Scarlett, you are not my Major Motoko

October 17, 2014


For the record, I am dying to see a Ghost in the Shell live-action film. I grew up on both the anime films and the manga, and my fandom for this series is only surpassed by Snoopy Jenkins‘, who dragged me on countless scavenger hunts to collect the sequel films and the Stand-Alone Complex series before either were widely available in America.

So, I say this with total sincerity: Scarlett Johansson is not my Major Motoko.

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How both Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart got it really wrong on Asian Americans

October 16, 2014
Why? Why did this happen?

So this happened.

I guess because Bill Maher’s battle of wits (in absentia) with Ben Affleck over Maher’s latent Islamophobia went viral last week and Jon Stewart could be having none of that, Stewart invited on Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly last night ostensibly to promote O’Reilly’s newest book — something-something-General-Patton-no-one-cares — but really with the singular goal of getting Papa Bear to admit the existence of White privilege (video after the jump).

And, if that was Stewart’s goal, he failed utterly at it. Instead, what we were left with was an incoherent 12-minute sputtering contest between an avowed liberal so flabbergasted by conservative obstinance that he was rendered largely speechless, and a Fox News anchor who looked for all the world like he was being held hostage on set.

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Reappropriate: The Podcast – Ep. 9 | TOPIC: Gaming While Girl

October 14, 2014

In this episode of Reappropriate: The Podcast, I am joined by the Ladies of the Roundtable (, @LadiesRdTable) podcast — Carmen (@AskShrivasta), Nikki (@StarCitizenAA) and Pixxy (@MonsterMashP) to talk about feminism and female identity in the gamer and geek community; and, of course, #GamerGate (after the jump is a brief rundown of the latest developments in this hashtag).

You can check out the episode by streaming through YouTube above or downloading or playing the audio only version after the jump at the bottom of the post. For more episodes, you can also subscribe to my YouTube channel or subscribe to this podcast in the iTunes Store.

Next episode: James (@SnoopyJenkins) joins me once again, this time to discuss affirmative action and the now infamous Mismatch Theory used by conservatives to argue against the benefits of race-conscious college admissions policies for underrepresented minority students. We endeavour to answer the question: “Is Mismatch Theory just wrong, or both wrong and racist?” Tune in October 27th at 9pm EST to watch!

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26-year-old nurse Nina Pham confirmed as first case of US-transmitted Ebola

October 13, 2014
26-year-old Nina Pham, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian, is the first US-transmitted case of Ebola. (Photo credit: WFAA)

Last week, Thomas Eric Duncan — a Texas man who contracted Ebola while travelling overseas — died, becoming the first fatality as a result of the virus on US soil. Questions are already being raised about doctors’ handling of Duncan’s case: Duncan first became symptomatic on September 26th when he arrived in the ER of Texas Health Presbyterian with a 103-degree fever, but was inexplicably sent home even after doctors were notified that Duncan had recently returned from Africa. Only upon his second visit to the hospital on September 28th was Duncan diagnosed with Ebola and quarantined for treatment; the circumstances of his treatment significantly enhanced the likelihood of an American outbreak.

In the wake of this failure in proper care, the CDC had placed over 50 people who had come into close contact with Duncan under supervision. Today, the CDC reports that a nurse who worked in critical care at Texas Presbyterian Health has contracted Ebola. Although officials did not identify the nurse, family members have since revealed to media that the nurse is 26-year-old Nina Pham.

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Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai & Indian child rights advocate Kailash Satyarthi awarded joint Nobel Peace Prize

October 13, 2014
Malala Yousafzai (left) and Kailash Satyarthi (right) will jointly receive the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for their work on child rights.

Last week, the Nobel committee announced that this year’s Nobel Peace Prize would be jointly awarded to two powerful activists within the Asian diaspora for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”

17-year-old Pakistani education justice activist Malala Yousafzai skyrocketed to global fame for speaking out against the Taliban for their policies banning education for girls throughout her native Swat Valley, an area in the northwest region of Pakistan; her activism for the right of girls to have access to educational opportunities prompted an assassination attempt in 2012 that nearly claimed her life. Yousafzai (note: I use Yousafzai’s last name because female activists are often infantalized and dismissed by media coverage that selectively uses first names to refer to women where they do not for men) survived a gunshot to the head. Yet, her advocacy was undeterred and she has since become, quite legitimately, the face of female educational justice around the world. With last week’s announcement, Yousafzai becomes the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in history.

Kailash Satyarthi is a child rights advocate who founded Bachpan Bachao Andalan, a non-profit organization that focuses on child labour and human trafficking throughout South Asia. BBA organized the world’s largest campaign against child labour in 1998 in the form of its Global March Against Child Labour, and estimates that through its direct action has rescued over 80,000 children from bondage since the group’s founding in 1980.

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