Why Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’ apology matters (and it’s not because he’s sorry)

Another month, another Hollywood whitewashing of an Asian character. This month’s episode: Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’. Continue reading “Why Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’ apology matters (and it’s not because he’s sorry)”

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Are Asian immigrants being targeted for MTA subway attacks?

This is an article that I originally wrote for American FOBs. I corrected a mistake and made some slight edits to this version for clarity.  Continue reading “Are Asian immigrants being targeted for MTA subway attacks?”

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Are Asian immigrants being pushed onto subway tracks a coincidence or something else?

I don’t know what number constitutes a pattern, but after a 61-year Chinese immigrant was pushed onto the tracks of the oncoming D train in The Bronx. Continue reading “Are Asian immigrants being pushed onto subway tracks a coincidence or something else?”

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Are racist restaurant receipts becoming a thing?

I’ve been running across a pattern of incidents where receipts (mostly restaurants) are being used to post racist slurs in the place of customer names.  Continue reading “Are racist restaurant receipts becoming a thing?”

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My thoughts on the “random” assault, death of 68-year old Chinese immigrant in Alphabet City

I’ve had so many thoughts running through my head when I first read the news story about 20-year old Jamie Pugh attacking and ultimately killing 68-year old Wen Hui Ruan last Friday in Alphabet City.  Continue reading “My thoughts on the “random” assault, death of 68-year old Chinese immigrant in Alphabet City”

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Justin Bieber, One Direction fans attack Lorde, her boyfriend with racist tweets

Lorde and boyfriend James Lowe brush teeth

You know that footage of teenage girls at a boy band concert where they’re visibly shaking, holding up signs made of glitter, wearing homemade shirts, screaming ‘I love you’ at the top of their lungs, all the while on the verge of fainting from all the adrenaline? Continue reading “Justin Bieber, One Direction fans attack Lorde, her boyfriend with racist tweets”

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Jeremy Lin Forces National Discussion on Asian Americans

Jeremy Lin NY Daily News Kobe WhoAs Asian Americans who grew up playing basketball, my sister and I have a keen interest in the Jeremy Lin phenomenon. We identify with Lin in many ways, so we’ve found ourselves deeply-invested in his journey — so much so, that we cheer for him as if he were a part of our family.

Recently we went to the local pub to watch the Knicks take on the New Jersey Nets. We sat down next to an Asian family, who was also there to watch Jeremy Lin.

As the game went on, a man at the bar began cheering for the Nets. He exploded with a “YES!” and clapped intensely each time the Nets made a big play or went on a run. He ended up cheering a lot that night — it was clear that the Nets had the momentum and the Knicks couldn’t find a flow.

The Knicks would ultimately fall to the Nets, a disappointing loss after their triumph over the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks – a game that was nationally-televised the previous day.

Right as the game ended, the Nets fan stood up from the bar, faced our tables, and blurted out, “You chinks can’t win two straight!” before turning and walking toward the front door. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin Forces National Discussion on Asian Americans”

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