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.
Hispanics and African Americans dominate debate of the minority vote. But Asian and Pacific Islanders, who comprise the third largest ethnic minority, could prove the decisive swing group come November.