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

Sahra Vang Nguyen | Posted 07.24.2014 | 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 07.03.2014 | 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 07.01.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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...

New Initiatives to Expand Opportunity for AAPIs and Our First National Community Google+ Hangout

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

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.

Are You A Food Mixologist?

Kimlai Yingling | Posted 04.16.2014 | Taste
Kimlai Yingling

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.

A New Chinese Lunar Year, Still an Old Yellowface SNL

Lisa Bernier | Posted 04.12.2014 | New York
Lisa Bernier

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.

Why an Asian-American in Scotland Is Mourning Nelson Mandela

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Helen I. Hwang

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 Got Eyelid Surgery -- And I Don't Regret It

Ko Im | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Ko Im

This doesn't mean I hate my culture; it's more that I am a product of the societal pressures it placed on my generation.

Where Are Filpino American Women in Politics?

Noel Alumit | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Noel Alumit

It is a rarity, it seems, to see Filipino women participate. In Artesia, a small Southern California city of roughly 17,000 residents, a Filipina is trying to make a name for herself.

Why This Presbyterian Signed an Open Letter From the Asian American Community to the Evangelical Church

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.15.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Church is a funny thing. An ever cyclical journey of division, reunion, amazement, disappointment, joy, despair, hope and love -- it's the place that I call home.

Movie Review: Linsanity

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.07.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When it happened in the spring of 2012, the Jeremy Lin phenomenon -- commonly referred to as Linsanity, from which the new documentary takes its name -- was startling for its prevalence.

How I Survive Everyday Racism

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.29.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

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.

16 Things That Taste Just Like Your Asian American Childhood

Foodbeast | Posted 07.10.2013 | Taste
Foodbeast

Nabisco? Hostess? Please, it's all about Lotte, Glico and Calbee.

Lunar New Year, One Billion Rising, Roommate Wives and More

Yetta Kurland | Posted 04.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Yetta Kurland

Guest host Paul Newell filled in for me this week. Paul spoke to Dennis Chin of CAAAV about the NYC Lunar New Year for All this weekend.

They Tried To Bind My Grandmother's Feet -- Fortunately, She Was A Rebel

Daisy J Lin | Posted 04.12.2013 | Women
Daisy J Lin

The shoes my grandmother refused remind me not to take my freedom for granted -- freedom to roam, freedom to pursue my passions and just as importantly, freedom to make my own mistakes.

What Does It Mean To Be Asian American?

Quora | Posted 12.25.2012 | World
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Marq Hwang, An American Like all stories about Americans, it's kind of long. It's kind of...

Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Ready To Celebrate National Voter Registration Day

Gregory Cendana | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Gregory Cendana

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.