The Tic Tac Toe Hustle

There are specific tactics for winning Tic Tac Toe, or at the very least, to never lose. I took this knowledge by challenging restaurant regulars who were friends with our family to a friendly wager of fifty cents per game.

Oh, the Contradiction

It's not surprising to find contradictions in our ideas, values, and beliefs. For example, many who are pro-life also support the death penalty and military intervention that includes swift, violent retribution or the assignation of others. Or, those who say they believe in freedom of speech... at least until they find speech that they find … Continue reading Oh, the Contradiction

On Cruelty

Cruelty... is never necessary is not justice is something we're all capable of is always a choice says more about those who inflict it than those who are victims of it is upheld by the status quo. ... Just a reminder that our country is still locking up and separating families - two thirds of … Continue reading On Cruelty

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?”