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

Khanh Ho | Posted 02.19.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.19.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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 01.30.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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 01.29.2015 | 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.

New Report Arms Minority Serving Institutions With Relevancy-Focused Data

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Education
Marybeth Gasman

Minority serving institutions have a measured pulse on the challenges and needs of their students, and they deserve greater financial consideration if they are expected to contribute to the health of our nation.

The Danger of Role Models: A New Perspective

Shefali Tsabary | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Shefali Tsabary

It isn't aspiring for success in terms of being a doctor or lawyer that's the barometer of a successful upbringing; It's aspiring to be all you can be, on your individual schedule and in your own unique way.

Urging the AAPI Community to #GetCovered by March 31

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog on March 28, 2014. A trained assistor helps a community member sign up for heal...

Helping Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders #GetCovered During AAPI Enrollment Week of Action

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Dr. Howard K. Koh

Stories such as Maly's make the March 31 Affordable Care Act open enrollment deadline even more critical for the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to take action and get AAPIs enrolled in health coverage.

Be Part of the #AANAPISIstory

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Kiran Ahuja

Ed. note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog on February 28, 2014. Kiran Ahuja facilitates an armchair dialogue wi...