Asian American Heritage Month

The Most Common Dog Breeds in Asia

The Most Common Dog Breeds in Asia

You may take your pet dog for granted, but dogs have a long history as human companions and working partners. Domesticated dogs have been bred for specific traits, far removed from their wolf ancestry. Evolutionary scientists have been able to trace the roots of different dog breeds and the results have been surprising. Dogs were domesticated in Asia long before dogs were domesticated in America and some of the oldest breeds of dogs primarily originate from Asia. DNA research has found that many dogs in America actually have ancestry which originates from Asia. More dogs were found to have genetic […]

Do Asians Have the Swag to Teach the Cool Kids?

Do Asians Have the Swag to Teach the Cool Kids?

In today’s rapidly evolving, technological, and pluralistic society good educators are more important than ever before.  At the front lines of those educators are the high school teachers, particularly those teaching in public schools.  They are responsible for molding the futures of impressionable teens who struggle with their identity, their self-esteem, unrealistic expectations set by the media or their parents, and trying family or social circumstances. They are responsible for teaching academic lessons and life skills that their students can then apply in the workforce or in furthering their education.  As a result, teachers are typically required to possess a […]

Is Crime Against Asian Americans Going Up Or Down?

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The issue of crime is one that has been talked about a lot recently. In particular, the rise of crimes directed at specific races has left many people distressed. General crime rates, as well as the rates of crimes directed at Asian Americans, are problems that the nation continues to face. Crime Rates for the General Population Crime rates for the entire population have been going up across several developed nations, including Canada and the US. Most of the crime rise has come from petty crime such as burglary and theft. However, the rate of violent crimes such as rape […]

BD Wong: America’s Favorite SVU, Law And Order Actor

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B.D. Wong was born on October 24, 1960 and raised in San Francisco, California, where he graduated from San Francisco State University and eventually moved to New York, where you found incredible success In one of his most well known roles BD Wong plays a doctor with a criminal justice twist in a special unit of law enforcement (Law and Order SVU) as Dr. George Huang. He actually plays a forensic psychologist; a psychologist specializing in crimes and criminal justice and he performed the part perfectly, somehow perfectly combining compassionate with an analytic perspective. Wong has said that he remained […]

The Playing Field is Already Leveled – Asian American Success Rates

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The subject of Asian American success in education seems almost taboo these days. It keeps coming up in one form or another; books, social media and on the news. These kids are given the same opportunities and go through the same school system as all other kids in the US, but consistently come out ahead on testing and college applications. Where is this success coming from? It can be said that United States education doesn’t compare to academics in other industrialized parts of the world, including parts of Asia. Teachers in the United States go through educational programs and training, […]

Asians Thriving In South America, Growing In Numbers

Beautiful Sunset In Latin America

Picture credit can be found here. Latin America’s overall performance in the midst of the economic crisis led to a coming of age for many of its regions, almost as much as it did in Asia. For the greater part of the 20th century, Latin America was looked at as an economic backwater but those days are over and now it’s getting the attention it deserves. Interesting facts about Brazil, one of South America’s most popular cities, is seen as an important force of its own. Although Asians (predominately Chinese, Korean and Japanese) don’t make up a large percentage of […]

Are Asian Americans Still Under-represented In Leadership Positions?

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The short answer, yes. They are. However, it isn’t all doom-and-gloom. Progress is being made, and we are happy to report not only the bad, but the good that comes along with it. First, let’s take a look at the numbers. Asian Americans have consistently scored higher on placement tests as well as dominate almost every single statistics-based metric that we have in higher education. However, in spite of this, they are under-represented in top leadership positions as well as big law firms when compared with their makeup of the general US population. Let’s address a few stereotypes that follow […]

Jerry Yang: Profile of an Internet Pioneer

Jerry Yang: Profile of an Internet Pioneer

Jerry Yang is an entrepreneur who founded Yahoo!, one of the leading search engines on the internet. BusinessWeek branded Yang as one of “The Most 25 Most Influential Men on the Web.” Forbes also listed the entrepreneur as one of the richest men in America. Jerry Yang was born in Taipei on November 6, 1968. His mother moved the family to California when he was 8 years old, and he was raised in San Jose. When he moved to the United States, Yang spoke only one word of English; however, it only took him three years to be proficient in […]

Video Post: Asians And Other Minorities Want Credit For Learning English

Video Post: Asians And Other Minorities Want Credit For Learning English

Canadian immigrants, about 58% of the immigrant population being Asian per the 2006 census data, have a point – they want the same credit for English as English students would get for English or a foreign language. Bilingual education isn’t a new concept; it’s been around for years. Additionally, the Canadian education system thinks it’s important to learn a foreign language, and the government often demands you know two languages for a job, so why wouldn’t they give credit for English? So… should Canadian immigrants be given credit for their classes? Some came as refugees and others by choice. Either […]

4 Strange Scholarships You Can Actually Apply For

We all have some form of talent, and some of us have stranger talents than the next person. We have compiled a list of five of real, but very weird scholarships that you can apply for today. These courses will all take you on a pretty unique journey, which can involve all sorts of insane work placements; 1. Soybean Ambassador That’s right, there is somebody required to be the ambassador of the world of soybeans. This is not only extremely hilarious, but this annual course held in Minnesota is created to help you learn about the soybean industry and the […]