Friday, May 15, 2009

More Burning Questions from the Meltingpot

It's Friday, so that means I have a week's worth of burning questions tearing through my mind. Maybe you can help me answer some of them.

1. Is anyone else secretly following the tabloid rumors of the impending break-up of TV's favorite multi-racial couple, Jon & Kate, of Jon & Kate + 8 fame? I don't spend a lot of time thinking about those two, but it seems like the media is just waiting for them to fall to pieces. I'm just hoping that whatever happens, Jon & Kate figure out how to slink under the radar of their adoring public and deal with their eight kids, who probably feel pretty crappy right now. And in the meantime, if TLC is looking for a new multi-racial family to shine their reality lights on, how about Seal and Heidi Klum. I might get cable just to watch.

2. Are there any other Black people out there who felt that Oprah should have just said 'no, thank you,' to the people at Kentucky Fried Chicken? And does that make me a racist for thinking that?

3. Did anybody else watch Adam Sandler's movie, You Don't Mess with the Zohan and think he deserved a bit of credit for trying to make a point about Israeli, Palestinian relations, even if it was silly and kind of gross? And why didn't anybody tell me Mariah Carey was in that movie? In case you didn't know, the Meltingpot loves Mariah.

4. Does anyone else with mixed-race children believe in the Mongolian spot? I was told that the bluish/purple spot on my son's butt cheek was a result of his mixed-race heritage. And this has been confirmed anecdotally by friends. So is the Mongolian spot fact or fiction, and why is it called that anyway?

5. Finally, May is almost half over and I just realized (thanks Jenny) that May is Asian Heritage Month. So I'm wondering, do Asian people care about this month and if so, how is it celebrated? What would be a good way for non-Asian people to celebrate or at least recognize Asian heritage month? Suggestions welcome.



susan said...

I was aware of Asian Heritage Month. We've done some things at Color Online and Black-Eyed Susan. I few of my Asian friends are aware and appreciate the nod. A teen blogger I know, doesn't celebrate.

Not following the tabloids. They don't care about truth only selling papers and we don't help by following the nonsense.

Lori, I'd really like to see you in the blogosphere. Where are you hanging out?

Samantha- Mama to Julian said...

i understand the spots are common for kids of east asian and/or american indian (including from central and south america)descent, or mixed heritage kids with some background as stated above. my son has a light one and he is 100% mayan guatemalan.

and because i became curious about the name, i looked and found this. "They are present at birth and occur in more than 90% of children of Mongoloid race (e.g. East Asians, Polynesians, Indonesians, Micronesians)."

Anonymous said...

1-Who are Jon and Kate?
2-I've given up on Oprah time and time again, most recently for her lack of writings of color on her recently released teen reading list. I guess we have to realize the color she consistently sees is green.
3-I missed it. I think Sandler's movies are often underated.
4-I haven't heard 'mongolian spot' in ages and don't remember what I used to know about it. Can't say I remember it being associated with mixed race folks, but then, I don't know what I do remember!
5-Yeah, I knew that! It's also Latino Book month! Do we over do all these segregated months or do they really help us celebrate diversity? Dunno!
Very interesting blog post!!
Hey, I was pushing your book again! I have a friend who wants to take a group to Morocco and I had to mention Kinky Gazpacho!

LT said...

I'll check out Color Online to see how Asian Heritage is being celebrated. And I agree, the tabloids is mostly fiction and very little fact.

Samantha, Thanks for the info. And isn't mongoloid a pretty offensive term? I'm just asking. I seem to recall it being used as an insult in my childhood. But it's all kind of fuzzy.

Campbele, Thanks for the love. I appreciate any and every bit of promotions for my books. Esp. from wise librarian types :)

Jesse said...

Re the butt spot: it's called a birthmark.

JBH said...

Hi - thanks for the shout out with Asian Heritage Month! It was nice to hear what others think...

What's the difference between a "mongoloid spot", a regular birth mark, and a "strawberry birth mark"? I had a strawberry birth mark on my wrist - red a blotchy which faded as I got older. My mom SWORE that as that birthmark faded, another brown colored birthmark appeared on my back. (This is TMI - I know). I don't think it's just for "mixies", however, because my niece was born with a strawberry birthmark on her face (and her parents are euro-scandinavian descent).

Anonymous said...

the spot is known to present at birth in kids of asian/indian descent. my daughter has the spot on her backside. people confuse it for an unfortunate bruise. i am black american with american indian heritage. my husband is scotish. my girl is proof of the blend.

mek said...

My dad was Polynesian (Samoan) and I was born with a Mongolian spot. Everyone in the village told my mom that's because I was part Samoan.