Shortcuts

When I was in fourth grade, my family moved across town to be closer to the restaurant we owned. My new elementary school was only about a mile from our home so I walked home everyday. Soon, I made friends who lived near me and they told me about their super-secret shortcut. The shortcut involved … Continue reading Shortcuts

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Once Upon an App: An Online Dating Fairy Tale

I'm pleased to announce that my newest TEDx talk on love and education is finally out! Please watch Once Upon an App: An Online Dating Fairy Tale filmed at TEDxDupontCircleEd below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY2QH_azjU4 And speaking of fate and coincidences, this talk was released on the one year anniversary to my wife.

New TEDx Talk Coming: Once Upon an App

This weekend, I'll be sharing my newest TEDx talk titled Once Upon an App: An Online Dating Fairy Tale. TEDx Education events traditionally explore thinking around teachers, parents, and kids on how to build a better school. While many of the talks can take a broader view of what constitutes as learning and education, it's … Continue reading New TEDx Talk Coming: Once Upon an App

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

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

Culturally Competent Communications

There's a growing trend in the intersection between diversity, equity, and inclusion work and marketing: culturally competent communications. I've even delivered a couple of workshops on the topic. It's related to other fields of cultural competence -  understanding and appropriately responding to the unique combination of cultural variables and the full range of dimensions of … Continue reading Culturally Competent Communications

Go Big or Go Home

Go big or go home is a popular adage that exhorts you to go all in, to experience something to its fullest. Like other catch phrases, it's easier said than done. In one sense, it might dissuade people from trying at all - "Don't bother unless you put your entire self into it." In another, … Continue reading Go Big or Go Home

Yes, Read the Comments Section

My newest TED talk was delivered in May 2017 in Bend, Oregon. While the eyebrow-raising title ("Yes, Read the Comments Section") might make some feel uncomfortable because of their personal experiences, I believe it is important to wade into the waters of the unknown in order to make connections with those of different beliefs. At … Continue reading Yes, Read the Comments Section

Portland State University Multicultural Graduation Keynote (Video & Text)

https://youtu.be/7OsZzvHXyFQ?t=24m53s Last month, I had the honor and privilege of being the keynote speaker for Portland State University's 2016 Multicultural Graduation. The video of the speech can be found above. Here's the original text: It’s a great honor to be speaking with you - not only because I’m addressing a graduating class that has the … Continue reading Portland State University Multicultural Graduation Keynote (Video & Text)

What Whiteness History Month is Already Teaching Us

In Portland, Oregon, a brave community college launched a new project that “seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems that stem from racism.” It’s called Whiteness History Month. And it has received equal parts scorn as well as praise. It should be noted that the endeavor itself isn’t “White … Continue reading What Whiteness History Month is Already Teaching Us