Last week, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) held our first National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout. With the theme "Expanding Opportunity for AAPIs," we launched several efforts to better connect the AAPI community with the federal government.
Food has become super cool! We're a curious generation and we'll mix and match different ingredients to see what new concoctions we can come up with. Now whether it's acceptable to our palate is another story, but we are willing to try.
Here again are white people doing bad, and yes, at points offensive cultural imitations and appropriations of Asian people and culture -- essentially yellowface -- and no one said, or is saying anything about it.
I grew up as one of the few Asians in a predominantly white, small Catholic New England town. Every day on the school bus and in the school hallways, I was getting punched, spat at and getting my hair pulled for simply not being white.
I refuse to give up on the idea that being community across lines of difference is holy and I remain committed to the idea that we will only get there if more if us embrace the transformational power of extending our spirit, hands and words of graciousness and not rhetorical or physical violence.
Let's be proactive and organize our families, friends and communities to register to vote on September 25th. If we are going to make every vote count, it is crucial for communities to participate in National Voter Registration Day and turn out on November 6th.
Given the controversy surrounding the ACA, it's easy to get confused about what exactly President Obama's health reform law means and who it benefits. What we should not be confused about, however, is the real impact the law is already having, particularly for women and women of color.
What's most undeniable about Jeremy Lin is that the guy has balls. Which obviously has always been true of other Asian males. But now Lin is demonstrating it in a way that even the most racist or ignorant person would be hard-pressed to refute.
The stereotype of the socially inept, meek Asian-American is one that needs changing. That ultimately requires Asian-Americans to challenge themselves --- and society at large -- to rethink the place of Asian-Americans in our society.
In a country that often sees race in terms of White America and Black America, like Latinos, Asian Americans live in a racial middle where we must choose between being Asian (or Chinese or Filipino or Indian) or American, but not both.