Good minds do think alike so I’m not surprised we both came up with this as good pick for a gift guide.
In spite of (or because of) the tragic day, I wanted to share something light.
Please enjoy the following break in our programming. As much as I love The Man With No Name, we know who is the clear winner here. If you need to resort to tired racial stereotypes in a rap battle, you’ve got no game. Also applies in the real world.
Since spontaneity is the spirit of life, I have declared this the first of my Bruce Lee Birthday Tributes. I do not know any young Asian American (or any baby boomer Asian American) who hasn’t been touched by the inimitable Bruce Lee legacy. It was hard enough for me to find female heroes as a kid growing up in the ’80s so I settled for Bruce Lee on Fox 5 on any random Saturday. To my surprise, my father idolized him as a teenager in the Philippines. A few VHS tapes and various documentary footage later, I was a lifelong fan.
Here is a quick starter video. Think of it as an appetizer before a greater feast. Blogger Phil Yu, A.K.A. Angry Asian Man, ranked his films in pretty much the same way I would have. Enjoy.
P.S. In light of some unfortunate instances of Chuck Norris opening his mouth and verbally vomiting views unbefitting a Texas Walker Ranger this year, I suggest replaying the hair-pulling clips.
“I lived in a big bunkhouse of thirty farm workers with Leroy, who was a stranger to me in many ways because he was always talking about unions and unity. But he had a way of explaining the meanings of words in utter simplicity, like “work” which he translated into “power,” and “power” into “security.” I was drawn to him because I felt that he had lived in many places where the courage of men was tested with the cruelest weapons conceivable.”
– Carlos Bulosan, in an excerpt from On Becoming Filipino. His friend Leroy was lynched after having his genitals mutilated and his body beaten beyond belief.
Now in its fourth year, the 2011 Asian American Short Story Contest will name 10 finalists and one grand prize-winner who will win a cash prize of $1000 and have the winning story published in an upcoming issue of Hyphen.
Judges for the 2011 contests include renowned Asian American writers:
The first contest winner Preeta Samarasan was discovered based on her contest-winning story. She went on to write the acclaimed novel Evening is the Whole Day (Houghton Mifflin), which was long-listed for the Orange Prize.
Deadline is May 16th. Open to all writers of Asian descent living in the United States and Canada.
About the Contest:
Held in collaboration between San Francisco-based Hyphen, a non-profit news and culture magazine, and The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the preeminent literary arts organization devoted to Asian American literature– the 2011 Asian American Short Story contest is a unique competition highlighting the amazing literary talent coming out of our communities. Garnering hundreds of submissions from all parts of the country and representing all peoples of Asian America, this contest has proven itself as a major cultural event.
With the weekend upon me, I can’t wait to stop in Woodside, Queens. An article by a Filipino writer got me particularly craving for good old-fashioned pork dishes there.
In the Winter edition of Edible Queens, writer Keith Wagstaff (whose mother is from Manila) gets back to his roots. He reminisces about his childhood filled with traditional Philippine dishes as he samples the fare at three restaurants:
During big events like graduations or weddings, lechón, or whole roast pig, is often the centerpiece of the meal. I can’t imagine anything better than ripping chunks of fatty meat from under loose, crackly skin, the house brimming with relatives.
“We Pinoys looove our pigs,” Alex Orquiza, a doctoral candidate in Filipino history at Johns Hopkins University, wrote me from the Philippines. He explained that despite the many varieties of native pig species spread throughout the country, it was the Spanish influence, with their concept of the fiesta, that really inspired the country’s love affair with pork.
At its heart, Filipino food is a product of the home, of family dinners and all-day celebrations. Read more
This winter in New York has been called the worst winter yet, with several significant snowstorms in the last couple of weeks. Now is the perfect time to check out a post by Nestor Palugod Enriquez on the Blizzard of 1888.
As a trustee of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) and an online historian, Enriquez has been connecting Filipino-Americans to their past for over ten years through various bulletin boards, magazine contributions and with his own website (www.filipinohome.com). Here is an excerpt of his story of Filipino national hero Jose Rizal* in New York City:
The 2010 blizzard is very mild when compared with the most famous snowstorm in American history, the Blizzard of 1888. It has acquired an almost legendary status. Read more
Read Nadra Kareem Little’s post “Race Card: The Chinese Parenting Controversy and the Vilification of Mothers of Color,” one of the better social commentaries on the deeply controversial Wall Street Journal essay by Yale professor and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” Amy Chua, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.” In her post, Little breaks down the racial politics behind her essay. Chua claims that harsh parenting by Chinese mothers promotes success and a standard of excellence in their children.
Little sidesteps the debate around Chua’s childrearing philosophy to talk about the stereotype about minority mothers that pervades Western media and culture: “Mothers of color are cruel.” Read more
Please share with any A/PA parents who may be interested. Deadline is January 31st.
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is currently seeking applicants for our Parent Leader position as part of our parent leadership project Parents Organized to Work for Equal Rights (POWER). It would be greatly appreciated if you could forward this to your networks and anyone you feel might be interested in this opportunity. Parents will be provided with a $600 stipend for their participation and child care and food will be provided during meetings.
POWER is a parent education and leadership project that trains Parent Leaders to make their voices heard and trains them to conduct workshops to teach other parents about their rights and give them information and access to useful resources. Read more