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First Brother-In-Law Konrad Ng–who’s married to Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro- Continue reading Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian
Normally, like most painfully-competitive-to-the-point-of-self-destruction Hardass Asians, we hate it when our friends become successful.
But by golly, we’ve got a soft spot for the fabulous Ng Family (is it because both husband and wife are the hotness?) and a longstanding admirasian for their work in academia, literature and community.
We are happy today to offer congratulasians to Konrad Ng, well-known as an Asian American scholar and professor, who has just been named as Acting Director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. It’s an incredible and important honor–and one that we can’t tell our parents about because they’ll wonder why they paid for our education out of pocket just so we could study literature and writing, ultimately not even obtaining any PhDs to afford them the pleasure of telling their friends to refer to us as “Dr. Wang” or “Dr. Nguyen,” and certainly not being tapped by the effing SMITHSONIAN for a highly coveted position benefiting our almond-eyed peeps on a national level. SIGH.
Yeah, Konrad, we’re totally happy for you! Great freaking job!
Filed under: Asian-American Scholars, Awesome Jobs, Coveted Positions, Dr. Konrad Ng, Good Looks, Higher Learning, Konrad Ng, Professors, Really Smart People, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, The Smithsonian, University of Hawaii At Manoa Center For Chinese Studies
We couldn’t help but squeal this week when, while
cyberstalking casually browsing through AP photos of the Obama and Ng families during vacation time in D.C., we discovered another picture show of little Savita!
Imagine our delight when we realized that our Baby of the week spent the holiday rocking one of our favorite tiny clothes designers: Kumquat! (Perhaps you’ve noticed Giant Robot’s love for the baby brand, as well.)
You kinda have to look closely to see past the harness, but she’s definitely wearing the Organic Squirrel Tree collection (also pictured above, right):
So we got to thinking. Shouldn’t every baby deserve to look as cute as the President’s niece? Shouldn’t all children have an equal opportunity to adorn their munchkin legs with hip prints and soft, organic cotton? We sure think so.
That, friends, is why we’ve partnered up with Kumquat to bring you this week’s AMAZIAN JR. BABY PHOTO CONTEST!!! (We’re looking for cute photos of Asian and Asian-mix babies. We know that babies of all ethnicities are cute, but we happen to have an especial desire to collect photos of those munchkins with at least a drop of yellow in ‘em. Please understand!)
Here’s the lowdown.
- Entrants must only submit photos of babies they know personally.
- Entrants must only submit photos they own and have permission to share (Please don’t even bother trolling the web for photos of random cute Asian babies; we’ve already done it and will definitely recognize ‘em!).
- Photos must be of tykes between the ages of 0 and 3.
- Photos must be cute.
- Please limit your submissions to 2 photos per baby, maximum 10 babies.
- Submission cutoff is 11:59pm PST on Friday, October 9.
- The winning photo will be selected by DISGRASIAN and Kumquat, and posted on Monday, October 12.
- Contest winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate for Kumquat! WOW!
- Note that all babies, not just cute Asian babies, look cuter in Kumquat.
PLEASE SUBMIT ENTRY PHOTOS TO email@example.com.
Thanks, Cate and Angelyn!
Not gonna lie–my womb does a little dance every time I lay eyes on a cuter-than-a-panda toddler, especially one with almond eyes, jet-black hair, chubby little hands and feet. This occurs especially when I gaze at a munchkin with a sweet name like “Savita Lola Yan-Song Ng,” whose giggly, tiny face is the product of genetics from two crushworthy, Babe-a-licious parents (we’ve had our eye on hot Mom and Dad for a long while, to be sure). And even more especially when that little ‘un is being tossed in their air by our cool-ass President:
Unfazed? Try to resist this (you can’t):
Name: Konrad Ng
Hails from: Canada
Occupation: University of Hawaii professor
Why He’s a Babe: For one thing, Konrad Ng is married to a babe, Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Obama’s younger sister, and it takes one to know one. For another, he, like his lovely wife, has a Ph.D (in Poli Sci), and y’all know how we swoon for higher educasian. And judging by the rapport he had with his nieces at the swearing-in ceremony, we’re guessing he’s also a pretty rad uncle.
Did you ever think we’d see a day when someone in the First Family looks like one of us? When the First Family would reflect the reality that we live in–multiracial, multicultural, educated, acculturated, and youthful? We didn’t really believe it until today. Now, anything seems possible. And that, friends, is beautiful.
Today is the President-elect’s first day back on the job at Capitol Hill, and he’s hitting the ground running by meeting with Speaker Pelosi and running headfirst into the daunting task of economic policy.
