Category Archives: Current Events

NYC Theater Review: Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord

“Please, no plays about the pandemic.” I remember as early on as April of 2020 theatre-twitter was begging playwrights and creators to take heed – we did not and do not want to see art about the pandemic; especially while … Continue reading

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Taiwanese American Michelle Wu Elected Mayor of Boston – Makes History!

Taiwanese American Michelle Wu makes history as she is elected mayor of Boston – the first elected female mayor of Boston ever (current Mayor Kim Janey was appointed after Boston mayor Marty Walsh became Secretary of Labor in the Biden … Continue reading

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Taiwan

In John Oliver’s latest episode this past Sunday, John Oliver gives a good yet entertaining overview on Taiwan – from its history to its relationship with China and the rest of the world, including the United States. It’s an important … Continue reading

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USC to Apologize (Finally) for WWII Actions That Derailed the Education of Japanese American Students

Image courtesy of USC. During World War II, over 127,000 Japanese Americans were interned and their lives turned upside down.  This number includes some University of Southern California (USC) students, who were treated shockingly poorly by USC, especially in contrast … Continue reading

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8Asians Exclusive: Interview with Andrew Yang, ‘Forward’ book & Tour, Launches The Forward ‘Party’

I first met former presidential candidate Andrew Yang in July 2018 and interviewed him in August 2018 (which was published in September 2018). I recently had a chance to interview him again a few weeks ago (though I have seen … Continue reading

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San Jose Approves Resolution & Apologizes for 1887 Chinatown Destruction and Decades of Discrimination

Although I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1999, I did not know much about the history of Chinese Americans in the area beyond the Chinese Exclusion Act. I was surprised to hear that back in May, that … Continue reading

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Jeopardy shows that Asian Americans have a Ways to go to be Widely Recognized

When I saw this category on Jeopardy last Friday, September 24, 2021, I was excited that Asian Americans would be the focus of a category on a popular nationally televised US TV show.  Given the perpertual foreigner stereotype and the … Continue reading

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Former Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Touts Basic Income at Mountain View Rally

Former presidential candidate happened to be in Mountain View on Saturday (September 25, 2021) for a Universal Basic Income rally  while UBI supporters across the country in different cities were also holding rallies and marches. At the rally, many speakers,  … Continue reading

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US Attorney General urged to move faster on Federal Anti-Asian Hate Law

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) sent this letter (a portion shown above) to US Attorney General Merrick Garland asking for faster action on implementing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act.  They specifically ask for speeding up implementation … Continue reading

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Sunisa Lee’s Journey to win the Gymnastics All-Around Gold Medal at the Tokyo Olympics

In case you missed it, Sunisa Lee, a Hmong American from Minnesota, won the Gymnastics All Round medal at the Tokyo Olympics.  After Simone Biles withdrew, the pressure was intense on the 18 year old to continue the United States … Continue reading

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Asian American Olympians Talk about their Anti-Asian hate Experiences

It’s been great to see Asian American athletes representing the US in the Tokyo Olympics.  I saw Nikhil Kumar playing table tennis and found out he is an 18 year from my city of San Jose.  Seeing athletes like Nikhil … Continue reading

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Volunteers, Data, and Trauma: Behind the scenes of Stop AAPI Hate

The organization recording hate anti-Asian crimes, Stop AAPI Hate, has had a large profile during the surge in hate toward Asian Americans during the pandemic.  Because of this high profile, two articles that talk about the people working behind the … Continue reading

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