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Disgrasian: Hyphen Cover Girls!

By Guest Contributor Angry Asian Man, originally published at Angry Asian Man

Racialicious would also like to say congratulasians to our buddies at Disgrasian!

Yes, I’m aware that Olivia Munn is on the cover of Maxim. Looking good too. But whatever. Forget that. The real hottest ladies on the internet are currently rocking the cover of Hyphen. My pals Jen Wang and Diana Nguyen, the brainy and beautiful bloggers behind Disgrasian, are the cover gals of Hyphen’s “Trailblazing” issue.

I love it. Lots of good stuff inside too, including interesting features on Asian Americans serving in the Obama White House, to Asian Americans gaining visibility in the wine industry. Get your copy on newsstands, or better yet, subscribe to the magazine here at the discounted rate of $16 for 4 issues ($2 off).

On The Comments Section & The Blog

We have some new readers.  Some of the older readers have been forgetting the spirit in which we maintain this board.  So, here are some reminders about the comments:

If you are not here to talk about both race and pop culture, you should not be here.

This should go without saying, but if you aren’t interested in discussing race and pop culture, or racial identity, this is not the blog for you.  Any comments that start with “this isn’t about race” are generally deleted immediately – we don’t even bother to finish reading.  If you want to introduce another element (i.e., I think there is a discussion of class to be considered here…) by all means, do so.  But discounting race is not going to work here.

If you are not here to share and learn from people of different backgrounds, you should not be here.

If you do not believe in mixed race identity, this is not the blog for you.  If you only care about your ethnic group (and feel the need to pull conversations away from the experiences of others) this is not the blog for you.  If you don’t think other minorities have it as hard as your group, this is not the spot for you.  At Racialicious, we realize we are all in this together.  If you disagree, there are plenty of other blogs to read.

Stop playing the Oppression Olympics.

Our comment guidelines say this:

6. Let’s avoid oppression olympics please. I’m not saying it’s never something to be discussed, but generally speaking, bickering over who has it worse off, or who’s more racist, is really kind of useless.

This has been happening more and more as of late.  Andrea Smith has a more nuanced take on what this means, but in general, it’s a bad idea, and one we don’t want to see here. Continue reading

Introducing: Your New Deputy Editor and Comment Moderator

by Latoya Peterson

Well, I’m a little late with this announcement.

Okay – a lot late. Let’s just say I gave them a couple months to get their feet wet.

I am please to announce that our fabulous contributor and literary superstar Thea Lim is stepping up to bat as the Deputy Editrix of the blog. She’s been helping me out from behind the scenes for quite some time now, but expect her to take a more starring role in the future.

And, not to be out done, our comic and television man about town, Arturo R. García, has agreed to take over the main moderation of comments. Even after seeing the mess that goes down on the weekends. God bless him.

Please welcome our new promotions warmly – they’ll be running the blog by themselves next week while I’m out wandering.

Didn’t I say be careful what you wish for, Thea? :-)

Everyone, please help me congratulate Arturo and Thea!

Announcements – New SXSW Panel & ARP Survey

by Latoya Peterson

SXSW 2009 was great, and our panel on “Can Social Media End Racism” went over well. (If you missed it, the link leads to the overview and where you can download the podcast.)

Now, the voting for 2010 is open, and I pitched a new panel:

Social Justice and Video Games

Latoya Peterson,
This panel would look at racism and sexism in game design from the view of those in the industry and players. It will discuss solutions to create more inclusive games and work/online environments in a fun, interactive style conversation.

1. Why do we need to be concerned with social justice and video games?
2. Why do people say video games are racist?
3. Why do people say video games are sexist?
4. Why don’t more minorities/women work in gaming?
5. Why aren’t more minorities/women playing games online?
6. How can I diversify my work force?
7. What should developers keep in mind when planning a game?
8. How do marketers avoid problematic representations of race and gender?
9. What are some examples of the problems?
10. How do we combat stereotypes?

Social Issues, User Experience, Video Games
Interactive 2010

Latoya Peterson

Co-panelists for this event would include N’Gai Croal and Naomi Clark. Other possible panelists include Professor Andre Brock.

