a chinatown state of mind.

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‘Oriental’ is not a slur — there are worse things you could be called…But I think it’s fallen into disfavor because it’s what other people call us. It’s only the east if you’re from somewhere else. It’s a Eurocentric name for us, which is why it’s wrong. You should call people by what they call themselves, not how they are situated in relation to yourself.
Mae Ngai, from this NYT article NY Governor David Paterson has legislation that will eliminate the use of the term “Oriental” in reference to persons of Asian or Pacific Islander descent on all “forms or preprinted documents used by state government, public authorities or municipalities,” by no later than Jan. 1.


Yes, it’s been 20 years of Lela Lee’s Angry Little Asian Girl. Check out her 20th Anniversary gallery.


April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is Assassinated

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story motel room in Memphis, TN.

Revisit the life and legacy of Dr. King with a special collection from PBS.

A collection of original posters created for The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross PBS series features quotations by famous African Americans, including leaders, intellectuals and cultural figures such as Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, President Barack Obama, and more. The posters, which can be downloaded, printed and shared, can be found here: http://to.pbs.org/1efp1fy

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The key is red wallpaper,” our director will tell us. “We need a place with red wallpaper. With designs on the wallpaper too, maybe in gold.


Let’s say you create a Cambodian dessert company to connect with your culture and a blogger writes about your food using a pun that involves Pol Pot. How do you react? If you’re Anna Hitchens of Koliyan, you respond with grace and a big ass history lesson.

Read about it here- Alice


Photographed by Natalie Boog

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The Legend of Fat Mama. A documentary by Rafeek Ellias—on Kolkata’s Chinatown.