Dear John, | #FeministJohnCho

From the hashtag, #FeministJohnCho (Photo Credit: 18MillionRising / Twitter) Dear John, You don’t know me, but I’ve been with you since the very beginning. I was organizing on-campus screenings when Justin Lin...more

BREAKING: Purvi Patel’s Feticide Conviction Overturned in US Appeals Court

A court sketch of Purvi Patel, who was sentenced last year after a court found her guilty of feticide and child neglect in the death of her fetus. Purvi Patel’s feticide and child neglect convictions...more

Why This Election Matters

By Guest Contributor: Timmy Lu (@timmyhlu) I’ve been voting and tracking national electoral politics since I was nine, when I voted twice for Bill Clinton in 1992. Like a lot of immigrant and refugee kids, my parents relied on me to interpret American society for them, and politics — including filling out mail-in ballots — was one part of that responsibility. I was raised under the requirement that I know — and be able to talk about — American politics ....more

Would Donald Trump still be a Freddie Mercury fan if he knew Freddie’s life story?

Freddie Mercury By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi) Before journalist Jarrett Hill broke the story of Melania Trump’s alleged plagiarism of Michelle Obama’s famous 2008 convention speech, it looked like one of the biggest social media moments of the night was the shock and dismay of music fans everywhere as Donald Trump entered the convention stage to the sounds of Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions.’ Reaction to Trump’s music choice was swift. Freddie Mercury is spinning like a rotisserie chicken right now. — Farai Chideya (@farai) July 19, 2016 If you could harness the power of people spinning in their graves, Freddie Mercury could power America tonight ....more

BREAKING: US Representative Mark Takai Dies of Pancreatic Cancer at 49

US Representative Mark Takai US Representative Mark Takai, a first-term Democratic Congressman from Hawaii, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 49. Takai had spent ten years as a State House Representative in Hawaii before successfully...more

Why a Vice President Mike Pence is Bad News for AAPIs

Indiana governor and Trump running-mate, Mike Pence. (Photo credit: ABC) Hours ago, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump confirmed weeks of political gossip with his announcement that he had chosen Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his general election running-mate. I’ve already written at length about why Donald Trump’s fear-mongering and race-baiting has exacerbated this country’s hostility towards people of colour, and how his rhetoric will...more

The Mattering of Black Lives for Non-Black People of Color

#API4BlackLives-MN demonstrators in Minnesota. (Photo Credit: MSR-News) By Guest Contributor: Cynthia Wu I first became aware of Minnesota’s outlier status when I lived there between 2002 and 2006. The Twin Cities are vibrant havens for Native American life ....more

Meeting People Where They Are: The Seed Crystal of the Letters for Black Lives Project

Last week, America once again recoiled under the weight of this country’s ongoing criminalization of the Black body when two Black men were shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana...more

I’m Not Here for the Asian Americans Who Won’t Get Behind #BlackLivesMatter

Philando Castile, in an undated photo from social media. Two days ago, police shot and killed another Black man — the latest victim in an epidemic of state-sanctioned gun violence against Black bodies that has already claimed 136 Black lives in 2016. Philando Castile, 32, was driving in a car with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year-old daughter when their car was pulled over by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota for a broken tail light ....more

Abigail Fisher Isn’t an Asian American

Abigail Fisher (Photo Credit: Associated Press) By Guest Contributor: David Shih (@professorshih) Originally posted on David Shih Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito begins his dissenting opinion to Fisher v. University of Texas by pronouncing that “Something strange has happened since our prior decision on this case.” He wonders how the University of Texas (UT) could emerge victorious from its contest with Abigail Fisher over the constitutionality of its race-conscious admissions policy without addressing “the important issues in the case” raised by the Court three years ago (Fisher II 28). Then and now, UT did not meet Justice Alito’s strict scrutiny when explaining why affirmative action is a compelling interest for the government–the only reason allowed under the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause for the state to make decisions based on the race and ethnicity of an individual ....more