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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Oakland Mayor Jean Quan And The Police Response To #OccupyOakland

I don’t know how local politics in Oakland work, but I do know after this week that politics in Oakland ain’t working. On Tuesday before dawn, the police raided the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa plaza, using tear gas and bean bag-rounds to clear out protesters. Later that night, Marine and two-time Iraq War vet Scott Olsen was critically injured during a protest march when a police projectile–most likely a tear gas-canister–hit his head and fractured his skull. Olsen remains in the hospital ICU in “fair” condition.

During the first incident, Mayor Jean Quan, who’s been in office less than a year, was on a plane to D.C. She later said she hadn’t been involved in the planning of the sweep and didn’t “know everything” that had happened. Quan maintains City Manager Deanna Santana and interim Police Chief Howard Jordan were responsible for the sweep and that she didn’t even know when the eviction would take place.

As for the second incident, which was reportedly much more confrontational than Tuesday’s early-morning sweep, the Oakland police, like Quan, have also denied responsibility for their actions. According to the Washington Post, police have denied using rubber bullets and flash-bangs on Tuesday night’s protesters, even though “many” photos and videos have emerged to the contrary. One Occupy Oakland protester who came to Scott Olsen’s aid after his skull was fractured by that police projectile told the SF Chronicle that after Olsen fell, the police threw another tear-gas canister at them and refused to help Olsen, who by then was bleeding from the head.

So if Mayor Quan and the Oakland police aren’t responsible for suppressing the Occupy Oakland protests, then who is exactly? Who is ultimately accountable to the people of Oakland?

The silver lining to all of this: Occupy Oakland has become an “international symbol of resistance,” gaining the support its own city officials have failed to provide from people around the world.

[photos via WaPo and Boing Boing]

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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities

PAGE TURNER: The Third Annual Asian American Literature Festival, is happening Saturday, October 29 in Brooklyn. No time to rub elbows with authors like Jessica Hagedorn and Junot Diaz, but still want to show your support? Pledge to their Kickstarter fund instead! [pageturner.org]

Awesome Asian good guys alert! Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco are the Fil-Am filmmakers behind our new favorite YouTube channel, the National Film Society. Check out their video, “Awesome Asian Bad Guys.” [National Film Society]

Asian Crew Inc. has one simple mission in selling t-shirts with anti-stereotyping messages: to “fight stereotypes, one obnoxious statement at a time.” [Asian Crew Inc.]

KOLLABORATION 11 is going down on Saturday, November 5 at the Nokia Theatre in LA. Tickets for the show (and the after-party, hey!) are available here. [kollaboration.org]

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No Racial Drag This Halloween, Please (Okay, Maybe Just A Little)

Students Teaching About Racism in Society, a student organization at Ohio University, has just produced the awesomest photo campaign against dressing in racial drag on Halloween.

The thing is, it’s actually kinda okay with us, so long as, in return, we can punch you in the geisha-face for looking like an asshole.

[via Angry Asian Man]

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We Are The 99%: Chinese American Youth Edition

The Chinese Progressive Association organizes low income and working class Chinese immigrants in San Francisco. Some of their youth members have come together to tell their stories in solidarity with the Occupy movement, and I keep seeing their photos shared on Facebook. Their stories are heartbreaking, enraging, depressing, and, at the same time, inspiring. These kids should be wallowing in despair but instead they’re still fighting for a better future for themselves and their families.

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Look Ma, DISGRASIAN’s On Nightline!

I did an interview a while back with Nightline about the rise of Asian models in the fashion industry, and it aired last Friday. I was the “cynical” voice in the story (naturally). Watch it here:

One of the best things about doing this interview was getting my parents’ reactions to it. They’ve been watching Nightline for about 30 years, and it’s a name-brand they feel they can trust (along the lines of “Harvard” and “Mercedes-Benz”). Here’s an excerpt from the email I received from my dad after:

“OMG,” my Hardass Asian Dad approves!

[ABC News: New Face of Fashion: Asian Models]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

Wonder what Yoko thinks of Herman Cain‘s pizza version of “Imagine.” Yup, you heard us. A pizza version of “Imagine.” [Daily Intel]

Gautam Raghavan is the new LGBT liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement. [Metroweekly.com]

The Society of Professional Journalists urge newsrooms to stop using the terms “illegal alien” and “illegal immigrant”.[mije.org]

Amit Gupta of Photojojo has acute leukemia. Everybody, especially South Asians, please get tested to see if you’re a bone marrow match! [Laughing Squid]

Actor Harry Shum, Jr. wrote a tender blog tribute about the time he met Steve Jobs after the Apple pioneer passed away last week. [shumbodynamedharry.tumblr.com]

Meanwhile, Sanrio came up with a Steve Jobs version of Hello Kitty. What? [Crunchyroll]

Super cool or super crazy? This dude in the Philippines totally got a bunch of plastic surgery so he’d look like Superman. [The Well Versed]

“She ran up the wall and made it look easy.” Internet, meet your new wall-climbing champion. [The Daily Mail]

Our friend Karen Tongson wrote a book! It’s called Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (Sexual Cultures) and you can buy it on Amazon. [NYU Press]

William and Kate who?! JIGME + JETSUN 4-EVA! Congratulations to King Jigme of the Kingdom of Bhutan and his lovely bride. [Life]

Urban Outfitters selling “Navajo panties” is not only tasteless and offensive, it may also be illegal. [Racialicious]

Oh my! Star Trek alum and one of our favorite gaysians George Takei is going to be a contestant on the next season of Celebrity Apprentice. [The Advocate]

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CAPTION THIS: A Man, His Monocle, A Glass of Rosé, And One Business Casual Corgi

Source

Thanks, Davilas!

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Martha, My Dear, Long-Lost HAM

Jen has, for a long while now, been mildly disturbed by my fascination with Martha Stewart. Admittedly, it’s a bit extensive: I’ve got multi-year subscriptions to her Living and Everyday Food magazines, quietly read The Daily Wag (her french bulldogs’ blog) daily, and once tried to steal my friend Michael’s ex-girlfriend’s dog (named… drum roll… Martha Stewart). Oh, and then there’s the  recent foray into Ball canning jars and seasonal pickling, the frowny face I make when looking at sad flowers in an unbalanced vase, my fondness and collection of coasters. God, I love coasters. I love Martha, man. She scares me and I love it (Funnily enough, the same can also be said of my eternal ladycrush, Jen).

Naturally, when excerpts from Whateverland: Learning to Live Herea humorous memoir co-written by Martha’s daughter Alexis–began making waves all over the webz yesterday, I had to take a look. The selection of Alexis’s comments about mama Martha were referred to as “embarrassing” and “scathing” by assorted media outlets. But perhaps you, like me, found them bizarrely comforting and familiar. Like me, you may have wondered what all the fuss was about. Like me, you may have thought, “DEAR GOD. NO WONDER I LOVE THIS BEAST! MARTHA STEWART IS TOTALLY A HARDASS ASIAN MAMA!”

Alexis and Martha Stewart, getting cozy

The stiff bob. The forced smile. Sure, she drinks gin with every meal and okay, she doesn’t wrap up leftovers in a used plastic grocery bag, but I’m telling you. She’s just like Mom! Here’s proof, based on Alexis’s pull quotes:

‘Martha does everything better! You can’t win!’

I mean, ’nuff said. Should I even continue? Should I EVEN CONTINUE?

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Become “Friend-Zoned Phil”

DISGRASIAN NATION, do you know this man?

I ask because he’s become the poster-boy–unwittingly, I suspect–for dudes who think “being just friends” with girls will somehow help them get into those girls’ vaginas (which it does not 99% of the time).

Meet “Friend-Zoned Phil”:

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

DISCRIMINASIAN alert! A karaoke bar in LA’s Koreatown is looking for hostesses, and only “FRAGILE” lady candidates need apply. How do you say “This is some tall bullshit!” in Korean? [Jezebel]

Occupy Wall Street: now with more zombies! [AJC]

You down with OFC? A restaurant called “Obama Fried Chicken” has been spotted in Beijing. [Shanghaiist]

The next designer to collaborate with Target is Jason Wu (hurray!). The collection of clothing and accessories will be available next February, leaving plenty of time for Target to figure out how to avoid the shit show that happened with their Missoni collection. [New York Magazine]

Margaret Cho writes candidly (and humorously, of course) about her queer identity. [HuffPo]

Mindy Kaling’s awesome blog is back! [The Concerns Of Mindy Kaling]

Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney were able to “Come Together” (requisite Beatles reference!) for a friendly photo at the premiere of George Harrison: Living in the Material World. [HuffPo]

What’s the bigger scandal concerning Kim Jong-Il’s grandson’s Facebook profile? That there’s a photo with him with a cute girl who may or may not be his girlfriend, or that he’s apparently a fan of democracy? [Gawker]

Rachel Lee, leader of the “bling ring” that stole jewelry and luxury goods from Hollywood celebrities like Brian Austin Green, Paris Hilton, and Audrina Partridge, pleads “no contest.” [LAT]

[Photo via NYDN]

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