Category Archives: Local

ESPN/ABC Commentator Jalen Rose shares some Filipino Culture during the NBA Playoffs (Walis!)

Even though Filipino and Filipino Americans are known to really love basketball, I was still surprised when ESPN/ABC commentator Jalen Rose pulled out a Filipino broom during the Milwaukee Bucks/Miami Heat pregame show this weekend and said “Walis!”  Walis refers … Continue reading

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California Asian Americans divided on Proposition 16, which would reestablish Affirmative Action in California

On November 3, 2020, one of the ballot measures that Californians will vote on is Proposition 16, which would reestablish the use of race in public education, employment, and contracts. The use of race in these areas was prohibited in … Continue reading

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Asian American Cultural Landmarks: The San Gabriel Valley and Beyond

While conflicts have increased about American historical monuments and landmarks, especially regarding statues of slave owners or institutions named after racists, this article from Hyperallergic asks, what kind of cultural landmarks do Asian Americans establish?   In “In American’s “First Suburban … Continue reading

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Chinatown Block Watch: Fighting Xenophobia in New York’s Chinatown

In response to xenophobic attacks in New York’s Chinatown, activist Karlin Chan formed Chinatown Block Watch.  He is interviewed here in an episode of PBS’s Brief but Spectacular (included is a transcript of the interview). In a Bowery Boogie interview, … Continue reading

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CAAMFest Online: Heritage at Home – May 13-22, 2020

When I first moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and then eventually discovered the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF), now known as CAAMFest (CAAM = Center of Asian American Media), is one of my favorite annual … Continue reading

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Passing Pauses: Reflections on a Single Death in a New York City ER

When patient M.M. died during her shift, Emergency Room Nurse Laura Ng didn’t feel much at the moment.  Only after she had a day off did she have a chance to do some justice to that death. Of the accounts … Continue reading

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California Assemblymember Evan Low Introduces Universal Basic Income Bill

Since Andrew Yang dropped out of the presidential race, Assemblymember Evan Low, who was Andrew’s former campaign co-chair has been keeping busy – on February 25th, introduced a statewide universal income for Californians: “He just introduced AB 2712, proposing a … Continue reading

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H.E.R. is Interviewed and Cooks in a Filipino Restaurant

I asked some of my kids if they knew that recording artist H.E.R. (Gabi Wilson) was half Filipino, and they already knew that.  It seems the last person to know in our family was me!   In this interview at … Continue reading

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UC Berkeley Tang Center: Xenophobia a “Common” and “Normal” reaction to the Coronavirus

In an incident full of irony on multiple levels, UC Berkeley’s University Health Services Tang Center, named after donor and Hong Kong businessman Jack Tang, posted the above note on social media for Cal students, many of whom are Asian … Continue reading

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Fire Likely Destroys Museum of Chinese in America Collection

Last Thursday, a fire at 70 Mulberry Street in New York City’s Chinatown likely destroyed  85,000+ objects that comprise the collection of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). The main museum is at 215 Centre Street, but 70 Mulberry … Continue reading

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Missing Persons Case, Los Angeles area: Richard Im

UPDATE 1/10/2020: The family is still searching and has provided a link to digital assets (flyers, updates, canvassing maps, etc) here: https://bit.ly/2N5Od2v I normally do not post things like this, but I have a personal connection to this case. A … Continue reading

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Has Filipino Food “Arrived?”

Over the years I have seen a number of articles saying that Filipino food has arrived.  Seeing so many for so long brings up some questions.  What does “arrived” mean?  For whom? Does that mean it has become as common … Continue reading

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