Rediscovering Asian American Identity Through Combat Art

(14 min read) “What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?” — Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man When I first started delving into online Asian Diaspora spaces this year, one word I constantly saw thrown around was “self-hate,”…

JttW #36: Andrew Zimmern and Dolce & Gabbana Controversies

By Sen Tien Vi, J, Sen and Wen discuss controversies from last month including the Andrew Zimmern calling Chinese American food "horseshit", D&G ad controversy and subsequent boycotts, neo-Nazi Hank Yoo getting arrested and former proud boy leader Gavin McInnes being denied entry into Australia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaImdgkROyY&w=480&h=270 Find us on Twitter: Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/JttWPodcast J. Maraan: http://twitter.com/j_maraan Sen Tien: http://twitter.com/sen_tient…

JttW Episode 35: Youtube Influencers

By Sen Tien Vi and Sen touch on influencers and their impact on YouTube. Mostly focus on the beauty community and how it affects Asian women. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOU-a8fGobQ&w=480&h=270 Find us on Twitter: Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/JttWPodcast J. Maraan: http://twitter.com/j_maraan Sen Tien: http://twitter.com/sen_tient Please leave a review on Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/journey-to-the-west/id1347539343?mt=2 Listen on Andriod: http://www.subscribeonandroid.com/jttw.podbean.com/feed/ We're also on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=167076 Read Vi's Article: https://ift.tt/2L0qvWm

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.…

JTTW Episode 31: Red Indie Film

By Sen Tien Join Vi and J with special guest Candace Ho, the writer and director of indie short film, Red, which deals with microaggressions and the fetishization of Asian women in a creative way. We talk about what inspired the film, from the overall lack of education about Asian American history to how difficult…

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…