These pages were recently updated:
Obama on Asian American Issues: 6/19/16
Agenda for America: 1/16/14
Affirmative Action Backfires: 4/5/15
Asian American Faculty: 9/21/17
Colleges 2015: 8/30/15
Colleges 2016: 9/27/16
Colleges 2017: 10/20/17
Colleges 2018: 11/10/17
Free the North Koreans: 7/9/17
Hall of Shame: Cyrus Vance Jr.: (10/30/17)
Hall of Shame: Obama Dept. of Justice: 7/23/17
Hall of Shame: TV Medical Shows (Bigots for the Left: Asian American men do not exist): 11/10/17
Hate Crimes: 11/10/17
Law Firms: 10/16/17
Medical Schools: 2/12/17
Medical Schools 2016: 5/15/17
Medical Schools 2017: 3/19/17
Statistics on Reverse Discrimination: 10/20/17
Voting Records: 10/16/17
Bigots for the Left who ca
st Asian American men as doctors in TV medical shows: only three in 50+ years:
“Dr. Ken”: Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken Park. Thank you ABC.
“Three Rivers”: Daniel Henney as Dr. David Lee; “House, M.D.”: Kai Penn as Dr. Lawrence Kutner;
Kenneth Choi as obstetrician in first season, episode “Maternity” which aired December 7, 2004, and
anonymous Asian American men who appeared on the hospital’s board of directors and disciplinary
See Hall of Shame: TV Medical Shows
Evil corporations which feature Asian Americans in commercials:
Asian American men: AT&T, Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser), Bank of America, Barclays Global Investors,
Capital One, Careerbuilder.com, Circuit City, Cisco, Citibank, Comcast, CSX, Dodge, Domino’s,
Edward Jones (stock brokerage), eHarmony, ESPN, FedEx, Gillette, GlaxoSmithKline, Hillshire Farm,
HughesNet, Intel, Kashi (health foods), Mars (candy), McDonald’s, NFL Network, Nortel, Procter & Gamble
(Bounce sheets), Range Rover, Schick, Solvay Pharmaceuticals (Trilipix), State Farm, Subway restaurants,
UBS, UPS, U.S. Postal Service, Verizon Wireless, Volkswagen, Wendy’s
Asian American women: American Express, Audi, Bank of America, Bausch & Lomb, Best Buy, Brittoni,
Cisco, Cort, CVS pharmacy, Dunkin’ Donuts, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Franklin Templeton, Geico,
General Motors (Cadillac), Hyundai, IBM, Ikea, Intel, Kellogg, Kraft, Lowe’s, Marriott, MassMutual,
McDonald’s, MFS Investment Management, Michelin, Microsoft, New York Times, Pfizer, Quiznos,
SAP (software), S.C. Johnson, State Farm, Target, TD Waterhouse, U.S. Trust, Visa, Volvo, Wells Fargo
Both: American Express, Boeing, Citigroup, Disney, Geico, Hartford, Hilton, Lowe’s, Olay, Priceline,
For current news about Asian Americans, go to www.google.com, click on “news” and type “Asian American”
or “Chinese American” or “Japanese American” etc.
11/9/17 Sacramento News Review: “Pushing back: As violent robberies continue against Asian-Americans, police stress it’s safe to come forward”
11/9/17 Fox News: “Asian-Americans targeted by racist flyers win elections”
11/9/17 San Jose Mercury News: “Deportations of Vietnamese, Cambodians leave Bay Area Asian immigrants shaken”
11/8/17 Bustle.com: “Editors Rejected Leonard Chang’s Novel Because His Characters Didn’t Act “Asian Enough””
11/5/17 Asia Times: “‘Diversity’ hides racial balancing: Asian American students”
11/5/17 NBC News: “Terrorism’ Flyer Targeting Sikh Mayoral Candidate Being Investigated as Possible Bias Crime”
11/4/17 Vanity Fair: Hollywood Tried to Make Crazy Rich Asians About a White Woman
11/2/17 Sacramento Bee: “Sacramento police arrest more than 50 in robberies targeting Asian Americans”
11/2/17 NBC News: “Deport’ Flyers Targeting Asian-American Candidates Shock N.J. Township”
11/1/17 Capital Research: “Affirmative Action Targets Asian Americans”
10/30/17 Sacramento Bee: “Robberies targeting Asians in south Sacramento are spiking again, police say”
10/30/17 LAist: “Taunts At Yu Were Nothing New: The Dodgers Have Long Been The Target Of Anti-Asian Racism”
10/28/17 Houston Chronicle: “Fans disheartened by Gurriel’s gesture in city that prides itself on diversity”
10/28/17 Los Angeles Times:”Yuli Gurriel’s offensive gesture provokes outrage among Asian Americans”
10/28/17 MSN: “MLB suspends Astros’ Yuli Gurriel for five games next season for making racist gesture at Dodgers’ Yu Darvish”
10/26/17 Next Shark: “Asian American Buffalo Bills Owner Speaks Out Against Donald Trump’s Attack of the NFL”
10/26/17 Diverse Issues in Higher Education: “Asian American Students Still Struggling With Burden of Expectations”
10/21/17 Mission Local: “SF’s Asian immigrants more hesitant to report crimes since Trump”
10/20/17 Hyphen Magazine: “Good Immigrant, Bad Immigrant: What the Repeal of DACA Means for Undocumented Asian Americans”
10/20/17 Time: “What We Miss When We Ignore Asian Americans”
10/20/17 Georgetown Hoya: EDITORIAL: Refocus Admissions on Merit
by Editorial Board
As admissions season gets underway, nearly 20,000 hopeful students will vie for a spot in the Georgetown University Class of 2022. Last year, a mere 15.4 percent of the 21,465 applicants were accepted.
In this admissions cycle, Georgetown should evaluate applicants on their merit alone by ceasing the practice of race-based affirmative action in its admissions process. This practice not only discriminates against particular demographics of students, specifically against fully qualified Asian students, but also perpetuates racist attitudes toward Asians.
This editorial board believes that all students deserve a fair chance to be admitted to competitive universities based only on their merit as applicants.
Affirmative action in university admissions was first implemented in the 1960s to redress the significant disadvantages that minority students often faced as a result of centuries of starkly discriminatory policies. Nevertheless, lifting up some minority groups by disadvantaging others does not achieve the idea of racial justice that this policy set out to accomplish.
In August, it was reported that the Department of Justice would begin investigating affirmative action policies at universities. It is widely believed this investigation will focus on a lawsuit against Harvard University that alleges discrimination against Asian-Americans under Harvard’s affirmative action policies.
The topic of affirmative action has also been extensively debated at the Supreme Court level. Most recently, the 2016 Fisher v. University of Texas case held that the University of Texas at Austin’s use of race-based affirmative action as part of a holistic assessment was acceptable as long as it supported educational diversity.
But empirical data demonstrates this discrimination against Asian-American students. A study conducted by Princeton University shows that applicants of comparable qualifications who identify as Asian must score 140 points higher on the SAT than white applicants to have the same chance of admission to private colleges, as The New York Times reported.
Proponents of affirmative action argue that this disparity is a result of universities’ desire to maintain holistic and diverse classes, which requires consideration of more than just academic ability.
However, the blanket discrimination against Asian-American students in the admissions process ignores the enormous diversity within this label. This diversity undermines the argument that affirmative action is intended to foster greater diversity in universities.
Looking past the label of “Asian-American,” it becomes evident that there are historically disadvantaged populations in the group itself. Thirty percent of all Americans over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree, according to the Pew Research Center. While 72 percent of Indian-Americans have a bachelor’s degree or a higher degree, the numbers are anemic for Laotian-Americans, at 16 percent, and Bhutanese-Americans, at 9 percent, the center found.
Moreover, as The New Yorker explains, the diverse class argument would only be plausible if Asian-American applicants overall were significantly less likely than other applicants to have the particular, often abstract, nonacademic qualities that universities look for, such as leadership and a willingness to take initiative. This notion only serves to perpetuate the racist myth of the “model minority,” which uniformly depicts all Asian-American students as academically achieving individuals who are stunted in other areas.
In addition, a comparison of Asian-American enrollment at universities before and after they ceased affirmative action policies indicates that the policy disproportionately hurt this group of students, as is clear from the work of David Colburn, a professor and former provost at the University of Florida.
Colburn’s work found that at selective public universities that ended race-based affirmative action, such as the University of Florida and the University of California, Berkeley, the proportion of Asian Americans increased dramatically after the policy’s termination.
For example, the proportion of Asian American freshmen at Berkeley rose to from 37.3 percent in 1995 to 46.6 percent in 2005. California barred affirmative action in university admissions processes in 1996.
As is empirically evident, affirmative action discriminates against Asian-Americans. The system of college admissions masks itself as a meritocracy but in practice is suppressing a historically marginalized minority group in the name of racial justice.
Those who champion affirmative action in the name of racial justice fail to recognize that discrimination against one minority group to elevate other groups is not an acceptable means to an end; as such, race-based affirmative action must end.
