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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

Stocking stuffer? A fancy White lady’s “practical” book on interracial dating called, shit you not, I Got The Fever: Better Dating Through Ethnic Stereotypes. [Jezebel]

The problem with Foursquare check-ins in North Korea is that no matter how you try, Kim Jong Il is always going to be awarded mayor of everything. [Gadling]

Shoeless in Shanghai! English filmmaker Arthur Jones is going barefoot for an entire year. [NPR]

If you missed the link among last week’s comments, BusyDad‘s awesome and humbling post about his own personal experience with bullying is a must-read. [The Busy Dad Blog]

American fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg is making good on her 2010 New Year’s resolution to “get known in China.” [NYT]

Sepia Mutiny makes a strong case for the Desi origins of “the Dougie.” [Sepia Mutiny]

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Taking Time Off Might Not Be AMAZIAN…

Time for PLAYSIAN!

…but we’re doing it! We’ve got some important stuff to do over the next two weeks: Sleep/eat/sleep/play/eat/sleep/eat/awkwardly hug our families/sleep/eat/buy stuff/have fun/sleep/eat.





If you’re traveling, please be safe and patient. If you’re seeing family, please be drunk and patient. And if you’re not doing either… YOU’RE SMARTER THAN WE THOUGHT! Much respeck! We knew we loved you for a reason!

So HAPPY HOLIDAYSIANS, everyone! Thank you for another wonderful year and see y’all in 2011.

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Diana and Jen

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! South Philadelphia High School And The School District Of Philadelphia

There’s been a lot of talk this year about how America’s schools are failing its children.  That talk has focused primarily on two separate issues: 1) the quality of education and 2) bullying in schools.  In the case of South Philadelphia High School in the Philadelphia School District, however, the school and its district failed on both fronts.

The following is a timeline of events that transpired over the last year at South Philadelphia High School and in the Philadelphia School District. Most of the links direct to posts by Angry Asian Man, who was our main source–and probably many others’–on these events:

On December 3, 2009, 26 Asian students were attacked and beaten by a large group of their peers, mostly African American, throughout the school day at South Philadelphia High.  13 of the students who were attacked wound up in the hospital.  There was already a history of violence against Asian students–many of them immigrants–at the school, whose student body is, according to current stats, 64.6% African American, 22.4% Asian American, 6.3% White, 5.8% Latino, and .8% Other, yet district officials were quick to dismiss that the December 3rd attacks had been racially motivated.

After meeting with district officials following the attacks, a group of over 60 Asian students from South Philadelphia High remained unconvinced that their safety at school would be ensured and organized an eight day-long boycott.  Wei Chen, a senior at the time, made this statement for the group:

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Phew? We’re Not Stupid; We’re Misinformed

If you’re anything like us, you find yourself more and more often shaking your head in despair at the state of this nation’s population, because it’s starting to feel like everybody is just really, REALLY STUPID. Like, you can’t even relax, you can’t hope for things to start making sense, you cannot escape a deep and lingering sense of agita because, by golly, it really seems like most Americans are not playing with a full deck of cards.

A great deal of the people, at least:

What, us worry?

Then, no doubt, you are disturbed by the results of the new World Public Opinion study taken after November’s U.S. midterm elections, which were released this week and reflected an alarming state of confusion in voters on the country’s most pivotal issues. [FYI, the study included 616 self-reported voters that were chosen scientifically to represent the U.S. population, with a margin of error plus or minus 3.9%]

45% percent of voters thought that most scientists believe climate change is not occurring, despite the fact that the National Academy of Sciences has concluded that it is. 40% of voters incorrectly believed that the TARP legislation was initiated under Obama, not Dubya. 53% of voters said that most economists have concluded that Obamacare will increase the budget deficit, despite the fact that the Congressional Budget Office has concluded that law would actually reduce the deficit.

