The one and only Esther Morales is celebrating a big one this Saturday. Dance party time. Let’s go.

"What’s important for Asian-Americans like Chua to realize is that America’s future is built on that multicultural foundation – the one that re-elected President Obama, the one that will decide the path America takes as our population approaches minority-majority by 2050. As an Asian-American, Amy Chua’s superiority complex is dangerous because it tries to separate us from other people of color. It feeds into the already false “model minority” stereotypes that plague Asian-Americans. It works directly against the kinds of coalitions we must be a part of to win the future."

- Amy Chua Can Learn a LOT from Her New Haven Neighbors (New Haven Speaks)

I tried really hard not to write anything about Amy Chua, but Kica and Henry are really persuasive. This is my take on why her ethno-reductionist arguments are so dangerous - from a New Haven angle.

Main point is: how could someone from our community write about the people around her like we’re abstractions?

If you haven’t checked out College Abacus yet, you must. A website developed by my friends Abigail Seldin and Whitney Haring-Smith, it’s changing how students get a sense of how much college actually costs - before diving into the deep end of the debt pool. It’s a game-changer. Read this article to learn more.

Abigail recently presented at the White House’s #EDpalooza Data Jam. Incredibly proud to have been a small part of the team. Love you guys.

imageAbigail with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan


Terry McAuliffe. Bill De Blasio. Data visualizing immigration reform. You can’t spell Truth without Ruth (Bader Ginsburg). Some of our favorite work from the past year. We hope you enjoy our year in review:

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So I’m making a documentary. Gulp. 

It’s about Wong Chin Foo and Yan Phou Lee, two Asian-American resistance heroes who were the first to speak out against the oppression the Chinese experienced during the Exclusion era (1882-1943). Between them, they were the first Asian-Americans to publish books and newspapers, first to testify in front of Congress, start civil rights organizations and simply just fight back. Their Malcolm vs. Martin relationship in the late 1800’s is the first documented account of the inner and outer turmoil of what it means to be Asian-American.

I’ve lived with this story since I was 16, and it’s time to tell it. The stereotypes of Asian-Americans as quiet, obedient foreigners betray our actual history - full of stories of resistance that are similar to other communities whose heroes sit in the pantheon of great Americans. To rob Asian-Americans of our resistance history is to rob us of our dignity as human beings. Because we didn’t just sit there and take it. Every oppressed community fights back. It’s simply human to do so. 

So I’ll be posting updates throughout the next year, and I hope you don’t get too sick of them. Even if you aren’t Asian-American, these are essential American stories of resistance and civil rights.