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Racialicious talked to burlesque expert Chicava HoneyChild and burlesque performers Shanghai Pearl, ExHOTic Other, and Essence Revealed about Dita Von Teese’s “Opium Den Show.” Aw, Dita — I don’t think we’ve seen yellowface this good since Mickey Rooney in Breakfast At Tiffany’s! [Racialicious]
Journalist (and undocumented immigrant from the Philippines) José Antonio Vargas poses on the cover of TIME this week and pens the much-discussed story behind it, “We Are Americans, Just Not Legally,” about the plight of the U.S.’s 12 million undocumented immigrants. [TIME]
Keeping the DREAM alive: The Obama administration will stop deporting younger undocumented immigrants and begin issuing them work permits. [Huffington Post]
Barack Obama: The Story traces “the young Obama’s arc toward black identity.” The book, which will be published on June 19, is excerpted in the Washington Post. [Washington Post]
New America Media finds that “media depictions of Asian-Americans lack important depth,” and got a few quotes from DISGRASIAN™ editor/founder Jen on the myth of the model minority and how it’s still used in the mainstream. [New America Media]
To be a female taikonaut in China, you’d better have perfect skin, teeth, and be odor-free. Even at the expense of having much less training than their male counterparts. Thanks, China, but if I need a ride to space, I’ll wait until Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is ready to go. [The Globe and Mail]
Worst show-and-tell ever: A Montreal teacher is suspended after he showed a video of Luka Rocco Magnotta allegedly killing Chinese student Lin Jun. [The Star]
A creationist group in South Korea lobbied the government to have the theory of evolution removed from high school textbooks, and guess what? They actually won. [Huffington Post]
Listen in: San Francisco public radio station KALW has begun a series focusing on Asian American mental health. [KALW]
Blogger and friend Jim “Busy Dad” Lin reflects on the recent passing of “Goodfella” Henry Hill and the life lessons of the movie that immortalized him. [MamaPop]
The folks who made Shanghai Calling, which stars my fantasy celebrity boyfriend Daniel Henney, are asking for videos about your best story from living or traveling overseas. The prize? Oh nothing, just a little trip for two to see the movie at an upcoming film festival. [Angry Asian Man]
We know summer’s only just begun, but can it be fall already so we can already start watching (and loving) Mindy Kaling’s Fox comedy “The Mindy Project,” which is already being touted as one of fall’s “most exciting” new series-es? [Reuters]
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Name: Rin on the Rox (aka Erin and Roxanne)
Occupation: Pinaysian singing sensasians
Known for: Covering contemporary Pop and R&B heavyweights like Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, and Rihanna, racking up over 2 million views on YouTube, recording in a bathroom for better acoustics, becoming a household name when they appeared on Ellen last week.
We have to admit that we love Rin on the Rox in part because they remind us of us. Not because of how they look (they’re way younger and cuter). And certainly not because of how they sing (we wish). But because they’re two giggly best friends just doin’ their thing.
Post-election politics have begun to resemble an episode of The Hills lately, with Obama–who is obviously Lauren Conrad–reconciling with bitter rival John McCain Monday while currently vetting best frenemy Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State. McCain is this drama’s Heidi Montag, Lauren’s former friend who started out likable and sweet but wound up, over time, becoming a lying deceitful bitch. (Heidi spreading rumors about Lauren’s alleged sex tape = The McCain camp’s allegations that Obama palled around with terrorists.) We’ve got Hillary, meanwhile, pegged as Audrina Patridge, Lauren’s on-again, off-again friend whose Significant Other always seems to be stirring up trouble between them. (Monosyllabic Justin Bobby = Overly-loquacious Bill.) Will Hillary turn down the position as Secretary of State, the way that Audrina recently turned down living with Lauren and Lo (BFF/gatekeeper Lo = Rahm Emanuel) to move out on her own? Will Bill’s ties to oil sheikhs compromise the already-tenuous friendship between Hillary and Obama the way that rumors about a Justin Bobby hook-up with Lauren hurt Lauren and Audrina? Will McCain and Obama really be able to put aside their differences to tolerate being in the same room together or–dare to dream–to be friends again, even?
Filed under: Audrina Patridge, Barack Obama, BFFs, Frenemies, Friends, Heidi Montag, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Lauren Conrad, Secretary of State, The Hills, The Hills Seemed Completely Useless Until Now
DIANA and JEN blog their little hearts out on their Mac computers.
DIANA: Aaargghhh! I hate the latest version of Microsoft Word. It’s formatting all crazy again. Damn you, Bill Gates. An hour’s worth of work, down the shitter.
JEN: I think Bill Gates is misunderstood.
DIANA: (snorts) Yeah right.
JEN: No, I’m serious. Did you know he gave three million to Myanmar?
DIANA: That’s the least he could do, since he’s worth a gajillion dollars.
JEN: 58 billion, actually. But he’s no longer the world’s richest man even.
DIANA: Who is?
JEN: Warren Buffett.
DIANA: Aww! I love Warren Buffett! He’s so cuddly. I just want to squish him.
JEN: That’s what I’m saying about Bill Gates. I think he’s totally misunderstood. I think he’s probably a very nice man–
DIANA: OMG. Are you high? Bill Gates is a monopolist, a corporate raider, and, above all else, a greedy NERRRRRRD. I bet he eats his own boogers.
JEN: But he’s trying to solve the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa.
DIANA: With that kind of money, he shoulda solved it already.
JEN: And he’s friends with Bono.
DIANA: I hate U2.
JEN: And he’s stepping down as Microsoft chairman in July to focus on charity.
DIANA: Dude. Seriously. What’s gotten into you?!
JEN: Nothing. What are you talking about? I’m great. I’ve just decided that…I love Bill Gates.
DIANA: I’m going to throw up.
JEN: (sighs) Okay, fine. I’m kissing Bill Gates’s ass. For a really good reason. Did you see what he gave South Korean president Lee Myung-bak earlier this month? Check it out:
JEN: Yeah, that’s right. A black Xbox with mother-of-pearl inlay. Only 100 of them were made.
DIANA: (awestruck) Shit. I just splooged my pants.
JEN: That’s what I’m saying.
DIANA: I love Bill Gates. I HAVE TO be his new BFF.
Occupation: Vassar College junior
Known for: Winning the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award for young scribes, looking oh so adorable next to emcee Meredith Vieira at the awards ceremony, founding the LGBT magazine Outlet, double-majoring (of course) in Philosophy and Chinese.
“People with differences can better sympathize with one another if they see the big picture,” Leung said, on the importance of journalism.
Congratulasians, Matthew! We think you’re the bee’s knees. There may be a scuffle at DISGRASIAN HQ, however, over who gets to be your new BFF.