• A banner featuring five images of AAPIs. From left to right: three generations of a family of five stands outside, hugging; three sisters in saris smile at the camera; two AAPI brides smile tenderly at each other at their wedding; three generations of a family of six attend their daughter's college graduation; a Sikh American man in a turban carrying the American flag. The text reads: '#18millionhearts for fair and just immigration reform. Sign the petition. Join the campaign.

    18 Million Hearts: AAPIs for Immigration Reform

    The time has come for immigration reform. Today, 18MR and The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice launched the 18 Million Hearts campaign to lift up the voices of AAPIs in the national discussion. Stand with us and tell decision makers you want fair and just immigration reform! Read More

  • A caution road sign reads 'MENTAL HEALTH.'

    Gun Control & Mental Health: Initial Responses from AAPI Community Advocates

    18MR blog contributor and disability activist Alice Wong speaks to advocates on AAPI mental health about the (often misleading) links between mental health and gun violence, and the mental health needs specific to the AAPI community. Read More

  • A carved plaque commemortating Angel Island reads: In 1910, the Immigration Station was moved from the San Francisco waterfront to Angel Island. Like Ellis Island in New York, Angel Island offered an isolated location that could be tightly controlled. Unlike Ellis Island, Angel Island came to symbolize discrimination and exclusion instead of welcome. As the primary point of entry on the west coast, this facility enforced the Chinese Exclusion Act and subsequent federal laws that restricted the immigration of 'undesirable' groups.


    A couple weeks out from the Senate and President Obama releasing their immigrations plans, Japanese American organizer Justin Valas weights in on the two proposals, and where they could fall short on their principles for humane reform. Read More

  • Two Asian American men, Dante Basco and Kevin Wu aka KevJumba, stand next to each other with the beach as a backdrop. Kevin is wearing a blue polo with a camera around his neck doing a shaka sign. Dante is wearing a hat and a white blouse. He is standing next to Kevin while giving him a side-eye.

    Dante Basco & KevJumba 'Hang Loose'

    Actor and producer Dante Basco sounds off in this 18MR exclusive about his new comedy 'Hang Loose' co-starring KevJumba -- which is directed by, produced by, and starring Asian Americans. As founder and executive producer of Kinetic Films, Basco's goal is to generate more visbility for Asian Americans in media, beyond mainstream cliches. Read More

  • A photo portrait of Kao Kalia Yang looking at a distant, wearing a green blouse and red cardigan.

    Catch Kao Kalia Yang's Stanford talk online tomorrow afternoon!

    During the two hour interview, of which less than five minutes was aired, Yang was brought to the point of tears over the interviewer's harsh dismissal of her uncle's experiences. She joins the Stanford Hmong Student Union to discuss her experience during the interview and the implications of the interview on ethnic minority voices in public radio. Read More

  • From left: 18MR's Jenn Pae, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, Genevieve Villafranca Jopanda of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress

    Jenn Pae shares Inauguration experience

    18MR campaign manager Jenn Pae shares her experiences at last week's Presidential Inauguration. And yes, she met Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth! Read More

  • Celebrating 40: What does Roe v. Wade Mean for API Women?

    Asian American and Pacific Islander (API) women still do not have meaningful access to their reproductive rights because they simply cannot afford abortion care. And, restrictions that both target API women and disproportionately affect us are a growing trend. Read More

  • Two images before and after photo of a white woman in the Asian Maker application. In the second image, her eyes are purposely smaller, wearing a straw pointed hat and exaggerated goatee mustache.

    We Did It! Google Removes 'Make me Asian' & 'Make me Indian' Apps!

    Thanks to the efforts of our members and allies, these racist apps are no longer available on Google Play to perpetuate offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans. This victory is a step in the right direction to putting an end to the use of damaging racial stereotypes. Read More