Beyond Borders Archive

  • Arlene Ackerman

    Arlene “What Pogrom?” Ackermann Out, Chinese Navy No Threat

    Philidelphia’s Ackermann Gets $1M To Get Fired [Hu’s On First ] Last time you heard about Philadelphi’s Arlene Ackerman, their superintendent of color, I slammed her for trying blame the hapless Asian victims in the South Philadelphia high school riots. Now I can have the […]

    Full Story

  • On The Scene: Trekking to Beatiful Bhutan and Nepal

    On The Scene: Trekking to Beatiful Bhutan and Nepal

    The country of Bhutan has always held a fascination for me, and after seeing the wonderful Bhutan exhibit at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum last year, it was a definite destination desire for the Wongs. Bhutan is a beautiful undiscovered part of the world, but […]

    Full Story

  • Black-Asian Unity: Why we need to talk about race relations beyond individual incidents

    Black-Asian Unity: Why we need to talk about race relations beyond individual incidents

    By Sam Cacas Since publishing my first book, “BlAsian Exchanges, a novel” two years ago, I have often been asked to speak about the real-life common history of Blacks & Asians that is highlighted throughout my book. This includes the true story about Richard Aoki, […]

    Full Story

  • Black-Asian Unity: BlAsian Love in the New Media

    Black-Asian Unity: BlAsian Love in the New Media

    By Sam Cacas Absence makes the heart grow fonder. And for a writer, I might add that absence also makes the words go stronger. Since this column’s appearance in the summer, a number of new media developments have taken the BlAsian world by storm and […]

    Full Story

  • LGBT Perspective: For 2009: Tolerance Not Violence

    LGBT Perspective: For 2009: Tolerance Not Violence

    A woman was beaten and raped by four men. They terrorized her for close to an hour and, when they were done, left her naked in the street. Throughout the attack, they taunted her with the reason she was chosen: She is a lesbian.

    Full Story

  • Christmas and Its Malcontents

    Christmas and Its Malcontents

    Much to my annoyance, some of the Christmas zealots in my neighborhood put up their lights as early as Halloween this year. And I distinctly remember hearing the first hints of Christmas music over the speakers in a pharmacy two weeks before Thanksgiving, as if […]

    Full Story

  • Blasian Perspective: Discovering My African Roots

    Blasian Perspective: Discovering My African Roots

    Are Asians descended from the African continent? While many side with historians who believe that civilization started in Europe or China, I have believed the answer to the above question to be an emphatic yes since reading The Destruction of African Civilization by Chancellor Williams […]

    Full Story

  • LGBT Perspective: The Success Of A Loss

    LGBT Perspective: The Success Of A Loss

    California now has a constitution with an amendment that discriminates against a minority. California now has two groups of people: one can marry, the other cannot.

    Full Story

  • Faith Perspective: Praying for a Future President

    Faith Perspective: Praying for a Future President

    Congratulations, Asian America, on the new president! You worked hard, listened and voted. But is Obama the answer to your prayers? For African Americans, Obama is an answer to decades of prayers, not cheap please-don’t-let-the-Republicans -win-again kind of prayers, but prayers borne of the Civil […]

    Full Story

  • Blasian Perspective: Yes, We Did!

    Blasian Perspective: Yes, We Did!

    Remember my August 7 column where I boldly predicted that Barack Obama would be the first BlAsian president of the United States? (BlAsian in the combined biological-family-cultural sense: His father is Kenyan and his stepfather, who helped raise him, is Indonesian. And Barack was born […]

    Full Story