Mencintaimu, aku serupa bermain api di bawah deras hujan. Yakin bahwa selama tanganku melindungi apinya dari deras air, ia tak akan padam. Tapi kemudian lupa, tanganku jelas bisa terluka oleh panasnya.

Selections from “Our Portraits, Our Families,” an exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America about acceptance of LGBTQ family members in Asian and Pacific Islander families.

Ka-Man Tse, who identifies as a Chinese-American lesbian, photographed her own experience with her parents and her wife, Cheryl. Though her parents and her partner had always been in her work, Tse said, the photos she took for “Our Portraits, Our Families,” were the first she’s made with all of them in the same room. “I wanted the images to be about how my parents now can share a meal with my wife, and welcome her into their home—and that we exist together as family. In our household, making and sharing a meal is the ultimate expression of love, and so the images center around that idea of preparing and sharing a meal—seemingly mundane or everyday occurrences, but wonderfully huge victories and gestures in our family story of how my parents have evolved over the past 16 years to come to accept their gay daughter.”

(via Slate)

The protest demonstrations against The Mikado are over, but the work is not. I am relieved that I can take a break from hostile, misinformed, racist white folks.

Some of the comments said to us by audience members:

- I’m wrong.
- I shouldn’t be so sensitive.
- I’m too late. And I should have brought this to the attention of director and production staff.
- To go back to back to where I come from
- To get something better to do
- We support what you’re doing (but walk into theatre to watch show)
- Asked if I believe in diversity, because this is it.
- I’m an idiot.
- I need an education.
- You just don’t get British satire
- That I’m mispronouncing the name wrong. And we should learn how to spell.
- Yellowface isn’t racist. I’m fact, their faces aren’t painted yellow.
- I’m British. I should be offended, not you.

Seattle may seem liberal and progressive to white liberal progressives, but the struggle is real for people of color. While we stood there with our signs and flyers trying to share our perspective, hostility and disrespectful comments were hurled at us from fellow Seattleites.

Not everyone acted this way, but those who did, said their antagonizing comment and walked away. It was so hard to not engage back through anger.

Damn. I really love Seattle, but this is so not ok. Yellowface is not ok. And the negative and stereotypical portrayal of any community of color is wrong. Seattle is showing it’s true colors.

Pulled from a longer discussion on Jeremy Lin wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt, in response to all of the ignorant, self-righteous, dismissive comments made by API towards Black voices in that thread.


Can someone explain to me how non-black POC can support this movement? As an Asian-American, I don’t really know what to say about this as this whole thread is extremely hateful towards Asian-American support in this cause. It makes me feel guilty as if my speaking out about the injustice is wrong. We all have been trying our best to support fellow group of POC in their battles. As allies, we all make mistakes. We cannot fully understand what the black community is going through, but we are trying to help get your message out.


Practice accountability. Be responsible for what it is that you were checked on. Apologize, learn humility, drop the defensiveness.

Engage in some critical self-reflection - which means not expecting Black people to constantly educate you - and keep trying.

2.) Unlearn Anti-Blackness. Confront it in the spaces around you.

Take some time to think on the myriad ways that anti-blackness manifests in the API community through all manner of discrimination and active prejudice - in yourself and other API.

Do family members make a derogatory comments about how you’re “too dark”? That’s colorism, which is an element of white supremacy, the perpetuation of which relies on anti-blackness.

Do your friends consume Black art or music without learning about Black history or investing in Black struggle - and then talk about how Black people are “thugs”, “gangster”, “ghetto”, or “ratchet”? That’s appropriation, and anti-blackness.

Do your parents regularly talk about Black people in disparaging ways, and make comparisons to the hardworking API who have “made it” in this country? That’s buying into the model minority myth, which is a tool of white supremacy - and reinforces anti-blackness.

3.) “But Asians face racism, too!”

Yes. But in only five words you have effectively managed to derail and decenter from the issue at hand: that Black communities and Black lives are disproportionately and routinely targeted by the prison industrial complex and police terror.

