This is their blooper version.
This is their blooper version.
Stephanie is a recent graduate of Colorado State University (CSU), where she double majored in Ethnic Studies and Sociology. During the summer of 2009, she interned for the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA); she helped advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and also created a campus action plan to address the high prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses.
This evolved into her serving as the co-chair of the Interpersonal Violence Response Task Force, which evaluated how CSU handles cases of sexual assault, rape, stalking, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. Stephanie wrote a research paper which involved investigating relevant laws, interviewing survivors, and evaluating her campus-wide survey on the current process.
This past year, Stephanie also worked at the Office of Women’s Programs and Studies on her campus as the Women’s Conference co-chair and at ASAP, the main student programming board, as the Contemporary Issues Assistant Coordinator.
In her spare time, Stephanie loves to paint, write, and dabble in spoken word, where she is keen to share aspects of intersectionality within marginalized identities. Stephanie strives to be a voice and ally for underserved communities. She is currently working at Women’s Campaign Forum as the Political Programs Fellow. her bio from Center for Progressive Leadership
You can see how her experiences shaped her into becoming an activist, visual and spoken word artist and performer. This is her performance at WOPO 2011, the Women’s Lobby of Colorado’s annual art show fundraiser. She is performing Our Clothes in this video. I find her sincerity moving and her evolution from student to advocate to activist/artist an interesting path and I hope to see more of her!
p.s. Check out her artwork here!
“Lin breaks down, or at least penetrates, the walls that have excluded Asian Americans from popular culture.” from SLAM
image from Privy 5
Jeremy Lin is making headlines and history and the Asian American community could not be happier both for him and for presenting a different side of the stereotypical Asian American. Yet, his success is yet another example of the Asian American work ethic that is drummed into us all from birth. The fact that he’s made People Magazine as one to watch pretty much signifies that he’s reached our nation’s consciousness. Who is Jeremy Lin? Let’s see what the media says:
First Harvard Graduate to Play in the NBA Since Ed Smith in the 1950’s
Lin, whose parents emigrated from Taiwan to the U.S. in the ’70s, is the first American player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent in the NBA. Also notable: He’s the first Harvard alum to play in the league since Ed Smith’s 11-game season for the Knicks in 1953 to 1954, reports Sports Illustrated. from People
Author Wendy Shang of award winning middle grade chapter book The Great Wall of Lucy Wu sent me this article from a friend of hers who writes for SLAM Online, Your Source for the Best in Basketball.
Jeremy Lin and the persistence of racial stereotypes.
by David J. Leonard
What emerges is another side of Jeremy Lin. Revered and lauded by his Asian American community, he’s a lone example of an Asian American male who commands respect for his athletic prowess but remains humble and hardworking.
“Timothy Dalrymple highlights the appeal of Lin to Asian-American males:
He particularly has a following amongst Asian-Americans. And some Asian-American young men, long stereotyped as timid and unathletic, nerdy or effeminate or socially immature—have fought back tears (which may not help with the stereotype, but is understandable under the circumstances) as they watched Jeremy Lin score 25 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the New York Knicks.”
I like this quote a lot:
“He’s a triumph of will over genetic endowment, a fact that makes him inspiring to an entire generation of Californian kids restless with their model minority shackles,” he notes. from Andrew Leonard
And the Asian American “invisibility” both on the small and big screen in terms of actors is only worse on the sports fields.
“Asians are nearly invisible on television/movies/music, so any time I see an Asian on TV or in the movies, I feel like I’ve just spotted a unicorn, even though usually, I see them being portrayed as kung-fu masters/socially awkward mathematical geniuses/broken-English-speaking-fresh-off-the-boat owner of Chinese restaurant/nail salon/dry cleaners,” writes one blogger. “Anyway, this phenomenon is 10 times worse in sports. While there has been some notable progress with Asians in professional baseball, Asians are all but non-existent in the big three sports in the US (football, basketball, baseball).”
