Author Archives: Bo

About Bo

A 30something, 1.5 generation Korean-American/New Yorker who spends her day as an HR exec. specializing in corporate diversity & inclusion. I get to think about ways to make "The Man" less male, white, and straight. It's the best job in the world! When I'm not trying to change corporate America, I teach yoga and dabble in holistic health counseling. I have an MBA from New York University Stern School of Business and my undergraduate from the University of Michigan. Lesser known facts about me: I enjoy b&w film photography, training for endurance races, and making homemade jam. Other mindless observations can be found at

Caitlyn Jenner and the Power of Privilege

Observe the coming out of Caitlyn Jenner and you get a good study of the power of privilege. I don’t want to minimize the courage and bravery Jenner exhibits to tell her story and to live her life the way … Continue reading

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In defense of “Real” Americans

The McPalin camp has been doing a pretty good job of driving a big race/class wedge in America over the past several weeks. Palin, in particular, has been doing all she can to fan the flames of intolerance as she … Continue reading

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The 2008 Olympics: One World, Countless Nightmares

Okay, so what’s the real count during these 08 Olympics? I’m not talking about the medal race between China & the US, or how many golds Michael Phelps has rack up. I’m talking about the count of human rights violations. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the shifting boundaries of race and identity

“What are you?” I’m sure every Asian-American has been asked that question at least once in their lifetime.  A question asked innocently by a (presumably) well-intentioned colleague, acquaintance, or even stranger.  In the mind of the asker, the question seems … Continue reading

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Breaking News: We’re not homogenous!

Well, maybe it’s not breaking news for regular readers of this and other Asian-American centric sites, but the AA community is finally getting some real research to back up our assertion that we’re an extrodinarily diverse and complicated community.  The just released … Continue reading

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In Memorium: Mildred Loving

Mildred Loving, an unintentional heroine of the civil rights movement, passed away earlier this month at the age of 68. Mildred, a Black/Native American native of Virginia, along with her white husband Richard, were arrested in July 1958, 5 weeks … Continue reading

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Racist Propoganda Cartoons: What to do with our racist past?

Eleven Warner Bros. cartoons that have been under lock and key for the past four decades due to their highly racist and stereotypical content recently surfaced on YouTube and now everyone is in a tizzy over what to do with … Continue reading

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Son Bias & Misogyny

An Open Letter to Asian Cultures & Asian/Asian-American parents: Re:  Misogyny & Son-Bias Why do you hate females?  Why do you feel the need to selectively abort us when you discover you’re carrying a member of the XX?  Why do … Continue reading

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Obama’s Race in America Speech: What does it mean for Asian-Americans?

Not quite the watershed moment a la JFK’s speech on religion, Barack Obama’s speech on the state of race and racism in America had its moments. Was it just me or did any one else feel like he seriously under-emphasized … Continue reading

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British-Asian brides faking virginity; Are we really living in the 21st Century?

In this disturbing article from BBC News, British-Asian women (re: Indian-British) are desperately seeking methods to fake their virginity to conceal their sexual activity to their families and future husbands. Some simply lie while others use fake blood or even … Continue reading

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  No one can argue that India is the outsourcing capital of the world.  Unfortunately, the newest “service” to be outsourced raises some pretty prickly moral and ethical issues.  The first time I heard about Indian women renting out their wombs as surrogate mothers to wealthy … Continue reading

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Japanese Design Robot Suit for Farmers

File this one under AWESOME. Researchers at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology unveiled a robot suit designed to assist farmers reduce the effort of their backbreaking work. Researchers hope to have the technology in use in 2 years … Continue reading

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