Thursday 18th September 2014,

Asian Americans

ABC News: VP Joe Biden Sticks Foot in Mouth

posted by Randall

Joe BidenVice President Joe Biden might want to take a break from speaking in public for a while.

Biden upset some when he used an outdated and insensitive term to describe Asia, reports ABC News.

“You know, on the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President Xi in China, I stopped in Singapore … Read more

Asian Americans

Culture Map: Restaurant Logo Outrages Vietnamese American Community

posted by Randall

Banh MiA new Vietnamese restaurant in Dallas features a five-pointed red star logo that reminds many of the symbol of communism, reports Culture Map.

The Banh Shop is located right across from Southern Methodist University and is owned by Yum! the parent company of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, according to the OC WeeklyRead more

Indian American/ South Asian American

NBC: FIBA to Let Sikhs Play for Now

posted by Randall

Sikh basketballThe International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will allow players to wear religious headgear on the court for a two year test period, reports NBC.

Controversy erupted when the league banned a Sikh basketball player from playing because he wore a turban for religious reasons.

The lifting of the restrictions applies to Sikh, Muslim and Jewish … Read more

Asian Americans

Oregon Live: High Premature Birth & Death Rates Blamed on Racism

posted by Randall

SonogramPremature birth and death rates of Asian Americans and other babies of color can be blamed in large part on racism, according to officials from the Multnomah County Health Department in Portland, Oregon, reports Oregon Live.

14.2 percent of babies born to white mothers in Multnomah County have poor birth outcomes such as low … Read more

Community

SF Gate: Buddha Brings Tranquility to Oakland

posted by Randall

Oakland, CAA once trashy street in the city of Oakland, CA has been transformed to one of peace and tranquility. The SF Gate reports some believe the transformation dates back to the day someone left a two-foot high stone Buddha in the median of 11th Avenue and 19th Street in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood (file photo by … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

Why Michelle Yeoh May Be the World’s Greatest Women Action Star

posted by Randall

Michelle YeohWho do you think is the world’s greatest women action star?

Angela Joie? Jennifer Lawrence? Lucy Liu?

How about Michelle Yeoh? That’s who Jon Lisi argues is the world’s greatest women action star in his post for Popmatters.

Yeoh has a number of action films to her credit both in Hong Kong and the … Read more

Chinese American

Sacramento Bee: First Phase of Restoration Completed for Historic Chinatown

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Isleton, CA Chinese & Japanese Commercial DistrictThe community of Isleton in the Sacramento Delta celebrated the completion of the first phase of the restoration of the Chinese community center, reports the Sacramento Bee (file photo).

The community once boasted a bustling Chinatown, but like so many others in the Delta, fell into disrepair. $600,000 was spent to bring back to life … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

US: CBS Host Julie Chen Reveals Deep Family Secret

posted by Randall

Julie ChenJulie Chen shared a secret on her show The Talk that she had never let out before in public.

She told a national television audience her grandfather was a polygamist, reports US Magazine.

Chen said she has never met her grandfather and also said her mother kept the secret from her for many years. … Read more

Asian Americans

ABS CBN: Filipino American Victim of Bullying Commits Suicide

posted by Randall

Jay ZolinaThe parents of a 16-year old high school student in San Diego say their son who committed suicide Thursday was a victim of bullying, reports ABS CBN.

Jay Zolina attended Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego.

His mother Lea vowed she would not let this go and pledged to be a voice against … Read more

Asian Americans

White House Announces Partnerships with Five Asian American Pacific Islander Programs

posted by Randall

White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific IslandersThe  five winners of a contest pairing Asian American Pacific Islander projects with the resources of the White House have been announced

Earlier this year the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders asked interested community members to submit their ideas for improving the quality of life of AAPIs.

This week the White … Read more

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