10/20/17 NextShark: Asian Americans Are the Least Likely to Be Promoted to Executive Positions, According to Study
10/19/17 Los Angeles Times: “Op-Ed: Despite what you might have heard, Asian American CEOs are the exception, not the norm”
10/18/17 Stat News: “6 in 10 doctors report abusive remarks from patients, and many get little help coping with the wounds”
10/16/17 Vox: “A California congressional race reveals political divisions in the Asian-American community”
10/13/17 Fox News: “Is Harvard racist? If you’re Asian-American, their admission policies just might be”
10/13/17 Huffington Post: “What The American Dream Means To Chinese Restaurant Families”
10/11/17 Pacific Standard: “Conservative Chinese Americans Are Mobilizing, Politically and Digitally”
10/6/17 San Francisco Chronicle: “Plenty of Asians at tech firms — but not in management ranks”
10/4/17 Business Insider: “The Department of Justice is allegedly investigating Harvard’s admissions practices”
10/3/17 Next Shark: “Asian American Woman Among the 59 Dead in Las Vegas Massacre”
10/3/17 Belief Net: “Depressed Asian American Seniors Fear Talking About It”
9/27/17 Asia Times: “Legal activist Blum backs Asian American suit against Harvard”
9/26/17 NextShark: “Asian American Congresswoman Calls Out Game Studio for Racist ‘Dirty Chinese Restaurant’ Game”
9/22/17 Huffington Post: “The Struggle For Identity As An Asian-American Adoptee”
9/19/17 USA Today: “It’s called the ‘Pao effect’ — Asian women in tech are fighting deep-rooted discrimination”
9/15/17 Angry Asian Man: “Breaking Stereotypes When It Matters Most”
How Asian people within Houston’s restaurant industry made a great impact during the rescue and relief efforts directly after Harvey
9/14/17 Voice of America: “Asian-American Lawmakers Fight to Keep ‘Dreamers’ in US”
9/12/17 Pacific Standard: “Low Voter Turnout Among Asian Americans Is More About Identity Than Apathy”
Compared to the national average of 53 percent, only 31 percent of Asian Americans reported being contacted by candidates or parties in 2012. Less outreach from politicians understandably alienates these voters.
9/12/17 Los Angeles Times: “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders remain underrepresented on television, study finds”
9/12/17 NBC News: “Study Finds Asian-American Characters ‘Tokens’ on TV”
9/8/17 NextShark: “7 Reasons Why Asian American Senator Tammy Duckworth is a Total Badass”
9/7/17 NextShark: “Author Jamie Ford Says ‘No Whitewashing’ of Asian American Protagonists in His Book’s Film Adaptation”
9/6/17 Los Angeles Times: “Donors of Chinese descent vastly increase philanthropy, mostly to higher education”
9/5/17 NextShark: “Asian American Reporter Claps Back at Entitled Driver Who Yelled ‘This is America’”
9/2/17 NextShark: “Chinese Delivery Man Brutally Attacked by Teenagers, Immediately Goes Back to Work”
9/1/17 San Francisco Hoodline: “Police Arrest Man In Alleged Series Of Assaults On Asian Women”
8/31/17 Huffington Post: “Texas SB4’s Impact on Asian Americans – Why We Should Care”
On Friday, September 1, Texas Senate Bill 4 is scheduled to go into effect. Last May, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed one of the most rigorous anti-immigrant laws passed since Trump took office. It would allow racial profiling and subject ethnic and racial minorities to unlimited questioning about their immigration status — all by local law enforcement officials with little or no training in immigration law.
8/29/17 The College Fix: “Asian-American groups blast Democrats for ‘bigoted intervention’ in Harvard admission inquiry”
8/28/17 The Hollywood Reporter: “Ed Skrein Exits ‘Hellboy’ Reboot After Whitewashing Outcry”
8/26/17 Asia Times: “College admissions: Two views of the US Justice Department probe of Harvard University’s policy toward Asian Americans”
By Doug Tsuruoka
S.B. Woo debates John Yang
8/26/17 The Good Men Project: “Swipe Left on Stereotypes and Right on the Asian Men”
by Ariadna Peretz
Tinder’s current log-in video for Hong Kong users shows a woman swiping right on all the men who show up on her feed – except the one Asian.
8/25/17 NextShark: “Asian American Restaurant Employee Fatally Shot and Robbed in Georgia”
8/23/17 NBC News: “Could John Chiang Be California’s First Asian-American Governor?”
by Traci G. Lee
8/23/17 Sixth Tone: “Titanic’s Chinese Survivors Resurface From Depths of History: Six Chinese passengers survived the sinking of the Titanic. All were deported upon arrival in New York”
by Nuala Gathercole Lam
8/23/17 Deadline Hollywood: “‘Hellboy’ Casting Of Ed Skrein As Japanese Character Draws Whitewashing Backlash”
by Dino-Ray Ramos
‘Hellboy’ Casting Of Ed Skrein As Japanese Character Draws Whitewashing Backlash
8/22/2017 Huffington Post: “White Actor Cast To Play Japanese-American ‘Hellboy’ Character: Studios seem determined to whitewash Asian-American characters, despite the controversies and hits to their bottom line”
by Claire Fallon
8/21/17 Next Shark: “Asian American Tries to Rescue Neo-Nazi Website, Becomes ‘Hero of the White Race’”
By Ryan General
8/20/17 Teen Vogue:”The Little Mermaid Musical’s Asian-American Ariel Gets Racist Backlash: Yet nobody takes issue with the singing fish”
by Suzannah Weiss
Diana Huey, a Japanese-American actor, has been touring the country as Ariel in the Little Mermaid musical since November. Her performance has gotten great reviews, with Broadway World calling her “the most layered, honest, real and still adorable Disney Princess ever.” But some audiences are unfortunately taking issue with one thing: her race
8/19/17 CNN: “Asian-American doctor says white nationalists refuse her care”
8/16/17 New York Daily News: “Trio of teen vandals take selfies as they trash Queens cemetery, target Asian-American graves”
8/15/17 The Daily Caller: “Asian Americans Are Fighting For Our Own Educational Rights”
by Yunlei Yang (Board Member, Asian American Coalition for Education)
8/14/17 New America Media: “Advocates See ‘Disturbing’ Rise in Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Americans”
by Chetanya Robinson
8/13/17 Los Angeles Times: “After dividing California Democrats in 2014, affirmative action resurfaces in the race for governor”
by Seema Mehta and Melanie Mason
8/13/17 Huffington Post: “‘Little Mermaid’ Star Fires Back At Those Who Say Ariel Can’t Be Asian”
by Nina Golgowski
8/12/17 Buffalo News: “For ‘Little Mermaid’ star, a rude awakening in Middle America”
By Colin Dabkowski
Diana Huey doesn’t seek out negative social feedback. But too often, it finds her.
That’s what happened one recent day in Memphis, where Japanese-born Huey was set to perform the role of Ariel in a touring production of “The Little Mermaid” at the historic Orpheum Theatre.
Before the show, scrolling through Facebook, she came across outraged comments from Disney fans criticizing the casting of an Asian-American in a role they expected to be played by a white woman. That’s despite the fact that the character is based on an animated film featuring a mythical creature who cavorts with singing crustaceans.
8/11/17 Above the Law: “As Asian Americans Become More Pivotal In The Affirmative Action Debate, Both Sides Weigh In: Two opposing viewpoints on affirmative action, from Cory Liu and Jenn Fang”
By Renwei Chung
8/11/17 Chicago Tribune: “Commentary: Asian-Americans are indeed treated unfairly in admissions, but the culprit is not affirmative action”
by Daniel Golden
8/9/17 New York Times Magazine: “What a Fraternity Hazing Death Revealed About the Painful Search for an Asian-American Identity: When Michael Deng, a college freshman, joined an Asian-American fraternity, he was looking for a sense of belonging and identity. Two months later he was dead”
By Jay Caspian Kang
8/8/17 Washington Post: “Harvard’s discrimination against Asian Americans must end”
By Edward Blum
8/8/17 The Federalist: “Race-Based Admissions Have Asian Students Hiding Their Ethnicity”
By Helen Raleigh
8/6/17 Wall Street Journal: “What Is Harvard Hiding? Evidence of bias against Asian-Americans deserves legal scrutiny”
By The Editorial Board
In 2015 a coalition of more than 60 Asian-American groups filed a complaint with the Justice Department Civil Rights Division that alleges admissions discrimination at Harvard University, and the details are striking. In 1993 about 20% of Harvard students were Asian-American, and that figure has barely budged over two decades, even as the Asian-American share of the U.S. population has grown rapidly. Harvard’s admitted class of 2021 is 22% Asian-American, according to data on the university’s website, and the numbers are roughly consistent at Princeton, Yale and other Ivy League schools.
Compare that with California, where a 1990s referendum banned the state’s public universities from considering race as an admissions factor. The share at University of California campuses at Berkeley and Los Angeles tops 30%, as the complaint notes. At the private California Institute of Technology, which by choice does not consider race as a factor, more than 40% of students were Asian-American in 2013, up from 26% in 1993.
Also notable is research on how much more competitive Asian-Americans must be to win entry into Harvard or other hallowed progressive halls. All else being equal, an Asian-American must score 140 points higher on the SAT than a white counterpart, 270 points higher than a Hispanic student, and 450 points higher than a black applicant, according to 2009 research from Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade and co-author Alexandria Walton Radford.
The Asian-American disparities look like evidence of de facto admissions quotas that the High Court has explicitly declared illegal.
A lawsuit from the nonprofit Students for Fair Admissions makes similar allegations against Harvard, and discovery will be instructive.
If colleges are enforcing quotas on qualified applicants merely because of their ethnicity, the term for that is familiar to progressive academics: institutional racism.
8/5/17 NPR: “Racist Bill’? Chinese Immigrants Protest Effort To Collect More Asian-American Data”
8/4/17 The College Fix: “Harvard’s federal funding at risk as Trump administration reviews anti-Asian preferences”
by Jackson Richman
8/4/17 Los Angeles Times: “Asian Americans are divided after the Trump administration’s move on affirmative action; A 2009 study cited by affirmative action opponents found Asian Americans had to score 140 points higher on SAT exams to be on equal footing with whites in private university admissions”
by Jaweed Kaleem
In 2015, when 64 Asian American groups filed a complaint with the Department of Justice alleging that Harvard University illegally discriminated against Asian students in admissions, Joe Zhou had little hope it would go anywhere.
He had made the same allegation against Harvard in a lawsuit on behalf of his son, who had been denied admission despite near-perfect ACT and SAT scores, a 4.44 grade-point average, being named class valedictorian, and a resume that included teaching English in China and serving as captain of the varsity tennis team.
His lawsuit is making its way through a Massachusetts federal district court. His son, who is listed an an anonymous plaintiff in the lawsuit and who did not want his name used in this story, currently attends UC Berkeley.
