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I think it's interesting that this discussion has seldom come up, and I've checked this site on and off for seven years since I was 16ish (I'm now 24). 

How often have you been *praised* for being half Asian? 

For me personallyCollapse )

I have received insults about my ethnicity at one point though, from someone who was too awkward to make any friends. He also insults others in non-ethnicity specific ways, and is an alcoholic (oh well). That's about all I can think of. 

In any event, I'm going to risk sounding not-so-humble and say that I've received way more praise than insults. 

And I seriously doubt I'm the only one here, considering how average I really am compared to the large array of exotic mixes out there. 

I'm curious, has anyone been made fun of for being half Asian?
The award for controversial book of the year so far for concerned parents has to be Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

The author is a Chinese American academic at Yale, Amy Chua, and the book plots her "tough mothering" style of parenting.

Ms Chua explains her thinking.

The sound file is here. (4:36 in length)

     After I listened to it, I thought, "did she neglect to mention the sound beatings (part of having an Asian parent)? Because mine whipped my ass raw before bothering to make any constructive moves." I never had the drilling without the corporal punishment. That's just the Asian way, man. Does someone here have other points of view?
This weekend the Asian American Writers' Workshop brings the first annual Pageturner festival to Brooklyn, including the winners of the 12th Annual AAWW Literary Awards. We'll preview some highlights of the event as we speak with AAWW executive director Ken Chen, this year's poetry award winner Sesshu Foster, and featured festival artists Prochista Khakpour and Jen Kwok.

For more info: http://www.aaww.org/.
Anarchist People of Color, http://www.illvox.org

smack a white boy round three this ones for sylvia

APOC MKE SUMMIT 11/14 – 11/15 2009

APOCistas of the Midwest (and beyond) COME AND REPRESENT!
It’s going down in the Mil NOVEMBER 14TH AND 15TH 2009!
APOC MKE is happy to host its first summit on the lovely Northside of Milwaukee. There are some things ya’ll should know about Mil-Town.
45% of the African-American population lives at or below the national poverty line – most of these homes are spearheaded by single mothers.
57% of African American males are unemployed/undereducated.
Every 1 in 3 Black males under the age of 25 is incarcerated.
We may be a small city, but we got a lot of problems to solve. It’s about time we organize and let our black and brown siblings know that there is a possibility of REAL CHANGE.
Here’s a taste of what will be going down:

Skill Shares (tentative)
Using Hip-Hop to inspire Community Activism
Mini zines and DIY Publications
Organizing a Neighborhood Cop Watch
Sign Language Skill share
Fundraising Skill Share
Building the Midwest APOC Network

Auxiliaries (tentative)
Cisgender Auxiliary
Male Privilege Auxiliary
Able-Bodied Auxiliary
Light –skinned/Passing Auxiliary
Heterosexual Privilege Auxiliary

Caucuses (tentative)
Youth Caucus
Womyn’s Caucus
Gender Queer/Trans Caucus
Sex worker’s Caucus
Poor Folks Caucus
Interested? Shoot us an e-mail at novapocsummitmke@yahoo.com for more details, reservations, and summit site info.
Housing and (vegan) food will be provided.
Hope to see ya’ll soon.
All attendees of the summit held in Milwaukee, WI must adhere to and respect the Revolutionary Principles of Unity.
*Revolutionary Principles of Unity*

1. We call for a social revolution to erect an entire new society.

2. We want decent housing, food, clothing and other essentials for all, not just the rich.

3. We oppose all forms of colonialism and imperialism in the Third and
Fourth Worlds and support the struggles of all oppressed peoples in the West.

4. We oppose nation-state wars and the building of a fascist police state
based on hysteria over “terrorism.”

5. We oppose any form of white supremacy, white cultural chauvinism,
whiteness or internalized racism in the Anarchist movement, and call for
unity and recognition of our right to autonomy.

6. We strive and fight to dismantle, deconstruct and unlearn (in no
particular order but all at once) white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism,
heterosexism, speciesism, transphobia, queerphobia, environmental racism,
ageism, classism, authoritarianism, the State and all forms of oppression.

7. We oppose the oppression of wimmin/women, queers, transfolk, two spirit
people, youth, genderqueers, differently able-bodied people, people with
mental health complexities, animals and all that are oppressed.

8. We oppose any forms of capitalism and class oppression and support the
liberation of the poor and the workers.

9. We call for an immediate moratorium of the death penalty and the
dismantling of the prison industrial complex.

10. We demand an immediate end to all violence against all wimmin/women
(sexual, domestic or otherwise). We fully support survivors’ (of sexual
assault and rape) autonomy. We demand all perpetrators adhere and cooperate
to the fullest extent the procedures and demands of the survivors and the
Legacy to Liberation: Politics & Culture of Revolutionary Asian/Pacific America Legacy to Liberation: Politics & Culture of Revolutionary Asian/Pacific America by Fred Ho

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
From activism to the arts, this reader was a great run down of Asians in AmeriKKKa during the 1960s and '70s, and some of what these activists and artists did afterwards.

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Growing Up Asian American: Stories of Childhood, Adolescence & Coming of Age...by 32 Asian American Writers Growing Up Asian American: Stories of Childhood, Adolescence & Coming of Age...by 32 Asian American Writers by Maria Hong

I just picked this book up from the library and was wondering if anyone else on here has read it, and/or was interested in reading it now and having an online discussion about it.

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I just found out about the Asia Pacific Forum:  "the progressive, pan-Asian radio show, covering underreported stories from Asia, as well as Asian American politics and culture."  I thought folks here migth be interested.
I was wondering if anyone one here is familiar with the work of Asian Pacific American Fred Ho. I just ordered a book he edited, "Legacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian/Pacific Americans."

After reading "Anarchism and the Black Revolution" by Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin, I've been wanting to post more here on struggle for human rights in the USA for people of color. This pamphlet can be found on illvox.org, and is extremely relevant for all people of color in the States.
Hey everyone-last weekend at the Anarchist Finding Our Roots Conference in Chicago, Illinois, there was a caucus for people of color! I was wondering if anyone else has had experience in any kind of civil rights groups, and/or Asian-American leadership groups.

APOC: http://www.illvox.org

Finding Our Roots: http://www.findingourroots.org