Thursday, April 13, 2017

New Justice Department Group to Track Hate Crimes Amid Growing Attacks - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"DOJ was right to establish a hate crime subcommittee, but it remains to be seen whether this initiative will be fully resourced and fully protective of all Americans, including immigrants, religious minorities, and LGBT communities," Rajdeep Singh Jolly, interim managing program director of The Sikh Coalition, told NBC News. "Anything less would be tokenism."
New Justice Department Group to Track Hate Crimes Amid Growing Attacks - NBC News

Sikh Americans Launch Ad Campaign That Looks to Push Back on Hate - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"'We Are Sikhs' is an effort to raise the awareness of the Sikh religion, including explaining and demystifying the significance of the turban," Shawn Singh Ghuman, National Sikh Campaign communications director, told NBC News. "The initiative will utilize tested television advertisements, an innovative website, targeted digital and social outreach, and most importantly, local grassroots events to affect change."
Sikh Americans Launch Ad Campaign That Looks to Push Back on Hate - NBC News

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Matwaala South Asian Poetry Festival April 27, 2017

Just confirmed! that Ravi Shankar and I will be reading (premiering/debuting) "A Suggestion of Salt" at the Matwaala South Asian Poetry Festival, April 27, 2017, at Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW). Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Documentary Follows Domestic Violence Survivor Who Escaped Through the Circus - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"As a victim myself, I know that this problem is rooted deeply in the Mongolian culture," Haltarhuu told NBC News. "By using the circus as a way to bring the remote nomadic herders together, I am trying to change this culture by reaching especially the younger generation; for them to hear that abuse is not right, and that it is in fact illegal."
Documentary Follows Domestic Violence Survivor Who Escaped Through the Circus - NBC News

GenAPA Culture Show 2017 Friday

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Friday April 7, 2017 at Umich!

GenAPA Culture Show 2017: commUNITY

Also
Speaking at MAASU this Sat., April 8, 2017 at umich!

MAASU Spring Conference 2017 - Home

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Getty, MuslimGirl Partner To Diversify Images of Muslim Women - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"One of the ways I open up my talks is by asking the audience to search 'Muslim women' images on their phone browsers, which is always met with their awe at the unsettling results," Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder and editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl.com, said in a statement. "I don't want to be able to use that example anymore."
Getty, MuslimGirl Partner To Diversify Images of Muslim Women - NBC News

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) watchdog workshop

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FOIA, FERPA, HPPA, and fun with data et al at the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) watchdog workshop at MSU today <3 span="">

Friday, March 31, 2017

Stereotype-Defying Princess Project Expansion Takes Stories From Page to Stage - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"We have an exciting new platform coming out this spring 2017 — the musical theater version of 'Princess Ten Ten and the Dark Skies,' our mixed ethnicity (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) and gender non-conforming wind master superhero," Setsu Shigematsu, co-founder of the project, told NBC News. "As she fights air pollution, her story also addresses the issue of bullying of gender non-conforming kids."
Stereotype-Defying Princess Project Expansion Takes Stories From Page to Stage - NBC News

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal - Secret Crush

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What do you do when you have a secret crush? Write and publish it in an international journal, doesn't everyone? (Oh no, what have I done?!) thanks Cha: An Asian Literary Journal for publishing my "secret crush," written in those days of anxiety following the election http://www.asiancha.com/content/view/2647/606/So excited to see "Secret Crush" (Creative Nonfiction) just out at Cha!

Cha: An Asian Literary Journal - Secret Crush

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Speaking at University of Bridgeport on Asian American Media: Stereotypes and Resistance

Speaking at University of Bridgeport on Asian American Media: Stereotypes and Resistance
Thursday March 30, 2017
Thanks to Dean Manyul Im!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Alex Tizon, Award Winning Journalist and Author, Dead at 57 - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"Alex was an artist and a quiet force, my mentor and friend," UOSOJC journalism instructor Lisa Heyamoto said in a statement. "His passing is a loss for us all."
Alex Tizon, Award Winning Journalist and Author, Dead at 57 - NBC News

Friday, March 24, 2017

Writing from the Heart this summer at UHH

Prepping a new course for this summer at UHH.