Another quote from this article hits home and I had blogged earlier on the seeming impossibility of an Old Spice Man being played by an Asian American model.
“Amid the invisibility is a history of feminization of Asian American males. When present within media and popular culture, Asian-American men have been represented as asexual, weak, physically challenged, and otherwise unmasculine. Sanctioning exclusion and denied citizenship, the White supremacist imagination has consistently depicted Asian male bodies as effeminate. The entry of Lin into the dominant imagination reflects a challenge to this historic practice given the power of sports as a space of masculine prowess.”
In a sport long dominated by African American males, Lin’s game is based on the same swagger and skills rather than on freakish proportions. It’s like he can play that game too!
“While surely offering fans the often-denied sporting masculinity within the Asian body, the power of Jeremy Lin rests with his ability to mimic a basketball style, swagger and skill associated with Black ballers. Pride emanates from the sense of masculinity afforded by Lin, a fact that emanates from stereotypical constructions of Black masculinity.”
And yet, can just one person break down the Asian American stereotyping? Perhaps not according to Leonard.
“Lin is therefore not breaking down stereotypes (maybe denting them), but in many ways reinscribing them. Celebrated as “intelligent” and as “a hustler,” his success has been attributed his intelligence, his basketball IQ, and even his religious faith. His athleticism and the hours spent on the court are erased from the discussion. And, in positioning him as the aberration, as someone worthy of celebration, the dominant media frame reinforces the longstanding stereotypes of Asians as unathletic nerds.”
David J. Leonard is Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, Pullman. He is the author of Screens Fade to Black: Contemporary African American Cinema and the forthcoming After Artest: Race and the War on Hoop (SUNY Press). Leonard is a regular contributor to NewBlackMan and blogs at No Tsuris. Follow him on Twitter @DR_DJL.
And yet, there s something inspiring about Jeremy Lin, if only to speak to our generation of Asian American children with real confidence and say, “Yes, you can be anything you want to be.” This is the lesson that Forbes seems to get from Jeremy’s upbringing (Tiger Mom style, of course!).
First of all, he IS 6′ 3″ after all. Having a highly-motivated (read: Tiger Dad) parent, I guess, helps. Luckily, they taught him to overcome setbacks through persistence and hard work.
“Have that golden combination of pushy parent and motivated child. Gie-Ming Lin, Jeremy’s father, himself is a basketball junkie. According to the ESPN.com storied I linked above, he was discouraged from playing as a youth in Taiwan, but taught himself the game with obsessive fervor after arriving in the United States to get his PhD at Purdue University. (How appropriate Gie-Ming Lin studied in the land of Hoosier Hysteria.) Gie-Ming Lin was no Marv Marinovich, but he started teaching Jeremy the game and putting him through drills when he (Jeremy, not Gie-Ming) was not long out of diapers. As it turned out, Jeremy was as motivated a student and Gie-Ming was a teacher. Point being, on top of having the physical talent, you need a child motivated to put in the work, and a parent motivated to support him or her putting in the work, in order to be for your child to be good enough that in case of the injustice of being benched, he or she can later show the coaches what idiots they were.
Have a child who doesn’t get too discouraged by setbacks.
After high school, Lin got no scholarship offers, so he went to Harvard, which is Division I, but as an Ivy League school offers no athletic free rides. Lin was projected as a second-round NBA draft pick by many, but ended up undrafted. Lin caught on with Golden State, but the Warriors let him go. The Knicks took him on, but had him player in the D-League and often didn’t seem to give him a passing thought. And yet, Lin played on.
Now, with a brand that is estimated to be worth $150 million, Jeremy Lin is a success story that every Asian American can get excited about.
What is your reaction to Jeremy Lin? Please share!
By Stephanie Siek, CNN
(CNN) – Twelve years before the U.S. Supreme Court decided separate was inherently unequal, and five months after a Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Gordon Hirabayashi took a stand that he believed would validate his rights as a citizen of the United States.
