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Temple University student dies after falling eight floors
Family and friends mourn and pay tribute to Rebecca Kim (photo above) – ‘a humble, kind, intelligent girl.’

UPDATE: Third person arrested for involvement in homicide of University of Georgia Student Min Seok Cho 
Cho, 21, was fatally shot in the head during a marijuana deal that reportedly went bad on Jan. 13.

Korean language classes in NY aren’t just for Koreans anymore
Lessons previously geared toward young second-generation Korean Americans in the past now target a diverse group of students who take time out of their weekends to brush up on their ga, na and das.

2015 Youth Leadership Summit, March 26-28
Asian Americans Advancing Justice AAJC’s Youth Leadership Summit is a three-day leadership development program for college students. The summit provides a unique opportunity for young advocates from across the country to come to Washington DC to network and learn together. The deadline to apply is Feb. 14.

International and American students divided at the Ohio State University
Physical distances no longer divide OSU students, but distances in communication sometimes do. Some students say that the stereotypes — both of United State citizens and International students — often cause harm to chances of finding commonalities with each other.

University of Virginia students launch “Pear” matchmaking app
Joshua Choi

After finding limited success with popular dating apps like Tinder, second-year student Joshua Choi took matters into his own hands — developing the mobile app Pear, which launches in the Apple and Android stores this week. The app, Choi said, relies on users’ natural inclination to play matchmaker with their friends.

Sophomore Heein Choi selected as Charter Day student speaker at William & Mary University
Choi ’17, a double major in Asian American studies and finance, is a South Korean immigrant whose family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, when he was four.

South Korean university students trust strangers more than politicians and corporations
The results of the survey of 2,300 students from 130 universities throughout the country demonstrate the high level of pessimism among the younger generation about the political and economic agents in the country.

Beyond Black and White: Asian-American Memories of Selma

As the country marks 50 years since the historic 1965 voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery with everything from individual memories to big-screen memorials, the stories of Asian-American participants, like Endo, are often lost in the mix, as are the motivations behind their solidarity.


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UCLA Needs More Asian Americans for an Alcohol Study

Here’s your chance to drink for science again.

The Addictions Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at UCLA is looking for Asian Americans who drink alcohol to participate in a study investigating a medication for alcohol use.

Participants must be between 21 and 55 years old. If selected for the study, participants will be asked to provide a DNA sample, take a study medication for 10 days, answer questionnaires and complete two fMRI scans and two alcohol administration sessions.

The study will require multiple visits to the UCLA campus. For their time, participants will be compensated up to $446.

You can find more information and check if you are medically eligible for the study by taking their survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AsianAmericanAlcoholStudy

For specific questions, you can call (310) 206-6756 and mention the Asian American Alcohol Study, or email the lab at raylab@psych.ucla.edu.


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2015 Chen Foundation Scholarship for California High School Seniors

High school seniors who plan to attend a California State University or California Community College as a first-year student in Fall 2015 are eligible to apply for a renewable $2,000 scholarship through the Chen Foundation Scholarship Program.

The scholarship is open to all majors and there is no ethnicity requirement. Students must be a resident of California, have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate a household income at or below the California State Low Income Level in their 2013 or 2014 tax return. Ten scholarships are awarded annually, and they are renewable for an additional year as long as scholarship recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and an active involvement in community service.

To apply, students must submit an online application and recommendation form, which can be found here, along with their high school transcript.

All materials must be received by midnight on March 31. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than June 30, 2015.

The Chen Foundation is focused on helping economically-challenged youth fulfill their dreams of obtaining higher education. For more information, you can contact Asian Pacific Community fund at scholarships@apcf.org or (213) 624-6400 ext. 6.


‘RAISE’ Scholarship for Undocumented Asian American Youth

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

Undocumented Asian American youths can be hard-pressed to find financial aid, even if they knew where to look. The RAISE Scholarship, the first scholarship ever offered exclusively for undocumented pan-Asian youth, seeks to address this problem.

The scholarship is a collaboration by Sahra Vang Nguyen, RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education (AALDEF). Nguyen told NBC Asian America that she was inspired to create the scholarship after seeing RAISE’s Letters From UndocuAsians, a theatrical show that highlighted the hardships of being an undocumented Asian American youth.

Having previous experience with creating scholarships, Ngyuen teamed up with RAISE and AALDEF to create and fund five $500 scholarships for undocumented Asian American youth in five areas: Arts and Culture, Higher Education, Leadership, Community Service and Professional Development.


You can download the application here and find out more details about the scholarship, including eligibility and requirements.

To find out more about RAISE, visit the AALDEF’s website or contact RAISE members at info@aaldef.org.


