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Highlighting Bullying Prevention Efforts for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Doua Thor | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education
Doua Thor

This blog post was originally posted on the White House Blog. Every day, kids of all ages experience bullying in schools across the country. In the ...

Going Beyond "Anti-Trump"

Gregory Cendana | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Gregory Cendana

#DumpTrump along with #TrumpThat and #WallOffTrump are some of the most common hashtags you might have seen or even used in campaigning against Republ...

An Open Letter About Orlando From Asian-American Parents Who Love Our LGBTQ Kids

Laurin Mayeno | Posted 06.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Laurin Mayeno

This is a time we need to hold each other and be there for each other. This is a time we renew our commitment to continue fight for equality of our children and their community. We vow to hold our ground and be more vocal and visible because we love our queer API children.

How We Talk About Race

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.17.2016 | Education
Frank H. Wu

People who insist that bigotry is mere ignorance are mistaken, albeit hopeful. If bigotry were mere ignorance, its practitioners would reform upon being educated. But there are too many troubling instances in which bigots prove incorrigible.

Where You Are Really From Depends on How I Ask

Frank H. Wu | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics
Frank H. Wu

The person who is suspicious about the Asian American, whether he deserves the passport he carries thanks to birthright, should not be confused with the Asian American who wants to establish affinity, to confirm the possibility of integration.

The Dilemma of Peter Liang

Frank H. Wu | Posted 02.24.2016 | Impact
Frank H. Wu

The Liang case, poignantly, reminds us that we cannot assume we are somehow above the conflict. We, too, can be involved.

Our Time is Now: The Case for and Imperative of the Afro-Asian Solidarity

Fiona Teng | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Fiona Teng

For many of our black peers, their everyday lived experiences confirm the pervasiveness of white supremacy. This, however, is an opportune time to dialogue with my Asian peers, many of whom actively distance themselves from discussions around race.

No One Deserves Abuse: Obedience and Spring Valley High School

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 11.05.2015 | Women
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

It is important to remember that "they were asking for it" is used not only in instances of discipline. It is used in situations of abuse -- to defend the abuser.

What Really Ties Together The Asian-American Experience

The New Yorker | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics

In 1928, an Indian immigrant named Vaishno Das Bagai rented a room in San Jose, turned on the gas, and ended his life. He was thirty-seven. He had com...

The Truth About "The Asian Advantage" and "Model Minority Myth"

Sahra Vang Nguyen | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Sahra Vang Nguyen

I celebrate the success, resilience, brilliance and hard work ethic of the Asian American community, while acknowledging that we have a long way to go before racial justice is achieved for ourselves and everyone else. So let's continue doing what we've always done -- working hard and knocking down walls.

What Asian Americans Owe African Americans

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Christopher Punongbayan

The Asian American community, nineteen million of us strong, could be the tipping point that shifts the balance of power against white supremacy. But what's more, we Asian Americans must challenge the anti-black racism that exists in our own community.

Free Speech or to Be Free of Speech?

Simon Tam | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Simon Tam

We should not let the fear of a football team regaining trademark registration justify the suppression of rights for other groups.

An American Artist Rediscovered: Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.27.2016 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. has a sensational survey closing soon: a major retrospective of the Japanese émigré painter Yasuo Kuniyoshi.

Children Of Asian Immigrants Share The Incredibly Selfless Decisions Their Parents Have Made

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.18.2015 | Good News

Starting a new life in a new country isn't easy. But when it comes to their children, many Asian immigrants will do just that in hopes of giving them ...

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Hands Up United Partner for Asian American and Pacific Islander Artist Delegation to Ferguson

Gregory Cendana | Posted 06.04.2016 | Arts
Gregory Cendana

All of the national media and cameras may not be on Ferguson, MO anymore but people are still building, organizing and protesting for change.

Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.04.2016 | Impact
Michael Sainato

These sites tell some of the stories, struggles and accomplishments of these groups that have enriched the history of the United States and endeavored a brighter future for the next generations.

Being Asian-American in the Affirmative Action Debate

Bernadette Lim | Posted 05.15.2016 | Education
Bernadette Lim

We as Asian-Americans cannot afford to pit ourselves against other minority groups by buying into rhetoric of college admissions as a zero-sum game. We cannot subscribe to the idea of the "Asian-American whiz kid" and disregard the significant disparity that exists within groups of the larger Asian-American community.

Celebrating Our Heritage By Ensuring Health Equity for Our Future

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

We still have work to do to fulfill our goal of health care and coverage for every community. We must remove the barriers to care for immigrants, who despite paying into our system, are locked out of affordable health programs. We must also enforce federal protections for language access so that no matter what language you speak, you can access the information you need.

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.10.2016 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the incredible diversity within our community and the significant contributions of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders to this nation. It is also a time to reflect on the trials and tribulations our community.

Screw You, I Am Asian 'American'

Mason Hsieh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mason Hsieh

While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T

Recap: 2015 National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

On February 25, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders held its second National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community Google+ Hangout.

Fresh Off the Boat: What Do We Want Out of an Asian American TV Show?

Khanh Ho | Posted 04.12.2015 | Entertainment
Khanh Ho

For the most part, Eddie Huang's show has been hailed by Asian American boosters as a smashing success. White guys who wear track suits stand behind it. Asian guys who aspire to a certain kind of edginess dig its groovy hip hop stylings and in-your-face-stick-it-to-the-man street vernacular. But I actually found it a depressing show.

Out of the 'Boat', And Into the Frying Pan

Valerie Lee | Posted 04.11.2015 | College
Valerie Lee

The ABC network show is giving the American population a brief, but authentic window into the life of an Asian American family. TIME has hailed the Eddie Huang creation with "the makings of an American original." And that's exactly what we are -- American originals.

From Cafeteria Shame To The Spotlight: Filipino Food Makes An Impact

Sahra Vang Nguyen | Posted 04.11.2015 | New York
Sahra Vang Nguyen

In the latest episode of my docuseries about entrepreneurs in New York, "Maker's Lane," I featured Nicole Ponseca, award-winning restaurateur of two East Village favorites, Jeepney & Maharlika.

"Fresh Off the Boat": Smart or A Soy Sorry Joke?

Pamela Tom | Posted 04.02.2015 | Entertainment
Pamela Tom

In an age when there is a national dialogue about diversity and equality in America, shedding light through comedy must be smart, not superficial.