Robin-Hood-in-Reverse Activism, new addition to the bigWOWO lexicon; aka “Asian Pride! Now support my movie so I can star opposite a White Man!”

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Something keeps happening time and time again, so I thought I’d post it. This way, when it happens next time, I can refer people here. I found the photo above at this site, which is a great analogy for what happens when our community does its Robin-Hooding-in-Reverse. When they do it, it’s business as usual. When we protest, we’re supposed to be the bad guys.

Protect me from what I want

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I heard about this event on the Rush Limbaugh show: Protect me from what I want. It appears to be a forum where minority queer people challenge their attraction to white queers. Rush was making fun of it. I think it’s great. Not only is it an important focus, they also chose the perfect name for their event! From the Facebook page:

Some of us have chosen romantic separatism as a result of racist trauma, personal-political enactments, or both. Others of us find ourselves fetishized and mobilize that fetish as a site of power and subversion. Still others find ourselves falling always for the white queers or other bodies that possess dominant power, wishing we could have more agency in the process, be more intentional about who we desire and how.

Beyond the Bad & the Ugly

Just want to let LA people know that there’s going to be a big convention going on March 23rd. It’s being organized by Jeff Yang. I hear there’s going to be a HUGE number of of Asian American superstars, including Keni Styles (they’re working on getting Asa Akira as well), Gene Luen Yang, Beau Sia the poet, Oliver Wang, Julie Kang from Kimchi Mamas, Steve Nguyen the media producer, Cynthia Brothers from bicoastalbitchin and 18 Million Rising, Jason Sperber from Rice Daddies, Keith Chow, Parry Shen, Jay Caspian Kang and others. See here:

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg (Review)

Part of the difficulty of reviewing books on a format like bigWOWO’s is that I can’t recommend them until after I’ve read them–and by then, it’s too late for readers to comment on the blog posts! The Power of Habit was the kind of book that I wish readers could chime in on. It was relevant not just to life and business, but the whole of activism. If you’re an activist or a business person or someone just looking to make changes in life, I recommend picking up this book right now!

Activism is as activism does

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This is (was?) an activist blog, and I saw these two interesting activism articles in the Times this week:

1. Just Don’t Call Her Che: an article about Camila Vallejo Dowling, who is leading hundreds of people for education reform in Chile. According to the article, she beats senators in debates on prime time TV and leads protests with hundreds of thousands of demonstrators. According to the article, she’s the world’s most famous student leader and has the governmment going crazy over how to deal with the issues. Chile, according to the article, is economically successful, and she has still managed to pull people away from their daily lives and get an audience.

The Asian Guy in Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Check out Jeff Yang’s latest column here.  Some of you Asian American blogosphere experts probably heard about the protest against the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservatory’s screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  As you Bruce Lee fans know, Breakfast has a scene with Mickey Rooney portraying Mr. Yunioshi and acting like a stereotype (there was that scene in Dragon where Bruce and Linda go to see the movie together).  With the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservatory’s screening, some Asian Americans have opted to protest.

Dissuading Chinese Women from Marrying For Money

Thanks, MLC, for sending this one: Girls to learn sour side of relying on ‘sugar daddies’. The article begins:

Girls in South China’s Guangdong province will get a crash course on how to resist the sweet talk of “sugar daddies” when schools start teaching them about self-respect.

The pilot project is aimed at telling girls at middle and elementary schools how to avoid falling into the clutches of older, richer men and stand on their own two feet.

“The education will focus on self-esteem, self-confidence, self-reliance and self-improvement,” said Lei Yulan, vice-governor of Guangdong and director of the Working Committee on Children and Women of Guangdong province.

Social Media and Activism

Thanks, JS, for facebooking this (ironic it came from fb!).  A recent article in the New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell stated that contrary to popular opinion, social revolutions cannot be started by social media.  Ari Melber from the Nation somewhat argues against Gladwell in his piece Gladwell Gets It Wrong on Social Media.  I say “somewhat” because they are working with different non-mutually exclusive premises–Gladwell’s thesis is that the importance of social media is overstated when it comes to activism, while Melber’s thesis is that “the web and networked communications open up new and effective ways for citizens to converse and organize each other in repressive societies.”  Gladwell believes that “strong bonds” are important for real social activism, and that platforms like Facebook and Twitter build “weak bonds.”  Melber argues that these platforms provide communication that helps activism.

Ashley Judd Graduates from Harvard with MPA to Help her Activism

The audience on this blog tends to be older and more experienced than that of the typical AA website, but occasionally we get comments from a younger set of people just starting to make major early life decisions. Here’s something I found that my be useful to some of you: Actress/Activist.  Ashley Judd, the actress and daughter of Naomi, just graduated from Harvard with a Masters in Public Administration.  She did it to become a more effective activist.  (Although she did it at 42, so maybe it’s a good path for older people too.)

Active Web Activism: Militant and Alpha-Asian

Hey All,

My fundraising has been dormant since Sam Yoon’s campaign, so I told my web posse that I’d post stuff up about their endeavors.

1. Project X: Militant’s work focused on the arts.  You can contribute money to help him out.  He’s going to give money to support Asian American artists in film.  In his own words: