I’m writing this blog post for a number of reasons. First, it behooves me to mention some of the issues that more recent Asian American immigrants and immigrant human rights organizations have been dealing with. If you look at 4:46 of the video above, that’s a news story that has not been passed around by most of the Asian American blogosphere. If you read the typical Asian American blogs, it’s like it never happened. They only want to talk about how Peter Liang shot Akai Gurley.
Second, I wanted to take on Snoopy’s statement that
Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been busy with the new dog.
Anyway, I saw an interesting article on something that would have been unfathomable just four years ago: Donald Trump and the G.O.P.: The Party of Lincoln, Reagan and, Perhaps, Extinction. The article provides an interesting history on how the last major political party in the U.S., the Whigs, imploded. It makes the argument that after 162 years of the Republican party, it’s possible that the Republican party will implode after this election.
Sorry for the delay in posting. We just adopted a real WOWO into our family this past weekend. She’s just four months old, so there’s lots of playtime, walking, feeding, cleaning up poop, etc. She’s loving the neighborhood and family, and the kids adore her. The shelter says that she’s a terrier mix. I looked online, and the closest thing I see is a rat terrier, although the guy who introduced her to us said she might also be part Chihuahua. As of yesterday, Day 3, she has already learned how to sit and come.
Recently, a number of big things have happened in the HollywoodSphere. First, there’s a new Bruce Lee movie being made, but apparently it’s told from the perspective of a White guy dating an Asian woman. Second, NBC almost bought a TV show about a Filipina mail-order bride. Third, Fox News posted a racist man-on-the-street video covering New York Chinatown (you can google the Fox News clip, and you can see the Daily News response here).
I found the video above when Oshay Duke Jackson referenced Black Patriarch. Oshay has some very good common sense ideas on improving the welfare of the Black community, so when he recommended Black Patriarch, I thought it might be worth checking out. Let me first start out by saying I don’t buy the author’s idea that emotionality is in the genes. It sounds too much like HBD to me, and there’s no proof that that it is gene-based. He doesn’t talk enough about culture and the pull of emotional, illogical victim-focused thinking. I also need to remind everyone that his critique is an internal critique, of Black people and by Black people. But lots of the stuff he says seems right to me, namely the main idea that emotionality is enough to keep an entire group of people down.
A lot of my “liberal” Facebook friends posted about Lionel Shriver’s speech to the Brisbane Writers Festival. Read the entire speech here. Most of my friends were against the speech, basically saying that Lionel Shriver was acting like a privileged person and wasn’t empathetic enough to minorities. One commenter said that the speech was “worse than I thought.” While I’m not surprised at the objections to Shriver’s speech, I am surprised at the vitriol thrown her way. Some people even walked out of her speech. While I don’t agree with everything that Shriver said or the way in which she portrayed things, most of what she said is correct.
The Conjoined is the third adult novel of Canadian American author Jen Sookfong Lee. I reviewed her first novel The End of East years ago, and I am happy to see that she’s still writing. Too often Asian American writers write one novel before disappearing forever. I’m happy that Jen Sookfong Lee is still in the game and growing stronger as a writer. And growing she is. I couldn’t put this novel down. She has grown not only as a writer, but also as an observer and a student of life (which she describes in detail on her website). She was always a good writer, but in her new novel, she demonstrates her cultural bilingualism and keen understanding of humankind. It was truly delightful.
The fact that this whole rollercoaster 2016 year, and before, literally feels like Horseshoe Theory in action. In many ways, what are the alt-right and “sjw” left, but mirror images of each other? They’re finally meeting each other. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction :/
I’ve been spending way too much time arguing on social media with people over the Constance Wu thing. I posted about this three weeks ago, followed by a post on Cultural Attraction, which was my big breakthrough over the last couple of years. Anyway, yesterday Phil from YOMYOMF posted this: Yes, Constance Wu can have a White boyfriend and still advocate for Asian Americans. In the article, Phil says what lots of my Facebook peeps are saying, that a woman who dates White can still advocate for Asian Americans. I actually agree with them 100%. As long as there’s no logical discrepancy between action and words, it’s fine. Similarly, an environmentalist who owns two homes or drives a Hummer can also be an advocate–after all, in the grand scheme of things on a planet 7 billion strong, what’s one extra car or one extra home? Logically, it makes hardly any difference at all.
Up until my twenties, I had known only two Asian American men who married black women. One was my granduncle who was half-black himself. He was my grand-uncle not by blood, but by the fact that he and my grandmother and granduncles had grown up together. Wayne Boc spoke Cantonese fluently and knew everything about Chinese culture. I’m too young to remember, but I think he may have kicked my ass in Chinese chess. The story was that his father had opened a laundry in the middle of a majority black area in New York and had fallen in love with a local African American woman. Think about that–Wayne Boc’s was my grandfather’s age, and my grandfather was born in 1924. His father married a black woman around the time my grandfather was born, and then Wayne Boc himself, who was my grandfather’s age, married a black woman. How revolutionary is that?