And what about the Republican voters who made such a big bang during those fateful midterms? 64% didn’t think it clear that Obama was born in the United States and 72% were convinced the economy is still getting worse (even though the Department of Commerce says otherwise, with June ’09 marking the official end to the recession). But before you lefties get smug, know that Dems aren’t off the hook: 18% weren’t sure about Continue reading Phew? We’re Not Stupid; We’re Misinformed

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DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! The Yao Ming “Made In China” Meme

Yao Ming has suffered yet another foot injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season and has some people wondering if this doesn’t signal the end of his NBA career.

So what do you do when the career of one of the NBA’s good guys is in jeopardy?  Cue the Yao Ming-Made In China jokes!

Is this meme “racist or stereotypical”?  Good question, “Joey”!

And the answer is: No! It’s racist and stereotypical!  Stay classy, Tweeps.

[NY Times: Yao Ming's Fragile Feet Could End Career]

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What Is It About WikiLeaks And Lady Parts?

Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was given an “87% slut” score on an OKCupid test four years ago. But seriously, it seems everywhere you turn these days, you hear another story about WikiLeaks–or Assange, really–and lady parts.

There’s the arrest of Assange in London for allegedly violating two women’s lady parts in Sweden (he was freed on bail today).

Then there’s the emails Gawker just published that Assange wrote in 2004 to a 19 year-old woman he made out with once, revealing not only Assange’s persistence when it comes to unearthing information but also his penchant for purple prose pressed breasts and other “soft, warm and yielding” lady things. The following is an excerpt from one missive Assange wrote after sniffing out the girl’s phone number and calling her, only to receive a cool response:

I’m not concerned with your messy reality. I don’t want to see it and I confess I could not place you in mine. But I still want to see you in isolation. I am unconcerned with the context since time and your silence has made me philosophical; but when I first wrote the heat of your breast pressed against me was still vivid in my mind.

And here’s another from an email written after she rejects him for what appears to be the final time:

A man feels that which is soft, warm and yeilding (sic) in his arms must also be in other circumstances.

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A Letter Of Gratitude From Two Dan Choi Supporters

Army National Guard Lieutenant Dan Choi, gay activist and de facto face of the movement to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” is currently being hospitalized–involuntarily committed to the psychiatric ward of the VA Medical Center in Brockton, MA following a “nervous breakdown” and “anxiety attack.”

Choi released a statement to colleague/blogger Pam Spaulding:

I did not initially want to publicize this but I now realize it is critical for our community to know several things: veterans gay or straight carry human burdens, Activists share similar burdens, no activist should be portrayed as super human, and the failures of government and national lobbying carry consequences far beyond the careers and reputations of corporate leaders, elected officials, High powered lobbyists, or political elites. They ruin lives. My breakdown was a result of a cumulative array of stressors but there is no doubt that the composite betrayals felt on Thursday, by elected leaders and gay organizations as well as many who have exploited my name for their marketing purposes have added to the result. I am certain my experience is not an isolated incident within the gay veteran community.

At the same time, those who have been closest to me know that I truly appreciate their gracious help and mentorship. I am indebted to their hospitality and leadership.

If you could share the info and sentiment I’d be most grateful.

Our support and thoughts are with Dan right now–we get it, we get you; just get well.

Naturally, we think a few thanks are in order.

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BABEWATCH: The Biggest Loser Finalist Ada Wong


Name: Ada Wong

Age: 27

Occupation: Tech Project Coordinator

Hails from: Bay Area

Why She’s A Babe: Wong is one of four contestants seeking the ultimate prize in The Biggest Loser finale tonight, and although her scores don’t have her sitting safe on top, the love of viewers may garner her a spot on the winners’ podium. But going the distance in this big competition isn’t all that makes her babealicious–nor her pretty face, which you see in the photo above.

