1. Opening the Kimono: Why Undergraduates Should Do Research (Huffington Post)
I agree 100% that undergraduates should do research. The learning opportunities that I got through the Endangered Languages Lab at Swarthmore and UCLA’s Summer Program for Undergraduate Research broadened my horizons and helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I do not oppose the premise of this article at all.
However, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek need to think about what this dated, racist, and misogynistic “open kimono” metaphor adds to their argument. Must we liken research to undressing the mysterious Oriental beauty?
2. Green Lantern’s Gay Asian Boyfriend (Angry Asian Man)
While we’re on the topic of sexualities, it appears that Green Lantern’s partner is gaysian!
3. Asian-American women pay price for lurid rumors about actress Zhang Ziyi (CNN)
Columnist Jeff Yang writes about how the rumor that Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi prostituted herself to fallen Politburo member Bo Xilai might affect Asian American women, as well:
Many comment threads have gone from suggesting that all Asian entertainers are available for a price to maintaining, tacitly or overtly, that all Asian women are open to such “transactions” – given the right offer of expensive gifts, luxury brands … or citizenship.
4. ‘Life Behind The Lobby’ Of Indian-American Motels (NPR)
Sociologist Pawan Dhingra‘s new book explores the US “Patel motels”–cheap lodging establishments run by Indian American families, most of whom are Gujaratis named Patel.
“They fell into the hospitality industry by accident. This is at a time in the ’40s and ’50s when these residential hotels were seen as places that catered to a down-and-out population where there was going to be drugs and alcohol, whatever else going on. European-Americans and the Japanese-Americans who ran those hotels were looking to get out — Japanese-Americans were interned, but even Frenchmen or other European-Americans who had been running them, it’s not a lot of money to be made and their kids didn’t want to take them over, so no one else wanted to buy these and it was pretty cheap.”
A few years ago, ICE deported Alejandro Ebron, a Japanese-born man from California who was nearing 50 when he was sent back to Japan. He had been adopted in 1959 as a one-year-old by Navy sailor who was Filipino American and who raised him with his Mexican American wife, both long deceased. I interviewed Ebron for another story while he was detained in San Diego, contesting his deportation:
“I grew up thinking I was half Filipino and half Mexican,” Ebron said. “They could send me to Mexico and I would get by. I can speak a little Spanish. But Japan? I’m going to be in trouble if they send me there.”
6. Worst Dad Ever Abandons Daughter After Math Grades Don’t Meet Expectations (Gawker)
Forget about the moms; here comes extreme tiger dad:
A teenage girl said she was worried she would never see her family again after her father left her stranded on a street corner because she was failing calculus.
47-year-old Tuan Huynh pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child under 18 and was sentenced to two years probation and 100 hours of community service.
Thank goodness that never happened to me. I was failing calculus for a while in high school, too!