Sunday, November 20, 2005
the "new white flight"
The Wallstreet Journal recently featured an interesting article about the so-called "new white flight". Historically, the term "white flight" was used to describe the migration of white people in the '50s, '60s, and '70s to the suburbs in reaction to increasing numbers of Blacks and other minorities... but now the "new white flight" (happening in the city of Cupertino, CA) is reaction to something else: academic competition with Asian American students.
Funny how kids of color are always expected to "deal with" being minorities in an American culture dominated by white people, but when it comes to role-reversal, even in a non-hostile environment, some white people can't hang.
The article also touches on several other issues - stereotypes of Asian kids as overachieving students; the lack of well-rounded educational curriculums in a increasingly test-happy society; and the blaming of immigrants for pressuring their kids to focus exclusively on academics. The article is being discussing in a thread both on the Fighting 44s site and IIStix.
Thanks to AngryAsianMan for the link.
Racist Comics Fuel Nationalism in Japan
For those interested in Japanese culture and politics with Korea and China, the NY Times recently ran this article, which discusses the spread and popularity of nationalistic comics which depict the Chinese people as depraved cannibals, and Korea owing a debt to all Japanese for being built into modern country. And you thought American had a monopoly on crazy right-wingers.
There's a discussion about this right here.
to my best friend
Happy Birthday! Congrats, man... you're 27.
i sent info about the santa letters to your gmail. please let me know if you're still interested in doing it (with your mailing address) so i can mail your batch out tomorrow =)
It's weird reading about people's comments and what not about the high school (Monta Vista) I graduated from =P.Post a Comment
I tend to agree with many of the points made in the article...even if most of them are generalizations...and it wasn't very descriptive =( ... doesn't really portray what Monta Vista is really like (or was ... since I graduated). It was interesting watching the community change over time as I went through junior high and high school.