NEWS: Guns, Classics, War

AAPI-Data: Gun Control is an Asian American Issue / CNN: Meet the Filipino who runs Penguin Classics / NY Times: Bob Kerrey and the ‘American Tragedy’ of Vietnam

CINEMA SUNDAY: Daughters & Mothers

Based on Amy Tan’s novel and directed by Wayne Wang, “The Joy Luck Club” movie reveals the difficult and sometimes violent life stories that underlie the conflicts between mothers and daughters. In the movie, memories of the mothers’ past lives in China intersect with the  modern-day experiences of their Chinese American daughters. The multiple emotions…

CINEMA SUNDAY: Names, Journeys, and Love Stories

The movie “The Namesake” released in 2007 colorfully depicts four love stories set in Calcutta and New York. Directed by Mira Nair and based on the book by Jhumpa Lahiri, the film follows a traditionally arranged marriage, two modern romances that struggle with that tradition, and filial love that connects two different worlds across time….

HEALTH MATTERS: A Doctor’s Prescriptions on Medicine

For National Doctor’s Day, this selection of videos of surgeon-writer Atul Gawande presents a range of issues confronting doctors. The first video from a TED Talk looks into improving the process of providing care and the second delves into more personal takes about being a doctor. The third video is a trailer for a Frontline…

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHY: Visions of Injustice

During World War II, Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams captured in black and white photographs the lives of American citizens swept by war hysteria  into incarceration camps. NPR’s All Things Considered recently covered their personal visions of the camps, in addition to the photographs by Toyo Miyatake, a Japanese American photographer who was interned at the…

IN THE NEWS: Remembering a Constitutional Hero

Fred Korematsu challenged the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066 that led to the incarceration during World War II of over 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of them US citizens. His appeal became the test case that reached the US Supreme Court which ruled against him in 1944. Korematsu’s conviction was overturned in 1983. President Bill Clinton…

DAILY NEWS BRIEF: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Recent news cover the range of human stories that inspire, scare, and stupefy. The Daily Beast features a Sikh American who protested the anti-Muslim bigotry of Donald Trump and his supporters. The Los Angeles Times reports on two Vietnamese and one Iranian inmates who escaped from an Orange County jail. The Washington Post covers the…

HISTORICAL NOTE: Remembering Challenger’s heroes

Photo: Challenger crew, NASA. The crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-51-L in their official portrait (back row from left to right: Ellison S. Onizuka, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Greg Jarvis, and Judy Resnik; front row from left to right: Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, and Ron McNair.   Thirty years ago today, the US Space Shuttle…

FEATURED VIDEO: Neurosurgeon, cancer patient, a father’s love

Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s book “When Breath Becomes Air” was published this week. He was a promising young neurosurgeon who wrote about his experience as a patient diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. He died on March 9, 2015 at the age of 37. YouTube Video: A Strange Relativity: Altered Time for Surgeon-Turned-Patient [Stanford Medicine] Learn more: [New…