Thank You 18 Million Rising!

MARAMING SALAMAT/MANY THANKS to 18 Million Rising for this Filipino American History Month honor!

I am so humbled:

Emily Lawsin is today’s Filipino American History Month Hero


“Emily Lawsin, professor, poet, and force of nature, is today’s Filipino American History Month Hero! To say that Emily is a powerhouse is to understate her value to Detroit, the University of Michigan, and the Filipino American community. In addition to teaching in A/PIA Studies, she is a cofounder of the Detroit Asian Youth Project and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Filipino American National Historical Society. Her writing can be found online at

For Filipino American History Month, we’re highlighting Fil-Ams who are carrying on a proud legacy of activism & organizing. Who’s your hero?”





Vincent Chin 30th Year Remembrance, Detroit

Vincent Chin:

30th Year Remembrance

Saturday, June 23, 2012

10AM-2:30PM Panels and Nationwide Townhall, Chinese Community Center, Madison Heights, MI

3PM Visit to Gravesite, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Featuring Poet Emily P. Lawsin. 

Organized by American Citizens for Justice and Association of Chinese Americans

Followed by a Tour of Asian American historical sites, lead by Detroit Asian Youth Project

Vincent Chin gravesite, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit. Photo by Emily P. Lawsin, June 23, 2010.

Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit. Photo (c) by Emily P. Lawsin, June 23, 2010.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Legacy of Vincent Chin – Commemoration and Action in Detroit’s Historic Chinatown 

2003 Detroit Chinatown Mural, 425 Peterboro St (and Cass), Detroit, Michigan. Designed by Tony Osumi, Soh Suzuki, and Scott Kurashige, with youth and community members from the Detroit Chinatown Revitalization Workgroup (Detroit Asian Youth Project) and Detroit Summer. Photo by Soh Suzuki.

3PM – 7PM BBQ, plant flowers, and help restore the mural on Peterboro Street and Cass, in Detroit

Sponsored by Detroit Asian Youth Project and Detroit Summer

Click here for the Sunday event info on Facebook.

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To learn more about Vincent Chin, see Helen Zia’s book Asian American Dreams. In  2002, Amerasia Journal 23:3 published reports from Detroit’s 20th Year Remembrance, including a piece “Detroit and the Legacy of Vincent Chin”, by Scott Kurashige.
For films, see the Academy-Award-nominated documentary, “Who Killed Vincent Chin”, by Christine Choy and Renee Tajima-Peña:

and the recent film “Vincent Who?” by Curtis Chin


For a roundup of recent articles and a list of Vincent Chin 30th Year Remembrance events nationwide, see:

Kumusta Pamilya, Kababayans, and Kaibigans!

"Mano Po" at the APIA Spoken Word Poetry Summit, Seattle, 2001. Photo by David Huang.   Welcome to ! (oh wow)

Signs I’m Getting Old:  NO that’s not me showing off any diamond ring, that’s a “yoot” greeting an elder “Mano Po”! at the 1st APIA Spoken Word Poetry Summit, Seattle 2001 – Photo by David Huang.

Every time I do a gig, someone asks me if I have a website or a blog or whatever (UM CTools/15 years of class websites don’t count), so here’s my humble attempt.  😛  

Click HERE to see my most recent, updated blogs.

Salamat to Joan May T. Cordova for my sunset banner photo. Joanie and other cool people from FANHS  have also roped me in to go on Facebook, so show some love: invite me so we can be kaibigans=friends!  Add me to your blog roll, share a post, and stay tuned!   🙂 

Mahal at Salamat / Love and Thanks,

Emily a.k.a. “Prof. Lawsin” / “Ate’ Em” / “Auntie Emily”