Rest in Peace, Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, actor best known for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek series, has passed away of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. It should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish ....more

In Major Victory for #NetNeutrality, FCC Votes to Classify Internet as Public Utility

In a hotly-anticipated vote, the FCC decided today to classify internet service as public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The 3-2 vote (which was split down party lines) drew the attention of progressives and net neutrality activists — including me — who urged the FCC in a series of campaigns to vote in favour of a Title II reclassification. Title II reclassification is generally agreed to be a critical step in protecting net neutrality by establishing guidelines that would prevent major cable and internet providers from (in essence) messing with internet service in order to earn money ....more

Why We Must Support the Indictment of Peter Liang

Officer Peter Liang leaves his home in Brooklyn. Photo credit: Sam Hodgson / New York Times In December of last year, I predicted that Officer Peter Liang — the rookie New York Police Department cop who fatally shot Akai Gurley in a dark stairwell in the Louis H. Pink Houses complex — might be the first (and perhaps only) police officer indicted in the killing of an unarmed Black man when this issue was captivating national headlines ....more

Virginia votes unanimously to recognize Korematsu Day!

Big news out of the Virginia state legislature today! In a unanimous vote, the Virginia Senate passed House Joint Resolution 641 to recognize January 30th as Korematsu Day. The day recognizes the historic contribution of Fred T ....more

Stereotypes and the State Department: Why aren’t we rallying behind Stephen Kim?

Stephen Kim, a former State Department contractor who was charged with espionage in 2010. (Photo Credit: Cliff Owens / AP) Most of us know the name of Edward Snowden, the computer programmer who leaked so much classified government data that journalists are still sifting through it. Snowden, who has been hailed simultaneously as an American hero and an American traitor, is currently living in exile in an undisclosed location in Moscow...more

Domestic Violence Survivor Faces Child Abduction Charges, Deportation | #StandWithNanHui

This is a terrible story of the American legal system getting it really wrong. Nan-Hui Cho is a single mother of 6-year-old daughter Hwi. Cho...more

9 Asian American Coming-of-Age Movies That Aren’t the Joy Luck Club

Last week, Colorlines published a list of 9 coming-of-age movies starring (and focusing on) people of colour. While I usually enjoy most articles that Colorlines puts out, I was frankly a little disappointed in the Asian American representation in the list: our sole entry was Wayne Wang’s adaptation of the Joy Luck Club, also the second oldest (behind Boys ‘N Tha Hood) on the list. Don’t get me twisted: I appreciate the effort to include Asian Americans on this list of POC coming-of-age films, and Joy Luck Club deserves respect as one of the first, and most mainstream, of Asian American films ....more

Magazine Calls Olivia Munn “Half-Chinese, Half-American”

Olivia Munn, featured on the February 2015 cover of CS Magazine. (H/T @ProfChanBonPin) Modern Luxury is an umbrella network that publishes regional print magazines focused on luxury and metropolitan living. It’s...more

#DayofRemembrance 2015: a visual tour

So, over the last week, some stuff happened between some important Asian American personalities. And I wrote some (long) stuff about it. That stuff is not actually the stuff I wanted to write about today ....more

A response from Lela Lee on the #AngryAsian Conflict; and a response from me

Lela Lee of Angry Little Asian Girl. Photo credit, ironically, from Angry Asian Man, who described her in 2008 as “a really cool lady”. Yesterday, I wrote about what I called the Angry Asian Conflict (if you haven’t read it yet, go at least skim the intro to figure out what’s going on and who the players are because I’m about to jump in without giving more background)....more