Monday, June 21, 2010 • 9:24 am
Vincent Chin is no American Idol but he is someone that every American needs to know but unfortunately, hardly anyone will remember or know – even during this week as we mark the “anniversary” of his brutal beating and subsequent death on June 23, 1982. It’s important to remember because how we recall the past can be so important as it informs our future. If you haven’t heard, the world is changing and that includes the country that I call home – the United States. And in a society where Diversity is the New Normal and an increase in tension with Immigration and Xenophobia issues, it’s that much more important for people to know about Vincent Chin.
Who is Vincent Chin?
Vincent Chin was a 27-year-old Chinese-American raised in Metro Detroit. A week before his wedding, Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , angry asian man, asian-american, chinese american, hate crime, immigrants, immigration, justice, Luis Ramirez, vincent chin
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 • 12:01 am
I know that there are many of you that are engaging, debating, learning, and wrestling with the issue known to most as Immigration Reform or known to others as, “What the Arizona?” And these debates and discussion will continue with more and more incidents like this one.
One thing that is clear to me is that no matter where you might “stand” on the issue, silence should not be an option but from my view (and I can be wrong), the church – especially evangelical Christian churches and its leaders – have been mostly silent. While I know that many are still “waiting” to receive & research more details and “praying” about how to respond, don’t just pray and wait - and remain silent.
But what are your thoughts:
How are YOU engaging and wrestling with this issue?
What are your thoughts about the AZ Immigration Law SB 1070?
Does Governor Brewer’s changes to the original law make a difference?
Here are some of my thoughts:
- It’s nonsensical to throw out terms like “racist” or “racism.” It doesn’t help the dialogue. Let’s not demonize and vilify one another.
- No one in their right mind is advocating for open borders.
- For goodness sake, do not criminalize acts of mercy and compassion.
- Governor Brewer: ““These new amendments make it crystal clear and undeniable that racial profiling is illegal and will not be tolerated in Arizona.” – Hmm.
While I disagree with Arizona’s bill, I somewhat understand their intent. People are afraid Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , arizona, Governor Brewer, immigration, immigration reform, SB 1070, seattle
Thursday, December 20, 2007 • 1:39 am
I need to show some love for the work at Washington Post as well [h/t NextGenerasian]. Two reporters, Annabel Park [1.5 gen. Korean immigrant] and Eric Byler, went to Prince William County in Virginia to report on their rising tension over immigration [racism]:
How did Prince William County, one of the richest, most diverse counties in the nation, become a flashpoint in America’s battle over immigration? What led to threats of racial violence during public meetings and grown men screaming at children on the streets? And how did a team of Asian American documentary filmmakers end up in the middle, with both pro-immigration and anti-immigration forces demanding that they take sides? Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: politics, religion, immigration, racism