Fathers, children, and life

I first heard about Nan-Hui Jo at Reappropriate, followed by the announcement of Jo’s guilty verdict. Certain facts are clear: Nan-Hui Jo came to the U.S. from Korea, where she married an American dude who she says abused her. She left the first American dude and got involved with another American dude, with whom she had a daughter. She then fled back to South Korea with her child while the father of the child unsuccessfully fought to see his child. When she returned to look for educational opportunities for her child, she was arrested for kidnapping.

Consultants try to get around racism in college admissions

Thanks, King, for sending this: For Asian Americans, a changing landscape on college admissions.

“Let’s talk about Asians,” she says.

Lee’s next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant’s race confers. She points to the first column.

African-Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

She points to the second column.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”

What Lela Lee confirms about Asian American feminism

This whole debate about the legal dispute between Angry Asian Man and Angry Little Asian Girl has been quite enlightening. They say that hardship teaches you who you are, and this case is no different–I think we’ve confirmed a lot about Asian American feminism, and to a lesser extent the Asian American media-sphere. Granted, I already knew most of this because I am often ahead of the curve, but as I get older, it always makes me happy to know I was correct.

The feminist issue came up when, according to Reappropriate, Lela Lee implied that she wasn’t a feminist:

Jerome Kersey dies at 52

Portland lost a hero today. Jerome Kersey has passed on at the age of 52, apparently from a blood clot.

I knew Jerome Kersey from when we worked at the same mortgage company years ago. He started as a mortgage broker at around the same time I did–it was the first job in mortgages that either of us had. (Of course he was retired by then and was doing it just to get out of the house, and he was there for about a year before moving on to a better and more enjoyable career, first as an exotic car salesman and then as an employee for the Blazers.). He was the friendliest guy one could ever meet. Outside of the fact that he was 6’7, you’d never know that he was one of the biggest stars that the Portland Trailblazers ever had. And since I wasn’t an NBA fan, I had no idea!

Angry Little Asian Girl threatens to sue Angry Asian Man

I saw this on 8 Asians.

Here’s Angry Little Asian Girl’s side of the story: Why the “Angry Asian Man” is pissing me off. [Edit: alternate copy here]

And here’s Angry Asian Man’s side: I am being threatened with an Angry Asian lawsuit.

Angry Asian Man is a popular blogger, and I’m not surprised that much of the Asian blogosphere is jumping in to support him. Plus, he’s a dude, and well, male privilege. But in any dispute, I think we have to step back and look at it from the legal aspect, not the popularity aspect.

First openly bisexual governor

Kate Brown, photo credit AP/Don Ryan

Kate Brown, photo credit AP/Don Ryan

Congrats to Kate Brown, who will become the first openly bisexual governor in the U.S. The current governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, has just resigned, following a crazy drama with him and his fiancee that has been truly bizarre, even by Portland/Oregon standards. I have no idea where Kate Brown stands on anything–she didn’t run for governor, nor we didn’t elect her governor–but I do agree with Kitz’s decision to resign. As recently as yesterday, he was vowing to fight on and drag the state through a long and expensive legal battle, which would be far more expensive than the taxpayer’s money that Kitz has already blown. I’m glad I left the gubernatorial box blank. Kitz is set to step down on February 18th.

Did Asian American bloggers get the shaft?

Pic from Instagram, found on Reappropriate.com

Pic from Instagram, found on Reappropriate.com

I found this story on Reappropriate: Yes, It Matters That AAPI Bloggers Were [left off the bus]. It seems that Disney invited a whole bunch of bloggers on an expenses-paid 5-day trip to LA in order to meet a bunch of celebrities and content creators. The list of the shows/movies included Fresh Off the Boat and Big Hero 6. But among the invited bloggers, not one was of Asian American descent. Once again, Asians didn’t get to ride the bus. In addition to Jenn’s blog, I found some other interesting commentary here and here.

Hou Yifan’s Masterclass

Lots of people in the chess world were afraid that Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan’s Masterclass wouldn’t take place if she lost to Peter Svidler yesterday. She was in a lost position, but she fought hard until Svidler made a mistake in the endgame, and she managed to save it with a draw. What a fighter.

Anyway, see her Masterclass presentation above. It’s pretty enlightening. Her English is excellent, and I think she’s very well-rounded for a chess player. In the interview, she talks about why she won’t defend her Women’s World Championship, how she trains, and what she’s looking to accomplish post-college. If you’re not interested in the analysis of the chess game, jump forward to around 20:00.

Should football be a college major?

I just saw this article. Two former UNC college athletes are suing their alma mater and the NCAA for not educating them. The column raises the question of whether it makes sense to turn sports into a college major, or whether it makes sense to give college credit for athletics. Many of these athletes spend upward of 60 hours a week in their athletic programs, and they have little time for study. As the first paragraph hints, athletics for college athletes isn’t an extracurricular activity for college athletes–academics is the extracurricular activity. Some professors are making the argument that we let people major in music–so why not let them major in football? Another argument is that lots of companies value athletes for their teamwork, grit, and determination. Why not allow people to major in this, if that’s in fact what companies want?

Wei Yi: “Strongest 15-year-old in the history of chess”

Wei Yi: pic from Chessbase

Wei Yi: pic from Chessbase

Yeah, I know, Nottyboy and I are the only ones interested in these chess stories. But right now is an exciting time to be a chess spectator. Wei Yi, the 15-year-old phenom from China, crossed the 2700 threshhold in the live ratings yesterday. This makes him the youngest person in the history of chess to cross 2700, breaking World Champion Magnus Carlsen’s previous record. Chess commentators around the world are gushing over Wei Yi. If I’m remembering correctly, Grandmaster Simon Williams today called him the “strongest 15-year-old in the history of chess.”