H/T to NBC Asian America

Nate D. Sanders Auctions Collection Of Academy Award Oscar Statuettes Set To Be Auctioned

LINK ATTACK: Oscar Noms, Eddie Huang, ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

The Whitest Oscars Since 1998: Why the ‘Selma’ Snubs Matter
For the first time in almost two decades, no person of color received an Oscar nomination for acting. The Daily Beast gives a cheeky commentary on why the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations matters.

Sexual Assault in the Asian American Community: What You Need to Know
Mochi Magazine gives a comprehensive breakdown on how sexual assault affects the Asian American population.

Please don’t tell me that I was lucky to be adopted
“For me, being an adoptee is like getting into a horrible car accident and surviving with devastating injuries. But instead of anybody acknowledging the trauma of the accident, they tell you that you should feel lucky. Even if the injuries never stop hurting, never quite heal. Even if the injuries make it impossible to feel comfortable in everyday life.”

Eddie Huang on Watching His Memoir Become an ABC Sitcom

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 3.26.05 PM“Network television never offered the epic tale highlighting Asian America’s coming of age; they offered to put orange chicken on TV for 22 minutes a week instead of Salisbury steak,” Huang writes in his Vulture essay. “And I’ll eat it; I’ll even thank them, because if you’re high enough, orange chicken ain’t so bad.”

ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat Panel Gets Awkward
There were plenty of awkward and tense moments at the Fresh Off the Boat panel at the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour. One of those moments was when a TV reporter asked the cast: “I love the Asian culture. And I was just talking about the chopsticks. And I just love all that. Will I get to see that? Or will it be more Americanized?”

10 Chopstick-centric Episode Ideas for ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat
YOMYOMF pitches 10 potential Fresh Off the Boat scenes that creatively spotlight chopsticks in response to the first question asked at the ABC show’s TCA panel in Pasadena.

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Me About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad

1ff04198bRyan Park recalls his experience of becoming a stay-at-home dad after leaving a Supreme Court clerkship.

NYC may see its first female Korean American police captain
According to the New York City Police Department, Lt. Huh Jung-yoon of Queens ‘109 Precinct recently passed a captains test.

The Low-Down on E-Cigarettes and Why It Affects Asian Americans
Audrey Magazine explores the reasons why electronic cigarettes, or vapes, are a healthier alternative to smoking and how vaping is making an impact on the Asian American community.

Margaret Cho Talks About Sex
Comedienne Margaret Cho speaks to CAAM about her upcoming TLC talk show, All About Sex, as well as Robin Williams, homelessness, self-love, All American Girl and  ABC’s new Asian American family sitcom, Fresh Off the Boat.

Asian American Band Fights to Trademark Name “The Slants”

new-imageThe Slants, a six-member Asian American band from Portland, Ore., has been fighting to get their name approved by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) for years. Now, the band plans to take their case to a federal court.

People of Chinese, Korean or Japanese Descent Needed for Psychology Study
The University of Chicago is currently seeking Asian immigrants, Asian international students, and children of Asian immigrants from China, Korea, or Japan to participate in a study about cultural beliefs and attitudes toward American mental health treatment. This study will be online and will take about 40 minutes to complete.

Twitter Responds to Whitewashed Oscar Nominations with #OscarsSoWhite

Violinist Helen Kim sparkles in Kennsaw concert with pianist Sakiko Ohashi
“On Monday evening Kennesaw State University’s Bailey Performance Center was the site of a free recital by violinist Helen Hwaya Kim with guest collaborative pianist Sakiko Ohashi. They performed music by Kreisler, Respighi and Brahms to a modest-sized audience in the center’s 620-seat Morgan Hall.”

A Korean Hallyu Threatens American Cultural Dominance
While globalization may mean “Americanization” to those living in the U.S., in China, globalization is considered to be Hallyu.

Why Invading North Korea Would Be Insane
The Week magazine delves into the reasons why invading North Korea would create more regrets than solutions.

Daniel Henney Talks Abut Dubbing for Movie ‘Big Hero 6′

Daniel-Henney-Big-Hero-6-e1421340569162“There are times when I get confused as to whether I’m a Hollywood actor or a Korean actor,” Daniel Henney says, laughing. “But I think of myself as a Korean actor. It was in Korea that I was able to gain acting experience and get to where I am today. I take a lot of pride in being a Korean actor.”

Gochujang is the right kind of sauce for your Super Bowl wings
Spice up your chicken wings with gochujang this Super Bowl, using this salivating recipe.

Calling All Writers: Time Traveling Is Not For Everyone
Screenwriter Koji Steven Sakai and New York Times bestselling author Heidi Durrow team up to create an anthology of time-traveling short stories that feature characters from underrepresented communities. The deadline for proposals is Feb. 14, 2015.

Selfie is now history–but it’s also the future
Although ABC canceled Selfie in the middle of its first season, the show developed an incredibly committed fanbase online after the remaining episodes were aired on Hulu.