Writing from the Heart

The most powerful writing comes from the heart. What do you care about? What inspires you? What is special in your life? Write about the people and things that matter to you. Write to touch, inspire, move, persuade, and provoke readers. Write with emotion, write with spirit. Write from your own truest self to help others find theirs. This course explores the kind of writing that changes people, oneself included. And it begins honestly, one word, one day at a time. Short writing exercises, tips and tricks, including creating a safe space for writing, writing every day, reading aloud, overcoming barriers to writing, taking chances with emotion and humor, techniques to inspire and persuade, writing to find our own truest self. Bring a notebook and pen.

July 6-27, Thursdays, 5-7:30pm, 4 classes, $70, Min 8/Max 30

also bringing back
Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Creative Nonfiction is one of the most popular genres of writing right now and encompasses many forms, including essay, journal article, research paper, memoir, poem, prose. The key to creative nonfiction is the use of literary techniques to tell nonfiction stories in a way that is dramatic and compelling. We will try several different techniques and styles in order to find the best way to tell our stories, to make them personal and to make them memorable. Bring a notebook and pen.

July 11-25, Tuesdays, 5-7:30pm, 3 classes, $55, Min 8/Max 30

some extra inspiration: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/writing-from-the-heart

Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Lawyers for Teen Convicted of Homicide Call for New Trial - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"Our belief is that — although Mr. Kronenwetter had a very good reputation, and I know he cares very much for Dylan, and he was quite tearful at sentencing — we have found things that show that the outcome of the trial should not have had that result if it had been fully litigated," Hertel told NBC News.
New Lawyers for Teen Convicted of Homicide Call for New Trial - NBC News

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"speak and speak again" anthology

Excited to get the proof for the "speak and speak again" anthology coming out soon from pact press as fundraiser for southern poverty law center

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

the haircut aunties

i let the haircut aunties have their way with me (omg, bangs!!!) "Are you going to New York to see your boyfriend or to catch a new boyfriend?"

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Finding Your Voice writing class at WCC today

Finding Your Voice 1-day intensive writing workshop today

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.
https://washtenaw.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=11541&int_category_id=3&int_sub_category_id=49&int_catalog_id=1

Friday, March 17, 2017

Vigil for victims of hate crimes held on steps of Rackham | The Michigan Daily

Speaking at a candlelight vigil for hate crime victims last night at Rackham

Vigil for victims of hate crimes held on steps of Rackham | The Michigan Daily

Hawaiian Language Revival Used as Model for Other Indigenous Languages - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america

"The Pūnana Leo preschools continue until today based on the simple rule: If you speak only in Hawaiian to the children, they will begin to speak it back to you," Larry Kimura, associate professor of Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, told NBC News.
Hawaiian Language Revival Used as Model for Other Indigenous Languages - NBC News

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Government Scientist Fired After Dropped Spying Charges Petitions for Reinstatement - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"[Sherry Chen] has been courageous in continuing to fight and seek fairness and justice against a system that first wrongfully accused her of betraying her country without credible evidence and proof of intent, and then wrongfully terminated her from a job [in which] she actually protects American lives and properties for the same made-up justifications," Jeremy Wu, a trustee of the Sherry Chen Legal Defense Fund, told NBC News.
Government Scientist Fired After Dropped Spying Charges Petitions for Reinstatement - NBC News

Monday, March 13, 2017

Turning 30, Asian-American Arts Nonprofit Prepares for Its Busiest Season Yet - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"Our 30th continues to be a work in progress, as our work has been throughout its tenure," Francis Wong, AIR co-founder and creative director, told NBC News. "Rather than have a single celebration, we have chosen to merely make this one of our most memorable years by having perhaps our busiest season yet doing the work."
Turning 30, Asian-American Arts Nonprofit Prepares for Its Busiest Season Yet - NBC News

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture at WCC starting soon

Update: Course Cancelled

Register now
Chinese Food: Customs and Culture 
Wednesday 3/22/2017-4/12/2017, 4 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Check out Courses - Washtenaw Community College Division of Economic & Community Development

