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Subject:Introduction
Time:05:09 am
Hello everyone. I am joining on behalf of the Asian American Student Organization (AASO) Zine of Kalamazoo College in Michigan. This community seems like an excellent site to further discuss the themes we touch on and is in keeping with our mission statement.

About yourself...


-Username/Nickname (what you'd like us to call you) - aaso

-Website link, if you have one - http://aaso-zine.livejournal.com/profile

-Where were you born? - I am a Korean adoptee who was born in Pusan. Before the beginning of this academic year, we have two filipina americans, one hapa, and bengali american.

-What was your first language? Your second? Third? - English

-What ethnicity do you identify as? (i.e. Latino, Chinese, etc.) - Korean American, AA

About your culture...

-Name your favorite food that comes from your heritage/culture and tell us something about why you like it. - I like steamed mondu and kal bi because they taste really good.

-What's one thing that you do in your culture that is different from American culture? - I grew up in American culture with caucasian parents and family members.

-What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to someone not understanding your ethnicity/culture? (i.e. people asking you where you came from, being weirded out by the food you eat, etc.) - Ha ha. The ones mentioned as well as being singled-out in the classroom and curriculum at school.

-Name one thing your parents don't like/understand about American culture. - n/a

-Name one thing you don't like/understand about your own culture. - Lots. I suppose mostly the laws that allow men to leave Korean women who have put children up for adoption and take any current children if the woman has kept the adoption a secret or done it prior to marriage.

-Have you ever visited the country you/your parents came from?
...if so, tell us something that you thought was different/interesting about it - Not yet. I'm planning to go for a language immersion program next summer.

-Have you travelled to places in the US or other countries where you've felt like a foreigner/outsider?
...if so, tell us something that you thought was different/interesting about it - Yes. At my college and at the 25th Annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival last spring I felt like an outsider with my mother and have an ongoing battle with feeling essentialized notions of race and ethnicity while not believing in essentialism.

And lastly, just for fun...

-Tell us one random odd fact about yourself. - I'm an insomniac. Is that odd?
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Subject:Ursula K. Le Guin and SciFi.
Time:08:10 pm
Who here is a fan of the SF/fantasy writer, Ursula K. Le Guin?

The SciFi channel did an adaptation of Le Guin's "Earthsea" fantasies recently. Many people were very angry about the series' portrayal of nearly all the main characters as white. Ursula Le Guin herself hated the series for many reasons, but above all this "whitewashing." She is strongly influenced by Taoism and Native American spirituality, had mostly brown and black characters, and felt with justification that a white Earthsea could not do justice to her work. She wrote that she's had letters from teens of color saying they couldn't find people like themselves in any YA science fiction but hers. (This may not have been the case for real and may no longer be true, what with authors like Octavia Butler and portayals of people of color in some SF television series, but it's still important.)

I've put up a community to protest this bowdlerization, save_earthsea. Everyone's invited to take a look at it and join in suggested projects for protest and in discussion about the racial issues involved, including to develop new projects friendly to people of color.

Thanks for reading this!
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Subject:You may be Asian if ... (a meme)
Time:11:38 pm
This is an old meme I completed months ago and just remembered it. It is admittedly written predominantly for Asians, but I was surprised at how amazingly true and funny it turned out to be. Stuff that was not part of the meme or just additional comments by me are probably in parentheses, or something.

Anybody wanna do one, or have a similar ethnic heritage meme to do?
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Subject:Vote or Die! :o
Time:09:57 am
I came to the United States when I was 5 years old. English is my second language.

When I was 16, California voted on and passed Proposition 187. At the time I was not only too young to vote, but parents were only legal residents. That meant we didn't have citizenship, and without citizenship, we didn't have the right to vote.

Proposition 187 was one of the most divisive political acts ever inacted in California in my memory. Even Arnold becoming governor was barely a ruffle compared to it. I remember how people would hold protests left and right at my school - even though it was mostly white and mostly conservative.

A quick overview of Proposition 187:

-Illegal immigrants would be denied medical treatment, even emergency care.
-The children of illegal immigrants would be denied school.
-People suspected of being illegal immigrants could be deported without a hearing.

If you want to read more on 187, try this or this.

Everyone was afraid. Even as legal residents, we were afraid that we or others that we knew (legal citizens) would get deported. The proposition sent a message: We don't want your type around here. So quickly, my parents and most of their friends went and tested for their citizenship (and got it - I am a citizen today because of it).

The lesson that I learned was that because we had no vote, others were making decisions for us. We had no voice, because we could not vote. Whenever I find people who were born in this country as free citizens that do not vote, I get a little mad.

Voting is not a right. It is a privilege. You are privileged to live in a society with a history of freedom; in a society that grants you the right to vote as an inalienable right. You should be grateful for the privilege, and exercise it as often as you can.

