MINHAE SHIM ROTH
"While discrimination against BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities has existed in our country for centuries, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain and countless other Black people by police has increased the urgency for everyone to work together to address and dismantle racist systems. All of us can help by actively becoming anti-racist."
"In 1974, Chol Soo Lee, a Korean immigrant in his early 20s, was accused and wrongfully convicted of a gangland murder in San Francisco’s Chinatown and sentenced to life in prison. After a series of investigative articles by journalist K.W. Lee of the Sacramento Union, a grassroots Free Chol Soo Lee movement led by Asian American activists mobilized to exonerate Chol Soo Lee, who was released from death row at the San Quentin State Prison in 1983."
MULAN MOVIE REVIEW: THE LIVE-ACTION ADAPTATION WASN'T WHAT I EXPECTED—BUT I FELT SEEN
"Overall, the remake is a proud moment—while the movie didn't exactly hit all of my high expectations, seeing Asian people act out a story of an Asian woman's resistance was emotional. It felt like an affirmation for me and every nontraditional Asian American. For Mulan purists, the remake might not be what they expected—but as an Asian American rebel, I felt seen."
I'm a writer, journalist, and historian based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I write for national outlets like History, Good Housekeeping, and Glamour, along with local publications like The Oaklandside and Miami New Times. I’ve interviewed notable people like Patti Smith, Ed Asner, Michelle Buteau, and Aly Raisman.
I'm also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. As a scholar, I research and write about the history of law, architecture, and psychiatry.
"I come from two different cultures, Korean and American, and it's important to me to pass both languages onto my son. But it hasn't been easy. As a Korean American heritage speaker married to a white American, it's more comfortable for me to speak English at home and in other environments. But I have been determined to teach my son."