Today the Senate will vote on s. 744, the immigration reform bill. While the bill is not all that we hoped it could be, and while we still have a long fight ahead of us to ensure that immigration reform is fair and accessible to women, now is the time for us all to urge our Senators to vote YES on s. 744, to pass the bill out of the Senate and continue to move immigration reform forward.
Please call your Senators TODAY at 800-490-2010 and ask them to vote yes on s. 744.
As it currently stands, the bill contains a road map to citizenship for millions of people who have long lived in the shadows. It includes important workers rights protections, an end to the family visa backlog, a provision that would allow deported parents to reunite with their families, protections for survivors of violence, an accelerated path to citizenship for dreamers, and other positive changes to our immigration system that will improve the lives of millions of women and families.
As we shift our attention to the House, and eventually to conference committee, We Belong Together will work with our partners and policy makers to make it very clear that immigrant women and other supporters will not tolerate an even weaker bill. We will be pushing to ensure that women have an equal opportunity towards a pathway to citizenship, that their basic human and due process rights are respected, and that border communities do not bear the brunt of misguided last minute compromise in the Senate. We will protect and improve upon core provisions in the Senate bill that affect women, children and families. We will keep fighting to keep immigration reform as humane and inclusive as possible. Immigrant women, our communities, and our country deserve no less.
Thank you for taking action TODAY, and for helping us take this big step forward as we continue to work for immigration reform that is fair for women and our communities.
Hoy el Senado votará por el s. 744, el proyecto de ley por la reforma migratoria. Mientras que el proyecto de ley no es lo que esperábamos y mientras que tenemos una gran lucha por delante para asegurar que la reforma migratoria es justa y accesible para las mujeres, ahora es la hora para exigir a nuestros Senadores que voten SÍ en el s. 744 para pasar el proyecto de ley en el Senado y seguir avanzando la reforma migratoria.
Por favor llamen a sus Senadores HOY al 800-490-2010 y exíjanles que voten sí en el s. 744.
Con la situación actual, el proyecto de ley contiene un camino hacia la ciudadanía para millones de personas que han vivido en las sombras. Incluye protecciones importantes para los derechos de los trabajadores, un fin a la lista de espera de visas familiares, una provisión que dejará a padres deportados reunificarse con sus familias, protecciones para las sobrevivientes de violencia, un camino acelerado hacia la ciudadanía para los soñadores, y otros cambios positivos a nuestro sistema de inmigración que mejorara la vida de millones de mujeres y familias. En preparación a poner nuestra atención a la Cámara, y eventualmente al comité de conferencia, Nos Mantenemos Unidos trabajara con nuestros aliados y legisladores para dejarlo bien claro que las mujeres inmigrantes y aliados no soportaran un proyecto de ley aún mas débil. Estaremos empujando que las mujeres tengan una igualdad de oportunidades al camino hacia la ciudadanía, que sus derechos humanos básicos y de debido proceso sean respetados, y que las comunidades fronterizas se lleven la peor parte de un acuerdo equivocado de ultimo momento en el Senado. Protegeremos y mejoraremos las provisiones centrales en el proyecto de ley del Senado que impactan a las mujeres, niños y familias. Seguiremos la lucha para mantener la reforma migratoria la más humana e inclusiva posible. Mujeres migrantes, nuestras comunidades y nuestro país merecen no menos.
Gracias por tomar acción HOY y por ayudarnos a tomar este paso grande adelante mientras que continuamos a trabajar por la reforma migratoria que es justa par alas mujeres y nuestras comunidades.
Jesifiable here, hijacking Fascinasians for a post. If you haven’t checked out Flat3, the latest webseries to hit the web from New Zealand, then you probably should right now. The next story following the trend of quirky female comedies, Flat3 is a webseries that follows the unique perspectives of 3 Chinese-Kiwi women in their 20’s as they try to figure out who they are, what they’re doing in this life, and whose turn it is to buy toilet paper. And I got the lucky chance to interview these amazing women behind the new show—Roseanne Liang (Director/Writer), Perlina Lau (“Perlina”), JJ Fong (“Jessica”) and Ally Xue (“Lee”). Check it out!
