2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the western half of the Transcontinental Railroad by Chinese immigrants.Often, the immigrant Chinese’s role in this historic accomplishment has been literally white washed. As part of celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Center for Asian American Media-produced YouTube-hosted mini-documentary presents the story of these 10,000 forgotten workers through photographs, paintings and political cartoons from the period.
A 16-year-old exchange student from Taiwan staying with a host family in the United States visits Yellowstone National Park, stands three feet away from a live wild bison, turns her back to it for a picture, and is gored in the back by the wild bison, as reported by CNN. The girl was serious wounded but the injury was not in critical condition. She was with her host American host family on the visit.
I’m a fan of the now completed AMC series ‘Mad Men,‘ (though I have to say, relative to ‘Breaking Bad,’ I thought was somewhat over-rated). This past week, ‘Mad Men’ concluded its series and the last scene is with one of the most famous, recognized and successful television commercials of all time, Coca-Cola’s ‘I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke Commercial‘ – and quite possible the first Asian American Commercial Watch post I would […] Continue »
Last year, Viet Luong made history by being the first Vietnamese American to become a U.S. general. Forty years ago this past week, Luong was a 9-year-old boy in Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) fell to the North Vietnamese Communist and he and his family fled Vietnam to eventually settle in the United States. This NPR piece tells, in his voice, his story: “Luong and his family spent weeks in refugee camps […] Continue »
Reported on KTLA 5, Science Chemistry and Biology Teacher David Park of Los Altos High School in heavily Asian American neighborhood Hacienda Heights has been arrested for having a relationship with a 15 year old student. His bail is $1 million dollars.
Thirty-eight year old Minh Nguyen, supposed co-founder of social network company Plaxo, was charged with murder of his ex-wife’s new husband in front of their children. Nguyen was arrested. Editors Note from Joz: After the initial news broke about Minh Nguyen’s arrest, PEOPLE reported that Nguyen was not a co-founder of Plaxo: For years, Nguyen had claimed he co-founded Plaxo, an online address book and social networking service, with Napster billionaire Sean Parker that was […] Continue »
Happy Lunar New Year! I had heard this NPR piece recently, and thought it was very educational – because I have heard many Happy Chinese / Lunar New Year celebration and exclaiming Happy Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram. And I’m like, WTF? What year is it? Well: “You may have seen goat, sheep or ram as the English translation for this year’s animal according to the Chinese zodiac — yang, in Mandarin. All […] Continue »
With the recent ATR-72 TransAsia Airways plane crash in Taiwan and the Asian airplane tragedies in the last couple of years, I thought it was important for me to weigh in on the question of whether Asians pilots can fly airplanes. Before I get started, I’m going to go on a huge limb here and say that this is a dumb stereotype that is related to the equally dumb stereotype that Asians can’t drive. (I address […] Continue »
As we’ve all heard by now, Fresh Off the Boat, is the first American television series staring an Asian American family in over twenty years (since Margaret Cho’s All American Girl in 1994) is coming to ABC, with the first two episodes premiering this upcoming Wednesday, February 4th – before settling into its regularly scheduled Tuesday evening time slot. The comedy series is based on the memoirs of NYC-based chef and restauranteur Eddie Huang’s memoir […] Continue »
According to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), President Obama’s guest list for this week’s State of the Union address included 23 people, who had the privilege of sitting alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Among the 23 guests were Kathy Pham and Dr. Pranav Shetty. Kathy Pham is a computer scientist, and has used technology throughout her career to tackle pressing challenges. […] Continue »
Unless you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard of the events of the past month or so, alleged North Korean hackers hacked Sony’s computer networks – threatening to do more damage beyond releasing leaked emails and copies of unreleased hack, unless Sony blocked the release of comedy The Interview about an assassination plot of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, to be released on Christmas day. “North Korean” hackers then hinted that there […] Continue »
Everything in this country is used as a weapon against Black people. #blacklivesmatter #Asians4BlackLives pic.twitter.com/nSRRdf6jkr — Gopal Dayaneni (@GopalDayaneni) December 15, 2014 Asian Americans joined efforts to shut down the Oakland Police Department today. Rallying around the hashtag #asians4blacklives, the organizers issued this statement: We stand on the doorstep of the Oakland Police Department today as a group of Asians putting our bodies on the line in response to a national call to shut down […] Continue »