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How many of held your breath and prayed this morning that the University of Texas student who fired off rounds from an AK-47 before killing himself on campus wouldn’t turn out to be Asian?
Oh, right, all of you!
Still haunted by Virginia Tech as though it were yesterday–not to mention the Binghamton shooter and, more recently, the Discovery Channel hostage-taker–I think it’s safe to say that most of us would be happy to never see the words “Asian” and “shooter” next to each other again unless we’re talking about excellence achieved in the various shooting sports featured at the Olympic Games.
The UT shooter has since been identified as 19 year-old math major Colton Tooley, pictured below.
And while it didn’t make me laugh, its weirdly dark turn at the end, where the Quiet Asian Dude winds up committing three counts of aggravated assault, sure made me feel funny.
A handwritten letter that Binghamton shooter Jiverly Wong sent to a Syracuse, NY news station before he killed 13 people was released yesterday, and the full text is below (click here to see the letter in its original form). In it, Wong writes that the cops made him do it, undercover cops who broke into his house, touched him while he was sleeping, and tried to bait him into a car wreck (32 times apparently). Cops who were, obviously, figments of Wong’s deluded, paranoid, insane imagination.
Date March 18 2009
Dear NEW TEN NOW
I am Jiverly Wong Shooting the people.
The first I want to say sorry I know a little English. I hope you understand all of this. Of course you need to know why I shooting? Because undercover cop gave me a lot of ass during eighteen years I got seven years and eight month delivery to grocery in the California came back New York on the August 2007.
Let talk about when I live in California. Such as…cop used 24 hours the technique of ultramodern and camera for burn the chemical in my house. For switch the channel time…For adjust the fan. For made me unbreathable. For made me vomit. For connect the music into my ear.
Undercover cop usual coined some nasty was not true about me and spread a rumour to the receiver and some people know me conduce toward many people predudiced and selfish to me…cop made me lost my job…cop put me became poor.
Let talk about when I live at the 28 Baker St. 2nd Floor, Johnson City, New York 13790. It terrible when I live there such as…cop wait until midnight when I off the light and went to the bed. Cop unlock my door and came in take a sit in my room ((cop did it thirteen time on the year 1994 )) on the thirteen time had three time touch me when I sleeping. One time stolen 20 dollar in my wallet. One time used electric gun shoot at the behind my neck. (That time I did not know English)
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From 1990 to 1995 New York undercover cop try to get a car accident with me. Such as when I driving on the highway and on the street undercover cop sunddenly brake the car stop immediately at the of front my car…cop did it 32 time like that during 1990 to 1995 but I never hit the car.
Many time from 1990 to 1997 at the day time…cop exploit unknow English and went to my house knock the door for harass and domineer. Of course during that time cop coined something was not true about me and spread a rumour nasty like the California cop.
From August 2007 until now cop gave me not to much ass only one time cop leave a massage in my voice mail and said (( come back your country )) after five minute I send a text massage to them I said I will call the police and they send it back to me they said they are the police.
Dear New Ten Now. Right now I still get unemploment benefit of the company Shop Vac Endicott. New York State Department of Labor was cheat and unpaid from December 1st 2008 to December 28th 2008 I already claim weekly benefit from that date.
Any way I can not accepted my poor life. Before I cut my poor life I must oneself get a judge job for make an impartial with undercover cop by at least two people with me go to return to the dust of earth.
Already impartial now..cop bring about this shooting. cop must responsible. And you have a nice day.
Now, I’ve got nothing against guns. I’ve shot off a few in my day (and am a pretty lousy shot). Most of my childhood friends’ parents had guns. Some of my childhood friends had guns that they first started using when they were in elementary school. My own parents have thought about getting one. I have a girlfriend who hunts. I have a self-described “gun nut” friend who has so many firearms in his collection that he hasn’t even disclosed how many he has to his girlfriend of six months for fear she’d think he’s some kind of wacko, and I would trust him with my life; in fact, he lives up the hill from me, and I always say that in the event of a disaster, I’m going straight to his house, because he’s a touch of a survivalist and the house is fortified like a bunker.
That said, is it really easier to regulate (and treat) mental illness and crazy people like Jiverly Wong than it is to more rigorously regulate gun sales? You gotta wonder.
You know the latest Facebook meme, where people are tagging their friends in grid-like, mostly illustrated photo-lists that break down their personality types (“the lazy one,” “the flirt,” “the crackhead”)? Well, I saw another example of this meme yesterday on urlesque that was a “Most Likely To” list, and one thing in particular caught my eye:
Dude. That sucks. I think I’m going to go out and shoot some people.
