“A daily must-read for the media-savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American.” -The Washington Post
Phil Yu’s blog Angry Asian Man has been around since 2001, meaning most of my life, and growing up, it was something I was introduced to by my mom to become more culturally aware of my own background. Yu isn’t as angry as he purports to be, and much of the blog is pop culture things, features on Asian Americans, articles on Asian American history, and some news on anti-Asian racism. While the site itself is clearly a blog, it also looks very much like it hasn’t been changed since 2001, and maybe that’s what I love about it.
Continue reading “Angry Asian Nation”
I’ve been thinking about this question a lot. As some may know, I run a blog on mixed race identity called I Am Hapa (“hapa” being the Hawaiian word for half) and while I haven’t been posting on it much, my friend Grace recently wrote a guest post for it. In fact, her post and my other friend Kiyomi’s post have two key pieces I want to focus on today. Grace talks about passing—in her case, being half-Black and passing for White—and in Kiyomi’s, the enduring shame that is intrinsic to being mixed.
Both posts mention our hometown, a strange bubble of New Jersey that is pretty much half-Black and half-White as Grace notes. It was less unusual to be mixed race growing up there, but for sure, people would see me with my White father and ask where I was adopted from. As an adult, I still get the question, but worded differently: where are you from? Jersey. No, where are you really from?
Continue reading “What is Whiteness?”
We’ve been working on data visualization in class with Northeastern’s John Wihbey, and after doing a brief exercise involving the gender breakdown of Silicon Valley, I decided to look into the breakdown from a racial perspective (this is a blog on race after all). Pulling data from Facebook, Google, and Apple’s 2014 Equal Employment Opportunity reports, I made up this quick graphic to display the racial diversity (or lack thereof) in three of the biggest tech companies in the game. While Facebook, Google, and Apple may be getting more diverse in their hiring of women (it’s still not great, but it is getting better—see the last year column in the individual reports), Silicon Valley has a long way to go to level the playing field for racial diversity.
This week has been a lot. I don’t need to recap it for you, we all know what happened. Instead, I’ll give you a walk through of the past 48 hours.
I woke up, I put on my equivalent of a pantsuit (dark jeans and blazer) and I voted. I voted blue across the board, which doesn’t actually say a lot when there are no non-Democratic candidates in Boston. I went to class, I relaxed and moved through my day because I thought we had it in the bag. I went to the liquor store to buy some rosé and champagne, because I expected I would be popping them early in the morning when CNN called the election for Clinton. I thought we had it in the bag.
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Oh look! My review on FōMū is up on a map with a number of other dessert shops in the Boston area. Need a break from election night? Go get some dessert and stress eat like I will!
This post is a little more personal than usual, on a topic near and dear to my heart: ice cream. I can eat it at as a snack, a meal replacement, or dessert; it is good any time of day or year. It is my go-to comfort food, my favorite indulgence. As a kid, I wanted to have my tonsils taken out because I thought I could have all the ice cream in the world.
But some of my favorite teammates are lactose-intolerant and others are vegan (which is a feat in and of itself with a sport as intense as rugby), so we’ve struggled to find places where we can all indulge. Up until recently, we thought J.P. Licks and Veggie Galaxy were our only options in terms of dairy-free dessert choices. Thankfully, we were wrong.
Continue reading “FōMū: A Dream Come Trū”