Friday, March 31, 2017

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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"[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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"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
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