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Written by on June 10, 2012

Follow up on the Diane Tran case and mobilizing forward to other cases

Follow up on the Diane Tran case and mobilizing forward to other cases Comments Off on Follow up on the Diane Tran case and mobilizing forward to other cases

Amazing girl. Happy ending. Props. Still, this story bothers me. It bothers me because I know that this is only one case, that this sort of thing happens to people of color all the time. She was lucky that her story happened to go viral and she happened to get help, but there are so many other cases that do not happen to capture the attention of the public and the media. Part of the appeal of the Diane Tran story is how neatly the story fit into the Asian American model minority stereotype. If she had been a different ethnic minority or a teen mother or an average student, would she have gotten a second glance?

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Written by on June 4, 2012

On Birthday Parties, Tiger Aunties, and jailed Texan honor student Diane Tran

Then, as I tried to decide whether we should go to Eastern Accents or Eastern Flame for Hao Hao’s birthday dinner, I got the news from Texas about Diane Tran, a 17-year-old honors student recently jailed for truancy, and I felt extravagant and shallow. They put her in jail, and I am sitting here thinking about cake recipes.

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Written by on May 28, 2012

Helping Asian American girls and women navigate a crossroads of stereotypes and expectations

Helping Asian American girls and women navigate a crossroads of stereotypes and expectations Comments Off on Helping Asian American girls and women navigate a crossroads of stereotypes and expectations

Together we worried about young women finding themselves, staying safe, having fun, demanding to be treated with respect, and cultivating their characters and self-esteem. It is not easy, especially with all the different messages they get. Figuring this out may be more complicated for Asian American girls and women because they live at such a crossroads of different stereotypes and expectations—for Asians, Americans, Asian Americans, Asian American girls, Asian American women, girls and women, daughters and partners, etc.— many of which are contradictory. Talking about race is not enough, nor is talking about gender. We need to talk about both.

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Written by on April 13, 2012

Howl at the Moon with the Luna Blues Machine

Howl at the Moon with the Luna Blues Machine Comments Off on Howl at the Moon with the Luna Blues Machine

Join me Tuesday June 16th on Chicago is the World radio program as we listen to popular music from around the world and bring it back home, here in Chicago with The Luna Blues Machine live in the studio! WHPK 88.5 FM and streaming live on the web at www.whpk.org. About the Luna Blues Machine […]

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