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Archive for November 2003

A Brief Update

Well, the Orientalism presentation went quite nicely. My thanks to Conrad, Jonathan, lesslyn, and others for helping to push me towards a more accurate view of Said.

Now, on to Wyatt’s court poetry. This is going to be an all-nighter.

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November 27, 2003 at 12:24 pm

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[ARTICLE] Middleman Minorities

From Prospect Magazine, the article “Vengeful majorities”:

December 2003

In many poor countries, markets concentrate wealth in the hands of prosperous ethnic minorities. In these places, democracy can be an engine of vengeance

Amy Chua

One morning in September 1994, I received a call from my mother in California. In a hushed voice, she told me that my Aunt Leona, my father’s twin sister, had been murdered in her home in the Philippines, her throat slit by her chauffeur. My mother broke the news to me in our Hokkien Chinese dialect. But the word “murder” she said in English, as if to wall off the act from the family through language.

The murder of a relative is horrible for anyone, anywhere. My father’s grief was impenetrable; to this day, he has not broken his silence on the subject. For the rest of the family, though, there was an added element of disgrace. For the Chinese, luck is a moral attribute, and a lucky person would never be murdered. Like having a birth defect, or marrying a Filipino, being murdered is shameful.

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Written by Randy McDonald

November 25, 2003 at 6:11 pm

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Break

I’ll be taking a break from LJ for a while.

I’ll see you all later.

UPDATE: School’s providing enough writing projects; LJ adds too many to the fire. Hmm, mixed metaphors, but anyway. 🙂

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November 23, 2003 at 10:38 pm

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A Quiz, Perhaps Appropriate

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November 23, 2003 at 8:19 pm

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November 23, 2003 at 5:44 pm

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On the Imminent American Military Dictatorship

It’s unspeakably disturbing that at least some lead officials in the Bush Administration and the upper echelons of the American government are thinking along the lines of eliminating constitutional and democratic government, and instituting something more like Ataturkist Turkey.

FYI. Better warned than not.

Gen. Franks Doubts Constitution Will Survive WMD Attack”
John O. Edwards, NewsMax.com
Friday, Nov. 21, 2003

Gen. Tommy Franks says that if the United States is hit with a weapon of mass destruction that inflicts large casualties, the Constitution will likely be discarded in favor of a military form of government.

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Written by Randy McDonald

November 22, 2003 at 5:07 pm

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[BRIEF NOTE] Russia’s Ethnic Groups in the early 21st Century

From the RFE/RL Russian Political Weekly, the posting of 19 November 2003 (Volume 3, Number 46), the interesting article “Russia’s Ethnic Groups By the Numbers,” by Liz Fuller:

epanastatis, satyadasa, you might be interested in this article given past discussion about the numbers of Chinese in Russia according to the recent census.

The population of the Russian Federation is not only dwindling as a whole, but ethnic Russians now account for a slightly smaller percentage of the country’s overall population than they did at the time of the last Soviet census in 1989 — 79.82 percent in 2002 compared with 81.54 percent in 1989. The total number of Russians fell over that period from 119.86 million to 115.86 million. That is just one of the findings from the preliminary results of last year’s census, which were reviewed in two articles published in “Nezavisimaya gazeta” on 11 November.

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Written by Randy McDonald

November 21, 2003 at 8:10 pm

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