Archive for September, 2011

Fresh off the Plane

I just got back from China, a trip I haven’t taken in nine years.  It was the first time I spent a month with my parents consecutively since I moved out for college, also, the first time I’ve seen my relatives since a lot of major changes in the family circumstances.  It’s the first time that I’ve been in China as an “adult,” because technically mom and dad were already married and grown-up when they were around my age.  I’m happy to be back for all the superficial reasons (English signs, better air and no more coughing, none of those terrifying squat toilets) but I also feel like I have a lot to sort through with this trip.   The problem for us 1.5 gens is we have a lot of complicated emotions ranging from total veneration and pride to resentment and hatred.


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Harper says ‘Islamicism’ biggest threat to Canada – Canada – CBC News

This is what happens when you give the man a majority government.  He begins to reintroduce measures for criminal proceedings that are unconstitutional.

What worries me more is that Stephen Harper is the leader of Canada and he has the power to espouse his own thinly veiled racism as the foundation for those new measures.   Did you see how he brushed off the point about Norway’s terrorist being anti-Islamic?

Look up the highest rated responses.  You’ll see a common thread is less a fear of Muslims in Canada, than a fear of Harper himself.



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Iran’s Wet Blankets Put a Damper on Water-Park Fun


I don’t really have much to add, except that given my recent fascination with starting a new brand of burlesque titled “poli-strip” (and Bahareh’s Persian heritage), I got really excited by this link.  Maybe some sort of a wet-t-shirt routine that is broken up by a slutty cop?  Eh?  Eh???

It looks much better in my head.








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