After months of campaigning by immigrant and LGBTQ rights groups, Nicoll Hernández-Polanco was freed from her detention by ICE. Her story, written by Kris Hayashi of the Transgender Law Center, is a story of a young woman who escaped the broken immigration system, and how she was criminalized and psychologically tortured simply for being young and transgender.
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Many of the posts on this blog rant and rave about how Hollywood disses Asian Americans. East West Players and the Asian American Theater Company are offering three programs that probably offer the best long-term solution: getting more Asian Americans involved.
After chasing Olympic gold for over a decade, Michelle Kwan announced today that she is withdrawing herself from the U.S. Olympic team for this Winter Games. Kwan has tallied five world titles, nine national championships and silver and bronze medals at previous Olympics (1998 and 2002, respectively) but has been unable to take it all home at the Olympics. In explaining a decision that Scott Hamilton described as "generous", Kwan said, "I respect the Olympics too much to compete... I don't want to be a distraction here." The doctor who examined her stated this new acute injury is not career-ending, but still, not a bad list of accomplishments for a 25 year old.
Asian American boookstores are priceless -- precarious and brave. What Advanced Searches on Barnes & Noble.com will never yield, what the shelves of Borders can't be counted on to carry much less surrender -- the Asian American bookstore will have gathered and displayed for you, rows upon rows of just the things you might not want to miss. It's like having a literary personal shopper.
"Another month has somehow slipped by. As my final deportation hearing is getting closer, I can't help but get excited. I look forward to the opportunity to express myself to the government and the people about why I deserve to stay in this country. I'll be speaking for my future. The month of February is full of hope and potential. I'm waiting for another miracle."
That's the most recent post on Eddy Zheng's blog.
Time to catch up on a few stories that we've reported on in past issues of Hyphen.
Here's an update on the Operation Meth Merchant story that we covered recently in issue 8. If you haven't been following, 49 people were charged in Georgia of selling over the counter meds that can be used for making meth. Forty-four of those people were Indian American. The Indian American community said, "Hello?! Racial profiling?!" The ACLU decided to step in and help.
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the endless possibilities of things to do around here. I am lucky to live where I do (Oakland/Bay Area!). Sometimes I also feel like the events compete with one another. But all in all, I think the more the better.
When I was a little Indian kid growing up in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, I would often face confusion about my ethnicity and race from my fellow classmates. I remember riding the school bus home from school and being crushed into a green rubbery seat with my friend Michelle and her little sister. We were bouncing along the street and Michelle was pointing out the window at people in passing cars and informing her little sister on the ways of the world.
Michelle: See, that lady in that car is Mexican and she is bad because she takes all our jobs.
Little Sister: Oh, okay. (Looking over at me with a confused look.) What about her?
Michelle: Oh, she’s okay. She doesn’t count.
Little Sister: (Still looking confused.) Oh?