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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

October 8th, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

Ever wonder what Filipinos think? Our pals at the National Film Society get to asking in honor of Filipino American Heritage Month. [YouTube]

New York resident Christine Lee is the first Korean American woman ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. []

Could the secret to growth for America in this century be more Asians? [The Atlantic]

Remember last week when we told you about Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao, who was offering $65 million to any man who could marry his lesbian daughter Gigi? Of course you do. Now would it surprise you to learn that Sacha Baron Cohen is adapting this story into a movie? [Gawker]

Kind of fascinating, kind of terrifying, Ukrainian teenager Anastasiya Shpagina is a real-life Anime girl. [Huffington Post]

White dude, Asian lady couples are turning up in commercials quite a bit lately, experts explain why this particular interracial pairing gets more play than others. [Washington Post]

Apparently some racist shitheads at the University of Texas in Austin threw bleach-filled balloons at black and Asian students. [ABC News]

This is heart-breaking: while doctors at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, NY insist that 28 year-old Grace Lee, who’s been unable to move or speak since being diagnosed with a brainstem tumor in 2011, wishes to be taken off life support, her parents have a video they claim proves otherwise. [New York Times]

An update to the Grace Lee story: Lee changed her mind over the weekend, and has decided that she does want to continue to live the rest of her life after all. [New York Times]

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Let’s Not Forget That The Wisconsin Shooting Didn’t Just Happen To Sikhs, It Happened To Americans, Too

August 7th, 2012 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

I’ve been avoiding writing this post because the shooting in Wisconsin at a Sikh temple that left six innocent people dead has made me feel simultaneously furious and powerless, the worst kind of impotency, not only because it’s the second incident of mass gun violence in less than three weeks and lawmakers have simply thrown up their hands on that issue, but because the Wisconsin shooting seems to me to be the convergence of all of the insidious, paranoid, dehumanizing, and Otherizing rhetoric directed at people of color–whether they be undocumented immigrants or Muslims or the President of the United States–that’s been ramping up in our culture for years now.

The Wisconsin shooter has been identified as 40 year-old Army veteran Wade Michael Page, who was killed by police at the scene. Page has been described as a “skinhead,” “the leader of a racist white-power band,” and a “neo-Nazi” with ties to white supremacy. Meanwhile, Page’s victims are Sikh, brown-skinned and members of a peaceful religion that’s often confused with Islam, which has increasingly made them targets of racist hate crimes all over the country since 9/11.

A vandalized Sikh temple in Fresno, CA, 2004

The fact that Sikh Americans have to clarify that they’re members of a peaceful religion and justify their own innocence even when victims of a heinous violent crime speaks volumes about how many Americans view people of color in this country. This is the effect of the “show me your papers” mentality writ large. “Do you belong here” begets “Do you deserve to be here” begets “Do you deserve to be.”

And don’t get me started on how Muslim Americans factor into all of this. If the majority of Continue reading Let’s Not Forget That The Wisconsin Shooting Didn’t Just Happen To Sikhs, It Happened To Americans, Too

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Where The Killing Of A Fictional Black Child Exposes How We Feel About The Killing Of A Real Black Child

March 26th, 2012 | 21 comments | Posted by Jen

I saw The Hunger Games Friday afternoon, and it was good. Just good. But the part that got to me, of course, was when Rue was killed. When it happened, the first thing I thought was, She is Trayvon Martin. She was a child. She was hunted. She was hunted by aggressors much more powerful than she. She dies from a wound to the chest. In a society that allows the murder of its own children.

Then I read the racist reactions to Rue and her character’s death, which range from Continue reading Where The Killing Of A Fictional Black Child Exposes How We Feel About The Killing Of A Real Black Child

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK: Rutgers Students Dharun Ravi And Molly Wei

October 1st, 2010 | 25 comments | Posted by Jen

By now you’ve all heard of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington bridge to his death last week. He was 18 years old, a talented violinist in his first month of college, and he was gay. We presume that last fact made it okay, in his roommate Dharun Ravi’s mind, for Ravi to secretly install a webcam in the room they shared. From the computer of Molly Wei, Ravi’s high school classmate and fellow Rutgers freshman, a sexual encounter Clementi had with another man was then livestreamed by Ravi and Wei onto the Internet. Ravi even tweeted it, from an account that has been deleted.

via Queerty

Three days later, Clementi killed himself. Ravi and Wei have since been charged with two Continue reading DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK: Rutgers Students Dharun Ravi And Molly Wei

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June 5th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Marcus Epstein should know by now: Shame never dies.

After all: shame, disappointment in self, feelings of failure and a deep sense of self-loathing (shocker of the century: Epstein is half-Jewish, half-Korean) are apparently what drove the former Tom Tancredo speechwriter into a deep depression during 2007, according to Team America head Bay Buchanan. As Buchanan explains, the depression eventually led him to the drink, and it is in a deep state of inebriasian that the following occurred:

“On July 7, 2007, at approximately 7:15 p.m. at Jefferson and M Street, Northwest, in Washington, D.C., defendant [Marcus Epstein] was walking down the street making offensive remarks when he encountered the complainant, Ms. [REDACTED], who is African-American. The defendant uttered, ‘Nigger,’ as he delivered a karate chop to Ms. [REDACTED]’s head.”

