SOUTHEAST ASIAN DEPORTATION

Posted by Eujean Doo An increase in deportations of Southeast Asian-Americans has been having a devastating impact on our API communities. Many Southeast Asian-Americans immigrated to the U.S. as refugees of wars, bombings, and genocide that occured in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos that the U.S. was involved in. Many of the refugees do not even have a memory[…]

APISA INITIATIVE COMMUNITY REPORTBACK

Posted by Vivian Wu and Emily Liang On a rainy night in Oakland, community members gathered at the gymnasium of Roosevelt Jr High School. The rain was not the problem, because their hearts were united on the topic of misrepresentation and the struggle of Asian Pacific Islander students within Oakland Unified School District. Asian Pacific[…]

JUSTICE FOR GRANDPA CHEN

Posted by Emily Mei  One night in Chesapeake, Virginia, a Chinese grandpa was sitting in his minivan outside the clubhouse training his Pokemon on the smartphone virtual reality app, Pokemon Go. The grandpa, Jiansheng Chen, had just dropped off his sister in law before discovering that there was a Pokemon gym in the neighborhood where[…]

API MENTAL HEALTH HEROES

Posted by Amber Chang Arvin Temkar’s blog post, “Suffering in the Dark,” highlights the necessity of bringing awareness to people of color suffering from mental health. Temkar brings awareness to the issue through the new book released by Bruce Springsteen titled Born to Run. The book describes Springsteen’s journey through clinical depression. Temkar explains that although it[…]

LETTERS FOR BLACK LIVES

Posted by Becky Liang Beginning July 7, 2016, hundreds of Americans collaborated on writing an open letter on a Google document addressing the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and police brutality in general. The letter stemmed from Christina Xu who was concerned about possible negative reaction from the Asian American community reminiscent of[…]