NEWS: Congressional Medals, Olympics, Citizenship, A Writer’s Life

NBC News: Recognizing Filipino American Vets; Congressional Gold Medal Proposal for Filipino Vets Passes Senate, Heads to House; Asian-American Athletes to Watch at the 2016 Rio Olympics; Sikh Actor Waris Ahluwalia to Star in Film on 1923 Supreme Court Citizenship Case / The New Yorker: The Remarkable Forgotten Life of H. T. Tsiang

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

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…

MUSIC MONDAY: Dancing with a Young, Gifted, and Brown Soul

Joe Bataan’s music career, which peaked in the late 1960’s, experienced a recent resurgence after he was featured in a 2015 indie documentary “We Like It Like That.” The movie showed his pioneering role in the development of “Latin Boogaloo” a mixture of Latin dance music with rhythm and blues soul, that was a precursor…

NEWS ROUNDUP: Brussels bombing, campaign outreach, military and faith

This week’s news includes a report on a victim of the Brussels airport attacks, a Texan who had just celebrated her wedding anniversary. For the race to the White House, the Clinton campaign hired the deputy director of the White House’s AAPI Initiative to become its outreach director to Asian Pacific American voters. After months…

HISTORICAL NOTE: Starting the Delano Grape Strike

To protest the poor working condition of farm workers, Filipino American grape workers, members of the union Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) led by labor organizer Larry Itliong, initiated a strike on September 8, 1965 against the Delano grape growers in California. A week later, they were joined by the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA), the Latino…

MUSIC MONDAY: Musical rite of passage in California

H.P. Mendoza wrote and Richard Wong directed the independent film “Colma: The Musical” which has become a cult classic ten years after its release in 2006. It was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, which called it “an itty-bitty movie with a big heart.” [YouTube] “Colma Stays” from “Colma: The Musical” Learn more: [NBC News]…

FOODIE FRIDAY: Cooking with the White House Executive Chef

As Executive Chef of the White House, Cristeta Comerford determines the food that will be served for President Barack Obama’s family and at state dinners, like during the recent state visit by the new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Comerford has been the White House Executive Chef since 2005, having served the Bush and Obama…

MAKERS NEWS: From Protest to “Inside Out”

Ronnie del Carmen, Oscar-nominated Pixar animator, participated in the People Power protest in the Philippines that ended the Marcos dictatorship in 1986. Carmen is now in contention for an Academy Award for best original screenplay (original story) for the animated Disney movie “Inside Out.” Learn more: [NBC News] ‘People Power:’ How Pixar’s Oscar-Nominated Ronnie del…