Bloody meat patties, alligators, and gender lines.
Swings and singers...I can't tell you why, but it seems to be and I wondered as I was watching the new Taeyeon video for "Why"..who did it better - her, or Mariah?
It's tough for me...Mariah is over a lake, but Taeyeon is eating ice cream.
Yes - this was in fact important.
How do you feel free in skinny jeans?
There is no freedom.
There is only captivity.
Hope there are a lot of good vibes and all have a great time and get some awesome community around them.
I've seen some of the pictures and all I can say is - next year.
#Justice4MapKong: All Police Officers Cleared Of Shooting Map Kong In The Back + The Worth Of An Asian American Man's LifeThursday, June 23, 2016
Apparently there has been a lot going on behind the scenes with the shooting of Map Kong that was not made aware to the general public until this week and these include the following:
1. The bodycam video was finally released after the grand jury.
2. The grand jury which was in Dakota County decided to clear all the officers of the shooting.
If you look at the video (and there is youtube video as well which is easier to watch), Map Kong is doing exactly what people described - acting erratically and waving a knife. Obviously he wasn't in a good state of mind. As police officers tried to calm him down, trying to get a better look at what was inside the car they decided to break the window and to tase him. Map Kong then tries to flee with his back turned to police.
And then they shot him multiple times.
In the back while he was running away.
So let's get this straight. He wasn't a threat when they were close up to his car and tasing him - they didn't feel threatened enough to shoot him in the car.
But then he runs - and he doesn't try and run towards any traffic or cars - but away - and that's when he posed a threat?
When his back was turned to everyone?
Not everyone will agree with me - but I stand by the same argument that I've said over and over still after seeing the video: With all of those police officers there and multiple cars they could have - and should have - not shot him.
There ABSOLUTELY was a way to take him down without firing on him.
And think about all the other times you see White People try and get away from the cops and try to outrun them.
Do they get shot in the back while running away?
The answer is typically no.
When hundreds of White Men defend their land with armed weapons - not a knife - they don't pose an imminent threat - but an Asian American man with a knife - who's running AWAY from the police?
Apparently he does.
And it begs the question of what is an Asian American man's life worth?
Labels: Map Kong
Vincent Jen Chin (simplified Chinese: 陈果仁; traditional Chinese: 陳果仁; pinyin: Chén Guǒrén; May 18, 1955 – June 23, 1982) was a Chinese American man who was severely beaten in the Detroit suburb of Highland Park, Michigan in June of 1982. The beating led to his death four days later.
The perpetrators were Chrysler plant superintendent Ronald Ebens and his stepson, Michael Nitz. The lenient sentencing of these two men in a plea bargain generated public outrage over the murder attack, which included blows to the head from a baseball bat and possessed attributes consistent with hate crimes. Many of the layoffs in Detroit's auto industry, including Nitz's in 1979, had been due to the increasing market share of Japanese automakers, leading to allegations that Vincent Chin received racially charged comments attributing to the layoffs while being beaten.
Ebens and Nitz initially faced a charge of second-degree murder, but were convicted in a county court for manslaughter. Ebens was convicted of violating Chin's civil rights and was sentenced to 25 years of prison, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. They were both sentenced to three years of probation.
The case became a rallying point for the Asian American community, and Ebens and Nitz were put on trial for violating Chin's civil rights. Because the subsequent Federal prosecution was a result of public pressure from a coalition of many Asian ethnic organizations, Vincent Chin's murder is often considered the beginning of a pan-ethnic Asian American movement.
Holy fuck me people.
So when a Black boy gets away from his mom and gets into harms way and a gorilla gets shot with the boy being alive - people make petitions and call for investigations into the mother and family and all these animal activists come out, etc., etc., blah, blah, blah and a TON of people blame the mother (who just happens to be Black).
But when a 2-year old White kid dies because the 2-year old was allowed to wade in the water which was clearly not allowed (because it was dangerous) by his White dad, there's GoFundMe pages and outpourings of public support?
