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Why I’m Grateful for Reverse Osmosis

Of all the things people take for granted, clean drinking water is probably the biggest one. I don’t. I come from a Hmong family. I was a very small child when my family had to hightail it out of Laos

Posted in History & Culture

Thai Beauty Ad Promotes Whiteness

This is nothing new. Skin whitening products have been around in Asia for a long time. That being said, this ad is pretty damn gross.

Posted in Community, History & Culture

Why Asian Kids Go By English Nicknames

“Why do Asian kids use English nicknames,” some people ask. “They’re real names are so beautiful.” Why? Because people often cannot pronounce Asian names and it’s just easier on everyone to use an English one. And you know what? It’s

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White Dude Makes Ramen

So I saw this video of a white dude who was infatuated with Japan (as so many pasty, chubby white male losers are for some reason) and went there to open a ramen shop. He did, he was successful, then

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Chopstick Use is Cultural Appropriation

I am sick and tired of seeing white people in Asian restaurants using chopsticks. Don’t they know that chopsticks are for ASIAN patrons, and no one else? They are disrespecting our ancient cultures by cramming chopsticks into their mouths. Now

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Asian Kids: We Don’t All Want Nerdy Jobs

According to the blog-o-sphere, Asians are getting jobs at tech firms, but aren’t making it into Silicon Valley c-suites. White people think Asians have it made as ‘model minorities’ but that’s only because bamboo ceilings are invisible to white people.

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Japanese Rice Paddy Art

If you’re not Asian or don’t have many Asian friends, you might not know that many of us still harbor ill feelings toward the Japanese for the crimes they committed during WWII and other conflicts. Vietnam was still under French

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High Expectations Asian Fathers

Not All Asian Kids Have Them I’m sure you’re familiar with the High Expectations Asian Father, the meme that’s based on the stereotype of the overbearing Asian dad who demands that his kids bring home nothing but As. If you’re

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New Novel: The Sympathizer

Yesterday, Kerri Miller on MRP interviewed Viet Thahn, author of the new novel The Sympathizer about the Vietnam war, from a Vietnamese perspective. I’m super excited to read it, and when I do I will review it here! Yay, books.

Posted in History & Culture

Fall of Saigon

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, so naturally, everyone’s writing about it. Here’s a brief collection of the best articles I’ve come across: Minnesotans’ Refugee Stories, 40 Years after the Fall of Saigon Written by two

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