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Liu-sing Is Not An Option

October 1st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


John Liu–NYC’s first Asian city councilmember–has won the runoff election against David Yassky, clinching the Democratic nomination for city comptroller and setting him up to face (with heavy advantage) Republican Joe Mendola for the win in November.

Should Liu take office in 2010, he will in doing so become the first Asian American person to serve as a top city official–a landmark achievement. But that hasn’t been the driving force in his aspirations to become The City’s finance-watching Big Kahuna.

Liu told NY Daily News:

“It’s something that I suppose secures my place in history, but that was never my objective.”

He continued*, saying**:

“My life’s most sacred goal is to one day become DISGRASIAN’s Amazian of the Week. If I can win this election in November, I’m a shoo-in for one of the later weeks of that month, maybe the first week of December, I just know it. Maybe somebody can put in an early nominasian to the girls for me?”***

*false
**like, totally false
***super fiction. We completely made this up. Sounds good to us, though!

[John Liu For Comptroller '09 - Official Site]
[NY Daily News: Controller Runoff Winner Liu - Serving city is the goal, not making history]

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Pierre Berge

March 6th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana
Rabbit and Head bronze statues, stolen from a Chinese
palace by British and French troops during the second Opium
War in 1860, and auctioned by Christie’s last week

Media outlets swirled this week with the story of a Chinese art dealer’s phony $40-million bid for two Chinese zodiac status, included in Christie’s recent auction of the late Yves Saint Laurent’s art collection.

The dealer, Cai Mingchao, placed an anonymous phone bid for the bronze rabbit and head sculptures and later refused to pay–as an act of patriotism. The pieces were originally part of a 12-statue set–all abducted by British and French troops in 1860–and millions of dollars have already been spent by Chinese philanthropists to bring five of them back to the country.

These actions were not sanctioned by the Chinese government, according to both Cai and Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang.

In the aftermath of this scandal, the statues’ owner, Pierre Berge, has decided to hold on to the statues.

From the LA Times:

Saint Laurent’s former business partner and life companion, Pierre Berge, was quoted in French newspapers Tuesday as saying he would keep the heads and put them on either side of a Picasso that also did not sell at last week’s auction.

“The heads were with me and they will return and we will continue to live together,” said Berge, a longtime critic of the Chinese government’s human rights policy. “If this was a maneuver so that the Chinese government could buy them back at a cheaper price, it won’t work.”

We’re obviously no fans of the Chinese government’s human rights policy. But China’s people are more than their government, and punishing the people of China–by withholding their country’s looted history–seems like a most unfortunate instance of wire-crossing to us.

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Now He’s Just Everyone’s Blagoje-bitch

January 30th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


ADVICE THAT SHOULD NEVER BE TAKEN:

“When you’ve done something(s) really, really, really, really, really, wrong, just convince yourself that you haven’t–and, in fact, that you’ve done great things, instead.

Most importantly: Never, ever say fucking never.”

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Tragic Earthquasian

May 12th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Our thoughts go out to the thousands affected by this morning’s disastrous earthquake, which has already taken the lives of a confirmed 8,600 in the Sichuan province. We are so saddened by this incredible tragedy.

Thankfully, it appears that the Chinese government is responding quickly, but we urge our readers to take some time and donate to the relief effort by Mercy Corps here.

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