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
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