Reappropriate’s Top 5 for #GivingTuesday 2018 (and a listing of AAPI non-profits)

Every year, I publish a working list of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) non-profit groups for your consideration for #GivingTuesday. This year is no exception; below the fold, you’ll find a long list of AAPI organizations that could use some support. (Here’s last year’s list.)

This year, I’ll be donating to:

  • Center for Asian American Media (CAAM): My decision to support CAAM this year is in recognition of their incredible work around the PBS documentary, The Chinese Exclusion Act. This is an incredible feature-length documentary that serves as an incredible primer for Chinese American history. The production of this documentary is a fantastic service for the community.
  • The Asian American Feminist CollectiveBased out of New York City, AAFC has been doing fantastic work around Asian American feminist organizing, and the influence of this new group has been felt nation-wide. I am delighted to be able to support AAFC’s growth with my Giving Tuesday funds.
  • SEARAC: One of my favourite groups doing work around Southeast Asian American advocacy, SEARAC has been at the forefront of the data disaggregation fight, as well as the fight to protect Southeast Asian American immigrants from ICE raids and mass deportation. Support for SEARAC is critical, now more than ever.
  • EPIC: A perennial group to support, EPIC has several new initiatives on the horizon this year, including around the data disaggregation fight. I am glad to be supporting EPIC again this year.
  • Asian Women’s Shelter: Every year, I try to choose to support at least one local AAPI-facing community service organization. This year, I’d like to donate to the Asian Women’s Shelter — located in San Francisco — in celebration of their 30 years of work for Asian American survivors of domestic violence.

I invite you to contribute a few of your Giving Tuesday dollars to the above groups, or find your own favourite group in the list below.

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UC Berkeley Law School Dean to rename Boalt Hall due to John Boalt’s legacy of anti-Chinese racism

The UC Berkeley law school sign.

Many campuses have been embroiled in controversies surrounding the naming of its buildings; particularly when those names honour historic figures that have engaged in racism. At Yale University, students successfully lobbied to have Calhoun College, one of the school’s twelve undergraduate residential colleges, renamed based on John C. Calhoun’s legacy as a slaveowner and vocal opposition to the abolition movement of his time. At Harvard University, students successfully sought to end the traditional “House Master” title, and are further demanding that the school stop honouring slave-holding donor families from the university’s past.

The West Coast is no exception. The University of San Francisco recently renamed a building honouring James D. Phelan, who opposed Japanese immigration and who campaigned for the US Senate on the platform, “Keep California White”.

At UC Berkeley, law students have argued for years that the law school’s main classroom building, Boalt Hall, should be renamed.

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Election Eve Polling: Asian Americans helped fuel the 2018 Midterms’ “blue wave”

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Eight-year-old David Luu helps his mother Hui Zhang, a Cantonese speaker, read and complete her ballot at a polling center set up inside a community center in Chinatown in Los Angeles, California, 02 March 2004. (Photo credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images via Flickr @booknews)

One week after the 2018 Midterm Elections and with mail-in and provisional ballots finally being counted, pollsters are now realizing the true size of this year’s so-called “blue wave”: riding a surge of votes for Democratic candidates, the Democratic party now appears poised to pick up 35 to 40 seats in the House, and may have lost only 1 or 2 seats in the Senate. An American Decisions exit poll of Black, Latinx, and Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters further demonstrates how influential voters of color were in fueling that “blue wave”.

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Trump Makes Racially-Charged Remarks Towards Japanese Reporter in Controversial Press Conference

A Japanese reporter questions President Trump. (Photo credit: Screen capture from NBC News video)

In a press conference marked by erratic and un-presidential behaviour, President Trump made racially charged remarks against a Japanese reporter, telling him to “say hello to Shinzo” — the prime minister of Japan — before complaining that he couldn’t understand the reporter’s accent.

The unnamed reporter, who was clearly fluent in English, asked the president about reports that Trump was considering placing punitive tariffs on Japanese auto imports. That’s when Trump made the quip about Prime Minister Abe and the complaint about the reporter’s accent. Trump then defended the idea of US-imposed tariffs on Japan — one of America’s closest allies in the Pacific rim — by complaining of a trade deficit between the two countries.

“Japan does not treat the United States fairly on trade,” said Trump. “They send in millions of cars at a very low tax… They don’t take our cars.”
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My journey as an undocumented immigrant

I’m on the right making the grumpy face. I was five, on a family road trip with my cousins around the island of Taiwan. (Photo credit: Yin Yin Chan)

By Guest Contributor: Yin Yin Chan (@yinychan)

My daughter, Mia, has another year in preschool, and her father and I are assessing our best options for her educational future. The original plan was to raise her in Taiwan before she reached kindergarten age when we would move back to America for grade school. Although I was born in British Hong Kong, Taiwan is my mother’s native country and where I had lived from ages two to seven.

We had hoped for Mia to develop an understanding of her family’s background by directly immersing her in our ancestral language and culture. But after two years in Taipei, we shortened our plans and created new roots in Los Angeles when Mia turned three. As it turned out, adapting to the Taiwanese culture, climate and language was just too challenging for us as Asian-Americans.

We chose Los Angeles for its vastly diverse spread of people and neighborhoods with access to top schools, museums, and cultural centers. The resources the city offer falls inline with our aspirations of providing Mia with the best education we can afford.

Being an American-born citizen with Asian-American parents, Mia moved back to the US with relative ease. This was in great contrast with my own experience moving from Taiwan to America; I was seven years old when my parents and I came to the US as undocumented immigrants, a status that would shape the rest of my life.

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