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
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
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
If you want to catch all of my TED talks in one handy place, here's a playlist:
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.
Before you buy into a label or stereotype about someone, even if is one that is self-imposed and especially if it is one that is in direct conflict with your own beliefs, ask questions before you make assumptions.
In the wake of the Ferguson decision, of the 14 additional unarmed youth who have been killed in the past week, and in the face of vast disparities facing our country at every level, I believe that this is an important discussion that we need to be having. Please watch this talk - and if you … Continue reading My Newest TED Talk: Give Racism a Chance
This week, a controversy erupted over a local show in Portland, OR. It all stemmed from the promotional artwork meant to look like a Black Friday sale advertisement: The ad features several racial stereotypes about black culture: cocoa butter, oversized basketball jerseys, grills, and so on. Understandably, local racial justice activists were upset by this poster … Continue reading How a Portland Event Being Cancelled Demonstrated White Privilege