Think about API representation and how it has shifted in many ways to fit more neatly into whiteness. Think about the double-edged sword that is the model minority stereotype - which in some ways shields Asians from certain types of violence that are more often enacted on darker bodies and communities that are coded as “threatening” or “dangerous”.

4.) Remember that allyship is an active, ongoing process. You cannot just call yourself an “ally” and leave things at that.

I gravitate towards the phrase “in struggle”, because it acknowledges the need for consistent sacrifice and shared hardship.

Click here for links to Asian American Solidarity Statements and Articles in Support of #BlackLivesMatter, and ideas for next steps that you can take.

SO there’s going to be a big protest in Long Beach on Black Friday. my viet progressive organization (tentaively) called Socal Viet Gathering is organizing an API contingent for this event. here is the FB page. anyone can and should come out and support, but API peeps, hmu if you want to link up w/ the Asian/Pacific Islander contingent!


API Contingent at Black Friday Action in Long Beach
Friday, Nov 28 // 11:30 AM // Rendezvous time TBA (10-10:30)
Location: the downtown Walmart : 151 E 5th St, 90802
Parking: structure adjacent to Walmart building (2 hrs free parking, no validation needed)
Contacts: David Dang (Viet Gathering, directfuldang@gmail.com)
Carpool arrangements: Natalie Newton (Viet Gathering, nguyhiemster@gmail.com)
More info: blackfridayprotests.org/actions

The Viet Gathering would like to invite API organizations and community members to this API Contingent at this Black Friday Protest. We have especially invited CCED, South Asians for Justice LA, Anakbayan, and Soobak to join us, and welcome everyone for API justice in this demonstration.



Introducing the New Yahoo Developer Network Website

By Amotz Maimon, Chief Architect, Yahoo

Today, we’re excited to announce the new Yahoo Developer Network (YDN) website. Supporting external developers with open source and open APIs has long been key to Yahoo’s success. With over 500,000 developers using Yahoo APIs, we needed a new home to support our developer community. The updated site significantly improves the experience for developers and advertisers using Yahoo APIs such as Search and advertising (Gemini).

What’s new?

  • Revamped experience: Based on your feedback, we’ve redesigned the site to make it easier for you to use our products. Our new design is mobile-friendly with an easier to use navigation and structure.

  • Documentation: With our new Getting Started Guides, it’s now faster to create applications using Yahoo APIs. We’re also featuring code examples in different languages to get you up and running as quickly as possible.

  • Developer Forums: This is the place to find answers or ask questions which may arise when developing with Yahoo APIs.

  • OAuth 2.0 Support: OAuth 2.0 is the next evolution of the OAuth protocol. We now support OAuth 2.0 for newer Yahoo APIs like Gemini API.

  • Attribution Guidelines: When you build a product using Yahoo APIs, follow the attribution guidelines posted here.


Check out the new Yahoo Developer Network

We’d love to get your input and hear your thoughts. Voice your feedback, suggestions or request features by visiting our Forums.

Happy coding!


Vimeo's new API is ready for everyone!

For nearly six months now, our brand-new API has been sitting patiently in beta, waiting for the day it’d be released to the world. Today, we’re thrilled to metaphorically pick up those giant scissors and cut that red tape. Now, everyone has access to the newly designed developer site, and the extra-fresh Vimeo API.

What’s changed? In short: everything. We’ve improved every single aspect of our documentation to some degree. We cleaned up the spec, and have ensured that our endpoint documentation is absolutely accurate. You might also notice return of the API Playground you once knew and loved. We completely overhauled the playground to make it fit the new API, and we whole-heartedly encourage you to spend recess exploring all of our API’s new features.

The API has been updated to version 3.2, and is available immediately. To learn more about our version system, check out the docs. Thanks to our beta testers, we have cleaned up our response formats and have squashed many bugs. Keep an eye open for the new “connections” and “pictures” formats.

