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Now here I was with what felt like an existential crisis on my hands. What did she even mean? Was I not being true to myself and my culture? Are Latinos like me somehow subconsciously trying to escape our Latino heritage and just become white. According to a study by the Pew Research Center , 2.
But perhaps it really was more of us wanting to identify as white. Regardless, for people like Crystal Pino, a psychology and philosophy major at UW, the negative impacts of being cast with the label are clear. Zenia Avelar, a receptionist at Microsoft in Bellevue, WA, said this is something she struggles with, especially when she visits family back in Mexico. Similarly, Pino described her middle school and high school years as being filled with experiences that set her apart from the other Latinos in her community.
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This post has been removed in accordance with our comment policy. Please imagine for a moment that you were born in Mexico and had lived there all your life. Imagine further that in this alternate world European-Americans had, over many decades, moved—millions of them illegally—in large numbers to Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, and other northern states in order to seek better lives for themselves and their children. Imagine that Euro-Americans and descendants in Mexico were on track to become the majority population in Matamoros, Monterrey, Chihuahua, and other major cities.
Now imagine that you found out that for many second-generation Euroamerican-Mexicans assimilating into mainstream Mexican culture was considered a betrayal of their heritage. How would you feel about all this? How do you think you would feel if you found out these kids had insults for other kids who spoke Spanish too well or English too poorly, for those who liked futbol more than football, etc.
They called them semillas de cacao or sometimes, when they were feeling really mean, cacas nevadas. But instead of claiming that such criticism strengthened their sense of Yanquismo, what if they said: Mexico is my home and these brown Mexicans—and all the other colors we Mexicans come in—they are my people and I am theirs.
Spanish is as much european language as english. So where does the vicious cycle ever end? All of these kids look indigenous or Mestizo Euro mixed with Indian. As a Nicaraguan U. Be like the Jews, make your money and ignore idiots. Although speaking fluent Spanish like myself just ingratiates you to a wider group of Hispanic 1st gen — 4th gen. These people are now allowed to identify any of the multitude of situations where their lack of self confidence, bright on by the interaction with others, perpetuates a general sense of social unease, as a marginalizing attack.
These same situations are those that most of us deal on a daily basis in one form or another. Situations that the normal maturing individual learns to deal with and develop a sense of strengthed self identity, such that these situations rarely ever enter our conscious sphere as negative influences in the future. It actually sickens me to hear one of the prime examples used to qualify the need for such places by individuals other than those who desperately need them to maintain a sense of sanity and safety.
The prime example of a social instance where passive aggressive language carries the capacity to trigger an immunosuppressive event consequent extreme anxiety of one who exhibits normal psychological, emotional and physical health comes in the form of a question by an individual who asks it out of sincere curiosity and nothing more: Is our future generation that delicate?
Get a grip people!! The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma. We are a bunch of wining little pity parties looking for a handout and someone to blame for our self perpetuated inadequacies. Most of us laugh at these people, but they get the attention because of clickbait articles and because of they are social justice warriors.
The world is messy, and this unrealistic social construct the arrogantly ignorant, self-aggrandized patronizing do-gooders of America adhere to precipitates weakness amongst a world of hungry lions ready to take advantage of such perceptive misrepresentation. Furthermore, giving equal persecutor power makes light of the true significance involved in those instances where individuals were truly being belittled and persecuted through verbal attack.
Save the rants on moral conviction for those persecutory attacks truly worth their weight in destructive vernacular and diction.
Quit being such a wining snowflake and learn how to deal with passive aggressive humor in ways that would actually make the rest of the world see you as a mature adult and not the helpless creature they believe you to be. To think as much and be so foolish as to experience existential fallout through resulting consequence, may actually need to perform a great deal of existential introspection. Sorry for seeing past the color and giving everybody who is nice a chance?
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Note that the men on this thread have vastly different opinions and perspectives from the women. Who can say — but both genders have the right to speak out.
And if you think that the women are being obnoxious, I challenge you to read what the men have written above, re: I like how most of the men on here are gloating about how bitter the article is and when the comments from them are times more salty and honestly outright hateful than any of the content in this article.
Kelly — Yeah, everyone needs to lighten up! Well, as you say, no reason to turn this into a never ending series of veiled or all-out insults. Opinions are opinions and this is the internetz. I kind of prefer the middle ground of equality, respect and harmony. I never called all Western women overweight, that would be silly. I said, in the US especially, overweight women marrying average or slightly above average guys is quite common, and burn the man who dares comment.
Reannon — Thanks for the article. I currently live in Japan and deal with the frustrations of culture clash on a daily basis. This trend is seen throughout the world as well, but more strikingly so in Japan. Men typically do not study foreign languages as eagerly as women; this could be a major reason for why Japanese women are more willing to speak with people of different nationalities and cultures than their male counterparts.
There is quite a bit of research behind this hypothesis, but you would have to synthesize several different sources to grasp the broadview.
For example, many studies contradict one another, but they draw from different demographics those who study English, people of certain industries, general population, etc. It is stressful enough to be confident in public with the intention of getting laid. But when a woman approaches me and she either speaks my language with a heavy accent or a foreign language, my confidence rapidly deflates.
How do I be charming? How do I be funny? I know this is a character flaw, but I feel most men take upon this responsibility when they are single and mingling. No, make great friends with them. They will be your wingman. It is much easier for Japanese men to talk to foreign men. We, as a gender, understand eachother enough to know when they are interested in talking to a woman. We will go up to the Japanese guy and make them feel comfortable in talking with you.
I help my female friends here in this way, to great success. I am balding, but some women like that! Daddy issues are awesome. The only men confident enough to approach them are also arrogant and selfish. Foreign men, however, are eager to date and approach women. So perhaps that is the two-headed serpant: Japanese men are not successful in approaching women, so many women including women of different cultures experience a much less active sex life.
