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 »
Harvard and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill have been sued for their admissions practices by the organization Project for Fair Representation. The suit says that Harvard and UNC Chapel Hill are making admissions harder for Asian Americans than those of other races, citing enrollment figures like these show that despite growing numbers of Asian Americans applicants in the population, the percentage of races has remain rather steady. These lawsuits generate many questions in […] Continue »
President Obama announces executive actions that he will take to alleviate the problems of our current immigration system. To read what the President says after his first line, “My fellow Americans, tonight, I’d like to talk with you about immigration,” you can find the transcript below:
California’s 41st district representative Mark Takano taught 20 years of high school English, so when he got a letter from a Republican against the Senate’s recent immigration bill, he put on his teacher hat, pulled out a red pen, and corrected the paper. He gave the Republican an F, noting the lack of evidence, contradictory statements, and failing to address the issue at hand. Takano’s family is from Riverside, CA, and his parents and grandparents […] Continue »
When I hiked Mission Peak two years ago, I saw lots of Asians on the trails, but I was surprised to see recent headlines like “Crowds Overrun Mission Peak in Fremont to Shoot Selfies.” Apparently, the number of hikers there has skyrocketed, causing parking problems, crowds, and other changes. So what happened? Are selfie-obsessed Asian Americans really swarming and degrading Mission Peak Regional Preserve?
A message from Dan Ha’s brother via the Find Dan Ha Facebook Page: Hi everyone. I would like to thank all of you for your continued support and prayers in the search for my brother Daniel over the past week. I would like to especially thank you, Dan’s friends, and everyone who has been in close contact with us in coordinating the search effort including the First Mennonite Church of San Francisco, Dan’s employer Metromile, […] Continue »
When Babette “Bette” Bolivar’s father joined the navy, Filipinos like him and my father were limited to jobs like being a steward or a cook. In an interview with the Philippine Star, she talks about the path that has lead to become a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, explosives expert, and later, Rear Admiral. Bolivar is currently the commander of the Joint Marianas region and the Naval forces there. I found her […] Continue »
bbarnavi: "would you rather learn chinese from a white or chinese person" This is a ridiculous (and borderline racist) proposition. I would pick the Chinese person,... – Do Asians Hate Asian Americans?