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The Asian Journal mirrors the phenomenal growth of the Filipino American (FilAm) community in the United States. From a small staff and humble beginnings, it has grown into one of the biggest FilAm publishing firms in America. Presently, top caliber writers, artists and creative people come together to give FilAms well-balanced, relevant and informative editions weekly.

Mission: We are committed to excellence, maximizing every opportunity to improve our products and services and making them responsive to the ever-changing demands of the FilAm community.

Three #FilipinoAmerican attorneys are seeking judicial posts in #ClarkCounty as Nevada will have its primary election on...
05/29/2020
Three Fil-Ams seek judicial seats during Nevada’s June 9 primary

Three #FilipinoAmerican attorneys are seeking judicial posts in #ClarkCounty as Nevada will have its primary election on Tuesday, June 9.

Caesar Almase for District Court Judge, Dept. 21 Rica Andrade for Family Court Judge Department Y - VOTE NOW Gem4Judge

THREE Filipino American attorneys are eyeing judicial posts in Clark County as Nevada holds its primary election on Tuesday, June 9. Caesar Almase, Maricar “Rica” Andrade and Gemma Nazareno-Edquilang are on the primary ballot, which registered voters in the state received by mail to limit the sp...

The Philippine House of Representatives has received 181 position papers that support the bills seeking a fresh 25-year ...
05/29/2020
ABS-CBN franchise renewal receives overwhelming support

The Philippine House of Representatives has received 181 position papers that support the bills seeking a fresh 25-year franchise for broadcast giant #ABSCBN.

THE Philippine House of Representatives has received 181 position papers that support the bills seeking a fresh 25-year franchise to broadcast giant ABS-CBN, Ako Bicol Party-list Representative Alfredo Garbin, Jr. said Wednesday, May 27. “There are 181 position papers which support the renewal of ...

Up to 6,000 #LosAngeles County residents — whether or not they show symptoms — daily can now be tested for #COVID19 at t...
05/28/2020
LA County opens largest virus testing site at Dodger Stadium

Up to 6,000 #LosAngeles County residents — whether or not they show symptoms — daily can now be tested for #COVID19 at the new drive-thru site at #DodgerStadium.

MORE Los Angeles County residents can get checked for the coronavirus as the area’s largest testing site opened on Tuesday, May 26 at Dodger Stadium. Up to 6,000 people are now able to go through the drive-thru process on a daily basis, allowing the county to test more individuals than it has in t...

From virtual commencements to car parades, the Asian Journal interviewed #FilipinoAmerican college and law students abou...
05/28/2020
CLASS OF 2020: Fil-Am students across the country share what it’s like to graduate during a pandemic

From virtual commencements to car parades, the Asian Journal interviewed #FilipinoAmerican college and law students about how they spent their #graduation day and what’s next for them.

#Classof2020 Liga Filipina of Columbia University Georgetown University Club Filipino Troy Philippines Samahang Pilipino Kapatirang Pilipino Asian Community Development Council

Graduation season is upon us but it’s not what students had anticipated. For graduates of the Class of 2020, this step in their academic journey is unprecedented as the pandemic forced them to shift their last semester online and leave campus abruptly without proper closure and spending the final ...

#California Governor Gavin Newsom gave churches and other places of worship the green light to resume in-person services...
05/27/2020
Newsom sets strict rules as California churches, places of worship reopen

#California Governor Gavin Newsom gave churches and other places of worship the green light to resume in-person services, providing strict physical distancing and screening measures to prevent disease transmission.

#COVID19

Hair salons, barbershops and some in-store shopping also reopen with strict guidelines AS the collective anxiety over the inconveniences brought forth from shelter-in-place measures skyrockets across the Golden State, California is now moving forward in reopening churches, temples, mosques and other...

If you saw these incidents of hate happen, what would you do? Hollaback! Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
05/27/2020
Anti-Asian racism and COVID-19: How to be an ally

If you saw these incidents of hate happen, what would you do?

Hollaback! Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC

Community orgs offer bystander trainings to prepare individuals for encounters of anti-Asian harassment On May 14, a young Asian woman in Wisconsin was minding her own business and walking down the aisle of a grocery store. A white man stopped her and started hurling racial epithets at her; later, a...

With safer-at-home orders in place for the past two months in Los Angeles County, officials are expressing concern over ...
05/26/2020
Officials, orgs concerned about decrease in domestic violence calls in LA

With safer-at-home orders in place for the past two months in Los Angeles County, officials are expressing concern over the decrease in domestic violence calls.

