Simon Tam, founder of the Asian-American punk rock band—The Slants, came by Indiana University Bloomington as the Keynote speaker for the first ever Indiana Asian American Conference. He spoke briefly about the current ongoing case involving the band’s name—The Slants. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board deemed the name to be “disparaging”, but nevertheless, the band continues to fight for their First Amendment right.
The Slants is not the only case out there facing the same accusations and restraints. The football team, Redskins, is also considered falling within a “disparaging” group. The federal statute prohibits marks to be registered if deemed “disparaging”, meaning that the trademark law will not stop people from infringing on Redskins goods but they are still allowed to use their name. The cases go much deeper than trademark law; it questions those groups’ rights to the First Amendment. The government allows promoting private speech, including tax exemptions for churches, schools, etc. However, the government will not allow the freedom of speech if it considers the speech to be seen as itself speaking. Generally, the government does not want trademarks, including The Slants, to publicly associate itself with the government’s views.
The Slants case will be heard on October 2. Their case will set precedent.
What are your opinions on the matter? Some of you even had the opportunity to listen to Simon Tam’s story. Leave your comments below!
Hawaii’s population composes of over 70% non-white and over 50% Asian or Pacific-Islander. Yet consistently in movies, such as The Descendants, 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, Pearl Harbor, the cast excludes people of color—the very people who live there; therefore, dubbing the term “whitewashing”.
The new movie, Aloha, directed by Cameron Crowe has been accused of “whitewashing” the cast. The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and John Kransinski. While the cast is comprised of well-known award winning actors, none of them represents the Hawaii Natives. Emma Stone was casted to play Allison Ng, a ¼ Chinese, ¼ Pacific Islander, and ½ Swedish pilot. Her physical image of blond hair, blue eyes, and freckles, begs the question: Are you sure she’s supposed to be Asian?
Aloha was supposed to be a film capturing an aspect of “the spirit of Hawaii”. But critics wrote about the film’s many shortcomings. Of course, Hollywood, in general, has been known to whitewash casts in the past.
Remember to leave your comments, and let us know your opinions as well! Below, is a news article for reference and a Youtube link to Comedian David So’s opinion.
Harvard is known worldwide for its rigorous admission standards and curriculum. However, a coalition of 64 organizations has formed accusing Harvard of setting those admission standards even higher for Asian Americans. Recently, there has been evidence that highly qualified Asian Americans are being rejected by Ivy League schools. In a study, Asian Americans on average have to score “40 points higher on the SAT than a white student, 270 points higher than a Hispanic student and 450 points higher than a black student be on equal footing”.
Roughly over half of Harvard’s applicant pool with outstandingly high SAT scores are Asian Americans, yet Asian Americans make up only 20% of the school’s population. Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, but their admittance rate at Harvard has remained approximately the same for two whole decades.
With the current accusation against Harvard, it brings up the case University of California v. Bakke about affirmative action. The case states that affirmative action to promote diversity—less Asian Americans in this situation— is acceptable, but cannot set a specific quota.
The protest against Harvard’s actions is still in pursuit, but let us know your opinions below!
Join AAA for our annual spring cookout! Burgers, hot dogs, and ultimate. What better way to end the school year?
When: Sunday 04/26 @5:00PM
Where: Campus View Shelter (At the back of Campus View)
Who: Everyone is invited, bring friends!
Here are the descriptions for the board elections @4PM Campus View Activity Room:
– min one year on board
– delegate responsibilities
– represent AAA
– facilitate President in major duties
– take minutes of each meeting and upload them in a timely fashion
– send out emails to AAA members
– in charge of the SOA
– get funding when needed
Publicity Committee (2)
– in charge of flyers, promotion, etc
– in charge of website
– take pictures of all events
Special Events Committee (2)
– plan and perform events
– in charge of FB account
Public Relations Committee (2)
– in charge of writing “What’s Up”
– strengthen relationships between different universities and student organizations on campus
– update on APIA news