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When I came out to my dad 20 years ago, he told me the idea of two men being intimate disgusted him.

Here's what happened next. #FathersDay 🧵 👇
By 18, our relationship was...strained. As a kid, I preferred Baby-Sitters Club books to basketball. I was (and still am) a sensitive person—a stray comment could swerve into screaming, sobbing, and the silent treatment.
My dad had a walk-it-off mentality when it came to my problems. Bullying? Insecurities? Suck it up and stop crying—sympathy is for the weak. (Typical Dad stuff.)
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This man in his 60’s was carjacked & dragged on the pavement in Oakland’s Chinatown 8th & Jackson this afternoon.

He left his keys in the car while picking up a bag of rice & the suspect got in the car.

The victim runs over & holds on to the vehicle. (Thread ⬇️) #StopAAPIHate
You can see the man suffered abrasions to many parts of his body including his face.

Thankfully two volunteer patrol groups & civilians stopped to translate, call 9-1-1 & render aid. OPD arrived minutes later as they were doing patrols nearby at the time.

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Carl Chan, Oakland Chinatown Chamber pres said “ppl think crime is down especially [pertaining to] #aapi hate. It seems like it’s slowing down but it’s not. Report to PD…let ppl know these incidents happen in our community.”

(PS: This patrol member is thankfully a doctor.) Image
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#AsianAmerican and #PacificIslander communities are among the most dynamic populations in the U.S. Today, @AAPIData released the latest available demographic data, and it is CHOCK FULL of important findings! 🧵and link #DataEquity #AAPI #WhoWeAre State of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific IslaA chart depicting growth rate by race alone or in combinatioA chart depicting persons obtaining legal permanent residentA chart depicting percentages of the population by race alon
Between 2010 and 2020, the Asian American pop grew rapidly by 40% to over 24M. The Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population also grew by 30% to 1.6M #DataEquity #AAPI #WhoWeAre A chart depicting growth rate by race alone or in combinatio
Indians are now the second largest Asian population in the United States, passing Filipinos #DataEquity #AAPI #WhoWeAre A chart depicting population by detailed Asian national origThis chart depicts growth rates from 2010 - 2020 by detailedThis chart depicts population by detailed NHPI national origThis chart depicts growth rates from 2010-2020 by detailed N
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Achieving racial equity requires investments in good data. This report lays out 10 key recommendations for #AsianAmerican and #NHPI communities, building on the strong #DataEquity work of @WHOSTP @OMBPress @WHIAANHPI 🧵and link… 10 recommendations to advance data equity in AANHPI communit"Disaggregation Plus": Improved federal standards
First, we need federal investments in data collections on #AsianAmerican and #NHPI communities that can offer insights that can inform the work of various federal agencies #DataEquity #AAPI #WhoWeAre Recommendation #1: Create additional case studies and pilot
Next, we need to raise the federal minimum standard for data collection across all relevant agencies that expands upon the categories used in the 2020 Census and American Community Survey #DataEquity #AAPI #WhoWeAre Recommendation #2: Update the federal minimum standard for d
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Thrilled to kick off our #AAPIHeritageMonth program with keynote speaker @chancellor_li from @UNOmaha to discuss the importance of community!

We are all from different families, cultures and backgrounds. The strength of an academic health center is in its diversity! Image
"This is a time of tragedy with recent hate crimes. This is also a time of opportunity. The more we can bring our communities together the better we can eliminate disparities. We are so lucky to have @chancellor_li's leadership!"

- Chancellor @jeffreypgold at #AAPIHeritageMonth Image
"With our 10,000 plus employees at @NebraskaMed, I am thrilled to celebrate #AAPIHM and to learn from our colleagues. Our culture is so important to our work in healthcare."

