Asian Americans and the Future of Affirmative Action

By June 28

The Atlantic, 6/28/16

In his new book, Earning Admission: Real Strategies for Getting Into Highly Selective Colleges, the strategist Greg Kaplan urges Asians not to identify as such on their applications. “Your child should decline to state her background if she identifies with a group that is overrepresented on campus even if her name suggests affiliation,” he advises parents, also referencing Jews. Such tips are increasingly common in the college-advising world; it’s not unusual for consultants, according to The Boston Globe, to urge students to “deemphasize the Asianness” in their resumes or avoid writing application essays about their immigrant parents “coming from Vietnam with $2 in a rickety boat and swimming away from sharks.”

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Categorized in: Race and Civil Rights

AAPI actors Daniel Dae Kim, Aziz Ansari, Constance Wu and BD Wong

Asian-American Actors Are Fighting for Visibility. They Will Not Be Ignored.

By May 25

New York Times, 5/25/16

When Constance Wu landed the part of Jessica Huang, the Chinese-American matriarch on the ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” she didn’t realize just how significant the role would turn out to be. As she developed her part, Ms. Wu heard the same dismal fact repeated over and over again: It had been 20 years since a show featuring a predominantly Asian-American cast had aired on television. ABC’s previous offering, the 1994 Margaret Cho vehicle “All-American Girl,” was canceled after one season.

“I wasn’t really conscious of it until I booked the role,” Ms. Wu said. “I was focused on the task at hand, which was paying my rent.”

The show, which was just renewed for a third season, has granted Ms. Wu a steady job and a new perspective. “It changed me,” Ms. Wu said. After doing a lot of research, she shifted her focus “from self-interest to Asian-American interests.”

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Categorized in: Race and Civil Rights

Obama to Asian-American Community: “You Are part of the Lifeblood of this Nation”

By May 5

NBC News, 5/5/16

President Barack Obama addressed a range of topics including healthcare, education disparities, and immigration at a gala dinner Wednesday note hosted by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS).

The president, who was introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), also praised the Asian American and Pacific Islander community for speaking out against anti-Muslim rhetoric and for supporting the Sikh, Arab, and South Asian communities targeted by discrimination.

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Categorized in: Government / WHIAAPI in the News, Immigration, Race and Civil Rights, Uncategorized

Rep. Grace Meng Elected New Chair of CAPAC Leadership PAC

By April 13

NBC News, 4/13/16

Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), the first Asian-American Congress member from New York State, has been elected the new chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Leadership PAC, the organization announced Wednesday. She succeeds Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), who founded the Leadership PAC and will remain on its executive board as immediate past chair.

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Categorized in: Government / WHIAAPI in the News

US Navy Officer

Advocates Worried Navy Espionage Case Could Hurt Asian Americans


NBC News, 4/13/2016

When the case of Navy Lt. Comdr. Edward C. Lin, who stands accused of handing over state secrets to a foreign government, broke earlier this week, Lin became the latest story of a Taiwan-born American citizen charged with spying against the United States.

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Categorized in: Race and Civil Rights

Pan Asian American Film Festival

Film festival to focus on Asian-American stories


The Ithacan, 4/14/16

Asian American actors and actresses usually do not play lead roles. Instead, they take on the sidekick, a nerd or the villain. The Ithaca Pan Asian American Film Festival helps make up for this lack of representation by allowing audiences to see different storylines of Asian-Americans and how their ethnicities shape their lives.

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Categorized in: Miscellaneous / Arts & Culture

Sihk Festival

Celebrating Vaisakhi: The Story Behind the Sikh Festival


NBC News, 4/13/16

This week, millions of Sikhs wearing vibrantly colored turbans parading to the sound of beating drums will commemorate a tradition centuries old. The Sikh celebration called Vaisakhi happens annually in mid-April. The origins of Vaisakhi stem from a spring harvest festival native to the Punjab region of South Asia, but more importantly marked as a religious significance for Sikhs. Sikhism is a monotheistic faith founded on the principles of equality, freedom of religion, and community service.

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Categorized in: Race and Civil Rights

AAPI Parents

Schools target Asian parental expectations

By April 9

Santa Cruz Sentinel News, 4/9/16

In Palo Alto, propelled by clusters of teen suicides and evidence of student distress, school and community leaders have convened sensitive conversations to address parenting, expectations and a traditionally taboo topic — mental illness.

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Categorized in: Education

Southeast Asian refugees

The prison-deportation pipeline for Southeast Asian refugees in the United States

By April 8

South China Morning Post, 4/8/16

Almost 50 years ago a flood of refugees came out of Southeast Asia after the Vietnam war. Southeast Asian refugees are more likely to be poor, less educated and suffering from trauma than other Asian immigrant groups. Unfortunately, most states lack the resources to help refugees and their families successfully integrate into American society. These families live lives that are far from the stereotype of the “model minority” of Asian-American immigrants in the US.

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Categorized in: Immigration

Star Wars Rogue One

Asians in Star Wars! First Teaser Trailer for ‘Rogue One’

By April 7

Angry Asian Man, 4/7/16

The first official teaser trailer for Star wars: Rogue One just dropped and tells the story of resistance fighters who unite to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. The standalone Star Wars movie will take place before the events of A New Hope and has a cast including Asian American actors; Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen and Riz Ahmed.

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Categorized in: Miscellaneous / Arts & Culture