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An Interactive Map of Racist, Homophobic and Ableist Tweets in America: This is The Geography of Hate -- a cartographical collection of every geotagged tweet in the continental U.S. between June 2012 and April 2013 in which the word "chink," "gook," "nigger," "wetback," "spic," "dyke" "fag," "homo," "queer" or "cripple" was used in an explicitly negative way.

Mother's Day Is All About Families: "This Mother's Day, I urge Congress to think of their own families -- the multiple generations that will come together to honor their mothers, aunts, married daughters, and sisters -- and remember the responsibility we as a nation have to the rest of the mothers and families in our communities."

How Kickstarter Turned a Tweet Into a Geek's Dream Project: Comic book scribe Greg Pak recently joined forces with his old college buddy, internet singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton, to create an original graphic novel Code MOnkey Save World -- successfully funded through Kickstarter many times over.

Poor Little Tiger Cub: The first major study of tiger moms is out. The kids have worse grades, and they are more depressed and more alienated from their parents.

34 Signs You Grew Up Filipino: Hoy! From karaoke at family gatherings, spam and eggs for breakfast, and sending cardboard boxes of goods to the motherland -- here are 34 clues that you grew up Filipino.

The Role of Asian Greeks Today: The first Asian American frat was formed in New York to combat racial discrimination. In the 1940s, Japanese American women in SoCal formed a sorority in the face of anti-Japanese sentiments. So what's the role of Asian Greeks today?

10 Style Tips You Can Learn From Famous Asian-Americans: Complex celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with some super-practical style tips from noteworthy Asian Americans, from streetwear icons like Eddie Huang and jeffstaple to designers like Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang.

Jake Shimabukuro Rocked the Ukulele Before It Was Cool: An interview with ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, who is the subject of the documentary Life On Four Strings.

Instrument of Change: The Works of Tadashi Nakamura: Tadashi Nakamura is the filmmaker behind Life on Four Strings, which aired on PBS last Friday. Despite being a music buff, he had some reservations about making this documentary. Here's why.

How I came to be stuck in an elevator with Salman Rushdie: After an evening at the Asian American Writers' Workshop held in honor of Salman Rushdie and his work, a few folks got stuck in an elevator with him. Here's what happened.

Konrad Ng: The Asian Pacific American Experience is 'Quintessentially American': An interview with Konrad Ng, the director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (and 'that Asian guy' in all those Obama photos -- he's the husband of the president's half-sister). Here, he talks about his work at the Smithsonian and the rise of APAs in politics.

I was the Chinese Girl in Tretchikoff's painting: Earlier this year Vladimir Tretchikoff's portrait "Chinese Girl," often referred to as The Green Lady, was sold for almost $1.5 million at auction in London. The model, Monika Pon-su-san, recalls what it was like to be thrust into the limelight.

Editors' Corner: What is the Landscape of APIA Literature?: The Lantern Review created a map of the current APIA lit scene. Here's what they discovered.

How Asian Americans became a key White House constituency: How did Asian Americans get to be such a key political constituency? Both their votes and their donations have made a difference, especially in Obama's reelection bid.

Asian Americans had higher poverty rate than whites in 2011, study says: Contrary to popular perception, not all Asian Americans are basking in financial security and working high-income jobs after years of intensive schooling. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the official poverty rate of Asian Americans in 2011 actually exceeded that of whites by 2.5 percentage points.

Why Manicures Explain the Awesome Benefits of Low-Skilled Immigration: Manicure innovation has expanded access to formerly exclusive services. The innovators are largely immigrants working in the industry.

National Film Society: Power Duo: An interview with Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco of the National Film Society. On origins, inspiration, and the top 5 best things right now.

Next Generation Awards 2013: Joseph Lewis: MetroWeekly recognizes 26-year-old Joseph Lewis, a correspondence specialist in D.C., and celebrates the different facets of his identity -- as a gay man, a deaf person, and an adoptee.

Seeing Mississippi Sight Unseen: "Southern Cross the Dog," a new novel by Bill Cheng, features the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 as a plot point. What's the big deal? Cheng has never set foot in Mississippi. (This is not such a big deal if you pit it against how many novels were written in Asian countries by folks who have never been there. Just sayin'.)

Overfed on a Mother's Affection: Novelist Sung J. Woo writes about his mother, love packed in Tupperware containers, and learning how to say, "No."

14-Year-Old Author Tells Story of Holocaust in Graphic Novel: After learning about the Holocaust in his 7th grade English class, 14-year-old Christopher Huh was inspired to create the new, self-published graphic novel, Keeping the Hope.

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