How the Underrepresented Minorities are Turning the Tables in TV and Film

How the Underrepresented Minorities are Turning the Tables in TV and Film

For white men in 1975 to create a show about nouveau riche African Americans that resonated so well with the viewing public was a feat but it was the history of the popular sitcom, “The Jeffersons.” Back in those days, more than a few shows cast blacks as impoverished, downtrodden, or on the shady side of the law. In the 21st century, there seems to be a shift in the television landscape but the fact is non-Caucasian minorities are still underrepresented. By The Numbers In an investigative study done on one of the most prominent shows around, CSI: Crime Scene […]

The Bamboo Ceiling: An Asian American Issue

The Bamboo Ceiling: An Asian American Issue

  Pic credit found here. The bamboo ceiling is a term coined by author Wesley Yang, of Korean descent, in an article he wrote about the lack of Asian American representation among leaders of fortune 500 companies, colleges, and other high-profile jobs. While reading the statistics below, keep in mind that Asian Americans score, as a whole, much higher on all standardized tests, have the highest college attendance rate, and basically win in almost all educational catagories that are measurable. Yang cites a study saying that while Asian Americans represent 5% of the total population, they only represent about: .3% […]

Asian American Legal Defense And Education Fund Hosts Annual Lunar Gala

Asian American Legal Defense And Education Fund Hosts Annual Lunar Gala

The Asian American Legal Defense And Education Fund (AALDEF) is an association that: … focuses on critical issues affecting Asian Americans, including immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, Census policy, affirmative action, youth rights and educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking. It’s essentially designed to help protect Asians in America from various types of discrimination. They hold an annual Lunar Gala where they recognize Asian Americans for their excellent contributions to justice and equality of Asians. Everyone from high-level attorneys to paralegals […]

Asian Americans Are Finding More Success In The Legal Field

Asian Americans Are Finding More Success In The Legal Field

Stereotypically, Asian Americans are known for their great work ethic and dedication to their studies. This creates a great opportunity for those of them that fall into that stereotype in the legal field. Asian American’s also may have more than one language, their native language and English, making them prime candidates for niche markets within the law field. Their test taking ability helps them not only get into the best law schools and undergraduate universities around, but it allows them to dominate certifications and other credentials needed to find success in a field such as forensic accounting. While there are […]

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 […]

A Profile of Reporter & News Anchor Connie Chung

A Profile of Reporter & News Anchor Connie Chung

Connie Chung was born in Washington, D.C. on August 20, 1946. She became the first Asian-American and the second woman in the history of news journalism to anchor a major network news program. In 1969, Chung received a journalism degree from University of Maryland. Right after college, she started working for WTTG in Washington and eventually worked her way up to being a reporter for the station. Two years later CBS News hired Chung as a Washington-correspondent. During this time, she landed an exclusive interview with President Nixon, which took place during the infamous Watergate scandal. Chung moved to Los […]