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Mash-Up Round-Up: Dreaming the American Dream

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And sometimes that dream breaks your heart.
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The week of June 20, 2015 was: being relentlessly gay; everything Riley Curry; and wondering what would happen if Koreans and Jews didn’t eat pickles.

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Mash-Ups In The News:

The 9 Heartbreaks of the Charleston Shooting

Lost lives, an inability to have a real conversation about race and racism and domestic terrorism, the horrors of gun violence, the pain and numbness of hearing these stories again and again… These are just some of the heartbreaks. And in case you missed Jon Stewart, that’s here too.

We shall overcome. 

via Fusion

The Racial Draft

If you need more on Rachel Dolezal, you can find worthwhile perspectives here and here and here and here. For our part, all we can think of at this point is the racial draft. Konichiwa, bitches.

via Washington Post

Margaret Cho on Colonics, Rebellion, and Racism

One of our Mash-Up Godmothers, Margaret challenges all stereotypes as a Loud, Queer, Asian Female Comedian. Also, she reminds us thateverybody’s a little bit gay.

via Guernica 

“I’m So Proud To Have You As A Daughter” 

An interview between a Haitian immigrant father, Mario, who works two jobs as a parking lot attendant, and his 9-year-old daughter, Mabou, who is a prodigy. American Dream, we believe in you even when we are down.  Dare you not to cry!

via Storycorps

Edwidge Danticat on the Ethnic Purging of Haitians from The Dominican Republic

500,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent are being kicked out of the country. Many of them have never been to Haiti and their families have been in the DR for 80 years.

via Democracy Now

Jeb Bush Speaks More Spanish than English at Home

Dare we say, we’re … charmed? Oy vey. His accent is excelente.

via ABC News 

A Skeptic Goes on Birthright

An exploration from a woman connected to and proud of her Jewishness and also concerned about the narrative she’s being told on her sponsored trips to Israel. As we learned in high school, it’s always important to understand who the narrator is.

via Jezebel 

Mark Zuckerberg Donates $5 Million to Send Undocumented Immigrants to College

Speaking of the American Dream, in order to address some of the deep issues in our immigration system, Mark and Priscilla have joined a movement to help Dreamers go to college. Good on them.

via CNN

The Red Cheeseburger Comes to Burger King Japan

Oh hello. Burger King is making red cheese and red patties, flavored and colored with a fermented Szechuan pepper hot sauce. We won’t be standing in line for these.

via Gawker

Uber Comes Out Against the Right to Free Assembly in China

We mean, we love the ease of Uber, but this is NG, guys. NG.

via Fusion

Is “Hispanic” A Race, Ethnicity, or Both?

Over time the U.S. government has classified “Hispanic” as both a race and ethnicity, or neither. Latinos tend to disagree. Two thirds of Latinos consider their race to be Hispanic. Lots of questions raised here about the definitions of either of these categories.

via Pew Research 

The Beginning of Ivan Ramen: What It’s Like for a White Guy to Open a Ramen Shop in Japan 

First, you make delicious ramen. Second, you get lots of press coverage because it’s a great story. Third, listen to the pros.

via Lucky Peach

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