NEWS: Voters, Migration, Fear

NBC News: Hispanics, Asian Americans Among Most Purged Voters in New York City: Analysis // Fortune: These Are the Fastest-Growing Racial Groups in America //  New York Times: Aziz Ansari: Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family

DAILY NEWS BRIEF: Human rights activism and controversy

In the news: Google‘s featuring of civil-rights activist Yuri Kochiyama on its home page receives a host of news coverage about the bold advocate for human rights who stirred controversy with her professed sympathies for Malcolm X, Castro, and Bin Laden. Her life-time activism grew out of her experience as one of the Japanese Americans…

MEDIA MIX: Stories from emerging communities

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas is crowdfunding for a new media platform “EmergingUS” and making his appeal: “It’s time to hear new stories. Challenge old narratives. Help us tell our story, all of us”. [EmerginUS / YouTube] This is #EmergingUS–the emerging American identity Vargas wrote for the Washington Post, a member of the staff…

NOTABLE ESSAYS: On Solidarity, Invisibility, and Satire

Racial and ethnic identity politics make for difficult conversations these days. Quick and sharp responses to offensive language in the media are multiplied and repeated, then  become trending topics in brief social media outbursts. These eruptions, unfortunately, offer more heat than light. Except for these three recent essays: [Huffington Post] How Do Asian Americans Advocate…

FEATURED VIDEO: Speaking of race

A New York Times Opinion Documentary piece “A Conversation With Asians on Race” by Geeta Gandbhir and Michèle Stephenson presents a dozen Asian Americans’ views on race. The short interviews cover personal experiences with racial stereotypes (not just outside but also within the diverse Asian American community). Their stories include encounters with early racism in childhood,…

FEATURED VIDEO: Executive Orders and Civil Liberties

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which authorized the evacuation of all persons deemed a threat to national security. It was followed by Executive Order 9102 which established the War Relocation Authority for its implementation. Over 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry were moved to assembly centers, then…

IN THE NEWS: Actor-model-designer’s interrupted flight to New York

Sikh-American actor, model, and designer Waris Ahluwalia could not board his Aeromexico flight back to New York City after a series of screenings at the airport. He was prevented from boarding the plane after he  declined to remove his turban publicly, as this screening process violated his religious faith. In his social media protest, he…

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…

FEATURED VIDEO: Skinny Captain America challenges stereotypes and intolerance

Photo: Screenshot from “Red, White, and Beard” video by Sikh Captain America Writer and cartoonist Vishavjit Singh transforms an American icon to one whose super power is altering perceptions. In this video, he goes around the city asking people “What’s the first word that comes to mind when you see me?” Learn more: [Michigan Radio]…