Please help us get there this year. You can vote here:

Vote for my PanelPicker Idea!

Even if you aren’t planning to attend, you can still vote – SXSW releases podcasts of all the presentations, so you can still receive the benefits of our panel.

Also, while you’re voting, please head over to the Anti-Racist Parent survey. Here’s a message from Tami, the editor of ARP:

You’ll notice that this morning I posted a link to a brief survey on ARP. As part of our efforts to improve our blog, we want to assess what topics are of most value to anti-racist parents. We also hope to get a demographic snapshot of who reads ARP and who doesn’t. I am hoping that each of you–columnists and contributors–might also post a link to the survey on your blogs. Again, our hope in the future is to gain a wider audience for ARP, so it is important that we hear from those beyond regular readers of the site.

Once we have gathered survey results, I hope to share some highlights of parental racial attitudes and desires.

Click Here to take survey!

Thanks for your help!

Announcements – Research Project, AAPI House Party, Internships at Newsday, Jobs for Change

(Sorry, these should have run on Friday!)

Study seeking biracial, multiracial, and mixed heritage individuals

One of our regular readers is doing a study. Amanda writes:

My name is Amanda Rivera and I am a doctoral student of clinical-community psychology at the University of La Verne. I am currently working on my dissertation, under the supervision of Christopher Liang, Ph.D.

Please consider participating in my study, which is focused on the unique experiences of biracial and multiracial individuals. Participants will be entered in a raffle to win ONE OF FOUR $50 gift certificates to Target or Barnes and Noble. To participate in the study, individuals must be 18 years or older. The study should take approximately 30 to 40 minutes to complete and your responses will be kept confidential.

If you would like to participate in this study or would like more information please visit the following website link:

Thank you so much! Your participation will help in developing a greater understanding of experiences among the biracial and multiracial population.

In the event that you have any questions or concerns about this study, you may contact me at

AAPI House Party

On May 31st, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (, the national network of progressive Asian Americans and allies, is hosting a nation-wide conference call with Konrad Ng, the Chinese American brother-in-law of President Obama. It will be a great chance to hear from someone so close to the President and to learn how the President might approach our community.

It would be great if you could help spread the word. All the details are on our website, but basically, it can just be a dozen friends or so, gathering for a potluck and then calling in and listening to Konrad. We’ll also have another guest or two. After the call, we want the parties to all talk about the issues they think matter, not just on a national level, but also locally. We’ll then record all these thoughts and share them with the Obama administration. It will be a chance to have our collective voice heard.

Continue reading

Announcements – Take Back the Night; Call for Papers on Hip-Hop and Motherhood; Jewish Community Stands with Domestic Workers

The Jewish Community Stands with Domestic Workers: The Shalom Bayit Public Forum

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal announce “The Jewish Community Stands with Domestic Workers: The Shalom Bayit Public Forum,” to be held on Thursday, April 23, 2009 @ 7:00PM at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, located at 257 West 88th Street, New York City.

Co-sponsored by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Uri L’tzedek, Congregation Kolot Chayeinu and many other Jewish communal organizations, this event will demonstrate the widespread support from Jewish leaders and the New York City Jewish community for domestic workers’ rights.

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice has been organizing with Domestic Workers United (DWU) for five years to pass the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in New York State, which has recently passed in both the Assembly and Senate Labor Committees. The Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights addresses the longstanding exclusion of domestic workers from labor protections, reflects the unique conditions and demands of the industry in which they work, and clarifies employers’ obligations. The passage of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights will be a historic win for justice.

For more information, visit the Jews for Racial & Economic Justice Website or the Domestic Workers United Site.