Resources and services still available during pandemic With safer-at-home orders in place for the past two months in Los Angeles County, officials are expressing concern over the decrease in domestic violence calls. “We had expected to see an increase and weren’t seeing that. We were instead see...

An international human rights watchdog is urging U.S. Congress to “block or delay sales” of attack helicopters worth alm...
05/25/2020
Human rights group to US: Don’t sell attack helicopters to PH

An international human rights watchdog is urging U.S. Congress to “block or delay sales” of attack helicopters worth almost $2 billion to the #Philippines.

An international human rights watchdog is urging U.S. Congress to “block or delay sales” of attack helicopters worth almost $2 billion to the Philippines. In a post on Friday, May 22, Human Rights Watch gave its recommendation to Congress after the Trump administration last month announced two p...

ABS-CBN actresses #AngelLocsin and #AnneCurtis this week revived an old fundraising project to purchase test kits for #C...
05/24/2020
Angel Locsin, Anne Curtis raise funds for COVID-19 mass testing

ABS-CBN actresses #AngelLocsin and #AnneCurtis this week revived an old fundraising project to purchase test kits for #COVID19.

ABS-CBN actresses Angel Locsin and Anne Curtis on Monday, May 18, revived an old fundraising project to purchase test kits for COVID-19. “Shop and Share” was launched in 2009 to help those who were affected by Typhoon Ondoy. Actors, singers, and even basketball players donated personal items ran...

A study from the International Justice Mission found that underage abuses are worsening in the #Philippines with the ong...
05/23/2020
Study finds PH now a ‘global hotspot’ for online child abuse

A study from the International Justice Mission found that underage abuses are worsening in the #Philippines with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as the victims have been forced to go on lockdown with their abusers.

The Philippines has become the world’s largest known source of online child sexual exploitation, according to a new report released this week. The study from the International Justice Mission on Thursday, May 21 found that underage abuses are worsening with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as the ...

Filipinos are urged to mass report a geotag that identifies the Philippines as “Province of China” and “North Philippine...
05/23/2020
Filipinos urged to report ‘Philippines, province of China’ geotag on Facebook

Filipinos are urged to mass report a geotag that identifies the Philippines as “Province of China” and “North Philippines, Province of China” on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram.

Filipinos are urged to mass report a geotag that identifies the Philippines as “Province of China” and “North Philippines, Province of China” on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. The geotag, which appeared over the weekend, has since drawn flak from Filipino netizens and public ...

“Do not click on links from sources that you don’t know [because] it could download a virus onto your computer or onto y...
05/22/2020
FTC warns of COVID-19 scams, provides tips to avoid fraudsters

“Do not click on links from sources that you don’t know [because] it could download a virus onto your computer or onto your devices so please be careful with that,” said Monica Vaca, associate director for the FTC’s division of consumer response and operations.

As the country continues to be rocked by the coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is making sure that vulnerable Americans avoid the numerous COVID-19-related scams that are making their way through various communities. It’s not that there is an uptick in scams but that many of...

In an exclusive OP-ED, #California Senator Kamala Harris and Assemblymember Rob Bonta talk about the rise in anti-Asian ...
05/22/2020
Sen. Harris and Assemblymember Bonta: Standing up for the AAPI community amid America’s leadership crisis

In an exclusive OP-ED, #California Senator Kamala Harris and Assemblymember Rob Bonta talk about the rise in anti-Asian sentiments amid #COVID19.

"During this Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we must recognize that there is more that unites us than divides us. It’s natural to be fearful or anxious in these uncertain times, but we cannot allow that fear to erode our unity. While there have been despicable acts of hatred, there are countless examples of communities supporting one another."

By Sen. Kamala Harris and Assemblymember Rob Bonta We are in a crisis — one that requires unifying leadership. But that’s not what we are getting from the president of the United States. The staggering death toll and human suffering haven’t changed Donald Trump’s lack of empathy and tendency...

Need books to read this summer? Check out these anticipated titles from #FilipinoAmerican authors! #quarantinereads #Fil...
05/22/2020
Fil-Am books to read during summer 2020

Need books to read this summer? Check out these anticipated titles from #FilipinoAmerican authors!

#quarantinereads #FilAmauthors Meredith Talusan Maria Quiban Chef Alvin Cailan

NOW entering two months into stay-at-home orders, individuals across the country have found ways to fill their “free time,” whether through baking, sewing masks, or completing puzzles. Another method has been diving into a good book as a means to escape the outside world. Book purchases grew 7...

