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When journalists (even well-meaning ones like Scelfo) ignore race as they talk about on-campus depression, anxiety and suicide, they reinforce the ongoing Whitewashing of this national conversation.
This post was written with input and inspiration from Snoopy. Yesterday, the New York Times profiled Kathryn DeWitt, a young University of Pennsylvania student whose battle with depression and her ...
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Thanks in no small part the efforts of advocates and activists, Nan-Hui Jo was released from ICE custody last Friday, her supporters announced this morning. She is scheduled to deliver a public statement next Wednesday morning on July 27th.
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 touris...
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These are the camps Wesley Clark believes need to be revived. But, before we argue that he only wants to house known terrorists in them, we can again turn to the lessons learned during World War II: when the federal government builds camps to house potentially disloyal “enemy aliens”, a very small minority will be imprisoned following due process analysis of their actions and ideology. The vast majority of those incarcerated will find themselves forced behind barbed wire based on their superficial resemblance — whether with regard to race or culture or religion — to those with whom we are at war. Presumed disloyalty will be the stated reasoning, but this will be nothing more than an empty, unsupportable rhetoric. In actuality, incarceration camps have never been anything more than a mechanism by which xenophobic racist stereotyping and fear becomes manifest to condone the institutionalized victimization and terrorism of members of the (non-White) citizenry.

In the 1940’s, the victims were Japanese American families. In Wesley Clark’s near-future America, it would be Muslim American mothers, fathers, and children.
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...
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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.
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-affirmati...
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Jindal may not break any popular vote records next year, but hands down, he has won the aware for the single worst series of campaign announcement videos in the history of American politics.
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...
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Tyrelle Shaw, the 25-year-old named by police late last week as the suspect in a series of physical assaults targeting Asian American women in New Tork City has been found dead of an apparent suicide.
Tyrelle Shaw, the 25-year-old named by police late last week as the suspect in a series of physical assaults targeting Asian American women in New Tork City has been found dead of an apparent suici...
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Race and racism is complex. Surely, the systems designed by our governing bodies must embrace and reflect — not shun — that complexity.
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 to the Federal Circ...
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The book will explore the political landscape of China and its ethnic minorities, and situate positive policy programs therein. Chapters appear to be written by those both supportive and critical of affirmative action, although many of the book’s scholars have personal experiences with such programs.

I invite you to join me in reading this book in the coming weeks, as I continue to post my thoughts and reflections with each chapter (roughly every week, but come on — I’m getting married in three weeks; let’s be realistic!). The book is available through Amazon and through Google Books. You can join the conversation in the comments section of each post, and also through the hashtag ‪#‎ReappropriateReads‬ (which I will post to as I read).
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 pic...
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Advantageous stayed with me long after the end credits rolled. If one needed any other reason to believe that Asian American film can be intense, creative, and pioneering, this film is it. If one needed any other reason to believe that the genre of science fiction needs and deserves greater inclusion of filmmakers of colour, this film is it. The film is an understated, emotional, and complex drama that stands as the antithesis of the high-octane, action-packed, and White-dominated mainstream science fiction blockbuster. And, for exactly that reason, it captures the essential ingredients of powerful, political science fiction.
"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...
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Victoria Razzi concludes in her piece that the silence of Asian American Studies Professors to her interview questions is evidence of our community’s willful complicity with the Model Minority Myth. I disagree. I think there is only one reasonable conclusion to draw here: Ms. Razzi’s own internal prejudices with regards to the Asian American community.
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 ful...
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He's a professor so even if he thinks it is true he shouldn't publicly make a generalization based on geographical ancestry. Why even bring attention to something like that? Just seems unnecessary and only creates social strife. 
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I ask us this year to remember not just the name of Vincent Chin, but the spirit of his story: that all of our lives are worth more than $3,000, or some take-out Chinese food, or a bag of Skittles. This year, I ask us to not just etch Vincent Chin’s name on our hearts, but also the names of all victims of racial hatred. I ask us to remember that no person deserves to die of a hate crime. I ask us to not just redouble our cries for justice for Vincent Chin’s family, but to renew our commitment to ending all racial violence in this country that victimizes all communities of colour.
33 years ago today, Vincent Chin died at the age of 27. Chin had been in a coma for four days after being attacked by Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz. The two Chrysler factory workers reportedly said...
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Police are still searching for Shaw. Until he is found, my Asian American sisters, please continue to remain vigilant and protect yourselves. This person is still on the loose, and we now have pretty good evidence to suggest that this is a disturbing tale of Asiaphilic sexual harassment turned (even more) racist, sexist, and violent.
The suspect in a series of physical assaults targeting Asian American women in New York City was identified late yesterday by police as 25-year-old Tyrelle D. Shaw, after concerned friends and fami...
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