The son of Japanese immigrants, Hirabayashi lent his name to a landmark court case that challenged the U.S. government’s policy of treating anyone of Japanese descent as a potential enemy during World War II. Hirabayashi, 93, died January 2 in Edmonton, Alberta, after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years, according to his son. Hirabayashi’s former wife, Esther, died hours later at a different medical facility in Edmonton. Hirabayashi was cremated, and a Quaker memorial meeting for worship is scheduled for Friday at the Edmonton Japanese Community Association.
“It’s a sad day, but I think all of us in the family are happy to see the recognition Gordon’s getting,” said his nephew, Lane Hirabayashi, a UCLA anthropologist who is co-authoring a biography of Hirabayashi with his father, Hirabayashi’s brother. “This can also be a time that people reflect on what happened. That’s really important.”
Hirabayashi resisted a government policy that treated people of Japanese descent as second-class citizens with fewer rights. He was a 24-year-old student at University of Washington when he defied an executive order from President Franklin Roosevelt that mandated an 8 p.m. curfew for all people of Japanese descent living on the West Coast. The curfew was a precursor to the roundup of 120,000 Japanese-Americans and legal residents for transportation to internment camps.
Hirabayashi, an American citizen, intentionally violated the curfew and turned himself in to the FBI. He was arrested, convicted and sentenced to serve 90 days in a prison camp in Arizona. However, the local government told him that they lacked the money to transport him there from Washington state. Intent on serving his time, Hirabayashi hitchhiked to the facility instead.
He took his 1942 challenge of World War II-era restrictions on Japanese-Americans all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case of Hirabayashi v. United States. But in 1943, the court unanimously ruled that military necessity justified imposing an ethnicity-specific curfew. Hirabayashi served time in prison and in a work camp before being granted a pardon in 1947.
It would take until 1986 for a U.S. district judge to rule that Hirabayashi’s conviction was tainted by the U.S. government’s withholding of evidence that would have proved Japanese-Americans were not a threat. It took until 1987 for his curfew conviction to be overturned.
“He certainly instilled in me a strong belief in the values of integrity, and honesty, and justice,” said Jay Hirabayashi, his son. “And sticking up for what you believed in, guiding your life by principles of respect for all kinds of people regardless of race or beliefs or religion, or sexual orientation. He was totally an enlightened man in that way.”
In 1944, he married his girlfriend Esther Schmoe, who was white, shortly before serving a one-year prison term for resisting the military draft. A devout Quaker, Hirabayashi had earlier registered as a conscientious objector, citing his pacifist beliefs. But when the military asked him and other draft-eligible Japanese-American men to sign a discriminatory pledge forswearing allegiance to the Japanese emperor – to whom, as U.S. citizens, they had never had allegiance to in the first place – Hirabayashi refused. His twin daughters were born while he was in jail.
After being released, Hirabayashi went on to earn his Ph. D. in sociology at the University of Washington, and taught at American University of Beirut and the American University of Cairo before moving to the University of Alberta in Canada in 1959. He remained there, eventually becoming a department chairman before his retirement in 1983. Much of Hirabayashi’s professional work focused on minorities and their integration as well as social change in the Middle East.
“He was a great lecturer, so whenever I did something wrong, like get in trouble with school – he was a pacifist, so he never used any physical punishment, it was all words,” Jay Hirabayashi said. “He’d lecture me, sometimes for hours. In the beginning I’d be sullen and angry, but after a few hours I’d be in total agreement with him.”
In addition to his son and nephew, Gordon Hirabayashi is survived by his wife, Susan Carnahan, daughters Sharon Yuen and Marion Oldenburg, all from his marriage to Esther, brother James, sister Esther, also known as Tosh Furugori, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In telling his story to researcher Peter Irons, in the book “The Courage of their Convictions: Sixteen Americans Who Fought Their Way to the Supreme Court,” Hirabayashi said the 1980s re-trials were a form of vindication.
