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Shared or Stolen: An Examination of Cultural Appropriation by Shannon Wright

Today NPR published my piece on why “Cultural Appropriation Is, In Fact, Indefensible.” I was inspired to write this article by a recent NYTimes op-ed on the matter that floored me with how the writer misunderstood the topic, conflated it with other issues, and in general did not take into consideration or seem to know about any of the many articles and posts and books that already exist talking about cultural appropriation. It’s frustrating because that often seems to be the case. That’s why my piece has so many links to so many other essays as well as to resources.

It’s been a while since I submitted a piece to NPR, and so I didn’t know that they no longer have comments (I did do a little cheer when I saw). However, some folks are super not okay with not being able to scroll to the bottom and tell me how wrong I am! And thus my Twitter mentions, the Inbox on the Writing the Other account, and comments on unrelated posts here are full of folks offering me their thoughts.

Since this is the case, I thought a post giving folks the opportunity to scratch that itch was in order. Ta da! However, since this is my blog, I have rules, and you’ll have to be bound by them.

First time commenters are always moderated.

If you’ve never participated in discussion here, then your comment will not appear below automatically. It goes into a queue, and an admin has to rescue it from the queue. Since many folks who will rush here to argue with me do not often do so in good faith and/or can’t resist wallowing in racism or misogyny as they type, I will not be looking at the mod queue, someone else will. They will let your comment out if it doesn’t have those issues. If it does, they’ll delete it and I won’t see your words.

Side Note: Someone is moderating the email address my contact form goes to as well, so I won’t see anything deemed to be mired in bigotry there, either.

Before you argue with me about cultural appropriation, read all the links.

I put a ton of links in that piece for a reason. Cultural appropriation is a complex topic that can’t be 100% covered in one 1000 word essay. So I gave all readers the opportunity to delve deeper into it via other great essays. Click every link in that piece and read what’s behind it and click all the links in those pieces as well. Only then should you come here to ask questions or make objections.

“But I don’t have time to read all that!” you might say. “I have a life to lead!” Okay. But if you don’t have time to read up on the subject you don’t have time to argue with me about it. Go do something, anything, else.

Don’t argue with me on points I haven’t made.

If you see something in those links that you want to fight about, fight about it with the person who wrote the article. The person who made that point. Not with me. I’m not the avatar of all people who have written about cultural appropriation ever. Don’t expect me to answer for them.

If you can follow these guidelines, you can submit a comment. I look forward to hearing from you!

Top Image: “Shared or Stolen: An Examination of Cultural Appropriation” by Shannon Wright. Find more of her work on her website, twitter, and instagram.


My Best Comic is Out Today

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:58 am
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Today, Saucer State #2 is in comic stores and digitally on ComiXology (in the US and the UK).  Reading it back, I’m so hugely pleased with what the team has done.  It’s also the moment our story moves into high gear.  All in all, it’s the single issue I’ve been involved with that most pleases me.  I don’t think there’s anything I have second thoughts about.  Ryan Kelly is expressing his talent perfectly.  The colours by Adam Guzowski are incredibly subtle, the lettering of Simon Bowland is spot on (and both these guys are following patterns of meaning we laid down in the Vertigo prequel).  And even with this being #2, new readers will instantly get what’s going on.  Which is that, in the middle of our UFO mythology/politics plot, what everyone acknowledges as an enormous alien spacecraft has just shown up, signalling to the entire world.  It’s a year before it gets to Earth.  And for our heroes, that year is now a ticking clock.

You can see a preview of the first five pages here.  I love that last page of Arcadia doing crisis management.

I’m interviewed about the title at Dynamic Forces.

Saucer State 2 A

Ryan Kelly’s main cover.

Saucer State 2 B

Jeffrey Veregge variant.

I don’t normally post reviews, but I thought this one did a great job of summing up what we did in the first issue…

And there’s one thing about #2 that I want to highlight: it includes a cameo from a real person!  Dr. Marek Kukula is the Public Astronomer at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.  He kindly agreed to appear as part of the worldwide reaction to alien contact.

As you can probably tell, I’m very excited about Saucer State, and if you pick it up, I hope you are too.

