Go Back to Your Country

Go back to your country. Send her back.

We hear it on TV and the radio.

The Chinese must go. (See posters, news clips, and ads below.)

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L.A. Clippers Assistant Coach Natalie Nakase: The F.A.D. Interview

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing several outstanding Asian American women for my blogs over the years. A couple of weeks ago, I was delighted to chat via phone with Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Natalie Nakase. She’s made herstory as the first woman of color to serve in such a capacity in the National Basketball Association (NBA); her ultimate goal is to someday become a championship-winning head coach in the league. We covered a lot of ground in our conversation, including the main themes of this blog: gender, race, and parenting that empowers Asian American girls and women.

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I Was So Wrong About the Religious Right

Say What?

“We evangelicals have been guilty of a lot of bullshit against gay and lesbian folks over the years. And I am so, so sorry.”

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for President!

I’m with KG!

That’s KG as in Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Of the multitude of candidates hoping to take on the current president in the 2020 election, she’s got my support. Here’s why.

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Representation Matters a Lot in Indie Film “For Izzy”

Will Yu, the creator of activist movements #StarringJohnCho and #SeeAsAmStar, daily tweets, “Representation matters today.”

If that’s true – and I’m of the opinion that it is – then the award-winning indie film For Izzy matters as much as anything I’ve seen in years. It’s a heartbreaking, yet hopeful story that presents several types of characters rarely seen in other productions.

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We Need Social Studies Teachers!

This autumn, if all goes well1, I’ll take charge of my own classroom of high schoolers for the first time in 25 years! That’s how long it’s been since I last served as a full-time teacher, though I’ve worked closely with young people ever since, in my stints as a minister and a women’s rights activist.

I’m going back to the classroom with a much greater sense of purpose than last time. 25 years ago, I was mostly just happy to get started in my first job after finishing college. But now, I’m diving back in, convinced that good social studies (or social science, if you prefer) teachers are needed as much as they’ve ever been, given the extraordinary challenges we Americans confront in the Age of Trump.

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