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.

Asian Acapella Mashup

Hear our very own Paul Han CC’14, Gene Kim CC’14, Sarah Kang BK’14, Brandon Wang JE’14, with John Gonzalez ES’14 on accompaniment as they do a mashup of “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry and “Hey Soul Sister” by Train.

And … we’re back! Bulldog Buzz

With a quick response to the crisis in Japan, the Japanese American Students Union (JASU) held “Hope for Japan” on Mar. 24 to raise money for disaster relief efforts. The event featured student performance groups, raffles for gift certificates from local businesses, all-you-can-eat food from New Haven restaurants, and even origami. The packed Berkeley dining hall certainly showed strong support from the New Haven and Yale community for Japan in light of the crisis.

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music will also hold a benefit concert on Sat., Mar. 26 featuring the Bach Collegium Japan performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s “B-Minor Mass.” The concert, conducted by the founder of the Collegium, Masaaki Suzuki, will take place at 8 p.m. at Woolsey Hall. Tickets are $15, $8 for students and can be ordered by calling 203-432-4158 or online at the Yale School of Music website; tickets will also be sold the night of the performance.

Two individuals, 29-year-old Fitzroy Ford and 20-year-old Antonio Streater, were wounded by gunfire at Toad’s on Wednesday night. According to police, a group of people jumped onto the stage during a performance by the rap group C.M.S., ensuing a fight. According to the YDN, several Yalies expressed avoiding Toad’s in light of the incident.

The response videos just keep coming for Alexandra Wallace’s infamous Youtube video, Asians in the Library. The third-year UCLA student has already withdrawn from the school after receiving death threats for her online rant about Asians talking too loudly on cell phones in the library, among other bigoted complaints. However, the video has inspired some creative juices, including Jimmy Wong’s “Ching Chong! Asians in the Library Song”.

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.

Blog Contest Winner–Bad Romance

Congratulations to anonymous submitter Aaron X! Here’s an excerpt from her blog, Vanity

I’ve been having a terrible week.
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Let’s just say I made my IMTHESHIT playlist.
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It’s been playing on repeat.

Blog Contest Runner-up: The Future of China

Congratulations to Tony Wu, TC ’13, for his submission!

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

The year 2010 saw China surpassing Japan and becoming the world’s second largest economy by nominal GDP – merely one spot away from what most Chinese feel is their country’s inevitable position as the leading global superpower. As the son of two Beijingers, I am proud of how far the nation of my heritage has come since the beginning of Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms in 1978, but China’s growth is fractured.

Annual growth rates have averaged 9% for the last decade, and yet China’s GDP per capita hovers below $4,000, lower than that of Botswana, South Africa, and even Algeria. Corruption spans 15% of the entire economy and the wealthy elite exploit privatization to further perpetuate and widen the socioeconomic gap. Economic liberalization has hardly occurred – the state still has absolute power to censor, prosecute, and kill on a whim. All of these problems thrive behind the mask of China’s status as the poster child of globalization.

TIME TO STOP BARKING

There’s no doubt that China wants to assume the helm of world leader. It craves unrivaled global recognition and power that once defined (and perhaps still does) the United States at the dawn of the postmodern age.

China today has the money and might to accomplish great things, but while Chinese leaders complain about the West’s antagonism toward their country’s questionable development, their own behavior, in the words of the The Economist, has “done too little to reassure the outside world that China’s rise is something to be celebrated everywhere.”

For a country with as much to fix as it has gained, China retains a century-old nationalistically defensive attitude against international opinion and desperately needs a lesson in utilizing the soft power that has secured the longevity of the Western World. China is militant in its suppression of domestic transgressions (take Tibet) and hypocritical in its desire for tolerance from the global community – the PRC is openly critical of Western political and cultural standards without being able to stomach reciprocal commentary. The country as a whole seems just as ready to war with the world as it tries to garner respect.

In 2010, China may have become the second richest country on paper, but as an international leader it remains far from exemplary.

“Ground Zero Mosque” Imam talks tolerance

Guest Contributor Sam Greenberg, SY ’13

Imam Feisal Rauf, founder and chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, will give a talk on religious tolerance and interfaith cooperation at Yale on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Sheffield-Sterling Strathcona Hall, 1 Prospect Street. The discussion, organized by Jews and Muslims at Yale, will be moderated by Rabbi James Ponet, head of the Slifka Center for Jewish Life. It is free and open to the public.

Imam Rauf has received national and international attention for his efforts to increase understanding and acceptance between Americans and the modern Muslim world, which is the stated goal of the Cordoba Initiative. Among his projects is the Cordoba House near the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, the controversial proposal to build an Islamic Community Center to serve New York’s Muslim population. Imam Rauf also founded the American Society for Muslim Advancement, a nonprofit that works to build understanding between the general public and the Muslim community through dialogues in faith, identity, culture and arts.

The Imam’s talk will emphasize how moderate-minded Americans of all faiths and backgrounds can join together to promote peace and work against the forces of extremism. The undergraduate organization Jews and Muslims at Yale strives to create understanding and dialogue between Jews and Muslims in the Yale community on religious and political issues. The group seeks to foster strong ties and lasting friendships among its members that can help break down barriers and create new perspectives on present conflicts.

The event is generously co-sponsored by the Intercultural Affairs Council of Yale College, the Slifka Center for Jewish Life, the Yale Divinity School, and the Chaplain’s Office.

For more information on the Imam and the “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy, check out some articles on the topic here.

Interview with Phil Yu, Angry Asian Man

Phil Yu, founder of the blog Angry Asian Man, came to speak at the Korean American Students Conference (KASCON) at Yale. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the blog draws tens of thousands of readers a day, covering everything Asian American from the recent outcry against UCLA student Alexandria Wallace to a quirky website featuring Asian perms. After attending his workshop packed with students eager to see the face behind Angry Asian Man, I got to chat with Mr. Yu about what gets him so angry.

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Interview with Korean American artist Clara Chung

Yale recently hosted Korean American singer Clara Chung at Transmission, an Asian American arts festival, on Feb. 27. Clara first rose to fame through her YouTube videos and has won numerous competitions, including Kollaboration, ISA 09: Los Angeles, and the KAC Media Creative Juice Night. Paul Han CC’14 and Brandon Wang JE ’14, writers for KASY’s publication, the Pulse, had a quick interview with Chung after the performance.