Archive for April, 2010

in arizona

Linked from Sojo.  So a license and SS # aren’t enough?

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aapi/federal programs

http://diverseeducation.com/article/13743/obama-administration-seeks-increased-asian-american-and-pacific-islander-access-to-federal-programs.html

cajun asian am

How I love thee, cajun fries and catfish from the knock off Boiling Crab (which is really a knock off of these restaurants that started in Louisiana) in Monrovia, with all of your delicious, high-sodium, commercial blend seasoning.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/dining/28united.html?hpw

(although the title says “vietnamese immigrants,” most of the people featured in the article aren’t actually…vietnamese immigrants.  but i guess “second generation vietnamese americans carry on a cajun food tradition” was too long?)

[In other news, a repost from AAM…Akron high school finally stops calling itselves “The Orientals.”  How awkward would it to be Asian Am at that high school pre-name change?]

everyday rapture

Saw this last year, lots of fun: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/25/theater/25rapture.html/?8dpc

probability

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/25/chances-are/?hp

jesus and justice

Making my way through Peter Goodwin Heltzel’s Jesus and Justice.

“Gary Dorrien emphasizes [MLK Jr’s] training in the evangelical liberal tradition of Walter Rauschenbusch and Edgar S. Brightman, and James H. Cone rightly points out King’s roots in the black church tradition of Daddy King and Benjamin Elijah Mays, but there is a third theological stream that informs King’s thought: evangelical theology…The influence of liberal vocabulary, concepts, and motifs saturate King’s early writings; however, as his thinking progresses in the civil rights movement, we observe that its most basic theological logic is evangelical–Christocenric, cruciform, and based on a strong faith in a loving, personal God” (p. 54-55).

[It’s an interesting argument.  As I’ve noted before, even with just White folk, evangelicals are a motley crew.  Throw King into the mix and…]

“The majority of white fundamentalists and evangelicals were silent or actively resisted King’s call for civil disobedience to accelerate the end of segregation.  This evangelical resistance to civil rights was based on its deep roots in apolitical fundamentalist thought, often shaped by a nexus of beliefs that included orders of creation, social conservatism, and white racism” (p. 61).

theme parties/facebook

Pretty fascinating (and timely) article in the most recent JDHE (RT Yu-Fang):

http://news.illinois.edu/news/10/0421online.html

Interesting to me:

“I wanted to see whether color-blind racial attitudes played a role in condoning images,” she said. “What we found is that the color-blind ideal commonly socialized and valued among whites may actually be detrimental to race relations on college campuses.”

Tynes’ research also revealed an incongruence of reactions among white students that she’s dubbed “Facebook face.”

“To their friends, they would express mild approval of the party photos or just not discuss race,” Tynes said. “But in private, in a reaction that they thought their friends wouldn’t see, some students would let us know that they thought the image was racist or that it angered them. We think that it’s because whites have been socialized not to talk about race.”

Her comments on crowd-sourcing are also interesting.  A creative study–it’d be interesting to control for religion, given the slew of work on colorblindness/evangelical White Christianity.  It’s too bad the Asian American and Latino/a samples aren’t big enough to analyze.