The Far Left gave Trump the election. They did it with their PC culture that relies on reacting to discussion with accusations of racism or sexism. By stifling discussion, turning the entire world into a “safe space,” and turning our public sphere into the Oppression Olympics, they ushered Trump right into the White House. I’ve been saying it for a long time. But it sounds a lot better with an angry British accent! I don’t think the Left gave the nomination to Clinton over Sanders, but I do think they created the environment that gave us Trump over Clinton.
There is nothing to be afraid of. Let me repeat myself. There is nothing to be afraid of.
My Facebook feed is teeming with people saying that they feel “unsafe.” That they’re “scared.” That they already feel the violence starting to arise. They cite the CNN report that hate crimes have already begun to rise. I was even defriended by a cousin who said that I didn’t understand the “crisis.” Extreme Hillary supporters would have been angry if Trump refused to accept the election results, but after losing, they’re refusing to accept the election results.
Here with another indy project that y’all can support. Naomi Hirahara, whose YA novel I reviewed on bigWOWO, is turning her first Mas Arai novel into a movie. You can learn more and support it here (the Kickstarter expires in three days.) I just finished reading the novel a couple of weeks ago. It was a good read, but my feeling was that the characters were just too old to make into a movie. Seeing a bunch of 70-year-olds having a fistfight isn’t something that usually gets me excited, and there weren’t many young characters through which a viewer could see the future of the JA community. I e-mailed my concerns to the producer and author. I was happy to learn that because they had the same concerns, they changed the story to take place during the 1960’s with a younger Mas Arai.
Once again, IR crept into the discussion. This time it’s the same discussion that has happened many, many times over the years. Asian American feminists and their non-Asian boyfriends are using the same argument that they’ve always used to dismiss the IR disparity: “This is my body! You have no right to question whom I date! To do so is sexist and patriarchal! How dare you! Ethan (or Biff or Whitey) is an individual, and that has nothing to do with my activism.” It’s the “my body is separate from my politics” argument. It’s an argument that has been made ad nauseum since the 1970’s. I don’t think I’ve ever had a post dedicated to the argument, so here it is.
About two months ago, I was doing a podcast (which never got published and was hosted by someone else), and one of my interlocutors complained about Constance Wu, who had tweeted that she supported Asian women before anyone else (It was on Twitter and I can’t find it now). My podcast friend complained that he thought it was wrong that Constance Wu was speaking up for women before men. He told me how his black female friend also thought it was both wrong AND counterproductive. His argument was that Asian men and women go up and down together, and that it was stupid to separate the genders when it came to activism. I vehemently disagreed. I don’t know anything about Constance Wu, so I said, “What if she spoke up for Asian men and it turned out that she’s dating a White guy? Would that help or hurt Asian men?” Their answer was, “She is dating a White guy,” and “That would make it worse.” I pointed out that maybe the issue wasn’t a problem with what she said about putting Asian women first, but rather the possible discrepancy between words and actions. I said that given the trend of the Asian Female Celebrity Club, maybe it was better that she only spoke for Asian women. I said maybe it was better for ALL Asian female celebrities to only speak for Asian women.
In case you were wondering. It confirms what I’ve seen–both the quality and price are better.
I’m in shock. I think it’s hard to fathom exactly how bad Brexit will be, not just for Britain, but for all of Europe and the rest of the world. From what I’ve read, I have to agree with the experts that xenophobia was the driving force behind this. Tribalism has run amok, both on the Far Right and the Far Left. It’s invaded our own country with the Trump campaign, and it’s showing no signs of abating. This is going to be terrible for the world economy.
There’s a cool story here about the scientists from Virginia Tech who fought for the residents of Flint, Michigan, to be heard: As Flint sought to be heard, Virginia Tech team sounded alarm. For whatever reason, we rarely hear in the American media about scientists using their brains to save lives. The VT team is diverse, with members coming from the U.S., India, and Singapore. They used their knowledge to build trust with the residents of Flint, some of whom said that they won’t trust the water unless the VT team gives its okay.
Not sure what we’re having for Christmas dinner, but after watching the video above, it might have to be tacos. The story behind the video is funny–the taco restaurant was robbed, and the restaurant owners decided to turn the security video into an advertisement. The music and captions are hilarious. And man, those tacos look good.
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! Hope you’re all enjoying your free day today–err, maybe I should say that I hope you’re all having a free day today. Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers, and Happy Thanksgiving also to those in other countries where people don’t celebrate.