• Austin lends help as mental distress twice as high for Asian American-Pacific Islanders here

    “There is a very rich denial of mental health needs in the Asian American community,” said Vince Cobalis, member and former chair of the Asian American Quality of Life Advisory Commission. “People don’t recognize that this is something that can actually be treated — people just say that’s the way they are.”
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  • Young Asian American DNC delegates aim to get out the vote, increase party representation

    Like most high school seniors this year, Victor Shi spent much of his time applying to colleges. But Shi, 18, was also focused on completing another important mission, one not typical for most teens — winning election as Illinois’ youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
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  • Kamala Harris’ VP bid brings outpouring of pride among Indian Americans, a growing force in Democratic politics

    Atlanta lawyer Amol Naik was surprised by his emotional reaction to Joe Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate. It’s not that Harris will be the first Black woman to be a major party’s vice presidential nominee; it’s that she will be the first Indian American. “I have just been moved by it in a way that I didn’t expect,” said Naik, whose parents immigrated from India to North Carolina. “It’s just really a remarkable thing that this could happen. It gives you a lot of faith in the country.”
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  • Kamala Harris is Joe Biden’s pick for vice president

    Joe Biden has named his onetime rival Kamala Harris as his running mate, the campaign revealed on Tuesday, elevating California’s junior senator as the first woman of color to appear on a major party’s presidential ticket.
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  • The 23-year-old major winner who’s made breaking records a habit

    As the PGA Championship entered its final day on Sunday and, at one point, six players shared the lead, all attention was on the usual suspects: Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose. But it was a 23-year-old from Los Angeles, California, who separated himself from all the big hitters to claim his first major at just the second time of asking.
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    A scene from “Definition Please,” which opens the Boston Asian American Film Festival. Photo courtesy BAAFF

    Like so many events this year, the Boston Asian American Film Festival opening Wednesday is a brand-new gig.

    “People in our community are living in intergenerational households with elderly peop [...]

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    Asian Americans in San Francisco are dying at alarming rates from COVID-19: Racism is to blame

    SAN FRANCISCO – Mandy Rong was terrified her 12-year-old daughter had COVID-19. It was 2 a.m. and the young girl was hours into a fierce fever and a racking cough. She was weak and didn’t want to eat. What few medications were on hand had expired. She sipped warm water instead. “Mommy, why are my eyes on […]

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    Not enough or double the prejudice: On being Black and Asian American in 2020

    With nationwide protests against police brutality, rising incidents of anti-Asian racism and the selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, race relations within and between the Asian American and Black communities have quickly shifted into focus. Conversations surrounding these groups, their subgroups and how they relate to one another have been […]

  • Oct 15, 2020  |  0 Comments

    DID YOU KNOW? Our AAPI Elected Leaders Are Standing Up For Affirmative Action

    AAPI elected leaders from across California support Affirmative Action.

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    Asian Americans must make themselves heard in 2020 election

    In 2016, I was careless with my vote. At the time, I lived in New Delhi, and mostly, I did what I was supposed to do: I printed my ballot, filled it out and dropped it off at the American Embassy in a wooden box labeled “Vote Here.” Since I turned it in three weeks […]

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    ‘Monsterland’ Star Trieu Tran on Being the Rare Asian American Leading Man

    When Trieu Tran auditioned for Hulu’s horror anthology series “Monsterland,” he didn’t anticipate being a lead or that his character’s life would, in some ways, mirror so much of his own. In the episode titled “Palacios, TX,” Tran stars as Sharko, a down-on-his-luck fisherman suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who discovers a mermaid washed up on-shore, […]

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    HBO Asian American short film series tackles nuanced cultural issues

    HBO’s Asian Pacific American Visionaries winners will premiere their work on Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET as part of the virtual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The three short films will be available to stream on HBO’s website. The winning pictures from APA creators — “Si” by Thomas Percy Kim, Tiffany So’s […]

  • Oct 15, 2020  |  0 Comments

    Anthology explores Asian American California through art

    There isn’t one unified Asian American vision of California, argues Christine Bacareza Balance, associate professor of Performing and Media Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, in “California Dreaming: Movement and Place in the Asian American Imaginary,” a new multi-genre collection she co-edited. The 27 pieces in “California Dreaming” – including essays, short stories, script […]

  • Oct 15, 2020  |  0 Comments

    Affirmative action debate ignores Asian American community college students

    The November election has yet again thrust the Asian American community into the middle of a contentious affirmative action fight. This time, it’s in California, with Proposition 16, a statewide ballot measure that would restore race-conscious decision-making in public education admissions, employment and contracting — practices that were banned in 1996. The initiative has won […]

  • Oct 13, 2020  |  0 Comments

    Asian Americans: Battling Bias

    “Asian Americans: Battling Bias,” produced by the CBS News Race and Culture unit, explores the discrimination facing the Asian American community in 2020. In addition to fighting the devastating health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have faced high unemployment, business boycotts and racist attacks caught on video.

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    Kamala Harris and a history of trying to define ‘Asian American’

    The identity of Sen. Kamala Harris, who will debate Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, is part of a long discussion of who gets to be considered Asian American and who is too often left out of the group. Harris’ Asian American ethnic background — she is multiracial — hasn’t always been recognized by the […]

  • Oct 06, 2020  |  0 Comments

    Why domestic violence calls are surging for Asian American women amid the pandemic

    The rise comes even as factors such as culture, racism, poverty and immigration status often make it harder for Asian American women to seek help. When the pandemic-related lockdowns started in March, staff at several Asian American domestic violence organizations watched with concern as a hush fell over their work. Clients who had previously told them of […]

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    Viet Thanh Nguyen, 1st Asian American Pulitzer board member, on how his new role transcends literature

    Viet Thanh Nguyen’s life changed when he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2016 for his startling debut novel, “The Sympathizer.” In recent years, Nguyen, the hypervisible Aerol Arnold Chair of English at the University of Southern California, became a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, received a MacArthur Fellowship (commonly known […]