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Wednesday May 18, 2011

Wesley Yang’s “Paper Tigers” and the APA Identity Crisis


When you open Wesley Yang’s “Paper Tigers” in New York Magazine, you will notice a half-naked East Asian man staring blankly right back at you as its greeting. Playfully, you may think that the title evokes images of tigers made out of paper until you read the tagline: What happens to all the Asian-American over-achievers when the test-taking ends?
Wednesday May 18, 2011

Do Immigrant Kids Get Fat to Fit In?

John Cloud, Time

Many foreign-born American citizens have said they feel that their fellow U.S. citizens question their Americanness. This spurning can be particularly difficult for immigrants' U.S.-born children: some Asian-American kids, for instance, have sought plastic surgery or blue contact lenses to give their eyes a more "American" appearance. Now comes evidence that immigrants' kids may even eat more in an effort to fit in with U.S.-born kids, which is to say they try to be fat.
Wednesday May 18, 2011

Why Can’t Asian Americans Speak Their Native Tongue?

Northwest Asian Weekly

A child can be bilingual if the parents speak both Asian and English languages at home. But there are unusual circumstances.
Wednesday May 4, 2011

Presidential Proclamation–Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The White House,

This month, our Nation celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
Wednesday May 4, 2011

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, by the Numbers

Thomas McAdam,

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.
Wednesday May 4, 2011

Impact of Bin Laden’s Death in South Asia

Rahul K. Bhonsle, Sri Lanka Guardian

What is likely to be the impact of elimination of Osama from the terrorist landscape?
Wednesday May 4, 2011

Corporate Boards Getting Whiter While America Is Not

White men's already dominant control of the boards that oversee the nation's largest corporations widened during the last six years, according to a new report issued by the Alliance for Board Diversity...

Wednesday May 4, 2011

Asian Americans Dominate NY’s Top Minority Firms

Benjamin J. Spencer, Crain Communications

Asian-American firms are making it big in the Big Apple, accounting for 10 of the Top 25 minority-owned companies in the New York area, according to a new Crain's list.
Wednesday April 20, 2011

3rd Annual NAAMBA Leadership Conference & Exposition

Aimee Lim, Assistant Editor, AsianLife Magazine

The largest gathering of present and emerging Pan-Asian leaders in the U.S.!
Wednesday April 20, 2011

Asian Americans Plant Seeds in Organic Food Movement

Lynda Lin, Pacific Citizen

On farms and in backyards, more Asian Americans are shunning chemicals and pesticides in favor of going green.
Wednesday April 20, 2011

First Hearing on Rights of Asian American Workers Held in U.S.

George Bao,

The first in a series of nationwide hearings in the United States on the rights of Asian American workers was held here Saturday.
Wednesday April 20, 2011

Does Volunteering Give Job-Seekers an Edge?

Catey Hill, The Wall Street Journal

Restless with his part-time public relations job, Stephen Anfield, 30, began volunteering in the AARP's Washington, D.C., office about a year ago. It wasn't easy: On top of his 30-hour work-week, Anfield put in another 10 to 15 hours writing blog posts, making and printing PowerPoint presentations, and other office tasks. "It was like what you'd do at a typical job," he says. But after six months, he found a new job – courtesy of a referral from an AARP staffer. "It's not the typical way to get a job, but it worked for me."
Wednesday April 20, 2011

Quake Damage Hits Japan’s Exports

BBC News

Japanese exports fell more than expected in March, as damage from last month's earthquake and tsunami affected shipments.
Thursday April 7, 2011

3rd Annual NAAMBA Leadership Conference & Exposition

Aimee Lim, Assistant Editor, AsianLife Magazine

The largest gathering of present and emerging Pan-Asian leaders in the U.S.!
Wednesday April 6, 2011

Brighten Up: South Korean Firms on the Global Innovation Stage

Jennifer Olayon, Columbia Business School Asian Alumni Club

Join Columbia Business School’s Asian Alumni Club, Asian Business Association, and Korean Business Association for their panel discussion titled, Brighten Up: South Korean firms on the Global Innovation Stage, to be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday, April 12 at the Harvard Club.
Wednesday April 6, 2011

Asian American Medical Professionals Going Beyond Borders

Nalea J. Ko, Pacific Citizen

Those who work with Doctors Without Borders say they joined the humanitarian organization for different reasons, but most come back for the rewarding work.
Wednesday April 6, 2011

Achievement Gap Widening Between Asian American Students and Everyone Else

Kevin Sieff, The Washington Post

As policymakers over the past decade focused on closing the achievement gap between white students and underrepresented minorities, another rift was widening: the gap between Asian American students and everyone else.
Wednesday April 6, 2011

India Graduates Millions, but Too Few Are Fit to Hire

Geeta Anand

So few of the high school and college graduates who come through the door can communicate effectively in English, and so many lack a grasp of educational basics such as reading comprehension, that the company can hire just three out of every 100 applicants.
Thursday March 31, 2011

The 10 Companies Young People Want To Work For Most: Universum

The Huffington Post

The employer branding firm, Universum, recently asked young professionals for their thoughts on America's employers including which they'd most like to work for. Some of the workplaces -- the Central Intelligence Agency, for one -- certainly aren't for everyone.
Thursday March 31, 2011

We are a nation that still has racial wounds

Esther J. Cepeda,

One thing I've learned about the catastrophe in Japan is that not only are the Japanese in for a long period of economic and emotional recovery, but some emotional healing needs to occur in the U.S., as well.
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