Contextualizing the Chinese Exclusion Act

By Contributed | April 18, 2022

By Gordon H. Chang. Posted April 18, 2022 Introduction: On May 6, 2022, we mark the 140th anniversary of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. It was the nation’s first law that declared one ethnic group, the Chinese, as undesirable immigrants and declared all Chinese in the U.S. ineligible for citizenship. We are pleased…

MOSF 17.5: Meditation on the Ascension of Ketanji Brown Jackson, April 9, 2022

By Ravi Chandra | April 9, 2022

I bawled like a baby while listening to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s remarks on the South Lawn yesterday. I should cry more often.

Interview with May Liang, director of “Endlings,” new Korean American play

By Mark Pickus | April 6, 2022

by Mark Pickus. Posted April 6, 2022. I recently had the privilege of interviewing May Liang, artistic director of Ferocious Lotus Theater Company and director of Endlings. The play runs from April 8 to May 1.  It is being presented in collaboration with the Oakland Theater Project. MP:  Can you tell me a little bit…

Hanami: Flower Viewing Trip 1971

By Eddie Wong | April 5, 2022

by Eddie Wong. Posted April 5, 2022. Scrolling through Facebook has become a daily ritual for me.  Facebook is annoying to many people – the endless stream of party pictures, what I ate last night at that trendy restaurant, and mindless rants – but on the plus side Facebook offers a place to stumble upon…

Dr. Gong Returns – a short story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | April 5, 2022

by Charlie Chin. Posted April 5, 2022. Introduction:  Charlie Chin introduces us to Dr. Gong, a Chinese herbalist in New York Chinatown, with this tantalizing tale. Watch for more Dr. Gong stories in coming months. The old Chinese woman was screaming hysterically and pointing back at the tenement building.  The old woman didn’t speak English and…

MOSF 17.4: Will, Jada, Chris and Trauma: Oscars So Dissociated

By Ravi Chandra | March 29, 2022

Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at Oscars 2022 in “the slap heard ’round the world,” which became a moment of collective shock and trauma, with discourse still spewing. I saw it as a moment of collective dissociation.

Creating A Written Record – A Review of Asian American Workers Rising: APALA’s Struggle to Transform the Labor Movement

By Contributed | March 26, 2022

By Casey Lee Sweeney. Posted March 26, 2022 Asian American Workers Rising: APALA’s Struggle to Transform the Labor Movement, tells the story of the first 30 years of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) by highlighting the voices of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) leaders who have shaped the organization over time.…

Connecting Threads: Weaving the Past and Present of Asian American Activism. Book Review of Contemporary Asian American Activism- Building Movements for Liberation by Laura Misumi.

By Contributed | March 23, 2022

by Laura Misumi. Posted March 23, 2022. As a daughter of Asian American activists, and as a leader of an Asian American organizing group in Michigan, I was honored to have the opportunity to read the collection “Contemporary Asian American Activism.” When I read the table of contents, I was even more psyched to see…

Min Jin Lee’s remarks at the Break the Silence Rally, March 16, 2022

By Ravi Chandra | March 19, 2022

Min Jin Lee’s remarks at the anti-Asian hate rally in NYC, March 16, 2022. “I’m a novelist and it is my job to have empathy for everyone. And I imagine that things must be pretty awful for a person to carry a hammer, to shout racial slurs, sleep on the streets, be off their medication, and wish to take another person’s life. My assailant is likely a person without much reason, and I’m sure he’s desperate. And yet, when I think of my brothers and sisters almost imprisoning themselves in their homes, modifying their own faces in the hopes of not getting hurt, I get angry. Why are we tying ourselves in knots trying to solve a problem that we did not create?”

MOSF 17.3: Pixar’s “Turning Red”: Puberty, Shame, Racism and Belonging

By Ravi Chandra | March 15, 2022

Pixar’s Turning Red is only the second Pixar film directed by a woman – Domee Shi. It is also centered on an Asian American girl going through the turbulent emotions of puberty. Not surprisingly, it triggered a racist, sexist and clueless response. But it’s a fantastic film coming at an important time! Here’s my review.