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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Efren Peñaflorida Jr.

October 12th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Efren Peñaflorida Jr.

Hails from: Cavite City, The Philippines

Occupation: Student, Founder of the Dynamic Teen Company organization, source of the pushcart classroom in Cavite City

Known for: Building a new path.

CNN has highlighted the 28-year old Pinoy, who grew up in the slums of Cavite City, amongst their Top 10 Heroes of 2009. Peñaflorida, like many of his peers, grew up terrorized by gang violence in his community that included offenses of vandalism and rape.

In high school, he made a decision–he was going to create a different option. With three friends, Peñaflorida created a club called the Dynamic Teen Company, aspiring to “cater youth awareness projects, talent and self development activities, and community services.” Living near the dump site of his city, he eagerly developed feeding projects for the small children sent to scavenge for leftovers and rotten food there. Years of development (building awareness, training themselves as educators, staging activities and concerts) eventually led the group to become a self-sustaining education organization, and they soon obtained a pedicab to create a traveling vehicle for their educating missions.

Ten years after the launch of DTC, Peñaflorida travels weekly with the pedicab–which has been outfitted as a foldout classroom, around the city to lead classes for children 2 to 14. He is armed with armed with a team of trained teen volunteers. They also run a hygeine clinic where kids can bathe and learn to care for their teeth.

CNN adds:

“Since 1997, an estimated 10,000 members have helped teach more than 1,500 children living in the slums. The organization supports its efforts by making and selling crafts and collecting items to recycle.”

It’s a lot of work, with slow-moving impact and very little fanfare. Yet somebody wants to do it: Efren Peñaflorida and his team of friends. What’s a little work when you’re creating real change?

So what else does Peñaflorida want? More carts. And, in case you’ve forgotten, the winner of the CNN Heroes Contest will receive $100,000! Help a brother out by voting for Efren now.

[CNN Heroes: Vote for Efren Peñaflorida]
[Dynamic Teen Company - Official Site]


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Mein Kampf, with Pictures

September 9th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Through a unique application of copyright laws, Germany has enforced a de facto ban on the publishing of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf since 1945. As the expiration date (2015) for those copyright laws near, a debate has risen over whether or not it could be advisable to publish a version of the text again, under controlled circumstances, for critical purposes.

In Japan, however, East Press (a publisher that has already done interpretations of many classic texts, from Kafka’s Metamorphosis to Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment to Marx’s Das Kapital) published a manga version of Mein Kampf this year, to the tune of some 45,ooo book sales.

From Anime News Network:

Kōsuke Maruo, a 32-year-old editor at East Press, explained why his company produced the manga version of Mein Kampf: “It is a famous book, but there are few who have read it. I think it is [studying] material for knowing Hitler, a man synonymous with ‘devil,’ and what sort of thinking created that level of tragedy.”

While the intent may be educational, the execution still seems questionable to me. If someone hasn’t read and or studied Mein Kampf, should their first exposure really be with illustrations and interpretive storyboards?

Frankly, I don’t think so. But try telling 45,000 manga fans that.

[ANN: Manga Version of Hitler's Mein Kampf Sells 45,000]
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December 1st, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Phymean Noun

Hails from: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Known for: Seeing a disgraceful situation and doing something to make it better. When Noun realized how many children were scavenging through her city’s trash dumps just to survive, she quit her job and started the People Improvement Organization to provide the area’s underprivileged kids with a free education–fronting $30k her own money to build the first school.

The humble Noun was honored at last week’s CNN Heroes Awards, and even though we were momentarily distracted by her presenter Lucy Liu’s bad teleprompter reading and ill-fitting dress, our icy hearts warmed to flooding tears from the inspirasian of her story. If only we could all give so much!

Find out more about the PIO here.

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June 13th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Barack Obama, at 45, has an undergraduate degree in political science with an emphasis on international relations, and a magna cum laude Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. He was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, spent years as a community organizer with Chicago’s Developing Communities Project and Gamaliel Foundation, founded the successful Illinois Project Vote! (which registered 150,000 African-American voters), became a United States Senator shortly after turning 40, delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, and has published two best-selling books. On top of that, he is happily married with two beautiful daughters.

Even my parents feel like he couldn’t really excel more, except perhaps by becoming leader of the free world, which, uh…he may just accomplish by year’s end.

So tell me, Muammar Gaddafi, why Senator Obama has any reason to be considered a “black man with an inferiority complex?” The “complex” concept alone is arcane and insulting, especially coming from an African brother.

Regardless, and I think it goes without question, Obama seems pretty fuckin’ superior to me.

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Thanks, Eliza!

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Redefining "Bird Brain"

May 21st, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
“My name is…my name is…my name is…Yosuke”

An African grey parrot escaped its cage a few weeks ago and was reunited with its owners after it was able to tell rescuers its name AND address.

Where did this happen?

How did this happen?
The bird’s ASIAN, duh.

Why did this happen?
The bird’s owners believe in educasian.

According to the AP:

The Nakamura family told police they had been teaching the bird its name and address for about two years.

The Nakamuras had also been teaching the Yosuke the parrot algebra, Spanish, figure drawing, joke-telling, and the cello, just so that he would develop into a well-rounded bird with many future prospects.


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The Three R’s

June 26th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

“I have no idea what this bag says or anything coming out of my mouth, for that matter.”

Cameron Diaz apologized this week after being snapped in Machu Picchu, Peru, carrying a bag with a red star on it that read “Serve the People” in Chinese. The slogan was one of Mao Zedong’s most famous proletariat–and utterly hypocritical–rallying cries. Maoist Peruvian rebels known as the Shining Path fought their government in the 80′s and 90′s and killed an estimated 70,000 people.


If I thought Cammy didn’t fully resemble the airhead character assASSination Suckfia Coppola made of her in Lost in Translation–the only thing about that movie that didn’t reek–I would write her a letter. But I’m pretty sure Cammy can’t read, which is why I’m here to review the fundamentals of learning, also known as the three R’s: Reading,’Riting, and ‘Rithmetic.

Rule #1: Reading
If you cain’t read it, don’t wear it.

“Y’all I cain’t read this! Does it say chicken or tuna? My head hurts!”

Rule #2: ‘Riting
If you cain’t read it, don’t ‘rite it down. On your body. Permanently.

Remember when Britney got a tattoo that she thought was Chinese for “mysterious” but, instead, it turned out to be “strange”? Wow. What a sign of things to come.

Rule #3: ‘Rithmetic
If you cain’t count the number of people your favorite dictator has had killed, don’t hang him in your living room.

The price this Warhol fetched at auction in 2006 = $17.4 million
The number of people who died under Mao’s rule during the Great Leap Forward = 30 million
The ratio of deaths to dollars = 1.72 to 1

Lesson learned? Racial drag is for retards.

Class diss-missed!

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