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Profiles of Queer Asian American Students

A series of video portraits of queer Asian American students at the Claremont Colleges (Spring 2012).

Lived Experiences: Parenting & Power/Powerlessness

Nailah has been invited to lead a series of workshops on Power and Capacity building with parents rooted in New Orleans, LA! Working with the National Urban League (New Orleans Chapter), the workshops are designed to create a platform for the communal sharing of personal narratives regarding power, powerlessness and access to resources, as well as sharing tactics, community organizing strategies and key terminology for classic power & capacity building. 

Workshops are taking place in May & June.

Read more about the Urban League New Orlean’s Parent Leadership Academy:

The Urban League of Greater New Orleans Parent Information Center (PIC) through its Parents Ready to be Involved to Deliver Excellence (PRIDE) Leadership Academy hosts a series of workshops for parents. During the eight-week training sessions, we strive to increase parent’s awareness of the educational landscape, civic engagement, and leadership roles and opportunities. Upon completion of the training, parents develop and execute an education related project of their choice with the assistance of community partner mentors and PIC staff support. In addition, participants receive mini-grants to jumpstart the projects.

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Rachel Rostad performs her spoken word piece, “Names,” for Minneapolis’s SlamMN! at the 2013 National Poetry Slam. Rostad is also known for another spoken word piece, “To JK Rowling, From Cho Chang.”

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Alex Dang performs his spoken word piece, “Times I’ve Been Mistaken As a Girl,” at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

Lots of people are talking about race on Twitter this week, using the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick. The person who started the conversation is the writer

“Suey [writer, scholar, and activist who started up the Twitter conversation #NotYourAsianSidekick] says that she developed an eating disorder when she was a girl. "I was hearing all of these messages that it was supposed to be easy for me to do well in school. And easy for me to stay thin. People think that eating disorders only happen to white women.”

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Giles Li performs his spoken word piece, “Lin. Sanity." 

by Mimi Khúc My 2-year-old daughter started nursery school last month. As we were gearing up for this transition, this big milestone, other parents asked me: Are you ready? My response, always: FUCK YES! Get this toddler out of my house!!! This is not a popular response. At the orientation, the teacher mentioned that one of the parents wasn’t coming but that’s ok because they have 6 kids and are well-oriented with the school already.  6 kids!  We all gave appropriate exclamations, amazed head-shakes, murmured awe.  A mother of 2 said: “Sometimes just 2 seems like too much!” Soft chuckles…

“If we really love children as we say, if we really think mothering future generations is one of the most important contributions to society, one of its critical social labors, then what would a societal support system look like that truly embraces mothers, mothering, and child-raising?  It would require acknowledging the real, back-breaking, heart-breaking, soul-crushing work that is parenting, to not erase these things when we celebrate the ways parenting is life-giving, breathtaking, meaningful, and transformative.  It would require expanding parenting into a social concern, a social good, because one woman cannot and should not do it all.  In this way, child-raising becomes a community responsibility — and mothers, parents, the leaders of community child-raising.  It would require creating structures that enable mothering in all its forms, and, most of all, enable mothers to be full people. Being a full person is foundational to being a good mother; we need to see and nurture the full personhoods of mothers. We need to love mothers as much as we love children.”

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Hieu Nguyen performs his spoken word piece, “Buffet Etiquette,” for Saint Paul at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.

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Labels - The Asian | American Divide

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The social divide between Asians and Asian Americans is more than just a language barrier. It exists deep inside our hearts, rooted in the stereotypes we develop for each other on a daily basis. We think about it, gossip about it, fester about it… further distancing ourselves from one another. Break the cycle by taking a moment and seeing others for who they really are. Take off the blinders, strip the labels, and pass along the love.