This was our longest podcast to date…a whopping 84.1 Megs that will provide an hour and 27 minutes of entertainment! This is the podcast proposed by The Blah–a 31-year-old white guy from the Midwest. The verbal participants in this podcast were me and King, and the Blah weighed in by e-mail. I want to thank both King and the Blah for an AWESOME conversation. We decided to put “Rice Chaser” in quotes, since it’s our term, not the Blah’s, although we felt that his views were similar to the ones we often discuss. Download the podcast here, or hear it here:
Very interesting: Wealthy Chinese seek U.S. surrogates for second child, green card. For the small price in the low six figures, you too could hire an American surrogate from China. And if you stay in your child’s good graces, he or she might even apply to get you a green card when he or she turns 21. It looks like these wealthy and powerful Chinese people are doing a Reverse-Eric.
What I found a bit strange though, was the end of the article, when they talk about infertile Chinese parents making “designer” babies by selectively choosing egg donors.
bigWOWO rating: Literary Fiction Gold
I don’t remember where I first heard of The Virgins by Pamela Erens, but I picked it up for the sole reason that it featured an Asian American male as a main character. The story is written from the perspective of a senior at a boarding school named Bruce Bennett-Jones, who develops an obsession with a Jewish American female student named Aviva Rossner, a junior with childhood issues. Bennett-Jones’s obsession develops to the point that he tries to rape her. Aviva instead becomes involved with a Korean American senior named Seung Jung. The story of their sensual relationship unfolds as they deal with issues of class, money, race, gender, and power. Erens adeptly uses language to paint an intense picture of life at their boarding school. This was an excellent novel. It would be no exaggeration to call it a masterpiece.
Let’s move along with our attempt at categorizing the tricks and techniques people use to steer Asian American activists off course. (We just covered Jock Challenge.)
Deflection Coaching is when someone offers really bad advice for fixing a social problem. This bad advice, also known as a Deflection Tactic, is intended to waste the activists’ time and energy, as well as to deflect his or her mental or emotional focus. As in chess, it takes a player’s attention away from the real threat. The Deflection Coach will adopt a paternalistic attitude while simultaneously trying to assume the position of trusted friend and father figure. An example of Deflection Coaching can be found on the Celebrity Club page, where a White guy tells us that the solution to the IR disparity is simply for Asian men to hit on black women. It’s the same solution that HBD czar Steve Sailer mentions in “Is Love Colorblind?” As King mentions, this “solution” is not very well thought out.
You can see both the original Cheerios commercial and these kids’ reaction to it in the video above. I don’t think I blogged about it before, but you can get a good sense of what happened from the words in the video. Basically, people got upset about seeing an interracial couple on TV. The kids in the video speak out about these people, and the rest of us are supposed to feel warm and hopeful about where America is headed because of what these children had to say.
I’ve been watching some Asian American Wong Fu videos. It looks like they’re sponsored by large corporations like HTC and AT&T. It’s a pretty cool marriage between art and commerce, especially given how hard it can sometimes be for Asian Americans in film to crack the media ceiling. I’m also reading a novel called An American Sin by Frederick Su. Su is a former Marine from the Vietnam era, and his protagonist David Wong grows up as a Baby Boomer before he eventually gets shipped out to Vietnam. In the course of my reading, it occurred to me that we can now see generational changes among Asian Americans through the years in media. We can now see what has defined each generation’s challenges.
This was HILARIOUS. I first saw it on Ben Efsanem’s blog; he wrote about it at length here. It was produced by our very own mwei, and it’s based on the video Black Marriage Negotiation, which went viral. He got it right with his Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston references.
“Don’t you try to bind my feet! I am a Woman Warrior!”
“I want to be with my Prince William, not William Hung.”
“Don’t you oppress me with your chauvinist patriarchy lies!”
The picture above is a 57-year-old American white guy who married a 24-year-old from the Philippines. They met online through a dating service. It’s been a few years, and now he’s 63 and still married. He wrote an article about it here: My Imported Bride. Evidently, there are many, many such couples:
Consisting mostly of American men with younger Filipino wives and, increasingly, the children they have produced, our group—which began when some of the women connected on the Internet—has evolved into an active, though informal, association with frequent gatherings at various homes.
What is it with married teachers and API boys? According to the NY Daily News:
English teacher Erin Sayar, 35, is accused of having sex with 11th-grader Kevin Eng at least eight times last December when she was supposed to be tutoring him. The trysts happened in her SUV and at Brooklyn’s scandalized James Madison High School — which was dubbed “Horndog High” in 2009 when two female teachers were axed after two handymen caught them in a naked embrace in a classroom.
Saw this story: American woman Kim Lee unlikely hero to millions of battered wives in China. On the one hand, major props to Kim Lee for stepping out. I’ve heard (from my own grandparents, no less!) that the culture in China is crazy in many ways, and that there are no rights. She’s done a brave, brave thing by stepping out, especially against a rich dude like her husband.
On the other hand, two things bother me.
First, it feels like the media is trying once again to pin the tail on the Asian male. From the article: