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Volume 84: December 28, 2018

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Another year, another 52 issues!

Somehow, 12 months have gone by again. But before you start partying (or auctioning someone ... or yourself ... off on subtle asian dating), here it is: the last Slant issue of the year.

It's a short one this week as we're all out for the holidays, but one thing's the same: how absolutely in awe the Slant staff is of all of our readers. Thanks for being here, and thanks for being you. Here's to a great 2019.

Andrew Hsieh, editor-in-chief, who's pretty ready for 2018 to go on, git

This weekend ... 📅

  • CELEBRATE ASIAN AMERICAN REPRESENTATION in media, from Killing Eve to Queer Eye to Patriot Act. The best part? With Geraldine Viswanathan, Tan France and Lana Condor, we're not just seeing East Asian American faces out there. (My personal faves from this piece? Kaliko Kauahi, Nico Santos, Nichole Bloom and Jon Miyahara on the The Office-meets-Walmart comedy Superstore. Watch!! It!!)

  • MAKE SOME ASIAN FOOD with this handy list of recipes and, well, descriptions for those who didn't know what bulalo was (guilty as charged). When it comes down to it, if we're getting personal, I don't know how to make Asian food real well. So I'm definitely going to be referring to this list over the next couple months of winter, because they sound toasty.

  • CHEER ON NATIVE HAWAIIAN RECOGNITION by celebrating a HUGE win in the fight for federal recognition of Native Hawaiians. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, who previously opposed an effort to federally recognize Native Hawaiians similarly to Native Americans, is now urging Congress to pass legislation that would recognize Native Hawaiians with a government-to-government relationship. That'd give them "at least all the same federal benefits that Native Americans have," according to the commission's report.

  • KEEP FIGHTING FOR THE MARSHALLESE. Last week, we reported on stories of Pacific Islanders from the Marshall Islands finding their footing in Oregon. But even though they're free to work and live in the U.S., Marshallese often aren't eligible for many state and federal health services. Which, considering the U.S. used the Marshall Islands for nuclear weapons testing, is a huge problem.

  • LEARN HOW VIETNAMESE AMERICANS FOUND A HOME IN SAN JOSE. Head to San Jose, California, and you'll find Little Saigon—site of the most Vietnamese residents anywhere outside of Vietnam. Learn how Vietnamese Americans immigrated to, and then thrived in, the South Bay Area in Beth Nguyen's piece for Eater, and get some history on Lee's Sandwiches, Pho Hoa and more.

This week's stories are curated by Andrew Hsieh, editor-in-chief, eternal Aquaman stan. Got a tip, or just want to share? E-mail us at

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