All Californians Deserve To Be Counted: Why Data Disaggregation Matters for AAPIs | #AllCACounts

Protesters rally behind #AllCACounts (Photo Credit: SEARAC) The AAPI community is a big tent that encompasses people whose backgrounds span over forty different Asian and Pacific Islander ethnic identities. Our pan-ethnic AAPI identity has facilitated a robust interethnic solidarity central to most of our history’s shared political victories. Yet, while we recognize the many benefits of this convenient and coalitional AAPI identity, we must also refuse to allow anyone with whom we share this tent to be erased or silenced ....more

‘Quantico’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 19, “Fast”

QUANTICO – “Fast” (Photo Credit: ABC / Phillipe Bosse) By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi) Lakshmi’s recaps for “Quantico” episodes 1-7 can be found here...more

Donald Trump Fakes Indian Accent While Maine’s GOP Governor Calls Indians “The Worst Ones”

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. (Photo credit: Reuters) Did the RNC send out a memo instructing Republicans to be racially offensive towards...more

New York City’s Chinese American Democrats Backed Clinton Despite Voting Barriers

A voter enters a Chinatown polling place in 2006. (Photo credit: Getty) Hillary Clinton advanced one step closer to the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday when she faced off against challenger Bernie Sanders in New York State’s primary race — a major prize in the contest for delegate numbers — and emerged victorious. This race was of particular interest to the AAPI community given that New York City boasts the largest single concentration of Asian Americans of any US city: NYC is home to roughly 1 million adult Asian American citizens who represent ~12% of the city’s residents ....more

No, Pro-Liang Protests Were Not the Largest or Most Impactful Asian American Protest Movements Ever

A selection of books from my bookshelf that document a written history of AAPI protest and active resistance. I hate to be that person but I think it’s time we set the record straight, especially since...more

BREAKING: Peter Liang Will Not Serve a Day in Jail for Killing Akai Gurley

Peter Liang Despite being convicted earlier this year of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Akai Gurley — an unarmed Black man — former NYPD police officer Peter Liang was sentenced today to only 5 years of probation and 800 hours of community service. Consistent with Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson’s unexpectedly lenient recommendations, Liang received no jail time from Judge Danny Chun for taking Gurley’s life in 2014. Liang’s sentencing had been delayed a week after Liang’s attorney attempted to vacate Liang’s manslaughter conviction on grounds of juror misconduct; that motion failed late last week ....more

#AStrangeWhitewashing Continues with New Images from Upcoming Ghost in the Shell & Dr. Strange

Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi in the upcoming “Ghost in the Shell” film adaptation. I know I’m about a week late on this news, but I’ve got something really important to say: ScarJo, you look absolutely ridiculous in yellowface. When the news first broke that Scarlett Johansson’s had been inexplicably cast...more

“Appendix”: Powerful Art Exhibit Will Showcase Narratives of Asian American Women and Queer Artists

Mariela Montero – Working Title – A Self Love Story (Mananangal) (Photo Credit: AAWAA / Mariela Montero) “Within the human body and the body of a book, the appendix is considered extraneous. This is not unlike the personal and historical trauma buried in cultural memories. In lucid moments of stress or pain, this organ and its unread cultural histories push their way into significance, carrying weight on an overlooked past, present and future.” This is the powerful description given by Diana Li and Erina C Alejo — fellows of the Asian American Women Artists Association — for “Appendix”, an exhibit they...more

‘Quantico’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 18, “Soon”

QUANTICO – “Care” (Photo Credit: ABC / Betrand Calmeau) Lakshmi’s recaps for “Quantico” episodes 1-7 can be found here...more

In Defense of Hashtag Activism

Let’s begin with this: I am not a hashtag activist. Although my work appears predominantly online, I am not an instinctive Tweeter. Few of my (admittedly, over-written and under-edited) sentences meet Twitter’s 140-character limit ....more