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The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres

Posted by Ben Fong-Torres - on Sunday, 11 April 2021

The Year of the Rat By Ben Fong-Torres
By Ben Fong-Torres San Francisco The Year of the Rat Being an older Chinese American, I am no longer, as Roy Orbison sang, “Running Scared.” I am walking scared, constantly looking around and behind me.  Stop AAPI Hate, the advocacy group, knows of nearly 4,000 cases of violence against Asian Americans since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  It’s time to stop the beatings and shootings, the blaming and finger-pointing.  For me, it’s also...

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Sports Illustrated Cover Guy New York Knicks Starting Point Guard Jeremy Lin

Posted by Lia Chang on Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Sports Illustrated Cover Guy New York Knicks Starting Point Guard Jeremy Lin


Click here for the SI article on New York Knicks Starting Point Guard Jeremy Lin’s astonishing ascent. Linsanity continues tonight at Madison Square Garden, when the New York Knicks play the Sacramento Kings. Click here for more commentary on Linmania at AsianConnections.com.

Other Articles on Jeremy Lin:

cbsnews.com: Jeremy Lin: New York Knicks’ Cinderella story
espn.go.com: When Jeremy Lin takes over your team

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. In 2010, the Library of Congress established The Lia Chang APA Theater Portfolio in the Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian Pacific American Islander Collection.

 

 

New Asian American super PAC fights GOP Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra's controversial ad. Actress Lisa Chan apologizes.

Posted by AC Team on Saturday, 18 February 2012

New Asian American super PAC fights GOP Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra's controversial ad. Actress Lisa Chan apologizes.

A new super PAC is demanding an apology from GOP Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra for the broadcast of his controversial ad in Michigan on Super Bowl Sunday depicting negative stereotypes of Asian Americans. The ad shows an Asian female speaking in broken English, cycling through what appears to be rice paddies, "Your economy get very weak. Ours get very good."

Actress Lisa Chan apologized for her involvement. The recent UCLA graduate wrote on her Facebook page,"I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities."

“In an age where virtually all Americans have moved forward on race relations, it seems Congressman Hoekstra has taken a giant step back. We are here to say we are not going to put up with it. We are here to tell him we are outraged and demand an official apology," said Jesse Tangkhpanya, the national political director for the American Values super PAC.

In addition to the Super Bowl ad which was aired in Michigan, the GOP Senate hopeful posted a website accusing GOP rival candidate Senator Debbie Stabenow, (D-MIch.) of supporting deficit spending. The Hoekstra campaign website www.DebbieSpenditnow.com showed the Superbowl ad, with Chinese characters, paper lanterns and dragons.

Amidst the firestorm from members of the AAPI community and mounting pressure from both Republicans and Democrats, the ad has been taken down. It is off Hoekstra's Facebook page, YouTube channel, and the website now reverts to Hoekstra's Senate...

Vote for your favorite video in the White House AAPI "What's Your Story Video Challenge"

Posted by AC Team on Tuesday, 21 February 2012

More than 200 videos were submitted by members from the AAPI communities to a video challenge called "What's Your Story" sponsored by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Here are the top eleven finalists. You may vote only once, for one of these eleven video entries. The deadline to vote is March 1, 2012. A group of finalists will be selected to come to the White House in March, 2012 to share their stories at a White House Champions of Change event. 

White House staffers Eddie Lee, Associate Director, Office of Engagement, and Miya Saika Chen talk about the "What's Your Story" video challenge.

Anton DuGong asks Why Lin-sanity but no (Dat) Nguyen-sanity?

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 23 February 2012

Anton DuGong asks Why Lin-sanity but no (Dat) Nguyen-sanity?

Linsanity is bringing out the funny bone in people. 

Anton DuGong asks why there is Linsanity for Jeremy Lin but there was never any Nguyen-sanity for Dat Nguyen?

Linsanity Etiquette 101 - The historical milestone Jeremy Lin achieved - for all of us

Posted by AC Team on Thursday, 23 February 2012

Linsanity Etiquette 101 - The historical milestone Jeremy Lin achieved - for all of us

 

March 9, 2012:

The greatest thing about Linsanity is that Jeremy Lin can win, he can lose, but he has already achieved the near impossible. In just a few short weeks, he's turned a country on its head and made it examine how Asian Americans are viewed in the mainstream.

AC Team members head to New York this week with high hopes to see Jeremy Lin play in a Knicks game. When we watch him, we will be watching a talented basketball player, but we will also be thinking about the historical milestone he has already achieved - for all of us.

 

Related Update: 

February 23, 2012:

Following on the recent racist and racially-offensive incidents in coverage of NBA star Jeremy Lin, the Asian American Journalists Association has issued guidelines on how to and how not to cover Jeremy Lin.

These guidelines are good for everyone, not just news media. 

You would have thought that by 2012 our nation's news media wouldn't need such etiquette lessons, but the recent incidents prove otherwise. Let's hope AAJA's advisory serves not only as guidelines, but as a warning shot that any future incidents will not be tolerated. 

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Palo Alto, California, Jeremy Lin is a native born American.  

AAJA introduces its guidelines with the following:

"Jeremy Lin is Asian American, not Asian (more specifically, Taiwanese American). It's an important distinction and one that should be considered before any references to former NBA players such...

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