• Call for Proposals: Data Journalism & Storytelling on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders

    Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

    Data journalism attempts to use quantitative data as a tool to explore society, policymaking and electoral politics. But even with data, context is everything. And as we’ve frequently seen, one of the most critical areas in which a lack of representative diversity can produce distorted or misleading results — or an absence of content at all — is in the coverage of race, culture and ethnicity. A particularly glaring omission across the data-inspired journalism landscape is contextually rich content that relates to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). We're looking for your pitches for AAPIHM!

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  • Hot Summer Oklahoma Sun

    Sunday, April 13th, 2014

    Grandma would tell me who I was, even though I didn’t know it myself. Summer, Fall. Pumpkins, corn, beans, sofke. We are Creek. Lazy living room days. Picking biscuit dough from the tiny crevices of her silver-coral-turquoise rings on brown-skinned fingers. Looking at her Indian figurines, I wondered, is this me?

    Was I the vanquished Indian, riding the horse whose head hangs low in the painting on the wall? Or was I the one that sifted the corn through Great Grandma Susie’s charred basket?

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  • Why I Support Affirmative Action: One Asian American Perspective

    Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

    SCA5 raised the ire of some Asian American organizations who felt it would hurt Asian American applicants by decreasing the available spots on college campuses. Some, such as the 80-20 National Asian American Political Action Committee, have gone so far as to say that “SCA5 is a ‘Yellow Peril Act’, a 21st century version of the ‘Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882’, aimed specifically to impose a quota-like ceiling on the AsAm students. . . .”3  This sort of rhetoric might be effective in rousing up supporters, but it both misrepresents the intended purpose of SCA5, which is to work towards greater access for underrepresented groups in higher education, and minimizes the ugliness and racism of some aspects of U.S. public policy.

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  • Happy Birthday, Audre Lorde!

    Sunday, February 16th, 2014

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  • Stop the madness: Help the Philippines tackle climate change

    Sunday, November 10th, 2013

    Filipinos know about extreme weather. It’s a republic of more than 7,000 islands that sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, making it prone to earthquakes, typhoons, and volcanic eruptions. In America, they’re called “natural disasters.” In the Philippines, it’s “weather.” And then Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) happens... Naderev “Yeb” Saño described the phenomenon succinctly and accurately — “madness.”


    When Filpinos start worrying about weather and commenting on it, it's time for all of us to take note and pay attention.

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