Republican House, Republican Senate, and Donald Trump is the next President of the United States of America. AP just called it. Hillary just conceded, and I’m sitting in front of the TV ready to hear Trump give his acceptance speech, surrounded by people shouting “USA! USA!” I’m in shock. God help us.
Donald Trump has won.
I think the pollsters underestimated the White Male vote. We live in a very dangerous time. The people have spoken, and this is what we’ll have to live with.
I’m going to drop off my ballot (and Mrs. WOWO’s ballot) today, so our civic duty will be done. It’s all filled out and ready to go. I don’t feel like talking about politics. I’m tired of all the anger. I don’t think I’ve lost any friendships, but I’m sure that there are lots of people who are angry at me. I hope I haven’t pissed off anyone here. I’m not sure that I have anything to say that hasn’t been said, although I’m also sure that there probably will be more to say after Tuesday. So until there’s something else that needs to be said, I’m just going to post dog videos. Today, I’ll post about protection dogs.
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.
I’m writing this blog post for a number of reasons. First, it behooves me to mention some of the issues that more recent Asian American immigrants and immigrant human rights organizations have been dealing with. If you look at 4:46 of the video above, that’s a news story that has not been passed around by most of the Asian American blogosphere. If you read the typical Asian American blogs, it’s like it never happened. They only want to talk about how Peter Liang shot Akai Gurley.
Second, I wanted to take on Snoopy’s statement that
Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been busy with the new dog.
Anyway, I saw an interesting article on something that would have been unfathomable just four years ago: Donald Trump and the G.O.P.: The Party of Lincoln, Reagan and, Perhaps, Extinction. The article provides an interesting history on how the last major political party in the U.S., the Whigs, imploded. It makes the argument that after 162 years of the Republican party, it’s possible that the Republican party will implode after this election.
Sorry for the delay in posting. We just adopted a real WOWO into our family this past weekend. She’s just four months old, so there’s lots of playtime, walking, feeding, cleaning up poop, etc. She’s loving the neighborhood and family, and the kids adore her. The shelter says that she’s a terrier mix. I looked online, and the closest thing I see is a rat terrier, although the guy who introduced her to us said she might also be part Chihuahua. As of yesterday, Day 3, she has already learned how to sit and come.
Recently, a number of big things have happened in the HollywoodSphere. First, there’s a new Bruce Lee movie being made, but apparently it’s told from the perspective of a White guy dating an Asian woman. Second, NBC almost bought a TV show about a Filipina mail-order bride. Third, Fox News posted a racist man-on-the-street video covering New York Chinatown (you can google the Fox News clip, and you can see the Daily News response here).
I found the video above when Oshay Duke Jackson referenced Black Patriarch. Oshay has some very good common sense ideas on improving the welfare of the Black community, so when he recommended Black Patriarch, I thought it might be worth checking out. Let me first start out by saying I don’t buy the author’s idea that emotionality is in the genes. It sounds too much like HBD to me, and there’s no proof that that it is gene-based. He doesn’t talk enough about culture and the pull of emotional, illogical victim-focused thinking. I also need to remind everyone that his critique is an internal critique, of Black people and by Black people. But lots of the stuff he says seems right to me, namely the main idea that emotionality is enough to keep an entire group of people down.
A lot of my “liberal” Facebook friends posted about Lionel Shriver’s speech to the Brisbane Writers Festival. Read the entire speech here. Most of my friends were against the speech, basically saying that Lionel Shriver was acting like a privileged person and wasn’t empathetic enough to minorities. One commenter said that the speech was “worse than I thought.” While I’m not surprised at the objections to Shriver’s speech, I am surprised at the vitriol thrown her way. Some people even walked out of her speech. While I don’t agree with everything that Shriver said or the way in which she portrayed things, most of what she said is correct.
The Conjoined is the third adult novel of Canadian American author Jen Sookfong Lee. I reviewed her first novel The End of East years ago, and I am happy to see that she’s still writing. Too often Asian American writers write one novel before disappearing forever. I’m happy that Jen Sookfong Lee is still in the game and growing stronger as a writer. And growing she is. I couldn’t put this novel down. She has grown not only as a writer, but also as an observer and a student of life (which she describes in detail on her website). She was always a good writer, but in her new novel, she demonstrates her cultural bilingualism and keen understanding of humankind. It was truly delightful.