December 12, 2011
Written by C.N.
As 2011 comes to an end, once again I look back at the major events, developments, and trends in U.S. racial/ethnic relations during the past year and focus on some of the positive highlights as well as the setbacks in terms of achieving racial/ethnic equality and justice, with a particular focus on Asian Americans (my area of expertise). This list is not meant to be an exhaustive review of all racial/ethnic news in 2011, but rather the ones that I covered in this blog and ones that I believe have the most sociological significance.
- Ed Lee and Vang Pao: Asian American Leadership in Transition
News about two prominent Asian American community leaders highlight transitions within the Asian American population and American society in general.
- Thoughts on the ‘Tiger Mother’ Controversy
The firestorm over Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother book highlights some key lessons for Asian Americans and non-Asians in terms of parenting and cultural differences.
- Happy 10th Birthday to Asian-Nation
Reflections on where this website and blog has been as I celebrate the 10th birthday of Asian-Nation.org.
- Asians & Asian Americans in Time’s Top 100 Most Influential 2011
Profiling Asians and Asian American among Time magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential for 2011.
- More Asian American Faces in Advertisements: The Double-Edged Sword
Mainstream ads and commercials include more Asian American faces — this is a time of both new opportunities and increased danger.
- We’re a Culture, Not a Costume
A student media campaign from Ohio University fights back against racist Halloween costumes.
- ECAASU 2011: Lessons in Mis/Understanding Different Levels of Analysis
Success and controversy at the 2011 ECAASU conference highlights the need to understand social issues at different levels.
- White Privilege, Colorblindness, & the Model Minority Image: Asians in the Library Video
Examining the sociological background and lessons of Alexandra Wallace’s racist ‘Asians in the library’ video rant.
- The Racial Undertones of the Birther Movement
A look at the racial assumptions and dynamics of the birther and White backlash movement.
- Asian Stereotypes in ‘Hangover 2′: When Enough is Enough
Complaining about racist stereotypes in movies like Hangover 2 is easy — doing something about them is a harder, but still important.
What are your best and worst memories about racial/ethnic relations from this past year, individually and institutionally?
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