60 Asian American groups file lawsuit against Harvard

I keep trying to leave, but they keep pulling me back in. I’m talking about the progress (not “progressive”-ness) that more than 60 brave and honorable Asian American organizations made when they filed a discrimination complaint against Harvard. In doing so, these brave individuals raised the ire of the Far Left, which has its own agenda. (thanks to GuitarDude and Sengge for sending this along.)

Joey Alexander

Read about Joey Alexander here. He’s an 11-year-old Indonesian (real name: Josiah Alexander Sila) jazz piano prodigy. The Times article also has interesting remarks about what it means to be a jazz prodigy.

(I wonder why he anglicized his last name, but I’m 99% positive that wasn’t his choice.)

Officially shedding the “activist” title

I’ve had enough. I now realize that I’m not longer comfortable calling myself an “activist.” My doubts first came up years ago when a young Asian American man in Portland fabricated a bogus story about a hate crime. It was followed a little while later by a young Asian American boy who, following his “activist” elders, did the exact same thing–he lied about his family being targeted by a hate crime. In both cases, activists promoted the stories, only to quietly disappear when the lies were revealed.

I’ve come to the conclusion that almost all “activism” today means one or more of the following:

First ethnic Chinese elected to British Parliament

Alan Mak has become the first ethnic Chinese person ever elected to the British Parliament. He has a good rags-to-riches story–the son of a waiter who immigrated to England from Hong Kong after fleeing China.

From Time Magazine:

But despite the over 426,000 ethnic Chinese living in Britain, according to the 2011 census, Mak does not embrace having his name placed alongside other trailblazing lawmakers such as Bernie Grant, Paul Boeteng and Diane Abbot (the first Black MPs elected in 1987) or the first openly gay MP Chris Smith (elected in 1983).

In defense of dynasties

As we go into our next presidential election with Jeb Bush and Hilary Clinton as the frontrunners, David Brooks writes a defense of political dynasties here. It’s a good piece, and it’s relevant to both the election and to our discussions on raising kids and affirmative action.

Overall, I agree with him on the idea that families often train their members in their fields of expertise, which is why, long ago, I once wrote this. There are definitely skills that these political families are imparting to their kids. It reminds me of the stories about how the Clintons used to drill Chelsea to the point of tears at the dinner table so that the media wouldn’t be able to crack her. It’s the same with any field. As Brooks says, you can’t learn everything from books–which is a point that I’ve made multiple times over the last year.

The Need for “New”

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Photo credit: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

The NY Times had an article today about President Obama’s new initiative on race. He’s starting a non-profit called “My Brother’s Keeper” to help disadvantaged minorities. He plans for MBK to be his base in his post-presidency activism. The good news is that he’s listening to poor kids themselves (“counseling and guidance”) rather than the extreme liberals (“more race-based affirmative action, entitlements, and privileges”):

A few minutes before, in a closed-door round-table discussion at Lehman College in the Bronx, Mr. Obama had asked a group of black and Hispanic students from disadvantaged backgrounds what could be done to help them reach their goals. Several talked about counseling and guidance programs.

Is Boxing over?

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There’s a good article in the NY Times about how boxing may be done. Pacquiao-Mayweather my be a billion dollar event, but after that, there’s not much else on the horizon. As they mention in the article, Wladimir Klitschko is the heavyweight champion, and he couldn’t sell out MSG.

I have to disagree with the idea that MMA is doing a great job. I think they’re doing a good job for what it is, but with the drugs, low pay, and questionable business decisions, it’s become more entertainment than sport. Jonny Bones just got stripped of his title–I had no idea that he was still around. Velasquez is the UFC Heavyweight Champion, and he hasn’t fought in two years.

Learning from losing

Great quotes by Freddie Roach:

“You learn more in defeat,” Roach added. “You can always tell a fighter, ‘You should’ve done this more, or that more,’ and he can’t say, ‘Yeah, but I won.’ “

The best adjustments in Pacquiao’s career followed his loss to Erik Morales in 2005, and his knockout defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012, Roach said.

“Losing is not the worst thing in the world because it makes you better. I truly feel that,” Roach said. “I won my first 10 fights, lost my 11th, then won 17 straight after that because I knew I needed to work harder after taking a more experienced guy lightly.”