Finally! A Simple Solution to Help Deal With Microaggressions: The My Oppression Card Project

The Oppression Card Project, by Sarah Doherty and Lauren Simkin Berke
The My Oppression Card Project, by Sarah Doherty and Lauren Simkin Berke

This is easily one of my favourite crowd-funded projects I’ve ever had the privilege of being able to support.

Have you ever been accused of playing your [race/gender/other form of oppression] card? Now, the next time someone treats you to some unrelentingly microaggressive behaviour, you can whip out your real life, actual oppression card and use it to help communicate your feelings about your most aggravating -isms!

Continue reading “Finally! A Simple Solution to Help Deal With Microaggressions: The My Oppression Card Project”

Help fund Good Luck Soup Interactive: a participatory story-telling project for Japanese American internees!


Matthew Hashiguchi contacted me earlier today to let me know about his really awesome web-based storytelling project: Good Luck Soup Interactive, which accompanies Hashiguchi’s full-length documentary on the lives of former internees, titled Good Luck Soup (currently in post-production).

Good Luck Soup Interactive aims to collect the stories of the survivors of Japanese American and Japanese Canadian internment camps into a web-based participatory storytelling project. Unlike other projects, this project is unique because it focuses not just on life in the camp, but on the life of internees after the camps and the full trajectory of their experiences.

Check out this video (after the jump) where Hashiguchi explains how the project will work.

Continue reading “Help fund Good Luck Soup Interactive: a participatory story-telling project for Japanese American internees!”

Please help fund The Voices of Korean Adoption!

Since the start of the Korean War in 1953, over 200,000 children of Korean ethnic descent have been put up for adoption in America and globally. The ways in which this experience has uniquely shaped the racial, cultural, and ethnic identities of Korean adoptees is rarely explored, and deserves greater voice.

Laura Elizabeth Hyo Jin Wachs is a spoken word artist who was adopted into a family in Seattle, Washington. She has set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a series of poetry and spoken word workshops and showcases, as well as two books, to help international Korean adoptees and Korean American adoptees find a voice in the poetry medium.

Laura has just under a month to raise another $7000. I know y’all just got your income taxes back; how about kicking a little over to help out this awesome project?

Just 24 hours to go to fund Strength In NUMBERS: APIA urban music project


There are just 24 hours left to support Strength in NUMBERS, an Asian American urban music project helmed by CHOPS, member of the Mountain Brothers. Strength in NUMBERS is a massive and ambitious project that will bring together over 30 up-and-coming Asian American musicians and artists into an acoustic orgy of sound!  Here is an excerpt from the KickStarter:

About 3 years back, I noticed amazing Asian American artists making waves, and rekindled an old dream: a project with ALL strong Asian talent! Artists today who go through many of the things my group did, overcoming the same obstacles, same struggles, pushing forward, and going beyond.

artwork by Hoya Chung
artwork by Hoya Chung

Strength In NUMBERS!

This is my chance, OUR chance, to make a statement together… with undeniably talented artists who stand for great music.

I spent 2 YEARS making music with over 30 of the best Asian American rappers and singers, with special guests from Japan and Korea. MBs even reunited for a new song & video with our friend, award-winning pioneer APA filmmaker Chris Chan Lee!


Here’s more names than you can fit in your homie’s Honda Civic: Ann One (LA), Baiyu(NYC), Bambu (LA), Catzie of Yellow Rage (PHL), Connie Lim (LA), Decipher (PHL),DJ Bonics (PHL/PGH), DJ Neil Armstrong (NYC), DJ Roli Rho (NYC),Dumbfoundead (LA), El Gambina (NJ), Erika David (Bay Area), Hopie (SF), Hoya(NYC), J-Key (NYC), Joanlee (LBC), Kiwi (LA), Lil Crazed (MN), Matt Cab (Tokyo), Mic Barz (ATL), Mountain Brothers (PHL), Nikko Dator (LV), Paul Kim (LA), Prometheus Brown (SEA), Rekstizzy (NYC), Rocky Rivera (SF), Ruby Ibarra (Bay Area), Tasha aka Yoonmirae (Korea), Thai (PDX), Tiger JK (Korea), Timothy Flu (ATL), Verbal of M-Flo / Teriyaki Boyz (Tokyo), and Yellow Boyz (ATL)

Great people contributed much love and hard work!!! This is the most difficult project I’ve taken on, and the most worthwhile. I hope you find it worth backing!


This project needs $25,000 in order to happen, between production costs and travel costs for the artists. Astoundingly, it has already generated nearly $18,000 through crowd-sourced funding, but it has less than 24 hours to make it to the finish line or all of this effort will have been for naught.

I’ve already upped my pledge to $80. Whatchu got? Donate now! 

Even just $10 will help make this project happen! Remember, that if this project doesn’t earn $25,000 by tomorrow night, your money will not be withdrawn from your account, so what are you waiting for?