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,…

FOODIE FRIDAY: Authenticity in gastronomy

In 1961, restauratrice Cecilia Chiang opened The Mandarin restaurant in San Francisco and introduced Americans to real Northern Chinese dishes. She served hot-and-sour soup, dumplings, pot stickers, beggar’s chicken, smoked tea duck, Peking Duck, among many others that replaced then-standard Chinatown food like egg foo young, egg drop soup, and chop suey. Chiang received the…

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…

CINEMA SUNDAY: Painting the world of Disney’s “Bambi”

Art director Tyrus Wong’s impressionistic style defined the innovative look of Walt Disney’s classic animated film “Bambi” released in 1942. A new documentary about him called “Tyrus” by Pamela Tom is being featured by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) during its film festival. The film includes stories of his artistic achievement at Disney,…

FOODIE FRIDAY: Exploring flavors of identity

Seattle Asian American Film Festival recently featured Grace Lee’s documentary “Off the Menu: Asian America,” which she describes as “as a road trip through the United States, where we get to meet folks that reflect an evolving Asian America and a wide ranging relationship with food.” It is not just a cooking or travel show,…

MUSIC MONDAY: Writing the Songs of “Frozen”

Robert Lopez and his songwriting partner-wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez have written some of the most successful recent musicals and popular songs from movies. An English major at Yale, Filipino American Robert Lopez co-wrote the lyrics for the Broadway show “Avenue Q” then wrote the musical “The Book of Mormons” with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the duo…

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…