The New Chimericans


My Rookie Year by Yao Ming

The Players Tribune

Yao Ming reflects on his first year in the NBA. Great anecdotes on how the Houston Rockets welcomed their new teammate from China.


You Haven’t Seen Everything John Cho Can Do by E. Alex Jung


John Cho talks about Star Trek, his mom making him eat with relatives when he goes back to Korea, how the eye behind the camera affects the portrayal of actors and actresses, #starringJohnCho, and the desire of Asian Americans for affirmation as people in film.


George Takei Reacts to Gay Sulu News: "I Think It's Really Unfortunate" by Seth Abramovitch

The Hollywood Reporter

This is a fascinating interview with George Takei, who played Sulu in the original Star Trek. Takei talks about his sexuality and keeping it under wraps in the 60s, typecasting, interracial romance, the origins of "Sulu," and his beef with Sulu's sexuality in Star Trek: Beyond.


How Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Gets Filipino Culture Right by Maria Elena Fernandez


Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (now on Netflix) became the first network television show to feature a Filipino-American family. This article praises how it breaks down stereotypes about Asian American men and its specific portrayal of Filipino Thanksgivings.


U.S. Congressman Mark Takai of Hawaii Dies at 49

NBC News

From Rep. Judy Chu, chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus: “As a member of CAPAC, he also led notable efforts to benefit the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community, including efforts to reunite Filipino World War II veterans with their loved ones, secure treatment for veterans suffering from service-related radiation exposure, and commemorate the patriotism of Japanese Americas during World War II.”


Asian American and Pacific Islander Officials Take the DNC Stage, Celebrate ‘Firsts’ by Chris Fuchs

NBC News

The first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, the first Filipino-American voting member of Congress, and the first openly gay person of color elected to Congress all made the case for a Clinton presidency.


Finding Love in Iowa City (and coming back for it)

International Accents

Great story about two international Chinese students who met in Iowa City and returned to get married in the church they attended while living in Iowa.

Writings from Young Folks

Not Asian Enough: Multigenerational Experiences and the Asian Diaspora by Erin Bovid

Informative piece about the diversity of the Asian diaspora mediated by generational differences. Erin takes us through her childhood in Hawaii and how her Asian American experience was challenged at the University of Iowa.


Ten Thoughts at the Margin of Affirmative Action by Jeffrey Ding

Jeffrey shares some thoughts on affirmative action ranging from redefining the scope of affirmative action policy to the diverging views of Asian Americans.


China Should Make it Easier to Become Chinese by Adam Minter


We share a lot of pieces about Chinese immigration to the United States, but what about the flow in the opposite direction? Chinese immigrants who are naturalized in the United States give up their Chinese citizenship. This piece discusses why the Chinese government is starting to consider opening up its citizenship process.


The Remarkable Forgotten Life of H.T. Tsiang by Hua Hsu

The New Yorker

A long read on the bizarre life of H.T. Tsiang, a writer and commentator on Chinese and American life, and an actor in the 20th century. He was consumed with the fact that a white American woman had become the country’s foremost expert on China and the Chinese people.

Old Chimerican: Amy Tan (1952-)

Amy Tan is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese-American experience. Her best-known work is The Joy Luck Club, which has been translated into 25 languages. In 1993, the book was adapted into a commercially successful film. Tan has written several other bestselling novels, including The Kitchen God's Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter's Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning and The Valley of Amazement. She also wrote a collection of non-fiction essays entitled The Opposite of Fate: A Book of Musings. In addition to these, Tan has written two children's books: The Moon Lady (1992) and Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (1994), which was turned into an animated series which aired on PBS.