Posted on February 5, 2010 by Justin Fung
Thanks to my friend Duane, who passed this gem on to me.
According to The Poker Bride, a new book by Christopher Corbett that traces the journey of many of the first Chinese immigrants in the American West, and reviewed by Melanie Kirkpatrick on Wall Street Journal,
Before the transcontinental railroad, a ship could cross the Pacific Ocean faster than the Pony Express could travel from the West to the East Coast. So in 1848 the news of gold in California reached Hong Kong before it reached Boston. Thousands of Chinese risk takers set sail for what they called the Golden Mountain. In the U.S., they were dubbed “Celestials” or “Sojourners” or “Chinamen,” a designation that did not become a slur until later, Mr. Corbett says.
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Posted on February 3, 2010 by Justin Fung
Okay, not me personally–if you’ve read my blog enough, you can probably figure out almost all of my political principles.
Instead, an interesting–certainly interesting to me as an Asian American–new poll is out from Gallup on the political leanings of Asian Americans.
Overall, 41% of Asians identify politically as Democrats, 41% as independents, and 16% as Republicans. As a result, Asians are above the national average in terms of the percentage of political independents (37% nationwide) and Democrats (34%), and below average in terms of the percentage of Republicans (27%).
The percentage of Asians who attend church on a weekly basis also is lower than for other U.S. racial or ethnic groups. A slim majority of Asian-Americans say they seldom or never attend religious services.
Thoughts? Rationales? Conclusions? Critiques? Explanations?
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Posted on January 8, 2010 by Justin Fung
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Posted on January 7, 2010 by Justin Fung
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Posted on November 23, 2009 by Justin Fung
Matt Logue’s book, "Empty Los Angeles."
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