Jeff Truesdell of People moderated a panel featuring Billy Manes with Watermark, Erik Sandoval with CBS Orlando, Emilie Arnold from the Orange County Regional History Center, and Meredith Talusan.
Talusan, who was covering the shooting for BuzzFeed, points out that there were many articles written by white gay men covered the news in a way that framed Pulse as a sanctuary for the LGBTQ community.
The coverage of the events was immediate for many news outlets, but Talusan was wanted to look at the story from a different angle. She points out how there was a lack of featured coverage of the tragedy by minority voices.
“For me, there was a gap between people directly experiencing an event and those experiencing it metaphorically,” says Talusan.
Her gripping piece, “This Is How Queer People In Orlando Are Mourning After The Pulse Shooting” provided a different point of view of what the public was seeing from major news outlets. The piece gave a candid and intimate look at the memorial for Edward Sotomayor Jr., one of the victims of the shooting.
The article not only takes a deeper dive into the tragedy, but unpacks the news with a perspective that was underrepresented in the mainstream media.
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Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Indonesians in workplaces, schools, and social opportunities is pervasive and will limit their ability to fully contribute to the Indonesian economy. A new study shows that the cost of discrimination to the Indonesian economy could range from nearly 900 million to 12 billion US dollars.
In LGBT Exclusion in Indonesia and Its Economic Effects, researchers M.V. Lee Badgett, Amira Hasenbush, and Winston Ekaprasetia Luhur examine the evidence that discrimination occurs against LGBT people, and the study shows how that treatment can hold back economic growth in Indonesia.
Key findings from the report include:
M.V. Lee Badgett, an economist who has conducted similar studies in other parts of the world, notes, “To reach their full economic potential, LGBT people need to develop their human capital, or their abilities, skills, and knowledge. This report shows that LGBT Indonesians are often held back from reaching that point, which prevents them from contributing fully to the economy.”
Badgett compares the Indonesian economy to that of India where similar research has been completed. “The data in Indonesia is somewhat limited,” Badgett said. “If we draw on research from India, we would estimate that the loss resulting from LGBT exclusion in Indonesia would be from 0.1 percent to 1.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), or $862 million to $12 billion.” The report shows that public attitudes in Indonesia are far less accepting of homosexuality than attitudes in India, so this estimate of Indonesia’s estimated financial loss is considered conservative.
The findings of LGBT Exclusion in Indonesia and Its Economic Effects rely on an extensive review of peer-reviewed literature as well as documentation from governments, intergovernmental organizations, and non-government organizations.
The Williams Institute, a think tank on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy, is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research with real-world relevance.
In a recent episode of Fresh Off The Boat, Evan goes over to a white friend’s home for a family lunch, and is shocked to learn that the real use of a dishwasher is not to be used as a drying rack, but to actually wash dishes!
When I posted this video clip on Facebook, this really resonated with a lot of my Asian American friends – since most of us could relate – some of the comments I received:
While growing up, our family never used the dishwasher – it was considered wasteful. Additionally, as Jessica in Fresh Off the Boat, I think considered being lazy using a machine to wash dishes. But what is really more efficient – a dishwasher or hand washing dishes? According to this analysis:
“These numbers indicate that it’s possible to be more efficient when hand-washing, but it’s pretty tough. Can you successfully wash and rinse a soiled dinner plate in just over a cup of water? If you can keep the water use low, equal to an efficient machine, you’ll require less energy, but doing an entire load of dishes in 4 gallons of water is roughly equivalent to doing them all in the same amount of water you use in 96 seconds of showering (using a showerhead that emits 2.5 gallons per minute).
So, as long as you don’t often run your dishwasher when it’s only half full of dirty dishes, or unless you are very miserly with your water use (or have an old, inefficient dishwasher), the automatic dishwasher is likely to be more efficient. That is to say, it’s possible to use less water and energy by hand washing your dishes, but it’s not easy. Of course, if you do it just right, it might just be a wash.”
As an adult, I definitely use the dishwasher whenever I can – usually saving up enough dishes for the dishwasher to be full. It’s just easier and saves time.
Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 21: “Clark’s Big Surprise”
Original airdate March 24, 2017.
