Anti-Affirmative Action Group Files Another Complaint — This Time Against Cornell and Columbia

Cornell University’s beautiful campus. Yesterday, guest writer Felix Huang (@Brkn_Yllw_Lns) wrote an incredible essay for this blog suggesting that in talking to Chinese American opponents of affirmative action, we must reframe the conversation away from self-interest and towards collective morality. This seems a timely observation since something else also happened yesterday: the Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) — which describes itself as “the proven leader in fighting for Asian-American children’s equal education rights” — announced that it has filed...more

New Poll Shows that Trump has Alienated Two-Thirds of Asian American Voters

GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump. A rarity among national polls, a new political poll jointly conducted by NBC News and SurveyMonkey has included much-anticipated...more

Tired of Ryan Lochte? Let’s Celebrate Olympian Amini Fonua Instead!

Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi) If you’re like most people, you are probably fed up by increasingly ridiculous and infuriating Ryan Lochte story. To that end, let’s take a moment to spotlight an Olympic swimmer who is far more deserving of our attention instead. Most American Twitter users were first introduced Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua in the aftermath of that absolutely horrifying Daily Beast piece in which a reporter doxxed several closeted Olympians ....more

California’s Proposed Bill to Disaggregate AAPI Data Significantly Weakened in New Amendments

Attendees at a recent rally in support of AB1726, a data disaggregation scheduled to reach the CA Senate floor soon. (Photo Credit: @DiverseElders / Twitter ) After months of increasingly vitriolic debate that divided the AAPI community, California Assembly Bill 1726 (AB1726) was significantly amended on Friday. In its original version, AB1726 was the culmination of years of lobbying work by California’s AAPI advocacy community, and it would have put in place measures to disaggregate healthcare and higher education data to reveal disparities faced by Southeast Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the state ....more

In memory of Ashdeep Kaur, age 9

Ashdeep Kaur (Photo Credit: NBC) By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi) Sometimes a story appears on the local news that’s so sad, tragic, and infuriating that it completely takes your breath away. That’s how I felt when the news broke that a nine-year-old Queens girl named Ashdeep Kaur was strangled on Friday, allegedly at the hands of her stepmother. NY1 reports...more

Trump Includes Philippines, Pakistan Among “Terrorist” Nations Whose Immigrants He’d Restrict

GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Earlier this month, Donald Trump spoke to a rally in Portland, Maine where he repeated one of his most infamous platform positions: that, as president, he would restrict immigration from so-called “terrorist nations”...more

Broad Data Categories Undermine California Community Colleges’ Commitment to Student Success

California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta, author of The Ahead Act (AB1726) which would expand data disaggregation for AAPIs in California, speaks to supporters at a rally earlier this year. (Photo Credit: Twitter) By Guest Contributor: Ryan Khamkongsay, Institutional Researcher If knowledge is power, then accurate data is the foundation of empowerment. We live in a world that is completely data driven—good data is crucial for doctors to make accurate diagnoses, for teachers to know what’s working in a classroom, for epidemiologists to stop global pandemics, and for policymakers to design effective solutions ....more

BREAKING: United States Will Stop Using For-Profit Prisons

(Photo Credit: Stephen Lam / Reuters) The Justice Department announced today that the United States will stop using for-profit prisons. The decision comes just a week after a report revealed that private prisons are less cost-effective and less safe than public prisons. For those of us committed to fighting America’s “carceral state”...more

HBO Launches Short Film Contest for AAPI “Visionary” Filmmakers

Are you an emerging AAPI filmmaker? If so, then this post is for you! HBO announced today Asian Pacific American Visionaries, an exciting new opportunity for young AAPI filmmakers ....more