Food Allergies and Asian Americans: How Much Do We Really Know?

Image Credit: Alison Yin, CAAM The most satisfying work as a journalist springs from things I observe in my everyday life, among my own friends and family, and I consider myself fortunate to be able to delve into those issues that impact those in my own community. One of the things I’ve noticed over the past few years is the increasing numbers of young kids with food allergies. Not just lactose intolerance or a rash from eating certain foods (although that can be a sign of more serious problems), but severe panic-inducing — sometimes even life threatening — reactions ....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
I've only read 3/6 ... putting the rest on my to-read list now!more

Take a Walk Back to Tomorrowland at the Walt Disney Family Museum

I was the guest of Disney on a trip to the Walt Disney Family Museum. Image Credit: Walt Disney Family Museum Tucked away in...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

Growing Up Asian in the Midwest: #APAHeritage Month 2015

I’ve been a Californian for at least half my life, so people are often surprised at my connection...more

My Profile of Pixar’s Patrick Lin on Nerds of Color

Patrick Lin, Layout Supervisor for Pixar’s Inside Out, Image Credit: Disney One of the most interesting things about my recent visit to the Pixar studios in Emeryville, California was meeting several Asian American animators who worked on Pixar’s upcoming summer film Inside Out. First was Patrick Lin, who sat down for a roundtable with bloggers to explain his role with photography and camera angles — something I found unusual, since I didn’t think animated films used any cameras? Check out my profile of Patrick Lin at Nerds of Color… and check back in a few weeks, when I’ll introduce you another AAPI Pixar animator! ...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 Peek Inside the Mind – PIXAR Inside Out

This is part of a series I’ll be writing about my trip to Pixar studios, which was generously hosted by Disney. Image Credit: Disney/PIXAR How would you like to get a peek inside the minds of the animators behind Pixar’s upcoming movie Inside Out, which is about the inner workings of a tween girl’s mind? As part of my recent tour of the Pixar studios in Emeryville, I got to see the process of developing a feature-length animated film, beginning with the production design, which is how the filmmakers imagine the style and look of the animated world ....more

Our New Personal Connection by Lee Huang

Guest Post by Lee Huang America still has a long way to go when it comes to matters of race, gender, and sexual orientation. But we have come a long way too, and in a remarkably short amount of time. I am barely 40 but still plenty old enough to remember (and, I must admit, participate in) some awful stereotyping of people ....more

Finding Samuel Lowe by Paula Williams Madison

“Baby,” he asked, “do you know you’re Black?” Those are some of the first sentences in Paula Williams Madison’s memoir Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem...more