Author Archives: Mina

About Mina

I'm a compilation of lots of identities: japanese/hong kongnese immigrant, APIA, (fierce) womyn of color and third culture kid (TCK). And when I grow up, I want to be just like Yuri Kochiyama #BlueScholars

Khmer Deportation Video Wins Public Vote, Disappears From White House AAPI Website

I guess it’s not surprising. I didn’t think that the White House would actually invite this group to present their concerns about the issue of deportation to officials in the Obama Administration. Our government isn’t that open to discussing topics that … Continue reading

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Jeremy Lin Tweets Response To Stuyvesant High School Video

Why is Jeremy Lin so nice? First, he has lunch with the ex-ESPN editor, Anthony Federico, who wrote the headline, “Chink in the Armor: Jeremy Lin’s 9 Turnovers Cost Knicks in Streak-Snapping Loss to Hornets.” And now, our Jeremy is promising … Continue reading

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Undocumented Immigration And The APIA Community

March 10th was National Coming Out of the Shadows Day, which the Immigrant Youth Justice League describes as the day when “undocumented immigrant youth along with our allies publicly def[y] fear and criminalization without shame by declaring to be ‘undocumented, … Continue reading

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April 29, 2012 Marks 20th Anniversary Of 1992 LA Riots

This April will be the 20th anniversary of the 1992 LA Riots. Obviously, I can’t possibly summarize the event in a short blog post, let alone convey how much of an impact it had on the racial politics in LA … Continue reading

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Obama’s Nanny In Indonesia Hopes For Transgender Equality

Back in 2010, Prez Obama appointed Amanda Simpson as a senior technical adviser in the Commerce Department. She became one of the first presidentially appointed transgender persons to work in the executive branch. And more recently, Obama has pushed to … Continue reading

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NYC Public Schools, The Lunar New Year Bill And 2011 CACF/Pumphouse Project Report

If I lived in New York City’s Chinatown, I wouldn’t go to school on Lunar New Year (LNY). No way would I miss out on the firecracker festivities. According to the Principal at Public School 130, many school children there … Continue reading

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Vote For The White House “What’s Your Story” Video Challenge

Remember the “What’s your story?” video challenge launched by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders last fall? Well now, its time to vote for “a group of these exceptional AAPI leaders to share their stories at … Continue reading

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Second Court Martial Begins In US Marine Harry Lew Case

On February 7th, the military trial of Sgt. Benjamin Johns, one of the three marines that has been accused of hazing Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, began. This case has been mentioned on 8Asians before, so I won’t repeat the details, … Continue reading

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CDC Study Suggests Low Cancer Screening Rates Among Asians in US

20 years ago, Susan Matsuko Shinagawa’s surgeon told her that she didn’t need a biopsy, despite the fact that a sonogram had revealed the lump in her breast was a solid mass. Why? Because he thought that she was too … Continue reading

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