And who is there to pick up the slack? The non-Japanese men, of course. I do feel we have an immediate advantage though.
There is something about the mystery, exoticism, and uncertainty of a foreigner to a woman that simply makes things easier for men. It is convensional wisdom within our culture, often depicted in film and television, and I believe that attitude translates to Japan.
They are fat, evil and smell like yeast. They seem to be expecting some thing that they do not deserve. I say stay away eeeuuuwwww! Western woman black or white. So you were mad that guys you felt were below YOUR standards were somehow dating out of what you considered their league to be?
Sounds like you deserve to be alone. Around 12 shots into the evening one of them said that a common belief among his countrymen was that western women have big, loose vaginas to accommodate the larger western penises, and that white and black women were seen as less desirable in Japan due to that fact. Otherwise, hello bit bucket! The problem is that American women are known the world over as being self-centered and demanding princesses who feel like men should be kissing up to their posteriors.
I think there are a lot of people commenting who have very little or no personal experience of living in Japan. The Japanese have a huge awe for the West… and pick and choose many fashion and cultural elements to blend in with their own culture, but they do not take the culture that have given birth to them- they seem a superficial wrapping on top of the Feudal class system that exists in a very way today in japan.
The down side is that you will never really be able to integrate deep down…. Japan is quite an old fashioned place in many respects, and conformity is rife, the nail that sticks out gets hammered down. One last comment, failure is seen as very un-macho in Japan. As an average looking, career-successful, white guy in the US, I felt the same way. Having then tried expat life in Japan, I am glad there is a place where some of us are more appreciated.
American women are a common object of ridicule among the Europeans as are Americans generally. I never heard them discussed by the Japanese but when I would solicit opinions they were polite but negative. Nevermind what Jeff said…. I would say that 90 percent of both the female AND male commenters have had very interesting, polite and intelligent things to say on the subject.
Honestly… American women tend to have a terrible reputation the world over, and i can only imagine how ingrained these stereotypes and rumours get ingrained when it comes to places as xenophobic as Japan. What Western Women think is attractive to men is not what men in any other country except Western Countries want. They are viewed as feminazis, narcissistic, histrionic, materialistic, shallow, and useless.
Now I am not one to generalize, but even from my own experience, I cannot say this viewpoint is not that far from the truth. Why else do you think America has one of the highest divorce rates in the world? And all of those things I just said do not come from my mouth, but from the mouths of others.
Sorry if I offend anyone, as I do not mean to attack anyone personally. This is just what I have experienced and heard through my many travels around the world. I think your problem was how you went about trying to meet people.
I come from London, and strangers rarely talk to each other in busses or trains, or in coffee shops. At time, I was just waiting for a bus.
I think it might be similar in Japan. Instead, you need to go to some kind of social club. Honestly, American men across the world are considered the best husbands and are held on a pedestal as the way a man should be. As I stated in my earlier post, American women are valued on the other end of the spectrum.
As I made clear earlier, this is NOT coming from my mouth or expereinces, but solely from what other men and women across the earth have told me. But after seeing women from all different cultures, I would agree that it is the blatent truth. Looks are rather unimportant, but I will touch on them anyway, since you would think all that narcissism would be a positive influence on outward appearance.
With obesity being such a problem, much of the population is already discarded. Asian women are very attractive and fit too.
Latino women are incredibly sexy as well. If you had paid more attention to Charisma Man and looked past his beards, baldness, middle age, stringy hair, you would notice that the Charisma Man meets Japanese women inside the Gaijin Bubble and they tend to stay there. When foreigners are primarily around other foreigners, they have virtual home field advantage when they meet and socialize with the opposite sex: But the reality is that any short term less than three years non-Japanese is going to spend the majority of their time in that bubble whether they want to be there or not or alone because admission into the Japanese bubble simply requires more time, experiences, and exposure than a year as an English teacher can provide.
Men, both in Japan and in Western cultures, are not expected to be submissive, despite the advances in sexual equality. They are expected to lead. And if the relationship has legs, he can take his relationship back home to his native country, where he can continue to have home field advantage with respect to language, work, culture, and friends.
No chance of a long term relationship, as he knows that If he follows, he will live permanently outside his home field advantage. There are a few men that take that plunge, of course. But they are the minority. There are always exceptions, of course some Japanese men love being in the Gaijin Bubble, and most Japanese women actually hate it.
Sometimes yes — I mean, if they are from Hollywood. Truth is, in my opinion, talking to a stranger is not so common in Japan as you expect, especially among younger generation or in big cities like Tokyo and Osaka and maybe this is one of the reasons of the growing unmarriedness of the population here in the society going individualistic.
As a result, most guys here, including me, hardly know them personally and are scarcely so interested in them, from the first place. To sum up, what is strange is not that Western women are unpopluar, but that Western men are popular. Women of the Anglosphere are going to have to realize that they have low market value on the global dating scene. As a first generation immigrant here in the US I was shocked at the incredible amount of self-conceited arrogance of the average American woman, acting in ways that would have never flown in the old country, and American men are saints for tolerating them.
For this reason I only date other expats. I have an Australian friend who was living at Seoul teaching English and had the exact same problems as you. Needless to say she gave up after a while and hooked up with the first expat to show interest in her. I lived last year near Hamamatsu, and one of the biggest shocks for me was definitely the charisma man effect!
But I had a harder time cheering those guys on. Are you kidding me? With a time frame that short, I seriously doubt you understood much of what was going on around you. So which stereotype is it? Six months and less than one year in the case of the author: Not enough time to learn a language. Not enough time to settle into the community. Not enough time to develop a career. Not even enough time to need a non-temporary visa. Real relationships take time. A bonus if you can blame the Western man rather than the Japanese man or Japanese woman , because then nobody can call you out for being racist or sexist.
