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

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"'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

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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

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"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

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"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

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"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

my essay for nbc asian america
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

my article for nbc asian america
"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

my new year's essay for nbc asian america
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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