Over the past month,1,500 women have fasted around the country for to keep families together and move immigration reform that’s fair to women forward. Now 100 women are taking this message to Washi

My name is Shivana Jorawar. Today, I am beginning a 48-hour fast with We Belong Together on the National Mall for the next two days. I am one of 100 women who will be going without food to feed the courage of House Leadership and the Obama Administration to take action to stop deportations and pass immigration reform that’s fair to women and families NOW.

Will you support our fast by sending a message of courage? Click here to send your message.

On Wednesday, we’ll break our fast and deliver the hearts of courage that you sent to House Leadership. We will make them see that women from across the country are paying attention, that we want reform, and that we are willing to go without food to feed their courage to do what is right.

I am fasting today for families who are separated by the backlog in the current family visa system. In 1971, at age 17, my mom left a small provincial country plagued by ethnic conflict and economic instability for the bright lights of New York City.

My mom came to the U.S. from Guyana on a family visa, sponsored by my grandmother, at a time when immigration laws were less harsh and reflected a recognition of the contributions immigrants make to our society and economy. She came after being separated from my grandmother for 2 years, during which she had to fill in as primary caretaker to her 7 small brothers and sisters.

If my mom’s story took place today, the wait to be reunited as a family would likely have been much, much longer. Today, there are millions of women just like my mom at 17—with hopes and dreams of a better future—who will never have the opportunity she did under our current broken immigration policies.

On Christmas day of last year, my mom and I went without food to make a statement to our lawmakers that enough is enough: immigrant women and families cannot wait any longer for justice. We went without Christmas dinner because our lives are firsthand testimony of why common sense immigration reform needs to happen now.

And now, after more than three months of inaction from our elected officials, I’m fasting with my mom again.

Immigrant women are the backbones of their families and give so much to this country. They and the millions of other immigrants in the US deserve reform, and they deserve it NOW.

Please support our fast by sending a message of courage! Click here to send your message.

Thank you for supporting our fast this week.

P.S. Watch our press conference and march live from the fasters tent today at noon ET/3:00pm PT: http://www.webelongtogether.org/Fast-livestream

Asian American women are a growing and influential constituency in the United States. Asian American women’s share of the female population will grow from 5.14 percent in 2012 to 7.8 percent in 2050. Asian American women are making significant strides in education, participation, health, and other areas, but there is a long way to go to fully close racial and ethnic disparities. New policies such as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, and other proposed policies such as paid sick leave can greatly improve the lives of Asian American women and their families. For example, under the ACA, around 2.5 million Asian American women with private health insurance are currently receiving expanded preventive service coverage under the ACA. Estimates suggest that 970,000 Asian American women will gain access to affordable or subsidized health insurance.

This fact sheet provides a snapshot of statistics about health, education, entrepreneurship, economic security, and political leadership that should guide our choices to enact sensible policies to unleash the potential of this growing demographic and benefit our economy. Except for where noted, the following information reflects Asian American women in aggregate as a single group and, due to limited data, does not take often into account variations about Asian subcategories, such as Chinese-, Japanese-, and Korean-Americans, which often differ significantly.


Many Asian American women lack health coverage and more than one in five Asian American women of child-bearing age—ages 15 to 44—is uninsured. And while Asian American women face significant health challenges, there have been a number of notable improvements.

  • Fifty-nine percent of nail technicians were women of color in 2007, a large share of whom were Asian American women.  These women are disproportionately at risk for exposure to harmful toxins and chemicals that have been linked to reproductive harm, such as infertility, miscarriages, and cancer.
  • Asian American women are twice as likely to die from pregnancy-related causes such as embolism and pregnancy-related hypertension.
  • In 2013, 37.6 percent of Asian American women over age 40 did not get routine mammograms, and 32 percent of adult Asian American women did not get routine Pap smears.
  • U.S.-born Asian American women had a higher lifetime rate of suicidal thoughts, at 15.9 percent, than that of the general U.S. population, at 13.5 percent.
  • Birth rates for Asian American women ages 15 to 19 decreased by 5 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Educational attainment

Asian American women have achieved a higher level of educational attainment than other women and are often doing as well as their male counterparts.

