Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Immigrant parents: Get a child care plan in place

If you're an immigrant parent in the United States these days without full citizenship, you need a family care plan in place -- just in case the unthinkable happens and you get deported.

Child care plans make it possible to give your children security even if you aren't there. When making your plan, you need to do the following:

1. Select at least two people who can take care of your children in case of an emergency. That way, there is a backup in case your first choice is unable to serve. Make sure that the people you select are comfortable with your decision.

2. Sign an affidavit giving you caregiver authorization to enroll your child in school or have your child treated at the doctor or hospital for any medical issues. If you aren't certain how to go about this, talk to an attorney who can help you with family legal matters and custody issues.

3. Make certain that your children know who their caregivers will be if you aren't there. Have your children memorize their names and phone numbers. Make sure that you know the numbers by heart as well, just in case you aren't given time to look anything up or retrieve the information from home.

4. Update school records so that the school is aware that the caregivers are authorized to pick your children up from school if you aren't there. Otherwise, they may not release them.

5. Prepare a packet of important documents for your caregivers. Include a copy of your child's birth certificate, shot records, list of doctors, list of medications, list of medical conditions, health insurance and school information. Make sure that you also include a contact list of relatives both inside the country and out -- anyone you want contacted in an emergency.

While you don't want to alarm your children, it's important to be realistic and practical about matters. You can reassure your children that you are making certain that they are safe, no matter what happens in these uncertain times.

Monday, March 19, 2018

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I'm an Asian American Stand-Up Comedian. What If I Could Just Be a Stand-Up Comedian?
In this Elle series on women's rage, comedian Jenny Yang talks about performing comedy and creating a place for yourself in a culture that is hostile to women -- especially women of color.

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Deported, and Sticking Out: ‘This Ain't Home. America's My Home.'
It's expected that this year, the United States will deport 200 more Cambodian Americans. For deportees currently in Phnom Penh, who grew up in America, life isn't easy.

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Neither Black Nor White in the Mississippi Delta
Two photographers document a community of Chinese Americans in the birthplace of the blues.

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Filipino Food Finds a Place in the American Mainstream
For many Filipinos, the dishes of their heritage are inseparable from days of celebration.

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What Did You Do to That Kimchi?
In defense of Twitter backlashes against culinary appropriation.

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Why Can't Everyone Do the 'Asian Squat'?
In many parts of Asia, the "Asian squat" is pretty ubiquitous. But why can't everyone do it?

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Kelly Marie Tran Has a Story to Tell
Even within a cast of charmers like Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran carved out her own space in The Last Jedi with a big-hearted performance as Rose Tico. So what comes after Star Wars?

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Jane Lui will play music, bake up a storm, and eat your cantaloupe
Jane Lui, the musician and actress who's been brightening lives with her YouTube videos for almost a decade, currently stars in Lauren Yee's play at South Coast Repertory, Cambodian Rock Band.

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Meet Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Teen Vogue's new executive editor
Samhita Mukhopadhyay, the new executive editor of Teen Vogue, talks about her new role, her advice for Indian-origin teenagers, and her relationship with Indian culture.

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A New Anthology of Asian American Writing Asks What Home Even Means
Go Home!, a new anthology of Asian American writing featuring the likes of Viet Thanh Nguyen, Alexander Chee, Kimiko Hahn and more, attempts to answer that complicated question, "Where are you from?"

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Nancy Wang Yuen has devoted her research to Hollywood's diversity problem
Nancy Wang Yuen is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, the first book to examine the barriers African American, Asian American and Latina and Latino actors face in Hollywood.

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Now Trending on TV: The Sexy Asian Hunk
A new class of handsome actors—including Manny Jacinto on The Good Place and Vincent Rodriguez III on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend—are finally putting to rest the absurd question 'Can Asian guys be sexy?'

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Darren Criss on Playing Serial Killer Andrew Cunanan in ACS: Versace and Passing As White
Darren Criss, who plays serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the Assassination of Gianni Versace, talks about the limits of empathy, creating false guises, and whether he identifies as Asian American.

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Jon Jon Briones Explains How He Transformed Into Andrew Cunanan's Father Pete
Jon Jon Briones delivers an unsettling performance as Andrew Cunanan's father Pete in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. In this interview, Briones talks about how he got into character and what he hopes people will take away from the performance.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Jimmy O. Yang

"...better to disappoint my parents for a couple of years than to disappoint myself for the rest of my life."

Good people of the internet! It is time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Jimmy O. Yang.

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Interior Secretary's response to hearing about Japanese American incarceration: "Konnichiwa"

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa was not amused.

"Konnichiwa." Wow. So you know one fucking Japanese word. Slow clap.

It's one thing -- annoying as shit -- when some fool tries to bust one of these on you in a bar or on the street. (Asian folk, raise your hand if you've been on the receiving end of an unsolicited "konnichiwa" or a "ni hao.") It's wholly inappropriate when it happens during a hearing of the United States Congress.

But that's what happened Thursday during a hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), who is Japanese American, was pressing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about re-funding a National Park Service program that offers grants towards the preservation of incarceration sites where Japanese Americans -- including Hanabusa's grandparents -- were held during World War II.

"Are you committed to continue to grant programs that are identified, I believe, as the Japanese American Confinement Sites grants program which were funded in 2017? Will we see them funded again in 2018?" Hanabusa asked.

Zinke's response: "Oh, konnichiwa."

I have to imagine Rep. Hanabusa suppressed an eye roll with every molecule of her being.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Kelly Marie Tran takes a bite out of this Star Wars deleted scene

Leaked 'Last Jedi' deleted scene leaves Rose Tico with a bad taste in her mouth.

If you were dying to see more of Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, here you go. In this deleted scene from the upcoming DVD release, leaked from what appears to be a Korean subtitled version, we see Rose and Finn on their knees, captured by the First Order. What we didn't see in the theatrical cut: Rose taking a big ol' bite out of General Hux's gloved finger when he gets a little too close.

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"Go back to your home country."

Golden West College faculty member placed on leave after being caught on camera making a racist remark.

Because you never know when you're gonna ned it. Protip: in case of sudden, unexpected racist public encounters, always keep your camera ready to catch that shit go down. A Southern California college professor was recently caught on camera telling an Asian American couple to "go back to your home country."

58-year-old Tarin Olson, a teacher and counselor at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, was filmed telling Tony Kao and his wife that they should "go back to your home country" while they were walking in Long Beach. They were apparently on a neighborhood stroll with their baby when Olson just "nonchalantly" offered them this unwelcome advice, without provocation, as she was passing them on the sidewalk.

Kao says this wasn't their first encounter with Olson, only this time they heard her clearly.

"A few weeks back we believed we walked past the same lady and also heard her mumble something to that effect but ignored it and thought we misheard," Kao shared in a March 1 Facebook post that has since gone viral. "But this time as she walked away, I yelled to her, 'WHAT YOU SAY?'

Kao's wife recorded part of their interaction. As you can see, once Olson realizes they've got a camera on her, she tries to get the fuck out of there. But not before telling them, again, where to go.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Andrew Ti

"Definitely read all questions ahead of time before starting."

Hey, folks! Here's what's up. It's time for the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Andrew Ti.

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