Phil Ting is being sworn in today as San Francisco's Assessor/Recorder, becoming the only Asian American to hold citywide office.
Ting was appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom last week to fill a job vacated by Mabel Teng, who resigned amid a scandal over political patronage at the department.
Ting is a UC Berkeley and Harvard grad (full disclosure, my wife went to Harvard with him and is friends with him; we went to his wedding), was executive director of the Asian Law Caucus.
And you know, it just wouldn't be a normal day in this world without another radio DJ saying racist shit. JR Gach and Pi (a.k.a. Shawn) on WRCZ 94.5 FM in Albany, NY referred to Asian Americans as "slant-eyed gooks," and characterized blacks as "cotton-pickers" and criminals.
Transcripts and more info here at Asian Media Watch.
A former Bronx, N.Y., resident who left the country after 9/11 may be among the casualties of the London terrorist bombings.
Mike Matsushita, left the United States for either Australia, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, or Vietnam, according to the New York Daily News. In any event, he had moved to London recently and either moved to the United States as a kid from Vietnam or was born in the Bronx, depending on which story you believe.
Our thoughts are with Matsushita's family and the rest of the victims' families of this horrific event.
On the fourth of July I sat on my cousin's deck, getting a slow sunburn and eating cold potluck. So far, so American. I also fell into a brief, if inevitable, discussion on the State of the Nation with a couple of friends, one of whom, apparently, had let her affinity group disperse. The inevitable upshot of the discussion was that we all believed that the hundreds of thousands of people who marched against the war in 2003, and the millions who disapproved of it, would rise up in support of some positive action ... but that no one had yet to propose a truly effective action.
Some rumblings from that conversation and from a recent article in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, have turned my attention towards a new initiative, currently limited to San Francisco, but with the potential to become a nationwide effort.
Admit it. You watch it. It's everywhere, and it's taken over America. Reality TV. It's okay, I watch it too. Even "SuperNanny" on the really slow nights. And I couldn't turn off the marathon of "Gastineau Girls." Like most viewers, probably, I enjoy feeling superior to the rest of America when I watch, even as I feel guilty and sort of disgusted with myself afterwards. There are a few exceptions. "30 Days," the new show from Morgan Spurlock of "Supersize Me" fame, is getting great reviews.
Rick Delgado, who was fired from New York's Hot 97 radio station earlier this year for his role in broadcasting the offensive Tsunami song, has been hired by Clear Channel Entertainment to head up KYLD-FM (Wild 94.9).
I've been following this case about NY Times reporter Judith Miller and Time reporter Matthew Cooper. Miller was jailed yesterday for refusing to name a confidential source for a story. Cooper avoided jail time by agreeing to testify, saying that his source had talked to him and Oked it. In the same case, Time Inc the corporation was also held in contempt and agreed to turn over Cooper's notes. (Lesson here: never talk to a Time reporter.)
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