“When my case was before the Supreme Court in 1943, I fully expected that as a citizen the Constitution would protect me,” Hirabayashi said. “Surprisingly, even though I lost, I did not abandon my beliefs and values. And I never look at my case as just my own, or just as a Japanese American case. It is an American case, with principles that affect the fundamental human rights of all Americans.”
Thank you Gordon Hirabayashi! Without you, there would never have been an public apology and restitution to those who were wrongfully relocated during WWII (INCLUDING MY MOM!!) just for being of Japanese descent!
To examine any of these picture or chapter books depicting the Japanese American Internment more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.
I wanted to add my congratulations to these authors, illustrators, and publishers. This post is from PaperTigers.org, a wonderful website and blog for librarians, teachers, publishers, and all those interested in young readersÁ books from and about the Pacific Rim and South Asia. These are the winners from the APALA (Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association).
The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang – Children’s Literature Award
To examine more closely at Amazon or purchase, please click on ANY image of book.
The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China by Ed Young – Picture Book Award.
Vanished by Sheela Chari– Honor Book, Children’s Literature Category.
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang – Honor Book in the Young Adult Literature category.
Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia, illustrated by Ken Min – Honor Book in the Picture Book category.
Other prestigious children’s and young adult honorees of Asian or Southeast Asian American or Pacific Islander descent include:
Newbery Honor Winner
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Award
2012 Pura Belpré Author Award and Finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Stonewall Book Award
Money Boy by Paul Yee
William C. Morris Award Finalists
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
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If you’re like most Asian Americans, you grew up in an immigrant family. Your mother and father struggled to make ends meet. They raised you. They relied on you for English. Maybe you were a reader, but it never occurred to you that you should be able to recognize them and yourself in the movies you watch and the novels you read. Maybe you thought you could become a writer and tell that story. You thought that studying in school and working hard on your manuscript were enough to get you published, but you didn’t realize that writing is the easy part of being a writer.
Our culture is losing the majority of the stories and ideas of the fastest growing ethnic group in America—Asian Americans. Here’s where you come in. Where foundations and publishing houses have failed, you can step in and make an investment that says that, like us, you believe that the Asian American story deserves to be told. Please donate.
They also have great Writing Workshops if you are in NYC.
These are the scholarships and contests listed on Marie Myung-Ok Lee‘s Facebook page. Follow her to get updates.
Scholarships for Adopted Korean Children.
p.s. Here are books by author Marie Myung-Ok Lee and other great and Award Winning Asian American Children’s and Young Adult authors:
To examine or purchase ANY book, please click on image of book.
Here are winner from the Asian American Writer’s Workshop:
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|List of Winners|
|Paul Yoon||Once the Shore||Sarabande Books, 2009|
|Minal Hajratwala||Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents||HoughtonMifflinHarcourt, 2009|
|Ronaldo V. Wilson||Poems of the Black Object||Futurepoem Books, 2009|
|Jason Koo *||Man on Extremely Small Island||C&R Press, 2009|
|Jhumpa Lahiri||Unaccustomed Earth||Knopf, 2008|
|Sesshu Foster||World Ball Notebook||City Lights Books, 2008|
|Leslie T. Chang||Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China||Spiegel & Grau, 2009|
|Mohsin Hamid||The Reluctant Fundamentalist||Harcourt, 2007|
|Vijay Prashad||The Darker Nations||New Press, 2007|
