Last month, President Obama made an announcement that could change the lives of immigrant activists across the nation known as DREAMers. These are the undocumented immigrant youth who have been campaigning for the passage of the so-called DREAM act, which would allow them to stay in the U.S. to complete their college education and work legally. In an election year pivot, Obama announced he would not deport undocumented youth who entered the country before age 16 and attended school and/or served in the US military. The move has been heralded as a breakthrough for immigrant rights advocates. We speak with DREAM Activists about this new development and what it means for their futures in the United States.
We reported last week on the Pew Research Center’s recent report showing that Asian Americans are supposedly “on the rise.” That is, statistically, they appear to live up to the stereotypes of the overachieving model minority: high education and income levels, strong family values and good work ethic. But we know it’s a little more complicated than that. Critics say research like the Pew report not only oversimplifies the social realities facing Asian Americans, but actually sets back the public discourse on race. So how does the model minority concept play out in public dialogues on issues like institutional racism, immigration and affirmative action? We speak with community organizer and commentator Scot Nakagawa and Mee Moua of the Asian American Justice Center.
White men with “yellow fever” seeking online romance with exotic young Asian women: they’re a common sight on dating sites and a living nightmare for many Asian American women. So what happens when an Asian American woman filmmaker turns her camera on one of them and gets caught in the middle between a white man with an Asian fetish and his new young bride from China? That is the story of Seeking Asian Female, a new documentary by Debbie Lum.