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Photos from Manzanar National Historic Site's post
12/25/2021

Photos from Manzanar National Historic Site's post

JANM Debuts Interactive ‘Talk’ With Nisei Veteran - Rafu Shimpo
12/25/2021
JANM Debuts Interactive ‘Talk’ With Nisei Veteran - Rafu Shimpo

JANM Debuts Interactive ‘Talk’ With Nisei Veteran - Rafu Shimpo

A powerful new exhibition, “The Interactive StoryFile of Lawson Iichiro Sakai,” is now open at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). The exhibit uses groundbreaking storytelling technology to give visitors […]

12/24/2021

Christmas Eve, 1913. My grandfather was released from incarceration on Angel Island tonight. He had been locked in a cell for three months, from the moment he arrived by steamship with other Sikhs from India. It was a time of violent white nationalist fervor, headlines warning of an invasion. Ellis Island on the east coast was a beacon of welcome for European immigrants. But Angel Island on the west coast was designed to detain, deter, and deport as many brown people as possible. So Kehar Singh would have been deported — I would not be here — without the intervention of a white lawyer who, with the support of the few Sikhs already here, filed a writ of habeas corpus. And he was freed.

So my family celebrates Christmas Eve as a day of liberation. I tell this story to my children. And I say a prayer for you and me: May we be liberated from the prison of fear — and the prisons made by others’ fears. May we be liberated from the weight of accrued traumas in our bodies. May we be liberated from forces that profit from suffering and indifference to suffering. May we be liberated from stasis and despair. May we have the audacity to pursue healing, pleasure, and transcendent joy. May we be agents of our own liberation.

For the world will not liberate us. My grandfather’s story teaches me that. He was not released because the nation realized its white supremacy overnight and initiated repair. He was released by a tiny passionate cohort — a white advocate and a handful of kin. We don’t need the world to change overnight to find freedom within. Even with omicron and climate and Congress and racial agony. We just need a few someones who see us, know us, weep with us, love on us, conspire with us for the release. Then — the cry, the gazing at the sky, the song, the meal, the joy that is freedom for a moment — and the expanded capacity to rise up and keep on. Who can do this with you? Who can you do this for?

For this is liberation day, and it’s got to be together. Perhaps this is the truest way to honor the one whose birthday we celebrate — and all the spiritual teachers who echo the one abiding call — to love, above all. #revolutionarylove #christmaseve #seenostranger

12/24/2021
OnlyFans Founder Resigns, Company Names Marketing Chief New CEO
12/23/2021
OnlyFans Founder Resigns, Company Names Marketing Chief New CEO

OnlyFans Founder Resigns, Company Names Marketing Chief New CEO

Tim Stokely, founder of porn-friendly social media subscription site OnlyFans, has resigned as CEO after five years “to pursue new endeavors,” the company announced Tuesday. Amrapali &#…

Photos from One Down's post
12/23/2021

Photos from One Down's post

The Cozy Inn | Janesville Stories
12/23/2021
The Cozy Inn | Janesville Stories

The Cozy Inn | Janesville Stories

I had considered transferring to another GM, but with the restaurant business, I didn’t want to leave. I own several properties, some farms in the area, which I lease out to farmers. Plus, I owned some property in Madison.

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12/22/2021

Thursday, Dec 23 11am PST on instagram live insta: @ryanalexh

Thursday, Dec 23 11am PST on instagram live insta: @ryanalexh

California Team Takes Gold at 2021 Pickleball Nationals - Rafu Shimpo
12/21/2021
California Team Takes Gold at 2021 Pickleball Nationals - Rafu Shimpo

California Team Takes Gold at 2021 Pickleball Nationals - Rafu Shimpo

In May, California residents Kelly Shimabukuro and Dianne Asis qualified for the 2021 Pickleball Nationals, and the pair have made the best of the opportunity. Shimabukuro, of Westchester, and Sacramento’s […]

Happy Winter Solstice
12/21/2021

Happy Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice

Meet the young Filipinos who made Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ class of 2022 —
12/20/2021
Meet the young Filipinos who made Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ class of 2022 —

Meet the young Filipinos who made Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ class of 2022 —

The year 2021 was a complicated year for the Filipino American community. As Filipinos (and Asians and Asian Americans in general) continue to fight misinformation and bigotry of anti-Asian hate, communities are seeking respite and unity amid the tragedies of COVID-19. However devastating and hopele...

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OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates (previously known as the Organization of Chinese Americans) is a non-profit organization founded in 1973, the mission of which is to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. It is headquartered in Washington, DC. The goals are to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment; promote civic participation, education, and leadership; advance coalitions and community building; and, foster cultural heritage. Originally created as a Chinese American organization, it now includes members from many Asian and non-Asian ethnicities.

The Greater Chicago Chapter focuses on professional and leadership development and is dedicated to promoting the economic, professional, and social well-being of AAPIs in the Greater Chicago area.

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Darwin Baluran found significant differences in life expectancy based on region and nationality within Asian American groups.