• 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

  • George Takei, Asian American man's picture after it is submitted to the Asian Maker app. He wears a straw hat and has a long mustache.

    18MR Asks: What Happens When You Make Asians 'Asians'?

    Despite national media attention and almost 10,000 total petition signatures, Google has refused to remove the Make me Asian Make me Asian apps from its Google Play store. Read More

  • A CNN panel consisting of one black man, three white men, and one Asian woman discussing the asian maker app. The men listen and look at the Asian woman as she speaks.

    CNN Panel Debates 'Make Me Asian' App

    The Make me Asian app recently received tons of press coverage, including a segment on CNN's Starting Point. A panel of commentators recently discussed the app -- but did they miss the point? Read More