Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dormroom

You can throw all the gadgets you want into a UC Berkeley dormroom. In the end though, its the same damn room and furniture we used 14 years ago and the same shit 40 years before us. That being said, this is pretty slick, especially PARTY MODE with AVICII on blast.

Grace Lee Boggs Double Header in the Bay Area

Can’t make today’s Grace Lee Boggs event in Berkeley that we posted a few days ago? Well then, lucky you, cause the Chinese Progressive Association is holding another GLB event on Saturday, March 3rd:

March 3, 2012 | Building the Next American Revolution: A Celebration and Tribute to Grace Lee Boggs

Building the Next American Revolution: A Celebration and Tribute to Grace Lee Boggs
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor (in the Hilton Hotel)
San Francisco, CA 94108

Ticket price:  $5-$20 sliding scale. Purchase tickets in advance online.

As CPA celebrates our 40th anniversary this year, we are excited to begin 2012 by honoring the legacy of an Asian American movement shero, Grace Lee Boggs. We will co-host a very special event, “Building the Next American Revolution: A Celebration and Tribute to Grace Lee Boggs,” which will take place on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco Chinatown from 1-4 pmwith a reception and book signing.

This event will feature Grace Lee Boggs, who will reflect on Asian American activism and our movement during the current political times and key issues affecting the world today.

Born in 1915 to Chinese immigrants, Grace is a long-time activist and writer who has committed over 70 years of her life to building a movement for social change. She is a legendary figure in the civil rights and Black power movement. Now 96, she continues to devote her life to developing new young leaders and a vision for the 21st century.

The program will also include cultural performances, long-time friend and actor Danny Glover and Scott Kurashige, Professor of American culture and history and co-author of her book, “the Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century.

Learn more about Grace’s work at: http://graceleeboggs.com/

Grace Lee Boggs Speaking in Berkeley Friday March 2nd.

Grace Lee Boggs speaking in Berkeley on Friday March 2nd. What more do you want? Just GO.

For the first time in history, iconic activists Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis will share the stage for a conversation entitled “On Revolution: A Conversation Between Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis” on Friday, March 2nd at Pauley Ballroom, University of California, Berkeley from 4pm-6pm. More info here.

21st Annual API Issues Conference at UC Berkeley

Come out to UC Berkeley on Saturday March 12, 2011 for the 21st Annual API Issues Conference at the Pauley Ballroom. AzN will be on a panel with Asian Pacific Environmental Network to talk about community development and planning. I’ll buy you a diet coke afterwards if you ask thoughtful/thought-provoking questions.

Click here to register.

Dear UC Regents,

First of all, thanks for only charging me $x,xxx a year when I was attending Cal. I appreciate it, xoxo! I didn’t want to write in what I paid for undergrad in case this letter gets published, cause then I would anger folks going to UC schools nowadays. Whoops, did I only write in 4 digits? Damn, that gives it away huh?

The UC Regents, back when they were more diverse.

I also appreciate you finally not treating Architecture, Urban Planning, and Social Work as second rate grad degrees and finally making them “Professional” degrees alongside the Law, Business and Medical Schools. Wait, the only thing changing about a degree from the College of Environmental Design that makes it equivalent to one from Boalt, Haas, or UCSF is its name? You’re only changing semantics so you can increase the UC graduate student fees for the good folks at Wurster Hall by 230%? Does this mean it’ll be THAT much harder to go to grad school, especially low income folks, and obtain a “public” education? And now, if you want to get a graduate degree in Social Work, you’re gonna have to somehow find a six-figure job in… social work, to afford the degree?! Well its a good thing the UC system has a great loan forgiveness program like other private schools. Wait, you’re a public school system that costs almost as much as a private school!? Mother#*&(*@#&!*! Well, at least a PAC-10 team made it into the Rose Bowl this year… no?! DAMN!

David Chang/Anthony Bourdain vs. The Bay

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I’m a little late to this, but I’ll post it anyway. This comes from a post by foodandwine.com about Anthony Bourdain and David Chang of Momofuku. All you really need to know are the two following quotes:

David Chang on San Francisco restaurants: “There’s only a handful of restaurants that are manipulating food,” and “every restaurant in San Francisco is serving figs on a plate with nothing on it”

Anthony Bourdain referring to Alice Waters (of Chez Panisse) as “Pol Pot in a muumuu” and saying “Alice Waters annoys the living shit out of me. We’re all in the middle of a recession, like we’re all going to start buying expensive organic food and running to the green market. There’s something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic … I’m suspicious of orthodoxy, the kind of orthodoxy when it comes to what you put in your mouth.”

All I gotta say is I respect all the above chefs, and love the food at Chez Panisse, all the Momofukus, and even Les Halles (to a certain degree). But damn, hating on an entire city’s cuisine? WTF? I knew you were a DOUCHE Chang, but you really are a bigtime douche. You, with your backpack running out of Momofuku Milk Bar that one time I was eating your delicious cookies and needed to shit so bad cause it was so rich with yummyness. I shoulda stepped up to you for what you said about SF, except I was busy desecrating your bathroom (as well as my other two friends messing up the Ssam Bar bathroom, don’t worry, I won’t out you, *cough* cheezu *cough* JiP).

And to Bourdain. You can do no wrong after you said you were gonna move your family to Da Nang, the most gangsta of all of Viet Nam (IMHO), so I’ll give you a free pass for hating on Berkeley cuisine. Just this one time.

Tuan Luong and His Love of America’s Best Idea


For those of you addicted to Ken Burns’ latest series of documentaries, The National Park’s: America’s Best Idea, like I am, you would know many facts that no one else would care about like Rockerfeller’s purchase of the Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho land that would become Yellowstone. You would also learn about Tuan Luong, a Vietnamese Frenchman who visited America and fell in love with the National Park system. He would end up at UC Berkeley doing a post-doc so he could be close to the California park system and is the only person to have photographed all 58 American National Parks. He also takes pics on an old-timey camera. What’s there NOT to like about this dude? And PEEP the French accent too. What a badass.

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