Publishes Racist and Sexist Article About Dating Chinese Women

Screen capture of “9 Reasons Why You Should Date a Chinese Girl”, published at is one of the web’s largest, and...more

Finally! A Simple Solution to Help Deal With Microaggressions: The My Oppression Card Project

The My Oppression Card Project, by Sarah Doherty and Lauren Simkin Berke This is easily one of my favourite crowd-funded projects I’ve ever had the privilege of being able to support. Have you ever been accused of playing your [race/gender/other form of oppression] card? Now, the next time someone treats you to some unrelentingly microaggressive behaviour, you can whip out your real life, actual oppression card and use it to help communicate your feelings about your most...more

Roanoke Mayor Apologizes for Comments Justifying Japanese American Incarceration

Mayor David Bowers of Roanoke, VA. (Photo credit: Ryan Stone / Washington Post) Just two days after his absurd statement — wherein he justified turning away of Syrian refugees with the reasoning that the US federal government was correct in treating Japanese American citizens and nationals with similar racial suspicion and hostility — went viral, Mayor David Bowers has reportedly apologized. Bowers’ three-paragraph press statement from earlier this week ...more

Shame on Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Ami Bera for Voting to Block Syrian Refugees

Representative Ami Bera of California The headline says it all: shame on Asian American House Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Ami Bera (D-CA) for casting votes earlier this evening to essentially block 10,000 Syrian refugees from resettling in the United States. Earlier tonight, the House passed the sweeping bill (HR.4038, or euphemistically, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act) which...more

6 Questions for “April’s Way”, A New Short Film on Korean American Shopkeepers During The LA Riots

Tom T. Choi in a scene from “April’s Way”. (Photo Credit: April’s Way) In 1992, the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers who savagely beat motorist Rodney King...more

Mayor Justifies Turning Away Syrian Refugees By Citing Japanese American Incarceration

Mayor David Bowers of Roanoke, VA. (Photo credit: Ryan Stone / Washington Post) (H/T: Snoopy) Roanoke mayor David A. Bowers, a Democrat who is...more

Playwright Takes Stand Against White-washing of His Play

Clarion University student actors Sam Atwell and Kiah Harrington-Wymer in a rehearsal photo from the school’s planned production of “Jesus in India” published to social media. (Photo Credit: Clarion University) The theatre world is embroiled in controversy right now over the attempted White-washing by Clarion University of Lloyd Suh’s cutting-edge play, “Jesus In India”. Suh’s play —...more

Yale’s President Announces Major New Commitments to Diversity Initiatives in Wake of Student Protests

Yale Law School (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In the wake of the massive student protests that have rocked the Yale campus...more

“Good Luck Soup” Showcases Japanese American and Japanese Canadian Experience

Last year, I blogged about “Good Luck Soup“, a film and transmedia project seeking crowd-sourced funding. I’m delighted to hear today from project founder...more

“Allegiance” Gives Voice and Life to Japanese American History

This year marks the 70th year of the closing of the World War II incarceration camps (JACL’s “Power of Words”) that imprisoned thousands of Japanese American civilians under inhumane conditions and threat of violence. Yet, this shameful and racist episode of American history still receives scant attention in our history classrooms. The vast majority of Americans know that our government incarcerated Japanese American families behind barbed wire fences, but know precious little else about it ....more