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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian: Hurricane Sandy Edition

November 3rd, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

CAAAV has been working tirelessly to help Chinatown residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you are in New York, they could sure use donations of food, water, batteries, flashlights, and blankets. If you’re not in New York but would like to help, consider an online donation. [CAAAV.org, @caaav]

BuzzFeed outed twitter user @ComfortablySmug, who tweeted false and scary information about conditions in New York City during Hurricane Sandy, as Shashank Tripathi, a former banker and current campaign manager for Republican congressional candidate from New York Christopher R. Wright. [BuzzFeed]

If you’re in New York City and without power or water due to the hurricane, stop by any New York Sports Club location. They are open and free to anyone who needs to take a shower, charge their cell phone, or just get in some stress-busting exercise. [well+good]

Open City discusses the impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York City’s Asian immigrants. [Open City]

A picture of New Jersey governor Chris Christie and President Barack Obama comforting a woman devastated by the aftermath of  of Hurricane Sandy has gone viral on Twitter after journalist Jeff Yang captioned it with “If enough people see it, this is the photo that singlehandedly re-elects @BarackObama.” [Twitter]

Anti-China sentiment has been so pervasive in this election cycle that the Ohio Republican Party used images of Chinese food containers and chopsticks in their mailers. [Huffington Post]

The New York Times takes a look at affirmative action and its impact on Asian Americans… [New York Times]

… and the importance of admissions tests to elite New York City high schools for Asian immigrant students. [New York Times]

I was down with the wenqing, or Chinese hipsters, before they were cool. [The Atlantic]

Honda made a car FOR THE LADIES, y’all! It’s called the “SHE’S”, it’s pink (obvs), and it’s the official car of DISGRASIAN™ interns. [BuzzFeed]

A man won $120,000 in damages when he successfully sued his wife for giving birth to what he considered an ugly baby. It seems that before they were wed, the mother had undergone extensive cosmetic surgery to change her facial appearance. [Irish Examiner]

In honor of LGBT History Month, which just ended, The Huffington Post put together a slideshow of their most influential Asian LGBT icons. [The Huffington Post]

Taipei’s tenth annual gay pride event was colorful and awesome and looked like a lot of fun. [The Huffington Post]

If you speak Korean, there is a Korean-speaking elephant who’d like to talk to you. [New Scientist]

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day!

  • Depending on what state you call home, you may still be able to vote early! [National Association of State Secretaries]
  • President Barack Obama has a page dedicated to AAPI voters and issues [BarackObama.com]
  • So does Mitt Romney [MittRomney.com]
  • 18 Million Rising wants to see more Asian Americans voting [18MR]
  • If you’re voting in New Hampshire, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) made a video to help with any questions you may have [BarackObama.com]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian: Binders Full Of Links!

October 17th, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

Jeremy Lin is bringing Linsanity to Houston (much to Jen’s delight), and to the cover of GQ magazine’s November issue. [GQ]

George Takei wrote in memory of Matthew Shepard for National Coming Out Day, which was October 11. [That Blog Is So Takei!]

Democratic candidate for Congress Tammy Duckworth and Republican congressman and Tea Party favorite Joe Walsh squared off in what became a heated debate on October 9. Duckworth is the challenger in the race to represent Illinois’ eighth congressional district. [Chicago Tribune]

As long as we’re talking about politics, you’ve already registered to vote, right? If you haven’t, please accept my official stamp of DISGRASIAN DISAPPROVAL and then go register already. [18 Million Rising]

Our friends at YOMYOMF are excited about Soineya, a Tokyo “cuddle café” where customers pay money to nap and cuddle with cute girls. [YOMYOMF]

New York taxi driver Mansoor Khalid is the sweetest man in town. Inspired by memory of his 2-year-old son, who died in April from heart disease, he keeps sweet treats to give to passengers of his “NYC Candy Cab.” [New York Daily News]

Our pal Molly Lambert is serious about her admiration for comedic actress Olivia Munn. [Grantland]

This is no laughing matter, though: some women in Hong Kong have died after having a beauty procedure that’s actually meant to treat cancer patients. [Jezebel]

Thank Apple and their new Maps app for showing us all where where Taiwan’s secret military installations are. [Shanghaiist]

British Sign Language signers will no longer use slanted eyes to indicate a Chinese person, nor point to their foreheads for a person from India. [Daily Mail]

So there’s this vest that will hug you whenever someone likes a photograph, video, or status update on your Facebook wall, and I want one, so somebody get me this for Christmas or my birthday, okay? [Melissakitchow.com]

Is it just me, or is this billboard advertising jewelry in India with, you know, an actual live lady trapped in a huge necklace, kinda creepy? [BuzzFeed]

