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 Recap: Larry King, Washington Post, and more…

I can't believe that it's only been three weeks since my memoir, Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court, was released. Since then, I've spoken for many groups about the story, including the Untitledtown Book & Author Festival, the University of Wisconsin, Otafest (Calgary, Canada), and numerous law and policy organizations across … Continue reading Slanted Recap: Larry King, Washington Post, and more…

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  

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

On the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Awards

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

Paper Justice

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

What’s in a Name?

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?

Disparagement, Contempt, and Disrepute

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

Keynote at Purdue University

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

My OMG Moment at Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling

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