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Georgia Special Election Shines Light on Asian American Voters

Georgia Special Election Shines Light on Asian American Voters

If you’re not aware, there is a closely watched special Congressional election coming this Tuesday, June 20th in Georgia – in a suburb of Atlanta (Georgia’s 6th Congressional District between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff), and Asian Americans could be the difference in having a Democrat win over a traditionally Republican district: “Based on the district’s demographic makeup, Asian-American residents like Kolichala could play a major role in determining the final winner. While […] Continue »

Breast Cancer Rates Increasing Among Asian American Women

Scarlett Lin Gomez

A new study from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), with Scarlett Lin Gomez as the lead researcher of the study, is showing an increase of breast cancer in Asian American women.  This is particularly troubling because the rate among other racial groups has stabilized. The study looked at women in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, from 1988 to 2013, and included women from different Asian American backgrounds, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, […] Continue »

In California, May 10th is Declared ‘Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial Day’

In California, May 10th is Declared 'Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial Day'

This being May, it’s not a surprise to see a lot of events and activities commemorating Asian Pacific American Heritage month, including most recently, the Rally for Inclusion: 135th Anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act in San Francisco. On Monday, May 8th, Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) authored House Resolution 31, which declares May 10, 2017 as California Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial Day, in honor of the nearly 12,000 Chinese railroad workers who helped build […] Continue »

Rally for Inclusion: 135th Anniversary of Chinese Exclusion Act (San Francisco, CA)

Rally for Inclusion: 135th Anniversary of Chinese Exclusion Act (San Francisco, CA)

This past Saturday, May 6th marked the 135th anniversary of the signing of the Chinese Exclusion Act: “The Chinese Exclusion Act was a United States federal law signed by President Chester A. Arthur on May 6, 1882, prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The act followed the Angell Treaty of 1880, a set of revisions to the US–China Burlingame Treaty of 1868 that allowed the US to suspend Chinese immigration. The act was initially intended […] Continue »

Michelle Kwan and Husband Clay Pell Are Divorcing

Michelle Kwan and Husband Clay Pell Are Divorcing

Recently, a friend of mine IM’d me the news that Michelle Kwan and her husband Clay Pell are divorcing: “It is with deep regret that I share that Michelle and my marriage is coming to an end,” Pell said in a statement obtained by the Providence Journal. “This is a sad and difficult turn of events for our family. I love Michelle, and wish her the very best as her life takes her in a new […] Continue »

Day Laborers, Flood Victims, and the Other One Percent: Illustrating the Gap between Asian American Rich and Poor

Day Laborers, Flood Victims, and the Other One Percent:  Illustrating the Gap between Asian American Rich and Poor

Much has been made about Asian American success, with articles pointing to average and median Asian American income being greater than whites, Asian cultural advantages, and incorrect exaggerations about the percentage of Asian American CEOs in Silicon Valley. Much less is made of that fact that Asian Americans have a wider (and widening) gap between rich and poor than whites.    I am came across three stories that when taken together strongly reflect the gap that […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Pizza Hut’s Super Bowl 2017 with George Takei

Asian American Commercial Watch: Pizza Hut's Super Bowl 2017 with George Takei

Last year, actor & activist George Takei was in a Taco Bell Super Bowl commercial. And in case you didn’t see the greatest Super Bowl comeback in NFL history, there were also commercials. And Takei appeared again in a Super Bowl commercial this year, but this time around, for Pizza Hut. Takei uses his signature phrase, “Oh My” to great humor. I’m not sure if I saw any other Asian Americans in the other Super […] Continue »

ICYMI: 7th Annual Fred Korematsu Day (Sun 1/29/17) – Oakland, CA

ICYMI: 7th Annual Fred Korematsu Day (Sun 1/29/17) – Oakland, CA

I had the honor again of attending Fred Korematsu Day Of Civil Liberties And The Constitution celebration in Oakland, California recently. I’ve attended I think almost every celebration since its inception in 2011. For those who couldn’t attend but are still interested in learning more, please watch the above video. Program: 00:00:00 – 00:13:00 – PRE-SHOW – Emeryville Taiko 00:13:00 – 00:17:00 – WELCOME – David Ono, Emcee 00:17:00 – 00:21:00 – SPEECH CONTEST WINNER […] Continue »

“What Role Can We Play in Fighting Hate Online?” L.A. Event from the ADL Asian Jewish Initiative and NextGen Community

Robert Kang

The community is invited to a discussion on “What role can we play in fighting hate online?” sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League’s Asian Jewish Initiative and NextGen Community on Wednesday, February 15, at Google, 340 Main St. in Venice, at 7 p.m. There will be a NextGen-hosted happy hour following the program. Speakers include Brittan Heller, ADL’s first Director of Technology and Society, and Robert Kang, Cyber Security Counsel and lecturer. The ADL Asian Jewish […] Continue »

Robberies in South Sacramento Continue As Asian Americans Targeted

Robberies in South Sacramento Continue As Asian Americans Targeted

My cousin lives in South Sacramento, and when The Wife, my Dad, and I visited her this past summer, we had dinner in one of the many Asian themed restaurant and shopping areas there.  Little did we know that South Sacramento was experiencing a wave of robberies at the time.  After a drop in the number of robberies after a number of arrests, a recent string of robberies aimed at Asian Americans has revived fear […] Continue »

7th Annual Fred Korematsu Day Of Civil Liberties And The Constitution – 1/29/17

7th Annual Fred Korematsu Day Of Civil Liberties And The Constitution - 1/29/17

8Asians.com is partnering with the Fred T. Korematsu Institute to #NeverForget 75th Anniversary of #9066 – the Executive Order that led to the mass incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry.  When Japanese American Incarceration during WWII was cited as a precedent for a proposed Muslim registry, it became immediately clear that this upcoming Fred Korematsu Day program would be substantially more important. Coming this Sunday is the 7th Annual Fred Korematsu Day Of Civil Liberties And […] Continue »

Why I March

Why I March

Note: The following was written as a letter to students, and they were assigned to write a response essay to agree, disagree, or qualify the positions presented in this position paper. On Saturday, January 21st, 2017, I will be in Washington D.C., our nation’s capital, to participate in the Women’s March. Their mission is to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s […] Continue »