I'm just grateful we African-Americans didn't pass the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1888.
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To "Not too surprised",Thank you for your elegant way of expressing what I, through multiple posts failed to do. I am a technologist by trade and though I try, my words sometimes fail to get across the points I wish to express. I am 100% in agreement with your comments, and thank you for offering them.
The goal keeper from shaolin soccer would be great, but I'd like to see Stephen Chow in the role
Do we need another Michael Jackson, Usher in the World? Justin Tmbelake has not done anything that I havent seen before. Hes going to get a lot press because of is skin tone. Not sound racist, but its true. Rain on the other hand will never make it in the U. S. The reason is because He is Asian, perfomrming R@B. A music style that originated out of the Black community. Caucasions will be the only group in America to get recognition for imitating art forms thats not theirs (Justin Timberlake). I know we are on the end tale of the Kenneth Eng comment, but from everyones observation am I wrong. If anyone disagree with me then why cant Asians excel in popular culture? DJ Honda is Highly respected in the Hip Hop game, and produced some of the hottest Hip Hop albums ever heard.
William Hung? that's sad sad sad.
Jeevika: South Asia Documentary Festival, which began in 2003, aims at capturing the livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor and bringing it to the attention of current and future policy makers. Over the years, Jeevika has been successful in advocating for the cause of numerous entry-level entrepreneurs - rickshaw pullers, street vendors, prostitutes, child labour, farmers and forest-dwellers.The premier event of the festival to be held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi will be the awards ceremony from 20-23rd July 2007, which will culminate four days of screening for the top films. The last date for the submitting the entries is May 31, 2007In addition as part of the festival tour, the award-winning films will travel and be screened in premier schools and colleges in over 20 states in India and other organisations working on livelihood issues as well as in our South Asian neighbours.Over the years, Jeevika has become an increasingly popular and news-worthy event as well as an important catalyst for positive social change. The Film-makers whose films have been showcased in the past include Rakesh Sharma (of the Final Solution fame), Sanjay Barnela (Turf Wars) and Shohini Ghosh (Tales of the Night Fairies).For further details, please log on : www.ccs.in/jeevika
I love all people!
The following is a slightly revised version of a letter sent to Kenneth Eng.Hello Kenneth,I too am a published author. I'm 32-years-old, and I have written for several professional publications over the years. I've also written two books, one is published, the other is in the process and will be released later this year. So I say this with great admiration, I applaud you on your claim to being the youngest author to publish a sci-fi novel.However, the reason I write this letter, is to express my gratitude for your more recent work titled, “Why I hate blacks”. I am not Asian-American, I am African-American. If you are shocked, don't be. Many blacks, or I should say black-Americans, because that's really who your opinion piece was aimed at, have had questions about Asians. This however, is due to the fact that we feel that Asians, exploit, look down on, or misjudge us regardless of who we are, based solely upon the superficiality of the skin we're in. We've always assumed that Asians felt superior to us, now we know that our suspicions on that premise are correct – thanks for bringing that issue to light to not only your Asian counterparts, but also, to the world. I suspect that you or your fellow Asian-American business friends and family won't be surprised if there is less “black” patronization at their restaurants, gas stations, beauty supply stores and nail salons in African-American communities nationwide as a result of this disclosure. This piece provided a telling picture of what types of discussions go on in the majority of Asian households around the world, when it comes to blacks.I must tell you though, that it would seem that your thoughts about some of us might appear to have some validity. This article was indeed a wake up call. For too long we (blacks) have been a consumer population. We buy too much. Furthermore, we don't support our own – if we did, Asians would have little space in our marketplace. After slavery, we didn't listen to Booker T. Washington, who told us that Asians would come in and take our place – making not only a home for themselves here, but also becoming a thriving populous within mainstream society. I must admit, to a point, that has come true. Studies show that the fastest growing workforce in America is Asian. You all have even surpassed Hispanics. There's no “hater-aid” here, I applaud you on this. However, I pray that your article has spawned many blacks to finally do something about our economic system, or lack there of.You are right, many blacks have not explored other religions, or even doctrines or sects within the Christian faith outside of protestantism. Blacks depended on the Christian God as their source of strength, and though I'm certain that you do not understand it, He didn't let them down. The Jesus that whites taught our ancestors was not the same Jesus that they believed in. You see, Kenneth, though it was against the law for blacks to read, many learned how. They learned about the Jesus that said, “there is no slave nor free in me. All are one in me.” They learned about a slavery more harsh than