20 July 2014

Foreigners need not apply

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
- Emma Lazarus “The New Colossus”

I can’t help but wonder when watching all these folks yell and scream at busloads of children and mothers, how many of them might be able to trace their history back through Ellis Island. Possibly to a teenager or even a child with only a name and address pinned to their coat, escaping poverty and oppression, sent on a ship by their family knowing well that they’d never see them again. Or maybe their immigration story starts before then, as a Potato Famine escapee fleeing poverty and death. Could they go as far back as the original settlers who came here seeking refuge from religious persecution? We’re a “nation of immigrants” as they day, but that is apparently lost on some people trying to close the door on anyone trying to come in behind them.

But perhaps I’m oversimplifying. These folks who want to “send them home” didn’t immigrate here. They were born here. And most likely their parents, grandparents, and their great-grandparents were too. So I guess for all intents and purposes they’re not immigrants anymore, and as such have no sympathy for any new folks (who don’t look like them, by the way) trying to find a life beyond poverty and violence in their native land.

I guess that’s the luxury we have, already being in the bubble. We can watch footage on our HD TVs, sipping from our bottled water, writing little opinion pieces on high end tablets in the peace of our back decks, and not have to care about the world these folks are trying to escape. How many generations after the original immigrants of my family will there be before we forget why we got here in the first place? Will I remember to teach my kids about how their grandmother left her country months before Martial Law took over the land? How she left her family and went to the US on her own with no one waiting for her when she got there? How about my friend whose two year journey to the States from Vietnam brought them through South America?

When my children’s grandchildren hear these stories, with they be watered down so much that their impact becomes lost? Will that generation be so distant from that fist immigrant that the can’t sympathize with it anymore? Will they be so removed that they start slamming the door behind them too?

19 July 2014

Because it's funny

Ok so some of y'all aren't finding the humor here. Why? You never poked fun of your folks' accents? Yea, ok. You mad because it was someone who wasn't Filipino doing it, and on a major platform? Because he dang near nailed it all the way to the cheesy "may weather" jokes.

I'm not gonna fake, I don't really know Drake's history but you can't tell me he didn't grow up around Filipinos - you don't get that accent without a fair amount of exposure. He'd probably kill a plate of adobo just like you.

18 April 2014

Ghetto Fob Chicago - Skokie Swift Edition

Chicago North Burb Folks - Need your help finding Authorities have charged this tool Ganaa Otgoo who was caught on camera attacking a senior citizen on Chicago's Skokie Swift*. 

[Image Chicago Tribune]

According to reports this guy was starting some BS with other passengers around 8:45P Friday, and at some point got into it with the victim.

The passenger told the man to leave him alone, but the man pulled the victim’s jacket over his head and began punching him, police said. He then pushed the senior to the floor and kicked him in the face, police said.

The suspect was described as Asian,  22 to 27 years old, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds. He was wearing a blue baseball cap with a red iron cross logo on the front, a black jacket with logos on the upper sleeves of both arms and the letter “A” on the back and an animal logo – possibly a dog or lion – on the front, blue jeans and black gym shoes.

* Ok yes I know it's called the Yellow Line now. Yes it's been that way for years. I just had to try and avoid the obvious link up when calling out a Ghetto Fob acting bad on the Yellow line.