Immigration reform has been in the spotlight for years and the issue continues to extend while hundreds of thousands of immigrants await their fate. Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, will be releasing a documentary called “Documented” to broadcast on national television through CNN on June 29. A long time advocate for immigration reform, Vargas came out about his undocumented status in 2011 in the New York Times Magazine. “Documented” was in the works two months before his “coming out” essay was published in the Times. Both written and directed by Vargas, “Documented” highlights his experience as an undocumented immigrant in the United States.
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Alex Dang is an aspiring poet who wowed us all with his performance of “What Kind of Asian Are You?” for the Portland Poetry Slam at the 2013 National Poetry Slam.
A strong voice full of passion and emotions, Alex delivered a powerful piece of poetry about Asian American stereotypes and the undying questions that are asked over and over to many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, questions like “What kind of Asian are you?” and my favorite, “Where are you REALLY from?”
Alex dissects the root of the question, starting out with sarcasm linking everything Asian to himself, because obviously everything Asian has to be connected in some way.