When I decided to compile my thoughts in a more organized fashion, my niece said, “Oh, a blog!” So I suppose I now have a “blog.” What I don’t have yet is many followers, so please come back often, share the content, and tell your friends to spread me wide. I hope to put out a thought or two regularly, and I do promise to read and respond to as many fan comments as I can get to! Oh Myy!
When Knick’s player Jeremy Lin went on an unprecedented tear, he up-ended all manner of thinking about Asian Americans in sports–and society. This strapping son of Taiwanese immigrants defied conventional notions of Asian Americans as docile, unassuming, or (as I was inaptly described recently by a teammate on Celebrity Apprentice) “meek.”
There is cause to celebrate today. The Ninth Circuit’s ruling today upholding the decision of Judge Walker takes California–and this nation–one important step closer to marriage equality. It reaffirms that the proponents of Prop 8, who would deny this basic right to millions of their fellow citizens, never had any real facts to back up their claims that same-sex marriage harms traditional marriage, or children, or society at large. Indeed, as the plaintiffs showed in the trial court, study after study has demonstrated that promoting stable, loving relationships is a good
This video is of an brutal attack upon a diminutive man by three assailants outside a grocery store in Atlanta, who yelled “faggot” while repeatedly beating him. Another exhorted “no faggots in Jack City.” The video was posted yesterday to YouTube, but it was removed as too graphically violent. I am providing the link to the original video on the Worldwide Hip Hop website. I warn you, it is disturbing indeed
We live in a world where we rarely stop to think about where the food we eat, the oil we burn and the products we use come from. Recently, the radio program “This American Life” exposed the horrific working conditions in Apple’s Chinese factories that manufacture the iPhone. Finding it cheaper to use human labor than to automate, the factory assigns workers to shifts that has them performing the same repetitive tasks, sometimes for up to 35 hours straight, often resulting in debilitating and irreversible carpal tunnel syndrome. This was on top of New York Ti
For 24 hours that began at midnight tonight, I will join Wikipedia and sites like Reddit in protest over pending legislation in Congress.
The bill is known as SOPA–the “Stop Online Piracy Act–backed by Hollywood and the music industry, but opposed by most of Silicon Valley. SOPA is aimed ostensibly at protecting copyrighted material, but as drafted threatens to choke off the Internet in much the way China does now–by killing the source of oxygen.
In 2008, my partner of 20 years, Brad, took his vows with me. We became one of thousands of same-sex couples to be legally married in, and by, the State of California. Our overwhelming joy from that moment was short-lived, however, when just a few months later Proposition 8 passed, denying the right to marry to millions of our fellow Californians. Though we remain married today, the legal rights of gay and lesbian couples remains in doubt as a challenge to Prop 8 winds its way slowly through the federal legal system.