Asians in America

Asians in America

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Study Shows Opinions on Affirmative Action Change When Asian-Americans Succeed

A recent study suggests that people who advocate merit-based college admission standards may alter their beliefs depending on which racial group benefits from said standards. Universities that employ affirmative action policies do so purportedly to correct racial imbalances. By taking race into account, colleges give certain minority applicants certain application advantages where historically systematic discrimination once prevented them from doing so. As a result, a non-minority student in the current ultra-competitive higher education climate may be passed over in favor of a minority student with lower test scores and less-impressive grades. As such, critics of affirmative action argue that the […]

Interior Designer Vern Yip

Interior Designer Vern Yip

Interior designer Vern Yip gained widespread acclaim largely through his regular appearances on the hugely successful design show “Trading Spaces” on The Learning Channel which began airing over a decade ago. On this show, two sets of participants would redesign a room in each other’s homes with each of the two teams working with the guidance of a professional designer. As one of the recurring design guides, Yip, 45, was well known for his classic and tasteful designs and his calm, easy going demeanor. His sleek style aesthetic and know-how would seem to be products of intensive formal design training. […]

Chef Ming Tsai: Voice of Fusion

Chef Ming Tsai: Voice of Fusion

Ming Tsai grew up in Dayton, Ohio, working alongside his parents in the restaurant that they owned called Mandarin Kitchen. Ming loved the cooking and the eating, but he also learned valuable lessons about the day to day operations of the restaurant, including how to please customers. When Ming got a little older, he went east to go to school. He first attended Phillips Academy Andover, and later earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Yale University. Interestingly, it was during this time that he spent his summers in France, where he trained at the top culinary school Cordon-Blue in […]

A Profile of Asian American Architect I.M. Pei

A Profile of Asian American Architect I.M. Pei

Born in Guangzhou, China on April, 26, 1916, he was the son of a prominent Chinese banker. Traveling to America at the age of 17, he enrolled in college. I.M. Pei began his studies at UPenn’s architecture school but soon transferred to MIT. It was there that he earned his degree in 1940. In addition to his degree, he was awarded the RIBA gold medal, the MIT Traveling Fellowship, and the Alpha Rho Chi medal. Two years later he would enter the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he would study under the auspices of Walter Gropius. After a brief […]