Part of my plans for blogging included reading more news articles. As part of my process of keeping up with how much I read and what kinds of articles I’m reading. So on Saturdays I plan on posting my week in articles. I’ll do seven, one for each day, and provide the links to the actual articles as well as a quick summary of the article. This is mostly for me, since I have a hard time keeping up with everything I read during the week. So hopefully you guys will find it informative as well!
North Korean figure skaters Ryom Tae Ok (18) and Kim Ju Sik (25) recently qualified to be the first athletes from North Korea for the PyongChang Winter Olympics. They could be the first North Koreans to compete in the Olympics when hosted by South Korea, as North Korea had boycotted the 1998 Seoul Games. Ultimately it is up to the North Korean Olympic Committee whether they will participate or not. The committee has until October 30th to confirm the nation’s intention for participation.
Reviewing site Kirkus and book distributer Baker & Taylor have come together to create an app geared towards librarians, retail book buyers, and educators that will help them find more diverse YA books for their collections. It creates a curated list between members of nine marginalized communities: Black, Latinx, Asian, Middle Eastern, First/Native Nations, Multiracial, Religion, LGBTQIAP, and Disability. Users can also narrow their searches to include members of two of these groups such as Black and LGBTQIAP and so on.
First Lady Melania Trump announced through the White House that a school in each state that had achieved high standards of excellence, although they failed to define in detail that these standards would be. The librarian of Cambridgeport Elementary in Massachusetts said that while “honored” by the gift she would not be accepting the donation due to the fact that students in Cambridge, home to Harvard University, do not lack resources for its schools. She then asked why the First Lady not “gift books to underfunded and underprivileged communities that continue to be marginalized and maligned by policies put in place by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos?” She also called the choice of Dr. Suess books a bit cliche, and noted the multiple racist undertones within his works in her response.
Netflix recently announced that it will be teaming up with Taiwan’s Kbro Media and Good Image Production to bring viewers a new Asian-American series, A Taiwanese Tale of Two Cities, an alliterative title that is still subject to change in these early stages of development. It will follow two women, one from Taipei and another from San Fransisco who swap homes and live each others respective lives, and the journeys they have because of it. Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture has already reacted positively to the series, giving it a grant for its promotion of Taiwanese culture.
This article points out that it has been several decades since the Supreme Court ruled (West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette in 1943) that no student shall be forced to salute the American flag and say the Pledge of Allegiance. In recent months, former 49er player Colin Kaepernick has received backlash for his protest decision to sit and kneel during the national anthem at NFL games. This article outlines how Jehovah’s Witnesses often will not stand for the national anthem or say the pledge simply because it conflicts with their religious views. They are unable to pledge allegiance to anything or anyone other than their higher power (God, specifically named Jehovah). An interesting dichotomy to our current events, and another form of protest that does not seem to be attacked.
Tennis champion Serena Williams posted on her FB about an experience she had while riding with her younger nephew. While he was driving the car she noticed a police cruiser and was immediately reminded of the murder of Philandro Castile, who was shot in front of his girlfriend and her child. It was a reflective post wondering if she has done her part and “spoken up” about the issue. She then encourages others to follow her in not being silent. The article goes on to outline ways to be an ally to the black and other marginalized communities.
This is Brooklyn Nets player Jeremy Lin’s response to the firestorm that erupted after he appeared wearing dreadlocks. Lin, a Taiwanese-American, addresses the questions of cultural appropriation that could be happening with his new hairstyle. He addresses that he too has had experiences, and outlines his process to this point. He describes the way he included fellow players in his selection of styles when he had braids, as well as in his decision to have dreadlocks. His decision is one that he explains comes from understanding and respect for the culture and history behind the style.