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all white … what’s the deal?

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Did they?!

(Photo courtesy The Daily Mail)

I feel like I’ve blogged about skin lightening before. Oh, wait … I have.

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invaded: november

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I’ve been putting off a recap of Azns in North American media for November because I know I’ll have to bring up the ‘too Azn’ controversy and, frankly, I’m tired of it.

Azn invazn

In case you missed the whole shebang, Maclean’s published a story on Nov. 10 that Azns (they meant Chinese) were taking over campuses, creating ethnic ghettos (their words, not mine) and destroying fun for boozy white kids.

The article said elite U.S. schools like Harvard use unofficial race quotas to keep ambitious students of Azn descent out, in order to maintain their white heritage, and essentially suggested Canada do the same. The magazine published a second piece on Nov. 25 claiming they actually meant they wanted Canadian campuses to maintain merit-based admissions. Durrr.

The only good in this is that many groups committed to anti-racism have mobilized against not only Maclean’s (and the Toronto Star) but a lot of the discourse on Azn presence in Canada. Victoria city council passed a resolution condemning the Maclean’s article. Vancouver city council is set to vote on a motion demanding media accountability and ethical reporting in relation to the Maclean’s and Star pieces this week. Toronto city council is voting on a resolution that Orientals work like dogs next week. Just kidding. Or am I … ?

New eats

West Vancouver, how ya enjoying Osaka Supermarket? Recently opened by T&T Supermarket Inc., this store boasts 80 kinds of Japanese noodles … yum! The only slightly confusing part of the Vancouver Sun‘s story: “Osaka Supermarket will provide the ethnic Chinese food that has made its parent T&T Supermarket chain so successful, but it’s character will be Japanese-themed, as befits its name.” Huh? Do all Azn foods look the same too?

Soft white people

Edmonton now has an anti-racism program aimed at white people, teaching them how to recognize (and presumably choose to give up) their white privilege, much to the distress of, well, white people. Don’t call them racist, okay?! Their feelings are hurt. Boo hoo.

Celebrating David Lam

You may remember him as the first Azn-Canadian lieutenant governor, a highly successful real estate businessman, a philanthropist or founder of Vancouver’s dragon boat festival. But to Tung Chan, he was a friend and hero, and so we use Chan’s words to describe this powerhouse, who lost his battle to prostate cancer on Nov. 22:

“When he became LG, he showed the way to all of us, that you can maintain your cultural identity, you can continue to promote the good values of your heritage while maintaining and not compromising your Canadian-ness.”

An Azn Cosby Show?!

In a similar vein to ‘Azn Jersey Shore,’ U.S. producers are working on a show tentatively titled “The Chin Chens,” about a Chinese-Vietnamese-American family a la Cosby. Errr … thoughts on this?

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yellow peril remix

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In a throwback to the Yellow Peril days, Maclean’s ran a “report” this week about how there are a heckuva lot more Azns in school than there should be. The Toronto Star took it a step further and told Azn parents to stop encouraging their kids to get an education.

To Maclean’s, briefly: you bring up the fact that “U.S. studies suggest Ivy League schools have taken the issue of Asian academic prowess so seriously that they’ve operated with secret quotas for decades to maintain their WASP credentials” but spend the rest of the four-page article essentially saying the opposite. Are Azns being kept out of universities or are there too many of them in university? You can’t have it both ways.

I think it would have been worthwhile in your piece to look at the issues of (real or perceived) race-based quotas and merit-based enrollment, both of which were raised with that Ivy League statement. What a wasted opportunity.

To the Star, equally briefly: your online version’s headline, “Asian students being forced into university,” implies that students like me are incapable of making our own choices. The tone of the article suggests that it’s wrong for Azn parents to have dreams for their kids or encourage them to work hard–qualities we would call “good” in any other parent. You reported on an internal conversation some of Toronto’s east Azns had about parental expectations and university students’ mental health. That’s a discussion I think parents of every ethnic group should be having. Way to generalize.

You also said people like me don’t have social skills. That’s a low blow.

I’m not going to deconstruct these articles further because, frankly, it’s a waste of time providing a thoughtful response to two thoughtless pieces.

For a great response, check out what angry asian man wrote about the Maclean’s piece.

And look at what these crazy Azns are doing (hint: not studying!)

Are they ... partying? (Photo credit: Asians Not Studying)

Final thought: see any similarities between this and the time Don Lewis proposed an all-white basketball league because he thought the NBA was getting “too black”? Harharharharhar.

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fooled me!

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WOOOOOWZA! (Photo credit: CBSA)

Young Chinese guy disguises himself as an old white dude and manages to board a Vancouver-bound flight in Hong Kong.