Anyway, hope you have a better time in Argentina. I suggest you do a web search before you go: Latin America and Eastern Europe are also considered to be difficult terrain for expat Western women in addition to Southeast Asia and Japan. Charisma Man — I agree. It is probably best for them to stay home and limit time abroad to vacations or have more realistic expectations and a willingness to make a more serious commitment before they leave.
A lot of these complaints read like an 18 year old writing home during his first month away at college. Move to a latin country. I would say Mexico because thats where Im from and its very beautiful, but the truth is right now I would not recommend it for drug cartel reasons. However, there are many other latin countries, including Spain, that have sort of the same culture of loving the sight of Western women, where the only thing you need is to be blonde to be automatically attractive to most men.
Once u realize we foreigners are a small minority, we should spend more time building relationships with other foreigners. I run foreigner friendly drinking parties in Ikebukuro and yes white and black women come too. To save time, you should ask me to make that introduction.
It breaks down barriers quickly to be direct and honest. In , I visited Japan for a three weeks as part of the U. I on the other hand, being of asian decent half chinese , was completely ignored. Why would we want to date you, when your contempt for us is so obvious? I am thinking about making a move to teach in Japan from South America.
I just want to live in a more modern country with a higher standard of living. I have always imagined that Japanese guys hate american guys or something. I guess I thought this because I read that in Japan they wont let American guys into clubs and bars. I am an american expat in Brazil, and wow do we get attention down here.
There are many, many more women than men in general in Brazil, add this to the sad but true fact that Brazilian men have a bad reputation as cheaters. Brazilian are all about looks though, so the nerd is not going to get very far down here. So maybe I should go to Japan and find a lot of dating opportunities with all the single expat babes! Who told you that? I know no one who hate American guys.
Of course there exist some people here who hate the American Government , not people, because of their ideology most of them are ultra leftist , not right wingers , but they are so rare that you can forget them and there would be no problem.
Gringo — Wow, sounds like you have a good deal going for ya down there in S. I mean, super models stalking you…I wish I had that problem! The attention i usually received, however, was not sincere. At social gatherings, they usually sat with each other at one table, rarely interacting with their wives. When their kids approach school-age, they are faced with a dilemma: Sending a bi-racial child to school in a homogenous country like Japan is not easy.
Another option is to go back home. Many often have to return because the wives whose English is competent by local standards is usually way below what is needed to obtain employment or even survive in the USA etc. Furthermore, many do not have the skills or training to compete in the work force where dual-income households are the norm.
This what i frequently observed after the honeymoon is over! I love how feminists are all convienent biological and evolutionary determinists when it suits them. However the second you start discussing intrinsic differences between men and women which serve to explain and further justify the social and economic stratification of society, they shit themselves.
And even when reality takes you by the neck and shoves your noses into your shitty attitude you manage to blame everybody else for being nothing but horrible partners to men. But they will get laid and make money for their new families while you will end up as cat ladies when the bad-boy cock carousel throws you off for the new hot tweens. American women really are pretty screwed up. Because the women never learn to treat men with respect as equal human beings, capable of the full range of thoughts, emotions and dreams, they live within a framework of rules and expectations when trying to interact with them.
This largely consists of sending severely mixed signals and failing to communicate effectively. Hmm…I am not sure how the view any of this…lol.
I think things have changed since I was last in Japan. But when I traveled there a lot back in , I had many Japanese men as friends and a Japanese boyfriend who was pretty cute.
And before you even ask, no I am not cute, rail thin, or white. Yet, I have heard all the stories about foreign women having a time getting a date in the land of the rising sun. Your article was an informative and open look at how you felt about your experiences as a foreign woman in Japan. It took some courage to put that all out there so thank you for sharing it with us. I know that sounds like a self-help slogan but it works for me.
So keep the faith, he or she is out there people. Thank you writing this article. I found it very interesting and it was nice to hear of others with similar experiences.
Some of the comments from the male demographic are very shocking and uncivilized. Japanese male-foreign female marriages actually outnumber foreign male-Japanese female marriages. I get J-guys chatting me up in konbini parking lots. I smile at people both men and women — not unheard of in the countryside and men smile back, maybe even too eagerly. And I had to ask my resident J-guy for his thoughts on this. His answer — attitude. Uppity attitude and a smell of desperation are universal turn offs for guys, all over the world.
His words, not mine. You are absolutely right. However, for smart foreign men, I am including myself here, the dating pool is made even more vast by the existence of the dateless foreign women. This has had a serious ego fattening affect and I will certainly need counseling in order to re-adjust to life back in Canada but, for the time-being, I have super-powers. I wish you better luck in love, lust and all the wonderful little human things that make it fun to discover new people.
Just found this web site and this was the first article I read… if all articles are this good, I think I have discovered a new favorite web site. I am a little surprised at some the uproar from a few readers… as a western man who spent some time in Japan along with my western woman wife I think I can be an objective observer.
I thought Reannon was right on every account AND she did a wonderful job of pointing out a very real issue while at the same time being provocative and funny. Great article Reannon, looking forward to the next one. Foreign men are for the most part outside the norms, as are foreign women. Life in the big city of Tokyo is somewhat different, since there are so many foreigners there, unlike many other parts of Japan.
Have to say, as a Canadian white male married with kids to an Asian and living in Asia for 20 years, in general gotta agree with the author. Their anger and bitterness is usually kept a lid on back in their home country but when they come to Asia, where males generally still occupy more dominant position vis-a-vis the genders, emotions sometimes boils over.
Coupled with the fact that for some only god knows reason, many Asian women have a thing for White boys — leads to the Gaijin God phenomena. Consequently, Western woman can be a easy target — belittling, name calling, feminazis overtures bordering on misogyny and so on. Yeah, we are top of the totem poles again — lets get our licks in. Most reasonable and open minded people however, will understand and agree that gender equality is a good thing and a moral standard all cultures around the world should strive towards.