Zhou, who is Chinese American, said he’s frequently heard complaints about admissions procedures from friends and families in his community.
“This will not help my son, who will graduate soon, but it could help Asian Americans for the next 200 years,” said Zhou, who is a board member of Students for Fair Admissions, a conservative group that recruits plaintiffs for lawsuits against affirmative action at universities.
In its Wednesday announcement, the Trump administration did not mention Harvard specifically but said the Justice Department would investigate a complaint lodged by 64 Asian groups about discrimination at a university.
The complaint also argues that Harvard’s use of “holistic” admissions — which take into account a wide range of factors beyond academic performance — is really a way “to disguise the fact that it holds Asian Americans to a far higher standard than other students and essentially forces them to compete against each other for admission.”
Affirmative action opponents often cite a 2009 study that found Asian Americans had to score 140 points higher on SAT exams in order to be on equal footing with whites in private university admissions — a difference they sometimes call the “Asian tax.”
8/4/17 Huffington Post: “Asian-Americans Have A Lot To Lose If GOP Legal Immigration Bill Is Passed: Experts”
By Kimberly Yam
Asian-American activists are standing firmly against the recently introduced bill to curb legal immigration.
Advocacy groups have been speaking out against the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE), an immigration bill President Donald Trump endorsed on Wednesday. In addition to discontinuing the visa lottery program and limiting the number of refugees to enter the country, the bill would eliminate the prioritization of green cards for adult children and extended family of those already in the states.
8/3/17 Fox News (As seen on Tucker Carlson Tonight): “Asian American Legal Group Supports DOJ Plan to Probe Race-Based College Admissions”
An Asian American legal group is supporting the Department of Justice’s reported plans to investigate and potentially sue universities that intentionally discriminate against certain applicants based on race.
The department will reportedly look into specific allegations that Harvard University discriminated against Asian American applicants.
Lee Cheng, with the Asian American Legal Foundation, said every member of his organization would be very happy to see a long overdue dedication to true civil rights by the Justice Department.
“It’s an absolute shame and travesty that previous administrations and individuals within the civil rights group of the DOJ saw fit to ignore well-documented complaints of individual and systemic discrimination against Asian Americans at Ivy League universities and other colleges,” Cheng said.
He said that universities know that the actual admissions records will reveal the extent and scope of this “shameful and blatantly illegal” discrimination against individuals of Asian descent.
He said that universities have covered up and whitewashed these complaints over the years because they are ideologically driven by equality of outcome instead of equality of opportunity.
“This is something that our organization has been waiting for for literally decades,” Cheng said. “And we’re grateful to see that someone in DOJ in the administration is finally going to take some action.”
8/3/17 NPR: “DOJ Looks Into Whether Harvard Discriminates Against Asian-Americans”
by Kirk Carapezza
8/2/17 New York Times: “Asian-Americans’ Complaint Prompted Justice Inquiry of College Admissions”
By Charlie Savage
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday said it was searching for Civil Rights Division lawyers to investigate a single complaint involving Asian-American students in a college admissions affirmative-action case.
Ms. Flores’s statement described the investigation as an administrative referral about a complaint filed by 64 Asian-American coalitions in May 2015 and that “alleges racial discrimination against Asian-Americans in a university’s admission policy and practices.” That description dovetails with a dispute at Harvard University that led to a still-pending lawsuit filed on behalf of such students. The Justice Department, to date, has not intervened in that litigation or filed a friend-of-the-court brief.
8/2/17 National Review: “Good News: Attorney General Sessions Takes On Affirmative Action in College Admissions”
by David French
I’d describe it differently. I’d say the DOJ is enforcing the law. And if you think white applicants would be the prime beneficiary of fair enforcement, you’re sadly mistaken. The true victims of affirmative action are our Asian-American citizens.
8/2/17 The Daily Caller: “Media Neglects Asian Students In Trump DOJ Affirmative Action Memo Coverage”
by Amber Randall
A majority of media outlets did not mention that Asian American students might be more negatively affected by affirmative action policies than white students when reporting on the Department of Justice memo about race-based admission policies Wednesday.
8/2/17 Bloomberg: “Asian Americans Still Face Barriers In Legal Industry”
7/31/17 NPR: “What’s Keeping Asian-American Lawyers From Ascending The Legal Ranks?”
7/23/17 Los Angeles Times: “Op-Ed There are more Asian American lawyers than ever — but not in the top ranks”
by Goodwin Liu
For most of our nation’s history, Asians were excluded from the legal profession. But much has changed in recent decades. From 1985 to 2005, Asian Americans were the fastest growing minority group in the bar. Today. there are more than 50,000 Asian American lawyers, compared with 10,000 in 1990. More than 7,000 Asian Americans are now studying law, up from 2,300 in 1986.
And yet, Asian Americans have made limited progress in reaching the top ranks of the profession. Although Asian Americans are the largest minority group in big firms, they have the highest attrition rate and rank lowest in the ratio of partners to associates. Asian Americans comprise 6% of the U.S. population, but only 3% of federal judges and 2% of state judges. Three out of 94 U.S. attorneys in 2016 were Asian American; only four out of 2,437 elected district attorneys in 2014 were Asian American.
7/20/17 Seattle Times Magazine: “Western student Jim Okubo went from an ‘enemy alien’ to an American hero. Five Bellingham ‘brothers’ were sent to internment camps after Pearl Harbor. All five joined the Army, but not all came home. Jim Okubo returned a hero. Decades after his death, he was awarded a Medal of Honor.”
By Jayson Jenks
ALMOST NO ONE knew his story, and that’s how he wanted it.
His colleagues, friends, even his children: They knew he had bravely served, but like so many soldiers returning from vast battlefields in Europe and the Pacific, that part of his life he kept to himself.
His name was James K. Okubo, but everyone called him Jim. He grew up in Bellingham, attended college there until he no longer could and joined the Army from an internment camp a week before his 23rd birthday.
7/20/17 The American Lawyer: “Are Asian-Americans Fed Up With Law?”
by Vivia Chen, The Careerist
The Glass Ceiling, the Bamboo Ceiling, the Rice Swamp: If you follow the progression of Asian-American lawyers, you’ve probably heard those terms. They describe a troubling trend: While they are swelling the nation’s top law schools and the junior ranks of Big Law, Asian-Americans are rare birds in the top echelons of the profession.
7/20/17 ABA Journal: “Asian-Americans are apparently losing interest in law school; report shows outsize enrollment drop”
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Asian-American enrollment in law school has declined more steeply than that of other racial and ethnic groups, according to a report documenting a glass ceiling for this group in the law.
From 2009 to 2016, Asian-Americans’ first-year enrollment in law school dropped by 43 percent, compared to a 28 percent drop for all students, a 34 percent drop among whites and a 14 percent drop among African-Americans. Hispanic enrollment, meanwhile, increased by 29 percent.
7/20/17 Providence Journal: “Protesters oppose law that requires schools to gather data on Asian Americans”
By Jacqueline Tempera
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A new state law that requires school districts to provide detailed data about the ethnic backgrounds of their Asian American students drew protests Thursday.
Fifty Asian Americans gathered at the State House to ask lawmakers a question: Why just Asians?
7/18/17 San Francisco Recorder: “Study: Asian-Americans Face Glass Ceiling in the Law”
by Ross Todd
SAN FRANCISCO — Asian-Americans have been the fastest-growing minority group in the legal profession for the past three decades, but they’ve made only limited progress in reaching the upper echelons of the law, according to a study released Tuesday.
“A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law,” published by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and Yale Law School, reports there are over 50,000 Asian-American lawyers in the United States today compared to 20,000 in 2000. The study, billed as the first comprehensive look at the career paths of Asian-American law students and lawyers in the United States, found that Asian-Americans account for nearly 5 percent of lawyers and about 7 percent of law school students nationwide—as compared to 6 percent of the entire population.
7/14/17 NextShark: “Teen Accuses Asian American Police Officer of Sexual Abuse on Facebook, Fails Miserably”
by Ryan General
Burlington Police in Vermont were forced to release the footage from a police officer’s body camera after a teenage girl claimed on social media that she was abused by officers last month.
The incident, which involved an altercation between 18-year-old Logan Huysman and Police Sgt. My Nguyen with Officer Adam Lippa, took place in the parking lot of the Cumberland Farms on Pine Street, reports WCAX News.
7/13/17 The Guardian: “Airbnb host who canceled reservation using racist comment must pay $5,000. Tami Barker, who said she was canceling a guest’s booking because the woman was Asian, must take a course in Asian American studies”
by Olivia Solon
An Airbnb host who canceled a woman’s reservation using a racist remark has been ordered to pay $5,000 in damages for racial discrimination and take a course in Asian American studies.
Dyne Suh, a 26-year-old law clerk, had booked Tami Barker’s mountain cabin in Big Bear, California, for a skiing weekend with friends in February, but Barker canceled the reservation by text message minutes before they arrived,stating: “I wouldn’t rent it to u if u were the last person on earth” and “One word says it all. Asian”.
7/13/17 press release: Professor Xiaoxing Xi, a renowned American scientist and the former chair of the physics department at Temple University, was falsely accused of spying for China. Professor Xi and his family have sued the government for, among other things, malicious prosecution and for violating the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution with illegal searches and seizures of their property, including unlawful searches pursuant to FISA orders. The complaint alleges that the government was motivated because of Professor Xi’s race and national origin and violated his right to equal protection of the law under the Fifth Amendment. In the complaint, Professor Xi and his family allege that the agents knew, or recklessly disregarded, that he had never sent sensitive information to colleagues in China, yet still persisted in initiating the prosecution against him. As a result, Professor Xi was threatened with a conviction that could have resulted in up to 80 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $1 million.
7/10/2017 Huffington Post: “What Happens To Those Kids Who Grow Up Working In Chinese Restaurants?”
With no rice at home for dinner, I ran to my local Asian grocer to pick up a bag. As I placed the large sack on the checkout counter, I looked up to see a Chinese boy, no older than 12, scanning my rice and telling me how much I owed.
