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Dear Meredith Vieira,
Kristi Yamaguchi is a lot of things. An Olympic gold medalist. A mother. The season 6 winner of perhaps the most squeaky-clean show on television this side of Lawrence Welk, Dancing With the Stars. The daughter of a dentist. She is, at once, both a paragon of achievement and of normalcy, which makes her, like, super-Asian. That is why, to many of us, Kristi Yamaguchi is something of a national treasure.
She is not, however, by any stretch of the imagination, a “hoochie.” As interesting as it might be to think of Kristi having some secret life as a slutty hot mess, that skate just doesn’t fit. That’s like calling you, I dunno, a “hard-hitting reporter”?
[via The Daily Beast]
Filed under: 2010 Winter Olympics, Asian Athletes, Dancing With the Stars, Gold Medalists, Hard-Hitting Journalists, Hoochie Mamas, Hoochies, Japanese-Americans, Kristi Yamaguchi, Meredith Vieira, National Treasures, Olympians, So-Called Journalists
British newspaper The Independent reported last week that concubines are making a comecuback in China due to the return of capitalism. This is particularly fascinating to me because my great-great-grandmother was a concubine. She was the only “wife” of my great-great-grandfather able to give him a son–my maternal grandmother’s father–which was considered the socially-acceptable reason to take on a concubine in those days (as opposed to just keeping them around for sex).
But as I read the Independent piece, “Chinese Concubines Return Thanks To Increasing Capitalism,” which cited one corrupt government official after another keeping mistresses and sometimes offering those women kickbacks, I began to wonder what the difference was between a concubine and a mistress. Was it only semantics? Or was there some kind of legal difference?
As it turns out, concubinage has always been differentiated from having a mistress because of its legal status. According to the Reference.com encyclopedia:
Concubines have limited rights of support from the man, and their offspring are publicly acknowledged as the man’s children, albeit of lower status than children born by the official wife or wives; these legal rights distinguish a concubine from a mistress.
Since having concubines has been illegal in China since the founding of the Republic in 1912, why are these modern-day Chinese mistresses being called “concubines”? Why is The Independent insisting that China’s bringing back this “feudal institution”?
Oh right. Because we’re talking about China. Exotic, mysterious, fetish-y, weird, sexually perverse China. Land of half-a-billion sideways vaginas. Got it.
Today, Michelle Malkin posted about Barack Obama speaking to UNITY, a group of journalists of color–“Obamedia Watch: Left-wing minority journalists show their true colors”–and took down those “left-wing partisan minority journalists” for being biased:
“UNITY and its minority journalism members are inherently politicized entities. They push for a left-leaning agenda of advocacy journalism, color-coded diversity, and open-borders sympathizing disguised as reporting. They mau-mau editors to avoid ethnic descriptions when it reflects badly on their group (see AAJA: Don’t call shooter Asian!) and applaud themselves for promotion ‘diversity’ in journalism.“
Also in the post, she quoted a wire story that asked, “Can minority journalists resist applauding Obama?”–and responded:
“Um, well, some of us can. But we don’t count.”
Pardon the expression, but somebody STOP THE FUCKIN’ PRESSES.
Michelle Malkin is a journalist all of a sudden?!
[dangerously hysterical laughing ensues]
Oh, Michelle! You’re such a kidder! You almost got us with that one!