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TurboVax creator Huge Ma honored by New York officials and Andrew Yang

TurboVax is a web site and twitter feed that helps New Yorkers simply and easily find and register for COVID-19 vaccinations.  New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang and Congressman Ritchie Torres honored TurboVax’s creator, Huge Ma, for his work … Continue reading

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Grieving Asian Widow Receives “Go back to your country” Letter

After burying her husband Byong, Yong Choi received the letter that we have included in this post.  Byong and Yong Choi created successful businesses, raised four daughters, and then moved to the retirement community of Leisure World in Seal Beach, … Continue reading

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NBA G League Dealing Internally with Player who called Jeremy Lin “Coronavirus”

The NBA has identified the player who Jeremy Lin said called him “coronavirus” during G-League play.  Lin, who went back to the NBA’s development league in order work  his way back into the NBA after playing for the Beijing Ducks, … Continue reading

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Home Remodeler’s Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed

Satish Ramachandran’s discrimination lawsuit against the city of Los Altos and other individuals has been mostly dismissed. Judge Beth Labson Freeman threw out most of the allegations in suit saying that most of them in the lawsuit had already been … Continue reading

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How a Remodeling project led to a Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit against a Silicon Valley City

You might think that getting buying a home in an upscale Silicon Valley city like Los Altos, where the median home price is over $2 Million, means that you have “made it” as an American.  Satish Ramachandran feels differently.  His … Continue reading

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25-year-old Alex Lee is California’s youngest, 1st Openly Bisexual State Legislator

 While going through the local election results last week, I was surprised to learn of Alex Lee: “History was made Tuesday in Santa Clara County where South Bay voters elected the youngest state legislator in eight decades. Democrat Alex … Continue reading

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Young Kim and Michelle Steel Join Marilyn Strickland as First Korean American Women Elected to US Congress

Young Kim and Michelle Steel will join Marilyn Strickland as the first Korean American women elected to the US Congress.  In that earlier post, we mentioned that Young Kim was in a tight race that had not yet been called.  … Continue reading

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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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