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.
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.
Photo of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
It’s really gotten out of hand. In the latest flap over Japanese war crimes during WWII, Osaka mayor and co-leader of the conservative Japan Restoration party (not just some dude off the street) Toru Hashimoto defended Japan’s sexual enslavement of 200,000 Asian women: Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were necessary.
Toru Hashimoto, the young, brash mayor of Osaka who is co-leader of an emerging conservative political party, also said that U.S. troops currently based in southern Japan should patronize the local sex industry more to help reduce rapes and other assaults.
The video above is quite interesting. “It’s more than just a fringe element.” Bill Maher argues that Islam has some major problems, and not just among the violent crazies.
What do you think? It’s an interesting debate. I do think there’s a double standard–people call the Tsarnaev brothers “Muslim terrorists,” but no one refers to the Westboro Baptist Church as “Christian assholes.” That said, in this time and age (as the two speakers mention), there does seem to be one religion that has been quicker than others to resort to violence and to shun modern free discourse.
I’ve been following the whole drama in North Korea and the increasing threats and rhetoric coming from the new leader Kim Jong-Un. The North Korean government has been conducting nuclear tests, threatening nuclear attacks on the United States and South Korea, and…just being very bad global citizens. The U.S. has largely dismissed the threats as bluster, but with potential missile tests coming up, would it be better for the U.S. to take Kim seriously and attack?
In this NY Times opinion piece, the author suggests a pre-emptive bombing of the missiles before they launch. The author Jeremy Suri writes:
Interesting article in Slate about Republican Rob Portman and his support of gay marriage.
I’ve only been half-paying attention to the details of viral news items these days, so I haven’t been getting a lot of the details. According to the article, Portman came around because his son is gay. The author of the article, Matthew Yglesias, notes that many Republicans only endorse compassionate politics when it affects them personally. Columnist Mark Schmitt calls it “Miss America conservatism.” As an example, Sarah Palin endorsed spending on disabled children because she has a disabled child, Dick Cheney and Rob Portman support gay rights because their kids are gay, and former Senator Gordon Smith supported more funding for suicide prevention and mental health because his son committed suicide. These Republicans ONLY seem to support issues that personally affect them, which basically means that they are unable to empathize outside of their own personal family.
Those of you in New York probably recently heard of how Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s restrictions on soda sizes was shot down by a judge, who said that the new regulations were too arbitrary, and that they discriminated against certain vendors over others. I remember reading a Times feature about how certain communities feed almost exclusively on fast food and soda drinks. Obesity and heart disease are killing these poorer communities, and Bloomberg was doing them a favor by trying to restrict Big Gulps and all these other sugary concoctions.
Okay, WOWO is facing one of those energy/attention shortages that he experiences from time to time. So assuming the world of Asian American culture doesn’t either explode or collapse in the next week or so, WOWO is taking a vacation. I’ll probably be on here from time to time, but I may or may not post. Add me to your reader or sign up on Facebook. Apologies if this blog post is somewhat disjointed and rambling…that’s what happens during these mental burnout periods.
4 people or more dead qualifies as a mass murder. So a young man takes his parents’ assault weapon, an AR-15, probably legally purchased, and he goes and kills his mother as she lays in bed, and then uses the gun against children. No, not the Adam Lanza story; this time it’s the Nehemiah Griego story. The story is similar, but in this case, Nehemiah killed his parents and siblings and didn’t shoot at strangers. After murdering his mother, he killed his nine-year-old brother. He then killed his 5-year-old and 2-year-old sisters. Then he waited for his father to return home, and he killed him. His father was a pastor, and his father was the one who taught his son how to shoot. It is said that Nehemiah was in fact planning to go to the local Walmart to shoot up strangers after killing his family, but he changed his mind.
Interesting piece by David Frum on CNN.com: America’s gun problem is not a race problem. I’ve been largely avoiding discussion of the racial aspect of the Newtown massacre. Some have pointed out that there wouldn’t be as much of an outcry if the victims were people of color (there was at least one black child and one Asian child), and I might agree with that, but I don’t see it that way; I just see 20 dead innocent children and 6 dead innocent adults. Some have also said that the media is ignoring the fact that most mass shooters are white men. I might agree with that too, but I also don’t see it that way–I certainly see it as a male problem, but I think it’s mostly a gun problem. And while white men do commit the majority of mass shootings (44 of 62 since 1982), there are also quite a few non-white men who have been involved, such as Eduardo Sencion, One L. Goh, Jiverly Wong, Omar Thornton, etc.