The unnamed youngster has been detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency and will be facing an Immigration and Refugee Board.

So … I think the bigger question CBSA should be asking is why it’s known the world over that it’s easiest to board a flight as an elderly white male.

What do you think?

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invaded: october

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How we appeared in North American media in October.

Calgary 1, Toronto 0

On Oct. 18, Calgary elected its first South Azn Muslim mayor, Naheed Nenshi. Nenshi, panned at first as a fringe or idealistic candidate, ignored the haters and ran a solid campaign on, SURPRISE, a painstakingly researched platform.

Sure, he threw around buzz words like “sustainability” and “diverse communities,” but he also proposed, SURPRISE AGAIN, real ideas: low-income transit passes, a non-residential commercial property tax to replace the separate and confusing business and business property taxes and funding for a new library branch, to name a few.

His election doesn’t throw the city into post-racial bliss, but it’s definitely a few steps up from Toronto, which elected this on Oct. 25. Here’s how a Montreal Gazette piece summed up Toronto’s new mayor: “Rob Ford, who appears better suited to run a roadside diner than a city, swept to victory this week.” Ouch.

We could take a few hints from Campbell, CA.

This is what solidarity looks like

Quebec’s Jewish Orthodox Council for Community Relations has joined the fight against the province’s proposed bill that would ban niqab wearers from receiving government services.

“While the bill focuses on the controversy over the wearing of the niqab by Islamic women, Montreal’s Orthodox Jewish leaders expressed fear their community may also be targeted eventually,” the article says. Exactly.

Canadian Conservatives love immigrants

Who knew? The best part about this story is that the Globe and Mail ran a front-page photo of Cowin and Helen Poon, probably one of the first times the paper has run a photo of Azns (i) not named Kim Jong-il and (ii) not running naked from a Vietnamese village. Just saying.

U.S. conservatives hate soup

Especially Campbell’s. They like tea, though.

Racist and badly Photoshopped. Double ew.

Justice at work …

Ontario has no fully accredited Mandarin interpreters for our courts. [Insert sarcastic “hun hao!” here.]

Forget it. There is no justice …

Child soldier Omar Khadr was sentenced to 40 years in prison by U.S. military jurors after pleading guilty to several “war crimes,” including the killing of U.S. soldier Christopher Speer.

Let’s get real: almost 300,000 U.S. soldiers died in combat during WWII and you don’t see their widow(er)s crying in court (Tabitha Speer sounds like a total b*tch to me) and uniformed officers giving their murderers harsher sentences than even prosecutors demanded. Sorry, I thought the U.S. was at war. I thought it was kind of understood that soldiers sometimes die in wars.

Sex, and lots of it

Shigeo Tokuda is a 76-year-old porn star apparently making enough of a splash in Tokyo to be noticed in Canada.

A gushing white woman describes various sexual encounters with “uber-sexy” Chinese men.

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dinner table conversation

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I had dinner with my little (14-year-old) brother and two of his (Malaysian and Chinese) friends tonight. Here’s the scene …

Me, Bro, Friend 1 and Friend 2 are eating pizza. Friend 2 is channel surfing and lands on program called “The Elephant Princess.” The four watch the opening credits.

Me: Is she supposed to be … South … Asian … ?

Friend 1: Naw, she’s a white girl who discovers she’s the leader of this magical kingdom in India or something.

Bro: I watched one episode. It’s so stupid.

Friend 1: I don’t even need to watch one episode to know it’s stupid.

Friend 2: Yeah, it’s just really cliche.

Me: Oh, you mean it reminds you of other shows with a “white saviour” complex where white people are put in leadership positions over people of colour because it’s assumed people of colour are incapable of leading themselves?

Three blank stares. Mum enters the room.

Mum: You mean Avatar?

Bro: This show is stupid. Let’s just watch “The Amazing Race.” Team Jumba all the way!

Friend 2: What’s “The Amazing Race”? Wait, you mean kevjumba is on this show?

Friend 1: Yeah, man. Dude, you need to watch more TV.

Friend 2: They actually put Azns in this show?!

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niqabitches: yay or nay?

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Two French women–self-dubbed “niqabitches”–filmed themselves walking around Paris wearing niqab, short-shorts and black heels to protest the country’s recent decision to ban the burqa and niqab. The rationale for the ban is that these articles of clothing apparently oppress women and having old white men tell women what they can or can’t wear is liberating. Right.

The women, one of whom identifies as Muslim, wrote an op-ed about why they chose to film the video (sorry anglos, this one’s in French … English coverage here.)

The authors of Muslimah Media Watch weighed in with some insightful commentary.

So, what do you think?

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