Books haul from the Asian American Studies Conference!!!


Books haul from the Asian American Studies Conference!!!

evilelitest asked: What would you say are the 3 greatest problems facing Asian Americans in the US currently that are specific to the Asian American community and what are some ways they could be addressed? By which I mean Asian Americans in general, rather than specific Asian American groups (Arab Americans obviously have unique problems from say Japanese Americans). Thanks alot


This sounds like a homework assignment.


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#CancelColbert, Meet ‘the Heathen Chinee’: Stephen Colbert, viral racism, and 150 years of not getting the joke (Ben Tarnoff, Politico)

America has come a long way since Bret Harte’s time, but many of the same prejudices remain—and Harte’s experience points to the pitfalls of using irony to combat them. If he hoped his own progressive record would preserve his work from being misread, he was wrong. If he assumed he would be able to tread the thin line between ironic and unironic prejudice, he was wrong again.

Bret Harte’s story helps explain why Asian-American activists like Suey Park, creator of #CancelColbert, are so keen to create a public debate about something that is almost never publicly debated: why Asians are considered safe targets for racial humor. Jay Caspian Kang at the New Yorker says the answer has to do with “the perception that [Asians] will silently weather the ridicule.” I’d add another reason: Asian success—the very thing satirized by Harte’s poem. The unspoken logic goes like this: Because Asians graduate from college at higher rates than other ethnic group (including whites) and earn a higher median family income than any other ethnic group (including whites), racism against Asians isn’t as real as other racisms. It’s silly, not sinister.

History shows otherwise. Anti-Asian racism isn’t a softer form of prejudice—it’s one of the most destructive social diseases to have ever infected the American body politic. Suey Park and her supporters aren’t being overly sensitive to the satirical use of stereotypes. They’re teaching people what those stereotypes mean by calling attention to the long legacy of violence and dehumanization they represent. They’re saying that racism doesn’t simply disappear if you make fun of it—that sometimes, you have to take it seriously.

“Fewer students take [Asian American Studies classes] and therefore fewer classes are offered and it just becomes a vicious circle where eventually in the end there will be neither of either group — either professors or students.”


Did you know the number of folks +65 will double in the next 20 years? Great article from our friends at Hyphen magazine about the emergent needs of AAPI seniors. - Alice


Come celebrate Kaya Press’s 20th birthday in style Thursday April 17 in San Francisco, with a reading at City Lights Bookstore and a party at the legendary LiPo Lounge, featuring tiger-themed food and drink. Visit our website for more information about Kaya Press activities at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference. 

To the few older folks still concerned that my generation of Japanese and Asian Americans are not interested in preserving/building/working with what we have been handed by our parents, aunties, uncles, and communities at large particularly in regards to JTown/Little Tokyo,


There are many of us in the room, usually literally. If you do not know our names or think we do not know your stories, please introduce yourself and share a word or two. We still have much to learn. We are doing the best we can.

Thank you,