Beyond Borders Archive

  • LGBT Perspective: After Proposition 8

    LGBT Perspective: After Proposition 8

    The Path Forward By the time you read this, California’s Proposition 8, which would define marriage as only between a man and woman, will have been either rejected or passed. Either way, much work needs to be done to heal the fissures rendered by this […]

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  • Young Asian Americans Sound Off on Plunging Economy

    Young Asian Americans Sound Off on Plunging Economy

    SAN FRANCISCO — For some young Asian Americans, the country’s tanking economy hasn’t resulted in any major immediate changes to their pocket books. But the market’s topsy-turvy rise and fall has definitely impacted their mentality. “Even if I have tremendously good credit, it will be […]

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  • Faith Perspective: One Apology

    Faith Perspective: One Apology

    “The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions.” - Thich Nhat Hanh Na-ze oreo kirai nahn dah is Japanese for “Why do you hate me?” I learned the phrase as a college sophomore when my older […]

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  • BlAsian Musician Explores Both Sides of His Roots

    BlAsian Musician Explores Both Sides of His Roots

    The release of the CD Ten in September continued drummer/ percussionist/educator/musicologist/Asian American Orchestra director Anthony Brown’s long career of combining music that reflects his BlAsian roots. Born in the Presidio neighborhood of San Francisco to —who met in Isuzo, Japan, during World War II and […]

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  • LGBT Perspective: Why Would APIs Favor Discrimination?

    LGBT Perspective: Why Would APIs Favor Discrimination?

    At a meeting to defeat Proposition 8—the one that “eliminates the right of same sex couples to marry”—we learned that APIs are slightly more in favor of the proposition than against it. We are surprised. APIs, with a long history of fighting against unequal rights, […]

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  • Gen. Y Perspective: Young Chinese Artist on the Road to Success

    Gen. Y Perspective: Young Chinese Artist on the Road to Success

    Nikki Lau habitually fell asleep during her high school Advanced Placement Art History slideshow, but she now hopes to make eyes pop open with her art. At college in Seattle, Nikki’s work was displayed in several art exhibitions and commissions. Howard House, a major art […]

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  • Faith Perspective: Requiem

    Faith Perspective: Requiem

    The proverbial phone call in the middle of the night visited us in May. We found out that my father-in-law had passed away during his visit to India. Death came suddenly, in the middle of a conversation. They told us that his brother was talking […]

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  • Vote for this BlAsian Baby!: A BlAsian Love perspective

    Vote for this BlAsian Baby!: A BlAsian Love perspective

    You may recall that my first column in April mentioned Tammy Luke of Alabama. She had told me that she met her Asian man, Ernesto Cabato, online. What she didn’t tell me then was that she was expecting, and she has since had a healthy […]

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  • LGBT Perspective: The ‘T’ in LGBT

    LGBT Perspective: The ‘T’ in LGBT

    A child is born. The doctor holds the baby, looks at it and congratulates the exhausted mother on having delivered a healthy son or daughter. Once sex is assigned, implacable social forces begin to grind: Roles are defined, behaviors taught, expectations formed. But what if […]

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  • Youth Perspective: Streets, Stickers and Sugarcane

    Youth Perspective: Streets, Stickers and Sugarcane

    Young People in the Philippines Try to Make Money Take a walk through the big companies of America, and you may find that the closest thing to hard work is replying to a slew of e-mails. Young people in the Philippines, on the other hand, […]

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