- @drjlinder CEO on the importance of diversity on our teams. Image
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🗣️Tomorrow at 11am we'll be looking at what the leaked #SCOTUS opinion on #Roe could mean for AAPI women. Follow the convo @EthnicMediaSvc and @aaaj_alc @NAPAWF @RepJudyChu @RepJayapal… Image
In just under 10 mins we'll be discussing the leaked #RoeVWade opinion and what a repeal of the landmark case could mean for #AAPI women. Follow us @EthnicMediaSvc or via FB Live: Image
Welcome to today's briefing on what the potential repeal of #RoevWade could mean for #AAPI women. Remember you can follow the conversation via FB live 👉
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It's #AAPIHeritageMonth! I've always been a little overwhelmed at how to honor #APIDA/NHPI stories, esp after such overexposure in recent years. I've been processing a lot over the past, present, and future ... 1/
We can tell stories to complicate the binaries of black/white in the U.S. We can address racial triangulation and wedge dynamics. We can address overlaying and intermingled theologies that make up our faith , about how we see God and the church. #AAPIHeritageMonth 2/
We can tell stories that don't center East Asians. We can include #APIDA and #NHPI stories. We can address colorism, militarism, and our unresolved traumas related to our transpacific immigration journeys, riddled with half known war and poverty stories, and survivalism. 3/
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A small story:

Consort looked at his phone, smiled, handed it to me.

The phone was doing that "Hey, here's a photographic memory you didn't ask for!" thing. It was a picture of his friend Matt. I squinted at it.

"When was this t-"

"No idea, it's Matt," he said.
Matt was one of those people who was always the same age and that age was mid-forties. He was in his mid-forties in the pictures I have seen of him with Consort at college, he was in his mid-forties ten years after.

Looking at him, I started counting on my mental fingers.
Consort, knowing me as well as anyone ever will, said "Next month."

"Two years," I said.

He nodded. Two years next month, the equivalent of a cerebral IED went off, a genetic flaw which at least made his lack of retirement plans seem prescient. He was gone within seconds.
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My sociological imagination expanded when I chose to READ ACROSS disciplinary boundaries & genres.

I'm ringing in '22 🎆 by giving props to 22 BRILLIANT #AsianAmerican #women political scientists, historians, health researchers, writers & creatives from whom I learn so much 🙏🏼🧵
1/ @ProfJanelleWong, political scientist & co-Director of @AAPIData, wrote this searing piece @Medium about what the media gets wrong about anti-Asian violence & hate. She produces research & draws on it whenever she writes and speaks about #StopAsianHate…
2/ @sarasadhwani (CA Redistricting Commissioner, political scientist, and researcher @AAPIData) co-authored this paper w/@KulkarniManju about the responsiveness of CBOs to #AAPI communities during the #COVID19 pandemic.…
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Speaking of mass robberies in the Bay Area…a family-owned jewelry shop in Oakland’s Chinatown was targeted around 1:40AM.

The owner tells me about a dozen people were seen on surveillance trying to break in.

You can see a crowbar & what appears to be a carjack (1/4) #BayArea
The people are unable to break through the metal gate installed earlier this year. (They were robbed in Feb.)

I shortened the 4m vid but here’s the end where you can see everyone run into waiting cars nearby.

"We just feel so numb & disgusted.” says the owner. (2/4) #oakland
A good neighbor called 9-1-1 to alert OPD.

BTW: this shop was the one I reported on a few months ago. A family member witnessed women get robbed & dragged on the ground outside.

He ran after them & threw a stool to stop the getaway car. (3/4) #oakland #aapi
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"What are you afraid of?"

I squinted at this question on an application. God, I hate this sort of thing, this "Let's get to know the real you" faux-chumminess. Either I'm qualified for something or I'm not.

I'm probably not.

The real me isn't going to change that.
And yet, here we are and here that question is and I frowned. Most of what scares me is, well, most of what's around me and I'm not sure how that makes me seem relatable. Reflexively I glanced around the room, as I always do when searching for writing inspiration and-
"Hello," I said, but softly, so as to not annoy it. I turned back to the keyboard and typed, "I am frightened of our new dining-room chairs; this is a very reasonable thing to fear."

When it comes to design, Consort is fussy and I am indifferent.
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Zoom w/ David Inoue .@JACL_National on H.R. 1931 Japanese American Confinement Education Act, which permanently reauthorizes the Japanese American Confinement Sites preservation program.

Missing from the #California co-sponsor list?
Michelle Steel.…
There is an endangered #NationalTreasure .@WintersburgHB in Michelle Steel's district representing this #AAPI history.

As an OC supervisor & now as congressional rep, Steel has not acknowledged it or taken any action to save it. Crickets.…
I will thank Young Kim for being the *only* GOP congressional rep from #California who signed on as a co-sponsor for H.R. 1931.

If you post social media about anti-AAPI hate, but don't sponsor efforts to save #AAPI history, we see you.
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Redistricting gives us the opportunity to come together and advocate for the future of our community and our children. This process allows us to advocate for district maps that will benefit our community for the next 10 YEARS. A lot can happen in 10 years! #OurMapsOurVoices (1/3)
Our #AAPI communities deserve the same opportunity to come together and advocate for our families as everyone else. At the school board level, we want to ensure that elected officials make decisions that are good for all, not just for some #OurMapsOurVoices (2/3)
School board members approve textbooks and other curriculum materials. They also make decisions regarding the opening and closing of schools -- hugely relevant as we approach 2 years in this #pandemic #OurMapsOurVoices (3/3)
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1/ About Oka Elementary School in #HuntingtonBeach. It is connected to the history of endangered #AAPI National Treasure #HistoricWintersburg, which Steel failed to recognize or help save while OC supervisor & now as a congressional rep.

The school is named after Isojiro Oka.
2/ Isojiro Oka was arrested & taken by FBI on January 28, 1942, for the sole reason of his Japanese ancestry.

He arrived in Huntington Beach circa 1907. Isojiro Oka and Hisamatsu Tamura purchased land in Talbert (Fountain Valley) specifically to build a school.
3/ They got a building from Standard Oil, moved it to the property, & it became one of the four Japanese language schools in Orange County. He continued to contribute to schools his entire life, sharing produce grown on his farm.
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@LionsRoar editor @MelvinMcLeodSun, in an otherwise moving editorial, commits serious Pure Land Erasure: he mislables the famous #haiku master Issa as a "Zen master."

Issa, as is well known, was a Jodo Shinshu monk. #AAPI #BuddhistStudies #Buddhism…
McLeod is actually getting his misinformation from Zen teacher @John_Tarrant, who in the same issue mislables Issa as a "Zen poet."

Which points to the larger nature of the issue.…
What we have here is a serious problem. It's not just about a leading Buddhist magazine completely mislabeling one of the most famous historical Buddhists.

It's an indicator of the Pure Land Deficiency Syndrome that plagues @LionsRoar @tricyclemag @buddhadharma and their ilk.
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This is a Buddhist object. It might not look that way to you at first. Can you guess how it is Buddhist? Twenty panels of fabric, with various floral designs, arrang
It doesn't LOOK Buddhist according to how we imagine Buddhist things should look. They should show some Asian aesthetic, such as Tibetan art styles. They should depict grand buddhas or wise monks, or be tools for meditation or mantra practice. They should be traditional (ancient)
But Buddhistness arises not from inherent properties in things themselves--it arises from use and context. What was the context and purpose of this object, therefore?
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“𝗛𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗮!” Listen closely as children at a Little League game in San Mateo chant this over and over and over again as a Chinese 2nd grader, (the only API on the team) takes the plate.

Web, the child’s dad told me… (1/3) #StopAAPIHate
“It was jarring & stunning, completely caught me off guard” & for other kids the cheer was “Let’s go _____!” (Insert child’s name.)

Web says no adult tried to stop the chanting & would like this to be an educational experience. Not part of cancel culture. #StopAAPIHate
He wrote letters to the commissioners & the headmaster of Web’s son’s school has reached out.

Tomorrow @StopAAPIHate responds w/why this is racist & how they’d deal with it.