  • Asian American women surpassed white women in actual graduation rates in 2004, the last year for which data on Asian American women are available. College graduation rates for white women and Asian American women were 45.8 percent and 49.4 percent, respectively.
  • Asian American women held 8.36 percent of bachelor’s degrees held by women while only constituting 5.14 percent of the female population in 2013.
  • Asian American and white women earned an equal amount of science and engineering degrees as their male counterparts in 2010.


Asian American women are underrepresented among the Fortune 500 CEOs and board members. Business ownership among Asian American women entrepreneurs, however, has grown immensely over the past 15 years. There are 620,300 Asian American women-owned businesses in the United States. This reflects a tremendous 156 percent increase since 1997.

  • Asian American women own 6.7 percent of all women-owned firms across the country.
  • The states with the largest number of Asian American women-owned businesses are California at 193,300, New York at 68,700, and Texas at 51,800.
  • There are an estimated 620,300 Asian American women-owned businesses in the United States. This reflects a tremendous 83 percent increase since 2002 and a 156 percent increase since 1997.
  • Asian American women-owned firms across the country have estimated total receipts of $105 billion. The total receipts of Asian American women-owned firms grew 181 percent since 1997.
  • A full 82.5 percent of Asian American women-owned firms are nonemployer firms, or firms with no employees, with average receipts of $34,204.
  • Asian American women-owned firms have more paid employees compared to Latina and African American women-owned firms, employing an estimated 649,000 people across the country.

Economic security

Despite their high achievements in education, Asian American women make disproportionately less money than their male and non-Hispanic white counterparts. These disparities are leaving a growing portion of our population more vulnerable to poverty and its implications.

  • The American Association of University Women found that Asian American women made 73 percent of their male counterparts’ wages in 2012.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 22.3 percent of Asian American women worked in the service sector in 2012 compared to only 20 percent of white women.
  • The health care industry is the largest employer of Asian American and Pacific Islander women.
  • The share of Asian American women at or below minimum wage more than doubled from 2007 to 2012.
  • The unemployment rate for Asian American women increased from 4.9 percent in 2008 to 8.5 percent in 2011.
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report “A Profile of Working Poor, 2011” indicates that 5.38 percent of Asian American women in the labor force are “working poor.”
  • In 2011, 12.3 percent of Asian American women lived in poverty.
  • The top industries for Asian American women-owned businesses include other services, at 25.5 percent of all Asian American women-owned businesses; health care and social assistance, at 13.9 percent; and professional, scientific, and technical services, at 13.3 percent.
  • The average total unemployment rate for all Asian American women was 5.8 percent from 2008 to 2010 while non-Asian American women had an average rate of 7.4 percent. When we observe the ethnic diversity within the category of Asian American women, we find that some subgroups of Asian American women are doing far better than others. Asian-Indian women showed an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent; Chinese, 4.5 percent; Filipino, 5.6 percent; Japanese, 3.7 percent; Korean, 6.2 percent; Vietnamese, 5 percent; and all other Asian women’s groups had an even higher unemployment rate at 7.6 percent.

Political leadership

While Asian American women have a rich history of leadership in their communities, they continue to be greatly underrepresented in positions of power in government.

  • In the 113th Congress, seven members are Asian American women—six in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate.
  • Of the 1,789 women serving nationwide in state legislatures, 32 are Asian American.
  • In America’s 100 largest cities, there is only one Asian American woman mayor—Jean Quan from Oakland, California.

To be quite honest, this is really really “Model Minority” esque rhetoric. Not sure if I dig it, but I’m always thirsty for more facts and updates. Also skeptical because this was put together by a non-Asian dude. Hmm.

Dear Friends,

Today the Senate will vote on s. 744, the immigration reform bill. While the bill is not all that we hoped it could be, and while we still have a long fight ahead of us to ensure that immigration reform is fair and accessible to women, now is the time for us all to urge our Senators to vote YES on s. 744, to pass the bill out of the Senate and continue to move immigration reform forward.