I read it and other similar articles on the plight of foreign women before going to Tokyo, and prepared myself for loneliness, and even bought a flexible ticket in case I wanted to leave Japan for a friendlier country. My experience has been the complete opposite… I have never had so much male attention in my life!! I bought a few new feminine outfits for socialising. I made friends with Japanese girls, who were happy to take me along to social events, and introduce me to Japanese guys.
I am working really hard to improve my Japanese language skills, especially pronunciation, so that I can have a conversation with Japanese guys. I also make an effort to understand someone when their English is really bad, and give them positive and encouraging feedback. This is so important: I have been approached by sleazy men on the street, but if you want to be approached by a nice guy, you need to go somewhere where he has the opportunity to approach you.
For example, a standing bar, a party, or some sort of social or networking event. I read a lot of comments from posters about overweight American women. Sorry if my comment appears boastful. I just want to encourage other western women that there is hope here in Japan. Your social calendar can be completely booked if you are willing to be a little open and have the right attitude.
Anyway, I hope I have given you enough hope: No sex in the city by Reannon Muth of Vagabondish. Thanx for the story. Was there as well. Most important time of my life. But you know what, I love Japan for many reasons. It helped to grow up. Went there at I had the problem, that people looked at me all the time — and this was totally new for me, a shy and pale blondy from the countryside. Never had that back home. Tatemae is not my style and never will be. You surely can get very depressed in Japan — but only if you let those bad feelings in.
They will hit on you and you would get many dates. The western woman is the shining star here. And Western men get dates too. However, my Korean boyfriend tells me it is a lot easier to date than a Korean women.
Easy in the relationship sense. Not true for Western women everywhere. Grover — Aw, what a nice thing to say! I can relate to this article.
As the world is becoming more globalized, western women no longer need to fear competition from Susie down the street, but also from some other woman halfway around the world. Oftentimes these women are thinner, better looking and still raised with traditional family values instilled in them. Most women overseas are happy and grateful to receive the affections of a well educated western man from a good family.
Contrary to the beliefs of many a scorned western woman, not all men that desire foreign companions are undateable nerds, losers or outcasts. Many successful and attractive men are discovering their mates and life partners overseas. I predict that the demographic changes that will occur in the next 20 years will be astounding.
Wow, what an extremely bitter author. Have you ever taken into consideration that your problem with dating in Asia may be because you just have a piece of shit personality? Or lack a pretty face? She said that all Japanese guy wanted was a girl to look pretty and to open her legs. Nothing else was needed or desired. In the West, a guy wanted a relationship with her: I have read that some Japanese women are looking abroad for husband material. Sadly, three beautiful children later, they divorced.
If you happen to fall in love with someone from another country fine, but this shopping attitude makes me cringe. Stereotyping can be life-denying: So basically some chick goes a few months without getting laid and has to write a snarky depreciating blog entry attacking white dudes? Rather than lashing out, your time would be better spent on improving your own negative attitude.
As expected, lots of bitter charisma men here: They get so defensive when people verbalize the truth — that Asia is full of loser foreign men. Sex is easy to come by for foreign women in Japan. Sex is easy for women anywhere. But having relationships in Japan is almost impossible because Japanese men are too sexist and the majority of foreign males are weird. Most Japanese girls dating foreign men are average at best. Jagged teeth, unflattering clothes, ignorance, pigeon toes, naive as hell, and minimal social skills are the norm.
Perfect for Charisma men: Just make it a short visit or do a homestay. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and not everyone is going to find american women attractive and not every man finds asian women attractive.
The insulting comments were so unnecessary. This article was simply a woman sharing her experience. There was no need for everyone to insult and put each other down. How do I know this? From approaching a lot of these western women. The perception is western women are hard to approach and hard to please so most men tend to steer clear especially when other alternatives are available.
Being a foreigner in Japan is definitely not easy, but then again it can be quite interesting. I was approached by many guys all the time to the point where it became uncomfortable. I truly believe it all comes down to attitude.
And this is solely my experience! I soon realized that the more I dressed and acted like them, the more attention I got. Again, this is just my view on it after living there myself. And striking a conversation with a stranger in Japan… well.. The keyword is to understand them. There are more than enough people to choose from in this world. So while its possible for a Western woman to have a string of one-night stands, or affairs with married men, getting a real relationship with a Japanese man is more difficult.
I am a male. I lived in Japan as a student for a year. I consider myself otakuish at the time and presently. I am not unattractive. Did I mention that I was black? Though not as easy as my Hitler calendar-boy colleagues man was he right or was he right? There real relationship unless you are hardcore intent on living and adapting to that culture. I believe this goes for both genders sorry transexuals no matter what culture you are trying to flirt with.
You are in Rome eventhough we are calling it Japan this time. I actually found it just as easy with girls various races for you wanna be eugenicists after I left Japan. Maybe some spark just needs ignition in all of us? Oh crap, my pony express riding great grandpa should have known! Western women smell like yeast?
On a global scale, what is the heiarchy of preference of women by stereotypical nationality anyways? How does it go for men? Any takers from other races? Enjoy the stuck up attitude and entitlement. Give me an Asian or Black woman anytime over a white woman. My experience in China was that blacks were fairly openly disliked there. They knew how to pickup chicks! Thanks for the thought-provoking article. It seems that the issue does not just involve American women trying to date Japanese and possibly other Asian men, American women seem to have a very similar problem with British men.
This is borne out by the following BBC news item:. I really hate to sound harsh, but it makes one wonder whether there may be some sort of growing global boycott against American women……….
I remember when I was a kid, I used to think adults were all mature, reasonable, and respectful. Think about what is actually being said. This was probably the worst: Do we need to be enemies?
Do we need to be better than other people? Do we need to put people done for the way they are? So what if a guy is born with less natural social skills? Do we need to put people down? What if I told you I was a dorky white guy with a Samurai sword? Stop living a life filled with even a sliver of distaste in your mouth towards others. Next time you see someone, anyone that you have a stereotype for, try to actual think of that person as more than 1-Dimensional: I apologize for this comment being overly sappy, but the anger and bitterness in this thread needs are serious counter-weight.
