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The Republican Party has thus far failed to address one potentially fatal contradiction: the GOP wants to court a community defined entirely as a shared racial identity, yet they are a party that openly rejects the very notion of identity politics. They want to win the Asian (American) vote while they simultaneously dismiss the idea that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are, should be, and perceive ourselves as a culturally, racially and politically distinct segment of the voting public united for a common AAPI cause.
It should come as no surprise that the progressive expansion of America's non-White populations has left the Grand Old Party in a turmoil. In both 2008 and 2012, Republicans lost the Black, Latino,...
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No longer are we patient enough to simply allow a filmmaker to tell their story to us. Now, we rush to pass judgement over an unrelenting barrage of uncontextualized fragments of leaked photos and teaser trailers. We no longer give ourselves the space to just discover our own fandom. Increasingly, the spoilers are thrust upon us in service of this greater machine of hype.
Last week, I saw Mad Max: Fury Road, and I really enjoyed it. Yes, I found the film refreshing for all the much-discussed feminist reasons -- although consider for a minute what it says about us as...
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In short, Thomas Espenshade doesn’t believe his data are proof of anti-Asian discrimination in the college application process.

So maybe the anti-affirmative action Right should stop co-opting his science to advance their own partisan agenda? Just sayin’.
Since the publication in 2009 of his influential study (with co-author Alexandria Walton Radford) on admission patterns in the country's elite private universities ("No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equ...
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US Civil Rights Commissioners Michael Yaki and Karen Narasaki:

"Like a majority of Asian Americans, we stand together as long-time supporters of affirmative action. Affirmative action creates opportunities for students disadvantaged by race and circumstances, and a diverse student body ensures that the next generation of Americans is exposed to the variety of life experiences and backgrounds that will help them to build vibrant communities and successfully work in the global economy.

Neither of us believes that any racial or ethnic group should be subjected to quotas. Nor do we believe that test scores alone entitle anyone to admission at Harvard. Students are more than their test scores and grades. Well-constructed and properly implemented admissions programs further our principles of equal opportunity. While we understand that some programs may be imperfect, or even need substantial reform, we do not support any attempt to eliminate affirmative action programs at Harvard or any institution of higher learning."
Today, a group of between 40 and 50 Asian American organizations will hold two coordinated press conferences in Washington DC and in California  to announce the filing of an administrative complain...
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How can we claim to be building an Asian American Movement for all Asian Americans when Asian American women — fully half of all Asian Americans — are asked to support behaviour that too often disrespects, marginalizes, stereotypes and alienates us, or our women of colour allies? How can any of us claim to stand on the side of racial justice, when some among us would defend damning appropriation and mistreatment of Black people and culture?

The path to racial justice simply cannot be carved through racialized or gendered violence, and the Movement can no longer give shelter to either anti-Blackness or this brand of hostile misogyny.
It's not easy being a feminist of colour. There's this presumption that we as minority women can divorce our feminism from our race advocacy, and -- more importantly -- that we should. Among White ...
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Guest-post by poet, writer and activist Bao Phi.

"The point is that if we understand history and the transgressions against our own people, we understand that taking the side of the oppressor does not guarantee our protection. No matter how much we are taught to yearn to fully assimilate into American-ness (and implicitly, whiteness), history has shown us that we can never fully become either. We will never be allowed to have the same benefits and entitlements, or the same privileged benefit of the doubt. History reminds us that even when we work for them, they have trouble figuring out which of us is the friend and which is the enemy."
By Guest Contributor: Bao Phi When I began reading that a White House petition had collected 100,000 signatures -- many of them reportedly Chinese names -- in defense of Peter Liang, a cop who shot...
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Paraphrasing Melissa Harris-Perry and adding my own spin: "Respectability will not save you. When the police come to your door, they won't see a Harvard professor, they'll just see an epithet in a suit."
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(H/T @boygainvillea) Last year, nineteen month-old Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh was sleeping peacefully in his playpen in Habersham County, Georgia. The Phonesavanh family had recently moved to G...
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Since 2000, MIT’s suicide rate was 29.1 per 100,000 Asian American students. This is not only nearly four times the overall national average, but also more than twice the national average for college-aged Asian Americans (12.4 per 100,000).
Regular readers of this blog will know that mental health, depression and suicide within the Asian American community is a topic I write frequently about. My interest in this issue originates from ...
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I need to resurrect that hashtag: #IAmNotYourWedge
Duke University political science professor Jerry F. Hough -- alumnus of Harvard University whose specialty is domestic identity formation at the intersection of American and Soviet politics --  is...
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Last year, California was poised to return affirmative action to the state's institutions of higher education via a state constitutional amendment that would have reversed the devastating impact of...
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The question is not whether Kevin Elberg declared some anti-Hmong hatred in the moments before accosting Sao Lue Vang, but whether or not Elberg was likely to have brutally beaten a White trespasser at all — let alone, with the same level of savagery?
Last year, I blogged about the story of Sao Lue Vang. Vang is a 64-year-old Hmong American man who was out hunting in Pepin County, Wisconsin when he was assaulted and brutally beaten by Kevin Elbe...
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With regard to depression and suicide, a shockingly high number of Southeast Asian American refugees live with symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Rates of suicide ideation and attempts are significantly higher for Southeast Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders -- particularly among youth and when compounded with queer identities -- compared to the average rate for Asian Americans or the national average as a whole.

Yet, when we talk about AAPI mental health, we rarely ever include in our conversations meaningful discussion about Southeast Asian Americans or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders. Why is that? Is there a certain amount of reinforced privilege in focusing our conversation on AAPI mental health entirely to the exclusion of our Southeast Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander brethren?
For this year’s AAPI Heritage Month, I will take each day to pull one of my favourite posts or pieces from the archives highlighting some aspect of AAPI history and heritage, and add to it a short ...
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