Please call your Senators TODAY at 800-490-2010 and ask them to vote yes on s. 744.

As it currently stands, the bill contains a road map to citizenship for millions of people who have long lived in the shadows. It includes important workers rights protections, an end to the family visa backlog, a provision that would allow deported parents to reunite with their families, protections for survivors of violence, an accelerated path to citizenship for dreamers, and other positive changes to our immigration system that will improve the lives of millions of women and families.

As we shift our attention to the House, and eventually to conference committee, We Belong Together will work with our partners and policy makers to make it very clear that immigrant women and other supporters will not tolerate an even weaker bill. We will be pushing to ensure that women have an equal opportunity towards a pathway to citizenship, that their basic human and due process rights are respected, and that border communities do not bear the brunt of misguided last minute compromise in the Senate. We will protect and improve upon core provisions in the Senate bill that affect women, children and families. We will keep fighting to keep immigration reform as humane and inclusive as possible. Immigrant women, our communities, and our country deserve no less.

Thank you for taking action TODAY, and for helping us take this big step forward as we continue to work for immigration reform that is fair for women and our communities.

— the We Belong Together Team

Estimados amigos,

Hoy el Senado votará por el s. 744, el proyecto de ley por la reforma migratoria. Mientras que el proyecto de ley no es lo que esperábamos y mientras que tenemos una gran lucha por delante para asegurar que la reforma migratoria es justa y accesible para las mujeres, ahora es la hora para exigir a nuestros Senadores que voten SÍ en el s. 744 para pasar el proyecto de ley en el Senado y seguir avanzando la reforma migratoria.

Por favor llamen a sus Senadores HOY al 800-490-2010 y exíjanles que voten sí en el s. 744.

Con la situación actual, el proyecto de ley contiene un camino hacia la ciudadanía para millones de personas que han vivido en las sombras. Incluye protecciones importantes para los derechos de los trabajadores, un fin a la lista de espera de visas familiares, una provisión que dejará a padres deportados reunificarse con sus familias, protecciones para las sobrevivientes de violencia, un camino acelerado hacia la ciudadanía para los soñadores, y otros cambios positivos a nuestro sistema de inmigración que mejorara la vida de millones de mujeres y familias. En preparación a poner nuestra atención a la Cámara, y eventualmente al comité de conferencia, Nos Mantenemos Unidos trabajara con nuestros aliados y legisladores para dejarlo bien claro que las mujeres inmigrantes y aliados no soportaran un proyecto de ley aún mas débil. Estaremos empujando que las mujeres tengan una igualdad de oportunidades al camino hacia la ciudadanía, que sus derechos humanos básicos y de debido proceso sean respetados, y que las comunidades fronterizas se lleven la peor parte de un acuerdo equivocado de ultimo momento en el Senado. Protegeremos y mejoraremos las provisiones centrales en el proyecto de ley del Senado que impactan a las mujeres, niños y familias. Seguiremos la lucha para mantener la reforma migratoria la más humana e inclusiva posible. Mujeres migrantes, nuestras comunidades y nuestro país merecen no menos.

Gracias por tomar acción HOY y por ayudarnos a tomar este paso grande adelante mientras que continuamos a trabajar por la reforma migratoria que es justa par alas mujeres y nuestras comunidades.

— We Belong Together

Jesifiable here, hijacking Fascinasians for a post. If you haven’t checked out Flat3, the latest webseries to hit the web from New Zealand, then you probably should right now. The next story following the trend of quirky female comedies, Flat3 is a webseries that follows the unique perspectives of 3 Chinese-Kiwi women in their 20’s as they try to figure out who they are, what they’re doing in this life, and whose turn it is to buy toilet paper. And I got the lucky chance to interview these amazing women behind the new show—Roseanne Liang (Director/Writer), Perlina Lau (“Perlina”), JJ Fong (“Jessica”) and Ally Xue (“Lee”). Check it out!

