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.
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Al, Tipper and the happy couple.
Al Gore's daughter, Sarah, married businessman Bill Lee over the weekend in Los Angeles. She's the former VP's kid, and by celebrity news standards, this event was pretty unremarkable. But, the new hubby is, at least from the pictures, Asian American.
I am a bit embarrassed to say I spent the entire weekend shopping. I didn't mean to. But I just moved, and there’s always stuff you need to buy when you move. Also, I am the daughter of one-time Hong Kongers. Also, I am from Houston, Texas. So basically, I’m programmed to shop. I can’t help it.
Saturday I took a friend out for birthday dim sum. Then we hit Daiso. Daiso is a magical place. It's a Japanese dollar store where most items (but not everything) is $1.50. It's huge: stationery, beauty products, home decor, gardening supplies, pet supplies, kitchen ware. They have shelving. And they have hooks to hang from that shelving. They have curtain rods, seat cushions, throw pillows, slippers galore and dishes. They even have spiky things to keep birds away and pumpkin-shaped dog beds. I regret I did not have my camera on me to bring you photos of the wonder that is Daiso.
Our friend in the Big Apple is celebrating an awesome birthday.
America’s first and longest-running film festival showcasing the works of Asian and Asian American artists is turning 30! Celebrations abound with over 100 films and videos screenings, art exhibitions, special guest appearances, panels, workshops, parties, and much, much more!
Researchers at the American Cancer Society find five distinct strains of cancer common among five separate Asian-decent ethnic groups. The study, published in the Cancer Journal for Clinicians, focused on Asian Americans of Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese decent.
The idea of marriage makes my hands sweat, not in a good way. I’m trying to figure it out though, really I am. Therapy has helped me realize that it’s one part rebellion to the South Asian obsession with weddings, one part my parent’s divorce ... and the rest is still murky. I mean, I’ve always been a bit of a cynic: the whole concept of “forever” that marriage is predicated on just doesn’t compute for me. The idea of celebrating that idea by spending thousands of dollars for a huge party just seems like asking for it … but at the same time, I love champagne.
Jake* is a delivery boy at a mom and pop pizza parlor in west L.A. He gets paid $5.50 an hour under the table and gets to keep his tips. In this part of the country, a wage that low is illegal, but Jake doesn't have a green card, so he'll take any job he can get.
Jake moved to Los Angeles with his family from his native Taiwan when he was only two-years old. He doesn't know much about the island. Ever since he can remember, he has lived with his parents in a run-down motel that they operate in a seedy part of Eagle Rock. "Special skill"-less, his parents came to the U.S. on a B1 visa in order to run the business for silent investors still living in Taiwan. During the last 20+ years, their resident status has remained unchanged, which is a major problem for Jake and his siblings: they are now legal adults no longer under their parents' visa.
A press conference in New York City last month addressed an issue that often goes ignored but is already affecting many Asian Americans in the 21st century – Chronic Hepatitis B.
A study released by pharmaceutical giants Idenix and Novartis revealed some alarming figures. A survey of 301 CHB patients (55% of whom were Asian American) indicated that not enough CHB patients or the general population are properly informed about CHB and its causes, although the similarities to the HIV epidemic are obvious.
In the U.S. and estimated 1.25 million people are critically infected with HBV 2 -- Asian Americans make up more than half of this number.
* One in 10 Asian-Americans has CHB, compared with one in 1,000 for the general U.S. population:
* 1 in 10 Chinese Americans
* 1 in 12 Korean Americans
* 1 in 8 Vietnamese Americans
Have you heard of MATCHA Thursdays? If you haven't, today will the day to find out! Our buddies over at the Asian Art Museum are hosting a Live Action Remix.
What does that mean? Good question. Think Astroy Boy, Manga, and DJ Nako!