Based off the talk here, it seems they must not be dorky not into anime etc. I just had to say I loved your article and its humour! Your article was funny in its honesty. Before I leave the house, I have to second think what I am wearing incase it sends the wrong message and attracts unwanted attention from creeps and sleezeballs. All men were quite nice, not very shy, friendly, they liked me a lot… I met one very nice man from Tokyo and we talk via skype regularly.
First they were nervous and talked about weather and food and similar things, but later they opened and seemed to me very funny and enjoyable. Put some nice feminine photos. Me bring home just bit more than minimum wage. Me then take pretty girl to move. Then we go to bedroom. And usually equally large asses. I understand your annoyance Reapwhatyousew is your name deliberately misphrased? Do you mean all men here are ill-educated? Or do less educated, skilled men get laid more often?
Or that western women will sleep with anyone? There are male Neanderthals of course in Uk as well as in the US but it takes a female Neanderthal to go out with them. He might be ill-educated, and poor too, but he might be kind and a good mate for someone, a good father for his children.
Speaking as an individual western woman and for many of my friends, colleagues, acquaintances, I like intelligent, interesting, honest, kind, authentic caring, sexy, respectful, knowledgeable, preferably educated confident men. I know of no other woman who has or wants any other kind.
Confidence and intelligence is sexy to me. Prejudice or the despising of others is not. I lived in the Philippines for 20 plus years. In fact I grew up there. Before I came to Canada, I was enamored with White girls. Now, I do not have much interest at them because they feel so entitled, are uppity, loud, arrogant, and act like men.
I am talking about most White girls I have met, not all. The author of this post is a good example of a bitter, man-hating White woman. Maybe if you relax a bit and have some humility, you will have Asian men come to you.
Men in Asia do not like uptight women. Also, men in asia are used to women being women, not robots or he-women. La Nueva Generacion, please contact me at: Rodriguez at XColumn gmail. Hispanic Marketing , sign UP at www. Call up your local Hispanic newspaper or call Latino Print Network.
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He died hours later in a hospital. Sent by Bill Carmena JCarm aol. Today, the Schuylkill County Court issued sentencing orders for Brandon Pierkarsky and Derrick Donchak, who were recently acquitted of third-degree murder and aggravated assault, respectively, last month. Pierkarsky was convicted of simple assault and sentenced to six months in county jail. Donchak was convicted of simple assault was sentenced to seven months in a county jail. Both are eligible for parole after serving these minimum sentences.
Following the hearing, national civil rights leaders joined MALDEF in a national media call to call upon the Department of Justice to intervene and file federal hate crime charges against the defendants. Given similar tragic crimes, including the recent shooting at the Holocaust museum in Washington D. The bill strengthens existing federal hate crime laws by authorizing the Department of Justice to assist local authorities in investigating and prosecuting certain bias-motivated crimes.
The bill would also provide authority for the federal government to prosecute some violent bias-motivated crimes as well. My question, how can you have a case of simple assault when the victim dies and the attackers seven of them walk away without a mark.
Abstract from Latina Magazine http: Judge William Baldwin acknowledged the brutality of the attack and the seemingly light sentences that he was handing down to the teens, but he noted that he could only pass a sentence in keeping with the charges the boys were found guilty of. That's not a street fight," Baldwin said, refuting the defense use of the term "street fight" to describe the beating that left Luis Ramirez in a coma for two days before he passed away.
Attorney General Eric Holder recommending that he pursue civil rights charges in the case. Ramirez was targeted, beaten and killed because he was Mexican," Rendell said. AP — Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell rehn-DEL' wants the Department of Justice to file federal charges against two teenagers in the fatal beating of a Mexican immigrant. Rendell calls the attack on year-old Luis Ramirez "senseless and cowardly.
Earlier this month, a Schuylkill SKOO'-kul County jury acquitted the year-old and year-old of charges including murder and ethnic intimidation but convicted them of simple assault.
Two other teens have pleaded guilty in connection with the attack. Educate the population at large to eliminate the anti-Mexican sentiment. Inform minorities, particularly the Mexican community about their constitutional and human rights. Disseminate legitimate studies previously done and link our readers or targets with other organizations that are producing and disseminating excellent studies Publish studies that will show the societal impact of immigrants, specifically the immigrant Mexican community in the United States; and to c onduct original research.
Marcelino Serna served valiantly in World War I and returned to Texas a military legend, but his advocates say he was bypassed for Americas highest military decoration because of his heritage and the fact that he spoke little English. The resolution would ask Congress to reconsider a Medal of Honor for Serna, who died in at age The resolution has already cleared the state Senate and the House committee. It needs final approval from the full House to be presented to Congress.
Serna spoke almost no English when he enlisted in the Army. After three weeks of training, the Army shipped him across the Atlantic. Can you imagine that? When Army officers realized that Serna was a Mexican national, they offered him the chance to return home. A friend translated his answer -- a firm no. Serna decided he would stay and fight for the United States. He carried out his duties with uncommon valor. Army records stated that Serna killed three dozen enemy soldiers and captured nearly the same number.
Medal of Honor, the rarest and most prestigious military decoration, eluded him. After being discharged in , Serna settled in El Paso and became a U. Experts Untie the Immigration and Unemployment Knot: Another declared medical care in Mexico was not at par with local standards and people were at risk by going to Mexico. The biggest promoter for seeking medical services in Tijuana, and indeed all of Baja California, is the high cost of medical services for millions of Southern Californians, especially the seven million who lack coverage of any type.
Even the 17 million who are covered often face harsh limits such as high deductibles and co-payments for services and medications. Those costs themselves sometimes keep people from seeking services. The un- and underinsured who turn to medical services in Baja, with Tijuana being the central point, are finding prices 40 percent to 80 percent less than those in Southern California.
