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Fruit Cut By Your Asian Parents is Worth a Thousand Words

It’s a quarter past midnight. There are about a million jumbled thoughts racing through my scrambled mind, but one common theme interconnects them all: I am completely, utterly, devastatingly unprepared for my chemistry test tomorrow. I can’t tell the difference between an alkene and an alkane, and I haven’t even gotten around to studying NMRs yet. 

There’s a certain gut feeling you get in situations like this. It’s a taunting, tiny, yet deafening voice circling the back of your head, whispering “you’re screwed” over and over again; it’s a sinking feeling in your stomach you get when you’re almost to the drop of the roller coaster, like you know the worst is coming and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Life is a highway, and I was about to crash. 

Gosaeng: An Ode to the Struggle of My Korean Immigrant Parents

I grew up as the child of immigrant parents who, like countless other immigrants, did what they could to provide for their family. Having immigrated to Canada in the 1970s, my parents first ran a 24-hour convenience store in downtown Toronto (within a few miles from where the Netflix series “Kim’s Convenience” is filmed), had a failed business venture in the velvet print industry, and then went on to run a video store, “Video 99”, for the bulk of my childhood.

When I think of my parents during my childhood, certain images are seared forever in my mind. Like the time my mom was weeping in rage, Korean profanities flowing out of her mouth, because a customer had spat on her for attempting to collect a $3.99 video late charge in her thickly-accented English. Or like the time my dad overturned a video shelving display because of his frustration with the slow business painfully amplified by the number of thefts that had occurred in our store. Or the time he ran out of our store in his slippers with a baseball bat convinced he could somehow attack one of these teenage thieves and teach them a lesson. Or all the times my mom hugged me wearily while reminding us not to open the front door and to only pick up the phone after we heard our special phone code (three rings, pause, and then another three rings) as she left us to work overnight at the print shop.

The U.S. Army is Allegedly Discharging Immigrant Recruits They Promised Citizenship To

The U.S. Army is allegedly discharging some immigrant reservists and recruits who enlisted through the special recruitment program that offered a path to citizenship, a report from the Associated Press revealed.

Citing immigration lawyers privy to the details, the report claimed that at least 40 immigrant recruits have been discharged or whose status has been put at risk recently.

Thousands of Vietnamese Immigrants Protected By Treaty Now Targeted By ICE For Deportation

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is preparing to deport thousands of Vietnamese immigrants who have been in the U.S. for more than two decades and are protected by a long-standing treaty.

Why it’s a problem: Many of the targeted Vietnamese immigrants, who are legal U.S. residents but not citizens, arrived in the United States before 1995, most likely as refugees of the Vietnam War, former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius explained to Reuters.

Meet the ‘Crazy Rich Asian’ Teaching Others ‘How to American’

I was first introduced to Jimmy O. Yang after seeing him on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” where he plays Jian-Yang, a Chinese app developer struggling to immerse himself in American culture while creating groundbreaking apps, like the infamous Not Hotdog app.

Yang’s character instantly became my favorite, and I laughed as he outshined his co-stars with his personality. In one scene, Jian-Yang gets confused and physically looks up after being asked, “What’s up?”

ICE Releases Asian American Sexual Assault Survivor After Viral Social Media Protest

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released Ny Nourn, the sexual assault survivor it plans to deport to Cambodia, after an extensive social media campaign.

Nourn, who immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 5 after spending her early childhood in a Thai refugee camp, is out on bail after organizations and individual supporters rallied for her release, crowdsourcing more than $10,000 to meet her bond. The remainder of the money will be used to support her transition to freedom.

Armed Robbers Who ‘Terrorized’ Chinese Immigrants in Philadelphia Now Face Up to 70 Years in Prison

A group of Chinese immigrants in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania have banded together to stand up against being victimized because of Asian stereotypes.

West Philadelphia has seen its share of traumatizing armed robberies which targeted various Chinese families between May and August 2016. During this period, 13 cases of home-invasion and armed robberies took place at the homes of Chinese business owners, according to The Inquirer.