In other comics news, I did an interview about the forthcoming Vampirella #6, the first with Andy Bellanger as artist.

Caroline and I will both be appearing on panels at our favourite (non-Doctor Who) convention, CONvergence, in Bloomington MN on July 6th-9th.  (Tom gets to stay with his grandparents on the farm.)  I’ll be on:

July 6th, 3.30pm:  Ready, Steady, Flash!  (Lee Harris’s game of live flash fiction writing.)

July 7th, 3.30pm:  Thunderbirds are Go fan panel.  (I finally get to talk about a show I love.)  8.30pm :  Powerpoint Karaoke (I’m judging this hilarious contest of idiocy once again.)

July 8th, 11am: I’m Sorry, I Haven’t a Clue.  (Like the radio game show.  Caroline and I are a team!)

For those who’ve asked, the cricket tutorial is taking a year off owing to the venue being redeveloped.  It’ll be back next time.  We’re both looking forward to our working holiday.

I’ve been loving the reactions that my very personal novel Chalk has been getting.  I’d like to point out two particular pieces.  Firstly, there’s Alasdair Stuart’s review of it alongside Matt Wesolowski’s Six Stories, which I think is very insightful.  Then there’s Tobias Carroll’s piece, placing it in a new wave of politically-conscious horror, which is somewhere I’m very happy for it to be.

In Doctor Who news, Steven Moffat made a storming appearance at the Fairford Festival of Fiction (which I put together as part of our local festival), where he was interviewed by Simon Guerrier, and, with his permission, a transcript has been put up online.  It’s a great interview.  We’ll be back next year, on June 2nd, with, hopefully, another big Who writer guest.

Moffat interview

And finally, I just had my 50th birthday party (though my actual birthday isn’t until July), which was a lovely, sprawling weekend of fun, featuring several house guests, many of whom had to record podcasts.  So I ended up guesting on Radio Free Skaro, and Caroline ended up on Verity!

50th Pub

In the pub beforehand… (spot the podcasters!)

50th Cake

The cake, courtesy of The Coffee Post (that’s Wolsey the cat!)

50th Boogie Me

My favourite band, Boogie Me, played in the hall for us that evening.

Caroline 50th

And Caroline joined them for a number!

(All photos by Andrew Smith, except the last, by Al Cane.)

I had such a wonderful time, surrounded by so many friends.

And finally, I’d like to direct you toward the work of another friend, Si Spurrier, who has a glorious Image comic book coming out in September.  It’s an all-ages title about flying monkeys in a post-apocalyptic future.  It’s called Angelic, and, having taken a look, I can recommend it wholeheartedly.  Do check it out.

And that’s it for now!  I’m about to dig into some serious plotting, and preparation for both CONvergence and San Diego.  See you soon, sweet dorks.

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Trailer for upcoming action thriller promises a darker, revenge-ier Jackie Chan.

Jackie Chan is not messing around anymore. While the 63-year-old international action star is known for his comedic physicality and upbeat everyman hero roles, the new trailer for the upcoming thriller The Foreigner promises Chan in full-on Revenge Dad mode, à la Taken. And that means a lot of people are gonna die.

Chan plays a humble London businessman Quan, whose long-buried past (cue vintage photo of young shirtless Jackie) erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when his teenage daughter is killed in a terrorist blast. In his search for the identity of the bombers, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official, played by Pierce Brosnan, whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the killers.

Note the look on Jackie Chan's face. That's a look that says I am going to kill all the terrorists.

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I just opened registration for a new Writing Inclusive Fiction class Nisi and I are doing next month. It’s an 8 Day Intensive that doesn’t have live class times, so you can log in and do the reading and participate in discussion whenever you have time during the day and also from anywhere in the world. We will be throwing a ton of information at you during those 8 days, but students will have access to all the lectures, readings, and resources after class ends.

We have scholarship spots open for this course as well as Payment Plans and Pay What You Can Afford enrollment.

You can read all of the details on the Writing the Other website and register over there, or register below!

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These snaps should give you a sense of what it's like for anyone who appears to be Muslim to travel by plane.

