Thank you! Thank you so much! I really appreciate all of you who’ve read my columns and engaged with me on the #RaisingAsianAmericanDaughters blog the last three years.
A college prof of mine once remarked to our education methods class, “Without them, there is no you.” She was speaking of the centrality of students in the teaching process, but the saying applies here:
Without you, dear readers, there is no blog. If there’s no blog, I wouldn’t have as many opportunities to write and speak on the parenting and social justice issues so many of us care deeply about. This blog, then, has become a calling card. Occasionally, I’ll even be introduced as “blogger Eugene Hung, whose blog is Raising Asian American Daughters.”
So thank you for helping me to gain chances away from this blog site, whether on other blogs, social media, or public forums, to talk about things often overlooked in the Asian community. These are parenting things like emotional health, the effect of popular media on girls’ body image, or sexual abuse prevention. They’re also social justice things, stuff that really needs to change so that my daughters and all girls inherit a better world. These are issues like violence against women and girls, gun violence in America, and ways to support Asian and Native Americans in the face of historical and current injustice.
One such opportunity arose last month, when Southern California public radio KPCC (89.3 FM) invited me to join their morning program Take Two for a conversation about diversity, race, schools, and parenting. My wife and I listen to KPCC quite often, and I’m blessed to know a number of its superb journalists, photographers, producers, editors, and other staff. They’ve come to think of me as the dad blogger, and that led to this occasion.
I’d like to share that on-air discussion with you.(The web page also includes a partial transcript of the conversation.) You’ll hear Take Two co-host Alex Cohen, Take Part Media’s culture and education editor Liz Dwyer, and me. It’s only a portion of the entire convo we had; some sections were cut because of time. But I hope it spurs your thinking as to how elected officials, administrators, teachers, and parents can partner to improve school experiences for kids from every racial background. What do you think? Post a comment below or tweet me at @eughung.
And once again, I thank you!
Eugene Hung is a feminist dad raising Asian American daughters in Southern California. He’s also an advocate for social justice, especially for women, girls, and Native peoples.