Magnetic North – Home:Word [MV]

A beautifully made video for anyone feeling a little homesick as the holiday (and finals) season kicks in…

Magnetic North’s new music video for their soulful hip-hop song, “Home:Word”, featuring Taiyo Na, from their album of the same title. Produced by Wong Fu Productions, “Home:Word” tells a genuine story about an Asian American family’s domestic struggles. The song “Cold”, another song on the album, plays during the credits.

Wong Fu follows the video with heartfelt words:

Dedicated to our families.

Like the mother and daughter, we all have those moments where we neglect our parents, too busy living our own life, we often forget that on the other side our parents are working hard and have struggled to give us as good a life as they can.
Like the son, pressures from school can be the biggest struggle for young people. While it’s important, sometimes stepping away to find that true peace keeps us going. Whether it’s in art and photography, making videos, singing, dancing, or even video games with friends.
Like the father, jobs and financial worries can bring us down. Especially in these tough times, when so much is uncertain, the greatest gift we have is knowing that there is one constant, family.

Event Watch: 3 Idiots (2009)

The South Asian Film Society and the South Asian Studies Council will be screening the film, 3 Idiots this Thursday, September 22 @ 8 pm  on Old Campus  (rain location: LC 102)!

I haven’t seen too many Bollywood films, so I don’t know if I’m qualified to judge or make comparisons, but 3 Idiots is definitely one of the most entertaining (if not best in general) movies I’ve ever seen. Sometimes I wonder if this is how movies were meant to be — an unpretentious, fun adventure with all the right highs and lows and leaves the audience with a warm, satisfied feeling when it’s all over. Full of tongue-in-cheek clichés, heart-wrenching and -warming scenes, and of course, song and dance, the movie is hilarious and very well-crafted (how many hyphenated words can I use in this sentence) — if you haven’t seen it already, I strongly recommend that you do. Go for the popcorn and chai, if nothing else.

Here’s a brief synopsis from the event listing:

Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi want to re-unite with their fellow collegian, Rancho, after falling out of touch several years beforehand. En route, they encounter another student, Chatur Ramalingam, now a successful businessman, who reminds them of a bet they had undertaken 10 years ago. The trio, while recollecting hilarious antics, including their run-ins with the Dean of Delhi’s Imperial College of Engineering, Viru Sahastrabudhe, race to locate Rancho, at his last known address — little knowing the secret that was kept from them all this time. Currently the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time.

Youtube Star of the Day

Since the rise of Youtube, Asian Americans artists have been using it as a channel for broadcasting their talent, and become (wildly!) successful young celebrities on this video-sharing platform. Check out this interview with Jennifer Chung, whose first debut album is being released soon.

Link of the Day

Over the summer, chinaSMACK, Chinese news and pop culture website, launched a new site called Diaspora @ chinaSMACK. This section features a collection of articles and personal anecdotes by overseas Chinese, exploring issues of culture, society and self-identity, all told from a fresh perspective. Some very thought provoking articles, a couple that warrant a bit of an eye-roll, but still worth the look. For starters, check out I became American and the world kept turning, by a contributor at the blog Hypermodern.



Bulldog Buzz week of 8/31 — Shopping Period Edition

Got an extra spot on your schedule? Interested in Asian-American topics or just looking for a fun class? Check out these gems on OCS:

HIST 183: Asian American History, 1800 to the Present
A new perspective. Taught by Professor Mary Lui, this class introduces some of the key topics in Asian-American history that were probably skimmed over in your other more “mainstream” American history classes. A variety of Asian cultures are covered, for a rich and eye-opening course.

HIST 166J: Asian American Women and Gender, 1830 to the Present
Not just for Asian women. Also taught my Lui, this junior history seminar (sorry non-majors!) explores the challenges and accomplishments of Asian American women, providing a cultural and sociological perspective on a little-discussed topic.

AMST 322: Gender, Family and Cultural Identity in Asia and the United States
Bridge the culture gap. WGSS department lecturer and international feminism expert Geetanjali Chanda teaches this class on identity formation in different Asian countries and U.S. perceptions of Asian culture. It will change the way you think.

ENGL 339: American Literary Nationalisms
The bookish type. With African American Studies Professor GerShun Avilez, read works that highlight the influence of nationalist frameworks on modern American literature. Includes not just Asian American nationalism but also the Black Arts Movement and feminist and queer organizing, among others.

