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
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.
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
This is the text of my TEDxSpokane talk that I recently delivered. In light of the protests and events taking place across our country now, I thought it would be appropriate to share. When the video is available, I will be posting it here. In November of 2013, I did an interview with Travel & … Continue reading Give Racism a Chance
This past weekend, I lectured at Stanford University on the "Reclaiming of Words and Ideas." Reclaiming cultural icons, symbols, language, and ideas (otherwise known as reappropriation) has something that has been occurring through nearly every social strata of human history for thousands of years. In recent decades, social justice activists have been using this tactic … Continue reading Stanford University Recap
In the world of marketing and communication, the words ‘diversity,’ ‘inclusion,’ and ‘representation’ are often thrown around and emphasized but in a very superficial manner. Specialists will look at a catalog or commercial and suggest to include more people of color, nontraditional gender roles, or different body types. While all of these things are important, … Continue reading How to Reach Out to a Diverse Audience Without Being Offensive
Currently, my band is fighting a battle with the United States Patent and Trademark Office over the right to register a trademark on our name. It's been going on for four years now. Today, the Oregonian published an opinion piece that I wrote talking about the case. You can read it here. I suppose in … Continue reading Oregonian Opinion post: A New Slant on Racism