Calling All Asian Americans Against White Supremacy

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is calling on you to pledge your support.

I don't know if you heard, but a horde of racist white dudes recently held a march in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. They weren't wearing hoods, but they were carrying torches and Nazi and Confederate flags to make it all too clear what they stood for: white supremacy, white power and nativism.

Ah, the ugly building blocks of our great nation.

While the man who is supposedly the President of the United States unsurprisingly refuses to denounce or distance himself from these racist shits — let's face it, he wouldn't be in the White House without them — some of us refuse to stand around and let literal Nazis trample, strangle and seize the soul of this democracy.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice has just launched a new pledge campaign calling on Asian Americans to come together, join the fight and take a stand against white supremacy.

"We call on all Asian Americans to join us in defending our vision of democracy — one where we protect the vulnerable amongst us, resist efforts to erode our hard-won rights and protections, and fight to advance progress for all marginalized communities."

Read the full letter:

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Korean Drama Podcast – Boys Over Flowers #11

A K-Drama re-watch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.

Are you a fan of Korean dramas? Then this podcast is probably not for you. The Korean Drama Podcast is the K-Drama rewatch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.

In season one, host Will Choi (founder of Asian AF) and I — both self-professed Korean drama beginners — with help and hand-holding by our resident K-Drama expert Joanna Lee, attempt to watch and discuss the 2009 megahit drama Boys Over Flowers in its entirety, episode by episode.

In this episode, a delicious ramyun scene, suspicious modeling jobs, and all around poor decision making from our heroine Jan Di as she ends up on the wrong side (again!) of the F4. We also meet a nice boy/potential love rival that seems almost too well adjusted for this show… until he suddenly becomes a creepy kidnapper…

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I have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in South Australia. Are there any time frames that I should be aware of?

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in South Australia you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and the effects of those.

However, time limits apply to lodging claim forms and finalising your claim through the compulsory third party system.

An injured person has six months from the date of the accident to file an Injury Claim form with the CTP regulator.

There are also time limits in relation to finalising any compulsory third party claim.  An individual who is a minor at the date of the accident has three years from the date that they turn 18 (i.e. their 21st birthday) to finalise their claim.  Anyone who is over the age of 18 years at the date of the accident only has three years from the date the accident occurred to finalise their claim. It is extremely important that these timeframes are complied with.

If you are uncertain as to your entitlements or what action you should be taking, contact one of our personal injury solicitors on 1800 324 324 or send us a message to arrange an obligation free appointment.

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Ali Wong and Randall Park are starring in a romantic comedy

Longtime friends will collaborate for a Netflix feature. Because God is good.

Yes. Yesssssssssss. Hell yes. People, our wildest dreams are coming true. Randall Park and comedian Ali Wong are set to star in a romantic comedy they wrote with Michael Golamco for Netflix.

Ali Wong, Randall Park Set To Star In Netflix Feature

According to Deadline, the untitled feature follows two childhood friends who find themselves in vastly different socioeconomic situations when they fall in love as adults. Netflix is currently looking for a director.

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Asian Ethnicity Data Helps Students, Saves Lives

By OiYan Poon. Cross-Posted from AAPI Data.

There have been some recent, ill-informed protests by some vocal Chinese groups against the collection of Asian ethnicity data, and it has sparked a massive response by AAPI educators and community groups. The following is an account from an educator who has spent nearly two decades helping Asian American and Pacific Islander students, including Chinese American students.

Erica* was always academically successful in high school. Her Asian immigrant parents challenged and supported her scholastic development. But when she started college, she struggled to keep up with her classes, and realized she didn't want to study pre-med, the major her parents wanted. While other students seemed to be easily finding friends and getting involved in various campus activities, Erica didn't feel she could spend time outside of her books, for fear of failing her classes. Despite increasing her study time, Erica's growing social isolation and academic anxiety began eroding her sense of self-efficacy. Her sense of belonging in college quickly began to plummet, and she became depressed over disappointing her parents. At the end of her first term, the university notified Erica that she was being placed on academic probation. Instead of turning to campus resources and services to turn things around, Erica began to consider ending her life.

As a student affairs professional, I often worked with undergraduates like Erica. In fact, during my three years working on one campus, four Asian American undergraduates committed suicide. Around that same time period, fellow student affairs professional networks discussed what seemed to be a national outbreak of Asian American student suicides, with Elizabeth Shin, who set herself on fire in her dorm room at MIT being the most infamous case.

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This ‘Little Mermaid’ is Asian American. Deal with it, haters.

Diana Huey defies expectations in the touring stage production of 'The Little Mermaid.'

For Diana Huey, starring as Ariel touring stage production of The Little Mermaid was a chance to share her talent and passion to audiences around the country. But some people — too many — apparently have a problem with the fact that the musical's title role is being played by an Asian American actress.

In a recent interview with The Buffalo News, Huey says she's been dealing with negative social media comments about her casting since the tour began in Seattle in November. Outraged Disney fans say the production, a stage adaptation of the 1989 animated Disney movie, should have cast a white woman as Ariel.

First of all: never read the comments. But may I remind everyone that Ariel is a friggin' animated mermaid.

While she's brushed off most of the criticism, Huey admits it was hard not to take it personally. And the tone and frequency of the comments only intensified when the tour made its way to the South.

"It's never easy being up on a stage in front of thousands of people everyday baring your soul, pushing through exhaustion and just hoping that they'll like you," Huey wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. "For me personally with this show, I've often also felt the added pressure of feeling like I have to work even harder to get the audience to like me or be with me because I'm not what they might have expected to see as an Asian American actor."

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