their own – one that lasted 400 years. They knew that if God sent the Hebrews a Moses, surely he would do the same for them. Jesus became their champion. He was a beacon of light in their darkest hour. Now, maybe you have a better understanding of why many blacks including myself, choose Christianity. It is for the same reason why many Chinese still believe in, and respect their ancestors. Our ancestors believed in the God that they felt, set them free, which is why many of us still do.Your prejudice is deeper than you think. Asians, as a whole, especially those of Chinese and Japanese descent, have a superiority complex about every race – even over some Asians, like Cambodians, Filipinos, and other Asian groups that aren't either light complected enough, or industrious enough in their eyes. I know this to be a fact because I've got the inside scoop. You see, Kenneth, I have had friends of many kinds throughout my 32 years. Don't misunderstand me, It's great to work hard and have a sense of pride about who you are and where you come from. I feel the same, and teach my children the same. However, it's not so great to look down on someone else because they may not have what you consider, a strong background or work ethic. As my mother once told me, “It takes all kinds”. Besides that, true growth is knowing that not only are you alright, but it's finally realizing that others are just as alright as you are. Those who lift others up, regardless of race, are considered virtuous in every religion. If you see a problem, be a part of the solution, don't just chide the problem. As a writer, you could have become a great force in providing deeper understanding between Asians and blacks.My husband is African-American, and he's studied the beautiful art of Kung (Gung) Fu for over 20 years. He is a devout Christian, who greatly respects the Chinese, and Buddhism. If he felt for one moment that a Chinese person looked down on him just because of the skin he has no control over wearing, he'd feel pretty horrible.In my conclusion, I would just like to implore you to take a lesson from Dr. Martin Luther King. Judge people not as a collective race, color or creed. Size everyone up individually. Don't hate groups, hate ignorance, and injustice no matter what body it's emanating from.Peace
I was skeptical about the efficacy of this forum and felt that it was a smokescreen to minimize Asianweek's actions. Kudos to the attendees who didn't let this forum distract them from continuing to call for more accountability by Asianweek. An open dialogue about race relations between Asians & African Americans is necessary and needs to continue beyond just this one forum.
Exactly, I was thinking of the Heeb Magazine connection and with a lot of other ideas that we have been working on where we want to build community and readership in patnership with other ethnic media, even inside the Asian American spectrum -- South Asian media being one of those places. I think it is interesting because at Hyphen we are looking for the kind of media that we really feel a connection with in terms of editorial mission and tone, which is where Heeb matched us nicely. I know I am most interested in connecting with Ego, because a lot of other South Asian American media out there just doesn't interest me as a reader -- there seems to be a lot that are going for a glossy, lifestyle thing that I don't care about. I think that a lot of what came up at this forum was the generation gap going on in ethnic media, even though Kenneth Eng is young, there is a sense that young people are not accessing ethnic media at all, much less regular mainstream newspapers. Anyway, I think as Hyphen moves forward it would be really cool to try and partner with African American and Latino media that has our same vibe.
A lot of the recommendations made at the end of the event were about forging coalitions with other types of ethnic media, cross-promoting stories and looking at where the communities intersect. These are all things that Hyphen does and will continue to do as we grow.
does hyphen really do this? we didn't really do much of that during my time at hyphen--except with heeb magazine. what other ethnic media is hyphen cross-promoting stories with?
Workshops between the two races are long overdue.
Kung Fu is not that popular in the hood
ROBIN:That was Latasha Harlins.
"You know what I find ironic. Asian Americans like hip-hop and other forms of African American culture, but at the same time they make stereotypes and judgements on African American folks."Your statement is idiotic as "yeah, I find it ironic that African Americans who love Kung Fu movies would post inflammatory remarks about Eng on this blog.
Rahqui,Your own prejudiced rant is another example of throwing smoke and fire, just as this blog page was opening up to some light.
Getting back to AsianWeek...As much as I think AsianWeek sucks, and has never lived up to its marketing hype as the "voice of Asian America," I think its GREAT that it had an editor of South Asian origin for several years.I think Neela's perspective is so vital, and no one has addressed it.I understand that during her editorship she tried to build up its pan-Asian coverage, and perspective on inter-community relations. How upsetting it must be to see what a rag it has become.What I find really really sad is the fact that this racist and idiotic editorial decision and its result that made the news all over the world, while all the amazing coverage of nuanced and hard-hitting perspectives on race by Asian American journalists and writers will never make the news.There are amazing things happening in race relations every day, but we hardly know. And when its reported (increasingly so these days), it never ever makes the front page.Neela, keep writing about this.
