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Asian Americans Say TV’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Can Fight Stereotypes, and It’s Funny, Too


The reviews and the ratings are in for ABC-TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat,” which officially premiered on Feb. 10, and as a saying goes, “We have a winner!” TV by the  Numbers ran a story with the headline, “ABC’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Debuts as Season’s #1 New Show with Upscale Adults 18-49.” The Hollywood Reporter noted, “After its strong …

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Asian American Environmental Activism

Richmond, California, August 3, 2013 - Over two dozen members of Brown and Green: South Asians for Climate Justice marched through the streets of Richmond, California today to the gates of the Chevron 

refinery, the most climate-polluting facility in the state of California, demanding that Chevron stop  refining dirty Canadian tar sands oil, and reduce its impact on the climate—a factor in disasters like the 2010 Pakistan flood and the 2013 floods in Uttarakhand, India.  Photo from brownandgreen.org

By Jennifer Chang Barnali Ghosh, coordinator and co-founder of South Asian Americans for Climate Justice, a volunteer group in the San Francisco Bay area, said that in the last five years, she has become more aware of global climate issues that affect South Asians. Ghosh said that the U.S. is one of the biggest polluting countries in the world, and …

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No More Parachutes


How a group of researchers in Chicago are proving that community based health research is the way to study America’s diverse communities By Jenny Chen When I set out to explore “mental health among the Asian American elderly” as part of a fellowship from New America Media and the Gerontological Association of America, I didn’t realize what a daunting task …

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Kishan Putta is D.C’s First Asian American Candidate for Citywide Office

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By Anita Kinney “It’s a great time to be an Asian American in the District of Columbia,” Kishan Putta says. The Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) member spoke about his ambition to become the first Asian-American to hold a city-wide office in D.C., an achievement that he says would be a “historic first.” Putta is campaigning full-time for an at-large seat …

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Preparing Asian American Teens for the English SAT [BLOG]

SAT Class, CCC, photo credit Tina Huang, World Journal

By Tamara Treichel These past few months, I had a stint teaching an English SAT Class at the Chinese Community Center in Houston on Saturday mornings. I thought it would be a nice way to become more familiar with the Chinese community in Houston. As I was feverishly preparing myself for my first class on a Friday night, my husband …

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Two Area Casinos Open Asian Themed Restaurants

Ribbon cutting of Luk Fu Restaurant on the casino floor of Maryland Live

By Jenny Chen The aroma of xiao long bao (steamed buns stuffed with minced pork), Chinese roast duck wafts from the open kitchen. The lighting is muted and reflects off of the red and gold decor and you can hear the sounds of table games from across the way. Dining at Maryland Live!’s newest Asian themed restaurant, Luk Fu, is …

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Asian America (May 2014)


Compiled by Mary Tablante 1. Asian American Voter Turnout Low Asian Americans voted less than whites and blacks in midterm elections since 1998, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data released April 9. About three-in-ten Asian Americans cast ballots in this time span. The Asian American turnout in 2010 was 31 percent, while the turnout for …

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My Asian Fetish Test


The Asian fetish is a phenomenon that many Asian girls know well – non-Asian men who are obsessed with dating Asian girls. In the afterword to the 1988 play M. Butterfly, the writer, David Henry Hwang, using the term “yellow fever,” a pun on the disease of the same name, discusses white men with a “fetish” for Asian women. Hwang …

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Christopher P. Lu First Asian American Nominated to Deputy Secretaryship


January 9, 2014 – Yesterday, President Obama announced his intent to nominate the first Asian American to a Deputy Secretary position since his years as a president. Christopher P. Lu first joined the President’sWhite House as Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary from 2009 to 2013. If confirmed, Lu will replace deputy secretary Seth Harris, who had been in …

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In Search of Alaska’s “Original” Asian Americans [BLOG]

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Photo by Tamara Treichel

By Tamara Treichel Upon posting on Facebook that I, the quintessential urbanite and downtown D.C. native, was headed for Alaska, two of my Facebook friends were quick to associate the trip with Alaska’s former governor. “In search of Sarah Palin?” one of my Facebook friends quipped. Nope. Instead, I was in search not only of the breathtaking, pristine nature of …

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Asian American Music Society International Competition Showcases Nationwide Talent


By Vania Cao Bethesda, Md. – The 2013 Asian American Music Society (AAMS) International Competition took place on October 26th in Bethesda, Maryland. The Bethesda Presbyterian Church saw a steady stream of performers from as far as New York and Washington State, as young musical artists competed for cash prizes at their assigned competition time in the categories of Strings, …

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Corinna Shen: Education Key to Success

Corinna Shen with celebrities who have dined at her restaurant included actor Robin Williams, US Rep. Judy Chu, and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

By Jennie L. Ilustre Corinna Shen, owner of Seven Seas Restaurant located in Rockville, Maryland, believes that “education is the key for any kind of success.” Her great grandfather was one of the founders of Hunan University and was a secretary for the Education department in China. “In China, teaching is the most respected profession. And because of my family …

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The March on Washington Attracts Many

Lanfu Wei, a resident of the Wah Luck House in Northwest D.C., discusses with an interpreter why she attended the District’s rally for statehood on Aug. 24. The rally coincided with the 50th commemorative March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Phipps Evans

By Michelle Phipps Evans It was a warm Saturday on Aug. 24, 2013, the day that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On Aug. 28, 1963, the vision of one man, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was delivered so eloquently that his speech ranks among the most memorable in history. King’s …

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APA Youth Launch National Immigration Road Tour


Several Asian American and Pacific Islander undocumented youths, members of Congress, and National AAPI leaders convened on July 31 on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building to raise awareness for immigration reform. The youths, recently approved under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, demonstrated at the House Triangle today as part of their nine-city tour, “DREAM Riders: Road …

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Obama Names Kent Hirozawa To Labor Relations Board


WASHINGTON, DC – On July 16, 2013 President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: ·         Kent Hirozawa – Member, National Labor Relations Board ·         Nancy Schiffer – Member, National Labor Relations Board President Obama said, “The National Labor Relations Board is responsible for enforcing protections that are fundamental to growing the economy and creating jobs from the middle …

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Poetry Submissions

Asian Fortune newspaper is the only English language newspaper targeting the entire Asian and Pacific American (APA) community in the DC metropolitan area since 1993. We are seeking local writers of APA heritage from DC, Maryland, and Virginia to contribute their poetry to our upcoming issue. THEMES September 2013 – Education: What types of education exist? How can education help …

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HealthCare.Gov Provides Tools to Help AAPIs Get Health Insurance

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  The  stereotype that casts Asian Americans as a “model minority group” fails to account for the fact that, like other ethnic and minority groups in the United States, AAPIs suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases such as hepatitis B, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. AAPIs are also the least likely among all racial groups to receive routine mammograms and pap …

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Epilepsy Foundation Launches Asian American Outreach Campaign


LANDOVER, Md.—An estimated 1.5 percent of Asian Americans live with epilepsy today and one in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. More people live with epilepsy than with autism spectrum disorders, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy–combined.     Despite the fact that millions of Americans, including many Asian Americans, have this chronic medical condition, …

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OCA To Host 40th National Convention in DC

OCA chapter of the year 2012

From Thursday July 18 – Saturday July 21, the Organization of Chinese Americans will host their largest event of the year – the OCA National Convention. The program includes a variety of workshops including health workshops, writer’s workshops, and more. OCA has created five different tracks: chapter advancement track, federal leadership training track, professional development track, college track, and youth …

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Race Talk: Asian American as a Political Identity [BLOG]

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This week’s blog post comes from Aozora Brockman, a sophomore at Northwestern University. Brockman is studying anthropology, creative writing, and Asian American studies.  She is especially interested in researching racial issues that impact the Asian American community and is currently involved in an independent research project on how Asian American masculinity is viewed by non-Asian female fans of K-Pop male idols. …

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Mee Moua Appointed to National Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations


The U.S. Census Bureau today  named Mee Moua from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC as one of 10 new members of its National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. The National Advisory Committee advises the Census Bureau on a wide range of variables that affect the cost, accuracy and implementation of the Census Bureau’s programs and surveys, including the once-a-decade census. …

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Asian American College Students Intern in DC Through Fellowships


On Sunday, June 9th the International Leadership Foundation (ILF) welcomed their 2013 class of fellows. Thirty-five APA college students and recent graduates who have demonstrated the potential to become future business, community, and professional leaders were awarded Civic Fellowships. ILF Civic Fellows spend eight to ten weeks over the summer interning at federal agencies in Washington, DC, gaining firsthand knowledge …

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Patricia Richie-Folks: Developing Better Business, Experiences


By: Nathan Strauss When Patricia Richie-Folks first saw an ad for an office manager in the Manassas Observer, she had no idea what she was going to be in for. As it would turn out, Asian Fortune, a free, English-language publication that serves the Asian-American populations in D.C., Virginia and Maryland, had placed the ad. Richie-Folks was hired shortly afterwards, …

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A Bonanza of Asian Culture: Houston Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

PHOTO CREDIT: Tamara Treichel

By Tamara Treichel Everything is bigger in Texas. When it comes to celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this may be true: since May was officially made Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992, Houston has been celebrating it in a big way. Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and has one of the nation’s largest …

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