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And that’s why I think it’s important for someone to get out there. I think that’s a noble thing because I want my kids to watch Hollywood movies and think that an Asian person can be a hero. I don’t want to have to tell him that, ‘Yo, despite the fact that in all the movies you’ve seen, everyone who saves the world is either white or black, and no Asian saves the world, I’m telling you that Asians can.’

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Lucy Liu’s Elementary character is an Asian-American television anomaly. She is neither a fanatic fighting-machine nor a quiet, subservient woman — and sadly, that makes her revolutionary.

Well-rounded, dynamic, complex and just plain real Asian-American characters in American television and film are few and far between. We are accustomed instead to seeing Asian-Americans depicted as awkward nerds, untouchable geisha girls or oddball and a-sexual men — not to mention the growing prevalence of the “model minority” archetype.

The depictions are lazy and repeated ad nauseum; stereotypes used as punchlines. With 18.9 million people of Asian decent living in the U.S., Hollywood would be wise to retire the joke.

What Hollywood doesn’t understand about Asian-Americans (via thisisnotjapan)

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Up to that point, we had been called Orientals. Oriental was a rug that everyone steps on, so we ain’t no Orientals. We were Asian American.

- Richard Aoki

The birth of Asian American identity springs from radical roots, anti-racism, solidarity with Black Power, and embracing the importance of self-definition. We need to remember the Asian American Political Alliance.

From their declaration in 1969:

DECLARATION OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN POLITICAL ALLIANCE, 1969
(http://instruct.westvalley.edu/kelly/History20_on_campus/Online%20Readings/asian_american.htm)
The Asian American Political Alliance is people. It is a people’s alliance to effect social and political changes. We believe that the American society is historically racist and one which has systematically employed social discrimination and economic imperialism, both domestically and internationally, exploiting all non-white people in the process of building up their affluent society.

They did so at the expense of all of us. Uncontrolled capitalism has pushed all of the non-white people into a cosial position so that only manual jobs with subhuman pay are open to them. Consequently, we have been psychologically so conditioned by the blue-eye-blond-hair standard that many of us have lost our perspective. We can only survive if “we know our place” - shut up and accept what we are given. We resent this kind of domination and we are determined to change it.

The goal of AAPA is political education and advancement of the movement among Asian people, so that they may make all decisions that affect their own lives, in a society that never asks people to do so. AAPA is not an isolated group, and should never profess to be such. Its only legitimacy and value is in the effects it has on many people, not just a small group of people. In the same vein, AAPA is not meant to isolate Asians from other people; it is unhealthy as well as unwise to do such a thing. AAPA must constantly expand and grow, and reach out to other people and groups. At the same time, AAPA must meet the needs of its own members and deal with its own problems.

In the past political organizations have tended to subject themselves to rigid, traditional levels of structure in which a few make the decisions, present them to the body, and the body can vote either “yes” or “no.” This hierarchistic organization, however, is only a manifestation of the elite control, primidal [sic (pyramidal)] structure mentality in which you are not capable of making your own decisions, an idea drilled into you from the foundations of this society.

AAPA is only what the people make it. We have adopted a structure which better fits the needs and goals of our alliance, not a structure to which we have to adjust ourselves. Furthermore, there is no membership in AAPA in the strict sense of the word. There are workers who for common interests join together with one or more people to intensify the effectiveness of an action.

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Each May, our Nation comes together to recount the ways Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) helped forge our country. We remember a time 170 years ago, when Japanese immigrants first set foot on American shores and opened a path for millions more. We remember 1869, when Chinese workers laid the final ties of the transcontinental railroad after years of backbreaking labor. And we remember Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have made our country bigger and brighter again and again, from Native Hawaiians to the generations of striving immigrants who shaped our history — reaching and sweating and scraping to give their children something more. Their story is the American story, and this month, we honor them all.

For many in the AAPI community, that story is one also marked by lasting inequality and bitter wrongs. Immigrants seeking a better life were often excluded, subject to quotas, or denied citizenship because of their race. Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders endured decades of persecution and broken promises. Japanese Americans suffered profoundly under internment during World War II, even as their loved ones fought bravely abroad. And in the last decade, South Asian Americans — particularly those who are Muslim, Hindu, or Sikh — have too often faced senseless violence and suspicion due only to the color of their skin or the tenets of their faith.

- from President Obama’s AAPI Heritage Month proclamation.

As you might imagine, we at 18 Million Rising are pretty excited about this month. We kicked it off with our Asian/American labor leaders series for May Day, and we have plenty more awesome (and sometimes hidden) history to share.

But we also want to know: what do YOU think we should cover for AAPI Heritage Month? Send us an ask to let us know and we’ll put together a feature on your favorite unsung hero or unforgettable moment that you think more people need to know about.

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Eddie Haung’s “Fresh Off The Boat” ABC Sitcom Trailer

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ABC has decided to pick up the sitcom Fresh Off The Boat as part of it’s 2014-15 midseason replacement lineup. This will be the first in 20 years an Asian American family sitcom is being aired, the first and last one was Margaret Cho’s All American Girl (1994-95). The show is based…

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Eddie Huang on Fresh Off the Boat and More: VICE Podcast 003

His Orlando hip hop/ghetto vernacular did put me off at first…but the more he speaks, the more I come to respect and understand his insights.  Plus, his vocabulary far exceeds mine… 

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Parks and Recreations' Aziz Ansari shuts down a microaggression on the Golden Globes' red carpet.

(H/t yayponies)

I want a screen on my headstone that plays this video on loop.

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CALL TO ACTION / STATEMENT

fascinasians:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 6, 2014 New York, NY

It had only been 18 days since the cast of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother
appeared in an episode in in yellowface makeup and in stereotypical,
twisted, disrespectful “Asian” costume. The Asian/American community was
rightfully infuriated and took…

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Photos: 8 Asian Athletes to Keep an Eye on at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games

From Thailand to Pakistan, 21 countries are sending athletes to compete in sports traditionally dominated by North America and Europe. Here are some of the most noteworthy.

Read the full story here.

Good luck to the only Pilipin@ Winter Olympian this year, Michael Christian Martinez!! He will be performing in the mens figure skating and is the only Southeast Asian Winter Olympian (correction. He is one of the only 3 SEA Olympians, I was just told Thailand which is also a part of SEA is also representing) and the first to represent the Philippines in the Winter Olympics in 22 years.

As a fellow figure skater myself, I say GOOD LUCK MY FELLOW KABABAYAN SKATER! Inspire future figure skaters in the Philippines and among other Pilipin@’s! 

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thisisnotpinoy:


The Philippines’ lone athlete in the Winter Olympics, figure skater Michael Christian Martinez, carries the Philippine flag in the 2014 Opening Ceremony Parade of Nations in Sochi, Russia

Mukhang kapatid ko ^.^ #2014olympics

thisisnotpinoy:

The Philippines’ lone athlete in the Winter Olympics, figure skater Michael Christian Martinez, carries the Philippine flag in the 2014 Opening Ceremony Parade of Nations in Sochi, Russia

Mukhang kapatid ko ^.^ #2014olympics