Finding your Voice at WCC starting soon

Register now
Finding your Voice
Saturday 3/18/2017, Washtenaw Community College

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.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Deportation to Cambodia Halted for 'Minnesota 8' Refugee - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"I am happy to be back home with my family and am moved by the love and support of the community," Nin said in a statement. "My family and I went through a lot these past six months and my heart breaks for those who continue to be separated from their families. I know there is still more work to be done, and I want to help keep families together."
Deportation to Cambodia Halted for 'Minnesota 8' Refugee - NBC News

Super Bowl Grant Brings First U.S. Courts for Southeast Asian Sport to Minnesota - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america

"With changing demographics in Minnesota, it is most fitting that the City of St. Paul's Park and Recreation Department change its field usage to accommodate the changing needs of the community," Lee Pao Xiong, director of the Center for Hmong Studies at St. Paul's Concordia University and chair of Sepak Takraw of USA, told NBC News. "Since St. Paul has the largest urbanized Hmong population in the United States, and a large and growing Karen population, it is most fitting that we start this movement here in this city."
Super Bowl Grant Brings First U.S. Courts for Southeast Asian Sport to Minnesota - NBC News

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Six Asian-American Memoirs to Read for Women's History Month - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"I wrote it from a place of empathy and trying to understand my parents as human beings rather than as just my parents," Bui told NBC News in March. "I'm hoping that translates to readers. This political discourse around immigration is so divisive, and I'm hoping that this story and where it was made from will remind people just to empathize. They're human beings just like everybody else and I hope that will cut through and remind people that these are human beings we're talking about, not "others."
Six Asian-American Memoirs to Read for Women's History Month - NBC News

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

'Iron Fist' Star Finn Jones Temporarily Leaves Twitter After Diversity Discussion - NBC News

My article for NBC Asian America
"I never expected this to blow up the way it did," Haron told NBC News, who made her Twitter account private after the exchange. "I still stand firm on my beliefs. I thought the conversation I had with Finn was civil. We weren't cussing each other out. We were calm throughout the entire thing but people took it as me harassing him. There was no hostility."
'Iron Fist' Star Finn Jones Temporarily Leaves Twitter After Diversity Discussion - NBC News

The Reluctant Memoirist | New Republic

from Suki Kim re "Without You, There Is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea’s Elite"

Durga Chew-Bose: 'Women have been edited since we were little girls' | Books | The Guardian

Great food for thought

Durga Chew-Bose: 'Women have been edited since we were little girls' | Books | The Guardian

Monday, March 6, 2017

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Renews Calls for Meeting with Trump - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"Since the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus was founded in 1994, we have always engaged with the White House, regardless of which political party is in power," Chu told NBC News. "To have our multiple requests for a meeting ignored is not only disappointing, but it also prevents Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from having an equal voice in shaping our nation's policies."
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Renews Calls for Meeting with Trump - NBC News

Friday, March 3, 2017

Illinois Rep. Criticized After Comparing Town Halls to 'Cleansing that the Orientals Used to Do' - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"I worry about [Bost's] association of the angry crowds in GOP town halls with the political frenzy of the Chinese Cultural Revolution," lawyer and China analyst Rebecca Liao told NBC News. "You are not allowed to delegitimize cornerstones of the democratic process simply because you don't like the feedback. If Rep. Bost is afraid of un-American culture and a reprise of foreign political upheaval we took for granted would 'never happen here,' his first target should be Trumpism."
Illinois Rep. Criticized After Comparing Town Halls to 'Cleansing that the Orientals Used to Do' - NBC News

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Composer Jon Jang 'Can't Stop Cryin' for America' in New Black Lives Matter Tribute - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"As a U.S. artist and citizen, I support Black Lives Matter and the rights of immigrants of color to live a life of equality in our country," Jang told NBC News. "We need to reject confusing statements such as 'All Lives Matter' and 'We Are Immigrants' because [they do] not address the history of institutional racism and exclusionary laws that have destroyed or nearly destroyed families of color in our country."
Composer Jon Jang 'Can't Stop Cryin' for America' in New Black Lives Matter Tribute - NBC News

