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We’re #1: 2012 Election Was An Election Of Firsts For AAPIs

November 8th, 2012 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

This year’s election was an election of firsts. Not least of all for our people, who are often left out of election and post-election talk altogether. A brief recap:

MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI) becomes the first Asian American woman elected to the Senate, and the first woman senator representing Hawaii. She’s also the first Senator born in Japan, and she’s Buddhist. Plus her name is Mazie–from the Japanese “Meiji,” pronounced “May-zee”–which officially gives her the coolest name in Congress.

TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-IL), who will represent the 8th Congressional District of Illinois, becomes the first Thai American and the first disabled woman veteran elected to Congress. She’s fluent in Thai, Indonesian, and before she was deployed to Iraq in 2004, she was pursuing her Ph.D. She was a US Army combat helicopter pilot in Iraq when the Black Hawk she was co-piloting was hit by an RPG, causing damage to her right arm and the loss of both her legs. Now, thanks to prosthetics, she is fully mobile. So yes, she is more badass than anyone you know.

GRACE MENG (D-NY), from New Yorks’s 6th Congressional District, becomes the Continue reading We’re #1: 2012 Election Was An Election Of Firsts For AAPIs

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Blast From The Past: “Votes Of Women Can Accomplish No More Than Votes Of Men”

November 6th, 2012 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

From an old anti-suffragist pamphlet that’s been circulating on Facebook:

“Vote NO on Woman Suffrage…Because it is unwise to risk the good we already have for the evil which may occur.”

There are always going to be dopes and cowards against progress. Let’s make sure those people stay the minority and end up on the wrong side of history.

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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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Happy Presidents Day, aka Jeremy Lin Is The New Obama

February 20th, 2012 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Ta-Nehisi Coates tweeted last week that Jeremy Lin is “the Barack Obama of the multiverse.”

And comedienne Kristina Wong noted on her Facebook page that Lin is “like 2008 Barack Obama.”

So on this Presidents Day, I give you:

You can make your own Linbamacon here.

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

January 6th, 2011 | 2 comments | Posted by jasmine

For some reason, people are getting all worked up over President Obama wearing flip-flops while on vacation in Hawaii. Come on people. What else is he going to wear? Crocs? [Racked]

Toyota is being sued by seven insurance companies to recover damages they paid to people involved in accidents caused by “sudden uncontrolled acceleration.” [Consumerist]

Fashion designer Vera Wang is now blogging! For her first post, the designer wrote about the late great Jackie O and the importance of having a personal uniform. Maybe for her next post she can talk about appropriate leisure footwear for sitting presidents? [Vera Unveiled]

Hardass Asian Blogger? Elizabeth Jayne Liu has promised not to go shopping for an entire year. She’s been chronicling her exploits at her blog, Flourish in Progress. [AdFreak]

Is Dear Leader turning into Colonel Sanders? A chain of North Korean restaurants opens an outpost in Dubai. [Gawker]

Meet our new boyfriend: Taiwanese model Godfrey Gao has the distinction of being the first Asian male model to appear in ads for Louis Vuitton. [Racked]

Philippine politician Reynaldo Dagsa took this picture of his family on New Year’s Day. Also in the photo? His murderer. [Washington Post]

T.V. Carpio is replacing Natalie Mendoza in Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark. Mendoza dropped out of the troubled (cursed?) production last week after getting a concussion. Who knew musical theater was so dangerous? [Vulture]

The Daily Beast asked a panel of MacArthur Fellows (recipients of “genius grants” from the MacArthur Foundation) to compile a list of its smartest people of 2010. Included on the list are: Kickstarter co-founder Perry Chen, educator Michelle Rhee, Microsoft Kinect inventor Kudo Tsunoda, and Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai. [The Daily Beast]

Amazian alert! First Lady Michelle Obama has a new Chief of Staff, and it’s Chicagoan Tina Tchen. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Happy Birthday Hayao! Legendary artist, director, and animator Hayao Miyazaki turns 70 years old today. [Wikipedia]

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! The Sherrod Charade

July 24th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

Shirley Sherrod

Back in March, Andrew Breitbart wrote a post called “2010: A Race Odyssey — Disproving a Negative for Cash Prizes or, How the Civil Rights Movement Jumped the Shark” for Big Journalism, one of his five websites, in which he claimed that accusations of racism are merely a “trick” of the Left:

As I have said over and over and over, the left has one trick that it will use again and again when its back is in the corner: shout ‘racist’ in a crowded country.

Which is funny, given how Breitbart was the first to post that heavily-edited and manipulated video of USDA employee Shirley Sherrod giving a speech at an NAACP event, and the first to call Sherrod’s speech racist:

“In this piece you will see video evidence of racism coming from a federal appointee and NAACP award recipient and in another clip from the same event a perfect rationalization for why the Tea Party needs to exist.”