The thing about commercial air travel is that you never know what kind of weird or awful or questionable people you're going to be forced to fly with. For instance, this recent flight where a Sikh man boarded the plane. No, I'm not calling the Sikh passenger weird or awful or questionable. I'm talking about the asshole who freaked out over the sight of a guy with a turban and beard and broadcast his racist assumptions on social media.

Because a guy who looks like that could definitely be a terrorist, right? This jerk recently documented his ridiculous prejudice and paranoia on Snapchat, posting photos of the Sikh passenger seated nearby, taken surreptitiously over the course of the flight, chronicling his activities with fearful commentary like, "Please god just let the man sleep" and "Ok he just walk to the back of the Plane then to the front then to his seat."

Screen grabs of the Snapchat posts were shared on social media by educator and activist Simran Jeet Singh, who is also Sikh and is all too familiar with the "uncomfortable stares" of fellow passengers in an era of heightened Islamophobia. And yet Singh tries to show compassion even when faced with such ignorance.

"This series of snaps should give you a sense of what it's like for anyone who appears to be Muslim to travel by plane," Singh wrote in a series of tweets. "As a Sikh who flies frequently, I'm no stranger to the uncomfortable stares and misguided fears people have of me."

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Min Kim pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Jakeel Mason in the back.

Photo Credit: KOMO

Last week in Washington state, a Korean American convenience store owner was sentenced to serve eight years in prison for shooting and killing a fleeing shoplifting suspect last year.

Spanaway convenience store owner who shot & killed thief sentenced to 8 years in prison

31-year-old Min Kim pleaded guilty earlier this year to fatally shooting Jakeel Mason after he caught Mason shoplifting at his convenience store, Pacific Quick Shop in Spanaway. Mason was trying to flee from the store when Kim shot him in the back. Kim initially claimed he shot in self-defense.

However, prosecutors say surveillance video showed that Mason, who was unarmed, put his hands up and backed away when Kim pulled a gun on him. When Kim started fighting with him, Mason broke free and ran toward the door. Kim shot him twice in the back, killing him.

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Jun. 25th, 2017 09:39 pm
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The Slants on the Power of Repurposing a Slur: "The battles about hate speech shouldn’t be waged at the Trademark Office, decided by those who have no connections to our communities. Those skirmishes lead to arbitrary, inconsistent results and slowly chip away at the dignity and agency of oppressed people to decide appropriateness on our terms."

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The Slants show full meaning of free speech: Can freedom of expression and protection of the oppressed coexist? According to the Portland band whose dispute over their name lasted over eight years before finally going to the Supreme Court -- yes, it can.

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Asian 'Boat People,' Once Opposed More Than Syrian Refugees Today, Speak Out: One Lao and two Vietnamese refugees speak frankly about how their experiences relate to the need to support refugees today. "There are a lot of innocent people who are refugees, and given the opportunity, [they] would give back 100 times more than what was given to them."

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Be Better: A Guide to Avoid Cultural Appropriation: Soleil Ho breaks down cultural exchange versus cultural appropriation -- and even provides examples what you should and should not do at a party.

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No, it's not "fine" to call me a Chinaman: Is it so hard to recognize Asian Canadians as Canadians in Vancouver?: C'mon, you lazy racists. People can be both Asian and Canadian.

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The Lost Generation: From 'The Joy Luck Club' To 'Crazy Rich Asians': An entire generation in the U.S. missed out on seeing Asian American families represented in film and television.

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The Inner World of Ali Wong: How the San Francisco native grew up, cracked filthy jokes, got pregnant, filmed a Netflix special, and became the next big thing in comedy.

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5 reasons Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon stayed married after turning their love life into 'The Big Sick': Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon weren't just co-writers on the screenplay for producer Judd Apatow's The Big Sick; they put their own real-life romance on-screen for the world to see. Here, Nanjiani and Gordon dole out some dating advice based on their experiences.

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Why Are Brown Men So Infatuated With White Women Onscreen? While projects like The Big Sick, Master of None, and Homecoming King offer welcome depiction of brown Muslim men in love, the characters pursue white women at the expense of women of color.

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Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.