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Drag Queen Story Hour Brings ‘Glamorous, Positive’ Voices to Libraries, Bookstores - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"Moments like these really demonstrate how earth-shatteringly crucial it is for youth to have models that exist beyond, or even in spite of, 'traditional' gender roles," said Chu. "Seeing yourself reflected in others can be so formative and grounding, especially as a child, when you're just starting to develop your sense of self in the world. It was amazing to be even just a small part of that."
Drag Queen Story Hour Brings ‘Glamorous, Positive’ Voices to Libraries, Bookstores - NBC News

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First Native Pacific Islander Receives Prestigious Poetry Fellowship - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"I never thought my poetry would circulate, or be recognized, at a national level," Perez, who received a 2016 fellowship, told NBC News. "I hope this signals a turn of attention towards Pacific Islander poetry by American readers and literary organizations. This is especially important now, with the threats of militarism, colonialism, capitalism, and environmental injustice impacting the Pacific region."
First Native Pacific Islander Receives Prestigious Poetry Fellowship - NBC News

Saturday, February 18, 2017

3 week memoir class at WCC

Offering a 3 week memoir class starting today at WCC. I scheduled this class by mistake, not knowing that mid-winter break had been cancelled. I will never offer a 3-week class again, so if you want a 3 week morning class, register to come today.

https://washtenaw.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=11540&int_category_id=3&int_sub_category_id=49&int_catalog_id=1

Friday, February 17, 2017

New Film, 'Go For Broke,' Explores Formation of U.S. Military's Most Decorated Unit - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"People know some of the history of the 442nd on the battlefield, but what led up to its formation is not known," actor Chris Tashima who portrays Shigeo Yoshida, a Japanese-American leader in Hawaii, told NBC News. "It didn't just happen by itself, and there were many fights that had to be won, on the local level [in Hawai'i], in order for government and military leaders to be persuaded to 'trust' the Nisei. This is important history, not yet told."
New Film, 'Go For Broke,' Explores Formation of U.S. Military's Most Decorated Unit - NBC News

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Event Series to Explore 'Asian American Feminism in the Age of Trump' - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"An Asian-American feminist movement is the only movement that is able to accurately advocate for and represent the needs of Asian-American cis and trans women," Kim told NBC News. "Every day comes a new attack on Muslims, undocumented immigrants, environmentalists, and so forth. There cannot be a divide and conquer — there must be a strong base that is ready to show up, resist, protest where we are needed. And yes, we are needed."
Event Series to Explore 'Asian American Feminism in the Age of Trump' - NBC News

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Award-Winning Author Bharati Mukherjee Dead at 76 - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"Given our current vexed and contested cultural moment, Bharati Mukherjee's work takes on an added resonance because of its prescience; as she once wrote, 'the narrative of immigration is the epic narrative of this millennium,'" Ravi Shankar, founding editor of the Drunken Boat online poetry journal and creative writing teacher, told NBC News. "What I have always loved about Mukherjee's work is how central the liberating power of the imagination is and how she always refused to be boxed in, to write those exoticized versions of what an Indian writer is supposed to sound like according to the unspoken tenets of the publishing world."
Award-Winning Author Bharati Mukherjee Dead at 76 - NBC News

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Write an Award Winning Essay 2/4/17

Rescheduled due to power outage and illness.

Write an Award Winning Essay
New Date! Saturday 2/4/2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Chelsea District Library, McKune Room
Registration is open

Learn to write essays that can win you money for college, improve your grades and much more. Join college instructor Frances Kai-Hwa Wang as she leads a workshop that will help you take your essay writing skills into the next level. Participants will practice writing essays, so come prepared to write. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Event Type(s): Teen
Age Group(s): 12-17 - Teen

http://chelsea.evanced.info/signup/Calendar

(Note date change, originally scheduled for 2/11)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