It requires clients live within 50 miles of the border and covers most of San Diego and Imperial counties. In Baja, just like in California, the quality of medical treatment is dependent on the quality of the medical practitioners. Blue Shield investigates and contracts with medical providers in Tijuana, Tecate and Mexicali to assure the quality of health care along with the contractual obligation on costs and co-payments charged to members of the program.
The act was amended in requiring HMOs offering services out of the country be licensed and regulated by the state of California. In a number of Mexican medical facilities applied for such a license, but only one was actually granted. It owns its own medical facilities and has on its staff about physicians covering more than 50 specialties.
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A majority of immigrants are now women, mothers and workers, stewards of their households. During the presentation of the poll results, Sergio Bendixen defined it as "looking into the souls of millions of people in an attempt to understand what motivates them and the challenges they face.
The result shows that women immigrants' main challenges are helping their children succeed and keeping their families together. The obstacles are formidable. They also confront anti-immigrant discrimination, lack of health care and low-paying employment.
Bendixen said that this is something that shakes the perception that immigration is always about economics and dollars. In fact, many of the women start out in low-paying jobs even though they may have held professional positions in their home countries. In the United States they might work as a hotel maid, waitress, house cleaner and textile worker. These results indicate that women may be putting devotion to the well-being of their families ahead of personal job status and pride in choosing to emigrate.
What it shows is the common ground between immigrants and the American society. Kelley said rarely do all the members of a family leave at the same time. Asked about their income during the first year of working in the United States, 67 percent reported salaries under the poverty line. Another hurdle is discrimination. Language is the other big issue. A total of 64 percent of those polled said they spoke "little or no English.
Narasaki pointed out that it is not only difficult to learn a second language as an adult, but that most of these classes are oversubscribed, with some two-year waiting lists. But when immigrants cannot go beyond basic language skills, it becomes an obstacle. Most are unaware of public health programs that could help their children receive medical assistance.
The aspirations of immigrant women are remarkably similar as 90 percent of Vietnamese, Arab, and Latin American women all said they want to become U. However, there are disparities in legal status among the ethnic groups.
Asians, for example, naturalize faster because immigration laws allow them to bring in more relatives. Only 46 percent of Latino women polled are U. The increased cost to obtain citizenship has made the prospect of becoming an American more even difficult, especially in a recession. You cannot have 7 million workers in the shadows," Kelley said.
Most times, naturalization process is delayed because of the costs of applying for it. Among other findings the poll showed that their roles change within their households. They come from smaller towns where you are very close to your family, they want to make sure everyone is okay. And when they get here, they also want to make sure they have a better living.
Kelley also concluded that one of the important things about the survey is that immigrants share the same traditional values as the rest of Americans. She felt that the survey was very important for this very reason -- to help Americans understand that immigrants share the same values and commitment to building families. It's about the family. Please find it at www. A report on the Rockefeller Drug Laws,. A reminder of the Second Chance Act,.
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Men who use their newfound knowledge of that past to build a bridge to the future with their own children. Ann Zundel said no. The thought of getting involved with the prison terrified her. Then, the more she thought about it, the more she got up the nerve to give it a try. Now, after helping hundreds of inmates research their family histories, Zundel is trying to get an official family history program established in the Arizona State Prison at Florence. In spite of the difficulties Zundel has encountered, she persists because she is convinced that giving inmates access to genealogical research can bring families of the incarcerated together in a way that is unique and very powerful.
Those who work to help children maintain ties with their incarcerated parents would agree. Knowing more about their family history can give them a much fuller context for who they are. But, she points out, children love and want to be involved with their parents regardless of what negative choices that parent may have made. The solution is not separation, but programs that build family ties.
Research done by the Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation bears this out. The foundation conducted a two-year study as the initial phase of a six-year initiative to mobilize community support for children of prisoners.
What they discovered, says executive director Claire Walker, is that there are many obstacles standing in the way of communication between children and their incarcerated parents. He became fascinated with the idea of building a family tree. Having this project helped me restore relationships that I had lost with these family members due to my incarceration and gave me something to talk about with them besides my incarceration.
By the time he was released, Sampson was so taken with his research that he relocated to Utah to be closer to the resources offered there by the LDS Church. Sampson is now a changed man, truly contrite, and a productive member of society. He was able to start a successful business, and he continues with his genealogical research. He credits that research with knitting back together the family ties that had unraveled because of the bad decisions he made in the past. This has given our lives meaning and given us a sense of identity.
Immigration files to become part of National Archives. The first batch will include , people born before and who arrived after Historical government files that chronicle the lives of immigrants in the U. The files could reveal the untold stories of millions of immigrants, including scores of Jews who fled Europe after World War II and Chinese who came to the U. The "alien registration files," or A-files, document both legal and illegal immigrants' interaction with the government through registration forms, interview transcripts, health records, photographs, marriage licenses and recordings.
This will be their whole story, not just a piece of their story. Citizenship and Immigration Services began transferring the documents for preservation by archivists during a signing ceremony at the National Archives in Washington. The immigration agency maintains about 53 million A-files and will transfer them beginning years after an individual's birth date.
The first group to be archived is composed of , people who were born before and arrived after , including Spanish painter Salvador Dali and French performer Maurice Chevalier. The first files are expected to be available to the public starting next summer. In the past, A-files were considered "temporary records" and could have been discarded 75 years from the date of last action.
Now, they will become permanent records to be housed in either San Bruno, Calif. The A-files, which began in , may include registration forms with a person's name, address, physical description, employer, where and when they arrived, and whether they came as a passenger, crew member or a stowaway.
They may also include transcripts from deportation proceedings, tapes from interviews and affidavits from neighbors. Smith, associate director of the citizenship agency. UC Davis immigration law professor Bill O. Hing said he thought the files of his parents, who immigrated from China, would be among the first to be transferred into the archives. He tracked down the files years ago and read about how his parents entered the U. Hing said the files were a great opportunity for historians and people interested in immigration policy.