Undocumented immigrants in #California can start applying for up to $1,000 per household in disaster relief. Asian Ameri...
05/21/2020
Undocumented immigrants in CA can now apply for relief

Undocumented immigrants in #California can start applying for up to $1,000 per household in disaster relief.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles

Undocumented immigrants in California this week can start applying for up to $1,000 per household in disaster relief under the state’s coronavirus emergency assistance plan. Governor Gavin Newsom last month announced the Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants, a $125-million coronavirus disaste...

“This is not the end but only a chapter that has come to a beautiful close. Thank you for riding alongside me on this jo...
05/21/2020
Fil-Am Francisco Martin finishes on ‘American Idol’ Top 5

“This is not the end but only a chapter that has come to a beautiful close. Thank you for riding alongside me on this journey. Hope you’re ready to travel with me onto the next chapter in life," #FranciscoMartin said after finishing on the top 5 of #AmericanIdol.

FILIPINO American singer Francisco Martin on Monday, May 18, ended his “American Idol” journey as part of the 18th season’s top five. Just Sam, the only girl left in the competition, was crowned the winner, while Nepali immigrant Arthur Gunn finished as the runner-up. In the last episode, each...

Under Newsom’s new guidelines, #California counties are now required to have at most 25 #COVID19 cases per 100,000 resid...
05/20/2020
Newsom eases public health criteria allowing counties to reopen within ‘weeks, not months’

Under Newsom’s new guidelines, #California counties are now required to have at most 25 #COVID19 cases per 100,000 residents, or they must possess a virus positivity rate of no higher than 8%.

The dramatic change in the governor’s COVID-19 approach signals wider reopens by the first week of June As cities and counties in California grow more anxious to reopen local economies, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a drastic relaxation of public health criteria to reopen the state in a move that co...

#FilipinaAmerican author Erin Entrada Kelly talks about her sixth novel "We Dream of Space" and plans for her Newbery Aw...
05/20/2020
Award-winning Fil-Am author Erin Entrada Kelly releases sixth novel about famous space shuttle incident, family dynamics

#FilipinaAmerican author Erin Entrada Kelly talks about her sixth novel "We Dream of Space" and plans for her Newbery Award-winning book "Hello Universe," which is slated to be a #Netflix film.

ERIN Entrada Kelly is a product of 1980s pop culture, from having names for each Cabbage Patch doll to collecting sticker books to rewatching “E.T.” countless times. But what the author — who was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana to a Filipina mother and a white father — remembers the most fro...

Flag carrier #PhilippineAirlines recently announced that it will be assisting stranded American citizens in the country ...
05/19/2020
PAL schedules 2 flights to LA, SF for stranded US citizens

Flag carrier #PhilippineAirlines recently announced that it will be assisting stranded American citizens in the country by mounting two separate flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco this week.

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines recently announced that it will be assisting stranded American citizens in the country by mounting two separate flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco this week. The “user-pay” flight leaving for LA is scheduled on May 21 with two domestic sweeper flights — o...

Parents of 4-year-old patient Aspen have experienced the benefits of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital firsthand. Wh...
05/19/2020
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital named as official charity partner for CAAMFest Online

Parents of 4-year-old patient Aspen have experienced the benefits of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital firsthand. While living in the Philippines, Aspen was following a St. Jude protocol for treating neuroblastoma, but when her doctor recommended immunotherapy, they knew it was unavailable.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) as the official charity partner for CAAMFest Online from May 13-22. The theme of this year’s first-ever virtual event is “Her...

For nearly two months, the closure of the famous #LasVegas Strip has left thousands of workers without jobs, including m...
05/18/2020
As Nevada’s economy reopens, casino workers wonder when they can get back to work

For nearly two months, the closure of the famous #LasVegas Strip has left thousands of workers without jobs, including many Filipinos who help keep hotels clean and running.

Parts of Nevada are back in business, but the fate of casinos and gaming stations remains in limbo. Governor Steve Sisolak announced the first phase of reopening the state at the end of April, however, missing was guidance on the hospitality and entertainment industries that draw over 40 million vis...

A group of high school juniors in Santa Clarita, CA started Open-Source Print and Protect to design and distribute face ...
05/18/2020
West Ranch High School juniors create, donate face shields to community’s essential workers

A group of high school juniors in Santa Clarita, CA started Open-Source Print and Protect to design and distribute face shields for essential workers using their own 3D printers.

