- Thanks Meg! “People need to understand that the losses for the adoptees are immense and lifelong…The price many of us have paid is a lifelong struggle to gain a sense of belonging, to attain some kind of identity. And that lifelong struggle is tiring..
- Thanks Kimberly! “As the discourse of race moves into the 21st century, factors like DNA testing results and multiracial culture make the subject more complex. Commentator Joseph C. Phillips shares his thoughts…”
- “Sooooo, “counseling” and recruiting young expectant mothers to commit their unborn and newly born babies to intercountry adoption…is apparently an acceptable practice, but the renting out of womb space to the Japanese is poised to become the newest
by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove
Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic‘s various projects. Here we go!
a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time
- Assignment 3 – Stereotypes in the Media: Stereotypes are all around us. Grab a friend, a co-worker, or a family member (or all!) and discuss some of the stereotypes that you see in film, on TV, etc. Since there are so many, we would like you to focus specifically on representations of black men and women in the media.
Addicted to Race
a podcast about America’s obsession with race
- Episode 44: Jen and Carmen rant about the tendency for people to dress up as folks of other racial and ethnic groups for Halloween. They also do a Race Changers update by discussing the issue of racial profiling. They ask whether people would be less inclined to see protests to racial profiling as “political correctness” if they were likely to be the target of such profiling themselves.
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook
- I wish my parents knew…: As adults, my brothers, my mom and I have talked about Hebrew School. It was so interesting to me that my mother thought that we were just being lazy or stubborn and didn’t want to go for no good reason. When I explained that it was hard to be there because we were basically discriminated against on a regular basis, she was shocked. She had no idea. And why was this? Well, we didn’t tell her. No questions were asked about it, but we also didn’t say anything.
- Columnist intro – Karen: white students who viewed me as “not really black” would confide in me their frank beliefs about black people. African-American students who considered my skin colour proof I was one of their own would make sweeping comments about white students – statements to which they were certain I would agree. Then there were the kids who were neither black nor white, but who found something familiar in my “foreign-ness”, and therefore would seek consensus in their opinions about students of all the other races.
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture
- The ad industry’s mascot of cultural cluelessness: When confronting issues of diversity and exclusivity, a Marc Brownstein openly displays passive bias. For guidance on race-based questions, a Marc Brownstein seeks counsel from a Black friend (who is often the only Black person in the Marc Brownstein social network).
- 10 hints for my white friends: What follows are ten rules that may help you blend in easier with black Americans and reduce frictions between yourselves and them. Consider it a study abroad guide to black America.
- Too hood for MySpace? Try CrackSpace!: From the man who brought you that masterpiece of African-American cinema, Soul Plane, comes a brand-new venture: a social networking web site called Crackspace.
- YouTube Wire: conservatives, yellowface, and white teachers in the ghetto: Our intrepid YouTube correspondent Luke Lee sums up the latest videos you should know about. Michelle Malkin discusses racist and misogynistic attacks on her, an aspiring comic dons yellowface to mimic Kim Jong Il, the latest angelic white teacher in the ghetto movie Freedom Writers releases a trailer on YouTube, and more.
- Foods that aren’t really “ethnic:” Most of you probably know (I hope!) that fortune cookies are about as Chinese as as a Burger King Whopper. But there are a lot of other foods marketed as “ethnic” that actually aren’t at all.
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Growing up in Hong Kong, I watched a lot of American sitcoms. I was always fascinated by things American families had on these shows that we didn’t have. Of course, Hong Kong’s technology was always at least 5 years ahead of the U.S., but there were certain gadgets we just didn’t have because there was no demand for them. Things like refrigerators with ice makers (so cool!) and wall-mounted phones in the kitchen with extra-long cords (how I longed to hide in the closet to chat on the phone!).
But I remember being particularly fascinated by episodes in which people would order Chinese food. What on earth were those cardboard contraptions with the wire handles? Or those things they called fortune cookies?
