FEATURED VIDEO: Beyond Orientalism

Via Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts: What if there’s an America …”Beyond Orientalism” by Nelson Eusebio, Angel Desai and Siho Ellsmore

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…

CINEMA SUNDAY: Hollywood and racial backlash

Popular entertainment contributes to an American culture that promotes unconscious bias and prejudices. Long-term Hollywood depictions of Asian roles performed by white actors in “oriental” make-up are under attack by a younger generation of Asian Americans who understand the insidious and long-term effects of this still persistent racist practice. [Vox / YouTube] Yellowface is a…

MUSIC MONDAY: When a Prodigy Grows Up

Violinist Midori Goto debuted as an 11 year-old, having been selected by conductor Zubin Mehta to perform with the New York Philharmonic in 1982. She gained further legendary status three years later when she played through two instances of violin strings breaking during a Tanglewood concert with Leonard Bernstein conducting. The New York Times reported…

HISTORICAL NOTE: One Week to One Month in May, Every Year

In 1977, Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii introduced a resolution [S.J.Res.72] in the U.S. Senate that proposed the idea of celebrating “Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week” during the first 10 days of May. A similar resolution [H.J.Res.540] was also introduced by Congressman Frank Horton of New York in the House of Representatives. Both resolutions did not…

FOODIE FRIDAY: Of cabbages and YouTube queens

Emily Kim, also known for her YouTube persona “Maangchi” (Korean for “hammer”), has now attracted over 1 million subscribers to her cooking channel. Since 2007, Kim has been producing videos that showed how to cook traditional Korean dishes. She has also published her book on how to cook real Korean food. Before her career as…

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…

IN BUSINESS: Portable power from the sun

NBC News, via its NBC Asian America channel, is featuring start-ups in the new business series “Self-Starters.” The series highlights stories of entrepreneurs pursuing their paths to attain the proverbial American dream. The current episode “GigaWatt” shows CEOs Deep Patel and Harold Tan describe their products — portable solar energy solutions that power devices in…

MUSIC MONDAY: L.A., the Devil, and other love songs

Singer and songwriter Connie Lim has a direct and spare style that gives her contemporary songs emotional clarity. The Los Angeles-based musician hasn’t gained much nationwide attention, but she has been producing an impressive range of songs that include alternative pop ballads, covers, smooth soul, and more recent indietronic rock. The following music videos feature…