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.)
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.
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