Why Feminists Should Be Concerned About Trump's 'Anchor Baby' Comments

The term “anchor babies” — a throwback to the right-wing immigration reformers of the 1990s and early 2000s— is in the news again. And as this debate over whether this is term is derogatory (and the American Heritage diction has listed it as offensive) or not gets going once again, feminists should be watchful of how the term frames and blames women for these so-called unwanted immigrants....more

Q&A With Prof. Jennifer Lee: Asian American Success Isn't What You Think It Is

Pop culture often portrays Asian Americans as successful because of strict parenting or just plain hard work. But a new book debunks the "model minority" myth, revealing the way government policies have actually skewed those perceptions. I recently interviewed Jennifer Lee, professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, and co-author of The Asian American Achievement Paradox about her research. ...more

INTERVIEW: The Sisters Are Alright' According to Tamara Winfrey Harris' New Book

Tamara Winfrey Harris, whom many BlogHers may recognize from her blog What Tami Said, has a new book called The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America....more

I'm a Code Switcher and I Want You to Know Me

“You’re really malleable,” a new friend commented during our freshman year in college after seeing me navigate my way through many different social situations and with Type-A premeds and introspective literature majors, with people of various races and ethnicities. ...more
didn't know this term but this is def me!more

Kristina Wong Takes on Race and Hashtag Activism in Her One-Woman Show 'The Wong Street Journal'

Last winter, I caught up with performance artist Kristina Wong while she was doing a residency at the Montalvo Arts Center just outside Silicon Valley, developing material for her new one-woman show "The Wong Street Journal". There in a loft, she was writing material as well as doing the less glamorous work of sewing felt props for her show, which opens this week in her hometown of San Francisco. I checked in with Kristina again recently to find out what's new....more

Kids & Art Brings the Comfort of Creativity to Children With Cancer

A conference room at Google headquarters may not seem like a place for children to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon, but for the 50 or youngsters gathered there last weekend, it was a welcome break from the world of doctor’s appointments and medical treatments. I had brought my own 10-year-old son to the event, which was organized by Kids & Art, a non-profit started by graphic designer Purvi Shah, the creator of BlogHer’s “hermoticon” logo. ...more
familyhousesf thank you for the shoutout! BlogHer HapaMamaGracemore

6 Books Every Woman Should Read for Asian Pacific Heritage Month

The New York Public Library recently published a list of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Picks for Adults, and I was dismayed to find geishas and shoguns but so few titles that actually help raise awareness of the lived experiences of Asians in the United States, which is the goal of this designated month Some books were written by Asian authors, but not really about the context of being in America. And yet others were just problematic. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, really?...more
Ashleigh Burroughs Thanks for the recommendation, although I feel that while Lisa See herself is ...more

The Internet Created the Vulgar Meme #FHRITP. TV Reporter Shauna Hunt Fought Back

I was once a TV news reporter, and I know there’s always an element of unpredictability in live broadcasts, but there's a trend (not going to say it, check the hash tag #FHRITP) that's shocking— not only in how crude it is, but in how unapologetic its perpetrators are. ...more
I had to look it up. Really? This is *a thing*. So lame.more

Mother's Day is Different When Grandma Lives in Another Country

I’ve never spent a Mother’s Day with either of my grandmothers. Not because I don’t love and cherish them, but because they live in Taiwan, and I have lived my entire life in the United States. Like many children of immigrants, our world is connected — by airmail, phone calls, plane trips, and now the Internet — but still half a world away. Me, with my maternal grandmother, Image Credit: Grace Hwang Lynch...more

A Woman on the $20 Bill: The Senate Is Really Considering It!

The quest to put a woman on the $20 bill started out as yet another one of those online petitions—inspiring, but pie in the sky, right? But thanks to Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) who introduced a bill on Wednesday, having a female leader on the $20 bill is one step closer to reality. ...more
I would love to see an Asian American woman on a bill, I am glad that a Native American lady ...more