Kimberly Ong, Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council and AABANY member, was recently quoted in The New York Times after regulators in New York denied an application for a $1 billion natural gas line due to environmental impact concerns.
Kimberly Ong declared, “The state has made it clear that dangerous gas pipelines have no place in New York.”
To read the full article click here.
Opinion | Tom Brokaw: Friends Across Barbed Wire and Politics
On August 11, the day after AABANY’s reenactment of the Heart Mountain draft resisters trial at Fordham Law School as part of the ABA’s CLE in the City Series, the New York Times published an Op-Ed by Tom Brokaw about the friendship struck between Alan Simpson and Norman Mineta. Simpson was a U.S. Senator representing Wyoming and Mineta served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush. They first met when Mineta and his family were interned at Heart Mountain.
Marking the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which led to the mass internment of Japanese American citizens without due process, Brokaw reminds us:
The senator likes to recall the words of Justice Frank Murphy, one of only three dissenting votes when President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 1944. Justice Murphy wrote that “the broad provisions of the Bill of Rights” are not “suspended by the mere existence of a state of war. Distinctions based on color and ancestry are utterly inconsistent with our traditions and ideals.”
Let us continue to learn the lessons of the Japanese American internment experience during this 75th year anniversary of Executive Order 9066 so that we as a society can prevent future violations of constitutional and civil rights.
Live Chat with the New York Times: Confronting Racism Against Asian-Americans
On October 18, AABANY Issues Committee Chair Chris M. Kwok participated in a New York Times live chat with:
- Michael Luo, Deputy Metro Editor of the New York Times
- Anthony Christian Ocampo, Sociologist at Cal Poly Pomona
- Grace Meng, Congresswoman, D-NY 6th District
- Simran Jeet Singh, Senior Religion Fellow, The Sikh Coalition
- Erika Lee, Author of “The Making of Asian America: A History”
- Anand Giridharadas, Author of “The True American”
- Arun Venugopal, Race Reporter, WNYC
The live-chat addressed the important topic of confronting racism against Asian Americans. Earlier in October, Deputy Metro Editor Michael Luo wrote an open letter to the woman to yelled at him to “go back to China.” Since then, thousands of Asian Americans have come forward with their own experiences of racial prejudice. During this conversation, the live-chatters asked the questions of why the letter resonated with so many and what can be done to address the ‘otherization’ of Asian Americans. They addressed many topics including the ‘right’ way to respond to racist attacks and microaggressions, the inadequate education on Asian contributions to American history, and how to contextualize this Asian American moment which has galvanized so many.
We encourage you all to read the conversation at the above link. Among the many contributions of our Issues Chair Chris Kwok were:
- “Asian Americans are hungry for their stories to be heard, and their experiences with discrimination given a platform. They feel its not often given serious attention.”
- “We need to remember AAPI is bound as political category, and not an ethnic and racial one.”
Susan L. Shin Letter to the Editor: Asian-American Voices
AABANY President Susan L. Shin’s Letter to the Editor about Michael Luo’s Op-Ed and follow-up article has been published in the New York Times. Here is an excerpt:
I commend your prominent featuring of “An Open Letter to the Woman Who Told Us: Go Back to China,” by Michael Luo, an editor at The New York Times, and “Readers Respond to the Racist Insults Shouted at a Times Editor” (Race/Related series, Oct. 11).
The response to Mr. Luo’s open letter indeed “tapped into a deep reservoir of emotions held by many Asian-Americans” about the racism they have experienced and continue to endure.
To read the full letter, follow the link in the title.
Thank you, Susan, for speaking up about the latest anti-Asian American incident that has been publicized in the press.
Review: In ‘Seoul Searching,’ Teenagers Explore Their Korean Roots to an ’80s Soundtrack
Seoul Searching opens today, and AABANY is more excited to see it than ever. If you don’t already have plans to join us for our movie outing tonight, be sure to catch the NYT Critics’ Pick some time during its run at AMC Empire 25.
Check out Jeannette Catsoulis’ review in The New York Times by clicking the link above. She states:
An appealingly gung-ho cast and let’s-get-along message make “Seoul Searching” a buoyant, if undisciplined comedy about foreign-raised South Korean teenagers getting in touch with their ethnic roots.
Afghan Lovers Begin an Asylum Odyssey in New York
Check out the moving story of Afghan lovers Zakia and Mohammad Ali, whose parents oppose their union because they are from different sects. Seeking asylum in New York, they are hoping to establish new lives for themselves beyond the potato fields of their home in Bamian Province.
Our Immigration & Nationality Law Committee Co-Chair Poonam Gupta has a hand in their journey:
This time around, the process for an American visa has been going more smoothly. Their case, granted under Humanitarian Parole, a limited visa program for those with a “compelling emergency,” was facilitated by a lawyer, Poonam Gupta of White & Case LLP, who was hired by the aid group Women for Afghan Women.
Click on the link in the title to read more of their love story.
The Lack of Asians in Hollywood and on Broadway
Austin So has written another Letter to the Editor about the lack of diversity and inclusion for Asian Americans. This time, he speaks about whitewashing and Hollywood in response to Keith Chow’s “Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Asian Actors.” As stated by Austin,
Once again, Asian-Americans are excluded from the diversity dialogue. And that has real impact, as we see with the casting of white actors to play the main characters, who are Asian, in “Doctor Strange” and “Ghost in the Shell.”
Check out what he has to say by clicking the link above.
Pleasing the Court With Intrigue – David Lat’s ‘Supreme Ambitions’ Is a Thriller for Lawyers
David Lat’s novel “Supreme Ambitions” is a court procedural published by Ankerwycke, an American Bar Association imprint aiming to market accessible nonfiction and fiction.