The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership will be hosting an evening gala to commemorate APA Heritage Month and CAPAL’s 25th Anniversary on Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Sphinx Club (1315 K St NW) in Washington, DC. Last year, the gala had over 500 attendees and over 14 partnering organizations. This year’s evening event will celebrate the role of APAs in our society and connect over 500 young professionals with APA leaders committed to public service. Our confirmed speakers include Secretary Norman Mineta and Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu. 
Proceeds from the gala will go toward their "25 Scholars and Interns in 25 Years Campaign," which will award scholarships to students pursuing unpaid internships in Washington, D.C. 
CAPAL is graciously offering a 10% discount to the first 20 readers who purchase tickets to the gala.
Use the discount code “FascinasiansReader” to get your discounted tickets!


Meet Henry Liu, a Chinese American member of the Lexington Minute Men.

On representation Liu said: “Actually, when I walk down the street in my Colonial clothes, and I see an Asian family kind of looking at me, I’m kinda hoping somebody would say, ‘Wait a minute — you don’t have to be, you know, a Son of the American Revolution to join? You can be Chinese and be in this company?’ And sort of spark that conversation.” March on, Henry! - Alice

(Image by Linda Boardman Liu)


Before pursuing stand-up comedy full-time, Hari Kondabolu was a human rights activist. At first telling jokes was a cathartic release from the intense work he did with victims of hate crimes and workplace discrimination. In today’s interview he recounts how he began to incorporate aspects of his work into his comedy: 

"I used to do a bit where I used to read the U.S. citizenship application onstage. I think that’s part of just being overeducated and wanting to do document analysis, but I’d actually bring it on stage and read questions. Because for people who don’t know, this is what immigrants have to go through to gain status in this country and it’s absurd and it’s something we take for granted as American citizens.

Sometimes that was hard in a club on a Friday night and it’s 10 o-clock and everyone’s drunk and there’s a dude on stage reading a form, it’s a strange thing to read a government form in front of a bunch of drunk people.”

Hari’s new comedy album is called Waiting for 2042

Photo by Kyle Johnson

I’m talking live on BBC’s World Have Your Say about “casual racism”, tune in at the link!


aka DAN: A Korean Adoption Documentary Story


Following up to Bambu’s tweet.

Women who barter sex for food and water remain a major concern, officials said. To combat the rise in trafficking that has occurred in past disasters in the Philippines, the American agency has increased its funding to programs that warn families about the dangers. The goal, Ms. Lindborg said, is “so they’re not taken in by that great job offer in Manila that your 16-year-old daughter is being recruited for.” Even before the typhoon, an estimated 375,000 women and girls in the area — about 10 percent of women of childbearing age affected by the storm — would have likely experienced sexual violence in their lifetimes, United Nations officials said. Based on studies of emergencies, they said that Haiyan’s aftermath could add another 65,000 victims of sexual assault.

Effort to Help Filipino Women Falters, U.N. Says

Climate change cannot be explained without mentioning coal. And in recent years, the Philippines has become more dependent on coal in generating its power supply. The Aquino government is guilty of increasing the number of coal projects across the country – 17 ongoing construction of coal plants and 10 slated for expansion. In his 2012 state of the nation address, Aquino singled out the oppositors of the Subic coal plant project for blocking the progress of the local economy.

The government’s addiction to coal reflects several fundamental wrongs in governance: Dirty development model (focus on extractive activities), contradictory laws (Mining Act vis-a-vis total log ban), and privatized energy sector. The Philippines pioneered renewable energy legislation in the region but the government abandoned power generation and left it in the hands of a few favored family tycoons. Naturally, the latter preferred cheap but dirty coal over renewable sources which are abundant in the country.

Disaster risk reduction and preparedness would be rendered meaningless if coal addiction is not eliminated. The ‘No Build Zone’ policy is presented as if coastal habitats pose the greatest danger to the lives of our people in the Visayas. What about large-scale mining, expanding plantations, and coal pollution?

Coal policies should make us more aware of the other manifestations of climate injustice. In the Philippines, it is reflected in the suffering of poor farmers and fisherfolk who have to survive the adverse impact of coal projects on their health and livelihood. It is evident too in the displacement of marginalized communities caused by development aggression and pollutive industries. Worse, the poor are often blamed for choosing to settle in critical habitats and high-risk areas.

The Philippines’ addiction to dirty coal and dirty politics 


Ummmm…so Brown University found a student responsible for multiple instances of sexual assault. However, he has been not been expelled and is going to be allowed to return to campus this fall.

It isn’t enough for schools to find assailants responsible. They also need to be removed from campus.


Public works don’t have to mean private gentrification: Minneapolis-St. Paul is working to make sure preexisting communities aren’t pushed out when its new light rail line opens this summer.

"There’s a tension around gentrification in the Central Corridor. We are interested in doing work with a community, not to a community. We believe in supporting the artistic identity of the people living there, not moving in a bunch of hipsters and moving everyone else out." - CM


I am a recovering bulimic Chinese American woman. 


Over the years, I’ve been learning to love myself and realizing that beauty shouldn’t be held to a standard. I’ve met countless other Asian women that struggle with the concept of the Perfect Asian Woman, aka thigh gap, porcelain skin, and petite.  

To be quite frank, there is no such thing as the Perfect Asian Woman/Man. We need to stop comparing ourselves to freaking KPOP stars or Asian celebrities that happen to fit this “perfect Asian” bill. 

For the first time in a long time, I feel okay with myself. I’m tan, bridge-less nosed, and quite curvy Asian woman. Granted that I am a quarter Spanish, i still embrace all of me. I can honestly say that I love myself better now than I have before. 

I am not perfect, but because I’m not I am so much happier and feel more freedom from stereotypes and preconceived notions of what an Asian person should look like. 

Whenever I’m at family reunions and my aunt or uncle say to me,

"Hey you got a little chubbier!"

Now, I can proudly and boldly retort back,

"Hell yeah I did and you can go f**k yourselves because I am beautiful despite my weight. You are setting a disgusting example for your children and those around you. Stop body bashing and making weight take precedence over the other qualities your children and loved ones have to offer."

I am beautiful and I am more than the number on the scale. I know it has taken me a while but I want to shout it to the world that I am happy with who I am and that we as people should stop pointing out peoples’ flaws and magnify their strengths instead.  

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I want every man and woman to be able to realize that they are so much more than what people say and how they feel. 

I’ve chosen to be healthy, but more importantly happy.

I know it’s a hard road to follow but I know that everyone can choose to be happy. 


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BIG NEWS. One of the El Paso 37 has been paroled and is now with his family members in Washington, D.C. Two more are in proceedings to get parole, so they can continue pursuing their asylum cases.

The pressure we’ve been putting on ICE is working! Please sign, share, and signal boost the good news!