What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

This week, we welcome Simon Tam, front man for the embattled Asian American rock band The Slants. He talks about the eight-year fight to trademark their band name, the landmark Supreme Court ruling in their favor, and the important right for Asian Americans and other marginalized communities to call ourselves whatever we want.

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"How a Mother Remembers"

Behold! The debut collaboration between "Beat Box Man and Poem Woman," aka poet Christy NaMee Eriksen and her 8-year-old son Diego. Christy shares a poem entitled "How a Mother Remembers" while Diego backs her up with some sweet, sweet vocal rhythm. It's a little rough around the edges -- Diego introduces the video with the disclaimer that it's "just a test" -- but it's absolutely lovely and charming. Enjoy:

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Angry Reader of the Week: Alfa

Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:00 am
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"I'm still learning how to stay authentic, and not to veil my true self."

What's up, good people of the internet? It's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Alfa.

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Vincent Chin died on June 23, 1982.

Thirty-five years ago today in Detroit, four nights after being severely beaten in the head with a baseball bat, Vincent Chin died. The case would become a seminal rallying point for the Asian American community. And tonight, concerned community members plan to gather for a vigil outside the home of Chin's killer.

For those unfamiliar with the case: Chin was out at a strip club celebrating his bachelor party when he got into a fight with a couple of disgruntled auto industry workers, Ronald Evens and his stepson Michael Nitz. Witnesses say they heard Ebens yell "It's because of you little motherfuckers that we're out of work!" -- referring to U.S. auto jobs being lost to Japanese manufacturers. Vincent Chin was Chinese American.

The fight was broken up, but Ebens and Nitz weren't finished. They searched for Chin outside the club, tracked him down to a McDonald's and attacked him. Nitz held Chin in a bear hug while Evens repeatedly bludgeoned him with a baseball bat until his head cracked open. Vincent fell into a coma and died on June 23, 1982.

NPR's Morning Edition aired a Story Corps interview Vincent Chin's best friend, Gary Koivu, who talks about his lifelong friendship with Vincent and hauntingly recounts the night he witnessed his murder.

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Saturday, June 24 in Los Angeles

RUN (Represent Us Now) is a recently formed group that aims to give voice to Asian American and Pacific Islanders, harnessing and organizing political and cultural power of AAPIs. If you're in Los Angeles, RUN invites you their latest event, a very special salon with everybody's favorite congressman, Rep. Ted Liu.

It's happening Saturday, June 24 in Los Angeles (location provided upon RSVP confirmation). Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP at Team@RUNAAPI.org to attend. And to learn more about RUN, go here.

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Dash cam video of Minnesota traffic stop shows police officer violently assaulting motorist.

The ACLU of Minnesota is calling for an investigation into the police officers who pulled over a motorist and violently assaulted him. Dash cam footage shows one officer viciously beating the young man who is still buckled in his car seat, while another officer purposely turns off the camera's audio.

In the Blink of an Eye, Police Officers Turned This Traffic Stop Into an Unnecessarily Violent Encounter

Anthony Promvongsa was driving in Worthington, Minnesota on July 28, 2016 when Agent Joe Joswiak of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force pulled him over and proceeded to beat the shit out of him. Well, first Joswiak threw open Promvongsa's door and screamed "Get the fuck out of the car, motherfucker!" Then he beat the shit out of him. Promvongsa didn't even get a chance to unbuckle his seat belt before Joswiak started swinging.

In police dash cam footage obtained by the ACLU, Joswiak can be seen punching, kicking and elbowing Promvongsa several times in the back before yanking him out of the driver's seat of his Honda Pilot, throwing him to the ground. Then he presses his knee to the back of Promvongsa's neck, pinning him face down on the pavement while he and Sgt. Tim Gaul of the Worthington Police Department handcuffed him.

At some point, Gaul intentionally turns off the audio of the encounter. After he is placed inside the squad car, Promvongsa can be heard breathing heavily and sobbing.

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"Can I see a doctor please that's white, that doesn't have brown teeth, that speaks English?"

This one comes from our neighbors to the north... A woman at a Toronto-area clinic was caught on video demanding for a "white doctor" who "doesn't have brown teeth" and "speaks English" to treat her son.