He’s a smooth operator
Clark and Connor have invited all their friends to their vegan barbecue, intending to surprise everyone with a surprise wedding. Somehow finding something better to do than go to a vegan barbecue, all the Welltopia people (plus the rest of the Park family) have other plans. But then Ken finds out what’s going on, and in convincing Damona, and Pat to change their plans, he gives them the impression that the event is really a renewal of vows by Ken and Allison. Of course, Damona then lets the renewal thing slip so Allison will change her family’s plans, and now Allison is super excited.
I’m going to put it right up front that I really, really dislike sitcom wedding episodes. In fact, I’m not big on weddings IRL either lately. It hasn’t always been this way. There was a time when weddings always made me cry, but that was half my life ago, and I’ve seen too many things I can’t unsee. I guard against cynicism (which I hate) by keeping wedding things at armslength, and by not getting caught up in other people’s romances, no matter how romantic I think they are. This definitely affects my ability to review this episode well.
I groaned. Multiple times at just far too much syrupiness. There’s just a lot. Of cuteness. Bleah.
But then I watched the episode four times (my minimum before writing a review is three), and while I didn’t groan fewer times with subsequent viewings, I found more things to appreciate.
Jonathan Slavin’s acting is excellent, as it has been all season.
The structure of this episode is really strong. Ken finds himself the center of things by circumstance, not by forcing himself into the middle. At least three times. Because of this show’s consistent and pretty-good character development over two seasons, it’s one of the truest plot elements here. And I’m not yet tired of saying that Ken Jeong’s best acting emerges when the other characters are the stars.
Damona’s and Pat’s profession of love at the end of the episode is blessedly understated and underplayed. Nicely done.
“Growing up as a gay kid, I never thought this moment would be possible. And here we are.”
This episode could really have done without the guest appearance by Train. And I like Train. But then it still has its moments. And I hate wedding episodes. So, you know. All things considered, it could have been a lot worse. I’m giving it a half-point bump to compensate for my unreasonable biases. 3 ice cream dishes in the sink out of 5.
The Brooklyn Nets recently launched a Chinese language version of their website – http://www.nba.com/nets/cn – which is not a big surprise given that the NBA’s only Taiwanese American player, Jeremy Lin, plays for the Nets, as reported recently:
“The site appears to mirror the Nets English language web offerings. Also, it’s expected to include features and a community calendar directed at the 200,000 Chinese and Chinese-Americans in Brooklyn —and 850,000 in the New York metropolitan area. The Nets’ HSS Training Center is located across the BQE from Sunset Park, which is becoming Brooklyn’s Chinatown.
The Nets hired a digital content producer early in the season to oversee both the website and its Weibo account, a social media site that combines aspects of Facebook and Twitter.
With Jeremy Lin returning from injury, the site is likely to get a lot of traffic.
This is the second time the Nets have had a Chinese language website. When Yi Jianlian was with the Nets, the team set one up. Once Yi was traded, the site came down.”
To be honest, it’s surprising that the site just launched. The site should have been localized ideally at the beginning of the season …
I don’t know how good Lin’s Chinese reading and writing is, but I bet it’s better than mine …
Min Jin Lee’s second novel Pachinko follows several generations of a Korean family living under Japanese colonialism. In the 1930s in a small town in colonial Korea, a young woman named Sunja is abandoned by her wealthy lover, but saved by a young minister who marries her and takes her to Japan. If there can be said to be a central character it is Sunja, though Lee weaves such an intricate tale as to make it hard to pick from the many family members–her two sons, Noa and Mozasu, her sister-in-law Kyunghee, her grandson, Solomon (the opening pages begin briefly with Sunja’s grandparents, to give you a sense of scope).
The book comes in at a weighty 485 pages, but I found myself compelled to enter further and further. Delicately drawing out a story about love, loss, identity, and otherness, Lee draws a picture of the travails of being other in a colonial nation, the limitations and possibilities. As their fortunes rise and fall, rise and fall, we seamlessly move through time, exploring a breadth of human nature and resilience.
So while not a page-turner of the traditional sort, it is nonetheless enthralling, elegantly revealing layer after layer of possibilities with enormous empathy for this family. And Lee provides a window into a little-discussed population–the Koreans living in Japan in the twentieth-century–that is at once unfamiliar and familiar (see also, this recent New York Times opinion piece on the value of books). Pachinko is well-worth the journey.
