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2011
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Deng’s Paw: Showing some claw in defense of her Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch’s in a fog. These days, at least from his testimony, the guy can’t tell the difference between a phone hack and a hack writer. But we do know for some time now he’s been suffering from…

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Affirmative action’s still kicking, but so is its nemesis, Ward Connerly

To this day, affirmative action as public policy–giving qualified minorities a chance to compete for college admissions, public jobs, and contracts–is not just a sentimental throwback. It remains the…

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Vargas, the Undocumented

As I set off my Chinese fireworks on the Fourth of July, thinking about freedom and independence and what it means to be American, I also had Jose Antonio Vargas on my mind. I hope he was celebrating…

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New York’s Same-Sex Victory Lifts the Parade

My 14-year-old daughter marched with the PETA float in San Francisco’s Pride parade Sunday, wearing a “Vegan Pride T-shirt” and passing out stickers and pamphlets to the thousands of onlookers. Not…

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The Koh-bama approach in Libya

President Obama seems intent on stretching the limits of our Orwellian disbelief. So here comes the $1 billion dollar question ($1 billion being the projected cost by September this year for whatever…

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Vincent Chin? Remembering Ronald Ebens-the guy who got away with murder

I’ve got my call into Ronald Madis Ebens. I’ve found him, heard his voice, and left my message on his answering machine. And when he calls me back, maybe he’ll say something to make us all feel…

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Scott Pelley, Anchorman

Scott Pelley begins his tenure this week as the anchor of the show that bears his name, “The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” But I’m wondering, what if his name were Scott Pellicito or Scott…

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Shaq’s greatest slur and one more time for Goodwin

If only Shaquille O’Neal could have announced his retirement during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May. Then we could have really ended the month with a bang! O’Neal is in all likelihood the…

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Why President Obama shouldn’t give up on the Liu nomination

Whooping cranes are endangered, but there are still more of them than there are federal judges of Asian American descent, of which there are just fourteen. Asian Americans, 17 million strong and five…

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On Firsting, APA Heritage Month, and “Paper Tigers”

The month of May is more than half over, and if you haven’t boisterously greeted the next available warm body (of whatever sex, race or ethnic origin) with a loud and celebratory “Happy Asian Pacific…

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Previously on CSI: Osama

As we pick up the pieces, here’s a sense of life inside Casa Osama. If you’re a guy, you’d have been doing his dirty work—tending the goats. If you’re a woman, you’d be lucky to be one of his four…

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Obama gets Osama: one less boogeyman, but will a new one emerge?

When you’re told to stand by for breaking news from the White House on a Sunday night, you know you’re not about to get a standard garden-variety press release. What could possibly interrupt a night…

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A bias toward hate crimes in Rutgers case?

Without doubt, the Tyler Clementi story is a tragic one. The Rutgers University student committed suicide last year, plunging to his death from the George Washington Bridge. It was just days after his…

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When the housing counselors go, the scammers come to prey

In recent years, Southeast Asian families in Minnesota and California were bombarded by this come-on: Win two free tickets to Laos. Not Disneyland. Not DisneyWorld. Laos. The homeland. Let’s go! The…

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Separate but equal: journalists of color run out of unity

I’m shocked that the National Association of Black Journalists has decided to pull out of Unity, the coalition of media professionals that always reminded me of the true purpose of being a journalist…

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My slant on The Slants and other Asian American “N” words

Simon Tam is both the manager and the bass player of a rock group known as The Slants. Are you offended yet? Tam, 30, came up with the idea for an Asian American, 80s dance-rock band four years ago.…

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Obama’s Crystal Clear Quagmire

Is there anything more ridiculous than the notion of war as a humanitarian mission? I suppose it depends on if you’re the bomber or the bombed upon. As I heard President Obama lay down his…

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Of white hoods, push-up bras and getting on your “ching-chong”

I wish they hadn’t taken down that YouTube video of the now ex-UCLA coed who created a Sheen-like commotion last week with her anti-Asian rant. It was so perfect as the look of fresh, modern…

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Punk’d Exec No Reason to Defund NPR?

As a senior host for NPR’s “All Things Considered” from 1989-1991, I was one of the first Asian Americans to regularly anchor a national news program when I co-hosted the weekends with Lynn Neary.…

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GOP’s Cover Wearing Thin on Its Distaste for Goodwin Liu

While the media was all agog giving airtime to Charlie Sheen last week, you had to look pretty hard to find coverage of something far more important to society: the gross and unfair treatment of…

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