Asian Americans Are Allowed to Celebrate ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Fair warning, light spoilers ahead. Proceed at your own discretion. I performed my Asian American duty by heading out to the big screen in support of the opening weekend of “Crazy Rich Asians” and this is the story of how I went from “Crazy Rich Asians” cynic to stunned. Leading up to it, I was … Continue reading Asian Americans Are Allowed to Celebrate ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Whitewashing is White Supremacy: Why Asian American Representation Matters

With the latest announcement from Netflix, it turns out that Asian Americans will continue to get the shaft in 2017. On March 22, Netflix released their trailer for the American adaptation of Death Note (2006), a wildly popular manga series, coming to the world’s leading Internet television network this August 2017. Death Note is a … Continue reading Whitewashing is White Supremacy: Why Asian American Representation Matters

The Days After: Project Ava Post-Election Reflection

Even though the paths we've taken to confront our grief and process our realities diverge, the collective message is that we commit to move forward as our stories are now more important than ever. Here is a collection from our Project Ava community in address of the days that followed and the times ahead.

Losing My Vote-ginity: Overcoming Asian American Apoliticism

Even as an American-born citizen, throughout my entire upbringing, I felt strongly disconnected to this particular American experience. I’ve always thought voter apathy was a personal issue but I wondered if the statistics spoke to a broader APIA narrative.

PSA: How To Avoid a Phở Fiasco

I know. It’s another piece about that Bon Appétit phở video. We just can’t get enough of that mess. And what a mess it was. If you’re tired of reading the dozens of thought articles this has spurned (as I am), I hope to provide a fresh perspective that might make the experience worth your … Continue reading PSA: How To Avoid a Phở Fiasco

Why BuzzFeed’s “People Try Durian (The Smelliest Fruit in The World)” is Racist

If you’ve spent any time on social media, I can bet that you might have come across a BuzzFeed piece or two. Originator of the iconic listicle, with over 200 million audience members worldwide, BuzzFeed continues to dominate media in the millennial era. I happen to know first-hand how pervasive this content is to my … Continue reading Why BuzzFeed’s “People Try Durian (The Smelliest Fruit in The World)” is Racist

A #MyAsianAmericanStory Collection and Why You Need to Listen

#MyAsianAmericanStory, the brainchild of Californian Jason Fong, was inspired by #BlackLivesMatter and is looking to reclaim the Asian-American narrative after statements from U.S. Republican Candidates Jeb Bush and Donald Trump that tag Asian people to the term "anchor babies". Regardless of which side you stand on immigration and other matters of politics, I would like to take a moment to … Continue reading A #MyAsianAmericanStory Collection and Why You Need to Listen

I Turned Down a $60,000 Salary When I Was 22 and It Was the Best Decision Ever

Three months out of college, and two months into my new job, I was given an offer by my CEO. The offer was a raise from my starting salary of $40,000 to $60,000 if I stayed. Without as much as a flinch of hesitation, I slid my resignation letter across his desk with the same … Continue reading I Turned Down a $60,000 Salary When I Was 22 and It Was the Best Decision Ever

The Thing We Never Talk About In The #AAPI Community

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvvlLdHS1FA One of the most detrimental myths to Asians and Asian-Americans is the model minority myth for a number of reasons - mental health definitely being one of those reasons. Mental health and the awareness of mental illnesses are not generally talked about in the Asian household - treated as shameful anomalies in the community. … Continue reading The Thing We Never Talk About In The #AAPI Community

The Fall of Saigon: Stories of Black April

April 30th this year marks the 40th year anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. This event and the war itself has undoubtedly shaped the histories of every Vietnamese person and descendant of Vietnamese heritage across the globe. Black April is a day for us to mourn the loss of our countrymen and reflect on the … Continue reading The Fall of Saigon: Stories of Black April