Posts by: "Sourena Parham"
- Hockey Moms, Prayer Nazis, and Why I Love But Fear People Like Sarah PalinRemember that really nice girl who greeted you warmly as a potential friend when you first arrived at college? Remember how she conscientiously invited you to dinner, or to study, or to her Christian fellowship activity? Remember the conversations about religion that you thought were a precursor to sharing secrets among friends? But then you expressed a different opinion, or you joined a liberal club, or you started to explore your sexuality, and suddenly, you felt a sharp pain in your back? Betrayed by some evangelical whom you thought was a friend?
- My So-Called Asian Identity: The Invisible Minority ReportIn the most populous state of California, Filipinos have enough of a population presence that they are counted as a separate ethnic demographic from Asians and Pacific Islanders since the 2000 census. Yet Filipino cultural visibility and societal participation remains frustratingly minimal given the lack of Filipino restaurants, lack of Filipino celebrities and politicians, and minimal knowledge of crucial historical relationships between the Philippines and the United States. Filipinos truly are what the Wikipedia entry on "Filipino American" labels as the "invisible minority."
- Your 258 Closest FriendsAn acquaintance of mine claims to have 258 friends. That number could be larger, actually; the figure only represents the number of boon companions who show up on her MySpace page and not those additional pals who might appear in real time but avoid online social networking.
- The Church Needs a New Confession: Pathetic-ness as Moral FailingOvert evil is easy to discuss. It’s banal evil that is hard to acknowledge. And you can’t confess to a sin until that sin has been acknowledged. Churches spent the rest of the twentieth century acknowledging the sins of genocide. However, in her writings, Hannah Arendt, who witnessed the trials against the Nazis, wrote about how the Nazi war criminals resisted acknowledging that their boring, nine-to-five office jobs of record keeping or laboratory work on the use of chemicals in the gas chambers had actually been evil. In her book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, Arendt chronicles the wartime activities and trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann, who claimed that he was only doing his bureaucratic job as a transportation logician.
- Issue 6 (December 15, 2009)What is "health," and what does it mean to be "healthy"? In this issue, Breanne Fahs queries how we, along with the pharmaceutical industry, have come to redefine mental, emotional, and sexual health. Meanwhile, Helen Heightsman Gordon's poem reflects on caretaking. Alex Jay Kimmelman reminds us that people once traveled to find healthier climates in the Western U.S.A., while Hope Miller reflects on a last breakfast before leaving the Western state of Utah. Luke Perry offers insights into the exceptionalist bent of U.S. political culture that underlies a contentious healthcare debate, and James K. Walker examines alternative approaches to the body in Le Parkour in Britain. This is the last issue of The Public Sphere until September 15, 2010, when The Public Sphere will return from a brief hiatus. Because much of the magazine will stay the same, we will accept submissions until August 15, 2010.
- When the U.S. West was a Place to Find HealthWhen Josiah Gregg and a company headed southwest on the Santa Fe trail in 1831, the young man was confined to lie prone in the bed of a Dearborn wagon. He suffered from chronic dyspepsia and tuberculosis, and western travel was prescribed for his condition.
- U.S. Exceptionalism and Opposition to Healthcare ReformPolitical discourse surrounding healthcare reform has included purposeful disruptions of Congressional town hall meetings, the brandishing of firearms at opposition rallies, and the use of Nazi imagery to depict President Obama.
- Lifestyle drugs and the new wave of pharmaceutical personality sculptingAt a the annual conference for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality last year, I heard a researcher describe how the pharmaceutical industry “jukes the stats”—that is, crunches numbers creatively in order to persuade the public that their products actually accomplish their stated tasks.
- Asians in America: A Focus on Filipino Americans | Business | 8Asians.com[...] some call Filipinos Americans “the invisib
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- The beauty of open, unrestrained, democratic conversation! | Once, Again[...] I was in DC handing out copies of a 3 year o
- Year of the Filipino | Purple Root Collective[...] second largest Asian group in the nation, th
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Issue 6: December 2009