Ms. Meltingpot is Guilty of Racial Profiling. But So Are You… probably

Ms. Meltingpot is Guilty of Racial Profiling. But So Are You… probably

Hi Meltingpot Readers, I have to come clean. I am completely guilty of racial profiling. But it’s probably not what you think. The other day my body was crying out for a massage. Babygirl had been sick and sleeping in our bed for more than a week. In an effort not to crush her adorable little body, I think I slept in one rigid position every night, resulting in an overall bodyache and actual muscle spasms. This has never happened to me before – I know, I’m getting old –…

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style

From the Meltingpot Vault: Passing For White, Asian Style

Hi Meltingpot Readers, For those of you who are new to the Meltingpot, you should know that this is like the third incarnation of this blog. I’ve always covered identity politics and parenting, I just did it over on blogger. I never took the original Meltingpot blog down, so you can always go back and read through the archives, just for kicks. Occasionally, somebody new does stumble upon an old post and leaves a comment, which makes me think it’s worth re-sharing. Here’s the comment I just received on my…

Best of the Meltingpot: “Who Are You Calling Oriental?”

Best of the Meltingpot: “Who Are You Calling Oriental?”

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Yesterday was the first day of school for all of three of my babies. It’s official, I now have a 7th grader, a 4th grader and babygirl officially joined the Two’s class at her daycare. They grow up so fast. I can’t believe it. And it’s the beginning of a new school year for me too, so I’m up to here in busy work and getting back into the groove of being supermom/super-professor/super-author so, I’m going to go into the Meltingpot vault and pull up an old…

“What Kind of Asian Are You?”

“What Kind of Asian Are You?”

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Have you seen this hilarious video? I cracked up when my son showed it to me the other day and I used it to share with him all the experiences I had abroad when folks wanted to know what part of Africa my people came from. In Spain and Morocco people didn’t consider me a “real American” and always followed up with that, “No, really, where are you from?” question. It annoyed me to no end. The next time someone asks me that, I’ll remember this video…

Surgery and Self-Hatred: Korean Beauty Rituals Going Too Far?

Surgery and Self-Hatred: Korean Beauty Rituals Going Too Far?

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s no secret that women are hard on themselves when it comes to beauty rituals. In almost every known culture women are judged on their appearance first and their other attributes — intelligence, strength, moral character — second and a distant third. So, we primp and diet and spend oodles money on bottles of miracle potions, creams and lotions. We pay other women to buff our nails and strip the dead skin off of our feet. We suffer through hot wax being poured on our nether regions…

Black Girl Sings in Hmong Language

Black Girl Sings in Hmong Language

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Sorry it’s been awhile. The end of the semester is hitting me hard. But I couldn’t resist posting this story I just saw on the Tell Me More website. It’s about this young Black American woman who is making a name for herself singing gospel music in the Hmong language. It’s a totally feel good meltingpot story. Check it out. Peace!

Wednesday Round-Up: Fierce Female Bloggers, Django One More Time, and GQ’s Take on Asian Beauty

Wednesday Round-Up: Fierce Female Bloggers, Django One More Time, and GQ’s Take on Asian Beauty

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s Wednesday, so let’s get it to it, your weekly rationing of tasty, fresh links. I’ve scoured the web, so you don’t have to. Enjoy! 1. Because I spend far too much time scrolling through my twitter feed instead of working intently on my next book project, I stumbled upon this great blog, called Colored Girl Confidential. I think I’ll be visiting the CGC on the regular. What pulled me in was their list of  “23 Fierce Female Bloggers to Follow in 2013.” Now, Ms. Meltingpot didn’t…

Asian Beauty: Italian Vogue Puts Chinese Model on the Cover

Asian Beauty: Italian Vogue Puts Chinese Model on the Cover

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Did you know fashion history was made at the beginning of the month when Italian Vogue put Chinese model, Fei Fei Sun on the cover of their January issue? This is the first time Italian Vogue has ever featured an Asian cover model. Now, you might be thinking, Italy isn’t exactly a bastion of Asian pride, what gives? But that’s the thing. Italy isn’t teeming with Asian activists or even a large Asian population, yet Italian Vogue has an Asian cover model, while British Vogue and US…