In that moment, I was reminded of what an interesting sight it must have been for my parents’ customers’ back in the day to be greeted by a 9-year-old when they picked up their takeout order.
7/10/17 San Jose Mercury News: “Jeremy Lin: Asian people underestimated in America”
By Daniel Mano
Jeremy Lin’s thoughts on the Asian-American experience are clearly of interest to Chinese sports fans.
The Brooklyn Nets guard and Palo Alto product gave an interview in Mandarin Chinese to an ESPN reporter and reportedly said people of Asian descent are “underestimated” in the United States.
7/10/17 LA Weekly: “Critics of Hawaii Five-0 Diversity Debacle Eye CBS”
By Dennis Romero
Critics of the newfound lack of diversity at television’s Hawaii Five-0 are focusing some of their ire on the network that broadcasts the primetime cop show, CBS.
Citing the 2014 Television Network Diversity Report, the National Hispanic Media Coalition said in a statement over the weekend, “The lack of diversity at CBS isn’t new.”
7/9/17 Forbes: “Unequal Pay: What Daniel Dae Kim And Grace Park Had To Deal With”
by Bruce Y. Lee
Was this a case of a small pay gap? A few thousand dollars here and there? Apparently, no. Laura Bradley wrote for Vanity Fair that Kim’s and Park’s final offers were nowhere close to O’Loughlin’s and Caan’s: 10 to 15 percent less in pay and without the same (if any) percentage of show profits, including those from syndication…which can really add up. (Just ask Dawn Wells…aka Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, who told the Huff Post that she missed out on getting profits from the show’s re-runs..and by the way never hooked up with the Professor.) That’s like being stuck on the islands when the other two stars are on the mainland. Furthermore, keep in mind that O’Loughlin and Caan aren’t exactly Brad Pitt (or even Dawn Wells), meaning that they aren’t so much more famous than Kim and Park that they deserved a huge premium. In fact, during the following CBS promo for the show, Park and Kim seemed to get equal time, suggesting that their characters were just as attractive to fans as the other co-stars:
7/8/17 Los Angeles Times: “In Hollywood, Asian American actors see few lead roles, and pay discrepancies when they land one”
by Meg James and David Ng
Korean American actor Edward Hong has played characters in dozens of TV shows and movies over the years, including as “Math Olympian Dude,” “Chinese Man #2” and, in a top-rated network sitcom, “Male Night Nurse.”
Soon, he will appear in the independent film “Please Stand By” as the “Cinnabon Guy.”
“In Hollywood, there are a lot of opportunities, but it is always for small roles with one-liners,” Hong said in an interview. “If you want to be a store owner, the nail salon lady or the IT-tech guy, those are the parts, but rarely do we get a chance to be the main character.”
7/7/17 Associated Press: “Nakamura Sworn in as New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice”
Justice Judith Nakamura has been sworn in as the new chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Justice Judith Nakamura is the new chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.
She was sworn in Wednesday during a ceremony in Albuquerque after being elected by her colleagues to lead the court. She succeeds Justice Charles Daniels, who had served as chief justice since 2016.
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7/6/17 CNN: “Beyond ‘nerds’ and ‘ninjas,’ slow progress for Asian actors in Hollywood”
By Lisa Respers France
(CNN) Like any actor, Lewis Tan likes to play the central character in a story.
“Asian actors want to play the lead, the romantic character, the hero, just like everyone else,” Tan told CNN.
And like most Asian and Asian American actors, Tan has had to battle stereotypes.
“We’re cast as ninjas, monks, nerds, the third, fourth, fifth best friend who is a nerd, killers, doctors and for women, the sexy Asian woman who’s dating a white guy,” Tan quipped.
7/5/17 Hollywood Reporter: “CBS Says It Offered “Significant Salary Increases” to Asian ‘Hawaii Five-0′ Stars”
by Lesley Goldberg
A CBS insider stressed that supporting actors Kim and Park’s contract dispute had nothing to do with race. Kim, the source stressed, was offered a raise to come within 2 percent of what Caan and O’Loughlin make — minus the duo’s lucrative points of the show’s back end. Negotiations with Park, meanwhile, were complicated by the actress’ desire to only do a handful of episodes and be written out of the show. But the CBS source noted a substantial increase was still offered to her.
7/4/17 Boston Globe: “Globe’s poll omission leaves Asian-Americans invisible and unheard”
By Shirley Leung
Asian-Americans don’t expect much coverage in the mainstream media, but recent Globe stories from its poll on politics and race relations left me scratching my head.
In reporting the results, the Globe left the impression that the only minorities in Boston worthy of ink were blacks and Hispanics. There was no mention that Asian-Americans were part of the survey done with Suffolk University (they were) and no explanation on why the paper did not share those results (more on this later).
7/3/17 Los Angeles Times: “Hiroshi Miyamura and his hometown had a lot in common. They believed in America.”
By Joe Mozingo
Two American soldiers trudged across the war-torn Korean peninsula as winter bore down.
To keep their minds off the cold and hunger, Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura told his new friend, an Italian kid from Boston, about his hometown of Gallup, N.M.
7/3/17 Business Insider: “The Asian stars of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ quit the show after CBS refused to pay them as much as their white costars”
by John Lynch
“Hawaii Five-0” stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have left the CBS show after the network refused to pay them as much as their white costars, Variety reports.
6/29/17 Huffington Post: “Rhode Island House Passes Act That Would Expose Asian-American Achievement Gap”
By Kimberly Yam
Southeast Asian-American activists are celebrating a Rhode Island act that could have a huge impact on the underserved students in their community.
Nonprofits and advocacy groups have been praising the state’s All Students Count Act, which passed the Rhode Island House of Representatives on Wednesday. The legislation calls for the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to collect data on specific ethnic groups, including members of the Cambodian, Filipino and Vietnamese communities.
Southeast Asian-American organizations, which have been fighting for the legislation for some time, say it will shed a much-needed spotlight on the achievement gap students in their community face.
6/26/17 Harvard Crimson: “America’s Most Important Leading Man”
“I did read somewhere that the people who do worst on the [dating] apps are Asian men and black women.”— Dev Shah, Master of None
By Ruben E. Reyes Jr.
Yet the scene stuck out to me the first time I watched it. As I continued watching, I realized why the opening scene felt so important. Dev Shah, played by Aziz Ansari, is a sexual being. The first time he’s shown on screen, the series’ Indian-American protagonist is naked. And that in itself is what makes the show, “Master of None,” revolutionary.
6/23/17 Detroit Free Press: “Vincent Chin murder 35 years later: History repeating itself?”
by Niraj Warikoo
Thirty-five years ago this week, Gary Koivu visited a Detroit hospital to see his friend Vincent Chin, his head swathed in bandages after being slugged in Highland Park by a man with a baseball bat.
“It was very upsetting,” recalled Koivu, 61, of Harrison Township, who was 26 at the time of the incident. “I had been friends with him for 20 years. I asked the nurse, How is he doing? What are his chances? She said, he has no chance, she said his brain was dead.”
A couple of days later, Chin died, 35 years ago Thursday.
The tragic death — and subsequent lenient punishment (probation and a $3,000 fine) — outraged Asian Americans in Detroit. They organized, forming new coalitions and the civil rights group American Citizens for Justice, sparking an Asian-American civil rights movement that continues today. On Saturday, a forum will be held at a Chinese-American center in Madison Heights to remember Vincent Chin with a documentary screening, panel discussion with Koivu and the director of Michigan’s Civil Rights Dept. and a visit to Chin’s grave site in Detroit. Of Chinese descent, Chin was an adopted son of immigrants from China in metro Detroit.
6/23/17 Philadelphia Inquirer: “Police: Burglars targeting Asian business owners”
by Julie Shaw
Police and federal agents are seeking the public’s help identifying at least two men who have been targeting Asian business owners’ homes or businesses in recent weeks.
About 3 p.m. June 17, the men burglarized a Broomall home that belongs to the owners of the House of Cheese grocery store in Southwest Philadelphia, Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives said Friday. They ransacked the home and fled with cash, electronic equipment and clothing.
6/22/17 Huffington Post: “Dashcam Footage Shows Minnesota Cop’s ‘Brutal Attack’ On Asian Driver”
by Chris D’Angelo
WASHINGTON — Dashcam footage released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union shows Minnesota police violently arresting a 22-year-old Asian man after a traffic stop last year.
In the video from July 28, 2016, an officer the ACLU identified as Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Agent Joe Joswiak approaches Anthony Promvongsa’s vehicle with his weapon drawn.
Joswiak can be heard shouting a stream of expletives at Promvongsa.
6/21/17 News 4 Jax: “Chinese food driver shoots would-be robber outside abandoned house”
By Destiny McKeiver
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Chinese food delivery driver shot at least one of three teens who police said set up the driver with the intent to rob him.
6/21/17 NECN.com: “Police Investigate Anti-Asian American Vandalism in Conn.”
By Justin Schecker
Many people in Guilford [CT] are upset to learn someone spray painted anti-Asian American racial slurs on a home near the town green.
6/21/17 Durham, NC Indy Week: “The Southern Oral History Program Noticed a Lack of Asian-American Voices in Its Archive. Southern Mix Is the Fix.”
By Sayaka Matsuoka
The Southern Oral History Program, a branch of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South, has been collecting in-depth oral histories from the South for more than forty years. The center’s archive contains more than 6,000 interviews, including ones with notable figures like Bill Gates and Newt Gingrich. But only forty-seven of them featured people of Asian descent.
Rachel Seidman, SOHP’s associate director, hopes a new project called Southern Mix (www.southernmixvoices.com) will fix that. Seidman says the lack of Asian stories was disappointing but bound to change because of the influx of Asian Americans in the South in the past decade, when, according to census data, that population grew faster than any other ethnic group in the U.S., increasing by 46 percent from 2000 to 2010. In that time, North Carolina became the state with the third-fastest-growing Asian population, with an 85 percent increase.