Video shows woman demand a 'white doctor' treat son at Mississauga, Ont., clinic

The video was filmed on Sunday at the Rapid Access to Medical Specialists walk-in clinic in Mississauga, Ontario, where the woman was awaiting treatment for her son, who was apparently experiencing chest pains.

Except she made clear that she wanted a very specific kind of care.

"So you're telling me that my kid has chest pains, he's going to have to sit here until 4 o'clock?" she asks a clinic employee. "Can I see a doctor please that's white, that doesn't have brown teeth, that speaks English?"

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72 years after internment, Mary Matsuda Gruenewald finally graduates from Vashon High School.

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Over the weekend in Washington, a 92-year-old Japanese American woman received her high school diploma -- with honors -- alongside the graduating class of Vashon High School -- 74 years after her education at the school was interrupted when her family was forced into an internment camp during World War II.

92-year-old woman receives high school diploma 74 years after internment

Mary Matsuda Gruenewald was 17, in the middle of her junior year in 1942, when her family was forcibly removed from Vashon Island and incarcerated in a dusty California concentration camp, like thousands of other innocent Japanese Americans on the west coast. She was a good student, a member of the honor society and served on the student council. But she missed the opportunity to graduate with her classmates.

On Saturday, she finally graduated from Vashon High School. Receiving a standing ovation, she was presented with her diploma, along with a copy of the 1943 yearbook and the 2017 yearbook signed by students and staff. The ceremony was streamed live on YouTube (Gruenewald is first acknowledged in the principal's remarks at the 51:46 mark, and receives her diploma at 1:48:02):

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Asian American rock band wins the right to trademark their "disparaging" band name.

'The Slants have won the right to trademark their band name. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that even trademarks considered to be derogatory deserve First Amendment protection, in a ruling that could have significant impact on how speech protection is applied in other trademark cases.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Rule Against Disparaging Trademarks

The Slants' frontman, Simon Tam, filed a lawsuit after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the band from registering its name, and rejected repeat appeals, citing a section of the 1946 Lanham Act, a federal law that prohibits registration of trademarks that "disparage" or "bring into contempt or disrepute" persons, institutions, beliefs or national symbols. Tam contended that the 70-year-old law violates free speech rights.

In an 8-0 ruling, the court agreed with The Slants, determining the law's disparagement clause violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

"The commercial market is well stocked with merchandise that disparages prominent figures and groups, and the line between commercial and non-commercial speech is not always clear, as this case illustrates," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion for the court. "If affixing the commercial label permits the suppression of any speech that may lead to political or social 'volatility,' free speech would be endangered."

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A photoshopped image of tempest standing next to a camel with the great Pyramid in the background. An arrow points to Tempest, under it are the words This Could Be Me!

When I was in college I took a class called England in Myth and Stone where we spent three weeks traveling through the southern parts of the UK tracing how mythology, folklore, history, and conquest all blended together. There were many highlights of that trip, one being that our teacher was able to get us special access to Stonehenge. This meant we could actually walk around IN the henge, not just get tourist close. I have stood next to those stones and touched them.

It was a key moment for me as a writer because it made me realize that, though I had been looking at pictures of Stonehenge for most of my life, seen documentaries, etc., it wasn’t until I was standing in that space that I grokked just how massive the stones are or the magnitude of the accomplishment of the people who created the henge.

Today we have so many tools at our disposal to help put us in places virtually. Google Earth is a treasure, Flickr and Facebook and the millions of photos you can find there from every angle are priceless, 3D modeling and 360 degree photography are everything. Still, I know myself, and I know that it’s hard to really capture what it’s like to be somewhere unless I’ve been there or been in a similar space. And there aren’t many places on Earth similar to the Great Pyramid in Giza.

I’ve wanted to go to Egypt on a research trip for many years, but events have made be wary to go until now. Yes, there’s still instability and unrest, but I think the time is finally right for me. So, I’m trying to gather funds for a trip.

The main way I’m doing this is through my Patreon. In case you did not clock it in my April summary, my goals are now to save the money I get to pay for research trips. The first goal is to get enough to send a month in San Jose, CA. The second is to get to $1,000 a month so I can go to Egypt in 2018. When that happens, exactly, will depend on whether I reach this goal.

