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…

WEDNESDAY WISDOM: Social responsibility and communal justice

During this highly charged political season, racial and ethnic communities are riled by social issues, some of which allow for easy solidarity but others have created tensions. Immigration reform and the Black Lives Matter movement present the Asian Pacific American community with challenges about one community’s responsibility to support the issues that affect other marginalized…

DAILY NEWS BRIEF: Accusations, independent voters, and photographers

Latest news: The CBS 60 Minutes program devotes a segment on two American citizens –¬†Xiaoxing Xi and¬†Sherry Chen – who were falsely and abruptly charged with spying based on inadequate and erroneous evidence. An opinion piece in U.S News & World Report raises the political problems of treating the Asian American electorate as a monolithic…

DAILY NEWS BRIEF: Places, names, and faces

In the news: The Chicago Tribune reports that it’s Chinatown community is countering the negative effects of urban gentrification on ethnic neighborhoods by welcoming and supporting new Chinese immigrants. The Washington Post provides historical and cultural context to a recent law passed by Congress, which updates names used in legislation to remove antiquated racist terminology….

TECH TUESDAY: Culture, empathy, and technology leadership

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who replaced Steve Ballmer in 2014, has the challenge to reinvent a former desktop computer technology innovation leader and find strategic success in a mobile, cloud-based, Internet-connected world. Besides the technical challenges, he recognizes the need to address the company’s culture and revive Microsoft’s innovative mind frame to compete with current…

NEWS ROUNDUP: Refugees and history, communities and politics

This week, USA Today has a report on the state of former refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia who were resettled in the U.S. after the Vietnam War. The successful adaptation by this refugee community to their new lives in America depended greatly on the organizations that sponsored them and the support services available in…

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…

IN THE NEWS: Presidential campaign in the Pacific

The Democratic caucuses in Washington state, Hawaii, and Alaska — states with significant Asian Pacific American populations — handed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders with very strong victories. His landslide wins in these states against front-runner Hillary Clinton indicated a much closer race for the Democratic presidential nomination than widely reported. Major news media have inaccurately…

IN THE NEWS: Democratic race for the White House

As the 2016 presidential election heats up, the two remaining campaigns for the Democratic nomination are competing in the margins. The proportionally significant Asian Pacific American communities in Washington state, California, New Jersey and New York — states with still upcoming primaries and caucuses — will probably have some influence in the Democratic nomination race….