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Blast From The Past: “Votes Of Women Can Accomplish No More Than Votes Of Men”

November 6th, 2012 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

From an old anti-suffragist pamphlet that’s been circulating on Facebook:

“Vote NO on Woman Suffrage…Because it is unwise to risk the good we already have for the evil which may occur.”

There are always going to be dopes and cowards against progress. Let’s make sure those people stay the minority and end up on the wrong side of history.

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

October 2nd, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

So apparently John Cho (before he was famous) met Morrissey (who has been famous for a long time, and is still famous now) once in a pool hall frequented by Filipino gangsters. There is nothing about this story that is not awesome. [Vulture]

Twitter user (and friend of Jen) @joshbearman found Jen’s car! Those vanity plates give you away every time. [Twitter]

Telev-Asian? Here is a list of Asian actors featured on new fall shows on broadcast networks. [Hollywood Invasian]

Hari Kondabolu of “Totally Biased” considers the visibility and successes of Indians on television: “You can’t just make up random racist shit and pretend it’s true!” [YouTube]

“The Mindy Project” has only just debuted this week on Fox, and there is already a backlash from bloggers and TV writers against the show’s creator and star, Mindy Kaling. Nisha Chittal weighs in for Racialicious. [Racialicious]

Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao is offering $65 million to the man who can get his Continue reading Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

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Let’s Take Over Everything: Vote In 2010

October 8th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana

Not convinced you should be voting on November 2′s midterm elections? After all, we’re not voting for the President, right? Right?

Not to be a dick or anything, but if you’re sleeping through this election cycle, WAKE UP. These promise to be some of the most pivotal elections in modern history, and if you haven’t noticed, times in this country are not good. No matter where you stand on the issues, you will be feeling the impact of these votes, so for the love of Pete, get involved. You don’t want to wake up on November 3 pissed off at the world when you should be pissed at yourself.

If you aren’t registered to vote, register here, here or here.

Don’t know who to vote for? Try the simple Glassbooth quiz to find out which candidates most closely align with your beliefs.

And if you can’t summon the energy to vote, let our friend Beau Sia take a crack at convincing you:





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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities

September 16th, 2010 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

What to do when you’re not studying, calculating your taxes on an abacus, or practicing piano:


For those of you who don’t think the midterm elections coming up in November have the capacity to drastically shift the face of this country, think again. Need more persuasian? Head to the First Annual AAPI Rock the Vote event at the Ford Ampitheater in Hollywood tomorrow night and let hotstuffs Kelly Hu, Lisa and Laura Ling, Continue reading DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities

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DIGRASIAN’S Summer Reading: SDAFF’s Reel In The Vote Contest

August 13th, 2010 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.



Some of you know that I’ve dedicated years of toil trying to get unregistered Americans to vote. Thusly, voter engagement is a cause that is very near and dear to the heart of DISGRASIAN. Y’all may have noticed that over the past few months, we’ve featured an ad (to the right, under the DISGRASIAN Dictionary) for a PSA contest hosted by our pals at the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, called “Reel In The Vote.” To enter, just create a 30-second PSA convincing our peeps to get off their asses and hit a polling station.

“But Diana, it’s not an election year!” Au contraire, my dears. It’s always an election year.

If you haven’t yet put in your two cents (or, rather, your 30 seconds), please check out the contest and submit something, for chrissake. The final deadline is August 31! You can do good stuff AND win a little money, honey (not to mention a trip to the film festival).

[SDAFF: Reel In The Vote]

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November Fourth, Two-Thousand Asian

November 3rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Dear DISGRASIAN readers,

We know how much you’re looking forward to tomorrow. Maybe it’s because you can’t wait to get your free ice cream cone at Ben and Jerry’s, or your free cup of coffee at Starbucks, or your free doughnut at Krispy Kreme. Maybe because you’ve never voted before, and you can’t wait to be de-virginized. Maybe you really, really, really want an “I Voted” sticker (they’re damn cool). Maybe because you want to be able to watch TV without hearing the words “Bradley effect.” Maybe because you’re tired of Sarah Palin, or Keith Olbermann talking about Sarah Palin, or us talking about unfunny stuff like lynching images, the importance of civil rights, and usage of the word “gook.”

Listen, we want tomorrow to happen more than anybody. We want nothing more than to see an end to our election-anxiety-induced insomnia. I want to have a social life again. I’m sure Jen wants me to stop trying to re-register her to vote, even though she’s been registered 4eva and hasn’t moved AND the deadline in California passed long ago (Hey, you can’t register too many times, right?). We want to spend our evenings playing Guitar Hero 4 (it’s dope), not stressing about constituents. We want to start working on our Inauguration Day outfits! We BOTH want to write about things like pandas, and Bai Ling, parties, low-rider Acuras–things that do matter, but don’t feel as fucking life-and-death as everything seems (and is) in the 2008 election.

We are all different. We land differently on the issues, on the candidates, on this whole godforsaken country (and whether or not it’s UnAmerican and/or “godless” to say that). But where we should all be the same is our willingness to take the time out, to think beyond ourselves, and vote.

If you haven’t voted already, please vote tomorrow. We don’t care who you vote for (that’s a bit of a lie–yes we do), or why you vote, or what you do before and after. But we do care that you vote. We live in a country where voting–a privilege, on many levels–is our right. Our choice. And if we choose to be selfish, ignorant, lazy, or apathetic enough to ignore that right, we are a disgrace to ourselves and our country’s ambitious stab at democracy.

Tomorrow, if you’re waiting in a long line and you’re pissed about it, or if you’re angry at the system because our election process is so fucked (it is), or if you’re stuck on the fact that you hate government and don’t want to play into their silly/bureaucratic/two-party/The-Man-Makes-the-Rules game, please vote anyway. Please think outside of yourself and remember that there are a lot of other people in this country that don’t have the luxury to sit back and watch this country burn. They have lives and families and homes (hopefully) and jobs, and sicknesses, and retirement funds, and stakes–REAL STAKES–that will be directly affected by this election.

We are taking tomorrow off in honor of Election Day (which should be a day off for everyone, anyway), so as not to provide you with any distractions.

Please take the time. Vote. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE.

Thank you.

Love,
DISGRASIAN

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Schlep for Us, Too!

October 24th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Dear Sarah Silverman,

We’re reaaaaaally psyched about all of the schlepping to Florida you’ve been organizing in pursuit of Obama votes. What better way to rally that crazy battleground state for the good, than with the power of Bubbes? It’s genius!

Let’s switch gears slightly, yo. With eleven days to the election, we’re shocked to know that a startling few people have actually been made aware that Amendment 1 on Florida’s November 4 ballot has the power to eradicate the 1926 anti-Asian land ownership law still standing in the state’s constitution. As always, Amendments on ballot are confusing. To clarify: This one on the ballot is good! The old one is BAD–It’s the O.G. of anti-slant-eye racism! Sucko!

Maybe it’ll help if we show ya this little excerpt from the Tampa Tribune:

Amendment 1 on the Nov. 4 ballot would repeal a 1926 amendment that allowed the Legislature to ban “aliens ineligible for citizenship” – an old code word for Asian immigrants – from buying and owning real estate. Although the provision was never enforced and was invalidated by subsequent federal court rulings, backers of Amendment 1 believe the words should still be removed from the constitution.

Problem is, most people don’t really know what the hell Amendment 1 is, much less what side of the fence they should land on–and we think ignorant folks might err on the side of “nyet.”

Dude, there is NO FUCKING WAY our peeps can go out like that! Even if the amendment isn’t currently enforceable, it is really fucking fucked up to have to live in a state where the constitution technically says “Hey, you Jappy Chinkos, better get to steppin’ on your lease application. Got a credit report?”

And here’s another problem: the original amendment was really sneakily, craftily worded, using the word “Alien” instead of “Jappy Chinko.” (Here’s something to tell your grandma: “Grandma, we hate anti-Semitic fucks. But we ourselves should be anti…semantical fuck-overing in legislation!“) People hear “alien” and they think, “Shit! Not more Mexicans! This is my damn country!” People hear “alien” and they hear “terror,” or as our beloved Dubya says, “tare,” whatever that means… and when it doubt, it means “9/11 every day of the year.” People hear “alien” and they’re all like, “Whoa, that’s some scary un-American shit. America rules! Keep everrrbody out!”

This just won’t do. We’re Asian, and we’re really smart already, but everybody else we need to EDUCATE.

So here’s our proposal. We’d like to know if you can add this issue to your “Schlep” agenda. We’ve got the brains, you’ve got the schlep, let’s tell all the bubbes…

In return… well, isn’t kicking institutionalized racism in the balls its own return? We sure think so.

Thanks, Sarah! You rule.

xoxo
DISGRASIAN

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But What’s Her Take On the Bailout?

October 21st, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Of COURSE I think that the very suggestion of “Paris for President” (as opposed to really delightful ideas/jokes, like Murs para Presidente or McCain 4 Prez) is abominable. It’s not even funny. NOT EVEN FUNNY.


That is, unless nummy model William Chan (see above, right) actually would be one of Paris’s Secret Service men. In which case, she could very well have my vote.

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Asian-Americans May Nip The Vote

October 6th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Via Hyphen today, we stumbled upon an encouraging analysis of recent studies compiled by Rutgers, Cal, USC, and UCR: Asian voters could tip the scales towards Obama in many battleground states.

Perhaps you said what I said: WOOHOO! WE RULE! WE’LL WIN THIS THING! I’M SO PSYCHED ABOUT MY FELLOW YELLOWS!

…’Cuz if that’s what happens on November 4, we really will rule and I deserve to be super psyched.

Of course, as we continued to peruse through the rest of the facts about voters that have decided on their candidate, one glaring fact did emerge and pop our celebratory bubble:

“…two-thirds of Vietnamese Americans said they support Mr. McCain.”

Uh–what? Gotta ask all ma peeps now: WHY? Is it because yer all like, “He totally fought those fucking Cong Commies!” or “We ran away from big government, muthafucka, we ain’t goin’ down like that again!” or “I like that Palin lady–she’s spunky!” or “He only said he’ll ‘hate the gooks’ for as long as he’s alive, and that couldn’t possibly be very much longer?”

Um, well, at least I’m super psyched about a third of my fellow American gooks.

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