#LitinColor Write-a-Thon Brings Diversity to North America's Largest Annual Literary Conference - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"This year, the idea of the #LitinColor Write-a-Thon seems even more important as so many people are looking for community and ways to ground themselves in what have suddenly become very harrowing times,"
#LitinColor Write-a-Thon Brings Diversity to North America's Largest Annual Literary Conference - NBC News

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Fred Korematsu panel draws parallels between immigration ban and WWII | The Michigan Daily

Korematsu Day yesterday at Michigan Law School

Fred Korematsu panel draws parallels between immigration ban and WWII | The Michigan Daily

After 40 Years, Maxine Hong Kingston's Iconic Book, 'The Woman Warrior,' Still Resonates - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"'The Woman Warrior' is but the beginning of a never-ending story that courses through each of my books," Kingston told NBC News. "What finally becomes of Fa Mu Lan happens in 'I Love a Broad Margin to My Life.' Her fate is harsh and troubling, and took me 30 years to face writing it. I challenge the reader to deal with the realities of myth."
After 40 Years, Maxine Hong Kingston's Iconic Book, 'The Woman Warrior,' Still Resonates - NBC News

Similar Roots, Different Tones: A Creative Encounter Between the Chinese Dulcimer and Jazz Piano - Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan

So excited to see the great Jon Jang in concert at UM Tuesday January 31!

Similar Roots, Different Tones: A Creative Encounter Between the Chinese Dulcimer and Jazz Piano - Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan

Monday, January 30, 2017

Korematsu Day media coverage 2017

Korematsu Day yesterday at Michigan Law School
Fred Korematsu panel draws parallels between immigration ban and WWII | The Michigan Daily

Michigan Law School Newsroom on Korematsu Day panel
Korematsu Day Commemoration Considers Internment’s Parallels to Trump’s Immigration Ban

Essay: This Chinese New Year, Make Noise, Be Brave, Create Your Own Luck - NBC News

my essay for nbc asian america

I will be thinking about all the ways that I am privileged to speak, and I will be carrying with me the thousands of people who have been standing up, marching, and protesting for others; the dark humor and new-found resistance of historians, scientists, and park rangers; the courage of Native Americans and veterans protecting the environment at Standing Rock; the image of volunteer attorneys sitting and working on the floors of airports; and the conviction of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance who went on strike at JFK Airport Saturday in protest of the executive order.
Essay: This Chinese New Year, Make Noise, Be Brave, Create Your Own Luck - NBC News

2017 Korematsu Day Dinner Panel at UM Law School

"When You See a Wrong, Speak Up."
APALSA & MLSA presents:
2017 Korematsu Day Dinner Panel
Jan. 30Monday 5 PM
South Hall 1225

Panelists
  • Asha Noor: coordinator of ACCESS’ Take on Hate Campaign, MI
  • Roland Hwang: former Chair to the State Advisory Commission to US Commission on Civil Rights;
  • Ron Aramaki: witness to the JACL's move for redress and reparations in the 1970s; 
  • Mary Kamidoi: former internee at Rohwer internment camp in Arkansas;
  • Frances Kai-Hwa Wang: writer for NBC Asian America.
Dinner provided (first-come, first-served)

Fred Korematsu was one of the many Japanese American citizens living on the West Coast of the United States at the onset of World War II. Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War and his military commanders to remove all individuals of Japanese ancestry from designated "military areas" and place them in internment camps in what is now known as the Japanese American internment. When such orders were issued for the West Coast, Korematsu instead became a fugitive. The legality of the internment order was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States, but Korematsu's conviction was overturned decades later after the disclosure of new evidence challenging the necessity of the internment, evidence which had been withheld from the courts by the U.S. government during the war.

To commemorate his journey as a civil rights activist, the "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution" was observed for the first time on January 30, 2011, by the state of California, and first such commemoration for an Asian American in the US.

