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Weekly Links Roundup #7!

Photo: Chelsea Francis

Photo: Chelsea Francis

1.       In 136 Years, Women Will Be Paid as Much as Men. Maybe – Bloomberg
“Women of New York, rejoice. You have the smallest gender pay gap of all 50 states, earning 89 cents for every dollar your male peers make.” The worst would be Wyoming with women making 64 cents to every male dollar. These numbers and the gap have seen a plateau since 2001 but according to statistics, we will see wage equality for the sexes by 2152 if the trend persists. So we can wait, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you — read more and see the stats on the link above.

2.       Essay: How Fashion Model China Machado Made Me Feel ‘Seen’ – NBC News
China Machado is a fashion icon. Made famous and immortalized in black-and-white by Richard Avedon, her presence is commanding and her profile is striking, to say the least. In this opinion piece by Ruby Veridiano, she talks about the impact of one photograph and how it impacted her confidence and person. Read more about how Ruby felt China opened her up to the world of glamour and how it “wasn’t just for women with pale skin, blonde hair, and blue eyes.”

3.       From Hiroko to Susie: The untold stories of Japanese war brides | The Washington Post
From the viewpoint of the child of a Japanese war bride, this article speaks to the phenomenon as a whole from identity crises to struggling with cultural differences. Kathyrn Tolbert speaks to her mother’s change and adaptation to America beyond just a name change from Hiroko to Susie. Her co-directed film, “Fall Seven Times, Get Up Eight: The Japanese War Brides,” is centered around strong women and what their children know about them. This piece is a definite must-read. Trust me.

4.       The Issue With “Exotic” Beauty | Teen Vogue
Beauty is now widely accepted as something beyond one look, one size and one style. But one thing that is still uncomfortable to some, Sable Yong included, is addressing beauty in race. While cultural appropriation is still highly controversial, the use of the term “exotic” in describing beauty borders the line of racial as it draws attention to ethnicity and how it is different from white beauty. Sable draws upon her background and gets personal with this topic — read more on Teen Vogue!

5.       Director Wayne Wang On ‘Chan Is Missing’ And The Lack of Asian-Americans On Screen: LAist
“There’s 17 million Asian-Americans in this country, and there’s 17 million Italian-Americans. They have The Godfather, Goodfellas, Rocky, The Sopranos. We got Long Duk Dong, so we’ve got a long way to go,” said Alan Yang when Master of None creator won his Emmy this past Sunday. Drawing attention to Hollywood’s lack of Asian-American representation on-screen. He calls out the stereotypes and speaks to how our experiences are impacted and different from what we see on portrayed. He has hope for the future and changes he thinks will come to light. Read about his views on LAist by clicking the link above.

By Victoria