Author Archives: Lily Huang

About Lily Huang

Lily Huang is a writer of Taiwanese descent, who lives on the East coast. She grew up in suburbia completely oblivious to Asian culture, and is making up for it now.

Guo-Qiang and Murakami in New York

If you are in the New York area, there are two modern art shows not to be missed. Cai Guo-Qiang’s retrospective I Want to Believe is at the Guggenheim through May 28, and Takashi Murakami’s © Murakami is at the … Continue reading

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Word of the Day: Satyagraha

“Satyagraha” is a Sanskrit word meaning “truth force.” Mahatma Gandhi coined the word to describe his philosophy of nonviolent resistance. Although he also used terms such as passive resistance and nonviolence, he created the word “satyagraha” to more accurately embody … Continue reading

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Step Up 2 the Streets

You should only see dance movies for the dancing. But I think it’s also worthwhile to pay attention to who’s being cast where, as far as Asian, black, white, Latino go. Who gets which role, who is good, who is … Continue reading

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Secret Asian 007: the guy who loves her

Secret Asian 007 is an autobiographical video by filmmaker Christine Choe about her secret three-year relationship with a black man. It’s apparently not a secret to the internet, of course. Just her Korean parents. (If you can tell the internet … Continue reading

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Quiz! Who’s on Social Networks?

This research article, Whose Space? Differences Among Users and Non-Users of Social Network Sites, reports on a research study by Eszter Hargittai in Communication Studies and Sociology at Northwestern University. It finds connections between use of social network sites and … Continue reading

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Chanel Iman, New Kid on the Catwalk

Don’t ask me what I was doing* looking at Teen Vogue, but I noticed the cover girl of the current issue, Chanel Iman. Her mother is Korean American and African American, and her father is African American. She hit the … Continue reading

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Chinese and Americans See Things Differently

I refer to this article all the time, so even though it’s a few years old, I thought I’d post it. It says that East Asian culture puts more emphasis on context- and therefore a person of this culture is … Continue reading

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Kartika Review supports Asian American literature

Kartika Review is a new literary journal for Asian American creative writing. They publish fiction, poetry, essay, art, and author interviews. Of interest in the first issue: An interview with Gene Luen Yang delivers the inside scoop on the author … Continue reading

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Holiday Wonders

As someone who does support things because they are Asian, I almost bought my parents tickets to Holiday Wonders. The show, which plays in New York and also goes on tour, is a pastiche of dance and song and reminds … Continue reading

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Quang Bao leaves the Asian American Writers’ Workshop

Quang Bao, executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, is leaving the organization. The Workshop is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans. Members of the workshop … Continue reading

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Azn Television Creates Space for Community on their Website

AZN Television, the network for Asian Americans, launched a new community forum on their website called Outspoken. Clicking the links on the front page gets you to the AZN TV blog where two poets and two intern journalists post weekly. … Continue reading

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Asians and Alcohol: Why the Yellow get Red

Asians are known for getting red when they drink. Known as Asian blush, Asian glow, or hahaha you’re all flushed, there is no scientific name for this condition. However it does have a scientific basis. There are two major enzymes … Continue reading

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