Again...Holy fuck me America.
Rick Tyler pictured below (an independent candidate for Congress in Tennessee),
who put this sign up,
isn't even fit enough to be the sweat dripping to the ground from my testicles on a hot and humid day.
In fact - I would actually be horrified if droplets of "little ricky" came out of my balls.
I think I might have to chop one off...
Thank goodness I have that third ball swinging in-between #1 and #2...
Agent Orange - you might have done something good after all!
Feel free to boycott his restaurant.
Just a random thought as I think about all the press people are getting these days and sometimes - I just want me some more Randall Park.
Cause he's sexy as a MF.
And he can make me laugh.
And cry (well maybe not cry per se, but I feel it deep).
I mean put all that together, and I want me some man meat.
Randall Park man meat.
Meet me in the park and I'll give you a 'daller?
Oh...if K-Wife ever divorces me...I know what the next tattoo will be that I'm getting on my right testicle...('cause I still have a little room on that one - my left one - I really gotta stretch it out to even read anything...).
That's just one big ass article down at Mashable.
Ditto to Mashable as was to City Pages.
Article at a local paper on a local theatre and I just couldn't help but think to myself why they can't drop the hyphen? Don't they know? Has no one told them? I'll still check out the show sometime.
I'd rather lose all my stuff than lose myself, because I've done that before, and that feels way worse. I don't have the best family life. I'm not going to have a sob story and be like, my parents abandoned me, because they didn't. But they also are not that present. When I’m alone, I’m alone. I don't have anybody to call, and so I have to create meaning from myself. That's why I don't give a fuck, because I can't lose anything. What I have I make myself.Constance Wu
And now back to my regular scheduled program of being lazy.
From a U.S. perspective, I don't need to have everything I own be a household brand. And a lot of times, I can't find what I want in those brands anyway and I think you can get great tech and gadgets from so many other places at better costs. So I'm always on the lookout for new gadget and tech reviews and JohnyTechReview fell into my lap when I was searching on a LED projector.
I didn't even know floating bluetooth enabled orbs that you could spin existed.
Now I want one.
Or how about a review of the Rosewill RHRC-13002 10 Cup Fuzzy Logic Rice Cooker and Food Steamer?
Check out his YouTube channel here.
Edit: I've heard that a gofundme campaign will be getting started. If and when it comes about and I am made aware of it I will post it here.
55-year-old Channy Kek was a Cambodian American interpreter for Regions Hospital here in St. Paul who lost her life this past Tuesday when a car struck her as she was walking in the crosswalk with attempts by her co-workers to revive her being unsuccessful. She was dedicated to helping people get the health care that they needed, often going above and beyond what she needed to do so she could explain in detail to others. She was mother to three and she was active in her community.
You can read some of the articles that they've written about her here.
It's just unfortunate when something like this happens and it's an opportunity to make sure (for me) just to go back to basics from a driving standpoint - try to be alert and remember that a few minutes late is okay --- and the driver has cooperated and there haven't been any charges, so I would not want to go into speculating what happened - but it makes me think about my own driving.
While I didn't know Channy Kek myself personally, I have friends and family members who did, and it just brings it closer to home again, how fragile life can be and how we should make sure we're spending it doing what we love as much as we can and with the people we want to be around.
Dear Tila You Non-Vietnamese Waste Of Space,
First let me say that by waste of space I mean waste of space in regard to your politics - not the fact that your a mom who needs to raise a child - although I feel for them. In that way you're allowed to take up space in this great land of ours, because that's what we do.
We're a country of freedom, giving the benefit of the doubt, at its heart a country of misfits who rebelled against the status quo to have a brighter future.
Do you even realize how the same people and mindset that you're pulling for won't think twice about sending your ass back if there's a Conflict 3.0?
Maybe you'll get a stay in Singapore and Vietnam.
