Brave integration


I recently saw this article: Daddy, Why Do People Steal From Us?

It’s written by a Korean American pastor who is trying to explain to his small daughter why his home keeps getting burglarized. Peter Chin is a pastor with four children and a cancer-surviving wife who leads a church in a low-income, predominantly African American area of DC. His home has been broken into twice, his car many times, and his daughter’s bicycle and his wife’s sandals have been stolen. And still he soldiers on. His daughter is in public school where she is the only Korean, and he continues to lead his church.

Asian American philanthropy up


Kyung Yoon, executive director of the Korean American Community Foundation

…and it’s not just little acts of philanthropy either.

Lulu C. Wang, a money manager and philanthropist in New York, and her husband, Anthony Wang, established themselves in the vanguard of this new wave of Asian-American philanthropy when they donated $25 million to Wellesley College, her alma mater, in 2000.

“With this new display of philanthropy, there are many more who are looked at with great interest by these boards,” said Ms. Wang, who was born in New Delhi and is of Chinese descent, and now sits on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum, Columbia Business School and other institutions.

Racism between Asians and Blacks

Fred Korematsu and Rosa Parks

Continuing a discussion that came about from another thread.

Post away!

(Curiously, I couldn’t find a good picture of a black person and an Asian person debating, or even talking. Shows how badly this dialogue is needed. Anyway, y’all are stuck with a picture of Tiger. If someone can find something better, I’ll switch it. Edit: Replaced by mwei’s submission. Thanks!)

More Asians–the secret to economic growth?

Nope, this prescription isn’t coming from the Onion. Nor is it coming from me. It’s from the Atlantic: The Secret to U.S. Growth in the 21st Century: More Asians. You see, Asia is growing, and our population needs to be like Asia’s:

But in order to do this we need to build credibility and trust with the nations of Asia, and having large Asian populations in our own country seems like a good way to do this. Allowing young, disaffected Asians to migrate here should also reduce the domestic pressures that fuel unrest and conflict.

Where Are You From: An Anthology of Asian American Writing

Remember this: Thymos Book Project 2009? Seems like eons ago…wayy back in ’09.

It is with great pride that I’m announcing the release of Where Are You From: An Anthology of Asian American Writing. It is being published by Thymos, my much-beloved nonprofit which will close down this year since the expenses and sweat labor requirements have grown exponentially. But at least we got a kick-ass book out of it.  I’m not an editor, but I helped somewhat with the proofreading. Great, great props to Val Katagiri and Larry Yu for an excellent job with the editing. Click here, and you can buy it on Amazon for the low, low price of $16–not bad considering there are something like 30 authors in it. The hard copy is beautiful. If you’re high tech, you can also get it on your Kindle for only $10.

Asians surpass Hispanics as biggest immigrant wave

My God, the news has been filled with all kinds of Asian-related or race-related stuff. I’m having trouble keeping up. Seriously. I’ve been delaying a book review because there’s just so much news.

Asians are now the biggest stream of immigrants, according to the Pew Research Center. The numbers themselves are up slightly, but it’s mostly a result of a decline in Hispanic immigration. We’re now 5.8% of the population. The research also indicates a lot of other model-minority-esque tidbits.

Advertisers take notice of Asian Americans

Great article from the Alpha Asian’s FB page: Why Asian American spending power catches advertisers. Check out the video feature. I’ve noticed too that Asian Americans in advertising seems to be on the rise. Half a trillion in spending power is nothing to sneeze at. I like what they say about luxury items. Some people say such a focus is elitist; I think such a focus could mean one is on the cutting edge.

In other high-end news, luxury stores are also hitting up the rich Chinese tourist market: Luxury stores pull out Mandarin phrase books to make the sale.

U.S. Asian population rises 45% between 2000 and 2010

Check this out:

The Asian population of the United States grew faster than any other racial or ethnic group in the last decade, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

The number of Americans identifying themselves as Asian alone or in combination with another race surged 45.6% from 11.9 million in 2000 to 17.3 million in 2010, driven mainly by international migration, census officials said Wednesday. The overall U.S. population grew 9.7% during that period, to 308.7 million. (Growth for the Latino population was 43% during the decade, with much slower growth for African Americans, 15%, and whites, 7%.)

Fighting, Basketball, and Asian Masculinity

These guys are fighting, but few would call this "masculine."

I’ve been making a transition from MMA to basketball. I have to admit that basketball has some key advantages for spectators over MMA:

1. It’s a team sport
2. A player can’t lose his entire career by forgetting to keep his hands up once
3. A player plays more than three times a year
4. There’s a lot less luck involved

Anyhoo, fighting vs. basketball:

Actors, Actresses, and Responsibility

In the midst of all this Jeremy Lin talk, there was another Asian American battle going down in the blogosphere last week. Everyone was talking about the xenophobic Superbowl ad, which led some to question who the actress is and what the hell she was thinking. Lawrence O’Donnell called the actress out in the video above, saying, “I’ve done things in show business…that I’m not proud of, but I’ve never done anything that I’m ashamed of.” AngryAsianMan found out that the actress was a 21-year-old woman named Lisa Chan…and I don’t know what happened after that.