If voting was a right, then democracy would have been more widespread, not only in the world today, but throughout history. If voting was a right, many of the world's people would not be living under dictatorships and monarchies. But that's another story.

So what's the lesson? I don't care who you vote for; just get out there and do it. It's the smallest amount of studying for the greatest amount results that you can do in your lifetime. And yes, I am cynical and I am bitter because sometimes I don't feel like I can affect anything, not in my work, not in my life, not in the world. But damnit, I vote, because I know what it's like to be totally helpless because I did not have the right to vote.

So please register to vote. And when the day comes, make your voice count. Even if it's a tiny voice, it's one nonetheless.

Here are some resources I found for voter registration. Michael Moore's site actually has the most comprehensive voter info, but if you're principlely opposed to him, try the other links or google for 'voter registration deadline yourstatename':

Links listed by comprehensiveness.

http://www.michaelmoore.com/takeaction/vote/register.php

http://www.rockthevote.com/rtv_primaries.php

http://usgovinfo.about.com/blvrdeadline.htm

P.S. Some states allow you to register at the polls. Make sure that if you want to do that, that you have all your paperwork in hand. Go to their websites and find out exactly what you need so you won't get turned away empty-handed.
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Subject:Just because
Time:05:22 pm
A certain moderator of this community suggested I wander over and clutter it with my presence.

About yourself...

-Username/Nickname (what you'd like us to call you)
Rosas will do. Or, "Da," pronounced like, "duh!" Nah, just kidding. Call me "Rosas."

-Website link, if you have one. N/A

-Where were you born? (i.e. in the US or in another country)
New York

-What was your first language? Your second? Third?
Technically Chinese, but my primary language is English (technically my second). I'm trying to learn Chinese now as an adult student. My third language: German, which I took for a couple of months in school, but I can only count in German and recognize only isolated objects. Fourth, Spanish, from junior high and up. I only have a functional grasp of English, though.

-What ethnicity do you identify as? (i.e. Latino, Chinese, etc.)
Ethnicity is not nationality, nor citizenry. Ethnically I'm Chinese. My nationality is American.

About your culture...

-Name your favorite food that comes from your heritage/culture and tell us something about why you like it.

Honey, I have too many foods! I don't have a single favorite, it's all depends on opportunity and mood. For a very bland favorite, though, I happen to like my mother's boiled chicken with rice, just ginger and scallions plus soy sauce and oil. This is *not* typical of what I usually go for, it's just a comfort food.

-What's one thing that you do in your culture that is different from American culture?
Other than speaking (different language, naturally), I'd say the act of eating, which often employs chopsticks; cutting utensils at the table (like a knife) is not common, traditionally. This is a tough question, there is considerable distinctiveness in so many areas.

-What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to someone not understanding your ethnicity/culture? (i.e. people asking you where you came from, being weirded out by the food you eat, etc.)
Beyond the obvious already started in the parentheses, I'd say disdain shown for different cultural attitudes.

-Name one thing your parents don't like/understand about American culture.
Boldness and rudeness.

-Name one thing you don't like/understand about your own culture.
Intolerance of diversity and independent thinking.

-Have you ever visited the country you/your parents came from?
...if so, tell us something that you thought was different/interesting about it.

Never visited overseas. The closest exposure I've had is visiting Chinatown or the homes of some of our other relatives, or their friends. The interesting thing is how people seem to "click" into a certain vibe or mindset; I realize even I do it without realizing it. I can't verbalize it.

-Have you travelled to places in the US or other countries where you've felt like a foreigner/outsider?
...if so, tell us something that you thought was different/interesting about it.
Everytime I go outside of my apartment. Sheesh, more seriously, anytime I live a familiar neighborhood, or work environment. I've rarely left New York so whenever I've actually left, I always feel like a tourist, or foreigner.

And lastly, just for fun...

-Tell us one random odd fact about yourself.


My belly button is an innie. Does that count? XD
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Subject:Hello
Time:02:04 pm
Hmm, this community's been quiet.

About yourself...

-Username/Nickname (what you'd like us to call you)
Ann

-Website link, if you have one.
http://www.mystery-boards.com

-Where were you born? (i.e. in the US or in another country)
USA (NYC)

-What was your first language? Your second? Third?
English

-What ethnicity do you identify as? (i.e. Latino, Chinese, etc.)
American, but only because I don't believe in hyphenation. I'm more accurately an American of British heritage. My parents came to the US when my mother was pregnant with me. They've never gone back (except to visit), so my brother I were raised here.

About your culture...

-Name your favorite food that comes from your heritage/culture and tell us something about why you like it.

Bangers (pork sausages)--they're just good. Oh, and Smarties. You know, only in the US are Smarties those little tangy, powdery things. Everywhere else (such as in the UK), they're sugar-coated chocolate, similar to M&Ms. I much prefer them to M&Ms.

-What's one thing that you do in your culture that is different from American culture?

Tea? Dunno. We're not way different.

-What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to someone not understanding your ethnicity/culture? (i.e. people asking you where you came from, being weirded out by the food you eat, etc.)

People thinking a) it rains all the time in the UK, and b) the food sucks. As for A, well, you can't praise the beautiful gardens and then complain about the weather. And the food? Well, the options there are awful--no Mexican food. But I like British food.

-Name one thing your parents don't like/understand about American culture.

Hmm, the prudishness of television, maybe the nazi-esque smoking laws (and they don't even smoke or like it).

-Name one thing you don't like/understand about your own culture.

Lack of Mexican food.

-Have you ever visited the country you/your parents came from?
...if so, tell us something that you thought was different/interesting about it.

Heck yeah. We went every other year until I was 15. Then I didn't go for 13 years. Went for 2 weeks just recently. It rocks my socks. As for interesting or different... it just rocks my socks is all I can say. I love London's underground. We actually had good weather. I love the plants, the weeds, the rocks, every square inch of everything. I'd really like to move there one day, seriously. I've been thinking about it.

-Have you travelled to places in the US or other countries where you've felt like a foreigner/outsider?
...if so, tell us something that you thought was different/interesting about it.

Other than the US and UK, I've been to Ireland, France, and Mexico. I guess I felt foreign in France and Mexico. I hated France. Ireland was full of drunks. :-D Mexico's fine, but border towns suck except to get cheap stuff.

And lastly, just for fun...

-Tell us one random odd fact about yourself.

You don't want to go there, trust me. :-)


Please feel free to suggest additions to the interests list, or begin discussions. Thanks!
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Subject:Questionnaire
Time:04:09 pm
About yourself...

-Username/Nickname: coinspinner

-Website link: None

-Where were you born? US

-What was your first language? Your second? Third? English. English. English. Greek was used as a secret language by my parents so they could say things behind my back in front of my face.

-What ethnicity do you identify as? Greek.

About your culture...

-Name your favorite food that comes from your heritage/culture and tell us something about why you like it. Avgolemono Soup (Egg-Lemon Soup)...well it has lemon, duh...why wouldn't you like it?

-What's one thing that you do in your culture that is different from American culture? eag thinks that I should mention the time when I came home from school and opened up the freezer to see a lamb's head staring back at me. Very disturbing when you aren't expecting it.

-What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to someone not understanding your ethnicity/culture? People trying to pronounce my last name.

-Name one thing your parents don't like/understand about American culture. They're second generation so they're pretty good about this, but my grandparents don't seem to realize that many words for different races sound pretty much exactly the same as they do in English.

-Name one thing you don't like/understand about your own culture. Most women are dirty gossips and most men are conceited bastards.

-Have you ever visited the country you/your parents came from?
Yes. When I was 8 we went to Greece in August and it was 120degrees and people were passing out from the heat. Athens is dirty and polluted. The islands and the ruins are beautiful though.

-Have you travelled to places in the US or other countries where you've felt like a foreigner/outsider? Italy. Eveyone was rude and snotty.

And lastly, just for fun...

-Tell us one random odd fact about yourself. I like pie.
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Subject:*pokes head out from under rock, waves*
Time:10:30 pm
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Cut to save some space, since I ramble. A lot. ;)Collapse )
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Subject:Welcome to Generation American
Time:11:21 am
Hi everyone. Finally trying to get the show on the road - so please start a new post, fill out this meme, and introduce yourself.

About yourself...

-Username/Nickname (what you'd like us to call you)

-Website link, if you have one.

-Where were you born? (i.e. in the US or in another country)

-What was your first language? Your second? Third?

-What ethnicity do you identify as? (i.e. Latino, Chinese, etc.)

About your culture...

-Name your favorite food that comes from your heritage/culture and tell us something about why you like it.

-What's one thing that you do in your culture that is different from American culture?

-What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to someone not understanding your ethnicity/culture? (i.e. people asking you where you came from, being weirded out by the food you eat, etc.)

-Name one thing your parents don't like/understand about American culture.

-Name one thing you don't like/understand about your own culture.

-Have you ever visited the country you/your parents came from?
...if so, tell us something that you thought was different/interesting about it.

-Have you travelled to places in the US or other countries where you've felt like a foreigner/outsider?
...if so, tell us something that you thought was different/interesting about it.

And lastly, just for fun...

-Tell us one random odd fact about yourself.


Please feel free to suggest additions to the interests list, or begin discussions. Thanks!
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