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2018
Demographic evolution recognizes that ethnic identities are fluid, multi-faceted • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on December 20, 2018
Since I first started this column almost two years ago, I am often asked by readers, what's with the name? Why "In Brown Type?" It was an important question...


When it comes to marriage, SF lags behind other big cities • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on December 13, 2018
"I am still old and still in love with the man I married 72 years ago," wrote former First Lady Barbara Bush, in the Smith Alumnae Quarterly a few weeks...


God Save Freddie Mercury • India Currents • Published on Dec 4, 2018 | Now & Then
It was electrifying to watch Rami Malek perform as Freddie Mercury in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody, showing us a man grappling with soul-searing despair and alienation even while the world was feting him for his extraordinary musical prowess. Yet, the movie was deeply...


Homeless and undocumented: Different sides of the same coin • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on November 29, 2018
In his Pulitzer prize winning book "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee who desperately attempt to claw a path...


The City earns a mixed report card for the midterm elections • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on November 15, 2018
The day after the 2018 midterm elections, my social media feeds and inbox emails registered an unusual spike in exultant messages from the various blocs I found membership in: women...


Migrant caravan from Central America pressing forward despite all odds • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on November 1, 2018
As I watch and read about the caravan from Central America making its way northward, I'm reminded of a poem I had to memorize in high school called the "Charge of the Light Brigade" by Lord Alfred Tennyson....


Won't you save me San Francisco? • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on October 18, 2018
There are often two conflicting stories that are equally true. We've all seen these word bites of late: Growth and overall economic confidence are at an all-time high. Unemployment rate


Fear surrounds Trump's proposed changes to benefits policy for immigrants • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on October 4, 2018
In the drive to lower immigration numbers, the Trump administration has come up with a new way to deter and push out immigrants who don't "merit" a place...


The changing face of diversity: more Asians entering America than Latinos • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on September 20, 2018
More minority babies are being born in the country today than ever before. In San Francisco - a city where the majority of residents are people of color - about half of the babies born in 2013 were of Asian or Hispanic descent....


Terminating TPS to affect a quarter million U.S. born children • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on September 6, 2018
San Francisco Public Defender, Jeff Adachi, stood at the top of the steps leading to City Hall, and warned the assembled audience that there will be "billions of dollars in


Who's afraid of affirmative action? • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on August 23, 2018
It's no surprise that there is declining support for affirmative action among Chinese Americans. The affluence and education of Chinese Americans places them apart from disadvantaged racial minorities who seek...


Here's what's wrong with the ‘Abolish ICE' movement • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on August 9, 2018
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is fast becoming a scapegoat for all things wrong with immigration in our country. Since the current administration's harmful "zero tolerance" policy created...


Everyone counts in the U.S. Census • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on July 26, 2018
Census Bureau invites the public to comment on Census 2020's citizenship question at censuscounts.org by midnight on Aug. 7, 2018. Every person in San Francisco is going to be affected...


Well, what purpose do marches serve anyway? • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on July 12, 2018
An estimated 15,000 people marched from Mission Dolores Park to San Francisco City Hall on June 30, one of 600 marches across the country, to protest the Trump administration's policies.


How Ginger Thompson made us care for children separated from their parents • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on June 28, 2018
Ginger Thompson, a senior reporter at ProPublica, once told me the best reporting comes from a place of compassion and lack of judgment....


Separating children from their asylum-seeking families is bad policy • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on June 14, 2018
In the last few days, we've heard heart-rending stories of young children being ripped from their asylum-seeking parents' arms and sent into shelters and fostercare facilities across the country. "...


Am I an unequal citizen of America? • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on May 31, 2018
At my daughter's college graduation ceremony last week in Middletown, Conn., an older, nattily dressed white gentleman seated in the row ahead of us turned and asked, "Do you live in America?"


Options for DACA immigrants start with legal screenings • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on May 17, 2018
President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly are cultivating, projecting and proselytizing a narrative of immigrants to suit their objectives...


When literature reflects reality: The caravans at the San Ysidro border crossing • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on May 3, 2018
At about the time a caravan of migrants from Central Mexico converged at San Diego's San Ysidro crossing, I was sitting inside Osher Theater in Berkeley attending to three literary...


America must resist the protectionist perspective • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on April 19, 2018
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) saw a decline in annual H-1B visa petitions for the second time since 2017. Nine thousand fewer people applied this year, compared to...


‘Flawed logic' behind citizenship question on 2020 census • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on April 5, 2018
Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau gathers data to account for every resident in America. This was programmed into the Constitution. The census has been a powerful tool...


Manifesto: Why More Liberal Arts Majors Should Work in Tech • Work + Money • Published on March 30, 2018


H1-B visa applications facing heightened scrutiny • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on March 22, 2018
On April 2, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B applications for the 2019 fiscal year. For those unfamiliar with H-1B visas, this is the program that...

Intimidation and chaos all part of ICE's policies • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on March 8, 2018
President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are setting their scopes on California. The latest in an escalating battle between the federal government and California is a lawsuit filed...


Vinod Khosla's Illiberal Views on Education • India Currents • Published on Mar 6, 2018 | Now & Then
In an op-ed provocatively titled "Is Majoring in Liberal Arts a Mistake for Students?" and published on Medium, the tech billionaire Vinod Khosla insists, in paragraph after unremitting paragraph, that a college degree has value if the degree holder is...


Catholic leaders urge permanent legislative solution for Dreamers • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on February 22, 2018
Let's talk religion. In a statement rejecting the rescindment of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by the Trump administration in September 2017, the United States Conference of Catholic...


Sanctuary crackdown won't make San Francisco safer • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on February 8, 2018
The Department of Justice sent a letter to 23 jurisdictions on Jan. 25 urging them to "reconsider" their sanctuary city policies - or else. San Francisco was one of them.


America's undocumented future: An odyssey, a shutdown and a status quo • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on January 25, 2018
I've been reading Dan-El Padilla Peralta's book, "Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League." I met Peralta at a literary conference in Boulder...


Waiting to inhale: The curious incidence of tears and laughter at death • The Hindu • Published on January 19, 2018
For the next few days, my brother and I waited for our father to take his last rattling breath. Neighbours came and went, cousins dropped by, friends showed up. My father held on....


H-1B visa reform: Issa bill worth considering • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on January 11, 2018
The H-1B visa program needs reform. The H-1B visa program is essential to the health of our economy. These two ideas are not contradictory. To those who believe the H-1B...


H-1Bs - The Best and the Brightest? • India Currents • Published on Jan 6, 2018 | Now & Then, Popular
A relevant piece from our archives, on a topic that is still a hot-button issue. First published on March 14, 2017. What is this notion of the best and brightest? For one, it is the most conflicted banality of the moment. The term is generously used by liberal...

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