HK Protests Reach America // Spooky Halloween Tales // Understanding Autism

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Happy Halloween! I hope your kiddos have an exciting time out trick-or-treating this year. Will any Chinese candies make it into your child’s bag or will you hand any out from your front door? Perhaps a topic for a future post. More Halloween reflections and spooky stories below! ~Wes

New in our community this week:

  • The Hong Kong protests reach American colleges and arenas.
  • The money and ambitions behind trendy new Chinese restaurants.
  • Supporting the parents of children with autism.

Family Corner

For more stories featuring scary ghouls and ghosts in the night, try children’s books about the Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival. Use Halloween as an opportunity to introduce your family to spooky tales that are distinctly Chinese. Chinese American Family

When Jess Huang thinks of Halloween, she doesn’t think of candy, costumes, or even the Halloween movie franchise. Instead, she thinks of one thing: three slightly overripe pumpkins carefully buckled into the back of her grandfather’s 1993 Buick LeSabre. Thrillist

Many studies examine the experience of parenting an autistic child in the United States, but few investigate that of first-generation Chinese-American parents. These parents face unique challenges while reconciling their cultural perceptions of autism. Harvard Political Review


As protests in Hong Kong continue, the conflict is spilling onto campuses across the United States and highlighting tensions between Hong Kong-born students and their classmates from mainland China. New York Times

Cornell student Weifeng Yang reflects on the relationship between international Chinese students and Chinese American students. Ultimately, he writes, “Not all Chinese here are Americans (obviously) and that’s fine. Cornell Daily Sun

At Johns Hopkins, Natalie Wu reflects on presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s role as a community representative. “For Asian Americans like me who want to shed stereotypes,” she concludes, “Yang has been disappointing.” Johns Hopkins News-Letter



For Asian American fans of the Houston Rockets, the recent NBA-China rift is personal. The NBA risks alienating both its Chinese business partners and fans who support Hong Kong’s protestors. NBC News

As his musical Soft Power opens in New York, David Henry Hwang sits for an interview to discuss internalized oppression, the tricky balancing act of reviving classic musicals and what he learned from Sam Shepard. Time


Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant is about as Mom and Pop as they come, so it’s not the first place you think of when considering the consequences of the gig economy. However, it’s much harder to find staff for the kitchen these days, largely because of Uber and Lyft. SF Gate

Headline-grabbing Chinese restaurants are opening in American cities, offering dishes from across China’s regions. Frequently, they’re run by young Chinese who attended university here and have plenty of funds from back home to expand quickly. Foreign Policy

Parental expectations and filial response to these pressures are recurring themes in Ann Hui’s new book exploring Chinese-Canadian restaurants and family ties, Chop Suey Nation. Forbes



In his new book, Hollywood Chinese, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Arthur Dong dives deep into the history of Chinese representation in U.S. cinema, from early depictions of San Francisco’s Tong Wars to the hit romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians.” Variety

A Grain Of Rice

“Having representation in any industry is going to increase diversity within that industry.” — Scott Chang-Fleeman, Farmer

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