Much has been made about Asian American success, with articles pointing to average and median Asian American income being greater than whites, Asian cultural advantages, and incorrect exaggerations about the percentage of Asian American CEOs in Silicon Valley. Much less is made of that fact that Asian Americans have a wider (and widening) gap between rich and poor than whites. I am came across three stories that when taken together strongly reflect the gap that exists between Asian American rich and poor. The first is the piece above on Asian American day laborers in New York. The second covers a guest lecture by the author of a book called “The Other One Percent: Indians in America” that discusses how Indian Americans are a population unlike any including those in in India, produced by a self-selection process largely responsible for Indian American success. The third is about the flooding in San Jose that financially devastated many Vietnamese Americans living in the heart of a very wealthy Silicon Valley.
For those who may not be familiar with what a day laborer is, day laborers are workers who gather in areas looking for work for the day. Employers drive by and work out jobs just for the day. I often see day laborers near the Home Depot I drive by going to work. The ones I see here in Silicon Valley are Hispanic, and I have never seen an Asian American day laborer there. I was surprised to hear about Asian American day laborers in New York, but then again, after writing about Asian Americans riding a bus for hours a day to make their rent, I really should not have been.
There are a number of very prominent Indian American CEOs such as Indra Nooyi of Pepsi, Sundar Pichai of Alphabet (Google’s holding company), and Satya Nadella of Microsoft. Devesh Kapur, an author of The Other One Percent: Indians in America, talked about the self-selection process that made this possible in a lecture at Columbia University. He argued the Indian Americans never went through “the ghetto phase” as other did Asian immigrant groups, as many went through a selection process of being trained professionals, fluent in English, and leaving voluntarily. While that is true for many Indian immigrants, it’s worth mentioning that the early 20th century saw a wave of Indian immigrants that worked in farming or on the railroads that formed communities in the agricultural Yuba City or the Mexican-Punjabi ones mentioned here. Still, despite that history and the fact that there are many Indian immigrants working not so lucrative jobs running newsstands and taxi drivers, there are enough prosperous Indian Americans to move aggregate statistics and the perception of wealth to make them targets of crime.
I was one the East Coast when the flooding in San Jose in February occurred. Looking at a map of the flooded areas, it struck me that the water was really close to the Little Saigon area. As this story points out, many in the local Vietnamese community were badly impacted, especially since there was no warning that Coyote Creek was rising dangerously. Of the 400 families that were still displaced as of March 7, 80% were Vietnamese. Billionaire Kieu Hoang saw the flooding and donated $5 million to flood relief. “This is the time you have to payback,” he is quoted as saying.
We have written about the subject of impoverished Asian subgroups, and others have analyzed the data on Asian American incomes. Aggregate statistics like median and average, when applied to incomes, can hide income disparity. The last two stories, taken together, hit home for me as a San Jose resident in illustrating a massive income divide. The displaced Vietnamese families are going to have a challenging time finding affordable housing in Silicon Valley, where wealthy Asian Americans, many from India, own some of the most expensive real estate in the United States. It’s telling that Asian American billionaire made a massive donation for relief. I don’t know whether the income gap between rich and poor Asian Americans will continue to widen, but these stories show that there are rich Asians Americans and poor Asian Americans, and that the gulf between is very wide.
Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 20: “Ken and the CEO”
Original airdate March 17, 2017.
I told the truth and it saved one girl’s life
The Welltopia CEO is in town to deliver his state of the company address, and to receive a physical examination from Ken. Pat has applied for a promotion and asks Ken to put in a good word, but Ken learns that Pat’s probably going to be fired because of a recent dip in numbers.
Pat and Damona are keeping their rekindled relationship a secret. Clark suspects something’s up and tries to drag Allison into his investigation.
Jae tells Molly he’s a finalist for an art fellowship in Rhode Island, which would mean leaving in a couple of weeks and canceling the plans they’ve made for the summer.
And then a blind man screamed
I really don’t like Jae. I don’t even like having to deal with him in what looks like it could be a goodbye episode for him. Molly needs to get away from him. And when D. K. tells her that you can’t control what happens in life but you can control how you respond to it, Molly acts like she’s never heard this in her life despite being an exceptionally resilient young woman. This results in a sudden resolution to her story absent any real emotional payoff, which isn’t fair because Krista Marie Yu really does the emotion stuff well up to this point in the episode.
Rhys Darby plays the CEO and he’s okay, but he sounds and looks too much like Pat. It’s a weird invasion of the set by an actor who doesn’t fit in. The writers also made him far too big a part of this episode. He’s really a poorly imagined character.