6/20/17 New York Post: “Yale dean who called people ‘white trash’ to be replaced”
The Yale University dean criticized for posting Yelp reviews that called people “white trash” is leaving her position, according to a report Tuesday.
June Chu, the dean of Yale’s residential Pierson College, had been placed on leave after her controversial postings surfaced.
6/19/17 The Oregonian: “Justices side with Portland rock band The Slants in trademark dispute”
by The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight over the team name.
The justices ruled that the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights.
The ruling is a victory for the Asian-American rock band called the Slants, but the case was closely watched for the impact it would have on the separate dispute involving the Washington football team.
6/19/17 Chicago Tribune: “Editorial: The Slants’ free speech victory: Rock band can’t be denied a trademark”
Americans generally disapprove of racial slurs. Someone who utters one in the company of others may provoke awkward silence, blunt criticism, loud outrage or worse. Social ostracism, organized protests and loss of employment may result as well. Bill Maher had to apologize after his jocular use of the N-word on his HBO show “Real Time.”
But one method of deterring such language is off-limits: government action to suppress it. Under our Constitution, offensive epithets may not be outlawed. In the immortal words of Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, “If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”
The court reaffirmed that view Monday when it said the federal government may not deny trademark protection to an Asian-American rock band that goes by the provocative name the Slants. By using that word, the band intended to mock racists and convert the slur into “a badge of pride.” In the same vein, it gave its albums titles like “The Yellow Album” and “Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts.”
6/16/17 Rolling Stone: “Inside Asian-American Group the Slants’ Supreme Court Free-Speech Win”
By Kory Grow
A little over a decade ago, the Portland, Oregon resident Simon Tam named his synth-pop group the Slants. The lineup is entirely Asian-American, and the name is a racist slur for Asians. His intention was to put a new spin on the word – which, he jokes, sounds old-fashioned as far as disparaging references go. He wanted it to be empowering. After crossing paths with two other bands dubbed the Slants, in Colorado and Arizona, he decided it was in his best legal interest to trademark the moniker with the federal government, as it would establish the band as a brand and give it legal protection against other groups that attempted to use the name; with a trademark, his group would have precedence. But the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) declined his registration, citing a decades-old law, called the Lanham Act, that allowed it to deny marks considered “scandalous, immoral or disparaging.” So Tam, who uses the professional name Simon Young, took on the government in a seven-year free-speech court battle that eventually brought him before the Supreme Court. On Monday, it was announced he won his case.
In a unanimous ruling, the eight justices (Neil Gorsuch recused himself as he was confirmed after arguments were presented) determined that the law the PTO had cited was unconstitutional. “It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court’s ruling.
6/15/17 NBC News: “Who Is Vincent Chin? The History and Relevance of a 1982 Killing”
by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Although the death of Vincent Chin has become a staple of Asian-American studies courses taught across the country, there are still many — Asian Americans and others — who do not know about what happened the night Chin was beaten or understand its continued significance for the Asian American community.
6/14/17 City Lab: “How Asian Americans Remade Suburbia”
by Tanvi Misra
Levittown is no longer the suburban archetype. Over the last few decades, these spaces have increasingly become less white and less rich. But despite this ongoing transformation, the idea of what a suburb is—or should be—has remained stubbornly narrow.
A new book, Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia, explores that tension in the context of Fremont, California, the largest Asian American-majority suburb in the Silicon Valley. With its good schools, sprawling homes, and proximity to tech jobs, Fremont has long been the gold standard for the American Dream—a prime destination for upwardly mobile Asian Americans in San Fransisco and Oakland, as well as more recent waves of “high-skilled” immigrants. These new, incredibly diverse groups of residents have adapted their surroundings to suit their needs and reflect their values—but it hasn’t been an easy process.
6/14/17 NBC News: “Georgia Special Election Shines Light on Asian-American Voters”
by Taylor Weik
His efforts are leading up to the scheduled June 20 runoff election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The 6th District, which covers northern Atlanta neighborhoods and sections of Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties, has been a steady Republican stronghold since 1979.
““When you consider Asian Americans, African Americans, and Latinos in the 6th District, we comprise 25 percent of the total electorate. We’ve been telling people at the door that if one of every two voters of color turned out to vote, we could be the deciding factor in this election.””
6/12/2017 Huffington Post: “Asians Most Likely To Be Charged For Espionage In U.S.: Report”
By Kimberly Yam
Asians may be receiving unfair treatment when it comes to the U.S. government’s spying cases, a study says.
A recently released report on economic espionage shows that the minority group is more likely to be charged with the crime than any other ethnic group. And they’re also found innocent at a rate two times higher than individuals from any other race.
6/9/17 Next Shark: “Meet Two Incredibly Badass Asian Americans Who Could Be NASA’s Next Astronauts”
By Khier Casino
Dr. Jonny Kim and Raja Chari are two impressive Asian Americans who made it into NASA’s 2017 astronaut candidate class, having been chosen from a pool of over 18,000 applicants.
5/30/17 WABE: “Asian-Americans Gain ‘Historic’ Attention In 6th District Race”
By Johnny Kauffman
Asian-Americans, including many who say they’ve been ignored for years by politicians in Atlanta’s northern suburbs, could decide the competitive special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.
In the 2016 election, Asian-Americans cast about 9 percent of all ballots in the 6th District.
5/19/17 Front Page Mag: “Princeton Chose Minority Students Based on Amount of “Cultural Flavor””
by Daniel Greenfield
Princeton’s admissions officers repeatedly wrote of Asian applicants as being difficult to differentiate, referring to them dismissively as having “very familiar profiles,” calling them “standard premeds,” or “difficult to pluck out.” The comments were noted by civil rights investigators at the Education Department as they probed allegations of racial bias in the school’s admissions system.
An investigator questioned an admissions officer after an Asian student was described eagerly by a counterpart as a “first-generation Chinese student whose own life has not been easy, trying to make the lives of others better through service. One of the best we’ll ever see from [high school].”
The second officer was less enthusiastic. “Perfectly able and appealing,” the officer wrote. “Very familiar profile.”
“Bright premed, but like many others,” another
5/17/17 NBC News: “‘Small Enough to Jail’: Doc Explores Sole Bank Charged After 2008 Financial Crisis”
by Saleah Blancaflor
When Thomas Sung opened the Abacus Federal Savings Bank in New York City’s Chinatown in 1984, he wanted to help the enclave’s immigrant community get loans to buy homes and start businesses, according to a documentary making its theatrical premiere this week. Before the bank, he himself had trouble securing a mortgage despite being a successful lawyer and real estate developer.
But two years after the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing bank bail outs, Abacus and many of its employees were faced with criminal charges relating to home loans made by the bank, the only U.S. institution believed to be indicted following the crisis, according to Reuters.
The five-year, $10 million legal ordeal between the Sung family and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., is recounted in “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” by director Steve James, which opens in theaters Friday.
5/15/17 NBC News: “In Congress, the Fight for Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices Hasn’t Slowed”
by Chris Fuchs
Diverse in scope and reach, congressional caucuses have long provided platforms for groups of like-minded lawmakers to tackle common legislative goals together.
But missing from the mix, until the mid-90s, was a caucus for Asian Pacific Americans.
5/12/17 Next Shark: “‘Dr. Ken’s’ Cancellation Could Mean Dark Times For Asian Americans in Television”
By Guy Aoki
Little did we know when Margaret Cho’s “All American Girl” debuted on ABC in September 1994 that we’d have to wait more than 20 years to get another Asian American family sitcom.
5/11/17 ESPN: “Jeremy Lin says racist remarks he heard from opponents were worse in NCAA than NBA”
by Ohm Youngmisuk
Jeremy Lin has dealt with racist remarks as an Asian American in the NBA, but he said nothing compares to what he repeatedly experienced while playing in college.
5/10/17 Associated Press: “Number of Hispanic, Asian-American Voters Increased in 2016”
WASHINGTON — A new Census report shows that the number of Hispanic and Asian-American voters increased in 2016, even as the number of black voters decreased.
Votes cast by Hispanics increased by about 1.5 million and slightly less than that by Asian-Americans. The number of white voters increased since 2012 by about 2.8 million, but they still represented a slightly smaller percentage of all voters than in the prior election.
5/9/17 Huffington Post: “I am an Asian American Actor and I Speak Perfect English!”
by Alex Chester
One would think an Asian producer would promote and fight for Asian actors to be represented in a role that is written in its originality as Asian. One would think this is a no brainer. Duh, as I like to say. Well, guess again. According to Masi Oka, one of the producers of Netflix’s adaption of Japanese manga Death Note, they couldn’t find any Asian actors who spoke perfect English. I call bullshit!
5/8/17 Huffington Post: “Asian-Americans Have Highest Poverty Rate In NYC, But Stereotypes Make The Issue Invisible”
By Kimberly Yam
Asian-Americans are often thought of as doctors. Bankers. Success stories. While those examples exist, Asian-Americans are by no means monolithic. There’s a whole other side to the minority group that goes undiscussed.
There’s the elderly retired Chinatown restaurant worker who has limited savings and must share an apartment with several other people. There’s the Cambodian refugee dealing with the trauma from living in a war-torn country and trying to start over in the Bronx with limited English. And there are many others who have yet to see their American dreams come true.
In fact, there are more Asian-Americans living in poverty in New York City than any other minority group. Their stories, however, are rarely told.
5/7/17 Los Angeles Times: “North Korea detains another U.S. citizen amid rising tensions, state media reports”
by Jessica Meyers
North Korea claimed it detained another U.S. citizen on Sunday, stoking further discord as the two countries face their biggest tensions in years.
The North’s state media said Kim Hak Song, who worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, was arrested on Saturday on charges of “hostile acts” against the country. This would bring the tally to four U.S. citizens held by the reclusive nation.
5/6/17 NPR: “This Was a Colossal Screw-Up’: A Close Look At A Case Dismissed For Misconduct”
by Carrie Johnson
Indian-American Reddy Annappareddy was found guilty but then discovery of government misconduct resulted in dismissal of the charges with prejudice.
