By Shelly Chen During my 2nd year of college, an organization called API Equality-LA came to my school to conduct a training. They were advocates of LGBT rights in Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and I remember being simultaneously intrigued and terrified; excited that such an organization existed, but afraid of anything that might expose my queer identity. Fast forward a few years. I was going through what some might call a quarter life crisis […] Continue »
From the Korea Herald: Even though South Korea does not legally recognize hay marriages, “Film director and producer Kimjo Gwang-soo, 48, and 29-year-old Kim Seung-hwan, the head of gay film distributor Rainbow Factory, got married on a temporary stage built near Cheonggye Stream with about 1,000 guests and citizens in attendance.” Happy for this couple and hopeful this is a sign of more changes coming for LGBTQ all over the world. Photo credit: Yonhap News
Julie Van Vu, better known by her YouTube vlogger handle Princess Joules, inspires me. I first stumbled upon her channel when I was searching online for eye makeup tutorials. Hers are amazing. I tried my best to replicate the above-pictured look but just couldn’t come anywhere near her level of skill. I confess I’m an avid subscriber. I love all her YouTube beauty guru showcases–the shopping hauls, the what’s-in-my-bag glimpses, everything, even the sweet and […] Continue »
I took a graduate level feminist theory class for fun, and we had an interesting discussion about the false dichotomy of gender. Basically, my professor was stating that the concepts of “man” and “woman” were more socially constructed concepts than they were a reflection of reality. New to the field, I posed the question to my professor: “There are actual physical differences between men and women. So how can we say that gender is a […] Continue »
As a middle-aged gay Asian American, I tend to be rather circumspect when I get asked about my family life. I’m not the loud, out and proud gay activist that some of the younger gay Asian crowd tends to be. Instead, I let writing, such as the blog be my outlet for discussing human rights and discrimination issues. Anyone close to me knows my family situation, that I’m a same-sex married gay man with a […] Continue »
Being gay and Asian means hiding a part of yourself from many in your life, and this is especially true in Asian countries compared with those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the United States or Canada. Times have changed, and it’s probably easier now in the United States than it’s ever been before to be both gay and Asian (the way to be a truly bad Asian). But in countries like […] Continue »
“A Woman Named Canyon Sam” is a testament to a woman who passionately committed herself to social change from a young age, chronicling her first coming out as a young Asian American lesbian in the seventies — one of the first “out” Asian American lesbians in North America — to publishing her award-winning 2009 book, Sky Train. “A Woman Named Canyon Sam” is now available to the world for free on Youtube. At a run […] Continue »
Boystown is the working title for a proposed web series about 3 gay men, with the lead character being an Asian Canadian. The three lead actors are Richard Lee, Adamo Ruggiero, and Ben Lewis and the footage is from a short film called “Gaysian,” which is a comedy about a gay Asian man dealing with different forms of racism in the gay world, and even in himself. Says Director/Writer Austin Wong: There is an epidemic […] Continue »
Congressman Mark Takano, of the 41st Congressional District of California (Riverside, California area) visited San Francisco this past Sunday, February 17th and was a guest of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee at a community event held at the Lady Shaw Senior Center in Chinatown. Lee made some opening remarks prior to Takano speaking. I had blogged about Congressman Takano recently, as he was just elected this past November and made history by being the first […] Continue »
Andy Marra, a Korean adoptee, shares the touching story about tracking down her Korean birth mother, whose love and acceptance allowed her to continue her male-to-female transition: “To this day I am astounded by my mother’s supernatural intuition despite the language and cultural barriers that still exist between us. I felt a great sense of relief when she helped me come out. My mother started to show her acceptance through simple acts. She would brush […] Continue »
Please watch this trailer of Quentin Lee’s White Frog…and for the love of God will you please just try to hold back your tears? The movie looks great. It has a top notch cast including Glee homeboy (Harry Shum Jr.), Asian chick from Twin Peaks (Joan Chen), the go-to Asian dude for everything (B.D. Wong), Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu) and the adorable wolf from those low-budget Twilight movies (Booboo Stewart). The story looks heartwarming and, […] Continue »
Yes, it’s true – Asians are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, beating out Latinos and Hispanics. You could even say – according to this local television screen grab from San Francisco’s KRON 4 – that Asians are topping Hispanics for the first time. (Meanwhile, gay Asian Americans everywhere are looking at this and saying to each other “for the first time? Honey, we’ve been topping Hispanics a long, long time ago.” […] Continue »
TheRealTruth: In the end, the real deeper issue has always been Filipino-American identity crisis. We can disguise this as a "Asian vs Pacific islander" debate, but... – Are Filipinos Asian or Pacific Islanders?
TheRealTruth: "Extra darK" hahahaha as if there are no dark Asians in Asia? Seems like you've never been to Malaysia, Indonesia,Cambodia, or even Thailand. Notice how... – Are Filipinos Asian or Pacific Islanders?
TheRealTruth: So being extra dark makes someone not Asian? Ever been to Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia? lol even the Philippines has extra light skin people. What's... – Are Filipinos Asian or Pacific Islanders?
Hamban: Wow, this thread is a blast from the past. “Hamban” is neither my first nor last name. It is a transliteration of a Taiwanese/Hokkien/Minnan word... – Immigrant Linguistic Generation Gap