Voting is our Yelp for Politicians

Voting is our Yelp for Politicians

Posted by: on Nov 19, 2012 | No Comments
We’re already paying for the service (in taxes), so voting is like a big customer comment board. As soon as we tune out, service gets worse. Read More
An Asian American Farm Bill

An Asian American Farm Bill

Posted by: on Aug 5, 2012 | No Comments
Imagine if just a quarter of our enthusiasm for food were channeled to changing the bill that affects every aspect of food production here and abroad: our impact would be felt. Read More
Rice is Nice: my profile on Marion Nestle

Rice is Nice: my profile on Marion Nestle

Posted by: on Jul 20, 2012 | No Comments
Originally published in Hyphen magazine.  “No rice, please.” I keep hearing this disturbing sentence from Asian American friends. Many are Read More
Romancing the Wok

Romancing the Wok

Posted by: on Apr 12, 2012 | One Comment
As we wrote about in Hyphen Issue 20, the physics of the wok are not child’s play. A mystical marriage of meats and greens occurs when natural oils have built up on the wok’s metal surface, creating a natural nonstick coating also called “seasoning.” Read More
Sea Change

Sea Change

Posted by: on Dec 5, 2011 | No Comments
Phuong Nguyen has worked in and out of the crab industry for 30 years. He learned how to fish in Vietnam before immigrating in 1982, eventually buying his own boat and house after many years of hardscrabble work. Read More
In Praise of Asian American Grocers

In Praise of Asian American Grocers

Posted by: on Nov 21, 2011 | No Comments
Pioneering Asian American markets like Uwajimaya’s and yes, Fou Lee, have been serving fresh, affordable and culturally diverse foods to Seattleites for almost acentury. When First Lady Michelle Obama announced the Healthy Food Financing Initiative to increase food access in urban areas, she failed to mention the key role of Asian American markets. They deserve at least the same tax benefits and laudatory statements as Wal-Mart and Walgreens. Read More
In Seattle, Growing Culture is Sustainable Growth

In Seattle, Growing Culture is Sustainable Growth

Posted by: on Sep 8, 2011 | No Comments
Seattle embodies the diversity, contradictions and great talent that define our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community: wealth and poverty, hunger and abundance, access or exclusion based on citizenship and English language proficiency. Read More
Back to the Future of Farming

Back to the Future of Farming

Posted by: on Jan 12, 2011 | No Comments
Farming is an unpredictable and financially nerve-wracking enterprise. The Kozukis, however, are part of a small but growing group of Asian American farmers determined to overcome the odds. Read More
When CAFOs Threaten the Past

When CAFOs Threaten the Past

Posted by: on Oct 21, 2010 | No Comments
The CAFO controversy in southern Idaho is not the only place in rural America that tensions fester over what happened to Japanese Americans during World War II, and how, or even if, that legacy should be remembered. Read More
Labor of Love

Labor of Love

Posted by: on Aug 24, 2010 | No Comments
Bonnie Kwon is prepared to cook and defend. In 2009, she co-founded the District of Columbia branch of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a national organization that advocates for better conditions for restaurant workers. She’s also a labor organizer, a lawyer and a host of legendary home-cooked Sunday dinners. Read More