Haiyang Zhu–the Chinese grad student at Virginia Tech allegedly responsible for decapitating new friend Xin Yang with a kitchen knife on Wednesday–apparently showed signs of frustration unrelated to the incident earlier this month.
[A] Chinese-language blog was written earlier this month under the name Haiyang Zhu, and displaying the same photo of Zhu by authorities in Virginia. The author expressed frustration over stock losses and other problems in the blog, dated Jan. 7.
‘Big stock losses. Recently I’ve been so frustrated I think only of killing someone or committing suicide,’ the posting reads.
We are numb with disbelief, seeing that he chose to employ the former rather than the latter–and brokenhearted either way.
Authorities in Florida arrested 20 year-old Calin Wong for allegedly threatening over the internet to re-enact the Virginia Tech mass shootings. When police raided the home Wong shares with his parents, they discovered 4 AK-47s out of 13 firearms in all and 5,000 rounds of ammo “stacked on shelves in plain view.”
Detective Antonio Aquino told the AP that, upon questioning, Wong denied he was planning a killing spree:
“He says it’s a lucrative business,” Aquino said. “He said if Hillary Clinton wins she’ll put a ban on assault rifles, and these assault rifles will be worth more in value.”
Is Wong secretly working for the McCain campaign? The NRA? Ya gotta wonder. As for Hillary potentially banning assault rifles when President, could you blame her? Especially after her harrowing experience in Bosnia, when she narrowly escaped sniper fire on the tarmac?
Poor Hill. Taking one on the chin for someone else’s homicidal tendencies. Girlfriend can’t catch a break!
While most people, ourselves included, have tried over the last eight months to make sense out of what happened at Virginia Tech in April, or put it out of our minds because it’s too horrific to deal with, or get over the fact that Seung Cho was Asian and a lot of people still think that our peeps are waiting to go apeshit on college campuses, Northern Virginia rappers DZK and F.a.T.–aka Red Giants–have come up with the ultimate coping mechanism in “VA Tech Aftermath”: get rich and fuck the dyin’.
The song, which includes a sample of Seung Cho’s videotaped rant against people he perceived as his spoiled, rich peers, contains these really really smart lyrics on how to deal with the horror of that mass murder:
“I bought the plot where they buried this freak/ And installed not one but three ATM machines…
This message is to you in college/ We don’t care about you and your problems/ You can flip out, stressing over some loot/ It doesn’t really matter how many weapons you shoot/ We’re still ballin’/ Hold up, just let me check my wallet/ I left a message for Cho, hope it’s warm in hell for you/ It’s V-A callin’/ We just wanted to tell you ‘still ballin’!”
Awesome idea, guys! I think this is how we should deal with all kinds of tragedy. When bad shit goes down, like when people get killed and stuff, you gotta make as much ca$h money as possible to really show dead mass murderers what’s what. Yeah, that’s right. So all y’all out there better still be ballin’, or bad shit is gonna happen. Or, bad shit’s gonna happen but it don’t matter if your wallet’s fat. Or something along those lines. Sheeit, this is confusing. Maybe this makes no sense. No, it’s a great idea. I’m still ballin’, you’re still ballin’, we’re all still ballin’, so suck it, Seung Cho! Yeah, that’s right. Peace.
AOL revealed their top searches of 2007 in various categories this week. The top five news story searches were for 1) Chris Benoit, the wrestler who killed his family and then himself, 2) the weight-loss drug Phentermine, 3) the Pet Food Recall, 4) Global Warming and, finally, 5) the Virginia Tech shootings (more on that later).
The other results were more predictable, with American Idol, Brit Brit and Hillary dominating the categories of TV, celebrity, and politics. The most embarrassing category itself was “Top Accidental Celebrities.” Of the top five, two were siblings and DISGRASIAN–Shyamali “Boobylicious” Malakar came in at number two, ahead of her tone-deaf brohawk Sanjaya, who took the fourth spot.
I wonder how the Malakars are taking the news. Especially since that “accident” has been cleaned up for a while. Sanjaya’s got to be pissed that big sis’ D-cups overshadowed his…um…uh…talents(?). But is being a Top Accidental Celebrity something that one and one’s family feel pride and joy over?
In other words, are they cracking open champagne right now or a bottle of Percocet?
