links for 2010-10-06

  • "Mad Men: Uh no. You see, our show is about the world of white ad men. Blacks weren't part of that world. It's not racist, it's just how it was and our show reflects that… but we do have female characters… and we do find a way of addressing women's issues… which weren't a part of an ad man's world either really so… um…

    "Boardwalk Empire: When you've got a show, you decide who the show is about.  It isn't born in one concrete unchangeable way. Our show is about a corrupt white politician, and his mobster cronies, but we've also got a fantastic black character. It's not so hard to do you know. You just make a black character that's relevant to the life of your main guy. There you go. Bada boom. Psst, you write the show, you create the characters remember? It's only "pandering to a rosy version of history" if you ain't creative."

  • "We tried it and sure enough, received results for every letter we typed right until the 'a', which produced a blank screen. Latino on the other hand has not been banned. It seems as though Google is adhering to an old stereotype that Latinas are too hot to handle…"
  • "Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries said: 'Shirley Chisholm blazed a trail from the streets of Brooklyn in 1972 to the White House in 2008 with the election of Barack Obama. We all owe Shirley Chisholm a debt of gratitude for her dogged spirit and indomitable strength that changed the very social fabric of our nation forever. As America looks forward to a brighter future, we must never forget to honor those like Ms. Chisholm who helped pave the way and inspire a generation of leaders to seek justice and equality on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. Indeed, she casts a shadow far larger than this building.'"
  • "I believe that there is a distinction between Asian literature and Asian American genres. First and foremost is that Asian American literature is American literature. Americans with Asian heritage have a completely different experience, outlook, perspective, and conditioning than the families we left either recently or even generations ago and is different from the cultures we are entering. The Asian American experience is blended and often has a pan-Asian mentality. Millennials tend to exhibit this perspective the most in that they don't necessarily see themselves as one ethnicity, but that they see themselves as Asian and have a camaraderie with South Asians, Central Asians, and Pacific Islanders."
  • "A discussion of Asian American poetry as a genre and “Asian American” as an identity is impossible without recognition of its social and political grounding. While these were formidable years that demonstrated the efforts of countless Asian American activists and artists to concretize their presence in the traditionally exclusionary U.S. historical narrative, contemporary Asian American identity discourse acknowledges that this identity is more prone to fracture than union. This is not to say that the works of previous Asian American scholars and activists have failed in their efforts. Rather, in the face of dramatically shifting political and social terrains, Asian American poets are challenging traditional ideas of identity formation, and ushering in new themes and styles of exploring Asian American identity which welcome fragmentation."