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Record-breaking heat bears down on China’s hazmat-wearing Covid health workers

“Every day when I finally get off work, the only thing I want to do is take a shower and fall asleep,” one health worker told NBC News. HONG KONG — It’s been a summer that has seen heat records jump across the globe.  China’s health workers have been particularly impacted, enduring relentless heat waves wrapped head-to-toe […]

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Netflix’s ‘Partner Track’ star Arden Cho talks sexism and racism in big law

“Maybe if she was a man, maybe if she was not Asian, maybe she would have already been partner,” the actress says of her character. Arden Cho knows a thing or two about the challenges with breaking a glass ceiling as an Asian American woman. For most of her acting career, Cho, who rose to […]

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Texas woman arrested after video of racist rant against women of South Asian descent, alleged assault in parking lot goes viral 

Plano police said in a statement that Esmeralda Upton was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and terroristic threats. She remained in city jail Thursday with bond set at $10,000. A Texas woman has been arrested, authorities said, after she was caught on video hurling racist abuse at a group of women of South Asian descent […]

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Man in D.C. threw brick through car window in suspected anti-Asian hate crime, injuring two

The suspect allegedly followed the three victims and yelled anti-Asian slurs before threatening them with a large knife. Three people of Asian descent were threatened with a knife and attacked with a brick in a suspected anti-Asian hate crime in Washington, D.C., last week, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.  The suspect approached the three people after […]

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Thai cave rescue film prioritized cultural nuance: ‘Most Thai people will get it immediately’

Ron Howard’s film “Thirteen Lives” employed actors with regional accents and producers from Thailand to ensure the depiction of the miraculous rescue remained a fully Thai story. In “Thirteen Lives,” a documentary-styled dramatization of the 2018 flooded cave-complex rescue in northern Thailand, telling the story from the perspective of the local Thai people was a priority. […]

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After protests, UC San Diego agrees not to fire Chinese postdoc who raised concerns

The case sparked a wave of activism from the scholar’s peers while her visa was put in jeopardy. The University of California, San Diego has reached a settlement with Li Jiang, a postdoctoral scholar from China who said her contract was left to expire after she raised concerns about data methodology in her lab, potentially […]

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Teachers say in new survey they’re being told not to talk about racism and race

Over half of teachers and almost 6 in 10 teachers of color oppose legal limits on discussing race and racism. “It’s heartbreaking for our youth,” a Latino activist and educator said. One in 4 teachers report being told by school officials or district leaders to limit their classroom conversations about race, racism or bias, a […]

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The number of LGBTQ Asian American and Pacific Islander political candidates has doubled. They share some reasons why.

“We’re navigating a very challenging last couple of years,” an expert said. “It really says something about these candidates that they’re willing to be very visible.” Janani Ramachandran, 30, says she’s always lived at the intersection of two isolations.  As an openly gay South Asian woman growing up post-9/11, she felt that few people could […]

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Asian Americans are typecast as successful students, but new report finds troubling gaps

Asian Americans are often seen as successful students, but the stereotype masks “incredibly disconcerting” gaps in college outcomes among the multiple ethnic groups who make up the larger community in California, according to a report released Tuesday. Among the first-year, full-time students who entered the University of California in 2013, six-year graduation rates vary from about […]

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Asian-American Children Are Members of a Diverse and Urban Population

Asians in the Americas date back to the arrival of Chinese and Filipino crews of the galleon trade between Manila and Acapulco starting in the 16th century. Many of these sailors jumped ship and migrated north and east to the United States. Some established communities along the Gulf of Mexico, such as the Louisiana Manilamen, […]

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Key facts about Asian Americans, a diverse and growing population

The U.S. Asian population is diverse. A record 22 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, each with unique histories, cultures, languages and other characteristics. The 19 largest Asian origin groups in the United States together account for 97% of the nation’s […]

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Understanding Our Perceptions of Asian Americans

An overview essay on Asian Americans, including identity issues (perceptions and misperceptions, use of terminology, understanding demographics, and the extreme diversity contained within the term. A waitress asked: “Where are you from?” I told her my great-grandfather came to work the mines in New Mexico. My grandfather was a tailor in Oakland and my mother […]

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Land of Big Numbers’ Author Te-Ping Chen on Writing Her Way Through the Dark

A college student finds her voice with online political activism — but at what cost to her safety? A rural pensioner tries to impress a local official by building an airplane in his yard. A young government employee, envious of his wealthy friend, becomes enmeshed in the stock market. A group of commuters becomes stuck in a subway station […]

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WHY ASIAN-AMERICANS SHOULDN’T CHUCK AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OUT THE WINDOW

Some Southeast Asians Can Use a Boost in Education, But the Real Need Is to Break Through the ‘Bamboo Ceiling.’ A group of Asian-American organizations recently held a splashy press conference in Washington to announce that they will file a federal complaint against Harvard University. Their allegation: Harvard and other Ivy League universities make admissions decisions […]

