Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Systemic Racism and the Grading of AP Exams


[image from The Baylor Notes]
by Sharon H Chang
for Racism Review ~ www.racismreview.com
July 1, 2014

Just weeks ago in Salt Lake City the national grading/reading of the Advanced Placement World History Exam became something of a playground for deeply rooted anti-Asian racism thinly veiled as “light-hearted” humor. Did you hear about this? Bet you didn’t. Because barely anybody did. A brave handful of graders who were there protested, but MANY more (graders and non-graders) pushed back with abusive online bullying and what's-the-big-deal-this-isn't-even-racist rhetoric. So far it appears only Angry Asian Man and Hyphen Magazine picked up the story. No major networks found it interesting. ETS and the College Board eventually issued a half apology. And then, silence. Crickets chirp. The nation waves away yet another heinous incident of Asian oppression as irritating ambient noise while presumably the glowing promise of a "model minority symphony" continues to ring loud, clear, and deafeningly across the land...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Say Hapa, With Care


Caroline Haskins Gurrey’s portraits of Hawaiians, 1905-1909 [image source]

by Sharon H Chang
for AAPI Voices ~ www.aapivoices.com
June 18, 2014

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What does Hapa mean?  One way to know is to look at the ways in which the word is used.
It’s a “Hawaiian word for ‘mixed-race’,” says Hapa Kitchen Supper Club, “coined to refer to people of East Asian and Caucasian backgrounds.” Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar calls it “a harmonious blend of Asian and American.” It’s a “slang term,” proclaims The Natural Hapa: Bamboo Bundles and Hapa Time: Style Inspiration chirps it’s “just one of the coolest words ever.” There’s Hapa Yoga, Hapa Ramen, Hapa Grill, Hapa Cupcakes, Hinode sells a “Hapa Blend” of brown and white rices and Hapa Culture sells…erasers?

Let’s talk about this word, Hapa.