This Old House

See the happy young couple, expecting their first child, posing in front of their new home? This is us with my mom, when we moved into our house 12 years ago. I’m seven or eight months pregnant with Big Brother, and you can see I was never one of those “Oh, just me, but with a beach ball for a belly” kind of pregnant women ....more

As an Asian American, I Care About Ferguson and Race Relations

In the immediate aftermath of the police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, I wanted to listen, observe, and amplify the voices of African Americans. As an Asian American woman, I don’t know firsthand what it’s like to be followed around by security while shopping or to be stopped by police while jogging in an unfamiliar neighborhood. ...more
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School Uniforms? Love Them or Hate Them?

One of my favorite parts of going back to school is seeing my kids with their fresh haircuts and crisply pressed uniforms. We’re not parochial or prep school people. We are very much a public school family – both my husband and I are products of the California education system – and our kids are enrolled in the neighborhood schools, too ....more

Mung Bean Popiscles, A Treat From My Childhood

This month’s Lets Lunch theme is favorite childhood memories… This is me, around age seven, in the front yard of our home in the Chicago suburbs in the late 1970s. See those short-shorts and the ruffled crop top? Yes, the outfit is stylish, and you can see I”ve mastered the sassy pose… but those clothes are also a necessity ....more

Photos from the National Moment of Silence

Since unarmed Black teenager Mike Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri last weekend, BlogHer’s Love & Sex editor Feminista Jones took to Twitter to plan a National Moment of Silence at 7p.m. EST/ 4p.m. PST today. ...more
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The Killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and How to Join #NMOS14 Today

The days since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed in the St. Louis, MO, suburb of Ferguson have been surrounded by questions. Brown's death, which police say happened after an altercation involving a gun, is now at the center of much grief, outrage, protest and a renewed call to examine racial tensions and police procedure—along with a a National Moment of Silence (#NMOS14) to be observed today, Thursday, August 14, at 4PM PT/7PM ET. ...more
Tanikwish What would really be great is if everyone would stop assuming, period.  No one has the ...more

Nope, We’re Definitely Not Into Extreme Parenting

I have to admit: there was a brief moment when I toyed with the idea of going on a reality TV show. Casting agents contacted me last year about a new reality TV show about extreme parenting methods. Well, that program is now on the air ....more

Renisha McBride's Killer Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder

[UPDATE 8/7/2014: Thomas Wafer was convicted of second-degree murder in the porch shooting death of 19-year-old Renisha McBride. --Grace] ...more
This afternoon before the verdict I said to my husband if it had been a black man at the door ...more

Review: Pioneer Girl Examines What It Really Means to be American

Pioneer Girl: A Novel is the perfect choice for the first Smithsonian APA Book Club for many reasons, one of them being main character Lee Lien’s fascination with American literature. Like many American girls — and if my friends are any indication, especially the daughters of immigrants — Lee grew up reading Laura Ingall’s Wilder’s Little House series. Beyond the usual fantasies of calico and salt pork, Lee is especially captivated by the description of a gold bar pin featuring a small cabin set by a lake ....more

I’m Teaming Up With Smithsonian Book Dragon for APA Book Club

You know I love to read, especially Asian American authors. But do you know the feeling of finishing a great Asian American novel and wishing you could turn to someone and talk about it? Sure, I often post my reviews of recent books here on the site, but I want to know what other people think, too ....more