links for 2011-01-07

  • "National Organization for Women organizer Shelley Fernandez, Fukuda’s lifelong friend since 1956, approached Kodokan and petitioned that Fukuda be promoted. After several years they finally gave her 6th dan; they promoted her to 7th dan 10 years later, then to 8th dan 20 years later.

    "Thirty years later, Fukuda’s top student, Eiko Saito Shepherd, went to Kodokan and asked that 9th dan be granted. Kodokan refused. Four years after this, the U.S. Judo Federation gave Fukuda the 9th dan. Finally, another four years later, Kodokan relented and granted her that rank.

    "This was front-page news both in the U.S. and in Japan. The Kodokan judo organization had no more glass ceiling–Fukuda was judo’s first woman to be awarded 9th dan."

  • "After the encore, Jamison appeared, statuesque and beautiful, a vibrantly colored shawl draped over her shoulders. Streamers shimmered down from the ceiling, glinting in the light. 'I love you, too,' she said, her voice cracking. 'You've been an amazing audience all these 52 years. Thank you for all your love. … I also thank Robert for accepting the mantle. I thank my dancers. You are all incredible. You have God's gifts. Continue to shine. Remember the song 'This Little Light of Mine.' … Just think, there was one black man in a tiny town in Texas who had a vision. … Continue with us on our journey.'"
  • "Under Dr. Bonilla’s leadership, the program integrated various strands of Puerto Rican studies — history, politics, economics and cultural development — with the aim of exposing the forces behind ethnic and racial prejudice. The center, which studied the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the mainland and analyzed the extensive post-World War II migration from the island, houses one of the nation’s largest archives on the Puerto Rican experience.

    "One of Dr. Bonilla’s most influential projects was the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, which he co-founded in 1986. It began as a national consortium of eight university-based research centers and grew to include more than 20 universities that cooperate in interdisciplinary research. Among other studies, the program has analyzed the impact of global, national and regional economic forces on the earnings of Latinos in the United States."

  • Post from July, 2010, but the info is still relevant.–AP

    "'Accent might reduce the credibility of non-native job seekers, eyewitnesses, reporters or people taking calls in foreign call centers,' said Shiri Lev-Ari, lead author of 'Why Don’t We Believe Non-native Speakers? The Influence of Accent on Credibility,' written with Keysar and published in the current issue of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology."

  • "What is it about Little Black Sambo that inspires such discomfort? Why is it so widely considered racist? And if it’s racist, why has it endured?"
  • "SLLI is a coalition of about 70 legislators in 38 states dedicated to eliminating 'economic attractions' for immigrants and their 'unlawful invasion' of the U.S. SLLI leader Daryl Metcalf of Pennsylvania has a long history of making nasty anti-immigrant comments, including referring to undocumented immigrants as 'foreign invaders' and their children as 'anchor bab[ies].' In October, Metcalf announced a new SLLI task force to attack birthright citizenship. 'This ongoing distortion and twisting of the 14th Amendment greatly incentivized foreign invaders to violate our border,' Metcalf said at an October press conference."
  • “Affordable” is the key word here, because as Lydia DePillis reported, the units would be accessible “for people making 60 percent of the area median income”. Sounds great, right? I love neighborhoods that have a range of people from all backgrounds–it’s my favorite thing about Columbia Heights, where there is everything from affordable housing to $3,000 converted condos. The readers who commented on her piece had a different, more bitter take:

    Building looks nice and hopefully they will balance income levels. 60% AMI residents will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood and attract civil servants, firefighters, police, teachers etc. But if they decide to concentrate the extremely low income/AMI residents in this building, well they might as well hand over the building to the local thugs so they can have a nice shiny new HQ from which to terrorize the rest of the neighborhood from. [wcp]"