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Posters Help Parents Support LGBTQ+ AAPI Youth

Photo by Jay Paul via Wikimedia Commons As Pride Month approaches, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth members of the LGBTQ+ community may find they need more support. The Family Acceptance Program (FAP) at San Francisco University is offering a helping hand. The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention,...

California DMV reinstates driving tests in 25 languages

Just days after word leaked out that the California DMV would eliminate bilingual driving tests in 25 languages, the agency reversed itself. The Sacramento Bee first reported on an April 27 memo outlining plans to drop tests in 25 languages including Korean, Tagalog, Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Japanese, Samoan, and Thai....

Mom fights for child & against domestic abuse in Fire in the Mountains

Promotional photo from : Carson Productions River City Productions Inc By Jana Monji, AsAmNews Arts & Culture Writer Fire in the Mountains is a sensitive film about one woman's struggle within the confines of sexism in a small Himalayan village. The fire is both metaphorical and literal.  Chandra (Vinamrata Rai) labors under...

Sundance Award winner examines women’s role in India

By Jana Monji, AsAmNews Arts & Culture Writer Lately, there's been talk about caste systems existing in the US. The film Writing with Fire helps illustrate the rigid barriers of the caste system in India and how they are being challenged today by a gutsy group of women. Writing with Fire...

OpEd: Deep Similarities between Politics & Creme Brûlée

By Shree Baphna, AsAmNews Staff Writer Creme brûlées are delectable. The caramelized sugar surface is glossy, hard, and smooth. At first glance, it seems indestructible. Yet, if one brings a silver spoon to it and gives it a small tap, the hardened sugar shatters and releases the gooey pudding underneath-...

Biden releases ads in nine Asian languages

Joe Biden via Flickr Creative Commons by Joe Roeder Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is reaching out to Asian voters in multiple languages in an effort to get out the vote. The World Journal reports Biden released a statement in Chinese "This year, we've seen the best of America carry us...

Asian Am celebrities launch #MyNameIs campaign

Asian American celebrities from Kal Penn to Michelle Kwan to Daniel Dae Kim know a microaggression when they see one. When they saw Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) mock the name of Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris with his "Kamala-mala-mala-whatever" line, they jumped into action. "My name is Kalpen," the star tweeted....

Task force makes COVID-19 testing accessible for AAPIs

Orange County health officials have partnered with Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations in Southern California to help make COVID-19 testing more accessible for vulnerable AAPI communities, reports Voice of OC. The Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Task Force was formed after a new reopening requirement mandated that counties in the state reduce...

An Indian Prince Charming lurks in Evil Eye

By Jana Monji, AsAmNews Art & Culture Writer In Blumhouse Productions' Evil Eye, Indian culture takes center stage. Evil Eye is one of four movies that Blumhouse premiered on Amazon Prime this month, all of which were featured as inspiration for its virtual haunted house. How effective the film's chill...

NBC’s Transplant not your typical medical drama

Photo from NBC's Transplant starring Hamza Haq By Jana Monji, AsAmNews Arts & Culture Writer At the beginning of this month, a Canadian medical drama debuting on NBC gave viewers a Muslim Syrian refugee doctor as, not the featured guest, but the main character. Pakistani Canadian actor Hamza Haq plays Bashir...

Trump campaign releases new ad targeting Indian American voters

Hoping to capitalize on the president's strong relationship with India Prime Minister  Narendra Modi, the Trump campaign released a new commercial featuring the two together during Trump's visit to India. Indian Americans have traditionally voted for Democrats, but the GOP clearly feels they are gettable. “America loves India. America respects...

Democrats to air multi-lingual ads in multiple Asian languages

Graphic courtesy Yappie Hoping to make strong inroads into what has been traditionally a Republican voting bloc, Democrats have bought ads on Vietnamese television targeting 780,000 Vietnamese Americans living in California. The Hill reports the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee bought advertising scheduled to begin airing in September on VietFace TV, a...

Indian American organization IMPACT pledges $10 million to support community members in upcoming elections

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons by Gage Skidmore Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will soon choose his running mate. For some Indian Americans, Sen. Kamala Harris is a popular choice for more hope and representation of the Indian American community. An Indian American political organization called IMPACT committed to...

Priyanka Chopra signs deal with Amazon

Priyanka Chopra has signed a first look deal with Amazon, Variety reported. The agreement runs two years and follows a similar deal with ABC she signed in 2014 which lead to her prime time series Quantico. That show ran from 2015 to 2018. “My quest really is to be able...

Coming Out Guide For AAPIs Released In Several Languages For Lunar New Year

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released new, translated coming out guides for LGBTQIA Asian Americans, Them reported. The guide, entitled Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, is intended to serve "as a valuable conversation starter” for...

Presidential hopefuls vye for AAPI vote; Biden picks up endorsement, Sanders leads in California

Views from the Edge After the two predominantly White states of Iowa and New Hampshire, Nevada will have its Primary caucuses on Feb. 22, NEVADA'S AAPI VOTERS AAPI voters make up about 10% of Nevada's electorate. After extensive preparations, such as holding mock caucuses last week, Asian...

Voting accessibility expands for limited-English Asian Americans

Limited-English Californians will soon have increased access to voting information in their native language, thanks to a state appeals court ruling on Monday. The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco determined that California election officials are not fully complying with a law that requires them to provide ballot...

AAPI civil rights group union members speak out after mass layoff

By Brittney Le, AsAmNews Associate EditorPhotos by Bryan Kim. Kim was part of Advancing Justice-LA's Youth and Parents Leadership Development unit (YPLD). The unit as a whole was affected by the layoffs last Monday. Both sides of a labor dispute at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles are blaming...

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA lays off 20 percent of staff

Asian American advocacy group Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles this week laid off 18 staffers, 20 percent for their staff. The advocacy group is one of LA's top civil rights organization. According to the LA ist, the organization let go a spokeswoman, labor rights lawyer, outreach staffers, bilingual phone...

Congressman Apologizes to Indian Americans For Not Consulting Them on Letter to Kashmir

New York Congressman Tom Suozzi has apologized for not consulting Indian Americans on a letter he sent expressing concerns about recent developments in Kashmir, Telegraph India reports. On August 9, Congressman Suozzi sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a letter raising concerns about India's decision to scrap the special status...
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