I’ve been procrastinating like crazy on the “competition” podcast. This is partly because I’ve been obsessed crazy with other stuff, and partly because it’s a relatively bigger technical undertaking if we do it the way I hope to do it. But it’s also because I’ve been feeling a bit…disconnected.
Chr just posted this (older) article: Spain’s Chinese Immigrants Thrive in Tough Economy. According to the article, Chinese immigrants are doing well in Spain, despite the failing Spanish economy. They’re doing this by using family/national relations, as well as by keeping prices and margins low. So far, according to the article, there hasn’t been a backlash.
One Chinese immigrant woman shares her view:
Her family’s story is telling of the ways many of Spain’s 170,000 Chinese immigrants have managed not only to weather a tough economy but even to thrive, aided by intense labor and a strong Confucian model of family loyalty, while joblessness and cuts to government services have left other Spaniards struggling.
Interesting Huffington Post article about Patrick Soon-Shiong, the richest man in LA, who is using his medical background to push for improvements in healthcare. The article states that while Obama is working from the outside in, Soon-Shiong is working from the inside out, trying to create a big bank of medical information that can match your DNA to information in a database in order to get the best treatment.
You Are One of Them is a story about a little girl named Sarah Zuckerman, who lives in Washington, DC. Sarah lives with loss, caused by the early death of her sister, a death which in turn caused the divorce of her parents. Her life changes one day, however, when another little girl named Jenny Jones moves in across the street. They become best friends and schoolmates, sharing childhood years of love and happiness. At the height of the Cold War, Sarah decides one day to write a letter to Yuri Andropov, the Soviet premier, asking him to do what he can to avoid nuclear war. Jenny also decides to write a letter. A little while later, Andropov decides to respond, causing a big media storm. Jenny Jones becomes world famous, travelling to the USSR as a 12-year-old ambassador. The girls grow apart until Jenny and her family die in an airplane accident. Years later, Sarah travels to Russia to learn the truth of what happened to her friend.
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah are on the same day this year, so if you don’t feel like turkey, check out the video above and learn, as Asian American chef Danny Bowien shows Mark Bittman how to make pastrami. The written recipe is here. It looks like it takes 48 hours to prepare, so start now.
(Yah, Kobukson, this has little to do with intellectualism or activism or literature. But intellectuals and activists and writers still gotta eat!)
See above for an interview with Phillip Lim and Wen Zhou from a company called 3.1 Phillip Lim. I really don’t know anything about fashion, but it’s great that they are having success. I don’t know why Suzy Menkes asks them about ABC’s when neither of them are ABC’s, but it’s great that they’re putting culture into their brand.
If you want to see another interview with an Asian designer, see here:
Magnus Carlsen is officially the new World Champion in chess. After a few weeks of battling with Vishy Anand, he emerged victorious with three wins and no losses in total, after playing ten out of twelve games. I didn’t follow most of the games in real time, but I watched some of the coverage on YouTube. It was very exciting. Congrats to Magnus!
Caught this story from Randall Yip on AsAm News. An Asian guy was on Holland’s Got Talent, and right off the bat, before even hearing the dude sing, one of the White judges, a corny dude by the name of Cornelis Heuckeroth, who goes by Gordon (not sure what that’s about), makes a lame Chinese food takeout joke about the guy’s name. “Which number on you singing, #39 with rice?” Haha…the White racist douchebag in ugly, overdone clothing just cracks me up!
But as Randall mentions, it gets worse. The douchebag keeps milking the racist Chinese food joke for all it’s worth.
The New York Times published two articles this week on Spanish-speaking countries.
The first was this article, that talks about the stunning decisions young people in Spain have to make because of the bad economy: Young and Educated in Europe, but Desperate for Jobs. The unemployment rate in Spain is a staggering 56% for people under 24. One woman who was profiled trained as a nurse (a high paying job) but had to immigrate to the Netherlands to find work in the stockroom of a clothing store.
But the article doesn’t say much, other than he’s going back to Seattle and that the Chinese may not have appreciated his style:
Mr. Locke’s early informal style drew attention even before he landed in Beijing, when he bought his own Starbucks coffee at the Seattle airport with his young daughter, creating a flurry of interest among the Chinese public.
That informality, including wearing a backpack on his inaugural trip to Beijing, may not have helped his standing among the protocol-conscious Chinese leadership, Chinese and American officials said.
Informality? He’s from the Pacific Northwest!