links for 2011-03-16

  • ""People died here — it's something your parents should have taught you never to make fun of," says Teja Arboleda, a former comedian and founder of Entertaining Diversity, which advises companies on diversity questions. "There's humor that helps us through a tragedy, and humor where you kick people when they're down. There's no reason for the latter."
  • "'I don’t really have a lot of Japanese friends — on purpose,' said Chiaki, 25, who is looking for work in fashion marketing and asked that her last name not be published for fear that it would jeopardize her visa. 'I have my pride in being Japanese, but I am totally a New Yorker.'

    "Still, Japanese expatriates here say they have been wired into the unfolding disaster. Many said they were keeping in close touch with family and friends through Twitter and other social media. Some, like Hitomi Kasai, a 52-year-old nurse, are wondering whether to return to Japan to help victims. New relief efforts are being started in New York every day."

  • "While all of the above actions are good, and nice, and important, they fail to make the connection that the messages being sent out by legislators, on the state and national level, and the messages being sent by the federal administration itself is that violence is an acceptable way to deal with “those people” – immigrant people, Latino people, our people – our families, children, and vecinos.

    "As more and more laws get passed across states, like the just signed Utah immigration laws , that attempt to “temper” criminalization by granting temporary work visas, the message is, immigrants, Latinos, can stay/be in the United States as long as we know our place."

  • "'Older parents who do come to the United States often live an insulated existence. "They don’t speak the language, so people can’t communicate with them,' said Ms. Nadir. For them, life in a majority of residential facilities would be an alien experience.

    “'Many of the facilities are not equipped to provide the kind of care a Muslim elder needs — requirements for diet, for prayers, for things that would make a comfortable setting,' she said. 'We can’t count on those things in most elder care facilities. They’re not used to us.'”