Ah, hate crimes–it’s always the alcohol and aversions to failure, isn’t it?

Though he pled guilty in early 2008, Epstein will not receive sentencing until July 8 of this year. He likely thought this episode was almost entirely behind him–but the story surfaced when that longtime boss of his started flapping his jaws about how Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor “appears to be a racist.” Um, those hanging out with their Jewsian pals in glass houses…

Talk about failures–we can’t think of an easier bid for being a big, fucking failure than being a violent, racist, conservatard inmate. Ick. We just really wish Epstein would disappear, because he’s giving Jews and Asians alike a bad name.

(Then again, he seems to be doing the same for Tancredo, so maybe it’s all a push, eh?)

[via The Washington Independent]

Thanks, Irwin!

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September 21st, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

My senior year of high school, a really popular classmate of mine, Jeremy, got into a fight. Jeremy was unique, in that, he couldn’t be lumped into one category like the rest of us trapped in that traditional high-school social hierarchy. He was a weirdo, who would show up to school from time to time tripping balls (acid, mushrooms, you name it), and he was smart, and he was an athlete. Plus, he was hot hot hot, part-Cherokee, with wide-set eyes and a beautiful swimmer’s build. Everyone loved him–the cheerleaders, the Goths, the band fags, the drill team, the varsity athletes, the stoners, and the burnouts.

The fight happened one morning before first period, in “The Mall,” the main artery of school where everyone congregated before class. Walking through the Mall was something like running the gauntlet. It’s where mean girls held their bakesales, and cheerleaders fluffed their pom-poms for impromptu spirit outbreaks, and where football players were given lockers, prodigiously decorated on Fridays by the drill team with glitter, bubble letters, Mylar balloons, and stuffed animals, for all the school to ooh and aah over.

I never witnessed the fight, because, by my senior year, I was oversleeping, stressed about killing the SATs, and plotting my escape from Texas. By the time I finally made it to first period, however, the story of the fight had already taken shape. Jeremy, our beloved class vice-president, who was to all intents and purposes white, had been “jumped by two black guys.”

The school bristled that day with hate. Guys who didn’t even know Jeremy were cracking their knuckles in English class, spoiling for a payback. But it wasn’t the fight or what happened that day that really rocked the school, it was what took place the day after.

By the next morning, water fountains throughout the school, which occurred in pairs, had been labeled “WHITE” and “BLACK.” An anonymous flyer landed in upperclassmen lockers, a picture most likely torn from the pages of National Geographic of an African man in some kind of traditional tribal garb, with the words “SLAVERY’S BACK” scrawled underneath it. African-American students, who were a minority in number, were pulled from class by their parents for several days out of a legitimate concern for their safety. After a few weeks, the tension died down and the school went back to “normal,” that is to say, the white students and the black students stayed away from one another for the remainder of the year.

I was reminded of this sad, repugnant memory when we, along with the rest of the country, learned about the Jena 6. The judicial charade that has played out down in Louisiana regarding the fate of these six black teenagers has left me with many many questions.

1) Why is there even a “white tree” at Jena High School, a public campus, that black students have to ask their principal for permission to sit under?

2) How is the action of white students hanging nooses from a Whites-Only tree not considered a hate crime, in a state that was third behind Mississippi and Georgia in the greatest numbers of black lynchings by racist white mobs during the “Lynching Era” of 1882-1930?

3) What fucking moron charged five of the Jena 6 with attempted second-degree murder initially, when Justin Barker, the white kid who was knocked unconscious and almost “murdered,” was able to attend a school function the night of the fight?

Oh wait, I know the answer to that question. Local District Attorney Reed Walters, who, after a group of black students protested peaceably against those nooses being hung from the “white tree,” reportedly told them, “With a stroke of this pen, I can make your life disappear.”

4) Why won’t you fuckers release Mychal Bell?

The powers-that-be at Jena High School are a disgrace. D.A. Reed Walters is a shameful motherfucking sumbitch. Everyone in Jena, Louisiana, which is 85 percent white, needs to take a long look at themselves and their disgracism in the mirror.

The coda to my high school story is that my friend Paul, behind whom I sat in Calculus, talking sine, cosine, and what out-of-state colleges we were going to apply to Early Admissions, started a group called “A World of Difference” after the fight. The handful of bleeding-heart liberals like Paul stranded in our staunchly-conservative school joined (myself included) and put up giant signs all over the Mall, in rainbow colors, with sayings like “People Are People” and “We Can Live in a World of Difference.”

Those signs were usually ripped in half and trashed by lunchtime. Even so, there were a few whose corners would stubbornly cling to the walls, by just a whisper of tape. Seeing that always gave me a tiny shred of hope.


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