Friday 31st July 2015,

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CBS LA: Thai Workers Live American Dream 20 Years after Sweatshop Raid

posted by Randall

Sweatshop Raid

Here’s proof that people can rise above oppression.

20 years ago this coming Sunday, authorities raided an apartment complex near Los Angles where 72 Thai workers were held captive and forced to work under sweatshop conditions.

After the raid, immigration threatened the workers with deportation, but an attorney intervened and convinced the government to authorize … Read more

Community Issues

ABC7: Asian American Accuses Police of Excessive Force during SF Gay Pride

posted by Randall

Tony Nguyen

A San Francisco man says he became a target of excessive police force after speaking out on behalf of a woman he felt officers were roughing up.

Tony Nguyen had just come out from the Lexington Club during Gay Pride on June 27 when he said he saw police trying to restrain a woman.

“I … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

Rafu Shimpo: Is Dong from TV’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Positive or Negative for Asian Americans?

posted by Randall

Ki Hong Lee

The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt has not only generated a lot of buzz among Netflix fans, but Asian Americans as well.

Many were impressed that the show featured a Vietnamese immigrant character named Dong who had a flirtation with the show’s main White character.

After all, you can probably count the number of Asian American men … Read more

Community Issues

ABS CBN: 15 Year Old Charged in Rape & Murder of 8-year-old Girl

posted by Randall

Adrian Gonzalez

ABS CBN reports that a boy being tried as an adult in the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Santa Cruz, California faces life in prison.

Police arrested Adrian Jerry Gonzalez shortly after the body of 8-year-old Maddy Middleton was found in a recycling bin in the apartment complex where the two both … Read more

Chinese American

Chinatown Residents Face Eviction to Make Way for Tourists

posted by Randall

Chinatown San Francisco

Reports are growing that more and more San Francisco Chinatown residents are being evicted, often times in favor of short term rentals catering to tourists.

KQED reports Owen Wang returned home one day to find a new door knob on his front door. His key no longer worked.

A notice written in English pretty much … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

AL.com: Hiroshima Survivor Looks Back Ahead of 70th Anniversary

posted by Randall

Hiroshima atomic bombNext Thursday will mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima.

It’s a day that changed the life of Huntsville, Alabama resident Haruko Lewis, 88, forever.

“Hiroshima. So beautiful. All gone. Gone. Dead, ” she said to Al.com.

Haruko speaks in short choppy sentences due to a stroke she suffered last year.… Read more

Bad Ass Asians

Wrap: Aziz Ansari to Play Lead in TV’s ‘Master of None’

posted by Randall

Aziz AnsariAziz Ansari will become one of the few Asian Americans playing a lead role on television when his new show Master of None debuts on Netflix.

He’ll play Dev, a young actor in New York and a character somewhat based on his own life.

The 10-episode comedy which debuts in November will explore issues of … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

Pacific Citizen: Asian Americans Fought in the Civil War

posted by Randall
Cpl Joseph Pierce

Cpl Joseph Pierce

The contributions of Asian Americans to the Civil War never made it onto the pages of American history books, but the National Park Service is working to make sure their stories are told.

“It is our job to keep those stories alive so that the places where the values of our nation … Read more

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