Arsalan Iftikhar, senior editor at The Islamic Monthly, posted a picture of this defaced Gap advertisement on his twitter account. This ad featured Sikh-American designer Waris Ahluwalia and model/filmmaker Quentin Jones. What, if anything, would the Gap do?
MASSACRED FOR GOLD Trailer from Morris Hill Pictures on Vimeo. In 1887, a group of Chinese miners were killed not only for their gold but out of pure hate–not only were they shot and robbed of their gold, but they were hacked to pieces and thrown in the river. The local community in Hells Canyon, Oregan has placed a memorial in remembrance of the massacre. A new documentary is out now based on the book [...] Continue »
Brooklyn, center of all things hipster and edgy, is home to a bar. That bar is hosting a party. That party is called “Madam Wu’s Good Luck Banquet of the Senses.” It is not edgy. It it also what one might call, rife with problems. Ignoring for now the fact that the title is written in a font that I hate and that “Confucius say” jokes are still not funny, the event poster suggests dress for [...] Continue »
“I could not believe I was coming home to the same reception I received twenty-three years before, following World War II. This time I was not the enemy, but I was there saving lives, perhaps their loved ones.” Carolyn Hisako Tanaka was forced into an internment camp when she was six. When she returned from serving in the Vietnam War as a nurse, her homecoming was incredibly similar. Carolyn’s story and that of other Asian [...] Continue »
Recently, actor and activist George Takei spoke to The National Press Club about his life story, from his personal experience as a child growing up in a Japanese internment camp to his life as a gay man and coming out. He spoke for over 40 minutes without notes with humor sprinkled in between, and at the end, answered a few audience questions (including what a gay Vulcan would be like). If you’re a fan of [...] Continue »
By Lianne Lin I lived in Taiwan (Taipei and Taichung) for three years, and though I had an amazing time, I experienced a more harmful type of racism there than I ever have in my home country. Born and raised in America, I would occasionally get teased or put down for being Asian, which was definitely damaging to the ego. However, that could not compare to the devastation of being turned down for job after [...] Continue »
The umbrella term AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) is a broad one that catches many under the model minority stereotype that comes with it, even while some, like many Pacific Islanders, are struggling for success. Pacific Islanders (PI), those people from Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, and Guam, according to this article, are half as likely to hold bachelors’ degrees, and five times less likely than Asians to hold advanced degrees. Says Joey Quenga, a Chamorro from [...] Continue »
“Are you taking AP [Advanced Placement] courses?” “Oh no, I’m white.” – Conversation overhead by a teacher in Cupertino. Stanford sociologist Tomás Jiménez has been studying immigrants and the communities they live in, and he recently published what he found in Cupertino – the home of Apple Computer, good schools, and Asian American students that scare white families out of that city. Rather than doing studies of immigrant assimilation, he decided to study the opposite [...] Continue »
Can it be that the whole season of America’s Got Talent has wrapped since we first saw Kenichi Ebina’s head-dropping audition video? The season has indeed ended and Kenichi defied the odds to come out on top, but it seems like you can’t be of Asian-descent and win a talent show (or win the Miss America pageant, for that matter) without the racists coming out to tweet.
Inspired by Natalie Portman’s SNL rap video, Susane Lee says: My latest project DREAM BIG is a comedic rap music video that highlights my journey as an Asian-American actress in Hollywood. It pokes fun of the common stereotypes and draws a lot from my own personal experiences. It is my greatest desire to see leading roles in TV and Film more diversified and thus a closer representation of how our world really is!
The story on this site should have been that four Asian American/Pacific Islander contestants graced the stage in Atlantic City and that three of them placed in the Top 5: Nina Davuluri of New York was crowned Miss America, Crystal Lee of California was first runner up, and Rebecca Yeh of Minnesota landed in the Top 5. Or the story could have simply been that Nina Davuluri is the first Miss America of Indian American [...] Continue »
I personally applaud Julie Chen for her courage to speak out about her eye plastic surgery. The co-host of The Talk revealed her secret about her difficult decision of getting a plastic surgery on her eyes just to pursue her dream as a network news anchor. Chen was told by her boss back in the 90s that she would never become a desk anchor because of her ethnicity, and her eyes were considered looking disinterested [...] Continue »
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