That video, which appeared on July 19, touched off a two day-orgy on the part of the right wing-media, in which not only Sherrod, but the NAACP, civil rights activists, the so-called mainstream media, the Obama administration, and pretty much anyone who’s ever been engaged or concerned with race issues was labeled racist. Media Matters For America has a full timeline, but here are a few highlights:

“The—this woman on tape saying these racially charged things that she didn’t want to help farmers, in particular white farmer. That she said she wanted him to go out and deal with one of his own and she put him in touch with a white lawyer. Just the latest in a series of racial incidents.”–Sean Hannity, Hannity, July 19

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DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! @SarahPalinUSA And Her “Refudiations”

July 19th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

After telling President Obama that he should “refudiate” the NAACP for calling the Tea Party racist and advising “peaceful” Muslims via Twitter that they should “refudiate” plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero, Sarah Palin was roundly mocked for her refudiation of the English language, which led to her refudiating her refudiators and likening her penchant for malapropism to…Shakespeare.

As lovers of The Made-Up Word ourselves, we’re not ones to refudiate Sarah Palin. But because we’re a caring people, we’d like to kindly suggest that, from now on, Palin take a page from her beloved Tea Party’s handbook to avoid future embarrassment:

[photo via NY Daily News]
[Sarah Palin on Twitter]

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! 2009

January 8th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana

If you are one of the people that thought last year was UH-MAZING, and was sad to see it go as the clock ticked down to midnight on December 31, you are a very special human being. You should also go kick yourself in the shins–2009 was a stinker for most of us, and your joy just makes people mad.

Okay, look. At least this happened:

Goodbye to the Aughts, or "Era of Shame"

But so did this:

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The Racist Michelle Obama Photo And Why You’re Better Off Hangin’ With Internet Pervs

November 24th, 2009 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

Google‘s taken out ads on its own site to explain why, when you do a Google Images search of “Michelle Obama,” one of the first pictures you pull up is a disgustingly racist one depicting FLOTUS as a monkey.

Here’s a screengrab of both the photo and Google’s “Offensive Search Results” ad-response:

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Click on the ad, and you get this explanation for the image:

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Ninjas Hate Joe Lieberman

October 15th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

A man dressed as a ninja and waving nunchucks was arrested this week for standing on a street corner in Vernon, CT, and making a ruckus about wanting to beat up Senator Joe Lieberman. When police approached the ninja with tasers, it was reported that the stealth, would-be senator-beater became “polite and cooperative.”

While a) identifying your target openly and b) becoming “polite and cooperative” when the authorities arrive don’t exactly sound like typical ninja behaviors, who hasn’t wanted to get all shinobi-wan-kenobi on Lieberman’s party-flip-flopping assssss?


But hold on there, Lieberman-haters. Because it appears Obama’s putting the old grimacing malcontent, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, in charge of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Looks like we need him on our side, at least for the time being.

Although if he effs this up, ninjas…to the rooftops, we say!

[Metro UK: Ninja wants to beat up senator, gets arrested]
[CBS News: Joe Lieberman Could be Taking the Lead on "Don't Ask"]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Colonel Om Prakash, Author Of Anti-”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Essay

October 5th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

In the current issue of the Pentagon’s top scholarly journal, Joint Force Quarterly, Air Force colonel Om Prakash has published an article arguing that openly gay troops do not hurt unit cohesion or combat effectiveness, calling the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy a “costly failure” and asking President Obama to find a way to repeal the ban.

The essay was selected as the winner of this year’s Secretary of Defense essay contest and was reviewed in advance of publication by the office of Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to the NY Times. Prakash, who works in the office of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, studied the issue while a student at the National War College. The article signals a shift in the thinking of the Pentagon’s top officials and is expected to put pressure on Obama to repeal DADT.

In “The Efficacy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Prakash reasons:

…the law as it currently stands does not prohibit homosexuals from serving in the military as long as they keep it secret. This has led to an uncomfortable value disconnect as homosexuals serving, estimated to be over 65,000, must compromise personal integrity. Given the growing gap between social mores and the law, DADT may do damage to the very unit cohesion that it seeks to protect.

Yes sir, Colonel! We couldn’t agree more.

[Joint Force Quarterly, Issue 55]
[Boston Globe: Pentagon airs criticism of 'don't ask']

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HONORASIAN ALERT: U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

May 27th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

After the Sonia Sotomayor nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was announced yesterday, a few of you wondered if Sotomayor, who is of Puerto Rican descent, wasn’t a little bit Asian. And who could blame you, really? Her eyes are kinda Asian. Her bio–immigrant parents, high school valedictorian, Princeton summa cum laude, Yale Law, bootstraps–is certainly Asian. She has the word “honorable” in her title (and, for that matter, she has a title). But it wasn’t until our pal Jeff Chang sent us this photo of Sotomayor and her twin nephews Conner and Corey (who were apparently born in Korea), that we knew for sure:


I mean, c’mon. The peace sign is a DEAD. GIVEAWAY.

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