It is heartening to hear that Eng's immature rant brought together people for a more serious dialogue. What is sad is that it took such an event to bring this about in the first place. It is also too bad the Asian Week never thought of creating editorial space that seriously and objectively discussed racism.I disagree strongly with the panel's conclusion that the "words of one person don't mean that much," especially when those words are given such visibility. If they did not mean anything, there would be no need to call a forum.As for Fang, he lost credibility a long time ago when he turned the Examiner into a cheap tabloid, in my opinion. He is not interested in integrity, only making money, hence the meaningless rhetoric of his apology. Next he will probably announce he is going into rehab.
This is what I posted on the SAJA blog today:Hello all,Here is my PROPOSAL for all Asian-American groups, regardless of which Asian community you represent:I believe we need to discuss race relations at a forum where Americans of all communities are represented and our voices can also be heard. We can discuss this on the blogs until the cows come home, or TAKE ACTION AND MAKE A COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE RACE RELATIONS IN AMERICA. If the Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Koreans, Indonesians, Malayasians, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, people of Myanmar and others that I may have missed on this Asian list, would like to have a forum with the African-Americans and all-encompassing white Americans ... I think it can be arranged this summer in Atlanta. After all, Atlanta was the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement.The convention runs for several days and is expected to be attended by tens of thousands of people. I know the person who is heading the planning committee. She is an African-American friend who specializes in conflict management, and is the key organizer of the convention. I have not run this proposal by her, but if the Asian-American organizations are interested, I can talk to her about it, and then we will have to submit a proposal within six weeks.If there is interest in the Asian community (including South Asian community) to follow up on this, I will update this column with more details. I have been thinking about this option since the day Kenneth Eng's article was published on SAJA blog two days ago, and wanted to help bridge the gap between all Asian communities, African-Americans and all other Americans.Could some of you PLEASE POST THIS PROPOSAL ON MY BEHALF ON OTHER ASIAN-AMERICAN BLOGS, or direct that blog to this SAJA site, or publish it in a daily or weekly Asian newspaper. Those interested can post their responses on this SAJA site. Thanks.http://www.sajaforum.org/2007/02/controversy_ken.htmlJaya Kamlani
To say I disagree with Eng's egomanical, messianic rants is an understatement. I am the product of an Indian from Delhi and an American black from the south. What would Eng think of me?The Rodney King incident brought the long smoldering race issue to the forefront when Asians went on national TV enraged at why blacks were angry. Rather than to see the reason, the history behind black resentment of Asians, they focused on them reverting to type, "Savagery".The black community was reminded of the asian woman who killed a young girl in her store when she assumed the girl had stolen a bottle of juice, to name but one incident. The little girl was shot for the less than a dollar.The fact that there is no respect for either race is born of both races feeling the need to be superior to the other, which is mad. Theoretically, one who feels superior, is so...which is ridiculous.The LA riots brought the racist ideals of Yellow Power to the media as many store owners voiced their opinions of the very people they'd made a living off of, and it didn't go over well in the black community. If they find blacks so offensive, so savage, then why take their money? Why not try to open their beauty supply stores and liquor stores in the white community?I'm not racist, but I am a realist and until both groups learn the culture of the other, including the differences in social ethics, we will always be at square one and prey to people like Eng who walk around with gas cans waiting for the least bit of a spark of conflict.Additionally, if the two cultures hate one another and spout assinine taunts, who benefits?As the adage goes, A house divided will surely fall.
As for Kenneth Eng, he also wrote columns entitled "Why I Hate Whites" and "Why I Hate Asians". Was there a backlash about those columns? It seems he hates everyone.There will always be division between the races in the U.S., especially since non-black immigrants often seek to endear themselves to "the majority" by insulting black people.I'm a black female, and I could not care less who hates me because of it... unless they're interfering with my means of making a living.Anyway, Kenneth achieved his goal of gaining attention. We're all tools for playing his game. ;-)
Tan wrote: "I hope the readers are savy enough to knowposters like "Matthew Price" are whites masquerading as blacks.For those who don't know, you will never finds blacks on message boards unless it for blacks,an even there whites have infiltrated it so that blacks barely frequent those black sights."Tan, you are a fool.
y is everyones so long
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