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I would like to suggest to see if KCTS can get a copy and broadcast during our HHM celebrations and maybe have this and other hour long Latino documentaries shown in the upstairs conference room at the Seattle center like our Filipinos Veterans are doing this Sunday for their Philippine Independent Celebrations.
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Accompanying the series will be a companion book, written by Dayton Duncan and introduced by Ken Burns, which will be published by Alfred A. This book and the DVD is now available for pre-order. Sent by Armando Rendon armandorendon sbcglobal. In celebration of their 50th Anniversary, their first annual Veteran's Day ceremony was held in In addition, a website was mounted of Irwindale veterans. It can be viewed at: Photos and the ranks and some historical information is included. Amvets Post Pledge of Allegiance…………………..
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Beth Pumpelly, who helps coordinate limited-English-proficiency classes, says Tovar has inspired teamwork among the teaching staff. To get the kids to learn, sometimes you have to teach the parents how to do their own jobs better. Instead of walking the halls of Sunset High School in his usual happy-go-lucky way, greeting teenagers with a grin and calling them by name, the principal is hunched over paperwork in his office, his round, brown features drawn together in a brooding frown.
There are just three weeks left before the school's 2, students sit down to take the fateful standardized tests that are referred to simply and ominously as the TAKS. The names on Tovar's list belong to the 75 seniors who, having failed one or more of the exams, are about to get one last chance to graduate with their class. This will be their fifth or sixth time to take the test," Tovar says. Eighteen-year-old boys crying like babies because they passed a test; it's a sight to see.
But it breaks your heart when you have to tell them they didn't pass Glancing at his watch, Tovar snaps back into the upbeat motivational mode instilled in him over 22 years of coaching baseball and football. We need you to come to Saturday school and after-school focus groups. Moments later, the listed seniors file into rows of seats in front of a stage framed by purple curtains.
In keeping with Sunset's demographics, all of them are Hispanic, and they hold their backpacks and watch impassively as Tovar, in a crisp white shirt and red tie, launches into his last-ditch pep talk. Roughly half of the students' hands go up. You'll put your girlfriend or boyfriend or job on hold and focus for the next three weeks. These students' futures aren't the only thing hanging in the balance. Their scores will help determine whether Tovar can make Sunset the first non-magnet school in the Dallas Independent School District to be crowned as "recognized" by the state, a coup that would build on this year's "acceptable" rating and be especially meaningful considering most of Oak Cliff's high schools have long been deemed unacceptable.
Under Tovar's leadership, in the past three years Sunset has challenged the assumption that urban schools are doomed to languish and fail. It has seen its TAKS scores rise and its parental involvement skyrocket, and this year, it's being touted as the district's most effective high school, according to the DISD rating system that gauges how well schools perform in relation to their demographics 27 percent of Sunset's students have limited English proficiency, 96 percent are Hispanic and 70 percent are eligible for free or reduced lunches.
Since , the number of Sunset students who passed the reading and language arts TAKS jumped from 77 to 82 percent, the scores for social studies rose from 89 to 91 percent, and the math and science scores—most challenging district-wide—inched up from 53 to 57 percent and 56 to 62 percent, respectively.
Tony's changing that conversation, and I'm really rooting for him to make it. Sunset, Hinojosa says, is one of a handful of DISD campuses that have seen leaps in performance under principals with a knack for hiring effective teachers and administrators, inspiring people to succeed and instituting new practices that produce results.
Yet Sunset's status as a bright spot in DISD is also a sobering reminder of the district's grim realities. Just 55 percent of Sunset students graduate in four years; only 40 percent of those who graduated in are enrolled in higher-education, and a mere 3 percent of those who take the SAT or ACT college entrance exams have college-ready scores.
Such statistics are like battle lines to Tovar. The son of Mexican immigrants who married as teens and never finished high school, the year-old principal is determined to make Sunset into the sort of school that defies its circumstances, just as his family defied theirs.
I remind the parents and the kids that a high school diploma is the beginning, not the end of their education. I'm tired of hearing we can only do "Mexican" jobs. You're making us look bad. For Tovar, the most challenging part of being a principal is getting evaluated for results that in many ways depend on demographics and other factors beyond his control this is especially apparent to him since he coached and taught history at Skyline High School—a magnet—for 16 years.
It can also be wearisome for all of his varied efforts to be judged by a series of standardized tests. Like most educators, he acknowledges the need to monitor schools' effectiveness and hold teachers accountable, but he has concerns about how well the tests measure learning and about the sorts of creative material that may get left out in the rush to pass. Tovar doesn't spend much time wringing his hands over the things he can't control.
When he gets discouraged, he thinks about former students who have gone on to become lawyers and teachers and professional baseball players. And then, like any self-respecting coach, no matter how bad the odds might seem, Tovar keeps searching for new strategies that might help his team win, all the while cheering them on as if they're the best players on earth.
On a recent afternoon, Tovar heads down the hall toward the cafeteria during lunchtime. Students nod and smile as they pass. A young woman greets the principal from across the hall. He stops a pale, gangly teenager. Moments later the principal strolls through the packed cafeteria past the senior table, where "Class of " is painted on the wall in enormous purple letters. A young woman waves, and he waves back. When you ask teachers and parents what sets Tovar apart as a principal, one of the first things they say is simple: Instead of spending all of his time holed-up in his office or attending meetings, he reserves the late afternoon and early evening for paperwork so he can dedicate much of his day to visiting classrooms, walking the hall and talking to students, parents and faculty.
These are out there supporting and motivating the kids. Hall also points out that unlike prior principals, who after two years left for loftier posts with the district, Tovar has been there for three years and says he doesn't have plans to leave.
Hinojosa says Tovar, Sunset's 10th principal in 16 years, recently told him, "No offense, but I don't want to go down to the central office. I want to stay at Sunset. To begin a new era at Sunset when he was hired in the summer of , Tovar replaced three administrators and five department heads.