As we ourselves slide reluctantly into our first day back at work, we can’t help but wonder if Obama–between bangs of his head on the desk accompanied by the chant, “I can’t believe I’m going to have to run this broken, mangled, carcass of a country next month”–might quietly be sighing the same airy breaths of relief we all do as we return from two weeks of Holiday “celebrations.” Is he secretly thankful that now he can deal with the insurmountable mountain of work “changing America,” instead of fussing with overcommitments to parties, poor displays of unsentimental gift-giving, and mind-numbing marathons of Taboo and Guesstures with relatives?
After all, Asian lifeblood sorta runs through (or near) our future leader’s veins. Could he possibly know all-too-well the experience of a Hardass Asian Holiday dinner? If his was anything like ours, we can only imagine…
BARACK OBAMA: Merry Christmas, everybody!
MICHELLE OBAMA: Isn’t Hawaii beautiful? Look, Malia and Sasha made cotton-ball Santas for everyone!
MAYA SOETORO-NG: Aw. How lovely.
MICHELLE OBAMA: I mean, Sasha’s is a little lopsided, you know. I told her not to use the glue stick, just to use just the regular school glue, but she doesn’t listen. So it could look better, I suppose.
MAYA SOETORO-NG: I guess you’re still proud of her, though.
MICHELLE OBAMA: Sure, I guess. If only she was as good as her sister.
MAYA SOETORO-NG: Y’know, it’s funny you mention it anyway, because I wasn’t going to say anything, but I did notice that the right side could use quite a few more cotton balls. Don’t you guys use the Johnson & Johnson ones, like I suggested? How many times do I have to buy those for you guys? Barry always buys the generic ones.
MICHELLE OBAMA: He says he can’t tell the difference.
KONRAD NG: I’m with you brother, I can’t really tell the difference.
MAYA SOETORO-NG: [To Konrad] Don’t take his side! You’re my husband, be on my side.
BARACK OBAMA: Guys, I don’t know if it really matters all that m–
MAYA SOETORO-NG: So are you calling us stupid?
BARACK OBAMA: Um… no.
MAYA SOETORO-NG: Why are you trying to start fights? It’s Christmas! You just got here and already you’re starting fights.
BARACK OBAMA: I am?
MICHELLE OBAMA: Listen to your sister, honey. You’re not the “President” here.
[Michelle and Maya high-five]
BARACK OBAMA: Does the driveway need shoveling or something? I think I’m gonna go outside.
MAYA SOETORO-NG: It’s Hawaii. Are you going to shovel sand? [To Michelle] This is just like when he was little. Always saying stuff to get out of the room.
BARACK OBAMA: So… how are things with you? It’s so good to be here and just get away. I don’t even want to think about the Inauguration.
MICHELLE OBAMA: Oh boy, here we go again. Okay, Mister President. Let’s talk about you more.
BARACK OBAMA: I just mean that we’re so busy.
KONRAD NG: Yeah, we are all busy.
MAYA SOETORO-NG: Yes, Barack. We are all busy. You’re not the only one with a job, you know! I have a job, Konrad has a job, Michelle has a job, Malia has a job.
BARACK OBAMA: Malia doesn’t have a job!
MAYA SOETORO-NG: But she will! Don’t you think we should talk about her for a change?
BARACK OBAMA: Change whatever you want! FINE!
MAYA SOETORO-NG: FINE!
KONRAD NG: Does anybody want to play Rummikub?
MICHELLE OBAMA: Okay. But only if we have rum first.
BARACK OBAMA: I can’t wait to get back to work.
MAYA SOETORO-NG: Merry Christmas, everybody!
…Needless to say, we doubt the Obamas roll like we do. But boy, as you can probably tell, we are damn glad to be back at our desks.
Filed under: Back from the Dark Side, Barack Obama, Family Get-Togethers, Hardass Asian Siblings, Konrad Ng, Maya Soetoro-Ng, Michelle Obama, Strange Directions Holidays Take, The Holidays, Traumatizing Holidays
Why She’s a Babe: Because Barack Obama’s half-Indonesian half-sister–whom Barack described as “looking like a Latin countess with her olive skin and long black hair and black bridesmaid’s gown” at his wedding, in Dreams from My Father–is the definition of regal. And she knows how to rock a power suit. She’s married to Canadiasian Konrad Ng and has a Ph.D in Education, and, no, we’re not talking a Player Hater Degree, obviously. Speaking of Players, did we mention that she’s Barack Obama’s sister and she’s out there reprzentin’ for her big bro? And helping out family–that’s hot.