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Good Communities Come From Data Disaggregation

Even though we’ve come a long way, as Southeast Asian American refugee communities getting ready for our 45th year in the US, there are still many hurdles for us. Recently, the Chinese have been actively mobilizing to undermine the strides we’ve made by making national efforts to eliminate the collection of statistics and data so necessary to understand which policies have been effective in narrowing the educational achievement gap, and which have not. It should be obvious just saying it aloud: Good communities come from good data. In an era when everyone is concerned about the abuse of our social safety nets and education systems, as well as fake news, we should all be committed to gathering the most accurate information about our success and challenges. We should be more than willing to invest in the collection of data that ensures we’re seeing the real picture of how some communities succeed and others do not. Lao Minnesotans are among the many who have a direct stake in this issue. The phrase most commonly associated with …

Staff Favorites: May – What Song Gets You Going?

Nothing and no one can get under your skin as well, and as fast, as your own mother. Maybe it’s because you were inside of her for around 9 months. Maybe it’s because she watched you grow and memorized the times you were triggered. Mom is our greatest superhero and, if we’re being honest, the single greatest villain and opposition any time we wanted to just give in to our dark side. So, in honor of Mother’s Day and her status as greatest superhero villain–we asked our staff–what is your hype song, and why? Because let’s face it–your hype song and your mom both know how to get your temper and emotions going from a cool 75 degrees to heatstroke, in less than 2 seconds flat. Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy our list and–let us know yours!  –Sai Sisavatdy ~~ Donna Luangmany: I love a good hype song. Jay Z, A Tribe Called Quest, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, and DMX always get me in the right mood. But my anthem lately has been Alicia Keys’ “Girl …