Take Back the Night

April 16th, 2009
March starts at 9pm, Barnard Gates (117th & Broadway, NYC)
Speakout starts at 11pm, LeFrak Gym, Barnard College

“Tonight is a night of survival, in the most active sense of the word”
The mission of Take Back the Night March and Speakout is to break the silence about sexual violence by inviting the Morningside Heights community to gather together, as survivors, allies, family, friends, neighbors and strangers, to support each other and protest the violence that affects all of us. The march is an opportunity to re-claim the streets of New York City, the neighborhood of Morningside Heights, and the Columbia campus as safe spaces. After the march, we host a Speakout, during which community members speak anonymously about their experiences. The march is wheelchair accessible. Free childcare will be provided. ASL signer will be present during pre-march rally.

For more information contact Continue reading

Countdown to “Can Social Media End Racism” at SXSW

by Latoya Peterson

Coming soon to a SXSW near you – attack of the POCs!

Okay, well, it isn’t quite that dramatic.


But if you’re in town for the festival, feel free to come by and check out our panel, “Can Social Media End Racism“:

Can Social Media End Racism?
Room 8
Sunday, March 15th
11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The tangled issues of race and privilege in our society come to a boiling point on the internet. Exploring the complicated place of race in society, this presentation examines the ideas of race in the digital environment with a specific focus on social media.

Kety Esquivel – NCLR & Cross Left

Jay Smooth –

Phil Yu – Angry Asian Man

Latoya Peterson Editrix,

We’re also on Facebook and I am going to see if we can get someone to liveblog this for those of y’all who can’t make it.

For those of you interested in some of the concepts discussed in this panel, check out this article in the Austin Chronicle, where three panelists (myself, Samhita of Feministing, and Steve of talk race, digital space, media, and organizing:

Austin Chronicle: Much is said about how the Internet is egalitarian – how it humanizes instead of segregates, how it’s “colorblind” and “gender neutral.” True?

Steve Swedler: I think that one of the big problems we have with the Internet are expectations. We talk about the Internet as shrinking the world and creating a global economy and community, but this is simply a dream. The number of people not on the Internet still outnumber those that are. And the number of people using the Internet for purposes of connecting with the global community is far less than people would have us believe. My supposition is that the majority of online “friendships” fall into three categories: “familiar,” “validating,” and “false.” We seek out those types of relationships because they are safe and comfortable.

Samhita Mukhopadhyay: In my experience, I have felt that most of my online experiences are very genuine, but I think part of that is that in order to write personally about sex, gender, and class, you assume a certain level of transparency. What I write about is who I am … so the relationships may not ever be validating and they are rarely familiar, but they are pretty real.

Latoya Peterson: I agree with Steve’s original idea. The concepts he has broken down are often seen in both racial and gender analysis. People seek out conversations that are both familiar and validating to them, and tend to reject things that fall outside of those lines as false. The key to progressive activism is finding a way to reach across these boundaries and encourage people to engage with ideas outside of their comfort zones.

Read the rest.

APIA High School Leadership Conference [Announcements]

The Asian Educators Alliance (AsEA) is proud to announce its first ever High School Student Conference!!!

The Asian Educators Alliance (AsEA), an affinity organization for Asian/Pacific Islanders (API) is a national organization committed to creating opportunities for API teachers and school staff to meet, network and support one another. For the past 5 years we have held an adult conference, but this year we are hosting our first ever high school student conference! It will focus on leadership and activism. and should be a great event! The theme of the event is : unlearn . rethink . inspire . do something. It will be held March 7, 2009 at Lick-Wilmerding High School (San Francisco, CA) with registration starting at 9:30 AM and the conference running from 10-3. Our keynote speaker will be Dennis Kim from Youth Speaks. There will also breakout sessions, a leadership panel, workshops, and more!

We are excited for the opportunity to create this affinity space for API students from around the Bay Area. Our keynote speaker and our leadership panelists will be talking about the intersection of API identity and their own work in service to their communities. Our hope is to inspire our API students to become leaders (or expand their leadership) in their own communities and be of service (much in concert with Obama’s call to action). And the best thing is that it is totally FREE and lunch is provided!

It is an affinity conference open to all API high school students (including, of course, multiracial API kids). Please encourage any API high school students to attend.

Students can register on line here.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Coyne Song – P: 510.534.0804 ext. 226

See you there!