Included in this year’s edition of The Best American Poetry, edited by Sherman Alexie, is a poem worthy of significant controversy. It is a poem by one Yi-Fen Chou, the Chinese pen name of a white writer named Michael Derrick Hudson. Yi-Fen Chou is in fact the name of a woman Hudson attended high school with in Indiana. There has been a lot written about the whole debacle, from the New York Times to Asian […] Continue »
When I first started blogging for 8Asians back in 2007, I started to learn more about Asian Americans in the political realm, including fundraisers such as Norman Hsu (since convicted in 2009 and imprisoned), and even blogged about him a few times as more details became available regarding his criminal charges. Hsu was convicted in Ponzi scheme, and recently granted the Wall Street Journal his first prison interview about politics and denying that he broke campaign-finance laws: “The 64-year-old Mr. […] Continue »
I’ve blogged about the “bamboo ceiling” before, so it’s interesting to see that recently, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders had a panel discussion for their AAPI Youth Forum with the topic of: “Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling” The panel featured: White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Deputy Director Jason Tengco Chief of Staff of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Juliet Choi Principal Deputy Administrator of SAMHSA Kana Enomoto Director of Community Relations at The […] Continue »
On June 30, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill AB 7 making October 25 in California Larry Itliong day. Who is Larry Itliong? He was one of the key Filipino contributors, along with Phillip Vera Cruz (shown on the left, Itliong is on the right) to the founding of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. While Caesar Chavez has his own California holiday, Larry Itliong’s role has been considered as neglected in retellings of […] Continue »
Back in March 2014, I had blogged about California State Senator Leland Yee had been arrested, along with others, on public corruption charges. He initially pleaded not-guilty, but now has changed his plea to guilty: “Yee, who previously has pleaded not guilty to bribery, money laundering and other felony charges, was scheduled to go on trial in late July in the sweeping case that was centered in San Francisco’s Chinatown. But he changed his plea […] Continue »
If you thought the Republican presidential field was already too large, Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal threw his hat into the ring on June 24th making him the 13th (? – I think!) official candidate to run for the Republican Party nomination for president. I first blogged about Jindal in 2007 when he became the first ever Indian American ever to be elected governor of a state. The first time I had ever seen Jindal […] Continue »
This is kind of old news, but I wanted to blog about it for the record. Back on June 10th, Michelle Kwan (yes, the figure skater and Olympic medal winner) is joining the 2016 Hillary Clinton for President campaign, as first initially reported by the New York Times: “Michelle Kwan, a former figure skater and Olympic medal winner, will work from Mrs. Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters on outreach efforts before the Clinton campaign’s formal kickoff rally on […] Continue »
#TSATravelTips – ALL martial art weapons are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags. They may however be packed in checked baggage, but it’s best to check local laws to ensure your weapons aren’t illegal to possess. A photo posted by TSA (@tsa) on May 20, 2015 at 2:26pm PDT The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had a special section on Martial Arts & Self Defense Items. Included on this list are nunchucks and throwing stars. […] Continue »
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 »