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.

“There is no winning unless we’re all winning” – Interview with Chavi Koneru on Asian Americans and Cross-Racial Solidarity in North Carolina

By Eddie Wong | March 7, 2022

Interview by Eddie Wong. Posted March 7, 2022. Intro:  Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in North Carolina with a 65% growth rate over the last decade. Along with population growth is growing political empowerment as the AAPI vote increased by 52% between 2016 and 2020.  North Carolina Asian Americans Together is at the…

All You Can Eat – Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | March 3, 2022

by Charlie Chin. Posted March 3, 2022. Introduction: Welcome to a new story by Charlie Chin, interpreter of the human heart and its passionate ups and down.  The title may lead you to think this tale is about food and you would be partially correct. The ending is delicious but I’m not going to spoil…

Happy New Year – Short Story by Charlie Chin

By Contributed | February 3, 2022

by Charlie Chin. Posted Feb. 3, 2022. Intro: Welcome to the Year of the Tiger. Charlie Chin’s new story touches on perennial themes of duty and obligation versus free will wrapped around family tensions regarding love and marriage. It brought back fond memories of going to the Wong family association every Sunday as my father…

APIAVote Mobilizes Against Voter Suppression – Interview with Christine Chen

By Eddie Wong | January 29, 2022

By Eddie Wong. Posted January 29, 2022 Introduction:  Christine Chen is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), a proven coalition builder and resource to 78 national and  local groups working on APA voter engagement. In the following interview, Christine addresses the recent wave of legislation aimed at suppressing voter…

State of (Dis)Union or How to Lean Away from Despair Towards Hope

By Eddie Wong | January 27, 2022

Voter Mobilization Must Combat Voter Suppression. By Eddie Wong. Posted January 27, 2022. It’s now the end of January and 2022 is off to a tumultuous start. Like a berserk wrestler who has gone off-script, we’re witnessing back-to-back body slams with “Eye of the Tiger” blaring as the soundtrack. Turmoil, anger, distrust and sadness are…