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Microagressions tracks and calls bullshit on those annoying acts and indignities of the ignorant that insult people of color. [microagressions.tumblr.com - thanks, Veronica!]
According to Margaret Cho, the only reason Bristol Palin competed on “Dancing With The Stars” was because her Hardass mother Sarah Palin forced her. Is it possible we actually feel kinda…sorry for Bristol? Ugh. [MargaretCho.com]
Yellow kid Fei “Phillip” Lam, a Queens high school student, is now known as the “White iPhone Kid.” He’s already made a mint breaking down the barrier between gadget nuts and the not-yet-available white iPhone 4 by selling simple DIY kits. [The Observer via Gothamist]
Sounds like relations between Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and King James are a bit frosty. Frenemies! [The Huffington Post]
Some Hindu peeps would like to remind y’all that yoga isn’t just for Eat, Pray, Love-reading, lululemon-shopping Westerners, aight? [The New York Times]
Sheena Matheiken’s Uniform Project lives on in 2010, its message of sustainable design taken up by twelve of her fellow fashion-forward friends. She interviewed project participant Angie Johnson for The Huffington Post. [The Huffington Post]
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Happy birthday to two-time Olympian, Julie Chu! Chu, who played for the U.S. Women’s ice hockey team when they won silver in 2002 and bronze in 2006, is also a Harvard grad, i.e. a Hardass Asian Parent’s ultimate wet dream. I would love to tell her to go to H-E-double hockey sticks for making the rest of us look bad, but she’s just too damn cute. Plus, I’m pretty sure that Chu could body-check me into oblivion.
LeBron James rocks the April “Shape Issue” of Vogue with Gisele “Mrs. Brady” Bundchen. King James is only the third man to make the magazine’s cover in its history. Apolo Anton Ohno is also featured–hopefully sans Brazilian bikini wax–in the issue, which pairs athletes with models. I love that underneath the picture of LeBron and Gisele the copy reads, “Secrets of the Best Bodies.” Uh, gee, I don’t know…genetics? Stupid luck? Getting paid shitloads to look that good?
For a different take on the upcoming baseball season, check out Yard Work. Author “Haruki Murakami” writes a delirious entry about the Cubs and Kosuke Fukudome, their new right fielder from Japan. Or “Fuck You, Do Me,” as our friend Ashley calls him. I put quotes around “Murakami” because there’s also season previews on the site from “John McCain” and The Wire‘s “Scott Templeton,” Bawldamer’s own Jayson Blair. “Templeton” writes about the Orioles, or, as only he could put it, “the league’s orange-feathered stepchildren.”
We haven’t written about Ka-Ching-Chong in a while (please refer to its definition in the DISGRASIAN dictionary if you are Ka-nfused), so let’s have a little refresher, shall we? Ka-Ching-Chong is a marketing strategy that has come of age in the new millennium, when mega-multinational corporations realized the consumer potential of Asia, specifically China, with its billions of dollars, er, I mean, people.
In the sports world, no one’s got their eye fixed more firmly on the Ka-Ching-Chong prize than the NBA. This week, the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers traveled to Shanghai and Macau for exhibition games against each other and the Chinese national team (minus Yao and Yi for unexplained reasons).
While it’s fantastic that LeBron James is learning Mandarin and nicknamed “Little Emperor” (Xiao Huang Di) in China, and that even Steve Francis can get a shoe deal there, and the Chinese revere lan chou (basketball)–I never played more pickup games in my life than in the year I spent there, and I suck at it–the marketing of the almighty NBA to the Chinese market is so crass and unabashed, I find it kinda revolting. It’s like sex without foreplay. It’s like the wham-bam without the thank-you, ma’am. The AFP reports:
“China is the number one market for the NBA outside the US,” said Matt Bourne, NBA spokesman told AFP ahead of the pre-season games…
“In the United States the development of basketball has already reached a certain saturation point,” Li Yuanwei, chief of the CBA told the Basketball Pioneers…”China is huge and it’s a unified market so that’s why China has the chance to follow after Europe and develop the world’s only newly flourishing professional basketball market.”
According to ESPN, David “Big Brother” Stern also told CCTV5, the major sports channel in China, that he expected this to be “the biggest year ever for the NBA in China.”
You know, I’m happy when a day goes by where I don’t have to hear another xenophobic, shoddy piece of reporting about how China is trying to poison us, nuke us, or take over our country in some sneaky, sinister way (though they could do better in many other areas–see this week’s DOTW). But it doesn’t really make me feel better that we’re trying to do the same thing to them.
Oh, and P.S., China’s not a “market.” It’s a country. Full of PEOPLE. Shocking, I know.
The San Antonio Spurs swept the Cleveland Cavaliers last night in what was probably the most anticlimactic finals I’ve ever seen. LeBron needs a better supporting cast to win the big one. Maybe he should start demon-dialing radio stations, demand to be traded, renege, declare his love for Cleveland, renege, and then whine like a little baby. Oh wait. I’m thinking of that other guy.
In other LeBron news, he and girlfriend Savannah Brinson welcomed their second child early yesterday, before Game 4. LeBron wanted to name his son “Maximus” after Russell Crowe’s Gladiator character, but his girlfriend vetoed it and, instead, the kid’s name is…BRYCE.
Bryce. Since it’s Friday, and I’m trying to stay positive for the weekend, I’ll just say this: at least the word “rice” is in there.
Have a great weekend. Late!
Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard is in China this week promoting two preseason games the Magic and the Cavs will play there this fall. In an attempt to impress journalists who were following him on this PR-junket, Howard tried to speak Chinese.
With coaching from a handful of Chinese journalists, Howard needed eight tries to master: “Wo ai lanqiu,” which is Chinese for “I love basketball.”
“Do it again with more conviction,” said Cheong Sau Ching, who heads up the NBA’s media office in Beijing.
Forced to speed up, Howard stumbled.
“Wi-Fi – oooh, la, la,” he said, breaking into a laugh, which drew smiles and applause.
“Wi-Fi Ooh La La”? For serious? That’s the best you could do, Dwighty? I was damn sure that LeBron was going to smoke you on the hardwood in the old country but now I’m also positive he’s going to crush you in a head-to-head Ka-Ching-Chong rap battle. Good fuckin’ luck.
Forget Kobe. Forget Dirk. LeBron James proved last night in the Cavs’ double-overtime, sick-as-shit playoff win that he is the second coming of MJ. Let’s get this dude a Chinese name already so we can claim him as one of our own!
The NBA playoffs just got a lot more interesting, now that Cleveland has pulled even in their series against Detroit, and LeBron James has finally woken up to the fact that he is a scorer, not a passer. Plus, I dig that the dude’s learning Mandarin.
But who I’m REALLY fascinated by in this series is power forward Drew Gooden, pictured on the left high-fiving James. Gooden, who is half African-American, half-Finnish, scored 19 points in the Cavs’ Game 4 win (hard to believe that I’m writing “Cavs” and “win” in the same sentence).