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 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: An Army Captain and His Articles of Faith

Capt. Simratpal Singh won a temporary legal judgment in his quest to practice his Sikh religion by wearing a beard and a turban while serving in the U.S. Army. Capt. Singh is a West Point graduate and a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom who earned a Bronze Star for leading more than 150 patrols that…

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…

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]…

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…

DAILY NEWS BRIEF: Registering voters, Refugees and history, Solidarity for racial justice

Photo: Sikh American Journey, Rose Parade; Prayitno Hadinata, Flickr [Los Angeles Times] Californian to help lead super PAC focused on registering Asian American voters: “Asian American and Pacific Islander community’s political presence doesn’t match its population or its influence in technology and business. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are less likely to register to vote…