With the extensions of shelter-in-place orders and the collective apprehension for the dangerously unforeseeable future, the coronavirus pandemic continues to ominously rage on like a slow burn of normal life. For teenagers and high school students who now must live their formative years during a ze...

The Philippines’ major airlines have all announced that their flights are canceled for the rest of May, in compliance wi...
05/17/2020
PH airlines extend flight suspensions to May 31

The Philippines’ major airlines have all announced that their flights are canceled for the rest of May, in compliance with the government’s new quarantine guidelines.

The Philippines’ major airlines have all announced that their flights are canceled for the rest of May, in compliance with the government’s new quarantine guidelines. Budget airlines AirAsia Philippines and Cebu Pacific said all domestic and international flights are canceled from May 16 until M...

#FilipinoAmerican stand-up comedian #JoKoy announced that his latest Netflix special “In His Elements” will take place i...
05/17/2020
Jo Koy to debut new Netflix special in the PH

#FilipinoAmerican stand-up comedian #JoKoy announced that his latest Netflix special “In His Elements” will take place in the Philippines.

FILIPINO American stand-up comedian Jo Koy announced that his latest Netflix special will take place in the Philippines. “I’m so excited to announce that my 3rd @netflix special ‘In His Elements’ premieres June 12. We brought Netflix to the Philippines! Let’s go!!” he revealed in a Twitt...

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)'s weekly virtual town hall was interrupted by white supremacists who displayed the Nazi sa...
05/16/2020
White supremacists hack Fil-Am community virtual town hall meeting, use Nazi salute

Pilipino Workers Center (PWC)'s weekly virtual town hall was interrupted by white supremacists who displayed the Nazi salute and remarks like “All immigrants should be deported."

Filipino Voter Empowerment Project

On Monday, May 11, the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) in Los Angeles was conducting its fourth virtual town hall meeting on the video-conferencing software Zoom — something they’ve been doing since safer-at-home measures were put in place in LA County. The meeting covered COVID-19 resources and c...

ICYMI: #Float — #Pixar's first-ever animated short featuring Filipino characters by Art of Bobby Rubio — has been nomina...
05/16/2020
‘Float,’ Pixar’s first-ever short featuring Filipino characters, earns Peabody nod

ICYMI: #Float — #Pixar's first-ever animated short featuring Filipino characters by Art of Bobby Rubio — has been nominated for a Peabody Award!

Pixar’s first-ever short film featuring Filipino characters has been nominated in this year’s Peabody Awards. Filipino American storyboard artist Bobby Alcid Rubio took to social media to share that his seven-minute short, “Float,” is one of the nominees in the award ceremony’s entertainme...

Over 130 #Filipinos in the United States have died from #COVID19 since March according to data released by the Philippin...
05/15/2020
137 Filipinos in the US die of COVID-19

Over 130 #Filipinos in the United States have died from #COVID19 since March according to data released by the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC, USA this week.

Over 130 Filipinos in the United States have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to data released by the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. this week. Philippine Ambassador to the U.S. Jose Manuel Romualdez reported that 137 Filipinos have died since the vi...

Around 45,000 overseas #Filipinos are expected to return home to the #Philippines over the next two months, in addition ...
05/15/2020
Over 71,700 overseas Filipino workers expected to be displaced by pandemic

Around 45,000 overseas #Filipinos are expected to return home to the #Philippines over the next two months, in addition to the over 20,000 who have already been repatriated since the #coronavirus outbreak began.

Around 45,000 overseas Filipinos are expected to return home to the Philippines over the next two months, following the over 20,000 who have been repatriated since the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new report. As the coronavirus continues to affect industries globally, including tourism and h...

The five-episode PBS docuseries —  called #AsianAmericans — opens up with the story of Antero Cabrera, an Igorot man who...
05/15/2020
From the 1904 World’s Fair to the Filipino farmworkers: PBS’ new docuseries ‘Asian Americans’ also includes history of Filipinos in the US

The five-episode PBS docuseries — called #AsianAmericans — opens up with the story of Antero Cabrera, an Igorot man who was taken to the St. Louis World’s Fair in Missouri in 1904 as a part of the Philippine exhibit.

#APAHM2020 #AsianAmPBS #KnowYourHistory

As Asian Pacific American Heritage Month continues on during a time of unprecedented fear and tension, a new documentary series from PBS celebrates the complex history of Asian Americans through stories of resilience in the face of persecution. The five-episode docuseries — simply called “Asian ...

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