No shades of grey

Aight, I went on a camping trip before the Charlottesville protests, and I came back to find that someone died at the protests and the world is even angrier at Trump for doing nothing for two days. Four business executives, including Under Armour, Intel, and Merck, quit Trump’s manufacturing council. David Duke tweeted to Trump, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists,” which is completely false–it was actually the radical leftists, not the White Supremacists, who put Trump in office. It seems like everyone’s got it backwards.

Justice Department may eliminate affirmative action

Austin Jia, super-achiever who may have been rejected by schools based on race. Photo credit: Will Glaser/The New York Times

I’m taking a quick break from my break because of the historic possibility that the Justice Department under Jeff Sessions may be trying to eliminate affirmative action. I don’t remember any administration ever taking this stance. With the chaos of the Trump administration, no one really knows if this inquiry on affirmative action will pan out. But as I said before, I always felt that Trump was the best candidate on race, despite the fact that he’s incompetent in just about every other area. This may be his defining achievement.

Anyway, Asians are finally in the news:

Taking a long break

I’m sure everyone has been watching all the Asian women in the news. First, there was the sexual harassment case where an apparent Silicon Valley White rice chaser was targeting Asian women. His business partner was an Asian male. Then there was the irate African American doctor who murdered an Asian American female doctor in the Bronx. Then there was the case of Yingying Zhang, the Chinese national who was kidnapped by some White dude with a fascination with kidnapping.

Immigrants vs. ABCs

Just wanted to alert you to this great article by John Pomfret: The Split at the Heart of Chinese America. The article addresses affirmative action, Peter Liang, and all the other issues where there is a large split between recent Chinese immigrants and multi-generational ABC’s. It’s a really interesting article. John Pomfret is fluent in Chinese and has spent much of his career studying China.

When Asian SJWs play Jesus

I couldn’t stop watching the video above. It’s like victim porn. An old Asian dude called Uncle Pao gets jumped by a by a bunch of teenagers. Instead of reacting with “why are those violent thugs jumping my uncle,” Uncle Pao’s middle-aged nephew Leng Xiong takes the blame. Taking the side of the kids, he says that he’d like to know where “us as a community failed them.” He says that it could be dangerous if these kids ran into the “wrong person” and they had a Trayvon Martin type of situation. He finishes with, “How can we help you? Let us help you.” Y’all know what I’ve said about Protected Minorities and personal responsibility according to the media, but just so we’re on the same page, let me unpack this.

Marvel cancels Black Lives Matter comic book

Well, so much for that.

This iteration of the comic book saw Black Panther and other black superheroes in the Marvel universe such as Luke Cage, Misty Knight, Storm and the former Avenger Manifold, trying to solve the death of a black woman named Ezra Keith who dies in police custody.

Keith’s death is reminiscent of the real life death of Sandra Bland.

The comic book takes place in near-future New York, where Harlem is placed under martial law.

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Standardized test horror movie

I just saw this on YouTube. It’s the trailer for a movie called The Thinning, and it looks like it’s a movie about a world where only people who pass a standardized test are allowed to live. An action/horror/dystopian movie about standardized tests, and not a single Asian onscreen (I think there’s one Asian woman in the last scene of the trailer, but she’s the only one). More significantly, there isn’t the anger and resentment that we see today against Asians and their test scores. I guess we already got thinned out.

Homeownership, an engine of inequality?

Photo credit: Damon Cesarez for the NY Times

This is one of the more interesting articles that I’ve recently seen. The author argues that homeownership has been one of the biggest drivers of inequality. Americans have most of their net worth in homes, and government incentives, such as housing loans and the mortgage interest deduction (MID), help people buy homes and artificially prop up housing prices.

I appreciated the history, but I’m not sure how much I agree with the opinions raised in this article. There are lots of benefits to owning a home. You can’t be evicted, a landlord can’t raise your rent, and you have a place for your family to live. Owning a home allows you to begin building a stable life for your family. You are guaranteed access to the schools in your neighborhood, and if you live in a neighborhood with good neighbors, you benefit from the social aspects. Homeownership also improves neighborhoods themselves. When people have an investment in a location, they tend to take better care of it.

Intra-cultural cultural wars

In case anyone is interested, there’s been this huge fight among Asian American media producers. It’s between a blogger called Love Life of an Asian Guy and all the other liberals. Each is accusing the other of being “anti-Black” and having anti-Black intentions (even though LLAG supposedly is dating a Black woman, and even though Asian progressives are some of the biggest backers of Black Lives Matter.) I find it very ironic. First of all, all the participants are on the same side of the political spectrum–why are they attacking each other? I could understand if it were Asian Liberals vs. Asian Conservatives, or even Asian Far Left Crazies vs. Asian Normal People (which is the most common but understandable battle), but these liberals are politically not that far apart. Second of all, it seems like the main point of contention is gender and feelings towards people of another race–neither of which has anything to do with Asian-ness.