Taco Bell parent company appropriates banh mi, finds new target in Vietnamese for cultural insensitivity

September 20, 2014
The logo of Yum! Foods' newest endeavour, Banh Shop. Photo credit: Marc Lee
The logo of Yum! Foods’ newest endeavour, Banh Shop. Photo credit: Marc Lee

I’m not entirely sure what we expected from the company that interprets Mexican food as meat-gun applied mystery meat combined with American cheese and Doritos-flavored taco shells sold by a talking Chihuahua dog speaking in Spanglish.

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“Divided Attention” explores life & art of pioneering Asian American queer artist Bernice Bing

September 17, 2014
Pioneering artist and community activist, Bernice Bing.
Pioneering artist and community activist, Bernice Bing.

“Once upon a time it was rare to find any Asians in prestigious art schools.”

This is the first sentence of groundbreaking artist Bernice Bing’s statement for the 1990 six-woman exhibit “Completing the Circle” featuring notable Chinese American female artists, and which showed at the Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco. That this is how Bing chose to begin her statement is telling; Bernice Bing was one of the nation’s earliest Asian American artists to break into the elite world of modern art.

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San Francisco adopts resolution prohibiting sex-selective abortion bans

September 17, 2014
San Francisco Supervisor, David Chiu.
San Francisco Supervisor, David Chiu.

Earlier last week, I wrote about a resolution authored by San Francisco Board of Supervisors representative David Chiu prohibiting sex-selective abortion bans. Those bans  have been built upon racist, anti-Asian logic to reduce abortion access for all women, and in particular to stigmatize reproductive health for Asian American women. Chiu’s resolution, which would ban sex-selective abortion restrictions in San Francisco and call on other city and state legislators around the country to do the same, was co-authored by fellow Supervisors Jane Kim, Katy Tang, London Breed and Malia Cohen.

Chiu’s resolution (read the full text here) was on the agenda for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ meeting yesterday, and NBC News reports that the resolution was fully endorsed by the board without the need to go to a vote.

That makes San Francisco the first city to ban these racist abortion restrictions, sending a powerful message to the rest of the country.

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George Takei treated for skin cancer, and AAPI should take notice

September 16, 2014

George Takei Appears On "The Morning Show"

Last Saturday, legendary Star Trek actor and activist George Takei arrived at a charity event with a bandage on his face, ContactMusic.com reports; the actor was recovering from having had a cancerous skin growth removed from his face earlier in the week. The cancer was detected in its early stages during a routine visit to the doctor the week prior, and removed.

Takei reportedly said, “I went to my doctor for my physical last week and he detected an early sign of skin cancer here. He cut it out and that’s why I’m wearing this (bandage).”

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with over 3.5 million new cases diagnosed each year. But, for AAPI, skin cancer is a particularly significant health concern: AAPI have among the lowest survival rates from skin cancer of any race or ethnicity.

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LA hosts free API Hope & Recovery Conference for #AAPI #MentalHealth clients, family & caregivers

September 15, 2014

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On October 29th of this year, the Los Angeles County’s Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) is sponsoring the 9th Annual API Hope & Recovery Conference, a day-long event for Asian American & Pacific Islander mental health advocates to share their stories of hope, recovery and advocacy, and that is free to mental health clients, family members, parents and caregivers.

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