Asian-American voters show growing clout, leftward turn
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)
A historic Latino turnout helped turn America’s electoral tide toward the re-election of President Barack Obama, but Republicans also have another fast-growing group of voters to worry about in future elections: Asian-Americans.
Exit polls are showing at least 70 percent of Asian-American voters chose Obama, a sign that the nation’s fastest-growing and most politically undecided electorate is leaning increasingly Democratic.
Religion determines politics for Asian Americans
I was at ASHG this week, so I’ve followed reactions to the election passively. But one thing I’ve seen is repeated commentary on the fact that Asian Americans have swung toward the Democrats over the past generation. The thing that pisses me off is that there is a very obvious low-hanging fruit sort of explanation out there, and I’m frankly sick and tired of reading people ramble on without any awareness of this reality. We spent the past few months talking about the power of polls, and quant data vs. qual (bullshit) analysis, with some of my readers going into full on let’s-see-if-Razib-is-moron-enough-to-swallow-this-crap mode.
D.C. school study vindicates Michelle Rhee’s reforms
The Washington Post
REMEMBER THE predictions that former D.C. Public Schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee’s overhaul of teacher evaluation and compensation would lead to damaging upheaval? That there would be an exodus of good teachers? Those claims — like much of the criticism of D.C. school reform — have been proven baseless: Three years of dramatic change in personnel policy has made the District a model for smart teacher retention.
A study released this week by the nonprofit New Teacher Project lauds the District for its record of retaining good teachers while shedding low performers. Most school districts, as the group has established in previous reports, retain their best and worst teachers at similar rates. It’s the result of a cookie-cutter approach to personnel that enshrines mediocrity, tolerates ineffectiveness and has terrible consequences for students.
Election brings power shift in Irvine
The Orange County Register (Calif.)
Come December, mayor-elect Steven Choi will preside over a new Irvine City Council majority featuring three Republicans.
However, many voters will be surprised to learn that Councilman Larry Agran, while defeated in his bid for mayor, will still retain his seat on the council and the Great Park Corporation Board.
Agran was “running safe,” a term used to describe the scenario wherein a candidate is in the middle of his or her term and remains in office regardless of the election outcome.
Drive for education drives South Korean families into the red
The Christian Science Monitor
When Cheon Sun-kyoung and her husband took out a $100,000 loan and moved their family of three from the affordable suburbs to one of Seoul’s most affluent neighborhoods, she hoped it would be the start of the climb up South Korea’s highly competitive social ladder.
She wanted to enroll her teenage daughter in one of the pricey after-school tutoring academies here to giver her an edge on getting into a prestigious university and, eventually, landing a high-paying job. But for now, Ms. Cheon says her family has to scrape by.
North Korean food harvest improving, but still tight
Food production in North Korea has risen for a second year but the impoverished country still faces shortages and widespread malnutrition, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation on Monday.
Beyond ‘Gangnam,’ the True Wild Heart of K-Pop
The New York Times
What you have to understand is that “Gangnam Style,” the goofy crossover hit that has given K-pop a global profile — it has even reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 — is still something of an outlier, a lightly ironic sendup of the genre’s eccentricities. But it’s very hard to parody something that gets more outrageous by the day.
If anything, the center of K-pop is far stranger. Take “Crayon,” by G-Dragon, an electro-rave-meets-Southern-hip-hop thumper with a video that makes the excesses of, say, Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj in that medium look like tiny incremental gains. It is kaleidoscopically weird, hilariously comic and sinisterly effective.
Psy the baby whisperer? Babies love ‘Gangnam Style’ too
Los Angeles Times
The Korean pop star’s high-energy video for the song isn’t just the third-most-popular music video on YouTube and the most-liked YouTube video of all time. Apparently, it’s also a magical visual and audio elixir that can soothe a screaming baby.
The Chef’s Library: Mary Sue Milliken + Discovering Korean Cuisine Edited by Allisa Park
Mary Sue Milliken could talk cookbooks all day. “Oh my gosh, I love cookbooks,” she says. “I just devour them.” There are old favorites (like the trio of books out of Moro, a London restaurant), and ones she just picked up in the last few days (like The Preservation Kitchen by Paul Virant). But her face really lights up when she starts talking about Discovering Korean Cuisine.
The Trailer and Poster for Comedy 21 and Over
Relativity Media has released the trailer and poster for 21 and Over, the March 1 release written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.
Skylar Astin, Miles Teller and Justin Chon star in the film, which showcases a rite of passage gone horribly wrong. Straight-A college student Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning.