Thursday, September 25, 2008

Random life moment: 1986 Race Article

Isn't that how you pictured us? All war paint and loincloths sprinting up Capital Hill, chucking spears into the White House Lawn, the bones of fallen Caucasians rattling from our necks? -English, Alvin Lau

In Race and Ethnicity today, my professor showed us an old article from U.S. News and World Report entitled "Profile of Tomorrow's New Tomorrow." It was all about how in 2080, non-europeans were going to outnumber europeans in America.

It just REEKED of ethnocentric, the-end-is-coming, fear.
Take for instance the line that says:
"And within the next century, about 40 percent of the nation's workers will be immigrants who arrived in the U.S. after 1980 or their descendants."

[And yeah, yeah, it's been ten years since the article was written, and we've made movements for racial equality, but we're not there yet, so I'm still gonna rant about this.]

The thing is, my parents came in 1977. And I'm one of their descendants. I know that seems obvious and all, but I'm a smart mild-mannered college-educated twenty something, who doesn't get drunk off her ass, and likes graffiti art and blogs. Am I really all that threatening?
Because, hey, guess what, I'm not the only one like this? Oh yeah, just to let you know, there are THOUSANDS of people like me. We might be in your neighborhoods, attending your schools, dating your sons and daughters... and we're brown. Just to let you know.

'Is our migration to your great county really so scary?' -English, Alvin Lau

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Bitch has been SAVED!


Check out the Bitch Blog for details of how their readers came and supported Bitch to raise $40k (in 3 days!)and save the magazine.

Now go and subscribe!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Save Bitch Magazine

One winter night, my best friend and I were playing Catch Phrase for hours with her family. Among them were aunts and cousins I haven't seen in years, and ALSO my 8th grade science teacher. As with every good family event, it took me several tries and 'oh, just a few more minutes' after I was finally found the will to leave, but I was gathering all my things and heading out the door when her mother screamed, "Ooooh Girl, WHAT are you READING?!"

It was Bitch Magazine, a nonprofit independent magazine on the feminist response to pop culture. I've been reading it for at least a year now, and I really love it. But they might have just put out their last issue if they don't raise $40,000 dollars before October. So, even though there aren't many who read this, I'd still like to do my part to help. I've donated $10, and I'm posting their link here.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thoughts on Obama and the American Dream

I know I've already written about this, but one of my assignments was to critique one of the Presidential Candidates' Acceptance speech, and I feel that what I wrote is deeper and clearer.

A power is an ideology or a social institution composed of people, yet not dependent on specific individuals; those are participate may never be the same over a given period of time, yet the institution continues to thrive because someone will always be participating in it. The American Dream is the ideology that in the United States of America, any person, regardless of racial or ethnic background, creed, sex, or socioeconomic standing can be successful through hard work and patience. Obama’s use of the American Dream in his acceptance speech solidifies the ideology as a power. His personal biography (his immigrant father, growing up raised by his single mother, and his experience in community organizing in Chicago) which is characterized by victory over struggle, exemplifies the Dream well and he draws from it many times. His success story shows how the power of the American Dream is good, and, though not created by God, still once served a good purpose. However, as Langston Hughes reminds us in his poem, “Let America Be America Again” the dream is fallen and not accessible to everyone. Take for instance this passage:

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There's never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")

We cannot deny that this continues to be the experience of many and Hughes is aware of that. Yet, so is Obama. His campaign has been very successful in capturing glimpses of a redeemed American Dream, and many are attracted to that. However as Dr. King Jr writes in “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, “We are sadly mistaken if we feel that the election of Albert Boatel as mayor will bring the millennium to Birmingham,” so it is with Obama.

-end assignment-

I'm going to vote for Obama. It also took me a long time to realize that America is not the last great hope for the world, nor is his being President going to 'bring the millennium'. No political system is ever going to serve everyone. And he's still a politician after all, no matter how different any of them ever say they are.

Related Links: Obama is a Metaphor- Jun @

Monday, September 1, 2008

Fortune Cookies are NOT from China!

Proof is here! Chinese men and women are given a fortune cookie and can't stop thinking about how weird it is to put a piece of paper in your food.

^_^. Much love to angry asian manfor linking to this video.