Jeremy Lin chatting with Wataru Misaka, the first Asian American NBA player. As I wrote back in 2009:
Three years before African Americans were allowed into the league and the same year Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, Japanese American Watura Misaka was drafted in the first round by the New York Knicks. He later served in the US Army stationed in Hiroshima three months after the atomic bomb devastated that city.
During the inauguration coverage, you may have noticed an Asian guy sitting with the Obama family and thus frequently displayed. Who is he? He is the First Brother-in-Law! Konrad Ng is married to Barack Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. Check out the diversity of Obama’s immediate and extended family in this New York Times graphic.
The US won the 2008 Ryder Cup, a golf match between European and American teams, for the first time in 9 years thanks in large part to its rookies, particularly Korean American golfer and LA native Anthony Kim who got the tournament off on the right foot for Americans by unnerving and beating Sergio Garcia.
Indeed, it was Kim who dominated perhaps the most feared European player, defeating García, 5 and 4. García was clearly demoralized and out of the match early, and with players from the other teams watching on television as they waited to tee off, García’s slumped shoulders and desperate scowls served to bolster the Americans.
Kim declined to concede a couple of short García putts in the opening holes, which seemed to irk García, who then hit consecutive shots in the water fronting the seventh hole. On the 11th green, he missed a crucial 2-foot putt as Kim watched nearby.
Read more here.
My friend Jason Chew (who directed my short previously) is among one of three finalists in the 2008 Trailer Contest by DC APA Film Festival and sponsored by Scion. Although I’m biased I think it’s really clever and damn good!
Check it out and vote for him, Jason Chew at the APA website now!
Way to go Chew!
The Angry Asian Man brought my attention to a well written article that does a great job of outlining the unique problems and challenges faced by Asian American students today on all college campuses from the elites, such as Princeton to the state schools like most recently at University of Colorado where the pretense of “satire” has provided an oft convenient vehicle for attacking Asian American classmates with racial stereotypes, images, and symbols. While browsing through the reader comments for some of these essays, I found this to be the most frequent response from defenders: B-b-but First Amendment! I feel that when these people first learned about our constitution, they listened to only the first five minutes of the lecture and then left class or fell asleep. And afterwards, never ever took another history, political science or government class again.
Imagine for a minute if student leaders at elite college campuses devoted themselves to mocking black people or Jewish people or gay people. I’m not talking about drunk students posting pictures of their offensive parties on Facebook, but student newspaper editors – thought of as being both smart and progressive – giving space over for the sole purpose of making fun of people because of their background. It’s hard to imagine. And yet recently this phenomenon of racial caricatures as “satire” has emerged with Asian Americans as the object of the jokes.
This commercial for CareerBuilder.com is great. I love the deadpan acting by the actor. And to get on my soapbox once more, I just want to say how refreshing it is to see an Asian actor playing a non-stereotypical role. Although part of the appeal and humor in the ad for me is the very fact an Asian actor is playing a non-stereotypical or racist character.
Writers, directors, casting people and everyone involved in popular media,
Please use a little bit imagination and vision to open roles for Asians that are…normal. Please? It doesn’t take much, it doesn’t take much.
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