AMST 695: Craft in Colonial and Independent India
Trip to the museum. This graduate-level seminar looks at South Indian craft-making, from textiles to metalwork. Professor of American Decorative Arts Edward Cooke introduces both historical and contemporary contexts for the craftsmen’s work, and relates them to prominent cultural issues in India.

Essay Contest Opportunity

Hey APA Blog enthusiasts! Hope everyone’s been having a blast this summer. In case you’ve been bogged down with too much play and not enough work, here’s a chance to get those creative juices flowing again. Hyperlink Press, an electronic publishing company that helps young authors publish and sell e-books about everything from college admissions to marketing Android apps, is looking for new talent and material! And of course, it relates to our favorite topic, the Tiger Mom. The deadline is coming up, so be sure to submit your stories soon.

(Taryn Nakamura, Yale class of 2011)

My Tiger Mom & Me Contest

We’re looking for the best Tiger Mom stories!

Hyperink (an awesome digital publisher) is hosting the My Tiger Mom & Me Writing Contest. Top submissions will be published online to Kindle, Nook, iBookstore and other channels. Maximum: 5000 words

Here’s the prize breakdown:
1st: $500 + consideration for a book deal
2nd: $300
3rd: $200

So, if your Tiger Mom has ever helped you succeed academically, banned sleepovers, given you a love of music, extinguished your love for music or more…

Accepting submissions here:

Check out our FB page and event.

Excerpts so far:
But not all tigers are the same. Nonetheless, a tiger is a tiger no matter the color of her stripes. After all, a hunter would never make the mistake of thinking otherwise.

For years, I resented my mother, swearing to never raise my children the way she raised me. If the story ended here, wouldn’t most people do the same?

Doors of Old Campus

In the conference room where my lab has our weekly meetings (Mason 321 what up), there’s a poster called “Doors of Yale” with pictures of a dozen or so different doors, gates, and entryways, showcasing the rich variety of architecture on campus. It’s not the most well-designed poster, but I really liked the concept. So this morning, I decided to go out and do a little photo shoot of my own, focusing specifically on Old Campus, since it is home to 83% of Yale freshmen.

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Bulldog Buzz week of 3/30– Films, Cultural Shows, and a Jumpsuit?

AASA’s Politics Over Pizza discussion series continues today, 3/30, co-sponsored by CASA. Come to the Calhoun buttery at 6:30 pm to learn and talk about how Chinese-American politicians are portrayed in the media over delicious Domino’s pizza. In particular, the discussion will be based on the recent scandal involving David Wu, a Chinese-American politician, and a tiger jumpsuit costume that raised doubts about his mental stability.

A screening of “The Ode,” (trailer here) a film adaptation of the novel Ode to Lata by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla will be held on Thursday, 3/31 at 8 pm in LC 102. This is an exclusive opportunity to see a film not yet in wide release and gear up for the Master’s Tea with the novelist, screenwriter and producer on 4/7. Presented by AASA, in conjunction with the South Asian Film Society, the LGBTQ Co-op, SAS and Prism.

An article on CNN today tells the story of a 14-year old girl in Bangladesh who was beaten to death on charges of adultery. “Bangladesh is considered a democratic and moderate Muslim country, and national law forbids the practice of sharia; [yet it] is still very much in use in villages and towns aided by the lack of education and strong judicial systems.”

CASA is looking for member to act in their annual Cultural Show! For this year’s play, they are looking to cast four main roles and a number of smaller parts with less than ten lines. If interested, you can fill out this form and contact Alex or Ray for more information.

Digital Racism?

Excerpt from article “Beware Social Media’s Dark Side, Scholars Warn Companies“:

Lisa Nakamura, a professor of Asian-American studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who studies virtual communities, argued that new forms of racism are emerging amid the bits and bytes of video games.

For instance, in China large numbers of users began earning actual money playing the fantasy role-playing game Lineage II. They did so by playing for many hours and selling their online loot to people in the United States who did not play as long. Many of the Chinese chose the online role of a female dwarf, a character class in the game that can more easily win treasure on solo missions. Rival players began killing off female dwarfs in the game on sight, often adding anti-Chinese slurs in the chat section of the game as they did, said Ms. Nakamura.

“What happened was that female dwarfs become an unplayable race” in the game, she said. “They basically became a racial minority.”

She also noted a study that found what she called “plain old racism” cropping up in online marketplaces like Craigslist. The study found that when people posted listings on the free classifieds site that showed a black hand holding a product, the final selling price was lower than in an ad for the same product held by a white hand.