US Memorial Day:  Remembering John Tomney, a Chinese American Soldier killed at Gettysburg
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Casualty Report on John Tomney, from US National Archives During an era when Asian Americans continue to be questioned for their loyalty and are still considered perpetual foreigners, it is worthwhile on US Memorial Day to note Asian Americans who fought and died for their country.  One such Asian American is John Tomney.  He joined […]

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CAAMFest 2024: Smoking Tigers
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I wasn’t able to see an in person screening of Smoking Tigers at CAAMFest but given the topic, I thought I would be interested in the film and thought I’d watch the screener: “Hayoung, a Korean American teenager dealing with her parents’ separation, longs to belong somewhere. When her mother enrolls her in a competitive summer […]

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The Molded Minority
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In the discussions of racism and its impact in the United States, people often commonly refer to the racial relationships between White and Black Americans. In history textbooks, we study in depth the discriminatory practices and laws perpetrated by Whites and Blacks through slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration. In modern political debates, we speak […]

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CAAMFest 2024: A Great Divide – Post Screening Q & A
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I had seen A Great Divide last fall at the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific FilmFest (SVAPFF). I enjoyed the film and would at least see it again at CAAMFest if only to see director Jean Shim to say hi. As a reminder, from the CAAMFest program guide description: “Seen through the eyes of a Korean […]

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Kanaye Nagasawa and the other Asian Americans who built California Wine Country
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Kanaye Nagasawa Asian Americans are generally not associated with California Wine Country, but they were key players in getting it established.  Chinese laborers built and worked in Sonoma’s oldest winery, Buena Vista Winery, as well as planting millions of grapevines between 1856 and 1869.  Japanese American Kanaye Nagasawa ran one of the biggest wineries during […]

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They Call Us Bruce 241: They Call Us Rising from the Ashes
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Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America. What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. (Almost) each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus […]

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Lily Tung Crystal To Lead East West Players After Tenure At Theater Mu + Anh Thu T. Pham x Ruthie Johnson
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Press Release: Mu artistic director Lily Tung Crystal to lead East West Players Lily Tung Crystal will transition in August to head the nation’s largest Asian American theater company. (May 15, 2024) Theater Mu announced today that artistic director Lily Tung Crystal will step down from her full-time role at the end of Mu’s 2023/24 […]

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CAAMFest 2024: “Home Court” – The Basketball Journey of Ashley Chea
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Director Erica Tanamachi, Producer Jenn Lee Smith, Executive Producer Diane Quon, and Writer/Editor Jean Kawahara Home Court was one of the CAAMFest 2024 films I was most excited to screen: “Ashley Chea is a Cambodian American basketball phenom. Home Court, filmed over three years, is a coming-of-age story that relays the highs and lows of […]

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