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Why I Will Join Thousands of Women as we March on Saturday

January 19, 2017

When I first heard about a planned march to amass the nation’s women to highlight women’s rights and in protest against the Trump administration on the day after his inauguration, I was initially hesitant. In originally billing the event as the “Million Women March” and advertising it as the first street protest of its kind, organizers overlooked the original “Million Woman March” successfully organized by Black feminists two decades ago. When this appropriation of Black feminist history was pointed out by feminists of colour, event organizers were dismissive of (and even hostile to) the critique. Instead, (White feminist) event organizers and early supporters offered the same familiar, callous, and white-washing refrain: that feminists of colour were being divisive in raising the spectre of race, and that we should put aside racial differences to provide a united feminist front in opposition to the misogyny of Trump.

Never mind, of course, that we were being asked to rally in unity under the banner of White feminism, which too often overlooks and deprioritizes women of colour and other marginalized women through its uncritical universalization of the lived experiences of Whit straight abled cis-women. Over the years, I have been lectured at countless times by White feminists who resent and reject my brand of non-white feminism; I had no interest in voluntarily exposing myself to that kind of toxic and intolerant space yet again.

But then, something about the event changed. In response to criticism, event founders re-named the march the “Women’s March on Washington” and invited prominent feminists of colour to organize the event. The Women’s March began to embrace a more intersectional framework for its feminism. Organizers acknowledged the March’s relationship to Black feminist history and took steps to acknowledge and commemorate the earlier work of Black feminists. White feminists were reminded that even within feminist spaces, they should do the work of being better white allies to feminists of colour; and that there is never a time when they can or should stop reflecting (and respecting) more and “whitesplaining” less. When some early White feminist supporters spoke against the efforts to make the event more inclusive of women of colour, they were actually told they were wrong!

With these developments, my fears were (somewhat) assuaged. It seemed increasingly clear that while White feminism still has a long way to go, the Women’s March on Washington (and its many satellite events in local cities) was taking steps to be a safe(r) space for feminists of colour and other marginalized feminists.

And so, I have made the (cautious) decision: I will march on Saturday in the Women’s March in New York City.

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Reappropriate’s Top 5 for #GivingTuesday 2016 (and This Year’s Master-List of AANHPI Non-Profits)

November 29, 2016

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One of my most popular posts each years is my Giving Tuesday post, which commemorates a national day to reject the crass consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday by promoting charitable donations. Organized by #NotOneDime, Giving Tuesday encourages each of us to make small (or large) gifts to any non-profit organizations.

Giving Tuesday typically publishes a database of non-profit organizations that will receive your donations, but I’ve found in the past that AANHPI were woefully underrepresented. So, for the last several years, I have published my own (long, but not comprehensive) list of quality AANHPI non-profit organizations to support for Giving Tuesday (2014 | 2015). This year is no exception: after the jump you’ll find 2016’s updated list of great AANHPI-focused non-profits — all of which could use a donation from you this year.

Before we get to the full list, however I’m going to give you my personal top five picks for 2016. This is, of course, a tough list to make since I think every organization in the larger list deserves our charitable support. But, these are the groups I’ve decided to give a few if my dollars to for Giving Tuesday 2016.

Reappropriate’s 2016 Giving Tuesday Top 5:

  • NAPAWF is a national organization that focuses specifically on advocacy for AANHPI women, with one of their primary interest areas being reproductive rights. They have been very active in elevating the voices of AANHPI women in the current fight to defund Planned Parenthood, and even in the fierce urgency of the moment with regard to the fight to preserve abortion access, NAPAWF has done an excellent and necessary job injecting race into the national conversation, and I donate to them annually.
  • AALDEF has done critical work this year to champion and protect AAPI voters’ rights. This past year, they brought to the forefront the suspicious purging of thousands of names from New York City-area voter registration lists, disenfranchising predominantly AAPI and Latinx voters. AALDEF also lead a herculean effort to conduct an Election Night exit poll that contacted thousands of AAPIs voters casting their ballots in 14 states; that survey revealed how inaccurate national exit polls used by mainstream media — and which woefully undersample Asian Americans and other voters of colour — really are. With regard to voting rights, I also strongly support the work of APIAVote, which made my Giving Tuesday list last year.
  • SEARAC is a national organization that focuses predominantly on advocacy for Southeast Asian American communities such as Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese Americans. This past year, their tireless advocacy resulted in the passage of The AHEAD Act in California, which provides crucial disaggregation of state-collected demographic data so that socioeconomic disparities that disproportionately impact Southeast Asian Americans can be identified and addressed.
  • EPIC is another of my favourite organizations, which focuses specifically on advocacy for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. EPIC also with SEARACH to champion The AHEAD Act  in California, along with their fellow co-sponsors of the legislation, CPEHN and APIAHF.
  • SAALT advocates for the South Asian Americans by connecting the community with elected officials in Washington D.C. on a variety of issues, including immigration rights, racial justice and gender justice. Last year, I also highlighted the work of The Sikh Coalition, which does fantastic work to represent the interests of the Sikh American community.