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Margaret Cho Mocks North Korea at the Golden Globes

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

Well, we should have seen this coming.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kicked off last night’s Golden Globes with jokes about the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, calling the room full of celebrities “spoiled, minimally talented brats,” a reference to Scott Rudin’s leaked comment about Angelina Jolie.

After calling The Interview “the biggest story in Hollywood this year,” Poehler joked that North Korea’s threat over the film’s theatrical release had forced “us all to pretend we wanted to see it.”

The gag didn’t stop there. The two hosts then introduced Cho Yung Ja, a gruff North Korean journalist and army general played by Margaret Cho, as the “newest Hollywood Foreign Press Association member.”

Cho’s character, dressed in full military regalia, toted a fake magazine cover featuring Kim Jong-un’s face and demanded a picture with Meryl Streep. As Michael Keaton snapped the photo, which Benedict Cumberbatch expertly photobombed, Fey joked that Streep should cooperate because they have “a lot of weird emails that can’t get out.”

cumberbombGif courtesy of The Star.com

Later in the evening, Cho commented on Orange is the New Black, declared the show a failure for not having Dennis Rodman and goose-stepped across stage. The North Korean general then closed the show by declaring, “Show over. I host next year.”

Obviously, Cho’s bit on the Golden Globes stirred a strong response from social media. Many critics cited the skit as racist while others applauded Cho for her satirical performance.

“That bit with Maraget Cho as the Kim regime’s representative … managed a trio of awards-show sins: It was unfunny, racist and incredibly long,” one Vulture editor wrote. “Twenty years ago, Cho was the first Asian-American woman to headline her own sitcom — how did we end up here?”

However, Cho remained unapologetic about her bit and defended it as an extension of her stand-up in an interview with Buzzfeed News.

“I’m of North and South Korean descent, and I do impressions of my family and my work all the time, and this is just another example of that,” Cho said. “I am from this culture. I am from this tribe. And so I’m able to comment on it.

“If it’s Asian-Americans making fun of Asians, we’re claiming our own voice, we’re claiming our heritage. We’re claiming all of the aspects of our own culture, and we’re allowed to. Even though it may get us put in a labor camp,” she added.

What do you think of Margaret Cho’s bit at the Golden Globes? Let us know in the comments below! 


‘Fresh Off the Boat’ to Premiere Tuesday, Feb.10

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo

After months of waiting, ABC has finally announced the air date for the family sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. The new Asian American comedy will premiere on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. after its Wednesday previews, according to ABC’s press release.

Fresh Off the Boat, which has already garnered positive reviews for its pilot, will be sampled twice on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 8:30 p.m. and 9:31 p.m., before and after Modern Family. The show will then officially premiere in its regular Tuesdays-at-8 time slot, which was vacated by Selfie.

Based on Eddie Huang’s bestselling memoir of the same name, Fresh Off the Boat is set in 1995 and follows 11-year-old hip-hop-loving Eddie as he and his Taiwanese immigrant family struggle to adjust to their move from Chinatown in Washington D.C. to suburban Orlando. The sitcom stars Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen.

Once it airs, Fresh Off the Boat will be the first prime time show to feature an Asian American family since Margaret Cho’s All American Girl premiered in 1994.

Watch the trailer below:



NYC Council

New York City to Vote on Korean American Day

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim

New York City will vote on a resolution on Monday to designate Jan. 13 as Korean American Day, reports the Queens Chronicle. The date is intended to commemorate the anniversary of the first Korean immigrants’ arrival on U.S. soil in 1903.

“Korean Americans have made tremendous contributions to many sectors of our society,” said Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), who introduced the legislation. “For example, they own and operate 192,465 businesses in the country, of which 23,948 are in New York State.”

The resolution notes that 56 men, 21 women and 25 children left Korea and sailed across the Pacific Ocean, reaching Honolulu, Hawaii on Jan. 13, 1903. The Koreans were fleeing from political oppression and poverty, hoping to find new opportunities in America.

The city council’s Committee on Cultural Affair, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations has jurisdiction over the proposed measure. There are currently over 1.4 million Korean Americans living in the United States, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. An estimated 96,741 NYC residents are of Korean descent, and two thirds of them live in Queens.

The Korea Times US reported today that the number of first-generation Koreans have just passed the one million mark, citing data from the American Community Survey conducted by the Census Bureau. However, that group is steadily losing ground to second-generation Korean Americans.

First-generation Koreans make up 74.9 percent of the U.S. Korean population. That’s slightly lower than 2005, when they made up 78.9 percent of Koreans in the U.S. Compared to other Asian Americans, 62.6 percent of Chinese Americans and 42.3 percent of Japanese Americans are first-generation.

Photo courtesy of Korea Times US