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New Documentary Reveals the Struggle of a Vietnamese American Family Separated by ICE

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It has long been Lan Nguyen’s mission to bring to light on one of the most overlooked facets of the United State’s crackdown on immigrants: the deportation of Southeast Asian refugees.

Nguyen, who teaches ethnic studies at the California State University of Long Beach, has been organizing with VietUnity-SoCal and seeks social change with her film.

Activist Praises Asian Woman’s ‘Use of Her White Privilege’ to Help Protect Black Protester

Activist Ebony Janice Moore took to Instagram on Friday to highlight how an Asian woman used her “White privilege” in protecting a Black man from police during a courtroom meeting that erupted into a protest last week.

Moore, the womanist scholar and activist behind The Free People Project, posted a video on Instagram featuring protesters at the Sacramento City Council board meeting about the case of Stephon Clark on Tuesday night.

Asian Men Allegedly As‌sa‌ult‌e‌d by Racist Woman Yelling ‘Ignorant G‌oo‌ks’ in Philadelphia

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Two Asian men were allegedly ve‌r‌b‌ally and physic‌al‌ly ass‌a‌ult‌ed after being called “go‌oks” by a Caucasian woman who didn’t look while she was reversing out of a parking spot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Dương Nghệ Lý detailed his encounter in a Facebook post. Reportedly, Lý and his friend were berated by ra‌cis‌t speech when he did not yield to a woman backing out of a spot.

OC Vietnamese Americans Rally to Fight Against Trump’s Deportation of War Refugees

More than 100 Vietnamese Americans took to the streets of Little Saigon in Orange County, California to protest the Trump administration’s move to deport thousands of war refugees.

After a meeting between U.S. and Vietnam representatives last week, over 8,000 Vietnamese residents who committed crimes in America will face deportation if immigration officials succeed in changing an agreement that protects their residency status.

Grindr President Scott Chen Backtracks After Saying Marriage is ‘between a man and a woman’

Scott Chen, the president of gay dating app Grindr, has backtracked on his recent comments on the issue of gay marriage after generating backlash from within the app’s own community.

Chen had earlier wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that he believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman.” It was posted just days after voters in Taiwan rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum.

15 Shocking Facts About Asian American History They Never Taught You in School

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When I was in high school, my U.S. history teacher spent an entire month — I shit you not — teaching the class about Andrew Jackson’s love life, but he failed to spend even one hour focusing on the history of Asian Americans. It wasn’t until I attended college and did some research on my own that I finally learned about Vincent Chin, the Chinese Massacre of 1871, and the L.A. Riots.

This is an experience shared by many, if not most, Asians educated in western countries. There is a general lack of interest surrounding our history in the U.S. and as a result, the hard work of the first Asian immigrants to settle in this country have been reduced to a mere paragraph in our textbooks. With all the anti-immigration rhetoric in the news today, it’s more important than ever to brush up on our history, so here are 15 shocking facts on Asian American history that you’ve probably never heard about.

University of California Faces Lawsuit Over Discrimination of Asian American Applicants

A UCLA professor and a new Asian American organization are suing the University of California for withholding records that could expose the system’s racial bias against Asian Americans in undergraduate admissions.

Professor Richard Sander, a known critic of affirmative action, and the Asian American Community Services Center (AACSC) believe that the UC system is violating Proposition 209, a state initiative passed in 1996 that prohibits public institutions from discriminating on the basis of race.