How did Flat3 come into fruition and what have been some of your inspirations for the series?
Roseanne Liang: JJ sent me an email one day asking if I might be interested in helping them write a webseries. I said yes. Then they asked me if I wanted to direct. I was actually planning to tell them that they weren’t allowed to use the script unless I also directed it - but I acted all nonchalant and shrugged ‘sure. Whatevs’. And then I told them I had edit it or else I would run away with all the footage.
For me, the inspirations for the series are Sex and the City, Girls, 30 Rock and maybe a little Flight of the Conchords. Oh and Louis CK’s Louie. Freaks and Geeks, my all -time favourite TV show. Seinfeld, Monty Python, The Office. Basically every comedy show I’ve loved and wanted to copy. It’s not plagiarism if you say it’s homage! It’s homage, by the way. In terms of webseries, I discovered Awkward Black Girl fairly late in the game. Also Natalie Tran’s Community Channel, but we’ll never be as quick or cute as her. We can try, but we can’t.
Perlina Lau: For Jess and I, it was a combination of boredom, restlessness to an extent and unnecessary self pity which kicked this project off! Also just our own experiences combined with shows we like watching ourselves. This was the foundation for most scenarios!
“A love poem dedicated to the woman of my life”
Music by Matthew Vista
Singing by HoHoua Xiong www.youtube.com/user/hohouaxiong
Audio Editing: William Wong
Video Editing: Antony Marshall
Shout outs to UC Davis SAFE Southeast Asian Furthering Education for taking part in the video
This is pretty damn amazing.
Mind officially blown.
First and second generation Asian Americans, both female and male, often feel an extra burden of meeting their family’s expectations of the American dream and are caught in these transitional cultural norms. Given their parents’ sacrifices to emigrate to the United States, first-generation American born teenagers often feel a greater burden to meet their family’s expectations. They also feel a greater responsibility and guilt if they are unable to live up to these demands. They are in the difficult position of having to maintain the mother culture AND assimilate into American culture. When these familial and cultural expectations clash, the transitional generation faces the difficult task of finding a comfortable way of integrating conflicting values.
Connie S Chan, “Asian American Women and Adolescent Girls: Sexuality and Sexual Expression.”
It’s so weird finding a paragraph in your reading that essentially captures your entire adolescence.(via thatisnotfeminism)
Call for Asian American women (ages 18 or older) to participate
in a survey and a chance to win an Amazon.com gift certificate
My name is Pauline Chan, a graduate student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program. I am a second generation Chinese American and am working on my dissertation under the direction of Dr. Belle Liang. The study focuses on the social experiences of Asian American women. The study has been approved by the Boston College Office for Research Protections Institutional Review Board (Protocol #12.172.01A).
I am writing to ask Asian American women to participate in my online dissertation research survey and to offer an opportunity to be entered in a random drawing for an Amazon.com gift certificate for participation in the survey (5 $20 gift certificates and 2 $50 gift certificates available).
To participate in the study, participants must:
In this survey participants will be asked questions about social experiences in different contexts, social attitudes, culture and wellbeing. The survey will take approximately 35-45 minutes to complete and may be found at the following link:
Q: What about undocumented API immigration is not represented in the stereotypical narratives of immigration politics?
Chinese workers built the nation railroads but were asked to step aside when iconic photographs were taken at Promontory Point of the nation’s new railway tracks. The injustice faced by these workers is the point sometimes missed by common narratives of immigration activists. We Dream Activists usually rely on the logic of being American because we are exceptional, educated, or particularly talented. But we shouldn’t be waging a struggle to suggest that our GPAs and fancy degrees make us the right type of immigrants or the good racial minorities (though I’ve fallen into this idea time and time again). I know that this is a deliberate move and often necessary if we want the establishment to make concessions, but we cannot lose sight of the mission even when we engage in strategic essentialism.
I don’t deserve citizenship because I am exceptional: I deserve it because my long-term presence in this nation makes me a member of local communities and because migration is a human right. My talents and achievements are the result of social support, specific local policies, and the family members who sacrificed everything to encourage my education. Most people are not that lucky but that doesn’t make them less deserving. My parents deserve citizenship not because they don’t have criminal records: they deserve it because they are those Chinese workers, laboring in the background and participating in the gritty toil of making this country work. My motivation is not ‘giving back to the nation’ to prove myself; it is the recognition of immigrants as essential and precious stakeholders of American society.
