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The Losing Battle for Respectable Representation in Media

I remember reading about Liam Neeson’s confessional interview last month and feeling a bit surprised at some of the reactions. There were two obvious camps that formed around the discussion that more or less boiled down to either admonishing him for what was a blatantly racist act, and the other that applauded his honesty. Neither of these perspectives were shocking to me so much as the large number of well-intentioned, not-all-white liberals who were applauding him. The question that I kept returning to was not whether Neeson’s actions were shameful or honorable, but why do his supporters actively care?

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The White Creation of a Deficiently Heterosexual Asian America

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I am an Oriental. And being an Oriental, I could never be completely a man. — M. Butterfly

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article by C.S. Taniguchi.

Attempting to articulate Asian American positionality in the linear space of American racial politics is a defeating task. On the one hand, our experience isn’t particularly similar to the experience of being black in America, and it has long been the project of white supremacy to point to it’s own construction of the ‘model minority’ as a talking point against systemic racism against black people. On the other, any suggestion of our successes implicates us as being closer in proximity to whiteness, which creates an intellectually comfortable road map where race in America is clearly defined by colorism. After all…


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(Associated Press)

Editor’s Note: This article is by guest writer C.S. Taniguchi

In a recent interview with NPR, Chief of Staff John Kelly came out defending the President’s position on immigration:

The vast majority of the people that move illegally into United States are not bad people. They’re not criminals. They’re not MS-13. Some of them are not. But they’re also not people that would easily assimilate into the United States into our modern society. They’re overwhelmingly rural people in the countries they come from — fourth, fifth, sixth grade educations are kind of the norm. They don’t speak English, obviously that’s a big thing. They don’t speak English. …


Spoilers ahead for Season 1

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The uncomfortable relationship between humans and machines has been compounding since the development of modern agricultural. Our options for labor have been predicated on innovation, where occupations that were established on basic necessities have been ousted by mechanization. The unveiling of Tesla’s new driverless semi-truck is but one recent example in this ongoing development. And with the growth of tech, the nascent wave of artificial intelligence in our everyday lives makes Westworld’s sci-fi future become less fantasy and more unsettling thriller.

Although last season’s finale foretold a world where humans are overtaken in violent revolution by robots, the more present…


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Manzanar Relocation Center, July 3rd, 1942. (Dorthea Lange/NARA)

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article by C.S. Taniguchi

While lauding itself as the outside contender of the Established Political Elites, the Trump Administration’s first year in office has proven to be largely ineffectual at delivering the bold promises from the campaign trail. If anything, our base institutions of democracy have proven to be serious road blocks to their hard-right reactive agenda, from Sally Yates’ dissension last January against the travel ban to Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. But in spite of the Administration’s intention to “drain the swap”, the reflexive xenophobia and white nationalist sympathies are anything but new in the discussion…


In an interview with ABC News earlier this month, Matt Damon spoke on Harvey Weinstein and “the watershed moment” where the established cultural landscape for sexual assault appears to be making a reversal. Since the interview, there has been a great deal of backlash against Damon, who emphasized the importance of not conflating the lesser and greater offenses that exist in the spectrum of sexual violence. He compared the actions of Weinstein with that of comedian Louis C.K. and senator Al Franken. …


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At the beginning of this month, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the presidential proclamation introduced in September by the Trump Administration banning travel to the United States from a list of Muslim majority countries in an a appeal to improve national security. The ban includes the countries of Chad, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Iran, and Libya according to the Guardian. However the most recent version of the ban announced last September included North Korea and selective screening from Venezuela as well. …


We’re at a odd moment in the cultural landscape for the United States. On the one hand, I can’t help feeling uplifted by the torrent of stories now being revealed since Harvey Weinstein’s behavior was put center stage this past October. On the other hand, it’s happening during a significant surge in ultra-right wing activity in rural America, college campuses, and the White House. …

C.S. Taniguchi

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