Voices from The Community Archive

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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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    The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’: Hollywood Shuns Asians, While New Media Embraces Them

    In a recent New Yorker cartoon, a dog is shown lounging by a pool and saying to a pup: “Youtube’s one thing, but cats will never make it on the big screen.” A funny commentary, surely, but in America that statement could just as easily […]

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        The First Global Filipino Networking Convention, held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on August 31- Sept.1, 2002, drew 4,000 delegates and featured as keynote speakers Senate President Franklin Drilon, US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi, Loida Nicolas-Lewis and Alex Esclamado of the […]

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    Remembrances: A Child’s Christmas in Dalat, Vietnam

      Wild orchids and colored, painted pine cones — these things I remember of Christmas in Vietnam. It was in Dalat, the hill station city with its persistent fog and whispering pine forests and littered with French-built villas, that I first celebrated Christmas. My father […]

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    Seeing Underwater

      One of the things I feel passionately about is using underwater portrait photography as a means to help someone emotionally heal. When you’re underwater, you have to relax and be honest and maybe face certain fears you have inside. When you see yourself in […]

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    Kimmel’s Shameful “Kill Everyone In China” Remarks

    On October 16, 2013 late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel featured a skit called “Kids Table” and invited four youngsters of diverse ethnicities to chat and discuss issues related to the recent Federal government shutdown.  How do you explain the national government shutdown to 5-6 year […]

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    Reflections on the Last 50 Years of San Francisco Chinatown

    By Pius Lee, Chair, Chinatown Neighborhood Association My wife and I immigrated to San Francisco from Hong Kong under President Kennedy’s refugee program in 1963. Like many new immigrants we came here for freedom and for better opportunities but faced many problems upon our arrival to […]

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    A Nostalgic America, Haunted By Ghosts

        Fei Xiaotong, a world-renowned Chinese anthropologist, visited America in the 1940’s and thought it was a country devoid of ghosts. Americans live in brightly lit cities, he noted. They illuminate all parts of a room. They believe in individual progress — not clanship, […]

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    Telltale Signs: Filipinos Discovered California?

          On September 25, 2009, the state of California officially declared October as “Filipino American History Month” to honor the first Filipinos to set foot in California 426 years ago this week. Starting in January of 2014, thanks to a law authored by […]

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