5/6/17 Asian American Press: “CAPAC marks 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2017) — May 6, 2017 marks the 135th anniversary of the enactment of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which was the first law to expressly target and prohibit a specific group from immigrating to the United States. The law was signed by President Chester A. Arthur and imposed a ten-year ban on Chinese immigration or naturalization. It was reauthorized and expanded several times in the following decades, and was not repealed until 1943. In
5/5/17 India Times: “Association of Asian Americans in Kansas honor ‘American Hero’ Ian Grillot”
The Mid-America Asian Culture Association on April 29, honored Ian Grillot, 24, with a trophy inscribed with the words “American Hero.” Grillot took a bullet when he intervened following the shooting death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, an Indian techie, in a bar in Olathe, Kansas.
5/5/17 Michigan State University Spartan Newsroom: “Asian-American women close wage gap with white men”
By Caitlin Taylor
When you think of a leader, who do you see?
You might think of someone heroic or motivational, wealthy or in-your-face, but you probably wouldn’t think of an Asian American woman — at least according to human resource professional Ryan Namata.
5/4/17 NextShark: “Asian American Man Holds Intruders at Gunpoint While Taking Cell Phone Pics”
By Ryan General
When a group of intruders broke into the home of an Asian American man in Chino Hills, California, he was prepared to take them on. In fact, homeowner Yan Zhang was way too prepared.
According to CNN, not only did he arm himself with a gun, he also managed to open the camera application on his phone and snap photos as the crime unfolded.
5/3/17 NextShark: “Asian-American Professor Arrested in North Korea for ‘Hostile Acts’”
By Ryan General
Another American man is currently being detained by the North Korean government for allegedly committing “hostile acts,” state-run media reports.
According to KCNA news agency (via Reuters), Pyongyang authorities arrested Asian American Kim Sang-Duk on April 22 at Pyongyang’s airport as he was leaving the country with his wife. Kim is accused of committing “hostile criminal acts with an aim to subvert the country”.
At the time of his arrest, the 58-year-old man, who is also known as Tony Kim, was reportedly an accounting professor at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.
5/3/17 The Gothamist: “Asian Man Attacked In Midtown By Stranger Who Allegedly Screamed, “We Are White Power!””
by Nathan Tempey
Police have arrested a man who allegedly attacked an Asian worker in Midtown while yelling about “white power.”
Steven Zatorski, 48, is accused of approaching the victim, identified in a report as a delivery worker, on Monday morning at around 10:45, on Third Avenue between East 52nd and East 53rd streets. As he laid into the man, Zatorski yelled, “You are a fucking immigrant. Go back to your country,” according to police and prosecutors.
4/28/17 NextShark: “Meet the First Asian American to Become the Dean of Yale University”
By Ryan General
Psychology and neuroscience professor Marvin Chun will take on the role as the next dean of Yale College, according to an email announcement by University President Peter Salovey on Thursday.
4/25/17 Los Angeles Times: “Palantir will pay $1.7 million to settle claims it discriminated against Asians”
Big data start-up Palantir will pay nearly $1.7 million to settle claims that the company discriminated against Asian job applicants, federal regulators said Tuesday.
4/22/17 Dallas Morning News: “Irene Chu, widowed Chinese immigrant who ran successful area restaurants, dies at 98”
by Joe Simnacher
Irene Yeuk Ling Chu seemed to thrive on adversity.
In 1958, about three months after the birth of her sixth child, her 39-year-old husband had a fatal heart attack.
She and her husband each ran a food store in Hong Kong. They dreamed of opening a restaurant in America and sending all of their children to college.
In 1963, Chu and her children immigrated to the U.S. and moved to Dallas, where she arrived with $200 in her purse. Working 11- and 12-hour days, she became a successful restaurateur. She was not only able put her children through college, but helped countless other immigrants find success here.
4/20/17 The Daily Princetonian: “Behind the veil: The racism of Princeton’s affirmative action”
By Hayley Siegel
The University is suing the United States Department of Education in an attempt to keep seven years of admissions records hidden from the public. The cover-up is hardly unexpected — Princeton engages in discriminatory admissions policies under the pretext of “affirmative action” despite having lost sight of the very goals that the concept was originally intended to promote. There is no denying that Princeton, like many of its peers, uses race-based affirmative action in its admissions decisions, a process that has engendered an apparent quota on students of Asian descent.
4/14/17 Washington Post: “Asian Americans used to be portrayed as the villains. How did they become a ‘model minority’?”
By Jeff Guo and Daron Taylor
When Asian immigrants first came to America en masse in the mid-1800s, the popular media often portrayed them as scoundrels, degenerates, and job-stealers. But some time after World War II, public opinion shifted. Asian Americans were suddenly praised in newspapers and magazines as positive examples of family values and assimilation.
4/13/17 News India Times: “United Airlines stewardess compared color of arm of Indian American CEO Shankar Iyer to her White skin”
By Sujeet Rajan
NEW YORK: In a shocking and bizarre incident, a Caucasian female stewardess on a United Airlines flight earlier this year, held the arm of an Indian American CEO, Shankar Iyer, flying on a golf trip from Newark, New Jersey to San Diego, California, and told him, “I normally don’t associate this color with such entitlement,” adding, after pointing to her arm, “You have to be this color for such things.” The retort came after Iyer informed the stewardess he is a Premier 1K member and might be entitled to discounted/complimentary snacks, having ordered a box of pita chips with hummus.
4/12/17 NBC News: “Asian-American Advocates, Politicians Call for Investigation After Doctor Dragged off United Flight”
by Chris Fuchs
In response to the incident, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) fired off two letters Tuesday: one to United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, the other to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
CAPAC chair U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) asked Munoz under what circumstances in United’s procedures “are violent uses of force acceptable to the airlines and aviation security personnel,” and which conditions were met to lead to Dao’s removal.
4/11/17 Asia Society: “An Interview With an Asian American Trump Supporter”
by Matt Schiavenza
Over the last quarter century, Asian Americans have become increasingly reliable voters for the Democratic Party. 2016 was no exception. Despite Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton last November, Asian Americans preferred the former secretary of state over the real-estate mogul by a 65 to 29 margin. The 36 point difference marks a stunning turnaround from 1992, when Asian Americans supported President George H.W. Bush over Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton by 20 points.
Lisa Shin hopes to change this trend. An optometrist in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Shin emerged as a prominent supporter of President Trump when she served as a delegate and spoke at the Republican National Convention last summer. The daughter of immigrants from South Korea, Shin says she was drawn to Trump during the Republican primaries because of his vow to crack down on illegal immigration. While acknowledging that the Democratic Party has done a much better job targeting the support of Asian Americans, Shin believes that a Republican appeal to fundamental conservative principles may reverse the party’s unpopularity with the group.
4/10/17 India West: ‘Make America White Again’ Slogan Hits Charlotte; Owner Kamal Dhimel’s Store Burned in Racially Motivated Attack
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In the wake of a spate of hate crime incidents targeting Indian Americans as well as others from South Asia, Charlotte authorities say they arrested a black man April 9 in what they’ve described as a racially tinged arson attack on a Nepalese immigrant-owned store specializing in goods from the Indian subcontinent.
4/7/17 Sacramento Bee: “Robberies targeting Asian Americans in south Sacramento back on rise”
By Richard Chang
Hilda Situ still trembles when she talks about the two times she was robbed at gunpoint – first in front of her store and then outside her house.
4/7/17 Washington Post: “‘One word says it all. Asian’: Airbnb host reportedly leaves guest stranded because of her race”
By Amy B Wang
An Airbnb host in California has been banned after an Asian American guest claimed her reservation was canceled at the last minute because of her race.
Airbnb spokesman Nick Papas told The Washington Post in an email that the host’s behavior was “abhorrent and unacceptable.” The company has in recent years faced growing complaints of racial discrimination by its hosts.
4/4/17 Heavy: “Raylon Browning: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know”
A “beautiful, smart, hilarious” attorney who fled to the U.S. with her family as a refugee was gunned down as she crossed a busy street Monday morning in midtown Atlanta.
Raylon Browning, 39, has been arrested in the murder of Trinh Huynh, 40, Atlanta Police announced Tuesday at a press conference.
Huynh was in the crosswalk at the intersection of Peachtree Place and Peachtree Street about 7:40 a.m. when she executed at close range by Browning.
Raylon Browning: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
4/3/2017 Huffington Post: “How This State Is Targeting Asian-Americans With Its Abortion Laws”
“This ban is based on the false premise that AAPI families prefer sons over daughters and will seek abortions because of that preference.”
By Kimberly Yam
Critics fear a new Arkansas abortion ban will have particularly harmful consequences for the Asian-American community.
Asian-American groups are speaking out against a new Arkansas law that prohibits doctors and other providers from performing an abortion that is sought out based on the predicted sex of the fetus.
4/3/17 Daily Report: “Arrest Announced in Midtown Slaying of UPS Lawyer”
by Kristen Rasmussen
A woman killed in a Midtown shooting during rush hour Monday morning was an in-house attorney at UPS who began her career at Powell Goldstein and Alston & Bird.
Trinh Huynh, 40, was shot several times as she crossed Peachtree Street near Peachtree Place around 7:40 a.m. Monday, most likely on her way to work, possibly via MARTA, according to Atlanta Police Department. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she later died.
4/3/17 Washington Post: “Diversity Newspeak: Hispanics are a ‘racial minority,’ Asian Americans are not”
By David Bernstein
In the United States, the numbers are starker for racial minorities, the data shows. Uber employees identifying as Asian make up 30.9 percent of the ride-hailing company’s U.S. workforce and hold 47.9 percent of technical roles. Meanwhile, black employees make up 8.8 percent of the U.S. workforce and just 1 percent of technical roles. For Hispanics, the breakdown was 5.6 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively.
