links for 2010-10-05

  • "Misnomer(S) consists of two Korean-American sisters from Buffalo, NY, known on stage as Knewdles and Sos (yes, pronounced noodles and sauce). What sets them apart is not the “novelty” of being Asian female hip-hop artists but how they combine lyrics and instrumentation: Knewdles is an emcee and Sos is a violinist.

    "My favorite song (which is FIRE to see live!) is “For What It’s Worth,” addressing the ignorant catcalls women face, particularly Asian women who are often fetishized as “china dolls” or “geisha girls.” They raise the issue of misplaced assumptions that lump all Asian women in one category without accounting for ethnicity and culture, and the idea that they are submissive tools for sexual pleasure. More broadly, they express the exasperation of being questioned about their racial background because of their skin and eyes and how many people won’t accept them as Americans first."

  • As Tim Wise succinctly said, "…and in the 'gee, no kidding" department for the day." ~~AP

    "Findings show that such black segregation, and to a lesser extent Hispanic segregation, are powerful predictors of the number and rate of foreclosures in the United States — even after removing the effects of a variety of other market conditions such as average creditworthiness, the degree of zoning regulation, the overall rate of subprime lending, or coverage under the Community Reinvestment Act, an act passed in the 1970s to reduce redlining. Minority-dominant neighborhoods continue to be underserved by mainstream financial institutions, while predatory lenders are commonplace in such neighborhoods, the study notes."

  • "Officials said this year that Venezuela’s tribes had reasons to celebrate the 'end of exclusion' because 'equality, rights and peace now reign.' Still, if Cambalache’s squalor is any indication, some indigenous people still face a more vexing reality than his government’s words suggest."
  • "It is no accident that globalisation has seen the reemergence of slavery. The human degradation off West Africa is replicated elsewhere. I first came across modern slavery when investigating the UK chicken supply chain in Thailand in 2002. UK retailers and manufacturers now source much of their cheap commodity chicken from Asian factories. On the subcontracted farms around Bangkok that supply the international poultry processing factories I found illegal Burmese migrants trapped in debt bondage and forced labour. Fifteen Burmese refugees, interviewed for me by the American Centre for International Labour Solidarity, described sleeping in one room on the floor working whatever hours their Thai boss required of them, without pay and without a day off for two months. They had been kept in order by violence and by the threat of deportation if they complained."