Activists Launch Petition to #StopDavidBond, Whose Videos Promote Street Harassment of Asian Women

Last month, I wrote about David Bond, a self-described dating coach who is selling a series...more

BREAKING: Peter Liang guilty of manslaughter for killing Akai Gurley

Officer Peter Liang leaves his home in Brooklyn. (Photo credit: Sam Hodgson / New York Times) After nearly three days of deliberation, jurors found former NYPD rookie police officer Peter Liang guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct in the shooting death of Akai Gurley in late November 2014. Liang, whose position with the NYPD was automatically terminated with his guilty verdict, reportedly dropped his head as the guilty verdict was read ....more

BREAKING: Judge Dismisses Official Misconduct Charge as Arguments Close in Trial Against Peter Liang

NYPD officer Peter Liang, accused of manslaughter in the killing of Akai Gurley, at the first day of his trial. (Photo credit: Twitter) Arguments came to a close today in the trial against NYPD officer Peter Liang, charged with manslaughter and two counts of official misconduct in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, who was unarmed and visiting a friend at the time he was killed. Two weeks of evidence came to a close when Liang took the stand to tearfully testify that he pulled the 11.5-pound trigger of his service weapon and a fired a shot into the darkened stairwell of a residential building when he was “startled” by an unknown, and that he failed to give CPR when confronted by a dying Gurley in the stairwell of the Louis H ....more

Why I’m Supporting Bernie Sanders

This post has been a long time in the making. I’ve spent the better part of the last eight months on the fence, watching the battle lines be drawn in the Democratic primary fight. I weighed the pros and cons of the candidates running to represent the Democratic party in November, and while I’ve found all to be generally acceptable, none have been truly electrifying – or, at least, as electrifying as was a junior senator from Illinois in 2008 ....more

Trial Against NYPD Officer Peter Liang Begins With Dramatic Opening Statements, Arguments Over Emotional State

NYPD officer Peter Liang, accused of manslaughter in the killing of Akai Gurley, at the first day of his trial. (Photo credit: Twitter) The manslaughter trial against Peter Liang — the...more

43 Years after Roe v. Wade, Reproductive Rights Still Matter to AAPIs | #Roe43

I #StandWithPP. (Photo credit: Jenn / Reappropriate) 43 years ago today, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision that would serve as an important foundation principle for the establishment of reproductive rights for women. In a 7-2 decision, the Justices ruled that the government had no right to interfere with a woman’s decision to seek (or not seek) an abortion for non-medical reasons; this choice, they declared, was protected by our constitutional right to privacy ....more

#DontAllLookTheSame: Benedict Wong vs. Chin Han Edition

Chin Han (left) and Benedict Wong (right) One of these men played the unscrupulous Hong Kong money man in...more

BREAKING: Daniel Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Consecutive Years in Prison

Daniel Holtzclaw, in a booking photo. Disgraced former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who was convicted late last year for rape and other crimes related to the sexual assault of thirteen Black women, was sentenced today by a judge to serve the full prison term recommended by the jury...more

APIAVote Seeking Summer Interns for 2016!

Photo credit: APIAVote One of my favourite non-profits — APIAVote — is seeking summer interns for 2016! APIAVote is one of the nation’s premier...more

American Pick-Up Artist Is Selling Videos to Teach Tourists How To Harass Asian Women

David Bond and an unnamed woman, in a screen capture from one of Bond’s videos. (Photo Credit: NextShark) (H/T: E.C.) In 2014, self-described “dating coach” Julien Blanc drew the attention of feminists (myself included) for a series of videos wherein Blanc engaged in street harassment of Japanese women, boasted of groping them while yelling nonsensical Japanese words like “Tamagochi” and “Pikachu”, and advised workshop attendees to use physical and verbal coercion, including choking, in order to “assert dominance”. A public outcry against Blanc ensued – coordinated in the hashtag #TakeDownJulienBlanc – noting that Blanc’s behavior is illegal in many of the countries that he visits, and these activities culminated in Blanc being formally banned from travel to Australia, the United Kingdom, and Singapore, with additional efforts focused on his travel to other countries such as Canada, Japan and Germany ....more