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The Devolution Of The Racist

December 10th, 2010 | 8 comments | Posted by Jen

What’s the deal with racists and bad spelling and grammar?  Do they not teach that shit at the University of Racism Learning Annex?

From Abbotsford, Wisconsin, where a man by the name of Mark Prior has decided to open a janky-ass STD den private gentleman’s club where there will be “No Negro’s Allowed [Double Exclamation Point-Into-Smiley Face]“:

And then there’s Chuck Biddinger of East Lake, Alabama, who likes to use his electronic repair store sign to tell jokes(?) like this one: “BBQ PORK RESTURANT IS SAFEST. NO MUSLIMS INSIDE”:

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Asian American Men Earn Less Than Their White Counterparts

December 10th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

It’s Friday, so let’s blow off work for a minute and play the “WHO AM I?” game, okay?

  • You earn 29 percent less than white men in the U.S. when you’re born and educated overseas.
  • You earn 14 percent less than white men in the U.S. when you’re born and educated partly overseas but obtain your highest degree in the U.S.
  • You earn 8 percent less than white men in the U.S., even when you’re born in the U.S., speak perfect English, and have an almost identical educational background to your white counterparts.



(You could also be Black, Latino, Native American, or a member of any other non-white ethnic group, none of which has achieved wage parity with whites in the U.S.)

Now back to work–for less pay–you go!

[R&D Mag: Research exposes racial discrimination against Asian American men in job market]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Jeff Sheng’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Photography Exhibit

November 15th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

On Friday of last week, the day after Veterans Day, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to lift the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, even though a lower court had ruled that the law which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military is unconstitutional. It’s estimated that 66,000 gays and lesbians–or 2 percent of all U.S. military personnel–are currently serving our country. That’s 66,000 people who are making sacrifices, sometimes leaving their loved ones, and often risking their lives for a country that continues to tell them that their sexual orientation is a problem.

L.A.-based photographer Jeff Sheng has spent two years making portraits of a few of these 66,000 good men and women. His “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” photos were on display last week at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington, and they’re also available in book form.

Because of DADT, however, Sheng’s portraits are portraits where his subject’s faces have been blurred, obscured, shadowed, and hidden.

“If this person got outed, they would lose their pension, their retirement benefits — their 20 years of service in the military would be gone,” Sheng said.

By hiding their faces, his subjects assume the posture of shame. The real shame isn’t in Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Jeff Sheng’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Photography Exhibit

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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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