5 Graphic Novels That Belong on Summer Reading Lists

Ah, summer!  When students all over America break free of their desks and high-tail it to the pool. For about five seconds, until their summer reading lists appear and ruin everything. Now let’s be real. Even as a kid I loved to read, but summer reading lists were a burden all the same. It wasn’t fun reading. Sure, I liked some of the books I was exposed to, but so many more were dry or hard to focus on when I really just wanted to get back outside. ...more
Great suggestions. We loved American Born Chinese, and I can't wait to check out the other picks ... more

The BlogHer Conference: One Starfish at a Time

This moment defines BlogHer '15 for me. I looked down at my hand and my ring wasn't there. IT WASN'T THERE. I immediately flipped out, tossing everything out of my bag and crawling underneath the table. But here's the thing. No one sat there and watched, but only one person at the table knew me before I sat down with my plate. ...more
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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
Thanks, Rita Arens! 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
Kristi Walker Glad to hear you are an "air-dryer", too ;)  Sometimes finding little things in ... more

I Identify With My Husband's Culture, But I Still Think Rachel Dolezal is Wrong

When I heard about Rachel Dolezal in the news, I couldn't keep my eyes off of all the news stories and opinions in my Facebook stream. I find the story fascinating, yet tragic at the same time. Image Credit: PBS...more
Good conversation points here, Chantilly. I think a lot of white people who are married to a ... 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
@Amaeyzd HapaMamaGrace kidsandartorg BlogHer It was such a special time. I really feel that ... more

Say Aloha to Whitewashing: Cameron Crowe's New Film Perpetuates Erasure of People of Color

When I created the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag earlier this year, it was not limited to an indictment on the lack of African Americans in prominent positions both in front of and behind the camera. It was meant to sound the alarm that all people of color are sorely underrepresented in Hollywood. So seeing green-eyed, auburn-tressed Emma Stone on the screen playing a woman who is ¼ Hawaiian and ¼ Chinese in Cameron Crowe’s Aloha immediately made me uneasy.  ...more
Thanks for writing this and for pointing out that the issues with whitewashing in "Aloha" aren't ... more

I Want You to Get to #KnowMe at #BlogHer15

When Kimberle Crenshaw accepted my friend request on Facebook, I squealed and posted the screen shot on Instagram....more
Kimberle Crewshaw is your friend? Even on Facebook, that is exciting. more

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

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
Kim Court You're welcome! Hope you check some of them out. more