Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Cool Kid" from Manhattan Beach Writes About Immigration

Manhattan Beach, CA has made it into the news a few times.

The high school terminated a good French teacher just because the administration did not like him.

A great white shark was spotted off the coast lingering near the piers, then swam away.

Last year, balls of oil appeared on the shoreline.

On a more policy/political front, another recent development in MB hit the nightly news.

Two weeks ago, ABC 7 spotlighted Jason Fong for his blog on immigration.

ABC 7 reports:

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Our ABC7 Cool Kid for Thursday, Jan. 14, is Jason Fong, who created a blog to address issues involving immigrants and the Asian-American experience.

Asian groups are moving to the United States in larger numbers. Pundits like Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Torrance, Los Angeles) have posted stats suggesting that Asian populations will become the largest minority group in California soon.

Fong said one comment from a presidential candidate was all it took for him to head down his path of writing.

"Jeb Bush's controversial comments referring to Asian Americans as 'anchor babies.' And I just wanted to give Asian Americans a chance to present our own stories," he said.

When did Jeb Bush say this? August, 2015.

CNN gives more background:

Jeb Bush was trying to dig himself out from a pile of criticism for using the term "anchor babies." But his comments at a press conference Monday only brought heaps of new outrage.

Defending himself from charges that he had used a derogatory term stereotyping Hispanics, he told the cameras that "anchor babies" were "frankly more related to Asian people."

The comment sparked outrage from Asian-American politicians, interest groups and Twitter users.

Then CNN added:

But there is a real if little-documented practice of so-called birth tourism from Asia, where foreign nationals come to the United States for the purpose of ensuring their children become American citizens. The phrase "anchor babies" implies that the parents of these children are also hoping to obtain legal status through them.

The statement above comes from CNN, not Fox News, Huffington Post, or Breitbart, by the way. 

Bush did not make a racist remark. His comments were impolitic, perhaps, but not necessarily prejudicial.

Besides, after five months, Bush can barely budge out of single digits, despite his exorbitant campaign wealth.

Now, let's return to young Mr. Fong's blog about immigration:

He started a website, jasonfongwrites.blogspot.com, which provides information on the latest issues and a voice.

"I don't expect to change everyone's mind because people are really stuck in what they believe, but hopefully if it gets them asking questions then that's all I can hope for," he said.

Is that really true?

He's also encouraging people to use #MyAsianExperience on Twitter as a way to stir action.

"Beyond which party and which political preferences you have, I just think it's really important for us to get involved in the political process," he said.

Of course it it! Thank you!

Jason hopes by turning around words that can hurt, he can provide a place to help people through his blog.

Jason Fong (Sparks Mag)

How about not focusing on words that hurt our feelings, and instead focus on words which hurt the truth and undermine our capacity to reason with one another?

We do need to foster discussion on this very contentious issue.

Illegal immigration is a serious problem in the state of California and the country.

I wonder how Jason Fong would respond to the following:

1. Two illegal aliens appointed to city commissions in Huntington Park, CA

2. Sanctuary city status declared in Cudahy (and perhaps Maywood), CA.

3. The death of Kathryn Steinle and others from repeat offender illegal aliens.

4. The strain of illegal immigration on our welfare and entitlements systems. as well as public institutions like the school system.

5. The erosion of cultural and national integrity because of perverse disregard for the rule of law.

More to follow.

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