Archive for March, 2008

Mar 26, 2008

Two Poems

By Mary Nguyen, Seattle intern My Words English doesn’t come as easily when you’re not born in the United States. It’s a struggle. I’m afraid to make mistakes. I’m afraid of looking stupid. I’m afraid of people’s scrunched up faces when they are confused at what I’m saying. I hear you. You do not have […]

Mar 26, 2008

Digging Up Roots

By Tracy Ng, Director of Membership & Operations Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to learn more about some of the founding sisters of the Asian American and Pacific Islander women’s movement in the United States. In 1976, 20 years before NAPAWF was founded, a group of API women in the DC area established the […]

Mar 17, 2008

Restaurant Ad Takes “Asian Exoticism” to the Extreme

Update: As this press article reveals on the restaurant’s own website, the ad is only part of a larger marketing campaign that exploits women’s bodies. Chinese Laundry’s restaurant walls are decorated with “black and white semi-nude photographs,” and on opening night: “For the VIP party only, Elkhay outfitted that private dining room with a model, […]

Mar 10, 2008

Two Questions, One Staff, One Love

Hi all! Drum roll please….welcome to NAPAWF’s new blog, “Warrior Prose!” Through our blog, we hope to inform, inspire, provoke, and energize our members & allies. Building community has always been and will always be an important goal for NAPAWF so please share with us your stories and your knowledge as we enter the blogosphere. […]

Mar 10, 2008

Mary’s Response

My childhood experience gives me the passion to be political. Being Vietnamese and growing up in Longview, WA, I know what it is like to have every system working against me. My family had to prove their patriotism to get their citizenship. We had to deal with the shame of being on welfare. I was […]

Mar 10, 2008

Priscilla’s Response

Although I didn’t know it at the time, one of my first defining political experiences was in my 3rd grade art class. It was the last day of school, and my art teacher asked us to imagine ourselves at age 18 and draw a future self-portrait. It was the mid-1980s, so big hair and heavy […]

Mar 10, 2008

Lisa’s Response

I’m a CODA – Child of Deaf adults. Navigating between the Deaf and hearing worlds has put me in a place like no other – for example, I can sign with my parents through windows, from across the street, while our mouths are full of food, and at the library! With Deaf culture there is […]

Mar 10, 2008

Liezl’s Response

When I was in the 5th grade, I played the saxophone in the school band. There was a big band jamboree for the regional schools that we were preparing for. My family didn’t have a lot of money, but my dad was able to get a used saxophone for me. At the big band jamboree […]

Mar 10, 2008

Dawn’s Response

There are many politically defining moments for me but one stands out. I think it was fourth or fifth grade (I seem to remember my childhood in grade levels and not ages)–my two sisters and I were having dinner with my mom one night when we grew tired of the same old school and homework […]

Mar 10, 2008

Bonnie’s Response

The first political debate I remember ever getting into was when I was in seventh grade. I was on the phone, arguing with a good friend of mine about “gay rights,” and my position was that gay couples shouldn’t be afforded the same privileges as straight married couples. At the time, I in fact had […]