Voices from The Community Archive

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    Casteism, Lack of Toilets & Poor Policing Claim Lives of Two Girls

        Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi promised India’s 815 million voters that he would ensure that every home had a potty before he would even build the controversial temple in the town of Ayodhya, which right-wing nationalists have been clamoring for. “Toilets first, temple […]

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    MANAA Slams TMZ For Perpetuating Stereotypes Against Asian Drivers

    LOS ANGELES- Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA)–the only organization solely dedicated to monitoring the media and advocating balanced, sensitive, and positive depiction and coverage of Asian Americans–is criticizing TMZ for Friday’s telecast where one of their staffers perpetuated stereotypes against Asian people. The […]

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    A Hidden Tragedy: Mental Illness and Suicide Among Asian Americans

        What do Jiwon Lee, Kevin Lee, and Andrew Sun have in common? Sadly, they are three Asian Americans college students who killed themselves in high-profile cases in April at prestigious universities. Kevin Lee, (no relation to Jiwon,) a sophomore at Boston University studying biomedical […]

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    Talking About the Past, and Cooking, With Mother

      “Why don’t you call me anymore?” she asks on the phone, her voice plaintive, barely above a whisper. “No one remembers me, no one cares if I die.” “Mother, I called 3 days ago.” “Liar! That never happened.” It happened. She just no longer […]

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    Congress Must Act Now to Protect Our Right to Vote

      Although spring has just begun, before we know it fall will be here and so too will the midterm elections. If Congress doesn’t act now to restore the foundation of the Voting Rights Act, thousands of Americans may be deprived of one of their […]

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    A Decade Later: Assessing Harold T. Yee and His Place in Chinese America

      By Douglas S. Chan To recall the untimely passing of Chinese American activist Harold T. Yee at the age of 74 ten years ago is to reflect upon the life and times of an American original.  When Harold’s accomplishments are assessed someday by ethnic […]

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    Telltale Signs: Sen. Leland Yee and the Politics of Pay to Play

        No group was more shell shocked than the Bay Area Filipino community by the news last week that State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested by the FBI on seven federal felony charges related to public corruption and gun trafficking charges. It was not […]

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    Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to Benefit from the Affordable Care Act

        By Dr. Howard K. Koh As a physician for over 30 years, I have seen the patient benefits of having health insurance as well as the problems of lacking it. Nearly one in five Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) does not have […]

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    Foreword: Vietnam 40 Years Later

          As the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches, photographer Robert Dodge offers us a compelling new view of Vietnam, my homeland, in his new book of photography: Vietnam 40 Years Later. Below is the foreword that I wrote for that book. Four […]

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    President Obama Extends Best Wishes for the Lunar New Year

        On Friday, the White House released a video message from President Obama welcoming in the Lunar New Year. Echoing the President’s message, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs send our abundant […]

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