My recent trip to DC was extraordinary - from enjoying Michelin starred restaurants to receiving an award from the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation for my battle to advance civil liberties, then meeting incredible journalists like Wolf Blitzer - but I don't think I ever felt more out of place. Each of the folks standing with … Continue reading On the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Awards
This week, I had the incredible honor of speaking on a panel with Stephen Baird, the original attorney who fought with Suzan Harjo to cancel the trademark registrations of the Washington football team, and Amanda Blackhorse, who bravely continued that effort. There's no question that their efforts helped to highlight the indignity that Native Americans … Continue reading Paper Justice
I was born “Simon Hsiao Tam” on March 31, 1981…at least according to my parents. Growing up, I had a couple of different middle names. My paper trail through the public school system will sometimes list it as “Hong,” like my father’s, and sometimes “Hsiao,” from my mother’s side of the family. I didn’t really … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
I recently sat down with Ken White of the Make No Law podcast to provide an inside look at my journey to the Supreme Court. While this is geared towards First Amendment geeks, this is probably one of the better features on the story and is one of the few that actually explores what the … Continue reading Disparagement, Contempt, and Disrepute
Last night, I had the honor and privilege of sharing a keynote lecture at Purdue University. The event was hosted by the Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, the Political Science Department, and the Brian Lamb School of Communication. This was the first event where I shared my story in several … Continue reading Keynote at Purdue University
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
I'm sitting in a bath tub. The band is out exploring DC and grabbing dinner while I'm I'm trying to get rested up because tomorrow is the big day at the Supreme Court. Since landing here, I've received a over 21,000 messages and phone calls. It's been back to back interviews, performances, and appearances...in other … Continue reading Written in a Tub, One Year Ago
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
My newest TEDx talk, Losing the Line Between Art and Activism, is now available to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU5RtVjBIAs I was fighting a cold/jet lag that day so I hope you'll pardon some of the coughing 🙂 This talk was probably one of the most transparent and vulnerable moments that I've had on the TEDx stage. I … Continue reading Losing the Line Between Art and Activism
My newest TED talk, "How to Get a TED Talk," has just been uploaded to YouTube (though it has been retitled to "Pitching Your Way to the TEDx Stage"). Here it is: I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please consider sharing it. Thank you!