Anyway - because your FB post says it all and I don't have any more time to ponder this - and while there's hardly a chance of this ever happening...
Here's to hoping someday you truly do get a clue.
I'm not even gonna sign this
Interesting part on Cambodians and YouTube.
Probably could do w/o the impersonations...
Photo by Min Enterprises Photography LLC
Caught a good article on Indie Haven:
Sheva: As I’ve researched this topic, your name pops up over and over; you’ve written about this on a lot of different sites many different times. I suppose my first question would be: why do you think more people don’t write about it?
Bao: By and large, the burden of bringing up, and writing about, race seems to be placed on people of color. Race is still a very touchy subject in all media and all spheres of life. And concerning Asian and Asian American representation, I think there’s also this assumption that, since there are Asians working in game development, it’s a non-issue. That assumption is wrong in several ways: 1) Asians working in game development in Asia don’t necessarily have the same experience and lens regarding representation as we do in the U.S. 2) Just because you have Asian bodies does not mean you have an Asian politic 3) If it’s a non-issue because Asians work in the industry, why don’t we see more Asian playable characters? Some of the most well known Japanese franchises – Metal Gear Solid, Mario, Zelda, Resident Evil, many of the games in the Final Fantasy series, etc – feature white characters or characters with Anglo features.
Read it in full.
In case you missed it - musical guest Twenty88 (aka Jhene Aiko and Big Sean) on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
A few weeks back I saw the video below where I learned about Kina Grannis and her band getting detained in Indonesia for 3 months because of work visa's that the touring company/operators didn't secure.
She's written a blog post about the experience:
I disappeared for a few months at the end of last year — perhaps you noticed. I re-emerged in January, and while I wasn’t ready to share my story then, I promised that when I was ready, I would. But, I needed time. Time to be at home with my family and friends; to just exist without having to explain or understand or analyze what had happened. Or perhaps I needed to do just that, but from the privacy of my own home, inside my own brain; to try to make some sense of it all before I was ready to talk about it out in the open. So I’ve taken my time, slowly reacquainting myself with my life and my music and my work and the online world. I’ve started feeling like myself again. However, with life finally inching its way back to normalcy, the thought of reliving the experience just as it’s starting to loosen its grip on me hasn’t felt entirely appealing. I’ve debated quietly moving on and putting it behind me, but as much as part of me has felt compelled to do just that, there is another, bigger part of me that feels like in order to really move past it, I need to share it first. Maybe because I feel like there is something to be learned here. Or maybe because I hope that with sharing it will come some healing, too. Maybe I’m afraid that if I just let it fade away as if it never happened, it will all have been for nothing — as if I’d simply been robbed of those months of my life. In any case, I’m ready to share my story now, or at least the parts of it I'm comfortable disclosing at this time. So here it is, the Cliff’s Notes version of my 100 days in Jakarta.
Indonesia - meet Vietnam.
I'm always rooting for Kina Grannis and remember her coming onto the Asian American mass radar in a big way in 2008 for winning the Crash the Super Bowl music contest.
It sounds like she's getting to where she needs to be, using the music to help make sense of what I can only imagine is a picture of contradiction.
Listen to her two-song EP "Jakarta" at iTunes.
Here's A Video Because It Just Takes You To A Good Place
Been on my playlist for the past couple of months and needed something to get the blood going this morning (as I'm dragging ass - because I'm lazy).
I say if you can do the perm while kicking the beat, you're doing okay.
If you're not up to speed on the Harambe killing and the Gregg/Dickerson family check some info out here, here, and here.
Here are some of my random thoughts on it all:
1. I love animals and I think they should be treated well. At the same time, I grew up in part on a farm with animals. There's a hierarchy. When an animal threatens the life of a human there's really only one way this is going to play out, and say what you want - but when push comes to shove, if it would be their life at stake - they'd want to stay alive.
