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My Father’s Lost Concentration Camp (Pt. 2 of 2)

My Father’s Lost Concentration Camp (Pt. 2 of 2)

In April of this year, I was asked by Southern California Public Radio to do a presentation about my family as part of their new series called, Unheard LA. The following is the video from my talk, followed by my original speech (broken into two parts). Please note, the text is from the original draft of the speech, so at points is considerably different than the actual talk I gave. #UnheardLA – My Father's Lost […] Continue »

My Father’s Lost Concentration Camp (Pt. 1 of 2)

My Father’s Lost Concentration Camp (Pt. 1 of 2)

In April of this year, I was asked by Southern California Public Radio to do a presentation about my family as part of their new series called, Unheard LA. The following is the video from my talk, followed by my original speech (broken into two parts). Please note, the text is from the original draft of the speech, so at points is considerably different than the actual talk I gave. #UnheardLA – My Father's Lost […] 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 »

Amanda Nguyen and the Federal Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights

Amanda Nguyen and the Federal Sexual Assault Survivor's Bill of Rights

Given the fact that 62,759,366 Americans just voted for a misogynist to take the highest office in our land, the work of courageous individuals such as Amanda Nguyen are more important today than ever before. Nguyen was assaulted in college and her rape kit was removed and almost destroyed. There’s a limit to how long a rape kit can be kept in Massachusetts, where she went to college, unlike in states like California and Texas, […] Continue »

Teen’s death inspires a new law and an Asian American Studies Endowment

Teen's death inspires a new law and an Asian American Studies Endowment

Conflict with a child can be painful to deal with for any parent – for an Asian American parent, when the conflict stems around one’s ethnic Asian background, it can be extra painful.  If that child’s life is cut short by a drunk driver before that conflict is resolved, the pain must be unimaginable.  Paul Li was put into that situation.  But instead of retreating from the world, he did two things to try to […] Continue »

Former Top Clinton Fundraiser Norman Hsu Says ‘I Was Greedy’

Former Top Clinton Fundraiser Norman Hsu Says ‘I Was Greedy’

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 »

Defining American Citizenship: The Story of Wong Kim Ark

Defining American Citizenship: The Story of Wong Kim Ark

As a child growing up in America, I thought of myself as not-American. In America, I was Taiwanese, I was Chinese, I was Asian. Though I pledged my allegiance to the American flag alongside my classmates of various ethnic and heritage backgrounds, the concept that I had to be White to be American had seeped into my conciousness from popular media, from society, from Americans. Ironically, I was most American when I was not in […] Continue »

Asians Behaving Badly: Serial Podcast – The Murder of Hae Min Lee

Asians Behaving Badly: Serial Podcast - The Murder of Hae Min Lee

Recently a friend of mine recommended Serial Podcast to me. The first season of Serial aired last fall 2014 and ended up one of the most popular podcasts in America. The series investigates a murder of a young teenage girl back in 1999 Baltimore, Maryland, and her ex-boyfriend was charged and found guilty of her murder, sentenced to life. I knew the premise of the story when I started listening to it, but it wasn’t […] Continue »

Residents Sue City of Fullerton for Shutting Asian Americans Out of Electoral Process

Residents Sue City of Fullerton for Shutting Asian Americans Out of Electoral Process

The ACLU Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA), the Law Office of Robert Rubin, and Sidley Austin, LLP sued the City of Fullerton today for violating the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Jonathan Paik, a representative of Fullerton’s sizeable Asian American population, alleging that the city’s current at-large system for electing city council members denies large segments […] Continue »

Vince Chhabria to be First Indian American Federal Judge in California

Vince Chhabria to be First Indian American Federal Judge in California

According to an article on March 6, 2014 in The Times of India: WASHINGTON: Indian-American attorney Vince Chhabria, who has represented San Francisco in defence of its health insurance law, adoption rights of same-sex couples and other major cases, has won Senate confirmation for a federal judgeship. Chhabria, 44, who presently serves as the deputy attorney of San Francisco City, will become California’s first federal judge of South Asian descent and one of only a […] Continue »