DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities

What to do when you’re not studying, calculating your taxes on an abacus, or practicing piano:




Hyphen Magazine is now accepting entries for the fourth annual Asian American Short Story Contest. Judges Yiyun Li and Porochista Khakpour will select ten finalists, and the first prize winner will get $1,000. Submissions are due May 16, 2011. [Hyphen - thanks, Cat!]

Pacific Citizen News Magazine just announced the the winners of their “Extraordinary APA of the Year” Award. The honorees will be featured in the May 6 issue and include such leaders as Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, actress Tamlyn Tomita, and California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. [Pacific Citizen News]

Yoshiki of legendary heavy metal band X Japan will be auctioning off his favorite crystal piano to raise money for Japanese earthquake/tsunami victims. [Yoshiki Foundation America]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Democratic Congressional Candidate Colleen Hanabusa


Name: Colleen Hanabusa

Hails from: Wai’anae, Hawaii

Occupation: Labor lawyer, Hawaiian State Senator, and Democratic nominee for Hawaii’s 1st congressional district

Known for: Becoming Hawaii’s first woman President of the Senate in 2006, thereby becoming the first Asian American woman to preside over a state legislative chamber in the U.S.; getting endorsed by U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka, former President Bill Clinton, and President Barack Obama; running a close race against Republican incumbent Charles Djou, who won the seat in a May special election, in part because the liberal vote was split among Hanabusa and several other candidates.

Karl Rove has spent more than $16 million on ads trying to defeat Democrats like Hanabusa and install candidates in Congress like her opponent Djou, who favors extending Bush’s tax cuts even to the most wealthy Americans and limiting government spending even at the expense of job creation. The irony, of course, is that Rove is one of the main architects of our current deficit that the GOP has been so keen on blaming on Obama and Democrats. The last thing Hawaii–which had the ninth-highest foreclosure rate in the 3rd quarter–needs is to put someone in office supported by Rove.

The GOP also wants this seat so badly because it’s in Obama’s home state and district, and a win would be “hugely symbolic”–so it’s time to show your mahalo spirit, Hawaii, and not let that happen!

[Colleen Hanabusa for Congress]

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Thanks, Cate!

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRASIAN! Bill O’Reilly

Oh gosh!!! Happy happy happy 61st birthday, Bill O’Reilly!!!




Just kidding, you old fuck. You’re awful. Awful. AWFUL.

Instead, we’d like to celebrate the birth of another older gent, who’s only offended us once or twice: Senator Daniel Inouye, happy 86th birthday (two days ago)! May you you remain cuddly and tan. Let’s talk politics next week.




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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Sen. Dan Inouye


Sen. Dan Inouye of Hawaii, a WWII veteran and now the third-longest-serving senator in American history, may have voted in roll call for Al Franken’s amendment to a larger Defense appropriations bill, which would end federal funding for defense contractors who abuse mandatory arbitration clauses to deny victims of assault (including sexual assault, like rape) the right to bring their case to court. But that amendment is now in danger at Inouye’s hands.

From HuffPo:

Inouye’s office, sources say, has been lobbied by defense contractors adamant that the language of the Franken amendment would leave them overly exposed to lawsuits and at constant risk of having contracts dry up. The Senate is considering taking out a provision known as the Title VII claim, which (if removed) would allow victims of assault or rape to bring suit against the individual perpetrator but not the contractor who employed him or her.

Well, we can’t let those contracts dry up, can we? That would be bad, wouldn’t it?

OH WAIT, prioritizing a bunch of fucking contracts over the rights of sexual assault victims would be more than bad. It would be a total fucking EPIC FAIL.

Time to tell that to Grandpa. Email or Call Inouye’s office now and tell him you don’t want victims forced into secret arbitration after they’ve suffered through the worst of violations, just because groups like KBR are making a big stink about being “exposed.”

Inouye’s office contact information is as follows:

Washington D.C.
722 Hart Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-1102
Phone: 202-224-3934
Fax: 202-224-6747

Honolulu
300 Ala Moana Boulevard
Room 7-212
Honolulu, Hawaii 96850-4975
Phone: 808-541-2542
Fax: 808-541-2549

Hilo
101 Aupuni Street, #205
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: 808-935-0844
Fax: 808-961-5163

[HuffPo: Franken's Anti-Rape Amendment May Be Stripped By Senior Dem, Sources Say]

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