|Sun Yung Shin||Skirt Full of Black||Coffee House Press, 2007|
|Ed Lin *||This Is a Bust||Kaya Press, 2007|
|Linh Dinh||Borderless Bodies||Factory School, 2006|
|Amitav Ghosh||Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times||Houghton Mifflin, 2006|
|Samrat Upadhyay||The Royal Ghosts||Houghton Mifflin, 2006|
|Gene Luen Yang*||American Born Chinese||First Second Books, 2006|
|Jeff Chang||Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation||Picador USA, 2005|
|Rattawut Lapcharoensap||Sightseeing||Grove Press, 2005|
|Shanxing Wang||Mad Science in Imperial City||Futurepoem Books, 2005|
|Ed Bok Lee *||Real Karaoke People||New Rivers Press, 2005|
|Brian Leung||World Famous Love Acts||Sarabande Books, 2004|
|Suketu Mehta||Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found||Alfred Knopf, 2004|
|Srikanth Reddy||Facts for Visitors||Univ of California Press, 2004|
|Ishle Yi Park *||The Temperature of this Water||Kaya Press, 2004|
|Mei-mei Berssenbrugge||Nest||Kelsey St. Press, 2003|
|Monique Truong||The Book of Salt||Houghton Mifflin, 2003|
|Vijay Vaitheeswaran||Power to the People||Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2003|
|Patrick Rosal *||Uprock, Headspin, Scramble and Dive||Persea Books, 2003|
|Walter Lew||Treadwinds: Poems and Intermedia Texts||Wesleyan University Press, 2002|
|Meera Nair||Video: Stories||Pantheon Books, 2002|
|Julie Otsuka||When the Emporer Was Divine||Alfred A. Knopf, 2002|
|Ed Lin *||Waylaid||Kaya Press, 2002|
|Alexander Chee||Edinburgh||Welcome Rain Press, 2001|
|Luis H. Francia||Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago||Kaya Press, 2001|
|Christina Chiu||Troublemaker and Other Saints||Little, Brown and Company, 2001|
|Don Lee *||Yellow||W.W. Norton, 2001|
|Ha Jin||Bridegroom and Other Stories||Pantheon, 2000|
|Eugene Gloria||Drivers at the Short Time Motel: Poems||Penguin, 2000|
|Akhil Sharma||An Obedient Father||Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2000|
|Nick Carbo *||Secret Asian Man||Tia Chucha Press, 2000|
|Eric Gamalinda||Zero Gravity||Alice James Books, 1999|
|Chang-rae Lee||A Gesture Life||Riverhead Books, 1999|
|Bino Realuyo *||Umbrella Country||Ballantine, 1999|
|Susan Choi||The Foreign Student||HarperCollins Publishers, 1998|
|Arthur Sze||The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-98||Copper Canyon Press, 1998|
|Mei-mei Berssenbrugge||Endocrinology||Kelsey Street Press, 1997|
|Lois-Ann Yamanaka||Blu’s Hanging||Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997|
Roy Choi, chef and owner of Chego restaurant and the Kogi Korean taco trucks in Los Angeles, Axel Koester / Redux
Before Kogi, most Los Angeles residents only had only glimpsed food trucks from afar, sitting in a parking lot or next to a construction site.
This was in The Daily Beast about Roy Choi, the 41-year-old founder of Kogi BBQ food trucks. Now Choi, a 2010 Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef recipient, has started his fifth food venture called Sunny Spot, Choi’s take on a Caribbean roadside cookshop.
For the full article, click here.
Choi’s success begs several questions:
1) Where is my Kogi BBQ in Boston?!
2) Indeed, why not more major cities?
3) If he can do it, why can’t YOU? Food trucks can go upscale? Oh yeah! Choi laid the groundwork, now it’s up to you!
4) Is this how social media can spawn new food concepts?
“It challenged a lot of people’s barriers and definitions of what is clean, what is dirty, what is right, what is wrong, without knowing it,” says Choi. “Before Kogi came out, we called them roach coaches. We called the stuff outside of clubs dirty dogs, danger dogs, death dogs. It’s that Western privileged mind-set: That’s dirty, that’s f—ing underground, that’s ghetto…We took away that ridiculous, passed-on, generational, privileged stereotype towards food that Latinos have been eating for a long time, or street food in general…We’ve stopped downgrading a certain segment of society. That’s pretty cool.” from The Daily Beast
and here’s his concept (that’s where YOU come in!):
The recognition from Food & Wine, the first time the magazine awarded Best New Chef to a food truck, helped legitimize the trend, and, Choi believes, street food is what can save our cities.
