Sights and Wonders #3: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific – Honolulu, Hawai’i

Sights and Wonders #3: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific – Honolulu, Hawai’i

By Quentin Choy June 4, 2021 In the Punchbowl Crater sitting just above Urban Honolulu sits a tranquil resting place of thousands of American heroes who served in the U.S. military as well as a monument established for those men and women whose remains were never found. This is the National Memorial Cemetery of the…

U.S. Commits to Share 80 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Globally

U.S. Commits to Share 80 Million COVID-19 Vaccines Globally

By Quentin Choy June 3, 2021 The Biden administration announced its plans by the end of June to distribute 80 million COVID-19 vaccines to countries around the world, especially to those who are suffering from variants and increased cases such as India and Brazil. Regions such as Latin America and Southeast Asia are also emphasized.…

America’s Greatest Traitor: Michael Flynn Wants Myanmar-style Military Coup

America’s Greatest Traitor: Michael Flynn Wants Myanmar-style Military Coup

By Quentin Choy May 31, 2021 Former national security advisor to Donald Trump, Michael Flynn made incredibly concerning comments at a QAnon conference regarding American democracy. While I usually avoid discussing QAnon and its followers on this blog, Michael Flynn was a person who once wielded immense power in U.S. government, and his comments should…

Memorial Day History: The Role of African-American Soldiers During the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars

Memorial Day History: The Role of African-American Soldiers During the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars

By Quentin Choy May 31, 2021 In honor of Memorial Day, I’ll look at the lives of African-Americans who served in the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the Philippine-American War in 1899, both of which are often forgotten in the American memory but were pivotal in the U.S. emergence as a global superpower. The U.S.…

Asian American History: The Murder of Vincent Chin, 1982

Asian American History: The Murder of Vincent Chin, 1982

By Quentin Choy May 27, 2021 Most times, I don’t think too much about heritage or history months, as I feel like an entire month dilutes celebration whereas a day could be set aside to commemorate something. Think Memorial Day versus a potential Memorial Month. This is how I thought about Asian Pacific Islander Heritage…

Samoa Power Struggle Ends; First Female Prime Minister Elected

Samoa Power Struggle Ends; First Female Prime Minister Elected

By Quentin Choy May 25, 2021 A constitutional crisis in Samoa concluded with the swearing in of Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, leader of the Faith in the One True God (FAST) Party. She defeated incumbent prime minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, who leads the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP). Sualauvi suspended the meeting of parliamentary sitting…

Global Community Must Increase Pressure on Myanmar to be Taken Seriously

Global Community Must Increase Pressure on Myanmar to be Taken Seriously

With over 700 people killed since the military coup on February 1, not much has changed since then. Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is still being detained by the military, and young men are being “disappeared” by armed forces in the middle of the night. Min Aung Hlaing, the leader of the coup still…

Anti-American Sentiments on the Rise in India Due to U.S. Inaction on COVID-19

Anti-American Sentiments on the Rise in India Due to U.S. Inaction on COVID-19

By Quentin Choy May 3, 2021 With around 19 million confirmed cases of coronavirus cases ravaging India, and with a reluctant United States to send vaccine support, anti-American sentiments in India is on the rise and for good reason. Startling images of mass cremations have startled the world as India deals with a massive outbreak…

As U.S. Recovers, COVID-19 Pandemic Ravages Developing World – WHO Identifies This as Pandemic’s Worst Point Ever

As U.S. Recovers, COVID-19 Pandemic Ravages Developing World – WHO Identifies This as Pandemic’s Worst Point Ever

By Quentin Choy April 26, 2021 In the U.S., many Americans are receiving their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. I have received mine about 20 minutes before I sat down to write this. Simultaneously, Japan has vaccinated just over 1% of its population, raising concerns over the country’s ability to host the Olympics in…

Abhorrent Killings of Children in Myanmar

Abhorrent Killings of Children in Myanmar

By Quentin Choy April 1, 2021 A 6 year old girl was shot and killed by police in Myanmar following the coup by the Burmese military. Khin Myo Chit was shot after police kicked the door open, and Khin ran to her father. According to Khin’s sister, the police asked her father if there were…

Why a Movement for the Asian Community Would Be Harder to Organize Than the Black Lives Matter Movement

Why a Movement for the Asian Community Would Be Harder to Organize Than the Black Lives Matter Movement

By Quentin Choy March 18, 2021 Eight women were shot dead at massage parlors in Georgia by a man who was dealing with sexual frustration. Six of those women were Asian and many have called the shooting a hate crime against the Asian-American Pacific Islander community (AAPI).  The killings of these women were the logical…

Sister Ann Rose Nu Twang: Inspiration From a Burmese Nun

Sister Ann Rose Nu Twang: Inspiration From a Burmese Nun

By Quentin Choy March 9, 2021 When I first saw the image of Sister Ann Rose Nu Twang kneeling before two Burmese soldiers, begging them not to shoot protesters, one word came to mind: historic. The nun said in an interview with The Guardian: “I knelt down … begging them not to shoot and torture…

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