The Associated Press reported this week that a former UC Riverside student went to dark lengths to subvert a graduation ceremony and avoid telling his mother that he’d dropped out of college:
Audley Yung told his mother that he was scheduled to graduate from University of California, Riverside, last weekend and she planned to drive from Northern California to attend, according to the affidavit.
Yung, 22, attended the university as recently as last summer but did not have enough credits to graduate.
The affidavit said Yung admitted sending a letter and two e-mails to university officials threatening to set off several improvised explosive devices during a commencement planned for June 15. The document also said Yung admitted building a bomb using a wine bottle and gasoline, placing it next to a palm tree on campus, dousing the tree with gasoline and setting it on fire.
A business administration graduation ceremony and some final exams were rescheduled because of the scare.
Yung hoped university officials would cancel the weekend graduation ceremonies, giving him an excuse not to attend. “Then his mother would return home and everything would be as it once was,” police Detective Jessie Orona said in the affidavit.
Orona also said Yung’s “true mind set was to injure or otherwise harm innocent people.” Investigators searched Yung’s apartment and discovered a letter he had allegedly written stating his hatred of all rich white and Chinese kids, and that he was going to kill them all, court records show.
Here’s the thing: the extended, complicated, cover-my-ass-until-I-die lie I actually understand. Picture him every lunar New Year in Northern California, surrounded by standoffish uncles, clucking aunts and snotty cousins: When are you going to be done school? How many more years you have? Your cousin Johnny take three extra classes at Berkeley this semester. What are you majoring in? What does that mean? What kind of job you get with that after college? Your younger brother is going to MIT this summer, so much better than you, aren’t you ashamed? Look here, Jenny just took MCATs and got into top 15 percentile. Why can’t you go to medical school? My friend here, both of her sons are lawyers and they finished early. Why don’t you try harder? You are a disappointment.
There is a part of me that completely relates to Yung’s desperate sham; especially since we’ve seen such a surge of them in recent months. Hardass Asian pressure is so totally, mind-twistingly, esteem-crumblingly, spirit-destructively fucked. A person might do anything to avoid any more Asian shame. This I understand and empathize with. I really do.
But the rage and hatred, the deep, violent, terrible, sociopathic resentment, the brutal and vitriolic intentions–all echoing so soon after the dark day at Virginia Tech–these things I do not understand at all.
When will we be ready we look ourselves in the face and realize we all have a much bigger problem here? These are our brothers and sons, and they’re breaking down right before our eyes.
Read the full story here.
Last week, Kenneth Eng made headlines again when he called Virginia Tech murderer Seung Cho his “hero.” Gawker, god bless them, then released a query that Eng had recently sent to publishers, hocking his demented wares. Here are some of the lowlights:
I am writing to ask if you’d be interested in publishing a book I am writing involving the VA Tech Shooting. Entitled “Why I Hate Everything”, it is based on what Asians in this country really believe. It defends Seung-Hui Cho by outlining very harshly that he was the real victim.
Me: Speak for yourself, you fucking lunatic.
Regarding the Village Voice interview where he admitted he wanted to go on a murderous rampage at NYU but couldn’t afford a gun, Eng also reveals:
The journalist quoted me out of context (for example, I only “stalked” a girl because she was rude to me and I intentionally wanted to creep her out).
Me: “Rude to me”? Are you for serious? Oh, and, there’s no such thing as “unintentionally” creeping someone out when stalking them.
And finally, Eng’s closer:
The book is divided into chapters entitled “Why I Hate (something)”. They will involve descriptions of why Asians should hate certain things and how we are violated in the US. Occasionally, I will use personal anecdotes (proof of which I have, to prevent another James Frey) about my many physical and verbal fights with whites and blacks. The writing style will be slightly comedic (who wants to read a 300-page rant without humor?).
When I first heard that Oprah was sending Lisa Ling down to Blacksburg, Virginia to cover the Virginia Tech mass killing, I braced myself for something awful. I cursed the television. I pictured Lisa’s brand of red-carpet reporting coupled with this unfathomable tragedy and began to write an angry letter to Oprah in my head (“Dear Oprah, Stop faking it. Stop drinking. Stop pretending John Travolta is not gay. And for that matter…). I TiVo-ed the show but watched it live anyway, unable to handle the anticipation.
I never thought I’d say this, but Lisa Ling actually did a good job. She seemed kind of wrecked by what had happened and, dare I say, sincere. She hung back during heartbreaking interviews with victims’ friends and relatives and left their palpable grief unadorned. She said her “heart sunk” when she found out the shooter was Asian–which was true for so many of us–and I believed her. Maybe robots have feelings after all.