“We can take empty gas stations and empty parking lots, we can take under performing centers, we can turn those into little hawker centers like they have in Singapore,” he says. “Then we can encourage small business to come in and make a delicious dish with one thing, like this Cuban sandwich you’re eating. Just make one thing and then just transform our city into a city that’s filled with just small vendors serving the most delicious thing that they can.” from The Daily Beast
p.s. Please start one in Boston!
p.p.s. Thank you to Nathalie for sending this link my way!
p.p.p.s. Here are three recipes by Roy Choi by way of Food and Wine Magazine.
“Not a single lead actor is Asian or Asian American.*
Yes, I am elated that Daniel Dae Kim has found life after Lost, but he’s technically in a supporting role to Alex O’Loughlin.”
from 8 Asians in 2010
I did a little digging to see what regular, recurring roles on television Asian Americans were getting, both today and in years past. I’m happy to say that while there are a lot of techies and doctors not surprisingly played by Asian Americans, there is a widening of “regular joe” roles, particularly for TV geared towards younger audiences. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the roles Asian Americans actors are getting these days. What do you think?
Who did I leave out? Please help.
Charlyne Amanda Yi. Role: Dr. Chi Park on House. 2004- currently. She joins House for season 8 in 2011. She had her own show, Inconceivable, in 2005 which lasted 2 episodes. She played Rachel Lu, co-founder of a fertility clinic.
With a Martial Arts Slant
Margaret Denise Quigley or Maggie Q. Role: Maggie Q in Nikita. The series focuses on Nikita (Maggie Q), a woman who escaped from a secret government-funded organization known as Division and, after three-year hiding period, is back with schemes to bring down the organization. 2010-present.
The late Thuy Trang is probably a familiar face to many children and young adults for her role as Trini Kwan, the original yellow ranger, in the hit youth television show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
At least, that is what I think after reading her Pacy series, now with its latest installment as it’s a semi-autobiographical series.
At a young age, Grace (and Pacy) knew that she wanted to write and illustrate children’s books (The Year of the Dog). She went on to polish her social skills after her best friend — the only other Asian American girl in her class — moved away. She spent the year making new friends (The Year of the Rat).
In Dumplings Days, her latest book in this series, Pacy and her family spend their summer visiting the relatives in Taiwan. Another factoid emerges: Grace was a good student in general but math was not her best subject. AND … her parents didn’t totally flip out. Is this fact or fiction? I suspect her parents, in fact, did not flip out.
In real life, perhaps Grace wasn’t the top student in math. And so what if she’s not the top student in math at school?! She’s a shining example that this is not the end of the world! Instead, she focused on her true passion, writing and illustrating children’s books that have a pulse on Asian American culture.
The result of her efforts? Many prestigious awards. She won the Newbury Honor forWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon. (read it, it’s fabulous. I have never met anyone who didn’t rave about it!) She also won the Geisel Award for her wonderful easy reader Ling and Ting: Not Exactly the Same. (My son and I love this book so much! It always makes us laugh!)
Still, she went to arguably the best art school in the country after high school, Rhode Island School of Design. In her early career, she illustrated picture books more than writing books and worked closely with the real life version of Melanie who landed a job in publishing.
There are many reasons why I think she’s a great role model for Asian Americans, but her prestigious awards aside, I think it’s because of her personality. I hear repeatedly — we both live near Boston — what a nice person she is.
An author’s personality permeates all her books and Grace Lin is clearly a person who brings people together as the glue that helps builds a community. You can see this in her books from The Ugly Vegetables to Where The Mountain Meets the Moon.
The accolades are coming in now after decades of her hard work at her dual craft. But I have a feeling that her family was there behind her supporting her throughout this journey. Her parents have done a commendable job in letting her develop her passions, dreams, and her own identity. May we all do the same for our children!
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Take a listen and tell me what you think? Who does she remind you of?