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This may sound like the Nine Months sequel gone terribly wrong, but it’s actually true — actor Hugh Grant is father to a brand-new baby girl after having “a fleeting affair” with Chinese actress Tinglan Hong. [NYDN]
Sure, the jokes on CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls may be racist, but isn’t it more offensive that they just kinda blow? [Crushable]
How do you say “I don’t actually speak much Mandarin at all but I’m hoping you’ll vote for me for President anyway?” in Mandarin? If you do, could you let Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman know? Thanks! [Slate]
The Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, was awarded to thousands of Japanese-American World War II veterans on Wednesday. The 442nd Regimental Combat Team, one of the three units honored, was the most decorated unit in U.S. military history. [Politico]
The investigation into the death of Army Pvt. Danny Chen, who was 19 years old and from the Chinatown neighborhood in Manhattan, has uncovered evidence of physical abuse and bullying (including ethnic slurs) from superiors. [NYT]
And he wasn’t alone. Turns out that Asian Americans are the most bullied in US schools, according to a survey conducted by the US Justice Department and the Department of Education. [AP]
Stocking stuffer? A fancy White lady’s “practical” book on interracial dating called, shit you not, I Got The Fever: Better Dating Through Ethnic Stereotypes. [Jezebel]
The problem with Foursquare check-ins in North Korea is that no matter how you try, Kim Jong Il is always going to be awarded mayor of everything. [Gadling]
Shoeless in Shanghai! English filmmaker Arthur Jones is going barefoot for an entire year. [NPR]
American fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg is making good on her 2010 New Year’s resolution to “get known in China.” [NYT]
Sepia Mutiny makes a strong case for the Desi origins of “the Dougie.” [Sepia Mutiny]
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13 year-old Asher Brown was an 8th grader at Hamilton Middle School in Cypress, TX who killed himself last Thursday because, according to his parents, he was bullied at school. The Houston Chronicle reports that Asher was bullied for being small and for not wearing designer clothes; MSNBC reports that he was also singled out for being Buddhist and having a lisp. Most of all, his stepfather David Truong and mother Amy Truong believe, Asher Brown was bullied for being gay.
The Truongs now say that they had complained to Hamilton Middle School officials repeatedly over the last 18 months about the harassment Asher experienced, but their phone calls went unanswered and their visits to the school failed to stop the bullying. The school district of which Hamilton is a part, Cy-Fair I.S.D., is denying that they ever received complaints from the Truongs, other students, or school employees.
This story hits home for me because that’s exactly where it takes place. I grew up in Cypress, TX. I graduated from the Cy-Fair school district, attending both middle and high school there. The house that I grew up in is 2.5 miles away from Hamilton Middle School, which is listed on its website as a “2010 Texas Exemplary School.” I actually would have gone to Hamilton had it existed when I was that age.
It’s been many, many years since I’ve lived in Cypress, and it has changed considerably from the small town on the outskirts of northwest Houston that it once was. The woods I used to play in behind my subdivision and the ones surrounding so many homes in the area are mostly gone, built-up with more subdivisions, box stores, gas stations, grocery stores, mini-malls, and malls.
The demographics have changed, too. Of the 1620 students enrolled at Hamilton Middle School this year, 7.3% are Asian. I’d have to dig up my old yearbooks to figure out what the percentage was back when I was in middle school, but I’m guessing it was less than half that number. I wasn’t the only Asian kid in school, but it sometimes felt that way. Back then, I was teased and bullied for being different; I was called “chink,” “gook,” “jap,” “snake eyes”; the very first high school football game I ever went to, an older kid ching-chonged me in front of hundreds of other spectators; people screamed from their cars at me and my family to “Go back to where you came from”; even my so-called “friends” told me one year at church camp that I could never date outside my race because the Bible said it was wrong. Still I feel like I had it easier than others because I was a girl–only once did someone threaten to kick my ass out by the school buses. Twice, if you count the time I voted for the Democratic candidate in a 7th grade mock election Continue reading Asher Brown’s Suicide Hits Home
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Not to sound like your Hardass Asian Parents, but we’re really disappointed in you. Okay, correction. We’re really disappointed in us. Last week, the AP reported, much to our alarm, that the Asian-American population has slowed unexpectedly (the Latino population, too). What that means, friends, is that our children will not be making round-eye jokes on the playground (“Why are your eyes so big? Can you actually see out of them?”) or bullying white kids for sucking at math and the violin and for not wearing thick glasses or because their houses smell “funny” (i.e. not like soy sauce, funky herbs, and Tiger Balm), and it will still not be cool to be smart in the year 2023, as projected. And dude, that blows. There’s no way we’re going to take over everything if our numbers keep shrinking! So let’s stop fuckin’ around here, people, and start fuckin’ without condoms, okay?*
*DISCLAIMER: This advice should not be heeded by teenagers, students with outstanding college loans and no job prospects, hipsters, hipster grifters, assholes, drips, people lacking in charisma, dumb people, lovers of emo, children-haters, people lacking “indoor voices,” Michelle Malkin, or mimes.