The beta hasn’t just been about polishing our existing features — there were some features we wanted to make available on day one. Our two most requested features have always been Vimeo On Demand and thumbnail uploads, both of which are now a part of the API. In the coming weeks, we will write more about these features, but for now, you can read up on things in our endpoint documentation

These aren’t the last of the new additions — we still have so much more to come. Keep an eye on our roadmap to learn about all the awesome new features we’re working on.

Exploring the term "conditionally white-passing"?

Hello, I was wondering if I could get more information on what conditionally white-passing means? I only heard of that term from your blog just now.

I’m half-POC and half white, and the amount of people that see me as POC or white is really pretty random. The other day, my POC classmates said I look completely white and assumed only white people think I’m POC, though I meet both POC and white people who think I’m POC (usually they can tell I’m mixed) as well. I understand I look kind of white now, but I don’t think I look white-passing completely— I think I look like I am: half POC. I definitely (to myself) don’t look white, but I don’t look fully POC either. I understand that when people see me as white, I have white-passing privilege (though I don’t understand why that happens). But it’s also rather strange because I looked more strongly like my POC side when I was younger, so I had experienced terrible racist comments/verbal bullying (mostly from one person who was terrible, but it happened randomly at other times). That makes me feel like calling myself white-passing erases my past experiences a bit… I think conditionally white-passing might be a better term, but I really don’t know anything about it right now. 

I’m sorry for rambling so much, but I’m looking to understand things a bit more regarding my race. Thank you for running this blog!

Labor Day: Right to an API Key (Algorithmic Organizing)

Today is Labor Day which is meant to celebrate the workers movement (as an aside, in Germany and much of the rest of the world this is held on May 1). That might be a good time to think about what organizing labor might mean in the future.

One of the major economic trends we are currently seeing is the breakdown of traditional employment and the rise of labor marketplaces for free lancers, such as Uber, Task Rabbit and WorkMarket (to name just a few). The valuations for at least some of these companies suggest that investors expect them to be very profitable in the longrun. During the growth phase it is entirely possible to create value for both freelancers who participate in the marketplace and for the investors who own it but eventually there is a tradeoff where on the margin an extra dollar for investors means a dollar less for labor.

So what influences the bargaining power in the future that determines how these marginal dollars get split? I would suggest that it is information. To the extent that the marketplaces have a lot of information and each participant (e.g., driver) has only very limited information the bargaining will heavily favor the marketplaces. One might argue that there could be competition between marketplaces, but due to network effects there are likely to only be a couple of big ones that matter.

There is a simple and universal regulatory change that would dramatically shift the bargaining power: an individual right to an API Key. By this I mean a key that would give an enduser *full* read/write access to the system including every action or screen the enduser can take or see on the web site or application. Alternatively one could think of this as an individual right to be represented by an algorithm.

Such an algorithm in turn could be representing many users which one might think of as algorithmic organizing. In the extreme it would allow new competitive marketplaces to spring up. Just the threat alone of that happening will substantially curb the power of even the largest marketplaces. Incidentally, everything I have written here applies equally to social networks including Twitter and Facebook.

One of the challenges for the Summer Intern skill is Make Something with the DIY API so we got together a few resources for getting started!

If you want to dive right in to some code examples you can check out this JSFiddle.

If you want a more thorough walkthrough this example repo should do the trick.

And as always the official API documentation can be found at docs.diy.org.

Finally we’re fielding questions about using the API on this project!

Happy coding!


Pacific Islanders are included within the API coalition, but oftentimes don’t get the space they need. To provide training and empowerment specifically for Pacific Islanders by Pacific Islanders, there is a community-based program my friends are a part of called PILOT (Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow). They’re expanding their program this year and need help getting the word out!

The PILOT Institute is comprised of a five-day Institute, followed by monthly workshops in the subsequent semester. Through PILOT, 15-20 Pacific Islander undergraduate students will acquire the awareness, motivation, skills, network, and resources needed to become community advocates.

This year the program will run in BOTH Orange County and Los Angeles!
—Orange County: July 21 - July 25. Application Deadline: July 7th
—Los Angeles: August 11 - August 15. Application Deadline: July 28th

APPLY NOW AT: https://tinyurl.com/PILOTINSTITUTE2014