March 25, 2008

As I Am

If anyone has a blog or website out there, link us up. Put the Fighting 44's on your blogroll, and encourage all your friends to do the same. The Asian American blogosphere needs to be linked.
We need the exposure, and activists need us.

Speaking of lack of exposure, I just found this little podcast on the web. I'm amazed that I didn't find it earlier; there were no links from any of the other major Asian American blogs or message boards. It's an Asian American radio show hosted by Helen Zia, who was the attorney in the Vincent Chin case and who is one of the more prominent Asian American civil rights activists of the 20th century. The format is simple and restrained, kind of like an NPR for Asian Americans. The link to the show is here, and the official site is here. There is a good interview with Min Jin Lee, who wrote "Free Food For Milionaires," a book that was incredibly well written but pushed the Hwangian envelope on deifying white guys and emasculating Asian guys. (See the 44's discussion of her book here. I felt so betrayed that I had to let Jook do the final review for me.) But hey, it's all about getting the word out, and Min Jin's interview isn't bad. There's also other stuff on the program, like an interview with Vijay Prashad and Martin Yan.

Helen Zia, like Frank Chin, is a renowned fighter among Asian American activists, and it's good that she's staying active. It's good that there is a tradition of Asian American activism. Check it out.

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