links for 2011-01-20

  • "A most wanted list of Asian Pacific Islander American bloggers from across the country will participate in BANANA 2 on February 26, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the back lot of CBS Studios in Studio City, Calif.

    “'We are excited to have a talented group of established and up-and-coming bloggers from the APIA community at this second annual gathering to share their voices, knowledge, endeavors and visions with others – bloggers and non-bloggers, APIAs and non-APIAs,' said Su. 'All of the bloggers expected to attend have unique views of their own community, and will share their progression as an APIA blogger.'”

  • "The local Asian population, particularly Chinese, has surged in recent years, with an influx of immigrants coming from both Hong Kong and the mainland. The immigrants have brought with them Cantonese and Mandarin dialects that have slowly swept aside the Taishanese heard in Chinatown for a century before their arrival.                                                                            
    "Organizers like Mr. Chin and Rose Pak, the influential consultant for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce who helped engineer Mr. Lee’s appointment as mayor, also forged alliances with business interests and the political establishment that would prove critical.

    “'People who come from activist backgrounds generally don’t have political power, and they needed money,' said Ling-Chi Wang, a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. 'But they formed fascinating coalitions.'”

  • "Hey, Rush! You ignorant-ass radio windbag. I didn't know you were fluent in ching chong. Limbagh said he was watching Hu speak on Fox News, and that the feed unaccompanied by any subtitles or translation. This apparently gave him license to bust out the mock Chinese bullshit….

    "Sorry, Rush, that you were suddenly befuddled and assaulted by the bewildering sounds of someone speaking something other than English, and your only response was to make nonsensical noises straight from the playground."

  • "I tend to side with Isis here: the idea that technical limitations prevent making a more accurate representation of a dark-skinned doll is…sketchy, to say the least, and makes me think PBS needs to partner with a better toy design firm. And the choices about what the Princess Presto doll should look like in doll form put PBS in the position of appearing to think that a mixed-race character needs to be whitened to sell. PBS’s dolls exist in a marketplace where we’ve seen controversies about African American dolls being literally valued less than White dolls, and whatever their supposed reasons, it’s hard to get around the fact that all of the choices made in the name of aesthetics added up to a doll that looks awfully White."
  • Samhita at Feministing asks an interesting question about this piece: "But I do wonder, is a culture of adopting children, raising “other people’s” kids in general or having non-normative household structures more common in working class communities of color anyway, making it more common for working class gay people of color more likely to adopt or have it be normal to have alternative family structures?" Thoughts?–AP "In addition, the data show, child rearing among same-sex couples is more common in the South than in any other region of the country, according to Gary Gates, a demographer at the University of California, Los Angeles. Gay couples in Southern states like Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are more likely to be raising children than their counterparts on the West Coast, in New York and in New England."
  • "Next is an exclusive story about how Kim Zolciak and NeNe Lekes are feuding and it includes NeNe saying, "What Kim needs to understand is that although you're around a group of black girls, there are certain things you cannot say." Kim says, "I didn't use the words 'nappy ass.'" And: "It's hysterical to say that I'm a racist… My neighbor has been a friend of mine for five years and she is black. My wig maker has been with me for three years and she's black." Cough."