Bolding added for emphasis. If I’m following the implicit logic of this article correctly, “Uber employees identifying as Asian” don’t count as members of a racial minority group, but Hispanic employees do; otherwise, it would be hard to see how having more than half of Uber’s employees being “racial minorities” could be considered a “relative dearth.”
4/3/17 Heat Street: “Calls For College President Rita Cheng to Resign Because She Rejects Safe Spaces”
By Kieran Corcoran
The president of a US university is facing calls to resign because she refuses to endorse safe spaces on her institution’s campus.
Rita Cheng, who leads Northern Arizona University, sparked protests and a campus walkout by telling students they had to confront ideas they don’t like rather than hide from them.
4/1/17 Los Angeles Times: “Asian American media group condemns Scarlett Johansson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’ controversy”
by Gerrick D. Kennedy
This weekend’s arrival of “Ghost in the Shell,” the live-action adaptation of the landmark Japanese anime film, is being met with criticism from the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), which is condemning what it calls the “whitewashed” casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role.
4/1/17 Al Jazeera News: “Undocumented Asian Americans struggle in silence: While other undocumented communities are growing more vocal, undocumented Asian and Pacific Islanders face stigma”
By Massoud Hayoun
Los Angeles, United States – What differentiates undocumented Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander origin from other undocumented communities are also the reasons for their resounding silence as they’re faced with an administration increasingly hostile to migrants, activists say.
The undocumented Asian American Pacific Islanders’ (AAPI) silence is enforced not just by fears of deportation – separation from one’s family and a jolting return to societies that, after decades for some, have grown dauntingly unfamiliar – their silence also owes itself to what many advocates describe as shame for being in the United States without papers.
8/23/15 DemocratandChronicle.com “From orphan to NFL owner”
Kim Pegula, who was left on a street corner in Seoul as a child, is now one of the most powerful women in professional sports.
3/31/17 PRI’s The World: “Why one group of Chinese Americans opposes ‘sanctuary’ cities”
By Rhoda Metcalfe
Recently, 27 members of a group calling itself the Maryland Chinese American Network showed up at a hearing in Annapolis, Maryland. They were there to testify against a bill that would make Maryland a so-called sanctuary state.
The bill would, among other things, prohibit jails from holding people for immigration reasons unless there’s a warrant.
Cheng Tu, the group’s main organizer, explains that most in the Chinese American group had never spoken publicly before. But sanctuary laws angered them, Tu says, in part because they came here as legal immigrants.
3/31/17 The Guardian: “Ghost in the Shell’s whitewashing: does Hollywood have an Asian problem? From Scarlett Johansson’s heroine in the remake of the anime classic to Tilda Swinton as a Himalayan high priest in Doctor Strange, the film industry stands accused of whitewashing Asian characters and culture. Does it have a defence?”
by Steve Rose
The fans had other ideas. Ghost in the Shell is a live-action Hollywood remake of one of the most successful Japanese anime movies ever. The decision to cast Scarlett Johansson as its cyborg heroine, originally named Motoko Kusanagi, has not gone down well. This was “whitewashing”, the fans complained. The role should have gone to a Japanese actor. To date, more than 100,000 of them have signed a petition saying so. They also made a mockery of the Ghost in the Shell promo site. Examples include an image of Johansson with the slogan “I Am Totally a Japanese, Yeah”, Japanese actor Rinko Kikuchi with “I Am The Woman That Should Have Been Cast” and, over an image of kids painting a picket fence white: “I Am Hollywood Making Any Movie Ever.”
3/28/17 Wall Street Journal: “Is the Ivy League’s Admission Bias a ‘Trade Secret’? Princeton sues to block the government’s release of documents that could show discrimination”
By Jason L. Riley
Last year Mr. Blum’s organization filed a public records Freedom of Information Act request with the Education Department to gain access to the same documents that the federal government used to clear Princeton of any wrongdoing. Mr. Blum’s organization represents a group of Asian plaintiffs who are suing Harvard University over its admissions policies. The judge in that case has ordered Harvard to turn over six years of admissions records, and Mr. Blum suspects that the data will show that Harvard is unlawfully capping Asian enrollment.
America’s Asian population has exploded in recent decades, and Asian attendance at highly selective schools with colorblind admissions, such the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley, reflects this demographic trend. At Harvard, however, the percentage of Asian undergrads has remained remarkably consistent for an institution that claims race is not a determining factor in who is admitted. Mr. Blum suspects that Princeton engages in similar shenanigans, but the school has been pressuring the Education Department to deny him the information that he requested more than a year ago.
Concerned that the government was finally going to fulfill the FOIA request, Princeton sued the Education Department on March 17 to block the release of the admissions documents. The suit argues that the material being sought is exempt from FOIA, a claim that the government has rejected. The school also maintains that releasing the data would compromise student privacy, and it likened its admissions process to “trade secrets” that, if exposed, would put Princeton at a competitive disadvantage in attracting students.
Don’t believe it. Admissions officers switch schools all the time, presumably taking knowledge of admissions procedures with them, and the criteria used by elite institutions to evaluate applicants is not the equivalent of an iPhone patent. Nor is student privacy an issue since names, addresses and other personal information can be redacted. Mr. Blum’s organization simply wants the number of Asians who have applied to Princeton, their SAT scores and grade-point averages, and other information that the school used to analyze applicants academically.
What really concerns Princeton is a potential discrimination lawsuit. What ought to concern the rest of us is the apparent determination of elite colleges to punish Asians students for their academic success. Asians have long been the forgotten victims of liberal affirmative-action schemes, subject to unwritten “just for Asian” admissions standards that recall the treatment of Jews in the first half of the 20th century. Princeton wants them to shut up about it. Let’s hope they don’t.
3/25/17 The Federalist: “4 Landmark Cases Asian-Americans Brought That Helped Shape Our Nation; If The Slants’ suit prevails in the Supreme Court, it could benefit other entities such as the Washington Redskins, who are likewise fighting for their constitutional right to free speech”
By Helen Raleigh
One of the high-profile cases the U.S. Supreme Court chose to deal with in 2017 was brought by an Asian-American rock band. The band called itself “The Slants,” a historically derogatory term used to refer to Asians.
The band applied to trademark their name, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied their application on the grounds that name disparages Asians. The band contends that the government’s refusal is a free speech violation. If the band’s suit prevails, it could benefit other entities such as the Washington Redskins, who are likewise fighting for their constitutional right to free speech.
This isn’t the first time that an Asian American has brought a landmark case to the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s important we re-familiarize ourselves of some of the historical landmark cases brought by Asians and examine how their outcomes helped shape our nation’s history.
3/21/17 PRI’s The World: “Asian American students push to reveal what the ‘model minority’ myth hides”
By Anna Boiko-Weyrach
Poverty, isolation, and the pressure to excel are problems some Asian American students face. But statistics — and the model minority myth that Asian American students get perfect grades and go to Ivy League universities — can hide those problems by treating Asian Americans as a monolith. A study conducted in Washington state found that students with Cambodian, Hmong and Laotian heritage, among others with Southeast Asian roots, earned bachelor’s degrees at a lower rate than the national average.
3/18/17 NPR Weekend Edition Saturday: “The Legacy Of The Mississippi Delta Chinese”
by Melissa Block
Think of the Mississippi Delta. Maybe you imagine cotton fields, sharecroppers and blues music.
It’s been all that. But for more than a century, the Delta has also been a magnet for immigrants. I was intrigued to learn about one immigrant group in particular: the Delta Chinese.
3/17/2017 Politico: “Princeton sues to block release of records on admissions probe”
By Michael Stratford
Princeton University is asking a federal court to block the Education Department from releasing a trove of documents related to a closed federal civil rights investigation into its admissions practices.
3/16/17 Asia Times: “Asian Americans look to self-defense amid rising violence”
By Doug Tsuruoka
Shootings in the US that have left two Indians dead and a wider surge in violence against immigrants following the election of Donald Trump as president have spurred Asian American and other groups to organize self-defense and bystander intervention classes in major cities
3/15/17 press release: KAC Applauds Arrest and Community Engagement by Los Angeles Police Department Olympic Division
LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2017 – The Korean American Coalition (KAC) applauds the Olympic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for the arrest of the assailant responsible for the assault on a 24-year-old Korean female in a strip mall located on the corner of Vermont Avenue and 11th Street on Friday, March 10. The victim was released from the hospital today and is recovering from sustained injuries. The assailant is in custody and is being held on $1,075,000 bail.
“We thank and commend our partners in law enforcement and applaud Olympic Division’s Captain David Kowalski for initiating the press conference and inviting the community to attend,” said Joon Bang, KAC Executive Director.
The Olympic Division is holding a press conference to answer questions from the media and the general public on Thursday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. in its community room, 1130 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90006.
3/14/17 Law.com: “Where Are the Asian-American Partners?”
By Vivia Chen
What are Asian-American lawyers complaining about now? By many measures, they are runaway successes. In 2016, Asian associates represented more than 11 percent of all associates in major firms, the National Association for Law Placement said, while Hispanics and blacks only made up 4.4 and 4.1 percent, respectively. Moreover, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) reports that 31 Asian Pacific Americans now occupy the general counsel seats of Fortune 1000 companies (15 of them in the Fortune 500 in 2016 versus just four in 2006). Not too shabby for a group that accounts for less than 6 percent of the American population.
“They go to the best law schools, the best firms, but the problem is the low conversion rate from associate to partner,” says Jean Lee, head of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. (NALP finds that Asian Pacific Americans, or APAs, represent 3.13 percent of all partners in big firms.) Compared with other ethnicities, Lee adds, “Asians are leaving [firms] at the highest numbers.”
3/9/17 Asian American Press: “Cambodian deportation halted with help from community support”
Farmington, Minn. — Following months of sustained community advocacy, long-time Minnesota resident Ched Nin was released to his wife and their five children in late February after being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for over six months.
3/7/17 AsAm News: “Likely Lawsuit to Allege UT Austin Discriminates Against Asian Americans”
The same anti-affirmative group that twice went to the U.S. Supreme Court to sue the University of Texas, Austin, for discrimination is laying the groundwork for a third lawsuit.
