Category Archives: East Asian

100 Questions and Answers About East Asian Cultures

The Rock stands alone

This month’s report from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California surprised me. In examining Asian and Pacific Islanders in 1,300 films (pdf), it found that one actor — one — held a third of all the … Continue reading

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How did May become APIA Heritage Month?

This May, while attacks against Asian Americans are on the rise, we might ask how May became Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month? There are good reasons for that and a great story behind it. The reasons have to do with … Continue reading

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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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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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Books, like minds, work best when open

A big shoutout to Dr. Sook Wilkinson and the book she created with Victor Jew, “Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest.” It is one of 15 featured in Bridge Michigan’s “15 anti-racist Michigan books to get you through … Continue reading

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Asian American, Pacific Islander voting up

Efforts to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders voters succeeded in 2020. NBC News reports that “In the 13 most contested presidential battleground states, AAPI early and absentee voting rose nearly 300 percent from 2016 — the fastest growth rate … Continue reading

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CBS, CNN expanding race coverage

CNN this week announced it will expand and advance its coverage of race in America. In a memo to staff on Monday, CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote, “There are structural changes and investments we can and will make to better … Continue reading

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Wash your hands, cover your cough, eat Chinese

As we deal with what some do and others don’t call the COVID-19 pandemic, we grasp for actions we can take to regain some of our power and protect ourselves and our world. Here are three things you can do … Continue reading

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