Why is the New York Times Rendering the Suicide Deaths of Asian American Students Invisible?

This post was written with input and inspiration from Snoopy. Yesterday, the...more

AAPI Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief Opposing Asian American Band “The Slants”

Asian American rock band, The Slants.It’s Asian vs. Asian, once again. Earlier this year, I profiled the Oregon-based Asian American rock band, “The Slants“, whose fight to trademark their name had gone all the way...more

BREAKING: Nan-Hui Jo Released From Federal Custody | #StandWithNanHui

Activists tell me that Nan-Hui Jo — the Korean survivor of domestic abuse who fled her abuser with her young daughter only to be arrested last year when she reentered the United States on a tourist visa and charged with child abduction — was released from federal detention pending possible deportation. After her first trial ended in a mistrial, Jo was convicted earlier this year and sentenced to time served, but was then immediately taken into ICE custody pending possible deportation. Korean American community activists and women’s rights workers joined forces over the last year, working tirelessly to deman Nan-Hui Jo’s release and restored access to her daughter, who is currently under full custody of her father and Jo’s abuser ....more

Federal Civil Rights Charges Filed in SWAT Raid That Maimed Baby

I wrote earlier this year about the story of Baby “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, a toddler who was disfigured and permanently injured by a stun grenade that landed in his playpen during the execution of a “no-knock” raid on the house where he and his family were staying. In the end, police had raided the wrong house, seeking a suspected drug dealer later arrested without violence at his actual place of residence. Earlier in the year, I wrote about the bizarre defense filed by police in response to a lawsuit brought on behalf of Baby Bou Bou, wherein police argue that the toddler was the one at fault for his disfigurement ....more

Affirmative Action in China and the US: Introduction | #ReappropriateReads

Just some light poolside reading… About six months ago, I was reading Frank Wu’s Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White, and I commented to Snoopy that it was interesting to read the book as an adult versus when I first picked it up as a college student. This led to a conversation about the growth of AAPI scholarship and literature, so little of which enters into mainstream discourse. Snoopy made an interesting suggestion ....more

Wesley Clark Calls for Modern Day Incarceration Camps Styled After Those Used During WWII

Retired US Army General Wesley Clark Retired US Army General Wesley Clark — who ran unsuccessfully to represent the Democratic party in the 2004 presidential primaries — said in an interview on Friday to MSNBC that he believes it is time for America to once more incarcerate its citizens in concentration camps, as the American government once did during World War II. In the interview — conducted by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts in the wake of the Chattanooga, Tennessee mass shooting by American citizen Mohammad Abdulazeez that targeted military sites and personnel, killing five — Clark talks about the disloyalty of “self-radicalized” American ISIS sympathizers (a friend of Abdulazeez’s says the perpetrator of Thursday’s shooting thought ISIS was a “stupid group”) and suggests that it’s time to revive World War II-era incarceration camps. He says: In World War II, if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put them in a camp ....more

“Advantageous”: Smart, Subtle and Sorrowful Science Fiction By Women of Colour Filmmakers

“We’re looking for someone that’s a little more… universal.” This line — uttered by James Urbaniak’s character Fisher in Jennifer Phang and Jacqueline Kim’s new science fiction film Advantageous...more

Dept. of Education Dismisses Complaint Filed Against Harvard By anti-Affirmative Action Asian American Groups

In a completely unsurprising turn of events, the Department of Education yesterday dismissed an administrative complaint filed in May against Harvard University by 60+ Asian American anti-affirmative action activists. The complaint alleged that Harvard University discriminates against Asian American applicants in their race-conscious affirmative action admissions policies but little information was provided to bolster these claims. The Department of Education announced yesterday that the complaint was rejected because it was too similar in content to a pending federal lawsuit, which had been filed late last year by conservative anti-affirmative action lobbyist Edward Blum ....more

No, Asian Americans Were Not Silent on Jerry Hough’s Comments Regarding AAPI Assimilation

Duke University professor, Jerry Hough. This story is perhaps the perfect one to pull me out of my self-mandated, unannounced, unofficial mini-hiatus from blogging, which took place last week because my dayjob temporarily required my full and undivided attention. A few months ago, Duke University professor Jerry Hough made headlines with an ill-advised...more

Bobby Jindal just announced his presidential run with a hidden camera stuck in a tree

This is how Bobby Jindal told the world he wanted to be president. No, I don’t have anything really more enlightening here. Bobby Jindal, everyone’s favourite hot mess of a presumptive presidential candidate, just announced his bid for the White House with this “I’m trying too hard to go viral; what is this social media thing, anyways?”...more