Thank You, 2013… Ready for 2014!

How are you doing? I’ve been trying to avoid spending too much time online this week, and it’s been a surprisingly effective way to relax and reset. ...more

Do You Have Old Home Movies? Center for Asian American Media Wants Them!

My family never had one of those cool home movie cameras, but perhaps yours did. Don’t let those old reels or tapes gather dust in your parents’ garage. Your parents’ old movies of birthday parties, family reunions, and graduations are valuable records of the experiences of Asians in the United States ....more

Every Year We Search For the Perfect Christmas Tree

It's not the holiday season until we get covered in mud. Why we trek to the forest in search of the perfect Christmas tree. ...more
LMay Thanks for your kind words. And I'll check out your story! Have a great holiday…more

Every Year We Search for the Perfect Christmas Tree

Since my sons were old enough to walk, we have made the trek to a local farm to find our perfect Christmas tree. Even though you can see the sprawl of Silicon Valley from the hilltop, it feels worlds away from the city. The air is fragrant with pine, bay laurel, and eucalyptus ....more

Fox News' Megyn Kelly Sparks Debate Over Whether Or Not Santa Claus is White

Fox News host Megyn Kelly created a stir by making a racial statement about one of the most sacred American icons: Santa Claus. Kelly was upset by Slate writer Aisha Harris' call to end the portrayal of Santa Claus as a jolly, bearded, white man. In her discussion, Kelly made the comment that "By the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white." ...more
What pisses me off most with this story, is the historical inaccuracy megyn throw out as fact. ...more

Asian Women to Twitter: I'm #NotYourAsianSidekick

On Saturday evening writer, graduate student and organizer Suey Park tweeted an announcement about the hashtag #NotYourAsianSideKick. By Sunday night, it had been trending across the U.S. for over 11 hours. #NotYourAsianSidekick This is beginning b/c for too long I've complained about not having an AAPI space that represents me. ...more
bill.hetheringtonInteresting. Usually in a feminist discussion, the men all whine "WHAT ABOUT ...more

Spiced Shortbread Cookies: Almost Too Pretty to Eat

A version of this story was first published on Open Salon, November 2010. There’s nothing better than homemade cookies. Except homemade cookies in a shiny tin, sent from a faraway friend ....more

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

The last week has been really cold in the Bay Area. As in below freezing at night, frost on the windshield, and ice on the sidewalks. I’ve been so cold, I’ve taken to wearing a beanie and down puffer jacket — inside my house ....more

Peter and the Wolf in Mandarin at the Palo Alto JCC

Looking for a fun multicultural and bilingual family show for the holidays? The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto will be hosting multimedia and multilingual productions of the wintertime favorite Peter and the Wolf. In addition to ballet and symphony, these special performances will be narrated in English, Hebrew, Russian and Mandarin Chinese ....more

Want to Win Women and Minorities? The GOP Needs Better Policy, Not PR

It can't be easy being a Republican man, with all the women and minorities (or is it people of color?) getting offended all the time. Politico reports that Speaker of the House John Boehner is holding training sessions to help GOP leaders communicate with women. Image Credit: Pete Marovich/ZUMAPRESS.com Politico reports: ...more
The GOP has the wrong policy for that demographic, so they rely on PR only.more