Tragic as the events at Virginia Tech are, when I heard about the identity and race of the shooter (South Korean) I had a few other thoughts. I have occasionally been mystified at the stereotyping of Asians that takes place while ignoring that reality is somewhat different. Some of the common stereotypes might be like thinking of East and South Asians as being studious, workaholic, not assertive enough, being submissive and feminine, having superior academic abilities.
The media has done it's bit here in the sense with very rare exceptions one does not see a lot of Asian people on TV on shows esp men (don't watch much TV) that also contributes to some of the assumptions that I spoke about before. Not to say that everyone does this.
I wondered if that stereotype of Asians took a bit of a hit after this tragedy or if a new one got added. People come in all shades that is all there is to it.
No larger point here, just rambling.
Did not follow this too closely. But was thrilled to hear that the book "The Looming Tower" that I loved reading, and was written by Lawrence Wright (staff writer for the New Yorker .. which I love too) won the prize in the general non-fiction category. If you get a chance and this sort of thing interests you, I recommend you read this book, engrossing stuff!
Lawrence Wright, staff writer for The New Yorker, yesterday won a Pulitzer Prize in the general-nonfiction category for The Looming Tower: Al-Qaida and the Road to 9/11. The book is based on more than 500 interviews, some with friends and relatives of Osama bin Laden; it examines the circumstances that led to the formation of al-Qaida.Audio link to his interview on fresh air here.
Strands unravel on their own volition
A life coming apart, seams dissolving
Questions fester just below the skin
Hemorrhaging from within
Am all afire as they threaten to char my being to black
I rush to the edge teetering... as I feel the wind whip me
As a cold grey rain sharp as icicles falls
I wish it penetrates every pore of me
Stifle that fire in me, snuff it out!
Fire and ice will both annihilate me
How does it matter now how I am destroyed?
Within or without or falling over the edge
No better place but a yawning chasm for my soul..