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

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

Where are You in “We?”

Who are we? Consider the preamble to the United States Constitution. When you hear, "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union," have you ever stopped to think about who they were referring to? It actually did not refer to the people of the United States, but rather, the … Continue reading Where are You in “We?”

The Art of Framing

Over the years, I've worked in a couple of areas that dealt with framing: In photography, framing helps with composing the image. You use natural elements to draw your viewer's eye to the subject. This helps emphasize the subject, bringing a natural structure as well as isolates the subject from distractions. In fact, for any … Continue reading The Art of Framing

Sprint vs. Marathon

Yesterday, I was thinking about how people train for a marathon. It seems pretty straightforward: you run a little more each day to build up stamina, you eat appropriate food to get more energy, and you get advice from other experienced people who have run marathons before. What you don't do is sprint short distances, … Continue reading Sprint vs. Marathon

The Next Day

If you've been in a long, deep slumber and looked outside to see the sun on the horizon, you would not be able to tell if the sun was setting or rising. It's the solar equivalent of the glass being half empty or half full: the only difference is what has changed from before and … Continue reading The Next Day