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PBS NewsHour: Randall Park on his directorial debut and Asian American representation in Hollywood
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I’ve been following Randall Park ever since I first noticed him in a Wells Fargo television ad back in July of 2008. So I was really happy to see a recent segment on PBS NewsHour about his directorial debut and on Asian American representation: “Since starring in the hit sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat,” Randall […]

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EEAAO Cast is Back:  American Born Chinese Premiering on May 24 on Disney+
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After seeing Everything Everywhere all at Once (EEAAO) win a slew of Academy Awards, are you wondering where you can see the cast together again? Disney+ recently announced that American Born Chinese, a series based on the graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, starts on May 24 on Disney+ and features Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy […]

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Asian American Civic Involvement:  A California Study
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Although we have talked about Asian American voter apathy for years now, recent elections in places like Georgia are said to have swung based on increased Asian American voter turnout.  Does that mean that Asian American civic involvement, which more than just voter turnout, is increasing?  The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace looked at Asian […]

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Where Increasing Asian and Asian American Media Representation has its Limits
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It’s impossible to miss the increase in Asian and Asian American representation. This year, Everything Everywhere all at Once and its actors won a number of Golden Globe awards and received several Oscar award nominations.  In the past few years, movies such as Minari and Parasite have won numerous awards including Parasite’s Best Picture Academy […]

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California Shootings Highlight the Struggles of Asian American Seniors
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(photo credit: Ray Mueller) After the initial shock about hearing about the Half Moon Bay shootings, my next reaction to hearing that Chunli Zhao actions were related to his work on a farm was “why is a 66-year-old working on a farm?” This shooting and the Monterey Park New Year shootings highlights some of the […]

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“Bling Empire: New York” Thinks Social Striving Is Tacky
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The latest installment of the Netflix reality show presents a worldview in which upward mobility, which is critical to so many Asian Americans, is gauche. View Entire Post ›

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Northwestern Mutual’s ‘Distant Relatives’
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While watching the San Francisco 49ers defeat the Seattle Seahawks, I saw this Northwestern Mutual commercial (‘Distant Relatives’): “Someday is today. That’s the realization many people are having these days—what we’re calling The Great Realization. It’s time to finally do the things you’ve been talking about for years. Get started with a Northwestern Mutual financial […]

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People Are Calling Out Gwen Stefani After She Repeatedly Said She's Japanese In An Interview
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“Gwen Stefani telling an Asian American interviewer that she identifies as Japanese is the kind of oblivion i’m trying to channel in this dark, cruel world.” View Entire Post ›

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Asian American Candidates Tie after Recount – Winner Determined by Drawing Lots
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I wrote before about how every vote can make a difference, and when I wrote the story, Murali Srinivasan was beating Justin Wang for Sunnyvale City Council by just one vote.  A recount found 3 more ballots – two for Wang and one for Srinivasan.  The tie was broken on January 3, as shown in […]

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Visualizing the Asian American Population in California
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(image credit: San Francisco Chronicle) Graphical visualizations are often the best way to understand data. The San Francisco Chronicle recently published this dynamic set of visualizations looking at the Asian American population.  It allows interactive exploration of California Asian American population trends. Some of the graphs hint at interesting changes that have happened in the […]

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