Something keeps happening time and time again, so I thought I’d post it. This way, when it happens next time, I can refer people here. I found the photo above at this site, which is a great analogy for what happens when our community does its Robin-Hooding-in-Reverse. When they do it, it’s business as usual. When we protest, we’re supposed to be the bad guys.
(Photo from here)
Someone forwarded me this interesting article: Interns at a Civil Rights Org Say They Were Fired for Disrespecting Walmart. According to the report, and according to one of the interns, who happens to be a blogger, three interns were accepted to the Organization of Chinese Americans internship program. While there, they learned that Walmart is a major sponsor of the OCA, and they raised objections, noting (correctly) that some Chinese communities have big problems with Walmart. Their concerns were brushed aside. When they published (through social media) a video of themselves flipping off a Walmart logo, they were fired.
I heard about this event on the Rush Limbaugh show: Protect me from what I want. It appears to be a forum where minority queer people challenge their attraction to white queers. Rush was making fun of it. I think it’s great. Not only is it an important focus, they also chose the perfect name for their event! From the Facebook page:
Some of us have chosen romantic separatism as a result of racist trauma, personal-political enactments, or both. Others of us find ourselves fetishized and mobilize that fetish as a site of power and subversion. Still others find ourselves falling always for the white queers or other bodies that possess dominant power, wishing we could have more agency in the process, be more intentional about who we desire and how.
Just want to let LA people know that there’s going to be a big convention going on March 23rd. It’s being organized by Jeff Yang. I hear there’s going to be a HUGE number of of Asian American superstars, including Keni Styles (they’re working on getting Asa Akira as well), Gene Luen Yang, Beau Sia the poet, Oliver Wang, Julie Kang from Kimchi Mamas, Steve Nguyen the media producer, Cynthia Brothers from bicoastalbitchin and 18 Million Rising, Jason Sperber from Rice Daddies, Keith Chow, Parry Shen, Jay Caspian Kang and others. See here:
I blogged about this before with the story of Janet Liang. There is a terrible shortage of registered Asian people willing to donate bone marrow, which means that if you are Asian and develop leukemia, it may be harder to find a bone marrow match. Emily Sun (pictured above), is an Asian Australian who has leukemia. She is the mother of a small son. She desperately needs bone marrow. See her website here. If you are a match, you may save not only her life, but you may also rescue a son’s mother. It is literally life or death for her.
So someone sent this article to me. It’s about a racist-themed frat party at Duke, where a bunch of non-Asian people wore conical hats and geisha outfits to get their kicks. The intent of the party was clear:
“Herro Nice Duke Peopre!!” read the opening line in the email inviting Dukies to “the return of Kappa Sigma Asia Prime.”
Last summer, I got involved with this activist project that had nothing to do with Asian American stuff. The leader of the project–I’ll call him D–was one of those dudes who just had to have his voice heard on everything. He was a white man. He wanted to run the website, but when he was averaging 3 unique pageviews a day (one was me, another was him, and god knows who the other person was), I suggested some changes (since bigWOWO gets somewhat more than 3 pageviews a day). He was one of those passive aggressive types. He’d say, “Yeah, since you have web experience, you should do it,” and then he’d say something like, “What are you trying to do, take over MY website? I’m in charge here!” When I told him that he should just do his thing since he obviously knew better, he would get angry and say, “Why am I always doing the work?”
I was delighted at first to see this article: Asians–Too Smart For Their Own Good. I read with delight, as Professor Carolyn Chen at Northwestern wrote about affirmative action and how it unfairly discriminates against Asian Americans. It’s a strong and concise article, and she raises some good points:
Sound familiar? In the 1920s, as high-achieving Jews began to compete with WASP prep schoolers, Ivy League schools started asking about family background and sought vague qualities like “character,” “vigor,” “manliness” and “leadership” to cap Jewish enrollment. These unofficial Jewish quotas weren’t lifted until the early 1960s, as the sociologist Jerome Karabel found in his 2005 history of admissions practices at Harvard, Yale and Princeton.
Part of the difficulty of reviewing books on a format like bigWOWO’s is that I can’t recommend them until after I’ve read them–and by then, it’s too late for readers to comment on the blog posts! The Power of Habit was the kind of book that I wish readers could chime in on. It was relevant not just to life and business, but the whole of activism. If you’re an activist or a business person or someone just looking to make changes in life, I recommend picking up this book right now!