Most of you probably know (I hope!) that fortune cookies are about as Chinese as as a Burger King Whopper. But there are a lot of other foods marketed as “ethnic” that actually aren’t at all. Check out this interesting article from Chow.com. Here are some of the foods they “out:”
What it is: Thick, round lard-fried dough, served with honey or powdered sugar, or wrapped around ground beef, taco seasoning, and shredded cheese (called an Indian Taco)
Faux origin: Navajo, traditional
Real origin: White U.S. influence, mid-19th century
Fried Chow Mein
What it is: Fried preboiled egg noodles, often served with vegetables and meat
Faux origin: Chinese
Real origin: Chinese-American, mid-19th century
Chicken Tikka Masala
What it is: Chicken pieces cooked in a tomato gravy, often containing cream
Faux origin: Indian
Real origin: British, 1950sâ€“70s
What it is: Americans use hibachi to refer to two distinct things: a small aluminum charcoal grill, and the large multiperson hot-plate cooking technique used in certain Japanese-American restaurants.
Faux origin: Japanese
Real origin: Part Japanese, part 1960s American, with Japanese mistranslated origins
What it is: Spaghetti with assorted vegetables, often in a heavy cream sauce
Faux origin: Italian
Real origin: Created by Le Cirque owner and maitre d’ Sirio Maccioni in 1976
What it is: Thin, lightly sugared dough folded around a slip of paper
Faux origin: Chinese
Real origin: U.S. West Coast, early- to mid-20th century
by guest contributor Luke Lee, Racialicious’s senior YouTube correspondent
Check out Luke’s own blog at real men are not
Recently Michelle Malkin has been trying to finagle a piece of the YouTube pie by posting a bunch of crappy videos from her “Hot Air” series. Latest on the list is a staunchly conservative version of “The View” where she talks with some other women about current events as well as some of the comments they receive as women bloggers and women bloggers of color. Michelle and La Shawn Barber,specifically, mention how they’ve been called “race-traitors” and “sellouts” in addition to (though this applies more to Michelle) all the physically and sexually violent threats that they receive. Now, I loathe Michelle Malkin as much as anyone else because of her comments about Japanese internment, about racial profiling and such but I think it’s a sad comment when people will make the most vile sexist and misogynistic attacks at her not for her screwed up politics and baloney ideas but rather that she’s a woman and a woman of color saying her opinion (however much you may disagree with it).
And speaking of conservatives…
There’s an interesting collection of clips of Ann Coulter spouting off her trademark hyperbole and hate. Some material about “illegals” and “democrats are the real racists”…
I understand that given any political/global climate, the comedians and the impersonaters are going to come out and make fun. So when North Korea starts to dominate the breaking news, what do folks do? Impersonate Kim Jong-Il and make videos called “Spam fly lice.” That’s all fine and good and I almost expect people to crack the usual jokes about how he’s crazy and about how he’s got a funny haircut but I mean seriously, do we really have to make the usual Breakfast At Tiffany’s joke again? MrCook, the creator the video, is trying to entertain along with his god-awful “cooking” instructions so expectedly the quality of the video, the food, the humor, everything is just rock bottom…
Remember MrPregnant from last time? Well, he’s back again except this time he’s decided that the world must know this: MrPregant doesn’t like dark skinned women. MrPregnant likes women who look like his mother (blonde hair, light eyes) and this doesn’t make him prejudice because, uh, he only has “a preference.” What an idiot. In the beginning, I think people (as I admittedly did) assume that he’s talking about lighter skinned Black women but of course as he goes on, he gets all Freudian but wont really say that he likes white women specifically. I imagine mixed race folks get a ton of crap like this (this, “oh, your dad/mom is X so that must mean that you naturally prefer X’s!”) and this only heaps onto that stereotypical way of thinking. Honest to God, I don’t know why people feel compelled to tell others (strangers, I might add) information like this… Continue reading
- “I realize now after watching the video, that there are a whole different set of dating rules set aside for Dating while Desi. Who would have known? I certainly didn’t know the rules changed between dating desi, and dating non-desi…”