I say all of this only because the model minority discourse has particular meaning for Asian Americans. More than other racial groups, the idea that I am a foreigner is cemented even if I was born on US soil. I want the recognition of this experience, this discourse, this existence of being an immigrant naturalized as a central force that shapes American culture—and not a legally separate and peripheral racial figure. This is a demand I make as an Asian woman because the politics of assimilation cannot work for a race that is deemed inassimilable.
Exceptionalist attitudes also reject critiques of imperialism and establishment politics, and not many are outspoken about the destruction wrought to the lands of our birth by American war machines. If you’d like to displace me from the only country I’ve ever known, please take responsibility for our homelands being ravaged by your predatory capitalism and power plays. If you’d like to guilt-trip me for being critical of Obama or either political party, consider how many families have been torn apart in the last 4 years and critique the motions of capital that lay waste to entire nations. I’m not saying don’t love this country—- I certainly do. But my critique is not out of loyalty to the nation-state, it is out of the need for justice. Critiques are not ungrateful if they result in social progress.
I was both drawn to America and pushed out of Pakistan. For Asians, the legacy of yellow peril and migration restrictions have always had to do with the nation-state’s enemy du jour. Right now, it’s en vogue to deport Muslims because they are the latest looming threat for the white middle class. Displaced Latin@s who have seen drug violence or NAFTA ruin their homes are also witnesses to first world meddling leading to third world havoc.
Playing into the discourse of ‘good immigrant’, being an Asian overachiever and all that jazz—all of this does not bode well with how Asians must negotiate model minority status. I am not here to repeat the same mistakes of leveraging myself against other people of color.
Dumbfoundead, a hip hop artist, recently released a free EP in honor of Valentine’s Day called Love Everyday. Here’s the video for the single “For You” and the lyrics:
This is for my fifth grade crush
My middle school make out sessions in a bus
Freshman hooking with high school sluts
Burning mix tapes with the bands that you loved
House party hickies unhooking that bra
Man it got real tricky
But got those panties off
To my first girlfriend
that had me feelin’ sprung
then it had to end
man, we were really young
For that rebound that check that I abused
To make an ex jealous
I know wasn’t cool
For the girls I smash and never call back
For the bitchies that dissed me
You ain’t all that
For the groupies on the road
That will drop real low
For all the chicks sending titty flix for my phone
For Jennifa and Joan
They never got along
For that crazy ass bitch
Writing about me in the blog
For that one freak added me on the facebook
For that heartbreaker
that got me writing Drake cuts
For the ones I drugged out
And the one I sex it
Sorry I showed up to your crib unexpected
This is for the one night stands,
And two nice days
Three months relationship
Few blind dates
For all the girls I mentioned
I wanna thank y’all
For helping me to write this song
I understand that hip-hop is a largely misogynist scene. But it does not have to be that way. I have such problems with the language and objectification he uses in his songs. I remember listening to some previous songs and all were along the same lines. As a role model of an Asian man in the hip hop scene, Dumbfoundead has a lot of attention on him both as a powerful MC and (potentially) brilliant lyricist. It would be inspiring to see him use his position and music to spread positive, strong messages that encompass more than the people who still content with calling women “bitches” and glorify using them as objects solely for pleasure.
Dude, I would love to really jam out to your music. But I cannot support someone who has no respect for women. You’ve certainly built up quite a following, but you’ve lost this particular listener.
Maybe he should check his own words: "Just ‘cause you a nice guy don’t mean you a good man."
I have been in a great relationship with a straight male for over three years now, but only recently considered a thought shared with me by a friend and Trans/Queer activist, riKu Matsuda — that being with a straight male does not define the relationship as “straight.” That I am still Queer (of course) and thus it is definable as a Queer relationship. It’s been a great point of growth for me and my partner in my desire for us to be more active in LGBTQ issues together.traci kato-kiriyama, Through the Fire: LGBT(JA)Q (via narindaism)