Free to State

Yesterday, I was honored to join several wonderful people at the Washington Post for a live event and discuss the importance of artistic expression highlighted by freedom of expression. Wes Lowery moderated the questions for me, Michael Render (A.K.A Killer Mike), and John P. Elwood. Later in the afternoon, the event continued with other panels … Continue reading Free to State

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Relationships and Music

Saw this wonderful quote from Skye Linh today that said "Being single is so much better than being cheated on, lied to and disrespected." It parallels this other axiom about success which states "In life, you don't get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate for." We're often bound by our own fears and … Continue reading Relationships and Music

Slanted Recap: Larry King, Washington Post, and more…

I can't believe that it's only been three weeks since my memoir, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court, was released. Since then, I've spoken for many groups about the story, including the Untitledtown Book & Author Festival, the University of Wisconsin, Otafest (Calgary, Canada), and numerous law and policy organizations across … Continue reading Slanted Recap: Larry King, Washington Post, and more…

Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court

My memoir is finally available for pre-ordering! This deeply personal story is about the adventure of starting the world's first and only all-Asian American dance rock band and the many adventures along the way, especially fighting my way through the U.S legal system for my First Amendment rights. You can pre-order it from Amazon, Barnes & … Continue reading Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court

Anthem

Yesterday, my band released a new single in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It's called Anthem. I hope you'll take a listen and consider making a donation to an organization fighting for racial justice (we have a few listed at http://www.theslants.com/anthem) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1h_XOfmOjU  

Finding Forgiveness

10 years ago I helped a woman I barely knew escape from a violent relationship. Her boyfriend beat her up badly but never went to prison because the cops didn't believe her, even though she was quite bruised. She had nowhere else to go so I offered my home as a safe place to take … Continue reading Finding Forgiveness

Simon Tam at SXSW 2019.

Redefining What’s Offensive

I'm honored to announce that I'll be sharing my story in Austin, TX at SXSW 2019! If you're going to the festival, please check out my session here. For the past few years, I've been telling portions of my story about growing up as an Asian American, starting The Slants, and fighting my way through … Continue reading Redefining What’s Offensive

The Advice I Give Out Most Often

What's the advice that you find yourself always giving to the people around you? Mine is simple: If your closest loved one were in your situation, what would you tell them to do? Most people know what the right thing to do is - they just either lack the courage and discipline to do so … Continue reading The Advice I Give Out Most Often

Baby, You’re Cold Inside

Susan Loesser, daughter of the iconic Frank Loesser, has been defending her father's song, "Baby, it's Cold Outside." "Absolutely I get it," she said. “But I think it would be good if people looked at the song in the context of the time. It was written in 1944” I think people understand the context in … Continue reading Baby, You’re Cold Inside