Dear Asian People

Dear Asian people: I hear a lot about “what can we do to help.” So, here are my 2 cents: 1. Know our common struggles as well as differences. While Asian Americans do experience interpersonal racism on a daily basis (e.g. discrimination, micro-aggressions) and some of us have carried the painful history of institutional racismContinue reading “Dear Asian People”

The Sickness that Model Minority Gives Us

One day last year, my then-20 year-old stepson came home and told me that his friend committed suicide and passed away. I didn’t know how to react to it. I was shocked, terrified, and for reasons that I cannot comprehend, I felt angry. Then, I felt guilty for feeling angry, for not showing enough sympathy,Continue reading “The Sickness that Model Minority Gives Us”

Challenge Our Own Social Relationships to Create Racial Justice

Racial justice has become a popular topic in recent years. While it is important for folks from all social positions to continue to work on issues around racial justice in the political and cultural realms (e.g. grassroots mobilizing/organizing; culture preservation/production), it is equally, if not more important that we evaluate and challenge our own socialContinue reading “Challenge Our Own Social Relationships to Create Racial Justice”

The Hurt In Us (Part Three)

This past summer, my high school classmate, who is now an English lecturer, invited me to the university she works for in Macau to give a talk. We were not close friends during high school. Lately, however, we had been chatting over social media messaging platform about common intellectual interests—feminism, racism, pedagogy—and more mundanely, ventingContinue reading “The Hurt In Us (Part Three)”

On Becoming Panda Mom (Part Two)

A year ago, I began teaching an online Introduction to Sociology class at a local private university. Since the university mostly offers health-related disciplines to its students, the class is merely a prerequisite for MCAT takers rather than a subject that students voluntarily choose to study. To make the coursework more meaningful and relevant forContinue reading “On Becoming Panda Mom (Part Two)”