What to Read: National Media Organizations Tackling Issues of Race

1. Author Kim Hong-Ji

Booklist: “Talk Like An Asian: Raising An Indo-Pacific Modern Family”

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Kim Hong-Ji from Taipei, Taiwan, first came to the U.S. in 1989 to attend Yale, where she was part of a program focused on Chinese-American undergraduates. A graduate of Wharton, she won a Fulbright scholar award and attended Columbia and Columbia Business School. Her next endeavor was a journalism job at The Wall Street Journal, which is a partner in this event.

We Like: “Entering a New Decade: A Decade of Change”

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Her idea of starting the year off right came to her when she was thinking about 2020, when she’ll turn 50 years old. She applied her experience as a businesswoman and an Indian American woman to ask: “What do we want for our world in 2020?”

We Also Like: “Why Asian Americans Matter”

National Council of Asian Pacifics in Communications (nationalpacific.org)

Wonda Lee works for the Association of Asian Pacific Americans. A writer and researcher with expertise in how gender shapes culture and how the Asian-American community perceives race, Lee leads the organization’s ambitious efforts to change what the Asian-American community in her community sees when they hear the term “Asian.”

We Also Like: “A Lived Experience: Motherhood, American Immigration and the Demands of Women’s Rights”

National Council of Asian Pacifics in Communications (nationalpacific.org)

Mindy Tabdullo is executive director of ACT-SO (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), a national organization of women fighting for immigrants’ rights. She is focusing her talk on being raised by an undocumented mother, who arrived in the U.S. without documentation, after fleeing Communist South Korea. Her mother is preparing to leave for the U.S. again. “I consider myself to be both North and South Korean,” Tabdullo tells us. “Our customs, like my mother’s and mine, are an important part of our identity, but to keep those at bay and protect ourselves, we need a critical mass of people who can speak for us.”

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