They didn't know how to talk to teachers, improve teachers, improve classroom management. I had to get stronger instructionally and make sure I hired people who were.
There are 2, kids and teachers—I can't run this place by myself. Coming off three-year stints as an assistant principal at Adamson and Molina high schools, he says, he had a lot to learn to ensure that he wasn't just managing the brass tacks of operations, but also developing a team that could effectively evaluate and improve teaching methods, ensure students learn, and fulfill on district-wide initiatives such as daily "collaboration" meetings in which teachers who teach the same subject share their strategies.
His new team included Mark Ramirez, a former science teacher and DISD science consultant, as associate principal in charge of the science department; and Jonathan Parker, a former associate principal at Pinkston High School, as the assistant principal in charge of the math department. At first, implementing new practices like the teacher collaboration meetings was challenging. Some teachers were too embarrassed or too proud to ask for help, Tovar says.
Beth Pumpelly, an assistant principal intern who helps coordinate limited-English-proficiency classes, says other teachers resisted sharing their tried-and-true methods, preferring to keep the secrets of their success to themselves.
Yet eventually, a new sense of camaraderie, free communication and mutual support emerged. One of Tovar's most momentous personnel decisions was to create a community liaison position and fill it with Nora Garcia, an Oak Cliff native who was working as a teaching assistant for the LEP classes. A petite, gregarious woman who's fluent in Spanish and exudes an efficient, no-nonsense air, Garcia brings to mind an odd combination of your favorite elementary school teacher and a monster Caterpillar tractor.
She immediately began reaching out to parents and within two years has managed to increase the attendance at PTA meetings from a couple dozen to around parents each month.
Somehow, they've managed to engage the parents. Parental involvement is crucial; for educators it's something like the rudder on a boat—if students' home lives are in shambles and they lack support from their families, you can row all you want and not get anywhere.
Since most of the students come from poor families, there are many single parents who work multiple jobs and are hard-pressed to be very involved in their children's education. Garcia leads weekly parenting classes on Monday mornings that routinely draw people, most of them Mexican immigrants. She has addressed a range of topics, from talking to kids about sex and drugs to helping them with their homework, disciplining them and supporting them in the run-up to the TAKS tests.
She also offers English and computer classes. If we can empower the parents and teach them, I think you'll see remarkable things. A number of the parents who have been attending Garcia's classes say they've already seen remarkable things. Maria Fe Basa says that as she and her husband have spent more time helping their daughter with her homework, they've watched her grades rise from C's to B's. Maria Nunez, a mother of four from Mexico, says the classes have helped her with her year-old daughter.
Before, she was too strict because she was so scared the teen would get involved in drugs or gangs or get pregnant. I realize I have to give her some freedom and responsibility, and she shares a lot more things with me. Aracelly Rios has also started to communicate more with her son, a year-old senior who arrived in Dallas in eighth grade speaking no English. Concerned about drugs after noticing that one of the boys he carpooled with stopped showing up for school and took to driving around in flashy sports cars, she asked her son about it.
He told her that while there were lots of kids selling marijuana or other drugs at school, they didn't pressure anyone to buy them.
Rios also found out at Garcia's class that to keep up with his class, her son could attend night school and Saturday school. On the morning of April 20, about 40 parents sit at round tables in a classroom decorated with periodic table diagrams and TAKS strategies. We teach the students to read and do arithmetic, but to truly educate them about managing school and their life—that's your job.
A woman named Amalia nods. We have to be responsible. A third woman in a pink sweater questions how much of a difference all of this will make in the face of a new and often mysterious culture. Garcia, suspicious of any statement that sounds remotely like an excuse, isn't buying it. This is one of Oak Cliff's best schools, and that's partly because you guys have stepped up and gotten involved.
I've known many of you for a long time. But what about the parents of the kids who yell at teachers? The parents of the kids who fight and get sent to alternative schools? Where are those parents? We need to reach out to them. Tovar's voice blares over the intercom as the class wraps up. If your name is missing or incorrect, let us know. This is our last week before the TAKS test. I want to congratulate you, Sunset. We had almost kids here for Saturday school last week, and we hope to have more this time because it's the last one.
If there was one thing that always motivated the Tovar kids to excel, it was the blood and grease covering the floors of the Supreme Beef plant on Second Avenue. Their father worked at the meatpacker for more than three decades, and when Tovar and his two younger brothers were growing up, Anthony Tovar Sr. Tovar is the oldest of four, and when he was born, his mother, Nina, was nearly a child herself. She'd married Anthony Sr. Both were born in Dallas, but their parents had emigrated from Mexico.
Most of the modest homes were occupied by multi-generational families, and in the evenings, Tovar and his siblings would play baseball in the street while the adults sat on the stoops and talked in the fading light. Tovar attended John Ireland Elementary and recalls being one of the only Hispanic students. He adjusted quickly and by fifth grade had fallen in love with baseball and football and was determined to become a coach.
As Tovar progressed through John B. Hood Middle School and later, Samuell High School, his mother remained ever-vigilant about his performance. She got wind of some behavioral problems when he was in the seventh grade "I was being a smartass," Tovar recalls.
If she noticed he was unfocused or talking out of turn, she would raise her hand and say, "Excuse me, my son isn't behaving. Remembering his embarrassment, Tovar—now a father of four himself—laughs.
His mother recently told that story at one of Garcia's parenting classes. Garcia thought the Tovars' story would be inspiring for her pupils, so she had them come into the auditorium as guest speakers. Nina and Anthony Sr. His father took the mic and addressed the group in fluent Spanish. But my one regret is that we didn't finish our education. Sending four kids to college isn't easy. For many years we never took a vacation because we worked year-round. He introduced his wife as "the backbone of our family," and she talked about the importance of constantly monitoring and motivating one's children.
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