Mash-Ups in the News:
“If it’s in our wheelhouse…” Apparently this is an American phrase and now that we look it at it, it really doesn’t make any sense. And who knew that “moot” means something different in American vs British English!
Oh boy do we love street food of all kinds. We can walk down the streets of so many cities in this country and find gorgeous food representing all different Mash-Ups. Please bring us a dosa immediately.
John Roland Redd was all about playing with people’s understanding of ethnicity. It was hard to find work as a Black man in the 40s and 50s, so first he passed as Juan Rolando, a Mexican musician, in order to get jobs. When he and his wife fell in love — she was white — he changed again into Korla Pandit, an Indian pop star, so they could avoid being prosecuted for interracial marriage. They lived happily ever after.
via Atlas Obscura
Things we now know: missologo is a word in Spanish for a Miss Universe-ologist. For Jeff Lee, a first-generation Taiwanese-American Mash-Up and a non-Miss-Universe contender, the Miss Universe competition offers a career, coaching candidates around the globe. Oh, and we also learned that Donald Trump used to personally select up to six semi-finalists before the competition (called “Trump Cards”).
It may be a marketing stunt, but Time Inc.’s new website devoted to breakfast? We love it anyways. Read about Taylor Ham! Malaysian coffee! The importance of Pop Tarts! We’re hungry.
via Extra Crispy
A beautiful essay about how we learn to express ourselves, especially in a new language.
via New Yorker
There are too many barriers to getting mental health care for all Americans, but for Mash-Ups the obstacles are even higher. For some, it’s culturally not acceptable to discuss mental health issues. For others, there are discriminatory systems in place at insurance and care providers that make it hard to find help.
via The Atlantic
We play pick-up basketball. The rest of the world plays pick-up soccer. In the U.S., it’s extremely expensive to participate in soccer and therefore it becomes an elitist sport at an early age. Which is the polar opposite of everywhere else!
There’s only one Chinese cop in Monterey Park, a city near Los Angeles that is 50% Chinese. Why? Well, maybe their moms don’t approve.
via LA Times
This is really powerful article about the profound disrespect with which critics and opponents have treated President Obama and how so much of that is attributable to him being seen as “other” — whether that othering comes from the truth of being a Black man or the lies of being foreign or Muslim.
via The Undefeated