The Real Problem With “The Interview” Is Its Racism, Not Its Satire

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Maxine Builder

Once again, fuck this movie and fuck Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Amid all the real world drama, it is important to separate the movie’s relatively serviceable political satire from recycled, racist routines. Most of the celebrity reaction to the movie’s cancellation has been outrage and disappointment, that the North Koreans wonbecause the less than favorable treatment of their Dear Leader was ultimately censored. But many of the jokes in The Interview are at the expense of well-worn Asian stereotypes, and the movie’s humor relies heavily on one-dimensional depictions of Asians that abound in American media that add little to the satire itself. As a Korean-American woman, I found the movie’s orientalism more offensive than any satirical depiction of Kim Jong-Un and the North Korean government.

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History must never forget the service of the Flying Tigers

How would Ian Mackaye handle this information if he was a mixed race Japanese dude? Wait is Macklemore the new Ian Mackaye? Wait, I’m mixed race Okinawan right? I need a leader.

Updated: 2014-12-30 07:28

By Chang Jun(China Daily USA)

According to 89 Japanese wartime documents made public on April 25 in Jilin province, Japanese troops committed shocking atrocities in China — they abducted and trafficked Chinese women and forced them into sexual slavery at “comfort stations”; they occupied the city of Nanjing and killed more than 300,000 Chinese civilians, burning down a third of the houses in the city and raping more than 20,000 women, including teenagers; and they carried out bacterial experiments on people at Unit 731, the notorious top-secret biological and chemical warfare research base established in Harbin in 1935, which served as the nerve center for Japan’s biological warfare campaign in China and Southeast Asia during WWII.

EDITORIAL • Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline

By the editors of Rethinking Schools

Schools without compassion or understanding occupy communities instead of serve them. As our society accelerates punishment as a central paradigm—from death penalty executions to drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen—the regimentation and criminalization of our children, particularly children of color, can only be seen as training for the future.

2014 Was the Year Colleges Finally Had to Answer for Rape on Campus

December 30, 2014

Emma Sulkowicz, a senior visual arts student at Columbia University, carries a mattress on Sept. 5 in New York City in protest of the university's lack of action after she reported being raped during her sophomore year. Sulkowicz has said she is committed to carrying the mattress everywhere she goes until the university expels the rapist or he leaves.

Rachel Dodes Wortman, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who now works at Twitter, described being drugged and raped when she was a senior at Cornell University. “There are a series of blurry images, like a movie montage: us kissing on the couch, him carrying me to his bed, and then choking me while we had sex. I don’t remember saying ‘No,’ but I also think the issue of consent, in this particular instance, is not really applicable,” she writes.

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, wrote on Jezebel this month about having dinner with a “nice Jewish boy” who tried to rape her during the summer between her junior and senior years at college. She told her story, she said, because she was worried that the retraction of the Rolling Stone story would erect a “curtain of silence, where young women feel too afraid to share their truth.”

Abigail Hauslohner, the Cairo bureau chief at the Washington Post, told the story of visiting a family friend at his college 14 years ago, going to a fraternity party, and being raped by the friend afterward in his dorm room. She recalls “my head lolling to one side and then my body falling back onto the mattress,” before repeatedly saying “No.”

In an essay in her book, Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham wrote about being assaulted by a fellow Oberlin College student after leaving a party drunk and high. In a BuzzFeed post this month, Dunham described the backlash she faced for recounting the incident, including having her “character and credibility questioned at every turn” and being “attacked online with violent and misogynistic language.”

Susan Dominus, a reporter for the New York Times Magazine, uses column space to chronicle an episode in her senior year of college, where she drank unidentified liquid from a red cup at a party and was later assaulted by the man who filled the cup for her: He pressured her, “until, under the influence, I stopped resisting.”

Down to the Bone: The Need for API Bone Marrow Donors

Hyphen: Who can help, and how?

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Macklemore Talks Race, White Privilege and ‘Thrift Shop’ Backlash

Again demonstrating the power of white privilege, Macklemore is getting a lot of attention for saying a lot of things that have been said for along time by many other people. This dude over here even thinks “Everyone Needs to Hear Macklemore on Iggy Azalea, White Privilege and Race in America”. Take it easy Matt from Canada living in NYC. Certainly some people need to hear Macklemore say those things but the majority of the world already has gained some significant and violent insight into those subjects highlighted by Macklemore. So anyways, I was glad to hear him address the Kendrick Lamar tweet debacle:

We’ve texted [since the incident]. I made a mistake and a lot of fear was going into that moment. I wanted to win some Grammys…I think we made a great album. I think it had great impact….I wanted to win Song of the Year. I wanted to win Best New Artist. I wanted to win some rap categories. But I thought Kendrick had a better album…The mistake came from Instagramming the text message and betraying my homie’s trust. That’s wack…The language that I used was a bad call. “Robbed” was a bad choice of word. White people have been robbing black people for a long time. Of culture. Of music. Of freedom. Of their lives. That was a mistake.