2. Doesn't mean no one feels bad about the gorilla.
3. Can people stop fucking around with the mom? She was interviewed for around 90 minutes according to reports and the police have said that no charges were being brought to the parents. Shit people. If I had a dollar for every time I disobeyed my parents, or did things out of their watchful eye (or what they thought was watchful) - I would have been a rich, rich, kid.
4. Put this into perspective a little - Susan Klebold just wrote a book A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy. And yes, we know the family went though divorce and bankruptcy. I'm just saying - think anyone will publish a book from Michelle Gregg years later? Oh wait, that's right...
Dolly Khuu ran into her family's arms at the arrival gate of Norfolk International Airport just before 2 a.m. Friday. The embrace with her two daughters and son lasted more than five minutes. "I fight hard to be here with them. I say no matter what, I have to be home because I do nothing wrong," said Dolly. Dolly tells News 3 while she was detained, she did not give up on her message. She saw being in prison as a chance to speak directly to the government about what was wrong with communist Vietnam. "They have no rights and freedom at all and that make me feel like I need to speak for them. Not on their behalf, but on behalf of freedom and human rights that they should have," said Dolly.Read it in full.
Thought I'd post up some WH PR on initiatives for dual language learners.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2016
FACT SHEET: Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Learning Settings
I don't care what color or ethnicity a person is and how bad they feel they got the shaft - going off on a killing spree is COMPLETELY FUCKED UP and you have to ask the question of how this gets into someone's mind to go on a cross country killing spree. Plenty of people get the shaft - or feel like they got the shaft - and you don't see them blowing everyone to the fucking ground.
Seriously - WTF is wrong with people?
And don't tell me it has anything to do with his ethnicity, race, or religion (because we don't even know anything about that yet and even if we do - that's not the case).
Sure - some people will and have already come out with their subtle or not so subtle racism - and while I can understand pain and anger - you can't judge a whole shitload of people on one person (or else that means that the White Kids should get put into detention far more than the kids of color do because of mass shootings - which we all know isn't right).
It's sad that we have to make posts, tweets, blurbs, and status messages about both the killing of innocent people while still having to call out racism. I mean how fucked up is it that we still need to do that at the same time? And no - it's not our fault that we have to do it - don't lay that part of it on our shoulders because we're not the ones who bring it.
My condolences to the families who were shot by this man and I hope at some point in their life they can have some peace in their lives.
This was a good article to read and the show of solidarity is great to see.
Dylan Yang's mother, Anna Vue, was among the hundreds of demonstrators in downtown Wausau on Tuesday, assembled to protest injustice and bullying and to show support for Yang and his family. The Save Our Children peace march was a protest and a response to the March trial of 16-year-old Dylan Yang, who was convicted as an adult of first-degree reckless homicide [...] Others came to show solidarity. Tony Gonzalez, the executive director of Comunidad Hispana in Merrill, attended and called for equal justice for everyone. Alix Shabazz came from Madison with the group Freedom Inc. "As a black person, I stand in solidarity with the Hmong community and with Dylan Yang," Shabazz said. "America has never been beautiful for people of color."
A good podcast down at the BBC:
I was a street child,now I'm a student ambassadorhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03ttmyq
Outlook Inspirations nominee Huong Dang Thi was born in Vietnam, left school at a young age and ended up homeless on the streets of Hanoi. But with the help of a foundation called KOTO, she's now become a sucessful graduate student in Australia and has been appointed a student ambassador working to help other disadvantaged young people
Call me a squishy hug-monster, and some do, but it does look squishy and huggy and I don't know about you - but I like squishy and I like huggy.
*Found a different mashup I thought was fun.
Thinking about the last post it made me think how I liked Oh My Ghostess on a whole, but the ending somehow seemed forced in a way to me. It just wasn't as satisfying as I had hoped it would be. Then I saw an add for Soulmate and I remembered how satisfying that ending was - even though it was still filled with longing (hopeful longing) - it was natural.