Mindful Mama Gift Guide + $100 Amazon Giveaway

Everyone knows moms spend a great deal of their time and energy making sure everyone else’s needs are met. So this Christmas, give your...more

5 Ways 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Got Me Thinking About Cross-Cultural Thanksgivings

Recently, I watched the new CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which features Rebecca, a Jewish American woman visiting her ex-boyfriend Josh’s extended Filipino American family for Thanksgiving. While it’s completely over-the-top (the hip-hop video segment!), it was hilarious....more
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Racially Ambiguous, My Face is a Face of Asian America

Author Candice Kita as a child “Blending in” has never been my strong suit. As a generally shy and rather bookish individual, I have always wished that I could more naturally fit seamlessly into my surroundings. However, my inability to blend into established categories–particularly in regards to race–unexpectedly led me to become the Asian American community activist that I am today ....more

Mizzou, Yale, Freedom of Speech and Checking My Own Privilege

As a journalist, I’ve always been a staunch supporter of the First Amendment, but the tensions at college campuses this week have me thinking about freedom of speech and my own blind spots. At the University of Missouri, there was the tension between black students protesting the administration’s blind eye to their repeated reports of racial harassment and threats....more
Your article made me really think about these problems. Originally, I was just going to leave a ...more

Let's Honor Women Veterans By Giving Them Equal Care

As we pay tribute we pay tribute to the people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces this Veterans' Day, did you know that 2 million American veterans are women? I recently had the opportunity to speak over the phone with Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), to find out more about the state of women in the military — and after they exit their service....more
In reading your post one might think there are no available services for women Veterans.  That ...more

Margaret Cho Guest Stars on Dr. Ken

Margaret Cho and Ken Jeung, Dr. Ken, Image Credit: ABC Brilliant. I’m talking both about Margaret Cho and whoever decided to cast her as Ken Jeong’s sister on ABC’s Dr ....more

The Hillary Paradox: Q&A With Editor Joanne Bamberger

Does the mere mention of the name Hillary Clinton turn you into a gushing fan girl? Or does it make you grind your teeth? When it comes to the only female Democratic presidential candidate, there's no shortage of opinions. Joanne Bamberger, whom many in the BlogHer community may know as PunditMom, has been closely following the former Secretary of State and First Lady since her 2008 bid for the White House and has edited an anthology of 28 essays by women who span the political spectrum....more
She's been in politics a long time and so we can see her warts. Well, I'll take them. She will ...more

Should Schools Ban Ethnic Halloween Costumes?

Every Halloween, there are blog posts and memes begging people not to turn someone else’s culture into a costume. You know… the Indian squaw, the geisha, the terrorist, the pimp or “ho”… really, pretty much anything that portrays an entire group of people in a worn-out stereotype....more
The point is that the costumes provided by the costume shops are not accurate representations of ...more

Our New Dining Room: A Place to Give Thanks

It’s hard to believe that this time last year, our house was torn down to the studs, and we were camped out in the spare bedrooms at my mom’s house. In between driving back and forth to school and work, I was spending every free minute researching appliances, studying kitchen pictures on Pinterest, and meeting with my contractor and designer. With Thanksgiving coming up, I’m...more

Prevent Bullying of AAPI Kids With The White House #ActtoChange

Image Credit: White House AAPI Initiative The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is launching the Act to Change campaign to prevent bullying. Because race-based bullying is so common among AAPI youth and since many kids in our community face cultural, religious or linguistic barriers from seeking and getting help, this is a big deal. I’ve written before about my own kids’ experience being teased at school, and that post continues to be one that is visited frequently and generates comments and emails, two years after it was originally published ....more