May 16, 2020

PBS's new Asian American Series premieres May 2020

PBS has a new series on Asian Americans.
Part 1: Breaking Ground & A Question of Loyalty (1hr 51mins)
New immigrants from China, Japan, and beyond adapt to life in America, building railroads, impressing in Hollywood, and fighting for equality; the first generation of U.S.-born Asian Americans have their loyalties tested during World War II.
Aired: 05/11/20 | Expires: 06/08/20 | Rating: TV-14

Part 2: Good Americans & Generation Rising (1hr 52 mins)
Asian Americans fight for equality in the fields, on campuses and in the culture; new immigrants and war refugees expand the definition of Asian American.
Aired: 05/12/20 | Expires: 06/09/20 | Rating: TV-14

Part 3: Breaking Through (53m)
At the turn of the new millennium, the national conversation turns to immigration, race, and economic disparity. As the U.S becomes more diverse, yet more divided, a new generation of Asian Americans tackle the question, how do we as a nation move forward together?
Aired: 05/12/20 | Expires: 06/09/20 | Rating: TV-14 

Jan 26, 2020

fragmentation of Adjunct movement

So this is the first year when I’ve actually started to get more involved in adjunct organizing. And I’ve quickly realized that one of the major problems for us is fragmentation. For example, there are no less than 9+ adjunct organizations related to CUNY. There are also at least 2 nation-wide organizations I know of, and of course, there are countless smaller, school-based organizations.
image comes from Georgia Political Review

Here’s a list:

CUNY-centered
Nation-Wide
I don’t think this fragmentation is an accident. The main reason for such fragmentation is the nature of an exploited labor force. Like all exploited labor, most of us are usually just struggling to survive on pennies (no exaggeration). These conditions result in folks who are usually too busy to put in the time and effort to galvanize and develop a unified movement— can you imagine building a large company where you and all the workers also work full time in other jobs?!

Additionally, those at the top (the ones doing the exploiting) are strongly vested in keeping us fragmented. Imagine what the Hunter Adjuncts movement would be like if we had space to meet regularly at Hunter (instead of having to fight for office space to meet with students!)! Or imagine if adjuncts who make up a large majority of the teaching faculty CUNY-wide had their own union (a pet wish of mine; after MANY years, no one has yet been able to fully convince me that being a part of CUNY’s full-time faculty union is really the best thing for CUNY’s part-time faculty!).

Jan 12, 2018

short video about the Model Minority myth

A short video on the Asian American "model minority" myth and why it matters


comes from The Occidental

After watching the video, what are some problems you see about the model minority?

European Colonial Empires 1492 - 2008

European Colonial Empires, 1492-2008



In addition, here are two more migration maps from CNHI:

could you pass the US Citizenship test?

By Continental Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Immigrant and Non-Citizen Know Your Rights resources

The New York Immigration Coalition has put out a Know Your Rights toolkit. The toolkit is available in
In addition, CUNY's Law School offers clinics to assist immigrants and non-citizens. Also take a look at CUNY CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project which offers help with legal representation and consultation.

PBS's new Asian American Series premieres May 2020

PBS has a new series on Asian Americans . Part 1: Breaking Ground & A Question of Loyalty (1hr 51mins) New immigrants from China, Japan...