Image: Vancouver Observer.

Happy Diwali! If you haven’t “liked” The Plaid Bag Connection on Facebook yet, please do! I share links on that page quite frequently. Some links from recent weeks:

Canada’s modern-day slaves: Filipina domestic workers

Jane Macaraeg, a quiet former honour student in her late 20s, was raised by maids in the Philippines and never thought she would tend to children herself one day.

She tore her wrist tendons when she pulled out a child from behind a deep freezer while on contract as a nanny for a BC household. Instead of being thanked for saving the child from injury while hurting herself, her employer reprimanded her.

“She told me I should’ve just left him there,” Macaraeg said. “I thought: ‘If he electrocuted himself, she would have blamed me even more’.”

How Asian Americans voted in the 2012 presidential election

In the 2008 election, 61% of Asian Americans voted for President Obama. In this 2012 election, that percentage increased to 73% as reported by both the New York Times and CNN. In fact, this number is higher than the percentage of Hispanics/Latinos who voted for President Obama (71%).

Bad Asian

I like sweet and sour pork. A lot. This always gets a (commonly snide) comment from those who pride themselves on knowing Asian food. They deem sweet and sour pork ‘inauthentic’ and something only ignorant white folk would order at a Chinese restaurant. My ordering this dish also invites comment and raised eyebrows from Chinese restaurant staff; surely, it should be my Anglo partner who’s ordering this kind of thing (they must be thinking, as they go on to offer him fried rice and beer)?

Why would you leave the West for India?

Rising numbers of people of Indian origin born in the West are moving “back” to the country their parents left decades ago. With India’s economy growing faster than America or Britain’s, the BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan has been speaking to some of the new wave of “reverse migrants” who are seeking opportunities as well as a cultural connection.

Italian Brass for Chinatown Goodbyes

The tradition of Italian brass bands playing at Chinese funerals on Mulberry Street arose out of the proximity of the Chinese and Italian communities in Manhattan. As Chinatown stretched into Little Italy, Italian funeral parlors were taken over by Chinese owners. Because it was traditional for Chinese dignitaries to have brass at their funerals, the Italian bands remained a staple.

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