Anti-Asian jokes at the Oscars

King sent this one over: Constance Wu, Jeremy Lin and More Slam Chris Rock’s Asian Joke at Oscars.

So let me just say this: Chris Rock is probably the funniest guy alive, but he had a flat night. I don’t usually watch the Oscars, but since my grandmother wanted to watch, we saw the opening monologue. When we came back from dinner, I watched the end. Most of it was flat. I didn’t see the joke with the little kids, but I heard Sacha Baron Cohen’s joke about “tiny little yellow people” with “tiny dongs.”

The Fuerdai

Photo credit: Angie Smith for the New Yorker

Photo credit: Angie Smith for the New Yorker

King sent a very interesting article from the New Yorker about China’s rich, who are sending their kids overseas: The Golden Generation. This particular article is about rich kids moving to Vancouver. I remember years ago when I met some Fighting 44s from Vancouver. We met halfway with a Seattle 44 in Seattle. I said, “Man, I haven’t seen so many Asians in a long time.” The Vancouver people said, “Man, I haven’t seen so many White people in a long time.” The Seattle 44 said something like, “This is Seattle.” Of course, not all Vancouverites are rich Asians, but I wonder if these new rich Asians will change the culture. I have a feeling they will, although possibly in a different way from what

Pin the tail on the Asian male…once again


Photo credit: Dave Sanders for the NY Times

As expected, Peter Liang got hung out to dry. I was expecting him to get a guilty verdict–and I suppose he had to pay for what happened–but I was surprised to learn that the maximum penalty is 15 years. If Peter Liang is 28 (I couldn’t find his age), he might not get out until he’s 43. All that for accidentally pulling the trigger and not reacting the way people wanted him to react. I think he had to do some time, but 15 years when there was clearly no malevolent intention? He’s going to miss all the years when he could get married, have a children, get settled in his career, etc. A NY Times article talks about the Asian American reaction to the verdict, and former Comptroller John Liu says it best:

Scientist heroes who helped Flint

Photo credit: Travis Dove for the NY Times

Photo credit: Travis Dove for the NY Times

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.

The beauty of waiting

Photo credit: Dave Killen, the Oregonian, via Associated Press

Photo credit: Dave Killen, the Oregonian, via Associated Press

Congratulations to the federal authorities who arrested Ammon Bundy and some of the other lawbreaking occupiers of federal land in Oregon. For weeks, Governor Kate Brown had been (rightfully) asking the federal government to do something. It was a very smart move for the feds to wait for the leaders of the occupiers to leave the wildlife refuge before going after them. By doing so, they were able to avoid a larger shootout that would have ended in lots of lives being lost on both sides. Someone must have been reading Sun Tzu.

“We’re more used to losing.”

This past Saturday, my son was in a chess tournament. He did well, defeating a reigning scholastic state champion and avenging a loss against another opponent who had won in their last outing. He was telling me about how after a game in one of the lower sections, the loser, who happens to attend a Chinese immersion school, came out in tears. He sat outside the playing area, bawling and crying. This is actually not atypical–chess is a sport that pulls strong emotions out of its players. Grown men have cried after losing hard-fought battles on the chessboard. I usually expect to see one or two kids crying after matches.

San Toy Laundry


Michael Huang, Photo credit: Hilary Swift for the NY Times

This is a really beautiful story of a Chinese laundry in New York: He Irons. She Stitches. It’s a story about two working-class Chinese immigrants who meet and fall in love in New York and then take over a laundry in Park Slope. They’ve been running it for years. They’ve done the immigrant thing by sending their kids to good schools so that they’ll never have to work in the laundry, and so they know that someday they’ll either close it or sell it–most likely close it, since mom-and-pop stores like theirs are disappearing. The pair bought the laundry at a pittance from another Chinese immigrant who made them promise never to change anything about it. They’ve kept the promise for over 30 years.

Political correctness

Thanks, L, for sending this. It reminds me a lot of our conversations with certain other people in the blogosphere. I notice that they’ve got Australian accents. I wonder if it’s as bad over there as it is here.

Spoiler alert:

The girl’s got the best lines:

5:35: “You think you’re so great with your maths, your science, and your facts? What about feelings? Huh?”

5:50: “Stop violating me with your different opinions!”

Old guy at the club

Man, I’ve forgotten how funny Chris Rock is. Nobody compares to Chris Rock. Above is a clip with his “old guy at the club” joke.

I looked up the clip because of this article: Meet the New York Bachelors Who Yearn For Something More. The article is interesting, but I think it’s particularly interesting what it says about energy and age. When you’re young, you think you can continue doing whatever you’re doing forever. But it’s part of the natural life cycle that people tone down when they get older. As someone says in the article, priorities change. People change. It’s human nature.