(Pakistani Muslim, born and raised in the United States)
"No offense but I once met an Indian family and they smelled really bad."
"Do your people not believe in showers?"
"So you speak Pakistani?"
"Is it hard…like…living with a Muslim family?"
"Have you ever seen your moms face?"
"What do you mean you’ve never had alcohol?"
"Trust me, you HAVE to try drinking."
"You can’t come unless you have a drink."
"Hahahahhahah, look, there’s a 7Eleven! Haha!"
"Is your sister allowed to drive?"
"It’s just bacon! Just try some! Your life is so boring."
"Wow your dad speaks really good English!"
-Well, yeah, he’s lived here for like thirty years.
"Oh…did he come here to escape war or something?"
"Your name is Hishaam? Can I just call you Sean?"
"Oh, do you know (random South Asian name)?"
"So you hate Indians, right?"
Thank you to Houston fans, media, Rockets staff, coaches and teammates for the last 2 years! Sad it never went, or ended, the way I had envisioned it to, but God always has a perfect plan and I’ll forever cherish that chapter of my life. Im SO blessed to join the Lakers and cant wait to get started!!! #purpleandgold #calikid
Playing in the largest AAPI market helps and it’ll be interesting him play with Jordan Clarkson (if he makes the team). While pundits are saying this gives Lin a shot a more playing time and possible starting spot, there’s a bit of a logjam at point guard for the Lakers. If the Lakers do keep Steve Nash in order to avoid having part of his salary on the books for next season, it will almost assuredly force the Lakers to waive either Clarkson or Kendall Marshall before the season begins.
We cannot educate white women and take them by the hand. Most of us are willing to help but we can’t do the white woman’s homework for her. That’s an energy drain. More times than she cares to remember, Nellie Wong, Asian American feminist writer, has been called by white women wanting a list of Asian American women who can give readings or workshops. We are in danger of being reduced to purveyors of resource lists.
Feminism needs to be authentically intersectional, or nothing at all. This speaks volumes
For the first time since the 1940s, the Green Turtle is returning to comic bookshelves. The long-forgotten character has been resurrected in The Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel about what many comic fans consider the first Asian-American superhero.
You remember Gene Yang from last year’s shattering Boxers & Saints. In terms of his fellow superheroes, Yang says the Green Turtle is more Bruce Wayne than Clark Kent. “He doesn’t have any explicit superpowers in the original books. But he’s very agile,” Yang explains.
Yang wrote The Shadow Hero to finally give the Green Turtle an origin story and an explanation for his — let’s be honest — not-so-heroic-sounding name.
" ‘Turtle head’ is an insult in Chinese," says Yang, who is Chinese-American and adds that his parents would always tell him to not wear green hats. "There’s a saying about wearing green hats, which means you are a cuckold."
So, instead, Yang connected the Green Turtle to the celestial tortoise, one of four guardian animal spirits of Chinese mythology.
An enduring mystery around the series is whether creator Chu Hing wanted the Green Turtle to be Chinese-American like himself. Rumor has it the publisher didn’t want an Asian superhero as World War II was raging in the pacific — so the Green Turtle always wore a mask.
Yang’s new graphic novel firmly establishes the Green Turtle as Asian-American, unmasking the superhero as a teenager named Hank Chu, the American-born son of Chinese immigrants living in the Chinatown of a fictional city on California’s coast in the 1930s.
Hank transforms from a scrawny neighborhood kid into one of his city’s top crime-fighters. But in the end, he’s still caught between Chinatown and the world outside.
"Every superhero has this superhero identity and a civilian identity," Yang explains. "A lot of their lives are about code switching. It’s about switching from one mode of expectations to another mode of expectations. And I really think that mirrors something in the immigrant’s kid’s life."
Time to pay a visit to my friendly local comic store, I think!
The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
- Scott Woods (via newwavefeminism)
Greetings! My name is Nomin, and I’m an angry Mongolian/Chinese/American woman interning at the Feminist Press. We’re a small publishing house dedicated to printing books by, for, and about women, feminists, and marginalized groups.
It’s Selfie Summer over at the FP tumblr! If you submit a selfie of you doing something feminist or just plain rad, you could win a FREE Feminist Press book, like The Riot Grrl Collection, which has been helping me channel some third-wave rage all day.
You helped build Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s latest digital exhibition, A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America, and the results are stunning.
There are more than 4,000 Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders who hold public office in nearly 40 states and U.S. territories. In California, they include five federal representatives, 15 state representatives, more than 90 council members and more than 100 judges, according to the National Asian Pacific American Political Almanac 2014-15 published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
Asian-Americans have not only fared well at the local level in the San Gabriel Valley, where there is heavy concentration of Chinese-Americans, they’ve also been increasingly successful at winning state offices and congressional seats representing that area, the South Bay and Los Angeles, Sonenshein said.
Los Angeles County — the nation’s largest with about 10 million people — has never had an Asian-American member of the Board of Supervisors despite the community making up 15 percent of its population. The L.A.-Long Beach-Santa Ana region has about 1.8 million Asian-Americans, the highest concentration of any metro area, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
None of the candidates in the June 3 election who ran for two open L.A. supervisor seats were Asian-American. And the city of Los Angeles, which has an Asian population of about 13 percent, has had only one Asian-American serve on its City Council or in any city elected office. Michael Woo served on the council from 1985 to 1993 and lost a bid for mayor against Richard Riordan in 1993.
“It really stands out,” Sonenshein said. “Over 400,000 Asian Americans in L.A., no City Council members, no citywide elected officials and only one in the history of the entire city…. It’s phenomenal trying to figure out.”