links for 2010-05-10

  • "Sharrif Floyd, a senior and one of the region's standout high school football players, is a mediator. A few days ago, he testified, he got word that older boys were picking on an immigrant girl.

    Floyd is 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds. He sought the girl out and walked her to lunch. The aggressive boys apologized to her, and she hasn't had trouble since, he said.

    "We want to make sure it's a safe environment," Floyd said. "You don't have to walk a certain way or act a certain way. You don't have to be scared."

    Washington senior Rachel Pagan nodded.

    "I think if a lot of schools had peer mediation," she said, "there would be less racial violence.""

  • "I had already known Filipina mothers work as nannies and caregivers, even as they leave their own children behind. That these women’s labor feed the remittances that keep the Philippine economy afloat. And that all these benefits to the country, to the private sector, have come at great personal cost to women who spent years away from their own children.

    But it still makes me sad and angry to note that decades later, long after their children had grown up without their presence, these women’s labor and sacrifice continues to generate wealth. But not for them."

  • "hiphopmacedonia.com: What’s the difference among Blacks and the Latino population when it comes to understanding of hip hop culture? Do they comprehend this culture in the same way?

    Raquel Z. Rivera: People see hip-hop according to their worldviews. The thing is that not all African Americans see the world the same way. And not all Latinos see the world the same way, either. So many other factors come into play: class, race, gender, sexuality, personal taste, politics, religion… So I would be very wary of making sweeping statements about how folks see hip-hop based on their ethnicity.

    What I will say is that oftentimes people assume that there is no overlap in Latino and African American experiences and perspectives regarding hip-hop. And there is quite a great deal of overlap."

  • "There are too many little signals in the promotional copy which suggest that this work does not emerge from an authentically-grounded cultural millieu (not to mention gender perspective!). It feels like another white male projection onto a canvas pre-stained with preconceptions.

    At some point I should probably write satirical guidelines for producing Asian American literature with such useful rules of thumb as: The title of your work of Asian American literature should include one or more of the following universally identifiable keywords: jade, blossom, bamboo, jasmine, chrysanthemum, peony, chopstick, dragon, or any Chinese food item, if possible qualified by a month or season (e.g. “The Jade Chopstick”, “Jasmine Spring”, “Red Chrysanthemum in December”, “The Ten Thousand Bamboo Warriors”, “Dim Sum Blossoms”)."

  • "Why do white people always talk about the Asian American identity as if it is either/or? And define which specific identities should be chosen from? Like, will this kid be Chinese, American or Chinese American? Because you can only pick one. Guess which identity will be endorsed and supported by the majority society? (So when I talk about transracial adoptive parents reflecting the general population, remember that the majority are white.)

    And what does it mean to be “fully herself”? Is she not fully herself if her identity is not fixed? Or is it that there is some notion of what she should be, and she hasn’t fulfilled that yet? And is it an ageless question or an age-old question? Will the majority audience really relate to the themes of identity? And how is this Chinese woman’s identity portrayed by a white male writer? (I’d guess he wasn’t adopted either, although I have no way to know.)

    It’s Chinese America, as portrayed by the majority. Got it."

  • "Today, actor/comedian Cheech Marin ("Cheech & Chong" and "Lost") placed third in the "Jeopardy!" Million Dollar Celebrity Invitational Tournament, winning $100,000 for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) for this final round. [...]

    Marin’s total "Jeopardy' wins of $150,000 will help fund students pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees in performing arts and entertainment. A longtime advocate of HSF and board member, Marin said, "This generous donation will have such an enormous impact on the American landscape. HSF empowers and educates so many worthy Latinos."

  • "Seventy-seven percent of victims in alleged human trafficking incidents reported in the U.S. were people of color, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report. An example of BJS's ambiguity is that 747 out of 1,442 reported incidents recorded no racial or ethnic origin.

    Racism is deeply embedded in human trafficking and must be racially inclusive and explicitly included in its literature, statistics and advocacy. To combat this modern-day slavery, the trafficking cycle should recognize explicitly the connections between trafficking, migration, poverty, racism, gender and racial discrimination."