We're in the middle of a heat wave in Southern California, and nothing hits the spot on a hot day like a big bowl of naeng myun. This week's L.A. Times has an article about naeng myun, along with a couple ofrecipes. I can't wait to try the seafood version. Yum!
This time around, my mom sends this "advice" from billionaire Warren Buffet. Remember, when it comes to Aunty Jo, all or part of this email may not even be true. But that's not the point! Don't be stupid, godfunit! Didn't you know Warren Buffet is Korean?
Not really, but you believed it for a second didn't you? (Because it came out of the mouth of a Korean grandma?)
Note the large font and preeeeetty purple. That's so your eyes are drawn to these important words:
Subject: Some great
was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man
who has donated $31 billion to charity. Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:
Recently, I had a conversation with a colleague from one of Boston’s
finest music schools. We were talking about diversity in schools of
music, and this colleague told me that this school was actively
recruiting Latino/a students, Black students, and international
students. But not Asian American students. Hmmm. The Asian American
student population at this school was pretty low, especially as far as
higher education goes. Hmmm.
I mean, by the sheer number of Asian American youth that are
involved in piano lessons, violin lessons, or whatever, this seems like
a shock. Aren’t Asian Americans interested in music? Or do we just care
about learning how to play the Moonlight Sonata, or Fur Elise, or some
other wow-me-showoff-your-kid piece?
Here it is: my post about race and how that affects me as an Asian parent. Please bear with me as I bang it out, very unpoetically.
Julie Pippert from The Ravin' Picture Maven wrote the following quote; one that was written in regards to a topic regarding race and blogs post-BlogHer '07, but one that is germane to all matters of race, in my opinion:
"...while I don't think another person's race ought to matter to me, in my assessment of them, it can matter to them in how they feel a part of the world and therefore I ought to respect that, especially if they ask me to consider it as part of my understanding of them as an individual. I ask the same. My racial experiences are a part of me, too, and have affected how I view race, racial issues, and culture."
I have many experienced many racial incidents that have shaped my views. There are two, however, to which I always return.
Raise your hand if you have a krajee Korean mother who emails you random shiznit every week! My mom, heretofore referred to as Aunty Jo, blows up my mailbox weekly with crazy-ass crap like animated Blue Mountain Cards, online petitions from 1998, recipes for doen jang chigae, photos of Korean soap opera stars with the words "So handsome!!" typed next to them, Barack Obama for President calls-to-action, and informational items that fall under the category best described as "Urban Legends Easily Debunked by Snopes."
Here's this week's inaugural installment of Aunty Jo's Email of the Week. Enjoy!
Aunty Jo says:
"This Korean guy is awesome! You guys must see it! Music Instrument- a gayageum;a twelve-stringed Korean harp." (Note that she has to qualify that the guy is Korean, and check out the culture tip about the harp she is trying to slip in there. Thanks, Mom!)
The other day we picked up Babies Can't Eat Kimchee at the library. (I think I first saw it on Kim's blog. Thanks, Kim!) In the book, an older sister talks about all the things her baby sister can't do yet, and looks forward to the time when they will be able to play together. My daughter is very interested in babies right now, so she enjoyed the story. The text was simple, the artwork a colorful fusion of collage and painting. Despite the word "kimchee" in the title, the book is mostly about siblings who just happen to be Korean-American.
Another picture book in heavy rotation here is All the Colors of the Earth. The book begins "Children come in all the colors of the earth," and uses colors found in nature as metaphors for skin color and race. The language is thick with vivid imagery (the "tinkling pinks of tiny seashells", "hair like bouncy baby lambs") and the artwork depicts children of every race in various natural settings.
I've been asked to to talk about issue of Inclusion and Exclusion: Where are the Bloggers of Color and Why Aren't We Reading Them? on Kristen Chase's BlogTalkRadio show on Wednesday, August 15, 9 pm Eastern. Kristen will also be joined by Jason of Daddy in a Strange Land and Rice Daddies, and Kelly of Mocha Momma. I'll do my best to represent the Kimchi Mamas. Should be an interesting hour, so listen if you can. You can also subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and download it to listen at your leisure.
Joy asked me to Guest Post this week on BlogRhet, so I will be posting my thoughts on Race, Identity and Blogging there on Wednesday as well. Ever since the BlogHer conference, I've given the issue of race, or specifically, how being a person of mixed race, affects how and where I blog about certain topics. So, hopefully, I can articulate some kind of coherent thought that will make it worth your while to listen and read.