- “Chris Rock’s mother is to sue a South Carolina restaurant…They allege they were the only blacks in the building and ignored for half an hour before anyone served them. Rose claims she asked the manager about the delay and was told they could have a fre
- “should she or any other immediate members of my Korean family wish to immigrate to the United States, I have no right under current U.S. law to sponsor my own blood-related family members’ immigration. This strikes me as fundamentally unfair…”
- Thanks Karen! “let’s keep it real…tolerance, as it is practiced in American society today, is faking acceptance, masking disdain, pretending not to be put out even though you are. People tolerate a stench…a stink…something offensive…”
- Thanks Darnell! “A prominent member of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is under fire for publishing an essay in which he argues that Africans were fortunate to have been sold into slavery, and the civil rights move
- Not cute. “Gangsta Rap,” Ice-T’s first studio album in seven years, shows him lying on his back in bed with his ravishing wife’s ample posterior in full view and one of her legs coyly draped over his private parts… it’s way too suggestive for most retai
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Thanks to Geraly for this! This video is hilarious – I guess it’s an old episode of Wonder Showzen, which I had heard of but never seen before. This cute little girl goes around asking men on Wall Street who they exploited today.
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
“MySpace is great but it doesn’t even come close to fully satisfying the hip-hop generation. CrackSpace was created by and for that generation. This is a place for anyone who loves the culture. We have to be very much in touch with the places where kids experience urban music and culture and really set the table for when the majority of sales are online. That’s really what this is all about.”
There’s nothing like naming your company after a drug that has ravaged communities of color all over the country and taken countless lives. Clearly this is a man who cares about our children.
(First read about this on the always-fabulous Crunk and Disorderly.)
- “…enough of the narrative voice in this volume is recognizably similar to the one in “Dreams From My Father,” an elastic, personable voice that is capable of accommodating everything from dense discussions of foreign policy to streetwise reminiscenc
- Thanks Jae Ran! A Kenyan’s perspective on the adoption issue. “a cocktail of pressures that has turned our continent into a stomping ground for adoption-crazy celebrities – a desire to appear normal… perhaps some mild interest in black people…”
- “it’s the soap operas that make up the real body of the “Korean Wave.” In short, people are nuts for them, from Japan and China to Vietnam and even telenovela-mad Mexico…Why the mania? I didn’t understand at first, but then I began to watch—and learn.
- Thanks Nina! An Eritrean adoptee’s perspective. “It’s arrogant to assume the only way to deal with poverty in the developing world is for westerners to adopt a few “lucky” children… it smacks of missionary-like behaviour.’
- “Plenty of immigrants still change their names to something easier for their new compatriots to pronounce. But unlike their Ellis Island predecessors, modern immigrants live in a multicultural society where assimilation no longer means having to sever all
- “for the artists represented in “One Way,” race and ethnicity are always there: It’s part of the air they breathe. And because of that, it’s kind of no big deal: It can be laughed at, toyed with and teased; it can be gently celebrated, cheekily exposed or
- Oh god it’s spreading. “Britney is now looking into the possibility of welcoming a disadvantaged child into her own family…”She really admires what Madonna is doing at the moment and adopting is something which she could see herself doing one day. She w
- And she’s gearing up for another one: “she has already got her eyes on a three-year-old girl from the same village as David. Describing the moment she saw her, she said: “I looked at this child with questioning dark eyes and the saddest smile. I thought,
- OMG… hilarious satire written from the perspective of Madonna’s newly adopted Malawian baby David. Not for the easily offended.
- This is just depressing. “The season finale of Flavor Flav’s VH1 reality series Flavor of Love 2 drew over 7.5 million viewers, making it the year’s highest watched non-sports telecast on basic cable, according to VH1…”