At this event co-hosted by APALSA and MLSA, panelists will give a presentation on this rebellious journey of Fred Korematsu and the legacy he left behind.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Events - Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan

Jon Jang will be performing at the University of Michigan
Tuesday, January 31,2017, 7-9 pm, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Michigan League
This concert presents a creative encounter between the dulcimer and the piano, two distinctive musical instruments that have similar organological roots, diverse historical developments, and very contrasting sounds. Representing the dulcimer is Professor Liu Yuening of the Central Conservatory of China, Beijing, China; her counterpart is Mr. Jon Jang, an internationally renowned jazz pianist from San Francisco. Their performance of transformational music from China and the U.S. will be accompanied by bass, drum and other musical instruments.
Events - Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017 Korematsu Day - 01/30/2017 05:00 PM - University of Michigan Law School

Date: 01/30/2017
Time: 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Location: South Hall 1225

Description: Fred Korematsu was one of the many Japanese American citizens living on the West Coast of the United States at the onset of World War II. Shortly after the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, authorizing the Secretary of War and his military commanders to remove all individuals of Japanese ancestry from designated "military areas" and place them in internment camps in what is now known as the Japanese American internment. When such orders were issued for the West Coast, Korematsu instead became a fugitive. The legality of the internment order was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States, but Korematsu's conviction was overturned decades later after the disclosure of new evidence challenging the necessity of the internment, evidence which had been withheld from the courts by the U.S. government during the war.

To commemorate his journey as a civil rights activist, the "Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution" was observed for the first time on January 30, 2011, by the state of California, and first such commemoration for an Asian American in the US.

At this event co-hosted by APALSA and MLSA, panelists will give a presentation on this rebellious journey of Fred Korematsu and the legacy he left behind.

2017 Korematsu Day - 01/30/2017 05:00 PM - University of Michigan Law School

Friday, January 27, 2017

'Fresh Off the Boat' Seeks Six-Word Memoirs for New Crowdsourced Book - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America
"The immigration experience is a part of all of our personal histories," Larry Smith, creator of the Six-Word Memoir project, book series, and social media platform, told NBC News. "From the stories of recent refugees to those who have been in America for generations, it means so much to me that the ease and simplicity of sharing six-word stories can offer a lens on timely issues of immigration and identity.
'Fresh Off the Boat' Seeks Six-Word Memoirs for New Crowdsourced Book - NBC News

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Names 2016 Literature Award Winners - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"I'm thrilled to receive this award, and am grateful to be counted among such illustrious winners," Hua told NBC News. "I'm indebted to librarians who make a place for all readers and spread the word about books that reflect the world we live in."
Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association Names 2016 Literature Award Winners - NBC News

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Orgs, Leaders Show Support for Women's March Co-Organizer With #IMarchWithLinda - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"If you have come here today as your first time at a march, I welcome you," Sarsour said in her speech. "I ask you to stand and continue to keep your voices loud for black women, for Native women, for undocumented women, for our LGBTQIA communities, for people with disabilities. You can count on me, your Palestinian Muslim sister, to keep her voice loud, keep her feet on the streets, keep my head held high, because I am not afraid."
Orgs, Leaders Show Support for Women's March Co-Organizer With #IMarchWithLinda - NBC News

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Children's Book 'PoPo's Lucky Chinese New Year' Explores Holiday's Traditions - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america
"All children need to learn that culture is experienced in different ways and that traditions have powerful meanings," she said. "Chinese New Year is about family, hope, and love. We all can relate and respect that. Children who read diverse books are more likely to develop into adults who have diverse mindsets."
Children's Book 'PoPo's Lucky Chinese New Year' Explores Holiday's Traditions - NBC News

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lunar New Year Celebrated Around the World with Food, Fireworks, Family - NBC News

Video

Lunar New Year Celebrated Around the World with Food, Fireworks, Family - NBC News

10 Lunar New Year Facts to Help Answer Your Pressing Questions - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America (20+ years of research)
The Chinatown New Year's parade, which today often includes Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, and other community groups as well, is an American invention — with beauty pageants, floats, marching bands, dignitaries in convertibles — rather than an Asian import. According to The Chinese Cultural Center in San Francisco, the first parade was held in San Francisco in 1953, hosted by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce,
10 Lunar New Year Facts to Help Answer Your Pressing Questions - NBC News

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Advancing Justice - ALC’s Videos on Vimeo