That’s right bro. What do we do when we fall off the horse? We all make mistakes and it’s nice to see a white fella take ownership of that and learning.

Macklemore Talks Race, White Privilege and ‘Thrift Shop’ Backlash

“You need to know your place in the culture,” says the rapper. “This is not my culture to begin with. As much as I have honed my craft, I do believe that I need to know my place”

Asian American Environmental Activism

By Jennifer Chang

Richmond, California, August 3, 2013 - Over two dozen members of Brown and Green: South Asians for Climate Justice marched through the streets of Richmond, California today to the gates of the Chevron  refinery, the most climate-polluting facility in the state of California, demanding that Chevron stop  refining dirty Canadian tar sands oil, and reduce its impact on the climate—a factor in disasters like the 2010 Pakistan flood and the 2013 floods in Uttarakhand, India.  Photo from

In fact, global climate change is predicted to overwhelmingly affect Asian countries. A study by Climate Central states that the top ten of the most at-risk countries are China, Vietnam, Japan, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines, in terms of the largest population that will be exposed to sea level rise and coastal flooding. More than 50 million people in China and 23 million in Vietnam, or 26 percent of that country’s population, will be exposed to high sea levels and flooding by the end of the century, according to the study. In South Asian countries, 12.6 million Indians and 10.2 million Bangladeshis are estimated to be directly affected by rising waters, the study stated. Nearly six million people in the Philippines, or seven percent of the population, will also be exposed.

What does Model Minority Mutiny demand?

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:31 Soya Jung, Race Files, A project of CHANGELAB

Like so many others who have taken to the streets, shown up and spoken out in solidarity, we at ChangeLab are grateful for the fertile political space that Black Lives Matter has created. As Vijay Prashad reminds us, Black Lives Matter “is more than a hashtag. It is a first principle. It contradicts the Crime Bills, the Welfare Reforms, the Wars on Drugs and Terror. It suggests that Life is more important than the confidence of capital markets.”

1. What are we learning in this moment?
2. As we struggle against our own oppression as Asian Americans, in what ways are we perpetuating white supremacy and anti-Black racism? How can we fight for our people, while also fighting anti-Black racism within our own communities?
3. Many Asian Americans are engaged in the immigrant rights movement. But what does it mean to push for citizenship or legalization when it doesn’t guarantee any value to Black lives? How does work on immigration policy reinforce ideas of criminality, of deserving v. undeserving communities? How can we reframe that work to also support demands for Black liberation?
4. How are our demands, messages, and efforts for justice excluding people in our own communities, by seeing some as deserving and others as undeserving? How can we hold those in our own communities who do harm accountable without supporting systems of mass incarceration?
5. We know that Black communities as a whole bear the brunt of state violence. In our own communities, are there those whose struggles we marginalize because of patriarchy, classism, heterosexism, transphobia, Islamophobia, and colorism? How can we change that?
6. Are there connections between the legacy of chattel slavery in America and the super-exploitation of certain workers today? What goals do they both serve? What are the differences?
7. How do we hold elected officials accountable when they promote the deeply racist policies of Broken Windows policing and gentrification? How do we build real political power to transform the system?
8. To what extent can abuses and injustices of policing and courts be reformed, and to what extent do we need to build towards deeper systemic changes? What would those deeper changes demand of us?
9. Are our expressions of solidarity reflected deep in our communities, or just at the grasstops leadership?
10. How much time and effort are we spending building power with community members who are not yet organized, especially those who bear the brunt of state violence in our communities?
11. The current momentum and energy is historic, but this kind of mobilizing is not sustainable long-term. How can we shift, recruit and train the people on the streets from mobilizing into sustained organizing?
12. What specific contributions can Asian Americans make to the project of Black liberation? Why is Black-Asian solidarity a strategic necessity? What can we accomplish together?

Racism still evident in sports world

Athletes’ heeding the call to social action is an encouraging sign

Originally Published: December 30, 2014

By Richard Lapchick |

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose

Through Dec. 23, there were 17 reported domestic incidents of racism in sports and 89 reported international incidents in 2014.

Domestically there were 10 incidents of racism in football, six in basketball and one in the UFC.