I have some potential tours picked out that will allow me to visit the sites in Egypt most relevant to my books, and I am also querying about custom tours. Any advice in this regard is welcome! I estimate that I’ll need $5,000 – $6,000 at least.

If you are inclined to help me get to this goal, consider becoming my patron. There’s a $1 month level and everything. If you’re already a patron, or just do not have the wiggle room in your budget, would you tell your friends about my Patreon? All boosting of signal is helpful.

I’m also applying for grants and fellowships (SLF, Tiptree, etc.) to help fund this. If you know of any that I should be aware of, please do let me know.

I know I’m taking a big leap here, especially as I am not a proven novelist. I want very much to get this right, especially in later books in the series where a sense of place is key to the structure and worldbuilding. No matter what happens with these trips, I’ll keep writing and using the tools I do have to get this novel on paper and out in the world.

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Jun. 18th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Posted by Phil Yu

Who Is Vincent Chin? The History and Relevance of a 1982 Killing: Although the death of Vincent Chin has become a staple of Asian-American studies courses taught across the country, there are still many -- Asian Americans and others -- who do not know about what happened the night Chin was beaten or understand its continued significance for the Asian American community.

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Op-Ed: 35 Years After Vincent Chin, Echoes of the Past Haunt the Future: "Vincent Chin gave us clarity as Asian-American civil rights activists 35 years ago, and now we must bring those lessons to bear on a new generation of civil rights struggles."

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How Asian Americans Remade Suburbia: Asian immigrants, once the "ultimate outsiders," have profoundly reshaped the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area. A new book, Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia, explores that tension in the context of Fremont, California, the largest Asian American-majority suburb in the Silicon Valley.

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How The White Establishment Waged A 'War' On Chinese Restaurants In The U.S.: They may seem ubiquitous now, but not so long ago, Chinese restaurants were feared by the white establishment.

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How Anti-Chinese Propaganda Helped Fuel the Creation of Mestizo Identity in Mexico: Jason Oliver Chang's Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940, uncovers the forgotten history of anti-Chinese propaganda and violence around the years of the Mexican Revolution.

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In Little Saigon, scraping out a living, one home-cooked meal at a time: Com thang is a popular practice of home cooking made in mass quantities to sell as quick meals for families too busy to make their own meals. Such small business practices are familiar to many immigrant families.

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We're Indian-American With Adopted White Children And Here's What People Ask Us: Grocery trips turn into adoption education, and there is no shortage of difficult questions from the adopted children.

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After not finishing a book in 35 years, how my father became a reader: Mariya Karimjee shares about a very special book club of two: her and her father, who had not read a book in 35 years.

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Why You Need to Listen to Nancy, a Radically Honest Podcast on LGBTQ Issues: Nancy is a new podcast from WNYC, hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, that centers the LGBTQ experience.

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11 Asian-American Playwrights Recommend 11 Asian-American Plays: Prince Gomolvilas reached out to eleven celebrated Asian American playwrights to recommend old and new Asian American plays.

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Darwin Torres is accused of killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen with a baseball bat.

In Virginia, a Muslim teenage girl who was reportedly assaulted and disappeared has been found dead, and a 22-year-old man has been charged in her murder in connection with the case.

Teen Missing in Fairfax County Believed Dead; Suspect Charged: Police

Police believe a body found Sunday afternoon in a pond in Sterling is 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, who was reported missing after she and some friends got into an altercation with a motorist near their mosque.

According to police, a group of girls was walking back from breakfast at IHOP early Sunday when they got into a dispute with a motorist -- witnesses say he appeared to be drunk and was brandishing a baseball bat -- who got out of his car and assaulted one of them. The rest of the teens ran back to their mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), where the group reported that Hassanen had been left behind.

"Immediately thereafter, the ADAMS' personnel notified both Loudon County and Fairfax County authorities who immediately began an extensive search to locate the missing girl," the mosque said in a statement.

Police searched the surrounding wooded area for several hours, and found the body in the pond, located about two to three miles away from where the original altercation happened.

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