This month, I received some unexpected news - twice - in the form of book awards. First, Book Authority named my memoir one of the 25 Best Books on the Constitution of All Time* (a pretty audacious claim in my opinion!). Then, I learned that I also received the silver medal from the Independent Publisher … Continue reading Unexpected Recognition
Today kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month so I thought I'd share this experience from earlier this week. On Monday, I received over 100 hateful and racist comments from trolls, white supremacists, and far-right wing conspiracists on my Asian American band's page. More specifically, it was on a post announcing a new grant that … Continue reading Never Forget Our Values
I'm proud to be launching a new effort to help counter anti-Asian American racism that has been rising since the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic while supporting artists. It's called Countering Hate with Art, the newest program from The Slants Foundation. At The Slants Foundation, we believe that art can play an important role in … Continue reading Countering Hate With Art
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
June 19, 2017 It’s Monday morning. After working fifteen-hour days everyday for a month straight, I’m bleary with exhaustion. It is one of the few remaining days that the Supreme Court could possibly publish their decision on my case. Fifty-fifty chance it happens this morning. I stumble to the restroom and catch a glimpse of … Continue reading The Day of the Supreme Court Decision
Another one of my new talks has just been released. Please take a moment to watch this. I hope it inspires you to rethink assumptions that we make about others.
Over the past few days, there has been a flurry of discussion in the Asian American social media community about the conflict between Phil Yu (of Angry Asian Man fame) and Lela Lee (of Angry Little Asian Girl). Essentially, it's a trademark use dispute that has now become public since the respective parties have both been blogging … Continue reading A Battle of Angry Asian Trademarks
This morning, one of the top trending news stories is the cancellation of the trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins. Given the political pressure that’s been widely applied, it wasn’t that surprising. People drawing false-equivalency comparisons to my trademark case pending before the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit wasn’t surprising either. In … Continue reading The Difference Between “Redskins” and “The Slants”