Visible and Invisible Hapa Exhibit at Japanese American Museum San Jose

Bay Area people… there’s an exhibit about the history of hapa...more

LA EVENT: Talking to Kids About Race and Diversity

Are you the parent of mixed-race kids in Southern California? Multiracial Americans of Southern California will be holding an event you won’t want to miss on Saturday, May 21. It’s a discussion about how to talk to kids about race and diversity, featuring a panel of diverse writers and speakers — including myself ....more

Celebrate Graduations and Save For College with 529 Day

This year, our family is going to celebrate graduations from kindergarten to high school. Thanks to our partners at ScholarShare for sponsoring this conversation! Image Credit: Richard Wood via Flickr It’s time for graduations… and this year we have many of them in our family ....more

Asian American Fiction for Adults

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a perfect occasion to read books about the experiences of Asians in America. From the official website, APA Heritage Month is intended for “paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.” When we consider Asian American literature, it’s really important to highlight stories that are not just written by Asian authors or set in a foreign country, but to read about the experiences of Asians throughout the history of the United States. I think people are often attracted to books that are not set in the present-day because those stories are more romantic or escapist, and in some way that reinforces the notion that we are “exotic” or not fully belonging to this nation ....more

Review and Giveaway: Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook

For many of us, mom’s home cooking means Chinese food. And just in time for Mother’s Day, our friends at Tuttle Publishing are offering a giveaway of \Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook. Image Credit: Tuttle Publishing The subtitle of Katie Chin’s Everyday Chinese Cookbook (Tuttle 2016)...more

Margaret Cho: Asians Are Tired of Being #whitewashedOUT

For the past few weeks, the Asian American blogosphere has been talking about the whitewashing of characters such as the Tibetan Ancient One being played by Tilda Swinton or the Japanese Major Motoko Kusanagi, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson. Now, one of the fiercest Asian women in Hollywood — Margaret Cho — is speaking out on Twitter with the hashtag #whitewashedOUT. ...more
Its great to seem Asians having a voice. Seems for decades they have been silent and on the ...more

PRI: Asian American Mental Health and Palo Alto Suicides

Stanford psychiatrists stage skits to teach Asian parents I have an article published at’s Global Nation this week that is the culmination of some research into the work of Asian Americans in the mental health field after the tragic teen suicide clusters in Palo Alto. Like many Silicon Valley communities, Palo Alto has a sizable (40% and growing) population of Asian Americans and that racial breakdown is reflected amongst the youths who have committed suicide over the past few years. Recently I went to observe a workshop where psychiatrists from Stanford University staged vignettes to teach parents how to keep the lines of communication open with their teens so they can be aware of any mental health needs ....more

I’m Going to #StartSmall as a ScholarShare Ambassador

This post is brought to you by our sponsors at ScholarShare, but all opinions express below are my own. Image Credit: Alex Schreyer via Flickr You know education is important to our family. And while we’ll let our kids ultimately choose what college to go to, there’s one thing all universities have in common: they all cost money ....more

Are You Saving For College? #StartSmall With ScholarShare

This post is made possible in partnership with ScholarShare, but all opinions expressed are my own. Image Credit: Alex Schreyer You know education is important to our family. And while we’ll let our kids ultimately choose what college to go to, there’s one thing all universities have in common: they all cost money ....more

Be Free, Amber

I’ve been trying to write this post for over a week now and just didn’t know where to start. There’s more to say than I can possibly fit in one post. Recently, Amber has gotten more air time than just about anyone else in our family....more