Wong is by far one of the most fascinating, enduring, and–by all TV evidence–legit women ever to face an NBC reality gauntlet. Amidst her quest for lasting and meaningful weight loss, viewers have been treated to a strong work ethic, gentle heart, and something else we aren’t quite used to: honesty.  Few people would be willing to access their most vulnerable spots–a lifelong weight struggle, the tragic childhood death of a brother, the burden of her parents’ blame for the loss, her father’s emotional deafness–in front of an often-cruel, millions-large American audience. But she did, and those of us Continue reading BABEWATCH: The Biggest Loser Finalist Ada Wong

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The Japanese Have A Special Word For Mom

As with every culture, the Japanese have words that are difficult to translate into other languages. Most well-known among them are honne, one’s “true feelings and desires,” and tatemae, “the behavior and opinions one displays in public.” There’s also a Japanese word, yoko meshi, for the “stress induced by speaking a foreign language.”

Then there’s this one from the 20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World list:

But, see, here’s where I’m confused. Because I always thought the word for that person was just… “Mom”?

What you can't see in this picture is the invisible gun Mom's holding to her child's head.

[Matador Abroad: 20 Awesomely Untranslatable Words from Around the World]
[NPR: Translating the Untranslatable]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Liu Xiaobo’s Empty Chair

Nobel Peace laureate and Chinese national Liu Xiaobo, who is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion of state power,” was not present at the December 10 ceremony honoring his prize. Nor was his wife, who has been under house arrest since the Nobel announcement and is apparently now missing.

Instead, an empty chair sat on the Oslo stage between the Nobel Committee members, marking the first time a recipient was not physically present to accept the award. And as panel chief Thorbjoern Jagland placed the Nobel diploma on the chair, it was clear Liu’s presence was felt by the 1,000-person audience, who delivered a standing ovation.

The honoree’s final public statement, issued days before his imprisonment and read aloud at the Nobel ceremony by actress Liv Ullmann, included a message (translated here) for his beloved:

If I may be permitted to say so, the most fortunate experience of these past twenty years has been the selfless love I have received from my wife, Liu Xia. She could not be present as an observer in court today, but I still want to say to you, my dear, that I firmly believe your love for me will remain the same as it has always been. Throughout all these years that I have lived without freedom, our love was full of bitterness imposed by outside circumstances, but as I savor its aftertaste, it remains boundless. I am serving my sentence in a tangible prison, while you wait in the intangible prison of the heart. Your love is the sunlight that leaps over high walls and penetrates the iron bars of my prison window, stroking every inch of my skin, warming every cell of my body, allowing me to always keep peace, openness, and brightness in my heart, and filling every minute of my time in prison with meaning. My love for you, on the other hand, is so full of remorse and regret that it Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Liu Xiaobo’s Empty Chair

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian




Northwestern University student Lawrence Dai either loves French food or painfully bad movies–he’s watching Julie & Julia every day for a year, and (Surprise!) blogging about it. [The Lawrence/Julie & Julia Project]

According to his OKCupid profile, Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has “Asian teengirl stalkers.” Can we just say: definitely, definitely NOT IT. [Gawker]

In related news, someone on Quora wants to know: “Why do some Asian girls like white guys?” [8 Asians]

Chinese architect Dai Fei created this very “Mork” egg home intended to be an inexpensive alternative to Beijing’s high cost of housing. Nanu nanu! [China Daily]

One step forward… Doctors Nat and Kat are the first all-woman team to win The Amazing Race. [AP]

Two steps back… Hooters opens their first restaurant in Tokyo. [Slate]

Euna Lee recently spoke to the Academy of Art about her captivity in North Korea with fellow journalist Laura Ling. Lee’s new book about her experience, The World is Bigger Now: An American Journalist’s Release from Captivity in North Korea, is out now. [AcademyArt.edu] Thanks, Henson!

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The Devolution Of The Racist

What’s the deal with racists and bad spelling and grammar?  Do they not teach that shit at the University of Racism Learning Annex?

From Abbotsford, Wisconsin, where a man by the name of Mark Prior has decided to open a janky-ass STD den private gentleman’s club where there will be “No Negro’s Allowed [Double Exclamation Point-Into-Smiley Face]“:

And then there’s Chuck Biddinger of East Lake, Alabama, who likes to use his electronic repair store sign to tell jokes(?) like this one: “BBQ PORK RESTURANT IS SAFEST. NO MUSLIMS INSIDE”:

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