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: 5/21/17
Colleges 2015: 8/30/15
Colleges 2016: 9/27/16
Colleges 2017: 5/21/17
Free the North Koreans: 2/23/14
Hate Crimes: 5/7/17
Law Firms: 3/19/17
Medical Schools: 2/12/17
Medical Schools 2016: 5/15/17
Medical Schools 2017: 3/19/17
Statistics on Reverse Discrimination: 5/1/17
Hall of Shame: Obama Dept. of Justice: 5/7/17
Hall of Shame: TV Medical Shows (Bigots for the Left: Asian American men do not exist): 5/21/17
Hate Crimes: 7/31/16
Voting Records: 5/15/16
Bigots for the Left who cast Asian American men as doctors in TV medical shows: only two in 50+ years:
“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.
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.
5/17/17 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.
5/11/17 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.
5/9/17 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!
5/7/17 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.
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.
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.
3/18/17 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.
3/16/17 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.