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.
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.
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.
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 ..."
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.
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