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

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…

CINEMA SUNDAY: Mother & Son in Indiana

Tony Nguyen’s documentary Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory is a short personal film about his mother Giap Thi Nguyen. He describes their strained relationship and presents their family story that grew out of a troubled time in American history. Set in Seymour, Indiana, the movie follows Giap’s final day before she retires…

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…

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: Enhancing the power of voting amid political challenges

Photo: Patsy Mink (the first Asian American women elected to the US Congress in 1965) during her first career in Congress; US Congress Bio   The political engagement of Asian Pacific Americans is increasing but there are challenges in the voting rates of registered voters and in finding candidates. NPR reports on the AAPI Victory…