New Narratives podcast by Asian American Organizing Project

Episode 01: It’s a fiction (click on Episode 1 or the above image to listen)

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was invited to participate in a variety of webinars and podcasts related to racism/xenophobia, identity, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Just got informed that this local one is now available online to the public. Below is a description of the podcast. Check it out!

Welcome to New Narratives, a podcast by Asian American Organizing Project that highlights the voices of Minnesotan Asian American/Pacific Islanders. This episode focuses on Asian American/Pacific Islander identity development, where the term “Asian American” came from, and what it means to be AAPI. We also discuss the Model Minority myth, where it came from, and what implications the myth has for the community. Guests include: Professor Rich Lee and Professor Vichet Chhuon from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Joan Dao with the Vietnamese Solidarity and Action Network, and Sierra Takushi, Colorado College ’21.

Host: Anya Steinberg, Storyteller Intern

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But really, how are you?

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by CoryAnn Kleinhaus who is a nurse anesthetist working on the front lines with Covid-19 patients in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a way to make sense out of this terrible time, she decided to create an emotional well-being podcast. In the podcast, CoryAnn interviews psychologists and researchers in the emotional well-being field. The focus is on providing information to help front line workers or anyone who needs help with their emotions and their relationships.

I will be featured this upcoming Sunday, Sept 13th, 2020. You can listen to my interview and others at the link below.

Planting Seeds in Diversity Science in Psychology

When I look back on the trajectory of my academic research career, I now see a pattern. While my work broadly covers the psychological experiences surrounding culture, ethnicity, race, and migration, it can be perceived as non-linear, scattered, or even unfocused. I don’t have a narrow program of research that is often favored in academia. My work instead forays into so many topics and populations.

I have come to realize I’m a sower of seeds. I see a land that is barren. A field filled with gaps. So rather than homestead on a single plot of land, I am trying to plant seeds a over for future generations of scholars to expand upon and harvest.

Diversity science is not a mature field except in a few areas for a few specific populations in particular contexts. There is a lot questions to still answer and opportunities to explore. I cannot help but see these gaps, ask new questions, and try to create new areas to explore.

Being a sower of seeds is not a bad thing. We all cannot be agriculture corporations. In fact, I don’t want to ever be that. I have a hard enough time imagining myself as a one crop farmer. Instead, I’m just trying to diversify what is grown. And anyway, I hear it’s good for the earth to diversify crops when farming.

CLA Alumni Town Hall

I had the chance last week to present our COVID-19 Wellness Survey to CLA Alumni who attended the virtual town hall meeting hosted by CLA Dean John Coleman. My bit starts at around 37:35 on YouTube. It’s about an 8 minute clip.  I need to do a better job of looking at the camera and not my notes!

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Never say goodbye

When my grad students go off on internships and jobs, it’s just the start of their professional lives and I remind them that we hopefully will see each other throughout our careers now as colleagues. Sent off Adam and Christine this weekend. Adam will be a visiting professor at Wesleyan University and Christine is now on her predoc internship close by at the Mpls VA.

Hidden Among the Hidden!

Congratulations to 6th year grad student Christine Wu and collaborators, including Sam Lee who is an undergrad from the familee lab, on this great qualitative study on adopted Korean American adults and their multiracial parenting experiences. Added bonus – another joint publication with my partner, Heewon Lee!

Measuring ethnic identity as a three factor construct

In 2004, I along with my grad student at the time (Hyung Chol ‘Brandon’ Yoo) published a brief report demonstrating the popular Multigroup Ethnic Identity Measure (MEIM) taps into three factors, not two as previously found. In 2014, I worked with a team of researchers (Yap et al) to examine the measurement invariance of the MEIM and insisted they compare the three factor with the more commonly used two factor. Again, there was stronger support for the three factor but the other researchers felt the bifactor model was more “true” (parsimonious was their wording) to the original model. I went along but didn’t fully agree. Now there is a new psychometric study that again independently supports the three factor model of the MEIM. Ironically, this three factor model maps on the best to the original modeling used to develop the scale but eventually discarded by Phinney and colleagues.

Maybe now folks will start to use the three factor scoring method when developing research questions and running analyses!

Covid-19 Wellness Study

We got a nice write up today in the Minnesota Daily describing our COVID19 wellness study. We are finishing up data cleaning and merging the three waves of data and then will run the quantitative analyses, followed by the a qualitative analyses. Great job to my grad student, Vanessa Anyanso, for running the study logistics and making it happen. Stay tuned!

Congratulations to Dr Adam Kim

Congratulations to Adam who successfully defended his dissertation this morning. his dissertation topic was titled “People of Color are people of action: Asian American participation in own group and African American oriented collective action.” Adam will begin the next phase of his career as a visiting assistant professor in social psychology at Weslyan University.

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