Disparagement, Contempt, and Disrepute

I recently sat down with Ken White of the Make No Law podcast to provide an inside look at my journey to the Supreme Court. While this is geared towards First Amendment geeks, this is probably one of the better features on the story and is one of the few that actually explores what the … Continue reading Disparagement, Contempt, and Disrepute


You Are Enough to Make a Difference

A few days ago, I was speaking at UC Davis School of Law for an event that highlighted some moments from my journey to the Supreme Court. After the presentation, I spent some time with student leaders of APALSA, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, where we casually spoke about music, Joss Whedon's Firefly, … Continue reading You Are Enough to Make a Difference

Negative Stereotypes and Fear of the Chinese are Still Very Present

Senator Rubio, along with the FBI Director, are targeting Chinese students, saying they've infiltrated "naive" colleges and universities, especially those in "math and science," and part of a "whole-of-society" threat to the United States despite not having any evidence.   Yet, they aren't talking about the FBI's own evidence that white supremacist groups have infiltrated … Continue reading Negative Stereotypes and Fear of the Chinese are Still Very Present

We’re Taught to Hate

I've been thinking about the South Pacific song, "You've Got to be Carefully Taught," which is partially responsible for spreading the idea that hate is taught. You've got to be taught To hate and fear, you've got to be taught from year to year It's got to be drummed in your dear little ear You've … Continue reading We’re Taught to Hate

Record of Wrongs

Conflict relies on a record of wrongs: recalling how/when someone has crossed us, the personnel file tracks infractions from an employee, uncollected debts are recounted. As such, we're inherently taught to avoid certain people, to label them as unreliable or assume the worst of intentions, and to withhold generosity, forgiveness, or compassion. It's reasonable: we … Continue reading Record of Wrongs

Keynote at Purdue University

Last night, I had the honor and privilege of sharing a keynote lecture at Purdue University. The event was hosted by the Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, the Political Science Department, and the Brian Lamb School of Communication. This was the first event where I shared my story in several … Continue reading Keynote at Purdue University

My OMG Moment at Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling

A few weeks ago, I got my "Moth moment:" I was able to share my story of performing at the Oregon State Penitentiary on the Tenx9 stage. Tenx9 Nashville is a Belfast-originated monthly community storytelling night in Nashville, Tennessee where 9 people have up to ten minutes each to tell a real story from their … Continue reading My OMG Moment at Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling

A New Kind of Stadium

Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday. To prepare for this big moment, the Minneapolis Super Bowl Host Committee spent nearly $500 million on it (mostly via taxpayer dollars). According to the New York Times, it was the seventh one built in the last 12 years, each constituting about $250 million each from taxpayers for a total … Continue reading A New Kind of Stadium

Two New Projects: On Music and On Eating

This year, I launched two new projects that see to have little to do with what I normally do. The first, is a daily called podcast - Music Business Hacks (launched today!). Yep, daily means I'll have 365 episodes produced for Season One. This quick-bite podcast focuses on inspiration, information, and application for aspiring artists … Continue reading Two New Projects: On Music and On Eating