What Lela Lee confirms about Asian American feminism

This whole debate about the legal dispute between Angry Asian Man and Angry Little Asian Girl has been quite enlightening. They say that hardship teaches you who you are, and this case is no different–I think we’ve confirmed a lot about Asian American feminism, and to a lesser extent the Asian American media-sphere. Granted, I already knew most of this because I am often ahead of the curve, but as I get older, it always makes me happy to know I was correct.

The feminist issue came up when, according to Reappropriate, Lela Lee implied that she wasn’t a feminist:

Jerome Kersey dies at 52

Portland lost a hero today. Jerome Kersey has passed on at the age of 52, apparently from a blood clot.

I knew Jerome Kersey from when we worked at the same mortgage company years ago. He started as a mortgage broker at around the same time I did–it was the first job in mortgages that either of us had. (Of course he was retired by then and was doing it just to get out of the house, and he was there for about a year before moving on to a better and more enjoyable career, first as an exotic car salesman and then as an employee for the Blazers.). He was the friendliest guy one could ever meet. Outside of the fact that he was 6’7, you’d never know that he was one of the biggest stars that the Portland Trailblazers ever had. And since I wasn’t an NBA fan, I had no idea!

Angry Little Asian Girl threatens to sue Angry Asian Man

I saw this on 8 Asians.

Here’s Angry Little Asian Girl’s side of the story: Why the “Angry Asian Man” is pissing me off. [Edit: alternate copy here]

And here’s Angry Asian Man’s side: I am being threatened with an Angry Asian lawsuit.

Angry Asian Man is a popular blogger, and I’m not surprised that much of the Asian blogosphere is jumping in to support him. Plus, he’s a dude, and well, male privilege. But in any dispute, I think we have to step back and look at it from the legal aspect, not the popularity aspect.

First openly bisexual governor

Kate Brown, photo credit AP/Don Ryan

Kate Brown, photo credit AP/Don Ryan

Congrats to Kate Brown, who will become the first openly bisexual governor in the U.S. The current governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, has just resigned, following a crazy drama with him and his fiancee that has been truly bizarre, even by Portland/Oregon standards. I have no idea where Kate Brown stands on anything–she didn’t run for governor, nor we didn’t elect her governor–but I do agree with Kitz’s decision to resign. As recently as yesterday, he was vowing to fight on and drag the state through a long and expensive legal battle, which would be far more expensive than the taxpayer’s money that Kitz has already blown. I’m glad I left the gubernatorial box blank. Kitz is set to step down on February 18th.

Did Asian American bloggers get the shaft?

Pic from Instagram, found on Reappropriate.com

Pic from Instagram, found on Reappropriate.com

I found this story on Reappropriate: Yes, It Matters That AAPI Bloggers Were [left off the bus]. It seems that Disney invited a whole bunch of bloggers on an expenses-paid 5-day trip to LA in order to meet a bunch of celebrities and content creators. The list of the shows/movies included Fresh Off the Boat and Big Hero 6. But among the invited bloggers, not one was of Asian American descent. Once again, Asians didn’t get to ride the bus. In addition to Jenn’s blog, I found some other interesting commentary here and here.

Hou Yifan’s Masterclass

Lots of people in the chess world were afraid that Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan’s Masterclass wouldn’t take place if she lost to Peter Svidler yesterday. She was in a lost position, but she fought hard until Svidler made a mistake in the endgame, and she managed to save it with a draw. What a fighter.

Anyway, see her Masterclass presentation above. It’s pretty enlightening. Her English is excellent, and I think she’s very well-rounded for a chess player. In the interview, she talks about why she won’t defend her Women’s World Championship, how she trains, and what she’s looking to accomplish post-college. If you’re not interested in the analysis of the chess game, jump forward to around 20:00.

Should football be a college major?

I just saw this article. Two former UNC college athletes are suing their alma mater and the NCAA for not educating them. The column raises the question of whether it makes sense to turn sports into a college major, or whether it makes sense to give college credit for athletics. Many of these athletes spend upward of 60 hours a week in their athletic programs, and they have little time for study. As the first paragraph hints, athletics for college athletes isn’t an extracurricular activity for college athletes–academics is the extracurricular activity. Some professors are making the argument that we let people major in music–so why not let them major in football? Another argument is that lots of companies value athletes for their teamwork, grit, and determination. Why not allow people to major in this, if that’s in fact what companies want?

Wei Yi: “Strongest 15-year-old in the history of chess”

Wei Yi: pic from Chessbase

Wei Yi: pic from Chessbase

Yeah, I know, Nottyboy and I are the only ones interested in these chess stories. But right now is an exciting time to be a chess spectator. Wei Yi, the 15-year-old phenom from China, crossed the 2700 threshhold in the live ratings yesterday. This makes him the youngest person in the history of chess to cross 2700, breaking World Champion Magnus Carlsen’s previous record. Chess commentators around the world are gushing over Wei Yi. If I’m remembering correctly, Grandmaster Simon Williams today called him the “strongest 15-year-old in the history of chess.”

Obama backs down on proposal to get rid of 529 plans

Obama’s plan to gut the 529 college plan has evidently hit some hard opposition from both parties, and he has decided to drop that effort. I was actually surprised when I learned that he was trying to do away with 529’s. His rationale is that wealthy Americans get a lot more in tax savings than non-wealthy people. From the NY Times:

Of the roughly seven million existing 529 plans, about 80 percent of the tax benefits go to households above $150,000, supporters of the Obama proposal say; 70 percent go to households with incomes over $200,000. That is because those people have the most money invested and can contribute $14,000 a year or more without worrying about reaching federal gift tax limits. Investment gains can then be used for education expenses without a capital-gains tax.

How to overcome overcomplication, and how to make progress

One of the big problems with extreme Leftist thinking in the modern age is overcomplication, also known as paralysis by analysis. Someone will say something constructive like, “Black people need legacy,” and the extreme Left will counter with something unconstructive, such as, “Well, it’s easier said than done. Black people have a legacy of slavery, therefore you can’t expect them to own businesses.” Someone will say something constructive like, “We need to fix the testing achievement gap,” and the Left will counter with some diversion like, “Tests are racist” or “what does achievement really mean?” You’ll mention that black kids study less than Asian kids, and rather than encouraging black kids to study more, they’ll encourage race-based admissions, thereby dismissing the very idea of the necessity of hard study and hard work. The end result is that people don’t improve. No progress gets made. Discussion of success devolves into excuses for failure.