In “My Asian Americana” a small community of concerned expats and exiles living in Phnom Penh gathered to film a short video challenging the unjust act of deportations. On November 1st, the video was submitted to the White House Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative’s What’s Your Story Video Challenge which called for submissions of Asian American stories of impact. The studio hopes the film will convince the White House to prioritize the issue of deportation as an urgent Asian American. – via the Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA
A nasty race row has broken out over an Indian family becoming residents into Australia’s long-running TV soap Neighbours. The actor who plays an Indian father in Ramsay Street has hit out at fans who say it is ‘un-Australian’ to cast him, saying they probably supported the ‘White Australia’ policy. Melbourne-born of Indian descent, Sachin Joab is part of the long-running TV soap’s attempt to tackle perceptions the show is too white and doesn’t represent modern Australia.
Clashing over China with Chinese Students Abroad – Christine H. Tan for Diaspora @ chinaSMACK, in response to Eileen Gao’s article for the Atlantic, Clash of Civilizations: The Confusion of Being a Chinese Student in America
To my teenage ears, Jen’s stories didn’t sound right. Her China certainly wasn’t the China I’d already formed a strong opinion on despite having no firsthand knowledge or experience of the country. China, to me, was the place my ancestors had escaped from three generations ago, a violent mess of a place I’d read about in countless Cultural Revolution memoirs and articles discussing the Three T’s. Jen should have been eager to leave China, determined never to return, I thought. Her childhood must surely have been plagued by the loneliness of being an only child, bad pollution hurting her lungs, academic pressure and the stress of competing with a billion others. Instead, she sounded… happy.
Some say that Asian America began in Louisiana. In the late 1700s, Filipino sailors escaped Spanish galleons and started shrimping the hot, humid Gulf Coast, where the weather reminded them of Southeast Asia and the water teemed with oysters, lobsters, scallops, crab, crayfish, and shrimp. After the Vietnam War, new waves of Vietnamese and Cambodian immigrants settled in the area, indelibly shifting the region’s mix of food, culture, and history.
While the number of people leaving this country is still growing every year, a small but influential group of young Filipinos is making the opposite journey or thinking twice about leaving the Philippines in the first place. They are lured by family ties, a sense of belonging, and – for many – a feeling that they’re needed at home, to help fix the Philippines’ problems.