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Finally, Murthy was serving as chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), a position he shared with former Education Secretary John King until King’s term ended with Trump’s election earlier this year. With Murthy’s removal from his post on Friday, the future of AAPI advocacy to the White House is uncertain.

WHIAPPI has served as a crucial line of communication between the AAPI community and the White House during the Obama administration, having led key initiatives to improve public health and political representation for AAPIs. Just hours after Trump’s inauguration, however, the WHIAPPI website vanished from the White House website and it has yet to reappear. Less than one month later, two-thirds of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders — created by the same executive order that established WHIAPPI — resigned in protest of Trump’s anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric. The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) has also complained that the president has ignored their repeated requests to meet with him to discuss issues affecting the AAPI Community. The loss of Murthy from his position of leadership for AAPIs in the White House calls into question the Trump administration’s future commitment to working with the AAPI community during his presidency.

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Today’s proposed implementation of a social media check against Muslim and Chinese travelers is a policy in the same of vein creating an environment so intolerant and frustrating to “undesirable” travelers as to discourage their travel to the country; and, like the racist anti-Chinese laws of the late 1800’s, social media checks of Muslim and Chinese travelers are as unconstitutional as they are racist.

All people should have a reasonable expectation of online privacy from the state, and people of colour should not face disproportionate requirement to expose their personal opinions to the scrutiny of the United States government. Foreign travelers to the United States should not be selected for, or against, access to the country based on how they use social media, and such a policy should not be disproportionately applied against travelers from some countries compared to others; this sort of policy can only be implemented by institionalized racial profiling, and can only invite invasions of privacy and viewpoint discrimination against specific classes of travelers.

Please click through to the post to learn how to get involved in Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus' letter-writing campaign opposing social media checks against foreign travelers.

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Whether due to ignorance or apathy, Ghost in the Shell (2017) fails to recognize the key thematic elements of the 1995 anime — Ghost in the Shell (1995) — from which it derives its inspiration. While Ghost in the Shell (2017) faithfully recreates many of Ghost in the Shell (1995)‘s most iconic scenes in breathtaking live-action CGI, Ghost in the Shell (2017) lacks any of Ghost in the Shell (1995)’s philosophical or theological essence. What results is an awful, wooden, lacklustre, and overtly racist live-action remake: a stilted, soulless artifice wrapped in the visually stunning iconography of the Ghost in the Shell anime franchise.

In other words, Ghost in the Shell (2017) is a shell without a ghost. All the good things about Ghost in the Shell (2017) come from the original anime, and all the terrible things are both uninspired and racist.

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Though Jordan Peele’s Get Out has been primarily read (and marketed) as an excoriation of white liberalism, Peele actually asserts the multi-racial nature of white supremacy through the character of Hiroki Tanaka (Yasuhiko Oyama), a Japanese man.

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Whether Democrat or Republican, this nation’s leaders have been largely silent and I can’t help but wonder: Where is America’s outrage over this senseless hate crime? Where is our grief? Where is this country’s sense of urgency over this hate-motivated violence? Why is this nation unmoved by the pleas of Kuchibhotla’s widow that the United States do something to protect its immigrants from losing their lives to hate?

#JusticeForSrinivas

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Although law enforcement officials have not officially released the names of the suspect or the victims, the Kansas City Star is reporting that two of the victims shot last night were employees of Garmin’s Aviation Systems Engineering team. They were identified in a company-wide email as Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, and both appear to be Indian or Indian American immigrants to the United States.

...The suspected shooter was eventually taken into custody without incident earlier this morning in Clinton, Missouri after being overheard at a local Applebee’s telling the bartender that he had “killed two Middle Eastern men“.

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These startling statistics suggest that it’s time to take a long and hard look at law enforcement culture in America. Do the people we hire to protect public safety actually fulfill their mission to serve and protect? Or, has our law enforcement’s increasing embrace of military-style tactics and weapons — as well as a lack of police accountability and a general failure to challenge the implicit bias of public safety officers — undermined that public service mission when it comes to the safety of communities of colour? Again, I wonder: who watches the watchmen?

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Today, as we remember Japanese American incarceration history, we must also remember how precariously close this country is to enacting this same sort of state violence against other groups. 75 years ago today, American racism labeled Japanese American men, women and children enemies of the state and placed them behind barbed wire fences to keep them away from the rest of American society. Let us not find ourselves 75 years from now commemorating a new Day of Remembrance marking the day when President Donald J. Trump passes new executive action to replicate old patterns of racism against new targets.

Today, it is not enough for us to passively remember Japanese American incarceration. Instead, we must -- as a country -- take action and join our allies in stopping American history from repeating itself all over again.

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Vogue has a long and storied history of styling non-Asian female models in fantastical "geisha-inspired" gear and over-the-top chinoiserie as part of highly offensive Orientalist fashion spreads.

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Mukherjee is perhaps best known for her novel, Jasmine, which was published in 1989 and which explores the shifting identities of a young Indian woman as she seeks to find her place while growing up in America. 
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