One sister saw me go under the knife
On the other hand, because the CEO scenes are dominated by Darby, Ken is relegated to a second banana role, and Ken Jeong just about always nails that. He’s really the best part of this episode.
Molly is adorable in this, and D. K. is actually decent too.
The blocking is especially nicely done this week. I really like the way the opening scene moves, with Ken talking about fliriting his way out of a traffic ticket. Later, Clark tells Allison she’s “off the case,” and exits. Allison follows, exiting stage right just as the CEO enters stage left. It feels like a stage play.
The resolution is formulaic, but I appreciate the way Pat’s friends come to his defense with evidence from past episodes of the show. It’s good cred and it gives me some faith for the future of this show, if it gets picked up for season three.
I’m glad it was a dream.
The acting’s good. The writing’s so-so. Damona is sweet. Ken is funny. Clark is Clark. 3 and a half chicken wings out of 5.
As I had blogged back in January 2016, Din Tai Fung had announced that they were opening a FOURTH restaurant in the Greater Seattle region – even before opening the first in the Bay Area – which did eventually happen (back in May 2016).
Well, the third Seattle Din Tai Fung is now open:
“The waiting is over — except for in the giant lines about to form at Pacific Place for the latest local outlet of massively beloved dumpling chain Din Tai Fung. The ribbon will be cut at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, March 9, and whoever gets in the queue earliest will get D.T.F.’s first downtown Seattle xiao long bao — the famous soup dumplings — when the doors open at 11 a.m.
Pacific Place opens at 10 a.m. — meaning there will probably be lines to get into the mall to line up for Din Tai Fung.”
Personally, I have only been to the Bellevue one in the Greater Seattle area. Here’s a list of all three current locations in the Seattle area. The fourth Din Tai Fung Southcenter restaurant was slated for January 2017, but like it seems with all of its locations, Din Tai Fung is behind schedule.
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 3, Episode 17: “The Flush”
Original airdate March 15, 2017.
Microsynopsis: Jessica takes Honey, Emery, and Evan on a road trip to Georgia in order to save the handling charge on a new recliner for Grandma. At first it seems everyone is having a great time, but the boys are secretly catering to their mother in order to keep her from becoming a Road Grump.
Louis, learning only now that Eddie has kissed Alison, decides he hasn’t been spending enough time with his eldest, so he takes the opportunity to plan a Guys’ Weekend. Eddie invites his friends when he learns that their weekend plans sound awful, and Trent brings a bottle of beer he bought from his sister. Eddie take the first sip and, to his horror, learns about the Asian Flush.
Good: If the Asian Flush has ever been mentioned on a prime time fictional program, I haven’t heard about it. I love that in the show’s fifty-fourth episode, it’s still introducing new Asian-ness to prime time television. I’m only noticing now that the boys in Eddie’s crew are developing a few decent acting skills. Trevor Larcom (Trent) was already the best of them, but the others aren’t far behind. The flashback scene (with Sheng Wang, Ali Wong, Jeremy Lin, and Ming-Na Wen) is cute. Also: Hellllloooooo Ming-Na Wen.
Bad: The road trip story is ridiculous, uninteresting, and kind of tired. While it’s consistent with Jessica’s character (not to mention Evan’s and Emery’s), it really doesn’t develop any of the characters further than we were with them a year ago. It feels like we’ve seen variations on this story at least five times.
FOB moment: When Jessica enters the final stage of Road Grumpiness, she speaks only in Mandarin.
Soundtrack flashback: “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory (1990, sung terribly with the wrong words by Louis). “Ice Cream” by Sarah McLachlan (1993).
Final grade, this episode: Huge props for introducing a new (funny!) topic to TV, but cut the Jessica story down, and there could have been some funny moments with Eddie and his friends when the flush first breaks out. Huge missed opportunity, especially since the road trip bit is draggy as heck.
The Golden Girls TV Guide is from January 31, 1987. Has Brian been carrying that thing around since he was three? B-minus.
Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 19: “Ken’s Professor”
Original airdate March 10, 2017.
Operator, Well Could You Help Me Place This Call?
Ken’s attending physician from his residency, who was always really tough on Ken, comes in for an examination and picks up right where he left off all those years ago. Damona and Pat address last episode’s impulsive kiss, and agree they should take things slowly–non-physically–and see if there’s potential for renewing their romantic relationship. Allison has a new assistant who can’t stop talking. Dave gets a D on a Moby-Dick paper and is forced by Allison to rewrite it even though Dave’s pretty sure the teacher has it in for him.
