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Being Asian-American in the Affirmative Action Debate

Bernadette Lim | Posted 05.19.2015 | 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 05.14.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 04.12.2015 | Gay 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.

Asians Have Been Slower To Sign Up For Obama's Immigration Reprieve

AP | AMY TAXIN | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama's reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and commu...

Domingo Carino's #GetCovered Story

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Kiran Ahuja

Domingo Carino arrived in the U.S. from the Philippines in 1998. Domingo recently developed a health condition that he desperately needed medication for but couldn't afford without health insurance. He applied for Medicaid but after waiting two months, he was denied coverage. Discouraged, Domingo wondered if there was anything or anyone who could help him.

Kalwis Lo's #GetCovered Story

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Kiran Ahuja

He learned that the Affordable Care Act created a temporary Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan program. He enrolled in the program, allowing him to afford the chemotherapy treatments he needed. Today, because of the Affordable Care Act, Kalwis is cancer-free and living a healthy life.

Peter Yang's #GetCovered Story

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Kiran Ahuja

He now has a $35 copay for each visit and pays $10 each month for the medication he needs. Now that Peter has access to care, he no longer falls asleep randomly, especially when driving.

Empowering AAPI-Owned Businesses Through Federal Resources

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Kiran Ahuja

This blog was originally posted on the White House Blog. With the holidays coming up, it is an opportune time for us to recognize the businesse...

Strengthening the AAPI Community Through New Bullying Prevention Efforts

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

When children are singled out because of a shared characteristic --such as race, sexual orientation, or religion -- or a perceived shared characteristic, the issue not only affects that individual but the entire community.

If Asian Women Hit On White Dudes The Way White Dudes Hit On Asian Women

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women

If you've never heard of the social phenomenon "yellow fever," vlogger and actress Joy Regullano explains it hilariously well in her YouTube series "W...

So, You Say You Don't See Race? We Need to Talk

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
J. Mijin Cha

When you tell people of color you don't see race, you are telling them you don't see their history or their story. You don't see what they and their families have lived through. You don't see them.

Announcing New Partnerships to Expand Opportunity for AAPIs

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

WHIAAPI looks forward to making progress on these partnerships in the upcoming months and creating exciting new opportunities for the AAPI community.

5 Terrifying Facts About Undocumented Asian Americans

Sahra Vang Nguyen | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Sahra Vang Nguyen

America prides itself as being the "Land of Opportunity." It's about time we ensure that opportunity is a real possibility for all people living in this country.

Beyond Exotic: Asian American Artists Retell Ai Weiwei's Story

Sahra Vang Nguyen | Posted 09.23.2014 | New York
Sahra Vang Nguyen

As I view Ai Weiwei's current solo exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum, I question the tendency of institutions to frame Asian faces as exotic. Yes, Weiwei was born and raised in China, but the fact that he spent a formative 12 years in New York City is often overlooked.

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud: How I Found Myself at UC Berkeley

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Andrew Lam

Pelaud had always been an outsider. Born in 1965 to a French father and a Vietnamese mother who didn't speak much French, she grew up in rural France feeling isolated, both geographically and culturally. She had trouble making friends and didn't do well in school. No one believed that she would amount to much.

Navigating Federal Grants, Training, and Resources

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Ed. note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders...

Growing Up to Be Like Yuri Kochiyama

Deepa Iyer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Yuri Kochiyama's life and legacy is a reminder to Asian Americans and to all those who believe in social justice, of a basic value: To show up whenever and wherever injustice occurs and to engage in acts of resistance and solidarity.

11 Reasons I Love My Asian Mom

Ko Im | Posted 07.09.2014 | Women
Ko Im

Mother's Day falls during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Here's a toast to my Korean umma.

What I Wish My Classmates Knew About Being An Immigrant

Dana Dela Cruz | Posted 06.30.2014 | Teen
Dana Dela Cruz

As "in-betweeners," we serve as the bridge between Asia and America. We are reminders to the world that human beings, despite the borders that divide us, are essentially the same. We are Asian American, we are together and we are proud.