As we approach the home stretch of the semester, a time when the procrastination monster runs rampant, I offer some food for thought, or at the very least another procrastination opportunity: Adam Grant’s TED Talk “The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers“. Grant’s talk in part discusses the role procrastination plays …
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And the winner is…
IT & CAMPUS SERVICES!
“The Three Little Pumpkins and the Big Bad Gourd”
Congratulations to the IT & Campus Services departments. This is their second consecutive pumpkin contest win! This year’s voting results were SO close, and all submissions deserve a huge round of applause. Make sure to join in the fun next October to see if you can out-craft the reigning champions.
Boston Book Festival is an annual celebration that “promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city” and it is being held on Saturday, October 15 in Copley Square. Most events are free and first-come, first-served. However, some workshops do require advance registration.
The Boston Book Festival will feature dozens of exhibitors, along with over 200 speakers and presenters, including novelists, journalists, critics, essayists, poets, scholars, and artists. The organizers have color-coded the events in the schedule to help identify the type of interests for which audiences the event would have the most appeal.
Each year, the Boston Book Festival also organizes the One City One Story (1C1S) program – providing one short story to the entire city free of charge to create a shared reading experience for Boston residents and to foster discussions and engagement in reading. . The selection this year is “The Faery Handbag” by Kelly Link. Copies of the story are available for free at the Wheelock College Library on top of the Book Exchange Shelf by the Service Desk. You can also download the story from the One City One Story website. The digital copies are offered in English, Spanish, and Russian at the moment. Additional translations should be coming soon.
On the day of the Boston Book Festival, there will be a 1C1S Town Hall in the forum space at Trinity Church, where you can discuss the story with fellow readers across the city.
Ice cream is a perfect summer food, or if you are ice cream obsessed like I am, ice cream is a perfect food anytime of the year or day.
My obsession with ice cream is not limited to eating it. I am also obsessed with the process of making ice cream, the history of the food, the history of various ice cream companies, you name it. If it is ice cream related I am interested.
As July is National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of July is National Ice Cream Day, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to share some of the fascinating ice cream facts and materials which combine my love of ice cream and history.
First how is it that July came to National Ice Cream Month?
Presidential Proclamation 5219 signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 after is was requested by The Congress via Senate Joint Resolution 298. The Presidential Proclamation designated July 1984 as National Ice Cream Month and July 15, 1984 as National Ice Cream Day. Although the Proclamation officially only referred to 1984 the tradition of July as National Ice Cream Month and the Third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day has stuck every since.
Read the proclamation here.
And get more information about Senate Joint Resolution here.
Ice cream before National Ice Cream Day:
Looking to expand your own ice cream knowledge check out these e-books from our collection:
Speaking of Ben & Jerry’s check out their blog post illustrating the evolution of the design of their pint containers over the years.
Fresh Off the Boat was renewed for a 3rd season. The Mindy Project was renewed for a 5th. Master of None was renewed for a 2nd season. So were Dr.Ken and Quantico. This is all in the same year! Why is this a big deal? Almost all of them are shows created by and starring Asian characters (who do not look anywhere close to white) and they’re being renewed – meaning there are enough “mainstream” audience members tuning in. Asians/Asian Americans represent 5.6% of the US population but representation is disproportionately low in TV and films. And when you consider that their stories often take place in cities where there should be a large Asian/Asian American population, yet the few Asians depicted are in hospital settings and Chinatowns. There is not just a dearth of Asian representation, but also a dearth in the variety of roles Asians can play.
Until these past few years, starring roles for Asians/Asian Americans have been mostly nonexistent, especially starring roles where they’re central characters who do not have to play second fiddle to the white co-lead. The claim has always been that there just isn’t enough of an audience for Asian leads. Family sitcoms are huge on broadcast network television, yet the last network sitcom to star an Asian American family was in 1994 until Fresh Off the Boat was created in 2015. During that time, the number of Asians/Asian Americans in the US has doubled.
Asian roles have mainly been limited to stereotypes and roles and stories that everyone is comfortable with seeing Asians perform (so ix-nay on having an Asian in the role of male romantic lead in a heterosexual relationship). Furthermore, due to whitewashing, leading Asian characters that should have gone to Asian/Asian-American actors are often reimagined as white characters (see 21) or are played by white actors (see Aloha). While Asian countries have their own TV and movie industries and some Asians/Asian Americans consume their content, it does not feel right that we have to “go back to where we came from” and sometimes have to leap over a cultural divide to find Asians as nuanced, central characters.
In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, here are some interesting blog articles and movie recommendations related to this topic:
Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle: A subversive, stoner comedy featuring two Asian male leads getting into shenanigans like getting high and taking a pointless road trip which ends up being a metaphor for self-discovery. Here is a trailer. You can borrow this from the Boston Public Library.
Indian Accents Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film Borrow the book from the Wheelock College Library.
Master of None, episode 4 “Indians on TV”. This episode tackles issues of diversity in Hollywood. Here are two scenes from that episode. You can watch this episode if you have access to Netflix.
Slaying the Dragon by Deborah Gee: a documentary about the portrayal of Asian American women in film. While the documentary is old, it lays out the history of Asian stereotypes in media. Borrow the DVD from the Wheelock College Library.
#StarringJohnCho: Click on the hashtag to view popular movie posters photoshopped with John Cho as the male lead. Those who feel John Cho is out of place in these posters will have glimpsed a little into how minorities feel about whitewashing and those who don’t feel he is out of place won’t be deterred from movies featuring an Asian male lead.
This is a Jar Full of Major Characters. Beautiful, easy-to-understand explanation about whitewashing and the difference between racebending a character from POC to white and racebending a character from white to a POC.