Author Archive | Soya Jung

Hearts open, fists up

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I won’t lie. On Tuesday night as Donald Trump’s path to the presidency became ever clearer, I drank a bunch of bourbon, felt my ribcage tighten and my heart break. It was hard to breathe. I texted people furiously asking what we could push Obama to do in his final days in office. How would […]

Uncle Bob’s way: love and power

All of us outside Clallam Bay Corrections Center.

  The day Uncle Bob passed away, I was in a car with a few young Asian American activists. We had just spent the day at the API Cultural Awareness Group’s (APICAG) annual banquet at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center. It was an intense day filled with joy and grief, but mostly love. We celebrated […]

The Messy House That Race Made

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Visible divisions within the Chinese American community over NYPD Officer Peter Liang’s conviction in the death of Akai Gurley have created a news and social media spectacle, and deep anxiety for many Asian American racial justice activists. Personally I agree with Liang’s conviction, and strongly condemn the threats and intimidation that some Liang supporters are […]

Real national security demands an end to white supremacy.

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The following is a statement by Asian and Pacific Islander organizations in Washington State to express solidarity with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities facing violent anti-Muslim backlash. While the statement is specific to Washington, we encourage organizations in other parts of the country to use it as a model for their own public statements.  Research shows that since the attacks of 9/11, the […]

Today’s API movement: confronting racism, capitalism, and war

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  Over the past year, growing numbers of Asian Americans have taken up the call for #ModelMinorityMutiny, rightly pointing out the falsehood of Asian American uplift, but more importantly, rejecting the very idea that chasing after such a precarious and inhumane notion of success is something even worth doing. In reality, Asian Americans have been mutinying for a while now. In […]

I dream of Asian America #JusticeForAkaiGurley

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This February, a grand jury indicted rookie NYPD Officer Peter Liang on charges related to the fatal shooting last November of 28-year-old Akai Gurley. Gurley, an unarmed African American man, was killed when he stepped into the stairwell of the public housing building where his girlfriend lived with their two-year-old daughter. At the time, Liang and […]

Five Things You Can Do Right Now!

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  Show up. There are protests continuing everywhere to interrupt business as usual, and put the focus squarely on demands to value Black life. Street heat is part of how we all get free. Show up. Speak up. Here are resources on actions taking place in different parts of the country. Please share any links that are missing […]

What Does Model Minority Mutiny Demand?

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A new generation of young Black leaders have ignited a movement. They have awakened the nation and the world to the longstanding, daily brutality of state violence against Black lives. There have been daily protests against police brutality in U.S. cities for over four months now, disrupting business as usual, shutting down intersections, bridges, tunnels, transit […]

The Racial Justice Movement Needs a Model Minority Mutiny

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  It had cost me twelve years of my time, to realize what a nickel and dime, hustler I had really been, while the real hustlers are ripping off billions, from the unsuspecting millions, who are programmed to think they can win.  – Lightnin Rod, Hustlers Convention, 1973 Hip hop emerged in spite of the brutal […]

Why Ferguson Matters to Asian Americans

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For weeks I have been in awe of the organizers and writers – Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Jamala Rogers, Malkia Cyril, Ta-Nehesi Coates, john a. powell, Falguni A. Sheth, and so many others – who have placed the situation in Ferguson into critical historical and political context. This despite persistent attempts by police, elected officials, and […]