Great resource on 16+ AAPI civil rights heroes! from Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Asian Law Caucus



Advancing Justice - ALC’s Videos on Vimeo

Write an Award Winning Essay Sat Feb 4

**Note date change, originally scheduled for 2/11**

Write an Award Winning Essay
New Date! Saturday 2/4/2017, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Chelsea District Library, McKune Room
Registration is open

Learn to write essays that can win you money for college, improve your grades and much more. Join college instructor Frances Kai-Hwa Wang as she leads a workshop that will help you take your essay writing skills into the next level. Participants will practice writing essays, so come prepared to write. Please bring a notebook and pen.
Event Type(s): Teen
Age Group(s): 12-17 - Teen

http://chelsea.evanced.info/signup/Calendar

Chinese 1 at WCC Starting Wednesday 1/25

Register now
Chinese: Level 1 at WCC 
Wednesday 1/25/2017-3/15/2017, 6:00-8:30, 8 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Dare to Dream Writing Intensive at WCC

CANCELLED by WCC

All day intensive writing workshop today (my midlife crisis writing workshop) today at WCC :
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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Book on Civil Rights Icon Fred Korematsu Challenges Youth to Speak Up for Justice - NBC News

my article for NBC Asian America

"[Korematsu's] story is all the more important now with threats to Muslims, immigrants, refugees, and LGBT people," Yogi added. "Kids need to know that we can organize and fight against injustice, just like Fred."
New Book on Civil Rights Icon Fred Korematsu Challenges Youth to Speak Up for Justice - NBC News

‘We the People’ Public Art Series Plans to Infiltrate the Inauguration - NBC News

my article for nbc asian america

"As artists, it is always important to create work with positive uplifting messages, but even more so during these divisive times," photographer Ridwan Adhami told NBC News. "There is a need to balance all the negativity swirling around. We have a responsibility to the youth in our communities, we need to give them something to look up to that can hopefully inspire and encourage strength. That is what the 'We The People' campaign is all about, and I am proud and honored to be part of the movement."
‘We the People’ Public Art Series Plans to Infiltrate the Inauguration - NBC News

Monday, January 16, 2017

'Our Democracy Is at Risk': 'Writers Resist' with Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Readings - NBC News

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"Our democracy is at risk," Giles Li, a poet and community leader who participated in the Boston event, told NBC News. "Growing public cynicism and an alarming disdain for truthfulness is eroding our most dearly held democratic ideals. As writers we have tremendous power to bypass empty political discourse and focus public attention on the ideals of a free, just, and compassionate society."
'Our Democracy Is at Risk': 'Writers Resist' with Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Readings - NBC News

Essay: Looking to Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Light the Way Forward - NBC News

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As we roll out into the darkness of the morning, I am always surprised by that first look out into the world as the garage door opens, how the world has changed overnight. I grew up in California so I do not have the habit of checking the weather report. I never have any idea if it has snowed or if the roads are covered with ice. We also live on the far northwestern edge of the Eastern time zone, so it is always dark — from early in the afternoon until late in the morning.
Barreling out into the darkness every morning feels like such a leap into the unknown.
Essay: Looking to Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Light the Way Forward - NBC News

UMich MLK Day Symposium

Looking forward to UMich MLK Day Symposium

MEMORIAL KEYNOTE LECTURE
2017 MEMORIAL LECTURERS: AMY GOODMAN and ISSA RAE
Monday January 16th, 2017
10am-11:30am (EST) (Doors open at 9:30am. Free and open to the public, not ticketed.)
Hill Auditorium

The University community is especially pleased to welcome Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae, writer, producer, and star of the hit HBO series Insecure, and Amy Goodman, award winning investigative journalist, author, syndicated columnist, and host of Democracy Now!, as speakers for the keynote memorial lecture. This year’s keynote event will focus on a sit-down discussion between Amy Goodman and Issa Rae.

