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#RealCourageIs by Jeannie Mai

Fox ‘s New Talk Show “The Real” and fashion correspondent for NBC’s Today Show. #Wearapist

‪#‎RealCourageIs‬

When I was 25 I had just moved to LA with little TV experience. I didn’t have an agent, so I was finding jobs for myself off the internet. I found a casting call in search of a spokesperson for a national branded campaign promoting healthy eating. I read the script and saw that it called for a fun personality and positive attitude. Duh…I was perfect. I got dolled up in my usual snazzy self and headed to the interview. Once I signed in and sat down, I noticed the entire room was filled with long legged, blond-haired, blue-eyed gorgeous models. After a few min the woman checking names in called me up to the front. She informed me, “Thanks for coming in today. Unfortunately, our client is looking for a specific look and type when it comes to the image of this spokesperson. Rather than let you waste your time here waiting, I thought best to let you know so you can be on your way.”

I looked around the (tiny) room and saw every blue eye shift and look away from me in embarrassment. My face got really hot.

"Well I don’t mind waiting if I can just get a chance to audition. I’m confident I’ve got what it takes."

The woman half smiled at me and said, “Oh I’m sure you do. You’re just not what they’re looking for. As you can see here our client is looking for a certain type of iconic face, and I’m pretty sure they haven’t called for any Asians.”

Now I was pissed. Before I could even think of a response, I saw the doors to the audition room open and a tall blond walk out. I grabbed my headshot off the desk and ran through the doors. The woman chased after me but I had already entered the audition room and faced the 3 serious looking executives. “Hi I’m Jeannie Mai and I’m here to audition for the part because I know I can bring you something different. You guys ready?” I didn’t wait for an answer and jumped in front of the camera set in the middle of the room. One of the exec guys stood up and pressed the record button, and I gave it my all. After I was done, I gave it to them two more times, in different, fun versions. I didn’t wait for a reaction. I put my headshot gently on their table, thanked them each for their time, and walked out.

I walked out that day realizing courage cannot exist without fear. Had I not felt afraid from the rejection and humiliation, I wouldn’t have revealed my true fighting self. I’ll never forget that.

By the way, I got a call that evening that I landed the part. This one time part then became a 2 year contract that lead to a house payment for my parents and an agent for myself. So remember ladies, you’ve already got wings. Now just fly.

http://bit.ly/RealCourageIsHere

The RealRealCouc

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I hope you’ll forgive my shameless advertising attempt on your blog, but I’ve been a longtime follower of Fascinasians on my personal and I figured if your other followers are like me, they might find this to be of interest.

I’m working with a small startup called Backpack, which is not-for-profit service that connects travelers to shoppers to deliver goods overseas without the hassle and fees of international shipping. Backpack is the brainchild of brilliant young twenty-somethings, Fahim Aziz and Sakib Sauro, who have successfully launched the service in Bangledesh (so don’t worry, it works!) and are now looking to make it even bigger and better. 

If any of you are like me and frequently travel between home country #1 and home country #2 (and home country #3 and home country #4), it’s a good way to earn a quick buck on the side. And if not, it’s still a great way to get products from other countries that are pricey to import or otherwise impossible to find where you are. I encourage you all to check it out! It’s free to sign up and free to use.

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In 2009, an exhaustive study published by sociologists at Princeton Uinversity found that when measured on an all-things-being-equal basis, Asian Americans were required to score at least 140 points higher than whites on standardized tests, in order to qualify for admission into top universities.

- Discrimination against the Chinese in America (via miumiumiao)

(Source: chinesewomenunited)

myxtv:

Filipino problems in the United States.

Full episode of “I’m Asian American and… I’m an Entertainment Ninja” is online now exclusively at Myx TV.

peoplepowermovement:

Here is some recent news coverage on the beginnings of gentrification coming to the northwest Bronx:

Mom-and-pop stores across from the Kingsbridge Armory are getting iced out of biz (NY Daily News)

“That type of letter is not a renewed-lease-letter; it’s a put-people-out letter,” said Christian Ramos, the vice president of the Kingsbridge Road Merchants Association.

EXCLUSIVE: Amid Re-development of Kingsbridge Armory, Rents To Double For Some In August (Norwood News)

“It’s frustrating. You don’t know if you’re coming or going,” said Bass, who feels as though it’s a type of legal eviction. “That’s just giving us three weeks to increase our rent, make a decision, get out, stay. This is really horrible. And these are families trying to stay.”

BREAKING: Rent hikes near Kingsbridge Armory threaten local businesses (BX Times)

The world’s largest ice rink complex is coming — but many local businesses likely won’t be there to see it.

WATCH: Kingsbridge Road shops face increased rent, possible closure amid building of ice skating center (News 12 The Bronx)

Tenants say a new landlord is starting to double their rents because the Kingsbridge Armory is reopening as a huge ice skating center in a few years, and property values are already starting to skyrocket.

This is what we’re doing to stop it: People Power Movement Fighting Gentrification in the Bronx

zuky:

zuky:

This is Wong Chin Foo. His name is now forgotten to the US mainstream, but his recorded legacy of brash, outspoken, irreverant pro-Chinese activism, in an era of unbridled anti-Chinese racism, stands as a monument of resistance. He was a 19th-century agitator who is believed to have coined the phrase “Chinese American” when he boldly emblazened those words across the banner of New York’s first Chinese newspaper which he founded in 1883.
Born in China in 1851, Wong Chin Foo came to the US in 1864 to study English. Because he arrived as a minor and lived in the US for more than 5 years, he was able to obtain naturalization papers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1874, becoming one of the first people of Chinese descent to become a US citizen. He traveled across the US giving lectures on Chinese civilization, in which he proudly declared himself a heathen and suggested that Westerners should learn about religion themselves before sending missionaries to China. He called Jesus a “Johnny Come Lately” in contrast to the more ancient teachings of Confucius. He said, “I never knew that rats and puppies were good to eat until I was told by American people.”
Wong repeatedly showed up to heckle speeches by the anti-Chinese organizer Dennis Kearney, whose slogan “The Chinese must go!” was used to incite lynch mobs. Wong went so far as to challenge Kearney to a duel, offering to give the Irishman the choice of weapons: chopsticks, potatoes, or pistols. Kearney declined.
In 1893, Wong appeared before a US House Committee hearing to urge Congress to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act (to no avail). He founded the Chinese Equal Rights League to demand the right to vote and to organize against Chinese Exclusion. Wong encouraged his fellow Chinese to refuse to carry the apartheid-like IDs which were required of them. In 1894, he organized a civil disobedience action in front of the Federal Building in Manhattan, resulting in the arrest of League member Fong Yue Ting. Like many other legal challenges to Chinese Exclusion, the case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where Chinese Exclusion was upheld.
In the early 20th century, Wong supported the revolution in China and the overthrow of the Qing dynasty led by Sun Yat-Sen. After that, there is no more record of him. He disappeared, and nobody knows what became of him.

zuky:

zuky:

This is Wong Chin Foo. His name is now forgotten to the US mainstream, but his recorded legacy of brash, outspoken, irreverant pro-Chinese activism, in an era of unbridled anti-Chinese racism, stands as a monument of resistance. He was a 19th-century agitator who is believed to have coined the phrase “Chinese American” when he boldly emblazened those words across the banner of New York’s first Chinese newspaper which he founded in 1883.

Born in China in 1851, Wong Chin Foo came to the US in 1864 to study English. Because he arrived as a minor and lived in the US for more than 5 years, he was able to obtain naturalization papers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1874, becoming one of the first people of Chinese descent to become a US citizen. He traveled across the US giving lectures on Chinese civilization, in which he proudly declared himself a heathen and suggested that Westerners should learn about religion themselves before sending missionaries to China. He called Jesus a “Johnny Come Lately” in contrast to the more ancient teachings of Confucius. He said, “I never knew that rats and puppies were good to eat until I was told by American people.”

Wong repeatedly showed up to heckle speeches by the anti-Chinese organizer Dennis Kearney, whose slogan “The Chinese must go!” was used to incite lynch mobs. Wong went so far as to challenge Kearney to a duel, offering to give the Irishman the choice of weapons: chopsticks, potatoes, or pistols. Kearney declined.

In 1893, Wong appeared before a US House Committee hearing to urge Congress to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act (to no avail). He founded the Chinese Equal Rights League to demand the right to vote and to organize against Chinese Exclusion. Wong encouraged his fellow Chinese to refuse to carry the apartheid-like IDs which were required of them. In 1894, he organized a civil disobedience action in front of the Federal Building in Manhattan, resulting in the arrest of League member Fong Yue Ting. Like many other legal challenges to Chinese Exclusion, the case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where Chinese Exclusion was upheld.

In the early 20th century, Wong supported the revolution in China and the overthrow of the Qing dynasty led by Sun Yat-Sen. After that, there is no more record of him. He disappeared, and nobody knows what became of him.

18mr:

colinresponse:

america-wakiewakie:

Revealed: the Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces | The Telegraph 

More children than Palestinian fighters are being killed in Israel’s offensive on Gaza, according to the UN. Shown here are the name, age, and sex of 132 of those children, recorded by the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights

at the moment 29 Israeli lives have been lost (mostly soldiers) and 650 (mostly civilians-many of whom are children) Palestinians have been killed. CNN alone has done 46 interviews with Israeli Officials this year, while speaking with only 11 Palestinian leaders. besides a few outlets (i.e. democracy now, black agenda report, truth dig, etc.) u.s. “journalism” in no way works to shape public opinion for the public good.

Meanwhile at the Wall Street Journal

Vote for "Why We Rise" in the 2014 PBS FilmFest

Bob Beckel: Your racism is dangerous - resign now

18mr:

Join us, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, and our Freedom Side fam tomorrow on Twitter to talk about ‪#‎JusticeforEricGarner‬ and how to make our communities safer in spite of the NYPD:

18mr:

Join us, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, and our Freedom Side fam tomorrow on Twitter to talk about #‎JusticeforEricGarner‬ and how to make our communities safer in spite of the NYPD: