Mihee lives in the Mid-West with her husband, toddler-aged twins (yes, terrible twos is actually a thing), and baby #3. Though her reserve of brain cells is seriously depleted she is still passionate about Asian American culture, religion and social justice for marginalized people, stories about Korea, sports, and power naps. During the day, she spends a lot of time trying to remember which baby needs to eat or get a diaper change, mentoring and ministering to college students, occasionally taking a walk, writing, watching Sportscenter, or grabbing coffee. You can read her blog here.
From CBS Local (San Francisco): More and more mothers from China and Taiwan are willing to pay thousands of dollars to deliver their babies in the USA, specifically in California. “So-called maternity homes” have popped up in cities like San Jose.
I have no words. It took me a while to watch the promo because anything with babies makes me feel crazy raw and wrecks me for a few days. But this is strangely heartening. From Faithit: In Seoul, South Korea, hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets every year. That’s when this brave pastor and his wife decided to do something about it. Watch their extraordinary story of love here. From Independent Journal […] Continue »
(Image from the Christian Film Database) Authors Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell offer an interesting statistic in American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us about the connection between being religious and one’s ethnic identity: Do other minority groups also have a high level of religiosity? The answer is that it depends on the minority group. Asian Americans, for example, have a much lower level of religiosity than whites, blacks, or Latinos. In keeping with our […] Continue »
From the Korea Herald: Even though South Korea does not legally recognize hay marriages, “Film director and producer Kimjo Gwang-soo, 48, and 29-year-old Kim Seung-hwan, the head of gay film distributor Rainbow Factory, got married on a temporary stage built near Cheonggye Stream with about 1,000 guests and citizens in attendance.” Happy for this couple and hopeful this is a sign of more changes coming for LGBTQ all over the world. Photo credit: Yonhap News
From SF Gate: “Workers at a Chinese zoo thought nobody would notice when they replaced a lion with a big dog. But then the dog barked. And didn’t really look like a lion.” I’m not sure what is more amusing or shocking – the thought that people would really think this dog looks like a lion (though I admit without my glasses maybe I would be duped) or that people pay upwards of millions for […] Continue »
From the NY Times: The difficulties in meeting potential spouses have exacerbated an increasing tendency among South Koreans to marry late. As young women have gotten better jobs, analysts say, many are loath to give them up to shepherd children through a hypercompetitive education system and care for aging in-laws. In 2011, the average age of a first marriage for South Korean women hit 29.14, up from 24.8 in 1990; for men it jumped to […] Continue »
From the Southern California Public Radio: “About 55 percent of Asian-American immigration into the United States has been due to family preferences… More young Asian-Americans who grew up in the U.S. without papers have been going public with their status, as have young Latinos and other activists.” But a lot of the issues around the current reform doesn’t address family immigration. Asian Americans are stepping up to advocate for these realities and helping to shape […] Continue »
Christian churches are strange, complicated gatherings of people where the tension between acknowledging brokenness and appearing virtuous is constantly present. Growing up in a Korean American church I always felt this awkward back and forth. People interacted with each other in superficial ways and no one spoke of their problems or struggles unless in hushed voices during some moment of juicy gossip. But, actually I guess that hasn’t changed too much even now. And, in […] Continue »
Inspiration is rarity these days. But when I read about these incredible women who are truly making a difference in their communities, both locally and globally, I get super excited…and hopeful, which is also somewhat elusive these days. The White House has nominated 15 AAPI women are making waves with their dedication and hard work. “These fifteen women represent the strength and diversity of the AAPI community. These leaders–in business, advocacy, philanthropy, the arts and academia—are […] Continue »
From the Daily Caller: Two chinese girls were killed Thursday after eating poisoned yogurt that had been planted by the owner of a rival kindergarten. The owner confessed to adding rat poison to the yogurt before leaving it on the side of the road along with school notebooks, reports the BBC. It doesn’t really need to said or pointed out that this is horrible. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. When reputation or […] Continue »
From AP: “An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of labor for crimes against the state, the North’s state media said Thursday… Analysts say Pyongyang could use Bae as a bargaining chip as it seeks dialogue with Washington.” It seems really difficult to read into North Korea’s motives right now especially with this latest sentence. Are they seeking leverage? Are they trying to construct a certain […] Continue »
From Time: “A 15-year-old high schooler, only identified by his surname Choi, jumped out of his apartment home in the southeastern city of Gyeongsan last Monday after being bullied for roughly two years. His death — the second youth suicide in South Korea this month — has shocked the nation and called into question the government’s efforts to stop school violence.” South Korea is known for its high suicide rates especially among young people. It […] Continue »