I Can’t Read the Number that You Just Gave Me
The main story is a good idea, and it could have worked really well. A lot of us, no matter where we are in our careers, can be intimidated by a former mentor, and it can cause regression to our much younger, much greener personae. Ken’s childlike anxieties and youthful exuberance set him up nicely for this, but the directing decision to have the mentor be this much of a hardass is misguided. This doctor is exaggerated beyond believability.
Imagine how much funnier–and more challenging for the actors–this might have been if it were a combination of some amount of sternness by the patient and some amount of imagined persecution by Ken. Especially since in real life, if the patient’s speech at the end of the episode is to be believed, the doctor-as-patient would most likely have had no reason to be abusive in this situation. Throw in a little bit of unadmitted nervousness by the patient, and there could have been some nice emotional payoff at the end, with both men, professional equals, shaking hands at the end without the summative “and-here’s-what-we-all-learned-this-week” dialogue.
Smaller gripe: We never get resolution on the Dave story, which doesn’t really matter because it feels like a throw-in anyway.
She’s Living in L.A. with My Best Old Ex-Friend Ray
The Pat-Damona interactions are slightly dumb, but there’s good stuff beneath them, and it’s interesting that they’re only now having conversations about whether or not they have the stuff for a real relationship. It always was a weird, passionate, sex-first attraction, so the tension works, and I like the where-is-this-going conversation in the supply closet. And thank goodness Damona is probably dumping Eric, because I never liked that relationship.
It doesn’t please me to say the show is much better without D. K. It’s true, though. Even though it leaves Dave and Molly on the fringes of most episodes, the young actors handle it well and the show is a lot more enjoyable. That’s two or three straight episodes without him and it’s a noticeable improvement.
Allison’s assistant is played by Sarah Baker, whom I adore. She was in that great “So Did the Fat Lady” episode of Louie, and she played Gator Carol in that Fresh Off the Boat episode where the Huangs go to the franchisee convention in the Season 2 premiere.
A Guy She Said She Knew Well but Sometimes Hated
Funny. Not funny. Interesting. Boring. Cartoony. Thoughtful. You know where this is going. 2.5 trips to the supply closet out of 5.
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 3, Episode 16: “Gabby Goose”
Original airdate March 7, 2017.
Microsynopsis: Jessica and Louis have Honey and Marvin over for game night, but the games end abruptly when Jessica can’t handle being Louis’s partner for Charades. With advice from Honey, Louis confronts Jessica about her being such a terrible loser. Jessica is upset, not because of the criticism, but because Louis spoke of personal family issues with the neighbors. This leads to bizarre attempts by Jessica to do reputation damage control with the other familes on the street, and by Louis to prevent gossip from spreading.
When Eddie is disconsolate over the death of the Notorious B. I. G., his friends and brothers launch separate initiatives to cheer him up.
Good: When Eddie explains why he’s so depressed about the death of one of his favorite rappers, his feelings go beyond the loss of an admired musician. Like many thoughtful teens, Eddie is connected to his favorite music because it helped him through a difficult time — in this case, the move from D. C. to Orlando. The interaction in this scene with Eddie and his brothers is the best writing in the episode.
I can’t explain it, but I laughed when the second game night scene turns into the other couples bickering. I guess I’ve seen the same thing a few times in my day. Also, I may be developing a little crush on Deidre.
Bad: The entire A story is well conceived but horribly executed. I just didn’t care about most of it, and I should have. The show’s characters have almost always done a good job of walking the line between quirky and cartoonish, but most of the episode has them all uncomfortably in cartoonland.
This also goes for the well-intentioned but unbelievable friends who try to have a grief session with Eddie. It’s sweet that they care about him, but it’s nearly impossible to imagine middle-school boys behaving this way, and it plays out like TV in some alternate universe. Ugh.
FOB moment: “O. N. Y. X marks the winner.” “Ho ho ho! Triple word score; forty-two points! Looks like Jessica wins!” “And it’s not even my first language!”
Soundtrack flashback: “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G. (1997).
Final grade, this episode: The Biggie tribute paid by Emery and Evan at the very end is almost too good a note for an episode that doesn’t deserve it, but it’s earned by the very good scene where the younger brothers confront Eddie about his grief. It’s almost enough to rescue the episode from mediocrity. C.