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Now that Harry Potter #6 is out, I'm reminded of the ongoing controvery over Harry Potter's love interest, Cho Chang. I haven't read any of the books, so I'm wondering what those of you who have think about it. Some people think it's a good thing to have an Asian featured so prominently in the story. Others think she's just another stereotype and point out that her name doesn't make a lot of sense. Apparently she is supposed to be Chinese.

Melissa Hung | July 27, 2005 - 2:26pm

Check this: a former assistant beauty editor at Ladies Home Journal was fired for blogging! Nadine Haobsh lost two jobs -the LHJ and an offer from Seventeen Magazine --because her blogging was considered "unprofessional." I know this isn't "Asian American" per se, but it's rather chilling to us bloggers --and who isn't a blogger these days? (Note: if you knock the last three letters off her name she could sound Chinese.

Jennifer Huang | July 26, 2005 - 12:43pm
Kayo Hatta, who directed Picture Bride, drowned to death last week in an apparent accident at a friend's pool.
Harry Mok | July 26, 2005 - 12:11pm
In case you were wondering, the Real ID Act of 2005 (mentioned in an earlier post on this blog) passed in May. This might become another leading edge in the new war of Centralization vs. States' Rights, one with real potential, unlike the medical marijuana fight, or abortion.
Claire Light | July 24, 2005 - 11:23am
It was bound to happen. Thought y'all might enjoy this. It's from this site, created, presumably, to promote the book "Karate the Japanese Way", which title in itself begs the question. Hmmm ... self aware Asiaphilia smacks of the "asshole argument". You know the asshold argument: "Well, I'm an asshole, but at least I know I'm an asshole ..."
Claire Light | July 22, 2005 - 2:19pm
Can't say I'm too surprise with Bush's pick for Supreme Court. Thoughts on nominee John Roberts here at Poplicks. I meant to post this when I read it last week. Or maybe it was the week before. It's a story in the SF Chron about Asian American comedians. Besides Margaret. Kims of Comedy.
Melissa Hung | July 21, 2005 - 9:40am
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.
Harry Mok | July 21, 2005 - 9:36am
The Intrepid Foundation has set up a fund benefitting children in Southeast Asian in the name of Mike Matsushita, an American who was confirmed as among the dead from the London terrorist bombings.
Harry Mok | July 20, 2005 - 2:58pm
Bai Ling talks about her career and her Playboy spread in today's San Francisco Chronicle. Unlike China, in America she can get naked all she wants and have all the one-night stands she wants.
Harry Mok | July 14, 2005 - 11:01am
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.
Melissa Hung | July 13, 2005 - 11:45am
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