Episode one of Eddie Huang’s video series for Vice, “Fresh Off the Boat,” is up, and it looks delicious and awesome. [YouTube]

While Jenny An won’t date Asian dudes, and Clarissa Wei thinks Asian boyfriends (or just hers) are superior (an issue Jen wrote about here), Mic Nguyen refuses to date himself. [Hyphen]

Ashley Quach illustrated a beautiful tribute to her old college pal, Grace Lee, who is on life support after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Until very recently, Lee wanted to be taken off life support in opposition to her parents’ wishes. [Sassquach]

“I doubt someone like Fisher would understand how her background made it easier for her to be a competitive college candidate in the first place.” An Ebony magazine op-ed considers affirmative action, discrimination, and Abigail Fisher, whose case against the University of Texas at Austin is currently being heard by the Supreme Court. [Ebony]

14 year old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is in stable condition after being shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week. She was targeted for being a vocal supporter of education for girls in her country. [India Today]

While President Obama was the victor in the second presidential debate with GOP candidate Mitt Romney, Romney’s comment about requesting “binders full of women” is a viral hit on the internet. BuzzFeed rounded up their 23 best Twitter jokes. [BuzzFeed]

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The University Of Texas At Austin Has Race Problems, But Affirmative Action Ain’t One

October 11th, 2012 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

Two big stories involving the University of Texas at Austin emerged in the past week, and both of them center around race. The first is about a series of incidents that happened between June and September, in which black and Asian students at UT were “bleach-bombed,” i.e. hit with bleach-filled balloons, near campus. The attacks sparked a protest march last Tuesday, and both the campus and Austin police are currently investigating. The second is about a case that was brought before the Supreme Court Wednesday by Abigail Fisher, a 22 year-old recent graduate of LSU, who’s suing UT because she believes she was denied admission four years ago due to the school’s affirmative-action admissions policy, and because she is white.

Abigail Fisher, Reject

Texas state law requires its public colleges and universities to automatically admit Texas applicants if they’ve graduated in the top ten percent of their class, which Fisher did not. Roughly three-quarters of Texas applicants are admitted under this Top Ten program. In 2008, the year Fisher would have matriculated if she had been accepted, 81 percent of all incoming freshmen enrolled under it. The remaining in-state and out-of-state applicants who do not get in under this program are, according to the NY Times, “considered under standards that take account of academic achievement and other factors, including race and ethnicity.”

Fisher’s lawyers are arguing that the race-neutral Top Ten program at UT creates enough ethnic and racial diversity alone.  According to the AP, however, during a period in the 90′s when UT wasn’t practicing affirmative action, “diversity numbers plummeted.” The university is arguing that it needs to maintain its affirmative action program in order to achieve a “critical mass” of diversity. UT’s director of admissions, Dr. Kedra Ishop, told the Times that diversity “helps students overcome biases and make contributions to a diverse society,” adding, “The role of U.T. Austin is to provide leadership to the state.”

In comments following arguments Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia sounded skeptical of the university’s diversity goals. Roberts wondered Continue reading The University Of Texas At Austin Has Race Problems, But Affirmative Action Ain’t One

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Are Asians The New Jews?

March 4th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

The ever-thoughtful Jeff Yang posed an interesting question in his Asian Pop column last week: “Is it really kosher to call Asians the ‘new Jews’?”

[photo via The NY Times]

Jeff’s piece on the Judasian connection focuses on the parallels between the two cultures, particularly when it comes to education, both in how it’s valued and how it’s been an area where both groups have experienced a similar kind of discrimination (in the form of admissions quotas).

He interviews one James Chen, founder of a college guidance firm called Asian Advantage College Consulting, which specifically helps Asian American college applicants work around admissions quotas–that tend to judge Asians as a homogeneous group–by teaching them how to stand out among their ethnic peers.

“Our whole focus is on helping Asian American high school students get into great colleges,” says Chen. “And the biggest thing we have to address is that most of our clients come to us having been steered toward math and science, playing piano and violin, and hoping to become doctors or engineers. That’s what their parents have pushed them towards.”

“We always say: DON’T BE YOURSELF. And by that we mean, break the Asian Robot mold. If they’re young enough, we push them to get away from math clubs and science contests. Choose things that are out of the box for Asian students. Drama. School musicals. Go to Shakespeare Camp. Join the newspaper. And absolutely play a sport!”

So, in other words, there’s a company that caters solely to Asian kids to help them be Continue reading Are Asians The New Jews?

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Postscript

June 20th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


OH SHIT WE’RE BLACK!

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Thanks Jasmine, Eukadanz, and Spice!

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