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How Asian Americans Have Influenced Popular Culture

In recent years, racism and hate targeted at Asian Americans have become more visible. At the same time, authentic and innovative portraits of the Asian American experience have been breaking into mainstream media, including movies such as the sci-fi family drama Everything Everywhere All at Once and the rom-com Crazy Rich Asians. Understanding the way Asian Americans are […]

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Learning From Asian-American Success

Shrinking disparities by penalizing high achievers helps no one. When the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned 14-year-old Harini Logan as its winner in early June, some took her victory as an opportunity to lecture Indian-Americans about their supposed privilege. In an article published after Logan’s win, Amherst College equity officer Pawan Dhingra said that Indian-Americans who participate in academic […]

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The real secret to Asian American success was not education

For those who doubt that racial resentment lingers in this nation, Asian Americans are a favorite talking point. The argument goes something like this: If “white privilege” is so oppressive — if the United States is so hostile toward its minorities — why do census figures show that Asian Americans out-earn everyone? In a 2014 editorial, conservative commentator Bill […]

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Asian American success and the pitfalls of generalization

“There is but one race—humanity.” So says Millicent, paramour of the Irish protagonist in George Moore’s 1900 play, “The Bending of the Bough. But Millicent does not run the U.S. Census Bureau. Data on a myriad of economic and social factors can be analyzed by self-defined racial or ethnic category. The huge inequalities between people […]

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Why Korean Food Is Having its Moment

Chef Sohui Kim has been a pioneer in the New York dining scene since opening The Good Fork in 2006, an intimate, neighborhood restaurant featuring globally inspired cuisine. At the time, the Red Hook, Brooklyn restaurant was a precursor in bringing together disparate influences and techniques, from French and Italian to American and Korean. Kim’s latest project, Insa, is a […]

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WHAT THE HECK IS AN ASIAN-AMERICAN?

The Mixed Reactions to a New Sitcom About a Taiwanese Immigrant Family Reveal How Large, Complex, and Tough to Categorize a Population of 19 Million People Has Become During the “up fronts,” when TV networks give advertisers a sneak peek at their next season, ABC unveiled the trailer for the show Fresh Off the Boat, a sitcom […]

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Amazing Asian Inventions

Innovations Made From 10,000 BCE to 2000 CE Asian inventors have created countless tools that we take for granted in our daily lives. From paper money to toilet paper to PlayStations, Asia is responsible for 50 of the most revolutionary inventions through time. Prehistoric Asian Inventions (10,000 to 3500 B.C.E.) In prehistoric times, finding food […]

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After 50 years of ‘Asian American,’ advocates say the term is ‘more essential than ever’

Academics trace the origins of the term “Asian American” to 1968 and University of California, Berkeley students inspired by the Black Power Movement. LOS ANGELES — The term “Asian American” appears innocuous today. It’s in the name of film festivals, professional organizations, college clubs and an officially recognized heritage month. But that wasn’t always so. […]

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Things You Should Know About Thai Culture

Amphawa floating market in Bangkok | © THAILAND Landmarks and People by Vision / Alamy Stock Photo Sarah Williams You’ll quickly notice many differences when travelling around Thailand. Things like Thais greeting each other, showing respect, apologising, and saying goodbye with a gesture known as the wai, without a handshake in sight. Thai culture has many idiosyncrasies, big and […]

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How Asian American mothers motivate their kids

Even as parents fiercely debate what parenting methods produce more successful children, researchers have unraveled the key differences between parenting methods of Asian Americans and European Americans. “Asian American parents encourage their children to see themselves as part of an enduring relationship with them,” said Alyssa Fu of Stanford University in the US. In other […]

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Thai americans

by Megan RatnerOverview The Kingdom of Thailand was known as Siam until 1939. The Thai name for this nation is Prathet Thai or Muang Thai (Land of the Free). Located in Southeast Asia, it is somewhat smaller than Texas. The country covers an area of 198,456 square miles (514,000 square kilometers) and shares a northern […]

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The Invention of Paper Money

Paper money is an invention of the Song Dynasty in China in the 11th century CE, nearly 20 centuries after the earliest known use of metal coins. While paper money was certainly easier to carry in large amounts, using paper money had its risks: counterfeiting and inflation. Earliest Money The earliest known form of money is also […]

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The Invention of Paper

Who Invented Paper, and When? Try to imagine life without paper. Even in the era of emails and digital books, paper is all around us. Paper is in shopping bags, money, store receipts, cereal boxes, and toilet paper. We use paper in so many ways every day. So, where did this marvelously versatile material come […]

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Why Asian Students Still Outdistance Americans

Harold W. Stevenson Asian/American competition has spread from the marketplace to the classroom. A decade of comparative education research suggests why American students aren’t holding their own. Members of our research group recently asked several hundred fathers of elementary school children in the United States and in China the following question: “Let’s say that your […]

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