How did Flat3 come into fruition and what have been some of your inspirations for the series?
Roseanne Liang: JJ sent me an email one day asking if I might be interested in helping them write a webseries. I said yes. Then they asked me if I wanted to direct. I was actually planning to tell them that they weren’t allowed to use the script unless I also directed it - but I acted all nonchalant and shrugged ‘sure. Whatevs’. And then I told them I had edit it or else I would run away with all the footage.

For me, the inspirations for the series are Sex and the City, Girls, 30 Rock and maybe a little Flight of the Conchords. Oh and Louis CK’s Louie. Freaks and Geeks, my all -time favourite TV show. Seinfeld, Monty Python, The Office. Basically every comedy show I’ve loved and wanted to copy. It’s not plagiarism if you say it’s homage! It’s homage, by the way. In terms of webseries, I discovered Awkward Black Girl fairly late in the game. Also Natalie Tran’s Community Channel, but we’ll never be as quick or cute as her. We can try, but we can’t.

Perlina Lau: For Jess and I, it was a combination of boredom, restlessness to an extent and unnecessary self pity which kicked this project off! Also just our own experiences combined with shows we like watching ourselves. This was the foundation for most scenarios!

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“A love poem dedicated to the woman of my life”
Music by Matthew Vista
Singing by HoHoua Xiong www.youtube.com/user/hohouaxiong
Audio Editing: William Wong
Video Editing: Antony Marshall
Shout outs to UC Davis SAFE Southeast Asian Furthering Education for taking part in the video

This is pretty damn amazing.

Mind officially blown.

"First and second generation Asian Americans, both female and male, often feel an extra burden of meeting their family’s expectations of the American dream and are caught in these transitional cultural norms. Given their parents’ sacrifices to emigrate to the United States, first-generation American born teenagers often feel a greater burden to meet their family’s expectations. They also feel a greater responsibility and guilt if they are unable to live up to these demands. They are in the difficult position of having to maintain the mother culture AND assimilate into American culture. When these familial and cultural expectations clash, the transitional generation faces the difficult task of finding a comfortable way of integrating conflicting values."

Connie S Chan, “Asian American Women and Adolescent Girls: Sexuality and Sexual Expression.” 

It’s so weird finding a paragraph in your reading that essentially captures your entire adolescence. 

(via thatisnotfeminism)

Call for Asian American women (ages 18 or older) to participate
in a survey and a chance to win an Amazon.com gift certificate


My name is Pauline Chan, a graduate student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program. I am a second generation Chinese American and am working on my dissertation under the direction of Dr. Belle Liang. The study focuses on the social experiences of Asian American women. The study has been approved by the Boston College Office for Research Protections Institutional Review Board (Protocol #12.172.01A).
I am writing to ask Asian American women to participate in my online dissertation research survey and to offer an opportunity to be entered in a random drawing for an Amazon.com gift certificate for participation in the survey (5 $20 gift certificates and 2 $50 gift certificates available).
To participate in the study, participants must:

  • Be 18 years or older and
  • Self-identify as a woman who is Asian American or a member of an Asian American subgroup

In this survey participants will be asked questions about social experiences in different contexts, social attitudes, culture and wellbeing. The survey will take approximately 35-45 minutes to complete and may be found at the following link:


Q: What about undocumented API immigration is not represented in the stereotypical narratives of immigration politics?

Chinese workers built the nation railroads but were asked to step aside when iconic photographs were taken at Promontory Point of the nation’s new railway tracks. The injustice faced by these workers is the point sometimes missed by common narratives of immigration activists. We Dream Activists usually rely on the logic of being American because we are exceptional, educated, or particularly talented. But we shouldn’t be waging a struggle to suggest that our GPAs and fancy degrees make us the right type of immigrants or the good racial minorities (though I’ve fallen into this idea time and time again). I know that this is a deliberate move and often necessary if we want the establishment to make concessions, but we cannot lose sight of the mission even when we engage in strategic essentialism.

