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AMAZIANS OF THE WEEK! California Federal Judge Appointees Jacqueline Nguyen, Edward Chen and Dolly Gee

August 10th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Names: Jacqueline Nguyen, Edward Chen, and Dolly Gee

Occupations: LA County Superior Court Judge (Nguyen), U.S. Magistrate Judge (Chen), and Law Partner (Gee)

Known for: Reprzenting! Traditionally, Asian-American judges have been woefully underrepresented in federal courts. (Which is sooo weird since we’re kind of a judge-y people.) But in the last 10 days, President Obama has appointed four new federal judges for California, and three of them–Nguyen, Chen, and Gee–are Asian. In the wake of Sonia Sotomayor’s swearing in as the U.S. Supreme Court’s first Latino justice, this gives us hope that one day we’ll see one of our own presiding over the highest court in the country. Until then, we’ll keep pretending that Sotomayor’s one of us!

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Buddha Call

June 8th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Peep the National Review‘s current “Wise” Sotomayor Caricature Cover:


Shit, man. Even at slantiest, the real Buddha is shut-eyed in deep meditation–not itty-bitty-slitty-chink-eyed!

Why do we get the feeling that even Mickey Rooney looks at this drawing and says, “Damn. Isn’t that kinda fucked up?”

[via Talking Points Memo]
[Salon: The National Review's baffling Sotomayor Cover]

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Marcus Epstein

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]

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HONORASIAN ALERT: U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor

May 27th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

After the Sonia Sotomayor nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was announced yesterday, a few of you wondered if Sotomayor, who is of Puerto Rican descent, wasn’t a little bit Asian. And who could blame you, really? Her eyes are kinda Asian. Her bio–immigrant parents, high school valedictorian, Princeton summa cum laude, Yale Law, bootstraps–is certainly Asian. She has the word “honorable” in her title (and, for that matter, she has a title). But it wasn’t until our pal Jeff Chang sent us this photo of Sotomayor and her twin nephews Conner and Corey (who were apparently born in Korea), that we knew for sure:


I mean, c’mon. The peace sign is a DEAD. GIVEAWAY.

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