Racist Love in 2018: My Experiences with Asian American Activism

(10 min read time)   It all began with an Asian American Fiction class. A young Korean American college student, I eagerly awaited my first-ever Asian American Studies course. Class-required readings included very representative and completely unproblematic Asian American classics such as Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club and Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You.…

What Is Asian Love? An Inquiry into the Praxis of Radical Love – Part 4

Part 4 of 4 (12 min read time) By Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] LIBERTY IS NOT ABSOLUTE FREEDOM I was tired of my lady, we’d been together too long Like a worn-out recording, of a favorite song So while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bed And in the personals column,…

What Is Asian Love? An Inquiry into the Praxis of Radical Love – Part 3

Part 3 of 4 (8 min read time) By Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] MEN ARE FROM MARS, WOMEN ARE ALSO FROM MARS Jesus told them, “If you don’t have a sword, sell some of your clothes and buy one.” — Luke 22:36 According to Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy Will Kymlicka in his…

What Is Asian Love? An Inquiry into the Praxis of Radical Love – Part 2

Part 2 of 4 (15 min read time) By Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] RADICAL LOVE AS PRAXIS “God is Love.” – 1 John 4:8 “There can be no Love without Justice.” – bell hooks What is Radical Love? The best scholarly articulation I’ve personally seen of Radical Love is by American sociologist George N.…

What Is Asian Love? An Inquiry into the Praxis of Radical Love – Part 1

Part 1 of 4 (12 min read time) By Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] “Unless we know ourselves and our history, and other people and their history, there is really no way that we can really have a positive kind of interaction where there is real understanding.” – Yuri Kochiyama What, exactly, is “Asian American…

To The Rise of Asian Enclaves

(14 min read) Two years ago, I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Southern California for a new job and unknowingly stumbled into the biggest Asian minority enclave community in the United States. I love it: restaurants with entirely Chinese menus that serve complimentary warm tea instead of iced water; establishments that openly…

Superman Is An Asian American Man – Part 2

Part 2 of 2 (15 min read time) Personal Essay by Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] TRUTH “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” — Proverbs 9:10 God said to Moses, “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” — Exodus 33:20 Death is real (as…

Superman Is An Asian American Man – Part 1

Part 1 of 2 (14 min read time) Personal Essay by Albert Joon-Ho Hur [Edited by J] “Jeff Yang used to talk about how Superman is an Asian American: He has black hair, he wears glasses, he has two different names — an American name, Clark Kent, and a foreign name, Kal-El, with a hyphen in…

As An Asian American Man

(7 min read) By Albert Joon-Ho Hur ProAsian Voice launched the #AsianLove campaign to normalize Asians loving ourselves and each other on an international stage. Its success shows that internalized racism is going out of style. But as we make progress, those who resist it start feeling anxious. I heard today that Celeste Ng, who said…