I don’t deserve citizenship because I am exceptional: I deserve it because my long-term presence in this nation makes me a member of local communities and because migration is a human right. My talents and achievements are the result of social support, specific local policies, and the family members who sacrificed everything to encourage my education. Most people are not that lucky but that doesn’t make them less deserving. My parents deserve citizenship not because they don’t have criminal records: they deserve it because they are those Chinese workers, laboring in the background and participating in the gritty toil of making this country work. My motivation is not ‘giving back to the nation’ to prove myself; it is the recognition of immigrants as essential and precious stakeholders of American society.

I say all of this only because the model minority discourse has particular meaning for Asian Americans. More than other racial groups, the idea that I am a foreigner is cemented even if I was born on US soil. I want the recognition of this experience, this discourse, this existence of being an immigrant naturalized as a central force that shapes American culture—and not a legally separate and peripheral racial figure. This is a demand I make as an Asian woman because the politics of assimilation cannot work for a race that is deemed inassimilable.

Exceptionalist attitudes also reject critiques of imperialism and establishment politics, and not many are outspoken about the destruction wrought to the lands of our birth by American war machines. If you’d like to displace me from the only country I’ve ever known, please take responsibility for our homelands being ravaged by your predatory capitalism and power plays. If you’d like to guilt-trip me for being critical of Obama or either political party, consider how many families have been torn apart in the last 4 years and critique the motions of capital that lay waste to entire nations. I’m not saying don’t love this country—- I certainly do. But my critique is not out of loyalty to the nation-state, it is out of the need for justice. Critiques are not ungrateful if they result in social progress.

I was both drawn to America and pushed out of Pakistan. For Asians, the legacy of yellow peril and migration restrictions have always had to do with the nation-state’s enemy du jour. Right now, it’s en vogue to deport Muslims because they are the latest looming threat for the white middle class. Displaced Latin@s who have seen drug violence or NAFTA ruin their homes are also witnesses to first world meddling leading to third world havoc.

Playing into the discourse of ‘good immigrant’, being an Asian overachiever and all that jazz—all of this does not bode well with how Asians must negotiate model minority status. I am not here to repeat the same mistakes of leveraging myself against other people of color.

Dumbfoundead, a hip hop artist, recently released a free EP in honor of Valentine’s Day called Love Everyday. Here’s the video for the single “For You” and the lyrics:

This is for my fifth grade crush
My middle school make out sessions in a bus
Freshman hooking with high school sluts
Burning mix tapes with the bands that you loved
House party hickies unhooking that bra
Man it got real tricky 
But got those panties off 
To my first girlfriend 
that had me feelin’ sprung
then it had to end
man, we were really young

For that rebound that check that I abused
To make an ex jealous
I know wasn’t cool
For the girls I smash and never call back
For the bitchies that dissed me
You ain’t all that 
For the groupies on the road
That will drop real low
For all the chicks sending titty flix for my phone
For Jennifa and Joan
They never got along
For that crazy ass bitch 
Writing about me in the blog
For that one freak added me on the facebook
For that heartbreaker
that got me writing Drake cuts
For the ones I drugged out
And the one I sex it
Sorry I showed up to your crib unexpected
This is for the one night stands, 
And two nice days
Three months relationship 
Few blind dates
For all the girls I mentioned
I wanna thank y’all
For helping me to write this song

I understand that hip-hop is a largely misogynist scene. But it does not have to be that way. I have such problems with the language and objectification he uses in his songs. I remember listening to some previous songs and all were along the same lines. As a role model of an Asian man in the hip hop scene, Dumbfoundead has a lot of attention on him both as a powerful MC and (potentially) brilliant lyricist. It would be inspiring to see him use his position and music to spread positive, strong messages that encompass more than the people who still content with calling women “bitches” and glorify using them as objects solely for pleasure.

Dude, I would love to really jam out to your music. But I cannot support someone who has no respect for women. You’ve certainly built up quite a following, but you’ve lost this particular listener.

Maybe he should check his own words: "Just ‘cause you a nice guy don’t mean you a good man."