My Statesman reports Students for Fair Admissions is recruiting students who feel they were unfairly rejected for a possible case.
According to the Harvard Crimson, this time the lawsuit will focus on Asian Americans.
3/6/17 Buzzfeed: An infographic titled “Who’s Your Token Asian?”, created by a 20-year-old Asian-Australian student, has been widely shared in several Asian diaspora groups this past week.
3/1/17 NextShark: “Asian Americans Are the Poorest Minority Group in New York City”
By Khier Casino
Asian-Americans have the highest poverty rate out of any ethnic group in New York with 27% living in need of a permanent job, according to the city’s data.
2/28/17 KRON: “Oakland teens arrested for brutal beating of 55-year-old”
By Allie O’Brien
OAKLAND (KRON)- Two Oakland teenagers have been charged with murder for the brutal beating death of a 55-year-old man in a West Oakland park early Wednesday morning, said prosecutors.
Jabari Jones, 19 and Breshawn Clark, 18, were arraigned on Friday in connection with Piliip Fai Low’s death and are scheduled to return to court on March 20 to enter pleas.
Oakland teens arrested for brutal beating of 55-year-old
2/27/17 Dallas Morning News: “After Highland Park kids trolled a respected author, some people apologized — and some didn’t”
by Jacquielynn Floyd
Jamie Ford is a respected and bestselling author (those don’t always go together, so it’s nice when they do). His novels include 2009’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and 2013’s Songs of Willow Frost.
On Saturday, the author wrote on his personal blog about being heckled and jeered while trying to address an assembly at Highland Park High School. An audience of freshmen and sophomores attempted to drown out much of his speech with constant “cheering” and hand-clapping. When, the close, he brought mentioned the World War II tragedy of internment of 120,000 Japanese-American citizens, he begged them not to applaud that.
Which they promptly did.
2/24/17 Washington Post: “He yelled ‘Get out of my country,’ witnesses say, and then shot 2 men from India, killing one”
By Mark Berman and Samantha Schmidt
A Kansas man was charged Feb. 23 with shooting to death an Indian man and wounding a second Indian man and an American in a bar. Federal authorities are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
2/24/17 bustle.com: “‘Quiet Tiny Asian’ Is The Web Series All Asian American Women Need”
By Mia Mercado
As a half-Asian American woman, I spend much of my half-wondering whether I’m doing the whole Asian thing right. Am I too Asian? Am I not Asian enough? Thankfully, comedy duo SJ & Ginny have created this helpful video guide to being an Asian woman in America.
2/23/17 LSE U.S. Centre: “Voters are more likely to support Asian-American candidates in American elections”
2/23/17 NPR: “Asian Last Names Lead To Fewer Job Interviews, Still”
2/18/17 National Review: “Why Social-Justice Warriors Think It’s Okay to Be Racist Towards Asians”
It happens all too often to Americans of Asian ancestry. They are walking home on a crowded street, and someone bumps into them and shouts, “Go back to China!” When it happened last year to Michael Luo, a New York Times journalist, he started the hashtag #ThisIs2016, and Asian-Americans shared their stories.
The same self-proclaimed liberals who tweet #BlackLivesMatter and #ChangeTheName, who work for a social-media network that fills its YouTube page with explainers telling you all you need to know about racism, have revealed a shocking blind spot when it comes to racism against Asian-Americans. Madison finally apologized (after digging himself an even deeper hole), but the failure of social-justice liberals to take seriously racism against people of all races is a much broader phenomenon. As the New York Times’ Luo told CNN about his Twitter campaign, “It’s resonating because Asian Americans have this feeling that racism against them is not taken as seriously as other groups.”
2/17/17 NPR: “First-Ever Tracker Of Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Launched”
2/7/17 The Clause: “Asian-American actors: you deserve more”
My favorite Disney movie is “Mulan”; the whole plot line of the movie is emotional and empowering. The movie and the music captivated my heart as a young girl, and Mulan quickly became my favorite Disney princess. Even today, I’m inspired by listening to “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” when I go running.
But those happily punctuated sentences came to an abrupt end when news spread that a white actor might be chosen for the lead male role of Li Shang.
2/3/17 UCLA Daily Bruin: “Reel Representation: Asian-Americans gravely underrepresented in mainstream cinema”
2/3/17 U.S. News and World Report: “A New Face for Affirmative Action? Edward Blum takes on affirmative action again – this time, with an Asian-American plaintiff, and Harvard as the defendant”
1/31/17 Aljazeera: “A Chinese American lesson for Trump”
by Massoud Hayoun
Los Angeles, United States – For some in the Chinese American community, Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries is a little bit of history repeating itself.
1/30/17 New York Times: “White Students’ Unfair Advantage in Admissions”
by Andrew Lam
A 2009 Princeton study showed Asian-Americans had to score 140 points higher on their SATs than whites, 270 points higher than Hispanics and 450 points higher than blacks to have the same chance of admission to leading universities. A lawsuit filed in 2014 accused Harvard of having a cap on the number of Asian students — the percentage of Asians in Harvard’s student body had remained about 16 percent to 19 percent for two decades even though the Asian-American percentage of the population had more than doubled. In 2016, the Asian American Coalition for Education filed a complaint with the Department of Education against Yale, where the Asian percentage had remained 13 percent to 16 percent for 20 years, as well as Brown and Dartmouth, urging investigation of their admissions practices for similar reasons.
There’s ample evidence that Asian-Americans are at a disadvantage in college admissions. This issue has divided Asians and others who debate the relative benefits of diversity versus meritocracy in our society.
But if Asians are being held back, it’s not so much because of affirmative action but because of preference for whites. The 450-point advantage that the Princeton study demonstrated blacks have over Asians draws the most attention. But the number that is most revealing is the 140-point advantage for whites over Asians.
Often-cited examples of race-blind meritocracy are New York City’s elite public schools, such as Stuyvesant High School, for which admission is based solely on a standardized test. Stuyvesant is about 74 percent Asian, 18 percent white, 3 percent Hispanic, 1 percent black, with 4 percent multiracial or other. In California, where race-based affirmative action was eliminated in 1996, admission at the University of California at Berkeley is 42 percent Asian.
Andrew Lam is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine, and the author of “Saving Sight” and “Two Sons of China.”
1/27/17 The Huffington Post: “After Trump Deemed China Foreign Enemy, Anti-Asian Hate Crimes In LA Surged: Expert; One group has launched a hate-tracker to fight against the issue”
1/27/17 Chicago Tribune: “Chinatown’s South Side neighbors see surge in Asian-American residents”
1/20/17 Orange County Register: “Rise in crimes targeting Asian Americans leads to new anti-hate website”
Visit the website at standagainsthatred.org
1/17/17 ABA Journal: “Asian-Americans are underrepresented in influential legal jobs, study says”
Asian-Americans make up more than 5 percent of the U.S. population, and an even greater percentage of law students. They are well-represented among the nation’s lawyers. But they are underrepresented among the top ranks of the legal profession, according to a new study.
1/17/17 Harvard Crimson: “The Role of Asian-Americans in 2017”
By Julie S. Chung
While I imagine more organization and political mobilization in the future, Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) civic participation has been discouraging at best for the past couple decades. The racial group has historically had some of the lowest voter turnout rates, and in 2014 nearly half considered themselves to be politically independent. Yet Asian-Americans are currently the fastest-growing racial group in the United States. For some, these characteristics may only reinforce stereotypes of the “apolitical” Asian-American, but within this voting vacuum, I see a great realm of opportunity for political action. It seems that now more than ever, the uncertain future of Asian-American politics calls for more collective action.
1/16/17 Los Angeles Times: “There are many Asian American attorneys, yet few are judges, study finds”
1/14/17 New York Daily News: “Steve Harvey in hot water with Asian-American NYC lawmakers”
A group of city politicians are — no joke — demanding an apology from comedian Steve Harvey for mocking Asian men on his daytime talk show.
Harvey struggled to contain his laughter as he poked fun Monday at a self-help book titled, “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.”
1/13/17 Slate: “Right-Wing Trolls Harass Asian-American Journalists for Video of Totally Different Woman”
1/11/17 National Review: “On Fire: The Racist Anti-Racists at MTV News”
by Michelle Malkin
New leftist rule: It’s okay to mock a Republican for having a biracial granddaughter.
It’s only the second week of 2017, but it’s already been a banner year for preening liberals on cable TV who are hell-bent on self-immolation in the name of proving everyone else’s moral inferiority.
On Tuesday, just before the confirmation hearing for attorney-general nominee and Alabama GOP senator Jeff Sessions kicked off, an MTV News reporter demonstrated his high and mighty commitment to racial tolerance . . . by mocking Senator Sessions’s half-Asian granddaughter. Sessions’s daughter, Ruth, is married to Asian-American John Walk. They have four girls.
1/10/17 The Daily Caller: “MTV Host Mocks Jeff Sessions’ Asian Grandchildren”
Ira Madison III, an MTV News culture writer and host, mocked Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Asian-American grandchildren on Twitter Tuesday morning.
1/10/17 Business Insider: “MTV News writer slammed for ‘disgusting’ tweet about Jeff Sessions’ Asian granddaughter”
1/8/17 NBC News: “Asian-American Leaders Reflect on Obama’s Legacy for the Community”
1/7/17 New York Daily News: “Manhattan culinary staple China Fun shutters, blaming government over-regulation”
1/4/17 NBC News: “The 115th Congress is History-Making for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders”
1/3/17 Village Voice: “Chinatown’s First Asian-American Representative Prepares to Take Office”
1/1/17 AsAmNews: “Filipino American Husband of Trump Adviser Kellyanne Conway on President-elect’s Shortlist”
Yale Law School graduate George Conway is reportedly being strongly considered for Solicitor General, the third highest position in the Justice Department, reported Bloomberg.
Conway is married to Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager who is now one of his senior advisers.