SO much more to talk about…
#StopAsianHate #StopAAPIHate #AAPI
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Happy Book Birthday to my new #MG—HOW TO WIN A SLIME WAR—out TODAY! 🎉🎉🎉 It follows a creative, entrepreneurial, empathetic boy who finds himself + his community + his voice through a 6th grade slime war! Also: a #FilipinoAmerican market, soccer, STEM, & recipes! 💚 Quick🧵 1/? Image
The story: Alex & his Dad move to a new city to help Alex's grandparents' struggling Asian market & he wants to stand out in his new school—that's when he enters the slime war. I’m SO proud this book has a #FilipinoAmerican kid & loving family at its core.
Sending so much gratitude to my editors Dana Carey & Wendy Lamb, agent @SarahGreenhouse & @RHCBEducators @KnopfBFYR @randomhousekids for everything! Also to @nekokonut22 @KatDamkoehler for the joyful cover! This is me w Dana Carey—back when maskless events still happened! 😭💚 ImageImage
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This woman was attacked for her iPhone, her hand closed in a car window, dragged for half a block & 2-/ bitten by 1 of her assailants in Pacific Heights

I spoke the woman who wants to be identified only as “V” (1/4) #aapi
She was running Sunday night & was crossing California & Fillmore when suddenly 1 or 4 teens got out of a car & grabbed her cell.

When they saw her watch she was grabbed & pulled into the car & window shut on her hand.

She says 1 bit her & pushed her out. #SanFrancisco
V says she was dragged for almost a block on California so you can imagine how much pain she’s in. One finger is numb

V is determined to find her perpetrators & is hoping people who may know who these suspects are to help. (She says they’re teens— including two “pretty” blondes)
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🧵.@WhiteHouse & Congress have taken steps against #AAPI hate. But if leaders really want to protect & boost Asian American & Pacific Islander opportunity, they must focus on women, small business & seniors. My latest @politico @POLITICOMag… #StopAsianHate
To support #AAPI women:
Congress & the administration should provide targeted federal funding directly to long-standing AAPI civic groups w/the right cultural fluency, subject matter expertise and a track record of delivering services, such as @AAAJ_AAJC or @NAPAWF. 2/
Women of color are still not returning to the workforce. Investments in child care, day care and elder care programs should be set aside to support women entrepreneurs & working women so they can stay in the workforce & keep their businesses running. 3/
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Orange County Supervisors meeting is currently taking place & community members were allowed back in chambers (Peggy Hall front row). I’ve heard the crowd has been booing & yelling every time Sup Katrina Foley talks. Minimal to no response by Chairman Do to control the crowd. Image
“Do you want to be killed?” yelled a public commenter, who referred to herself as Lady Liberty, to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
“You (Chairman Do) came to my country and you act like one of these communist parasites. I ask you to GO THE F*CK BACK TO VIETNAM” yelled a public commenter to the Board of Supervisors (directing that portion of the comment to Chairman Do who is Vietnamese). Audience cheered.
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I’ve updated my #Missouri #COVID19 website for Tuesday, 6/15 -…. Quite a few highlights are below 👇.

The growth you can see in the statewide 7-day average, placing us tied for no. 3 nationally, is almost entirely from “outstate” MO. 1/17
The two regions I am most concerned remain the same: Northern Missouri and Southwest Missouri. That said, the number of counties in those areas that I'm watching has grown considerably over the past week. 2/17
In Northern MO, Putnam and Livingston counties are seeing their rates fall, but Linn County remains no. 2 nationally (for jurisdictions with more than 10,000 people) because of its rate of new cases. Mercer is a new county to watch as well. 3/17
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Today on a train ride home from vacation, Josh and I heard a family loudly talking. The father and grandmother were both teaching the child (6-7 years old?) the song “me Chinese, me play joke, me put pee pee in your Coke”. I wasn’t mad. Instead I was just…sad.
The father also insisted to the child “Thats what them Chinese really sound like, really funny!”. I just remember leaving the train completely dumbfounded. I sat on this all day and all I could think of was “how sad that that this child now has normalized harmful racial norms”.
What should’ve just been a playground song could be so sinister. It hurts more thinking about it in the context of recent year of escalating #AAPI racism. But here I am, watching this poor child who I hope to god does not continue this cycle. It shouldn’t bother me, but it does.
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