Category Archives: Ethnicity & Race

Buddhists live stream Asian American ancestors ceremony on May 4

Lion’s Roar reports that May We Gather, a national Buddhist memorial ceremony for Asian American ancestors, will be live streamed at 7 p.m. EDT, 4 p.m. PDT on Tuesday. The day is seven weeks from the day of the Atlanta … Continue reading

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Asian American students in 6 words

Check out Chalkbeat’s Student Voices project in which Asian American students use six-word stories, artwork, poetry and music to comment on the times they’re experiecning. Kelly Shi, 15, of Queens, New York, is one student who contributed more than one … Continue reading

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What does APIDA mean?

This year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which begins May 1, continues to evolve. There are at least three factors changing the month, first recognized as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in 1990. It had previously been just … Continue reading

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Arabs and Muslims: Not the same

As Arab American Heritage Month concludes, James Zogby writes in The Nation about a lifetime of slights, large and small, over his ethnicity. Zogby is a pollster and founder and president of the Arab American Institute. He recounts slurs, being … Continue reading

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Did Justin Bieber commit cultural appropriation again?

Justin Bieber has been accused, again, of appropriating Black culture for having his hair styled in dreadlocks, an ethnic hairstyle. Is it wrong to adopt an identifying characteristic of a culture one does not share? The answer is debated. It … Continue reading

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Images that bred racism now used to fight it

By Dina Kaur “It’s not going to do any good for us to pretend that hatred does not exist,” said Ruth Ann Jones during a Michigan State University Libraries special collections Zoom session: Unpacking Racist Stereotypes. The April 1 session … Continue reading

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Ramadan greetings in Arabic and English

What do you say to a Muslim at Ramadan? You may greet the person in their everyday language or in Arabic, the language of Islam. Most Muslims in the world are not Arabs, but they use the language in their … Continue reading

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Anti-Asian violence fueled by model minority myth

The model minority myth plays a role in today’s violence against Asians. Its damages have several dimensions. The myth is that Asians are universally successful. You can learn about where the myth came from and why it is not true … Continue reading

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Is Holi religious, cultural or just colorful fun?

Holi has elements of culture, religion, and some enjoy it just for the color runs or to post on Instagram photo of people throwing — or wearing — handfuls of colorful powder. It is photogenic, to be sure. Hindus and … Continue reading

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Asian American street hero hits back twice

Xiao Zhen Xie, the 75-year-old woman who sent her attacker to the hospital, has flipped the script again. She has pledged a GoFundMe account started in her name, which seems likely to pass $1 million, to help fight discrimination. Most … Continue reading

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