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Mental Asian Persuasion

In an earlier post the high number (low percentage in the grand scheme of things though) of Americans apart of a mixed raced background was discussed. And I’m very curious why then is there so little research on mixed race attributes. This population is very under reported in many areas of research; which is interesting because of the nature of this rapidly increasing demographic.

Recently UC-Davis preformed a nationwide study, the first actually, geared directly at biracial individuals. The study was conducted by analyzing data taken from a 2002-2003 National Latino and Asian American Study which surveyed over 2,000 Asians. Asian and Caucasian are the largest Asian biracial population in American; survey members included Chinese-Caucasian, Filipino-Caucasian, Japanese-Caucasian and Vietnamese-Caucasian. The findings have been reported to the American Psychological Association Convention, and are this: Asian Americans are twice as likely as monoracial Asian Americans to be diagnosed with a psychological disorder. At this time further research will include possible effects including racial identification and cultural experiences or discrimination.

This is very interesting. I wonder if and when other studies are done what the relation to other will yield. With the common factor being Asian and Caucasian, I wonder what the odds are when it’s Asian and other races or Caucasian and other races. The same way studies show that African women are more likely to be HIV positive…hmmm…

–Maddie Banks

Filed under: bi-racial, Maddie Banks

Bipartisan-say what?!

If I could put together a bipartisan coalition to confront my landlord on the lack of heating to myself and fellow building residents, I wonder if then she would turn on the heat! I’ve submitted to cold by California standards, so is it too much to ask to comfortably walk around in shorts and a tank top without the aid of a blanket? I want our new energy efficient heating system–and I want it now!!

Now on to more important things, such as my quest to understand the concept of bipartisanship and its place in the government and society. By definition the word is a description meaning consisting of, or supported by members of two political parties. With that loose explanation I first think of the Senate and House of Representative because it’s compiled of members of both parties working on interests regarding the nation. But what’s all this talk about Democrats taking the house? Or the Republican agenda?

So, I strongly suggest taking a gander at Glenn Greenwald’s recent discussion on the topic:

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/11/18/bipartisanship/ , then perhaps President-Elect Obama’s recent online video, apart of the ChangeDotGov series, regarding a climate summit, will make a little more sense.

Filed under: bi-partisan, Maggie Barnes

Shopping gay…

A California proposition has become a bicoastal fight for equality. At this point every state has become more than aware that California voters, by a majority, voted to change history and do an about face on a civil rights issue. This proposition decision elected to reverse the California Supreme court verdict that earlier this year legalized same sex marriages. Outrage has spread throughout the country and Americans coast to coast have

been showing their support of the GLBT community in numerous facets.

Protests

Petitions

Boycotts of business that have been “outed” as supporters against the cause

Now the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released “Buying for Equality 2009”

http://www.hrc.org/buyersguide2009/

A buyer’s guide for the holiday season that recognizes and proudly directs consumers to companies and business that have received 100percent scores on their Corporate Equality Index.

“With this year’s economy, we need to make sure every dollar we spend goes to businesses that have earned the right to call you a customer,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “Fairness is good business.”

Unlike Vegas, what happens in California does not stay in California, so to the rest of the US let me just say that the show is just beginning because they’re here, they’re queer, and they’re not taking it anymore, game set, tickets please.

–Eliza Barnett

Filed under: bi-sexual, Eliza Barnett

Warning: politically incorrect mini story!

And the white lady asked the black lady innocently enough “Aren’t you proud of who our President Elect is?”

The black woman thought, I’m as proud as you are my fellow American. But answered, “Nah, I voted for McCain…”

James Logan’s November 5th, 2008 post on www.jamesloganmd.com, brought up the discussion America yes or no electing their first African American President, in Barack Obama. This is an issue that I’ve continually grappled with. As America celebrates our progression as a nation (which should be commended don’t get me wrong!), I can’t help but wonder when we’re going to actually get past this “one drop” concept?

The one drop rule years ago was described as what made a person Black and not White, even when it was a fraction of someone’s background. White was the model all races where compared to, and to mix it was to taint it.

Obama is more than one drop African, but he’s no more black than he is white. Let’s not forget that. Why is it that if your skin tone visually presents that you are of a mixed heritage, the dominate pigment defines you to the public? Its like only race wants to stand up and claim you.

Biracial Americans talk about Obama

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91375775

Biracial means having parents of two different races or who can trace their family tree to two different races. For example both sides of my family can trace our background to Africans and Native Americans. And everyday that someone is born the melting pot that is American society is only going to get larger. Race manifests itself on a daily basis no matter who you are—in obvious and understated ways. 3% of the American population (over 7million) is identified as multi or biracial.

I want to live to see the day that everyone of them will be able to proudly proclaim their entire ethnic makeup without someone claiming that by doing so they are disregarding another race. Claiming both and being proud isn’t showing favoritism or a disregard. Its saying hey mom or dad I love where you came from because you make me who I am.

(Which is fascinating plus hot!)

http://www.flickr.com/groups/71032671@N00/pool/

–Maggie Barnes

Filed under: bi-racial, Maggie Barnes

“And you can’t kind of be gay!”

This was part of a conversation two characters on a recent episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, had before their new relationship came to a sudden halt. One of the women was yelling her new found homosexual pride from the rooftop, while her counterpart, while fully committed to her, was struggling to accept her continued attraction to men. Looks to me like one half of this former duo may be apart of the bisexual side of things. But looks can be deceiving…

While one may partake in bisexual actives and have a history of tendencies, whether or not they classify themselves is of their own accord. A strict definition of bisexuality explains the term as having a romantic or sexual attraction or behavior towards members of more than one sex. In broader words the definition may also include those who feel potential to have such emotional or physical attraction to members of varying sex. It’s not a phase. Not the middle area when you aren’t straight but have yet to go gay–even though some choose to use it as a way to ease their way out of the closet.

The question of the day is this: if you’re kind of gay, and kind of straight, do you only kind of come out of the closet?

Making this exit means which closet exactly? As discussed in Robyn Ochs’ book, Getting Bi, defining yourself as bisexual can have nothing to do with your actual sexual activities, because in reality you may not be having sex, and you may have a preference for the opposite sex. This is when it may get confusing.

For others…

In the same sense that some biracials “can pass” for one race more easily than the other, bisexuals can have this passing complex too. On the one side of things it appears that members of the bi community have double to opportunity, they also can have double the ridicule. At a pride festivity do you let others assume you’re a straight ally because you’re in an opposite sex relationship at the time? When amongst heterosexuals do you clarify that you’re not in fact gay or a lesbian even though your long time partner is a same sex individual? And if you’re single and all these terms are getting tossed around is there a point when you stand up and say, “Well yes, I kind of am.”?

Instead of looking at this door as revolving, how about the perception of it being of the two way glass persuasion? Clearly we see the outside, and that may change, but the inside is where it’s more in focus.

–Maddie Banks

Filed under: bi-sexual, Maddie Banks

in the past but not forgotten

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