Until I stopped by Racialicious yesterday, I didn’t know that May is “Asian and Pacific Islander/American Heritage Month” (APIA Month for short). So I tip my hat to Carmen Van Kerckhove, one of my favorite biracial Asian-American anti-racist bloggers.
This post from Tuesday features an embedded video with celebrity Asian-Americans such as Sandra Oh, Lisa Ling, Kal Penn and George Takei... talking about that Asian pride.
Y’all know I likes to celebrate America in all of its mind-boggling multicultiversity, so I am down with APIA Month.
But here’s the thing: I didn’t post everything I had planned to post for Black History Month. And Women’s History Month (March) totally slipped away from me; I wanted to hit you with some Eleanor Roosevelt and some Margaret Mead like pa-POW!
This time, I will devote an entire day’s postings to Asian-related themes... and be done with it. (And since APIA Month covers the Chinese and Japanese, Koreans, Indians, Thais, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Hawaiians and Samoans... that’s a lot of ground to cover.)
Check out my upper right-hand corner, for instance. I got a video clip of jazz artist Kazumi Watanabe rocking a Spanish guitar on Piazzolla’s famous “Libertango.”
It’s a different look for the Tokyo-born Watanabe. I know him for his fiery electrified fusion work back in the 1980s.
Anyway... that’s how I’m rolling today. Because I hereby proclaim this to be “Hooray for Asians Day” here in the House of Love!
Stick around, Short Round...