced Collection Takes on Diversity of Asian America - NBC News

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sikhs, DC Community Share Ideas, Meal at Third Langar on the Hill - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"At a time where entire communities are under attack for their faith, these opportunities for dialogue are especially important. ... I hope we continue to recognize and advocate for Sikh Americans and all our nation's diverse faith communities."
Sikhs, DC Community Share Ideas, Meal at Third Langar on the Hill - NBC News

#UnderratedAsian Spotlights Asian Achievements Throughout History - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"For one, I wanted to shift the emphasis to all of the contributions Asians have made to society. I wanted the hashtag to be positive and to celebrate Asian visibility and talent and scientific innovation. ... But I felt the community needed something bright and celebratory."
#UnderratedAsian Spotlights Asian Achievements Throughout History - NBC News

Teaching Students to Be Public Intellectuals - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Teaching Students to Be Public Intellectuals - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sikh Actor Waris Ahluwalia to Star in Film on 1923 Supreme Court Citizenship Case - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"This was a human story of a World War I U.S. Army veteran who was willing to give his life for a country that no longer wanted him...I wanted to show that a person with a turban and beard can be a U.S. Army veteran and an American hero."
Sikh Actor Waris Ahluwalia to Star in Film on 1923 Supreme Court Citizenship Case - NBC News

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Asian-American Leaders Call for Compassion After Bangladesh Attack - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America after #DhakaAttack
I hope this vigil is a reminder of the love that still exists, especially during times of extreme violence...we are powerful if we take care of ourselves and stand with each other. Tarishi was a beautiful soul and for the community to lose her is heart breaking."
Asian-American Leaders Call for Compassion After Bangladesh Attack - NBC News

Friday, July 1, 2016

Family Wonders if 'Execution Style' Horse Killing Was Hate Crime - NBC News

This story is so warped. My article for NBC Asian America
The horse was a family pet named Misty Blue after the misty morning that she was born on the family's farm, where she grew up with the family's children. "She was a Tennessee walking horse, a natural, big, broad," Sandhu said. "She always greeted us with her personality. She had a huge personality. She was our joy."
Family Wonders if 'Execution Style' Horse Killing Was Hate Crime - NBC News
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