sometimes i remember mining for gold finding scraps from leftover claims that white men never had the patience to look for taking what i could after days of searching under a blistering sun working toward dreamless sleep being beaten and robbed every time i found something where white men came away empty-handed
sometimes i remember building the railroads laying track down faster than the irish laborers winning bets for the overseer like a fuckin racehorse
(The incidents referred to occurred in Boston Chinatown - ed.)
1903 police bring havoc to a Chinatown funeral procession for another dead chinaman thru streets that were usually protected by the superstitions of those who traveled oceans to call them home pulling themselves onto shore with the strength just of a belief that sleeping on streets paved with gold was enough to buy more life than ever before was afforded them.
Have you ever seen or heard or in some other way experienced something that just made you want to react? In many ways, that was the origin of my first article on William Hung: “Why William Hung Should Go into Hiding”. It was a rant. A rant born of an overwhelming visceral repulsion. This William Hung “Phenomenon” must be stopped.
William Hung may be the most well-known Asian American in the country right now.
Unfortunately, William Hung is a freak. And I don’t mean a “freak” a la Rick James (“Superfreak”) or Funkadelic (“One Nation Under a Groove”.) William, to all our shame, is just a big ol’ circus freak, like the two headed man or the dog-boy. Against all odds, and against all sanity, he has become the star of the most watched TV show in the nation, American Idol.
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