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7th grade was the year parents started dropping us kids off at the mall for hours at a time with some money and a “don’t get kidnapped” warning because they needed us to be loud, annoying, and hormonal somewhere out of the house. I remember being at the movies one time with my girl posse, and I was running it before the start of the movie, and in a fit of swagger I exclaimed, “I need a microphoooone!!!!!”
To which the older lady sitting behind me said–and by older, I mean from a 12 year-old’s perspective, so, like, 20 or so– “No, you don’t.”
Which shut me up right quick. Because I was taught to respect my elders.
Today Andrew and I talk on his podcast about workplace segregation, with a little detour back through the 19th century. Have a listen!
Filed under: 19th Century Mining Camps, Andrew Ti, Chinese Miners, Gold Rush, Integration, Podcasts, Segregation in the workplace, Stereotypes, Workplace Segregation, Yo Is This Racist?, Yo Should I Dump This Asshole
In honor of the Fourth of July, Diana and I give you, Great Amazian-Americans in History, a two-part timeline. Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
Circa 10,000 years ago. Asian hunters cross the Bering Strait into North America, in search of big game.
1839. Thai-Chinese conjoined brothers Chang and Eng Bunker- the original “Siamese twins”–tour North Carolina with P.T. Barnum and decide to live out their lives in America. They marry the Yates sisters and have 22 children between the two of them. Li-trally.
1847. Eureka! California strikes gold. Chinese miners begin migrating by the thousands to “Gold Mountain,” living in squalid conditions while dreaming of a big payday, thereby pioneering the art of being “ghetto fabulous.”
THE WONG AND ONLY And can we talk about how great her bangs look? Bitch was fierce.
THE FATHER OF MODERN SURFING AND A BUNCH OF OTHER STUFF
1912. Hawaiian-born Duke Kahanamoku wins his first Olympic gold swimming medal in the 100 m free (he would medal again in the next two Games). Then he invents modern surfing. Overachiever! Showoff!
1921. Third-generation American Anna May Wong makes her debut at age 16 in the movie Bits of Life. The high point of Wong’s career will come later in Shanghai Express, when she nearly upstages her co-star Marlene Dietrich.
THE WONG AND ONLY
And can we talk about how great her bangs look? Bitch was fierce.
1932. California native Katherine Cheung becomes the first Asian aviatrix. And, along the way, she teaches little girls everywhere how to rock a knee-high boot without looking like a cheap hooker. Brava!
1932. California native Katherine Cheung becomes the first Asian aviatrix. And, along the way, she teaches little girls everywhere how to rock a knee-high boot without looking like a cheap hooker.