Trump Reminds Us the Racial Justice Movement Is Growing: "Backlash only exists when we are making progress, so let's keep going." Rinku Sen on social justice movements in the time of Trump.
Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Democrats' failure and our future: "Instead of listening to the strategists, who don't believe it's possible to dramatically change our society, can we finally be bold and listen to the artists and the outsiders and the radicals and the freaks and the avant-garde and the base and the youth and the anarchists and all those who don't want to do business as usual with the limousine liberalism of both the elite Democrats and Republicans? Can we listen to the dreamers instead of the doubters?"
Please Stop Telling Me It Will Be OK: For many of us, the election results brought up not only anxiety and fear, but past traumas and grief. So please stop telling each other that it will be OK.
1942 All Over Again?: Oh, hell no. Carl Higbie, a Trump surrogate, justified creating a national registry of all Muslims, citing Japanese internment as a success.
George Takei: They interned my family. Don't let them do it to Muslims.: The United States apologized for locking up Japanese Americans. Have we learned nothing?
An Unsung Hero in the Story of Interracial Marriage: David Muto on the importance of Loving v. Virginia, and the little-known Japanese American lawyer who gave a voice at a pivotal moment in constitutional history.
Korean Mother Awaits a Son's Deportation to Confess Her 'Unforgivable Sin': In other heartbreaking news, Korean adoptee Adam Crapser was deported earlier this week. His biological mother awaits him in South Korea, and reflects on both their intertwined lives.
Against Extinction: "Know that the violation, ownership, entitlement and destruction to the gender non-conforming and women's bodies is deeply connected to the legacies of slavery and genocide and to the continued invasion, colonization, and occupation of lands abroad -- this is the vile extent and pervasiveness of rape culture. Know that a true critique and denouncement of capitalism can only come from those who do not trivialize the resistance to gentrification, to anti-blackness, to Orientalism, to Islamophobia. Know that sex work, like all work under brutal capitalism and white supremacy, must be decolonized, not legalized."
The real secret to Asian American success was not education: The stereotype is that Asian Americans became successful through education, but according to an economist it's because society became less racist toward Asians. (We would love to see this article's findings through a critical race lens...)
SpaceX exec quits to fight Trump 'nightmare': Dex Torricke-Barton stepped down as head of communications at SpaceX is joining grassroots work to combat the rise of Trump.
Dr. Strange is box office gold. But it's also a big missed opportunity -- for Asian Americans and for Marvel: Marvel has consistently shown little hesitation in altering written characters to accommodate talented actors of other backgrounds, missing out on huge opportunities on inclusion, diversity, and representation.
Obituary: Yumi Heo: Children's author and illustrator Yumi Heo, creator of more than 30 distinctive books praised for their varying visual perspectives and stylized, often whimsical imagery, recently died after a long battle with cancer.
National Book Award finalist Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks out on war, capitalism and Donald Trump: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer, a novel about Vietnamese defectors to America, and the nonfiction Nothing Ever Dies, which is a National Book Award finalist.
Gene Luen Yang Thinks Superheroes Are for Everyone: An interview with graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, who thinks that superheroes aren't just for kids, or geeks, or white people -- they're for everyone.
Jackie Chan: The Fists, the Fury, the Oscar: Last week, Jackie Chan finally received an Oscar.
Dumbfoundead Reps for Asian-Americans on "We Might Die": Rapper Dumbfoundead's new mixtape We Might Die is a bit of a departure from his previous albums, making his statement as an Asian American artist.