Also, I try to pick a local organization every year. I ran out of space in this year’s Top 5, but I’ve strongly supported the work of Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center for quite some time, and so also chose to donate to BCNC this year.

I encourage you to make a Giving Tuesday donation this year to one or more of the listed organizations in this post. You can either join me in giving to one of my 2016 Giving Tuesday Top 5 (above), or you can pick any of your favourites from the larger list of equally deserving organizations (after the jump)!

Don’t see your favourite organization on the list? Please leave a comment to have it added!

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Please take 2 minutes to save the Affordable Care Act

November 20, 2016
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., listens as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defends President Barack Obama's new budget proposals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Rep. Ryan, who agrees with Obama on extending the earned income tax credit to more workers without children, says he hopes that lawmakers and the administration could agree on ways to finance expanding the EITC. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., listens as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defends President Barack Obama’s new budget proposals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (Photo credit: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Affordable Care Act — a hallmark legislation of the Obama administration’s legacy — helped give provide healthcare coverage for over 20 million Americans. The ACA has given access for 4.3 million AAPI to access preventative care, and has helped tens of thousands of AAPI who had been denied healthcare due to a preexisting condition get coverage. Over a hundred thousand uninsured AAPI youth now are covered by their parents’ plan, and 2.5 million AAPI women now have coverage for women’s health services.

The Affordable Care Act has been an unqualified boon for American public health. And yet, Congressional Republicans are eyeing the recent presidential election of Donald Trump as an opportunity to gut the program.

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Fox News’ Jesse Watters Should Be Held Accountable for Racist Segment

October 6, 2016
Jesse Watters interviews people in NYC's Chinatown during a segment that aired on October 3, 2016. (Photo credit: Fox News)
Jesse Watters interviews people in NYC’s Chinatown during a segment that aired on October 3, 2016. (Photo credit: Fox News)

After news broke yesterday of Fox News’ airing of one of the most breathtakingly racist anti-Asian network news segments in recent memory, several AAPI advocacy groups have spoken out against the video — which aired during Tuesday night’s O’Reilly Factor episode — and its creator, Jesse Watters. The Asian American Journalists’ Association issued a statement said the segment was “rife with stereotypes.”

“It is not ‘all in good fun’ to perpetuate racist stereotypes about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and it certainly is not ‘gentle fun’ to target or mock people who are not fluent in English. No person should be used as a prop in such a heartless manner,” said the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans.

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Please help support Angry Asian Man (and get a cool t-shirt)!

March 2, 2016

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The godfather of the AAPI blogosphere — Angry Asian Man — needs your help! Phil Yu, founder and editor of Angry Asian Man, is running a month-long fundraising drive in celebration of 15 years since the blog’s founding.

AAM is the cornerstone of the AAPI online community, whether serving as a source of community, kinship, or leadership. Originally started as a side project, AAM has become a full-time job for Phil — and believe me, running a blog is neither cheap nor easy. Over the years, I’ve watched the number of AAPI blogs dwindle as life happens, which makes it crucial for our community to support and sustain those dedicated sites that remain around.

It’s time for us to step up and give back to Angry Asian Man, and ensure that this blog continues for another 15 years (and longer). I am already a regular subscriber (and have been since AAM started accepting subscribers). Now’s a chance for you to become a subscriber too!

In appreciation of his supporters, Phil is offering a limited edition Angry Asian Man t-shirt as a gift to anyone who makes a commitment to support the blog. It’s grey, and (presumably) cotton-y soft, and features art by Derek Kirk Kim. Subscribe now and we can be t-shirt twins, y’all!

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