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After months of campaigning by immigrant and LGBTQ rights groups, Nicoll Hernández-Polanco was freed from her detention by ICE. Her story, written by Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center, is a story of a young woman who escaped the broken immigration system, and how she was criminalized and psychologically tortured simply for being young and transgender.  

Kris Hayashi | April 29, 2015 - 11:41am


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Mia Nakano LGBTQ | June 29, 2014 - 4:16pm

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Here's an op-ed by UCLA Professor of education and Asian American studies Mitchell Chang on one possible negative effect of the Tiger Mom book (Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother): more stereotypes of Asian American college applicants that will (further) hurt their chances of getting into colleges and universities.

Here's an excerpt from the op-ed:

Momo Chang | January 31, 2011 - 11:22am
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The New York Times recently profiled "nice guy" blogger Jared Eng, creator of snark-free celebrity gossip site JustJared which will purportedly pull in seven-figures in profits this year. Eng, one of five boys in a Chinese American family straight outta Queens, is a Columbia grad who decided that pop culture was more fulfilling to him than the job he was led to via his computer science background. Amen, Jared! Can you explain that to my family please? C'mon, it'll take just five minutes on the phone. Jared?

Sylvie Kim | January 27, 2011 - 9:07am

While national attention is focused on giving undocumented students the opportunity to go to college, Asian American students face the peculiar dilemma of being too over-achieving to qualify as a minority, despite making up less than 5 percent of the US population.

Victoria Yue | January 27, 2011 - 8:31am
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Thursday January 27th -- Raleigh

Old Hearts for New Lungs Benefit featuring Mondega

Cynthia Brothers | January 26, 2011 - 2:51pm

Spoken word heavyweight Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai recently dropped her second album Further She Wrote, a follow-up to her 2007 album Infinity Breaks. Produced by Black Cracker, the electro-hop beats interwoven with Kelly’s resonant and uninhibited poetry create haunting atmosphere and electric depth. Listen and download a “name your price” copy on her Bandcamp site, and check back often at her personal site for tour dates. Look for a review of Further She Wrote in Issue 23 of Hyphen.

Kelly recently did a Q&A with the folks at Bicoastal Bitchin. Here are selected excerpts from her interview. 

Cynthia Brothers | January 26, 2011 - 11:17am

Okay you guys NOW I'm feeling that the 2011 television season has started for real. Idol? My NBC comedies? All I need is RuPaul (coming next blog post) and I'm all set. Ahh, all is right with the world once again.

Dianne Choie | January 25, 2011 - 11:36am

You've already heard that Asian Americans are taking over the Internet and if you're reading this post, you're probably one of many wired folks who can name every blog, M. Night Shyamalan protest, and Tiger Mother response currently floating around in cyberspace.  Why not spend a Saturday rubbing elbows with like-minded folks?

Sylvie Kim | January 24, 2011 - 9:10pm
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Chris Jocson | January 22, 2011 - 2:57pm

A Korean woman in Arizona, who was adopted and brought to the U.S. when she was eight months old, is facing deportation after a second conviction for theft, reports the Korea Times. The 31-year-old mother of three is currently being held in a federal detention center in Arizona.

New America Media | January 21, 2011 - 8:46am
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Wednesday January 19th -- NYC

AALDEF Young Professionals Committee Happy Hour

The Young Professionals Committee of the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF) is kicking off the new year with a happy hour to benefit its Economic Justice Project. Includes food and drink specials. More info here.

6 to 9 pm

The Lair

Cynthia Brothers | January 19, 2011 - 4:39pm

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