News Round Up: Felicia Lee and More

November 4, 2009

+ There've been a couple of interesting posts at Reappropriate and cross posted at Racialicious in the past weeks about whether there's an anti-Asian bias in universities and colleges. Weigh in with your thoughts here and here.

+ I have been reading NurtureShock, about parenting/schooling, and learned about Deborah Leong, one of the creators of Tools of the Mind. She and Elena Bodrova developed a preschool curriculum that's been successfully replicated in many low income areas. Where there was chaos before, there's now concentration, self-restraint and cooperation. What?! That is one awesome lady in my book. I know next to nothing about her and the Tools of the Mind curriculum, except what I've read in NurtureShock, but anyone who comes up with a role-playing based curriculum for very energetic little kids is kickass in my book. (p.s. more on the race chapter in NurtureShock to come in a different post).
+ An interesting story at New American Media about a free acupuncture clinic in San Francisco that's seen a rise in patients due to the economy, people being laid off and people losing their health insurance. Conversely, though, private Chinese medicine practitioners are seeing a decline in clients, according to the article. 
+ Rich Twu of the Dream League, an Asian American basketball league, informs me that he has a new blog in which you can read about everything Dream League and basketball here. He has a couple of posts on Harvard b-ball star Jeremy Lin here and here

Momo Chang

Senior Contributing Editor

Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, and freelances for magazines, online publications, and weeklies. Her writings focus on Asian American communities, communities of color, and youth culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Her stories range from uncovering working conditions in nail salons, to stories about “invisible minorities” like Tongan youth and Iu Mien farmers. She has freelances The New York Times, WIRED, and East Bay Express, among other publications.



Momo,My thoughts are with you as well. I know how you are feeling about these losses. I have been suffering about Annie Le's death as well. I'm like many others who have been affected by these tragic events of a person I did not know. My heart bleeds for Annie Le and the senselessness of her loss. The one thing which constantly runs thru my mind is "How can a man strike a woman"? I am 49 years old and could never imagine. Annie was all of 4'11" & 90 pounds. What makes a 190 pound animal pick his hands up to her? It is beyond me. And these days will become more troublesome and more disturbing when the finite details of her last minutes alive and finally her death are publically displayed, my questions will deepen. Momo, I wish you the best. I wish for peace for you and one day that you will not only see a cease to violence against women, but violence on a whole.
Both were very sad tragedies.The difference in coverage, in my opinion, had a lot to do with the stakeholders involved. Le's fiance and his family probably made sure this was in the news as much as possible.