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Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Today, I made a donation to Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a great organization that is fighting for civil rights and empowering Asian Americans. I made a donation to them in 2017 and took part in several actions. I wasn’t as active in 2018, but I’m staying vigilant.

Bystander intervention training

Today, I attended a virtual bystander intervention training, co-hosted by Asian-Americans Advancing Justice. The context is the rising number of hate crimes against Asians in America, associated with the spread of coronavirus fears. I’ve been meaning to attend one for a long time, so this was a great opportunity and I learned a lot about [...]

Asian Americans against white supremacy

From the Chinese Exclusion Act to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, white supremacy and nativism is deeply intertwined with the Asian American experience. It was palpable even growing up in a middle-class suburb of the Northeast. Which makes reading about the modern day neo-Nazi march through Charlottesville this past weekend very [...]

The legacy of Vincent Chin

Thirty-five years ago yesterday, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit, at his own bachelor party. His killers were white American autoworkers who hunted him down outside a bar and yelled, “It’s because of you <bleep> that we’re out of work.” He was Chinese, not Japanese, as if that should have mattered. https://www.npr.org/player/embed/533977175/534056823 What does matter [...]

Racial profiling, with Chinese characteristics

Should US border control include scanning the social media accounts of inbound travelers – specifically of Chinese visitors? Crazy, right? Don’t scoff at the possibility. Asian-Americans Advancing Justice put out a communique yesterday: “US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just put forward a proposal to collect information from the private social media accounts of Chinese [...]

Tracking hate crimes against Asian-Americans

According to FBI statistics, 3.3% of hate crimes in 2015 resulted from anti-Asian bias. Yet, as this NPR story tells it, Asian-Americans tend to “underreport hate incidents because they feel intimidated by law enforcement or are afraid of being seen as overly sensitive.” And, generally speaking, “racially motivated incidents that are reported are often filed as generic offenses and [...]

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