Event will be live-streamed via mlksymposium.umich.edu

Signature Event | Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives

All UMich MLK Day events
http://oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium/events/

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. - Black History - HISTORY.com

The Detroit origins of MLK's I have a dream speech
Martin Luther King Jr. - Black History - HISTORY.com

Upcoming classes at WCC winter term

Upcoming classes w me at WCC this semester

Dare to Dream 
Saturday 1/21/2017, Washtenaw Community College

Chinese: Level 1 at WCC 
Wednesday 1/25/2017-3/15/2017, 6:00-8:30, 8 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Jumpstart your memoir 
Saturday 2/18/2017-3/4/2017, 3 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Finding your Voice
Saturday 3/18/2017, Washtenaw Community College

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture 
Wednesday 3/22/2017-4/12/2017, 4 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

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

Special intensive all day writing workshop at WCC (my mid-life crisis writing workshop) next Sat
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

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope Suffers New Legal Setback - NBC News

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"Judge Nakamura's decision follows the Supreme Court's clear message to government agencies that they cannot act as 'a passive actor or a neutral umpire' when it comes to decisions that implicate the constitutional rights of Native Hawaiians to exercise traditional and customary practices," David Kauila Kopper of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, which is representing Flores, said in a statement. "They must take affirmative steps to ensure a process that safeguards Native Hawaiian rights and effectuates the values of the public trust."
Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope Suffers New Legal Setback - NBC News

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hawaiian Music Pioneer Eddie Kamae Dies at 89 - NBC News

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"Eddie Kamae was the catalyst behind so many Hawaiian musicians," musician Patrick Landeza told NBC News. "The Sons of Hawai'i were the root of the Hawaiian Renaissance and it was his genius of discovering the past which allowed us to move forward to the future, that future being Hawaiian music today as we know it through his music and films."
Hawaiian Music Pioneer Eddie Kamae Dies at 89 - NBC News

Sunday, January 8, 2017

TSP: Stephanie Han's Ten Points of Fiction Writing Advice

great advice
TSP: Stephanie Han's Ten Points of Fiction Writing Advice

Upcoming classes at WCC this semester

Upcoming classes w me at WCC this semester

Dare to Dream 
Saturday 1/21/2017, Washtenaw Community College

Chinese: Level 1 at WCC 
Wednesday 1/25/2017-3/15/2017, 6:00-8:30, 8 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Jumpstart your memoir 
Saturday 2/18/2017-3/4/2017, 3 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Finding your Voice
Saturday 3/18/2017, Washtenaw Community College

Chinese Food: Customs and Culture 
Wednesday 3/22/2017-4/12/2017, 4 sessions, Washtenaw Community College

Friday, January 6, 2017

'A Spiritual Act': How Multilingual Jazz Artist Jen Shyu Found Safety on Stage - NBC News

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"Performance for me is a spiritual act," Shyu said. "I am hoping to heal, bring together, make sense of, and address people's inner mysteries and questions through the time span of a performance. I am driven by exploring and performing the unfamiliar, shedding light on issues, traditions, and cultures that might be living in the shadows."
'A Spiritual Act': How Multilingual Jazz Artist Jen Shyu Found Safety on Stage - NBC News

Thursday, January 5, 2017

From Hashtag to Movement to Book: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Publishes First Anthology - NBC News

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"For a while, I kind of stopped talking about it because it felt like I was speaking into the wind — no one new was listening and everything stayed the same. But then WNDB came along, and for the first time ever I am starting to see real changes."
From Hashtag to Movement to Book: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Publishes First Anthology - NBC News

Army Issues New Rule Granting Religious Accommodations for Turbans, Beards, Hijabs - NBC News

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"Our Army can now fully reflect the diversity of faiths, cultures, and experiences that are woven into the fabric of our American experience and make us stronger."
Army Issues New Rule Granting Religious Accommodations for Turbans, Beards, Hijabs - NBC News

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Essay: In the 'Las Vegas of Asia,' Lessons in How Multiculturalism Makes Community - NBC News

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Such an intriguing mix of old and new, East and West, and so many languages! It seemed that almost everyone we met speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Portuguese.
Essay: In the 'Las Vegas of Asia,' Lessons in How Multiculturalism Makes Community - NBC News
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