Monday 27th March 2017,

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Vogue Diversity Issue Is a Head Scratcher

posted by Randall
Vogue Diversity Issue

Vogue “diversity” Issue

The word diversity is thrown around a lot. It means different things to different people.

Folks at Vogue are learning their idea of diversity doesn’t fit with a lot of other people.

In the just released diversity issue of Vogue, they have Danish-German American fashion model Karlie Kloss in black hair dressed … Read more


Asians Have Been Appropriating White Food, and it is a Good Thing

posted by Lisa Dinh

Chinese marketBy Lisa Dinh
AsAmNews Intern


Amidst America’s contentious election, BuzzFeed recently published an article entitled, “17 Foods That White People Have Ruined.” Example foods from the article include “Pho with Broccoli and Quinoa” and “Nutella Samosas.” The popular piece gained over 1 million views and 602 comments. Its top-rated comment argues against the … Read more


Blog: Brown Skin Moana Costume Pulled by Disney After Outrage

posted by Louis Chan

Moana costumeBy Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent

A Disney Halloween costume derided as racist for the costume’s brown skin is being pulled from store shelves.
The decision comes just days after a social media uproar over the costume caught the attention of mainstream national media.
The costume was part of Disney’s extensive marketing … Read more


Campus Round Up: Cultural Appropriation, ECAASU Conference & Hmong American Studies Dominate Week

posted by Randall

ECAASU 2016It’s been an interesting week for Asian American students across the country.

At UC Berkeley, Pacific Islander students successfully convinced a Greek fraternity to cancel its “Sigma Alpha Maui.”
An event flyer described the party this way:

Aloha haoles. Stop your studying for midterms procrastination bs for one night to come to Sigma Alpha Maui.

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Bad Ass Asians

CBC News: Canadian Elected Official Called Out for Wearing Racist Halloween Costume with Coolie Hat

posted by Randall
Linda Lapointe

Linda Lapointe

Newly-elected Liberal MP Linda Lapointe stumbled out of the starting gate with a Facebook photo of her in a Halloween costume wearing a coolie hat and a “Asian” style jacket.

CBC News Lapointe’s wardrobe choice raised the ire of Laurin Liu, the Montreal riding’s former NDP MP and a Chinese Canadian.

“I can’t … Read more

Asian Americans

Sacramento Bee: LGBT Center Apologizes to AAPI Community

posted by Randall

Sacramento LGBT Center Red Dress Party2

Members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities have received an apology from the Sacramento LGBT Center in California for the offensive cultural themes used at a recent party, reports the Sacramento Bee.

The apology comes after the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sacramento Coalition wrote a letter to … Read more


Buzz Feed Yellow: Geisha Halloween Costume Irritates Japanese American Women

posted by Randall

geisha costume

More racist cultural appropriation is surfacing as we get closer to Halloween.

A geisha costume for sale looks closer to something someone with a latex fetish might wear.

Sequins and chokers meant more for a night of clubbing than traditional Japanese dance adorn the “kimono.”

The costume is so far from being an authentic it’s … Read more

Community Issues

Boston Globe: Counter-protestors Join Controversy Over Kimono Wednesdays

posted by Randall

Claude Monet La Japonaise

A group of women wearing kimonos are demanding that the Boston Museum of Fine Arts return to its original concept of Kimono Wednesdays and allow museum visitors to try on the traditional garment, reports the Boston Globe.

Kimono Wednesdays started as a promotional event to generate excitement around Claude Monet’s painting “La Japonaise.” Museum-goers … Read more


Pacific Islanders Left Off the Island in Aloha Movie Controversy

posted by Randall

Emma StoneThe casting of Emma Stone as a Chinese, Native Hawaiian and Swedish character in Cameron Crowe’s Aloha generated its share of coverage in both ethnic and mainstream media.

Yet most of the attention was on a white actress playing an Asian character with few references with her character also being Pacific Islander, especially in the … Read more

Asian Americans

LA Times: Sony Responds to Criticism of new Bradley Cooper Film ‘Aloha’

posted by Randall

AlohaSony has ended its silence about the negative push back Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians have been directing at the new Cameron Crowe film, Aloha, starring Bradley Cooper,

“While some have been quick to judge a movie they haven’t seen and a script they haven’t read, the film ‘Aloha’ respectfully showcases the spirit … Read more


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