Monthly Archives: May 2013

President Obama Speaks at the AAPI Heritage Month Celebration (And explains the lipstick on his collar)

President Obama delivers remarks an the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration at the White House earlier this week. What got the most attention from Obama was his remarks on the lipstick on his collar. One of the … Continue reading

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Learning Mandarin in Taiwan: My Story

By Lianne Lin I’m a second generation ABC (American Born Chinese) who grew up knowing little to no Chinese.  My father is ABC as well, born in San Francisco to immigrant parents from Guangdong, China, and my mom was born … Continue reading

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Mark Twain – Asian American Activist

With May being Asian Pacific American heritage month, there are plenty of Asian American heroes to celebrate. But the majority of Americans may have overlooked the Asian American activism of one very prominent American hero–Mark Twain. Lauded as the father … Continue reading

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Pelenise Faataui: Dancing Against San Francisco Bullets

While stories about the wealth and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been widely publicized, many AAPIs aren’t rich and struggle in dangerous surroundings.  This video tells the story of Pelenise Faataui, who teaches Samoan dancing in front … Continue reading

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Breed Out The Tibetans?: What Some Chinese Think

At a business brunch with a dozen Chinese investors, the topic of Tibet came up. It started when one of them said that the Tibetans are lazy, stupid, spend all their time on prayer, refuse to work, and only take … Continue reading

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YouTube Comedy: What Kind of Asian Are You?

When I saw the title of this YouTube video, I was wondering what it was all about? (like, Model Minority Asian? Hipster Asian?) When I saw a white guy approaching the Asian American woman, I thought this video might be … Continue reading

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Visiting Manzanar

Have you been to Manzanar? If not, go. Go soon. It is worth the trip on so many levels. I had the good fortune and opportunity to visit Manzanar National Historic Monument this past spring. First, the ride there.

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The Launch of Datepress and the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit in San Francisco

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend, then reserve your tickets to the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit at Asian Art Museum now.  Monday, Memorial Day, will be the final exhibition day before the warriors leave the museum. Although … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Lieutenant Sulu, in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’

By Leeland Lee Spoiler alert: In the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise reboot, Lieutenant Sulu dies a cruel, horrific death. How does it happen? Does he get vanquished at the hands of a murderous Klingon? Sucked into a … Continue reading

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Hate Map: Tweets Negatively Referring to “Chink”

In my lifetime, I’ve been called a “Chink” more than a “Jap.” Of course this doesn’t stop people on YouTube from calling me a “Jap.” To be fair, this was in response to my movie “Chink” and I did want … Continue reading

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I am South Indian, Hindu, Buddhist, American… But Am I Asian, Too?

Let me start my first article on a lighter note–an anecdote from my freshman year of college, more than 10 years ago. I was at the In-N-Out across the street from the dorms sitting on a bar stool along with … Continue reading

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Chef Ming Tsai & White House Executive Chef Cook Healthy for American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As you know, the month of May is American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and thus it’s no surprise that the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative and the U.S. Department … Continue reading

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