Eww. When I said to my fellow Hyphenators that we needed more interesting, morally ambiguous, Asian Americans to write about, this wasn't exactly what I had in mind. On the other hand. She does make good copy.
So, I know you probably read this blog for the Asian American-ness of it. Hyphen is an Asian American magazine after all and maybe you want to know what the latest news is in Asian America, or get into a debate over race, or just see what the Hyphen staff is up to.
Perhaps you want to find out what happened to Michael Lohman, that Princeton grad student who was caught pouring his semen and urine into the drinks of Asian American women. And also secretly cutting their hair and saving it for masturbation. (Read the original blog posting here.)
Author Norman Mailer called New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani "a one-woman kamikaze" and "a token" minority hire in a Rolling Stone interview, prompting the president of the Asian American Journalists Association to call him a racist.
A federal appeals court upheld civil contempt findings against reporters whose confidential sources pointed to scientist Wen Ho Lee as a possible spy.
I'm a little torn here bacause as a journalist I believe reporters shouldn't be compelled to reveal sources. However, Lee was totally screwed over by the government and the media that cow-towed to whatever the government said about Lee without really checking it out, as journalists are supposed to do.
Helen Zia's book,My Country Versus Me, paints a sympathetic picture of Lee and how he came to be the most dangerous spy suspect ever, until all espionage charges were dropped against him.
A Convenient Spy: Wen Ho Lee and the Politics of Nuclear Espionage, I haven't read, but from the descriptions, it is not as sympathetic to Lee's cause.
Maybe we'll never know what really happened and where those missing data tapes are. Maybe Lee was a spy. In any event, the whole case showed how easily Asian Americans are stereotyped and how racial profiling can proliferate in the media.
Yay! If you ever worried that life in mainstream America was going to get boring, what with all the ethnic sensitivity and the lack of racism 'n' stuff, don't worry. You'll have plenty of heartburn for years to come.
Hey Bay Area, if you don't already have plans for tonight (and hey, even if you do) you might want to check out Locus Arts tonight. Our friends there are hosting a CD release party for Bao Phi, a Minneapolis-based spoken word poet. Bao's been on Def Poetry Jam. Our own Director of Photography, Seng Chen, played on a couple of the tracks.
After a recent IM with a Hyphen staffer, she blew my mind when she revealed "she only eats to get full, not for pleasure." To me, this is like drinking bad beer. How can you NOT care about what you put in your body? Besides the whole "temple = body" thing, there is just too much good things out there.
I cook out of necessity but mostly because I like to eat well. I get busy, too, and rely on bad food choices sometimes. But to make a regular habit, or not think about eating well, that would bum me out. So before she opened up a Hot Pocket, I hit her with this recipe, which comes out pretty good. I've made it a couple times now.
I've been meaning to blog this all week --but I still think it's an exciting story. MTV has noticed Asian Americans! As told in the NY Times article on "I Want My Hyphenated Identity" (cringe), MTV is going to be coming out with 3 new channels aimed at Asian Americans: MTV Desi (for South Asian Americans), MTV Chi (for Chinese Americans) and MTV K (for Korean Americans). According to the Times:
On Friday, I and 4 other Hyphen staffers went to see Margaret Cho at Davies Symphony Hall in SF. She had two back to back shows (SF is her hometown after all). I've seen her perform twice before when I was living in Houston. Always a good time.
We went to the second show and it was completely packed. I've never seen so many cute gay boys in my life. We had awesome seats -- we were only about 10 rows from the stage.
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