Colorlines

Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen
Columnist, Global Justice
New York, NY

Michelle Chen is Colorlines' Global Justice columnist. She is a regular contributor on labor issues at In These Times, as well as a member of the magazine's Board of Editors. Michelle's reporting has appeared in Ms. Magazine, AirAmerica, Alternet, Newsday, the Progressive Media Project, and her old zine, cain. Prior to joining Colorlines, she wrote for the independent news collective The NewStandard. A native New Yorker, she has also conducted ethnographic research as a Fulbright fellow in Shanghai and checked coats at a West Village jazz club. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the City University of New York and co-producing the community radio program Asia Pacific Forum on Pacifica's WBAI.

Follow Michelle at @meeshellchen.

The Cancun Climate Pact Is Not a Victory for Climate Justice

The Cancun Climate Pact Is Not a Victory for Climate Justice

by Michelle Chen on December 13 2010, 11:36AM

Global Justice columnist Michelle Chen says the Mexico deal only looks like progress because expectations are so low.

Topics: Global Justice

Pakistan's Flood Victims Drown in Stereotypes of Terrorism and Graft

Pakistan’s Flood Victims Drown in Stereotypes of Terrorism and Graft

by Michelle Chen on December 10 2010, 9:29AM

Military aid far outpaces the humanitarian help the West has sent.

Topics: Global Justice

There Are Many More Political Prisoners Than You Think

There Are Many More Political Prisoners Than You Think

by Michelle Chen on December 2 2010, 9:40AM

It doesn’t stop with high-profile people like Aung San Suu Kyi. Governments lock people up for their beliefs by the thousands.

Topics: Global Justice

White House Says Child Soldiers Are Ok, if They Fight Terrorists

White House Says Child Soldiers Are Ok, if They Fight Terrorists

by Michelle Chen on November 15 2010, 9:52AM

By giving a pass to four countries using kids in war, the U.S. undermines a global moral guidepost.

Topics: Global Justice

Our Iraq War Helped Displace Millions--Who We Now Shut Out

Our Iraq War Helped Displace Millions—Who We Now Shut Out

by Michelle Chen on November 5 2010, 2:37PM

Obama’s new annual cap on refugees may be better than the recent past, but it’s still shameful.

Topics: Global Justice

American and European Right Unite in Anti-Muslim Scapegoating

American and European Right Unite in Anti-Muslim Scapegoating

by Michelle Chen on November 1 2010, 3:28PM

The troubling themes of the midterm elections echo around the Western world.

Topics: Global Justice

U.S. May Back Indigenous Rights, But Not Accountability for Them

U.S. May Back Indigenous Rights, But Not Accountability for Them

by Michelle Chen on October 27 2010, 12:20PM

The administration has given itself plenty of wiggle room on the global stage.

Topics: Global Justice

Climate Talks Tank, Global South Sinks Further

Climate Talks Tank, Global South Sinks Further

by Michelle Chen on October 15 2010, 10:25AM

Poor countries are stuck between the bickering of China and the West.

Topics: Global Justice

The Total Failure of Global Aid in Haiti

The Total Failure of Global Aid in Haiti

by Michelle Chen on October 13 2010, 10:15AM

So what about supporting some home-grown solutions?

Topics: Global Justice, Haiti

American Science's Racist History Still Haunts the World

American Science’s Racist History Still Haunts the World

by Michelle Chen on October 6 2010, 10:26AM

Yet another example of American science’s horrific history found in Guatemala.

Topics: Global Justice

How the Global

How the Global “Gray Wave” Crashes Through Closed Borders

by Michelle Chen on September 29 2010, 9:30AM

Global Justice columnist Michelle Chen says it’ll drown us all if we don’t realize how closely linked we are.

Topics: Global Justice

One Step Forward, Two Steps Apart on UN's Development Goals

One Step Forward, Two Steps Apart on UN’s Development Goals

by Michelle Chen on September 22 2010, 9:27AM

World leaders gather this week to face global poverty. They can start by facing global inequity.

Topics: Global Justice

Recession Pushes Health Care System from Bad to Worse

Recession Pushes Health Care System from Bad to Worse

by Michelle Chen on September 17 2010, 3:14PM

Maybe with another few hundred thousand newly uninsured people next year, Washington will finally figure out that ignoring the pain won’t make it go away.

Topics: Health, On Gender

Raising Taxes on Poor Moms while Giving the Rich a Break

Raising Taxes on Poor Moms while Giving the Rich a Break

by Michelle Chen on September 17 2010, 10:00AM

While much of the media has focused on the debate over extending Bush-era tax cuts for the rich, some other tax relief for the less-than-wealthy hardly gets a second glance.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

How to Keep Immigrant Moms and Babies from Going Hungry

How to Keep Immigrant Moms and Babies from Going Hungry

by Michelle Chen on September 17 2010, 10:00AM

A bright idea: government programs that reach out to immigrant parents, rather than alienating them, can keep kids from going hungry.

Topics: Immigration, On Gender

Poll Shows Americans Accepting LGBT Families

Poll Shows Americans Accepting LGBT Families

by Michelle Chen on September 16 2010, 9:30AM

Evolving public opinion reveals that more Americans count unmarried and LGBT couples in their definition of family.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, On Gender

In France and America, Bigotry Knows No Borders

In France and America, Bigotry Knows No Borders

by Michelle Chen on September 15 2010, 10:00AM

The French may not think much of Americans, but both countries’ governments share a singular antipathy for “outsiders.”

Topics: Global Affairs

Asian Long-Term Unemployment Ticks Up in California

Asian Long-Term Unemployment Ticks Up in California

by Michelle Chen on September 15 2010, 9:30AM

In California, Asian Americans may suffer relatively low rates of unemployment, but a surprising number of them tend to stay stuck in that hole for a long time.

Topics: Economy, On Gender

Coal Pollution Will Kill 13K in 2010, Clustered in Cities, Says Study

Coal Pollution Will Kill 13K in 2010, Clustered in Cities, Says Study

by Michelle Chen on September 14 2010, 11:35AM

The good news is that this injustice can be at least partially remedied through human action.

Topics: Environment

Middle Schools Are Disciplining Kids by Throwing Them Away

Middle Schools Are Disciplining Kids by Throwing Them Away

by Michelle Chen on September 14 2010, 10:35AM

School suspension rates are climbing, particularly among black girls.

Topics: On Gender, Schools & Youth