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Asian Americans Call Out Pence’s Chief Of Staff For ‘Tokenizing’ Elaine Chao

Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, claimed that Elaine Chao’s role as secretary of transportation in the Trump administration is “evidence” that the president isn’t racist, prompting many Asian Americans to speak out to set the record straight. Over the weekend, President Donald Trump tweeted that four Democratic congresswomen should “go […]

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Dear White Guys: Your Asian Fetish Is Showing

Lillian, a 20-something who lives in New York and Boston, is a single Asian American woman who actively dates. Needless to say, her Tinder inbox is a hot mess. There are the inevitable “What is your nationality? and “What are you?” messages. And there are a ton of racially charged thirsty DMs: “I’ll eat your pussy […]

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Why Asian Americans Struggle To Seek Therapy

Koko Nishi learned gaman from her grandmother. Gaman describes the act of persevering through challenging times, the seemingly unbearable, with patience and poise. It’s a mindset by which many Japanese people ― including Nishi, a third-generation Chinese Japanese born in the U.S. ― live their lives. It’s also one of the reasons Nishi didn’t seek therapy in […]

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Why Jake Choi Of ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ Represents The Invisible Asian America

There’s a certain familiar energy that emanates from Jake Choi, and minutes into our conversation, I understand why.  Choi, who’s Korean American, is experiencing his come-up as a series regular on the sitcom “Single Parents” and as bad-boy older brother Daniel Bae in the film “The Sun Is Almost A Star.” Covered in tattoos, with earnestness […]

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Here’s What You Get Wrong When You Culturally Appropriate Asian Fashion

Fashion in countries across Asia is many things: Beautiful and intricately designed. Innovative and constantly evolving. Oftentimes, religiously inspired. Diverse as hell.One thing that Asian fashion is not is yours to borrow for an “exotic” party or music festival look.The Cambridge Dictionary defines cultural appropriation as “the act of taking or using things from a […]