Exactly 11 years ago today, I brought a teeny, tiny puppy to a BBQ in a laundry basket. She jumped and ran everywhere, sniffed everything and saw the world with the brightest of eyes.
She was the unofficial mascot of KTVX, the ABC Station in Salt Lake City where I was the primary news anchor from 2009-2012. She would welcome everyone, lick our Assistant News Director’s legs to say hi, and constantly barked at Ross Becker, my co-anchor at the time, for no reason at all.
Today, she went to see Poppy in Heaven. Here, a small tribute to a shining star in a world that sometimes makes no sense.
She added context to troubled times. She helped the world make sense. Everyone who has met her was touched by her love in some way. Maddie will be missed.
So this is an interesting (read: annoying!) change from Google — but even though I have hundreds of thousands of views of my content, I cannot earn a penny unless I have at least a thousand “subscribers”…
Therefore I ask you indulge me in – not only in subscribing yourself, but challenging two others to subscribe as well.
Let’s see how long it takes to get this party started!
My father, a USMC Veteran who fought against the communists in the Conflict in Korea, worked for the State Department for nearly a decade after that. It just so happened along the way, he fell in love with my Japanese mother while they were both working at the American Embassy in Tokyo.
But instead of labeling the phraseology “Chinese Virus” as “racist,” let’s look at it pragmatically.
Historically, up to 80% of Asian Americans vote GOP and a lot are upset about “Chinese Virus” because they’re being – literally – physically attacked. Gun shops are running out of ammunition in parts of Los Angeles County. Now, if anyone has a right to be mad, it’s me. Those Communists in China covered this up, which is one reason we’re in this situation… but I digress. My only child was likely exposed.
There’s a real argument Communist China need to be punished severely by taking away their preferred trading partner status and charging them every dollar this is costing the American economy.
But, those in the Asian American communities are becoming concerned about the “semantics” of “Chinese Virus” — and many are suggesting this phraseology is going to turn a lot of GOP voters into Democrats.
I think most people would even be okay with “China’s Virus” or “Xi’s Virus” or whatever… or simply “Covid-19.”
Plus, keep in mind, the U.S. Census Bureau says approximately 20% of U.S. doctors are of Asian descent. So, if everyone beats up all the Asian Americans, who’s going to take care of us during this health crisis?
Can we really afford losing everyone in this country of Asian descent? What about nurses, other healthcare workers and delivery drivers? Perhaps a simple change could make a world of difference, not just in the healthcare world and Asian American communities in the United States.. but could be a seismic shift in the world of politics.
So while I have been following events re: #Coronavirus around the world, I have found an alarming number of #HateCrimes against those of #Asian descent.
I made my argument in a recent Instagram Post.. (https://instagram.com/karenecarlson)
First, in full disclosure, in case you didn’t get past the Instagram post, is that my mother is a Japanese citizen (NOT Japanese-American, but still a citizen) and my father was a US Marine and worked for the State Department for nearly a decade.
He fought AGAINST communism during the Conflict in Korea. And if anyone has a reason to be infuriated, it’s me, as my daughter and I were likely exposed.
Do I think the CHINESE COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT did the wrong thing in not reporting this? OF COURSE I DO, just like other Americans such as myself, who happen to have slim eyes.
BUT – even if you still want to call it #ChineseVirus, then let’s show why that’s probably not a good idea if you want to get over this #HealthCrisis.
First, according to data from the U.S. Census Department, as compiled by Data USA, 1 in 5 doctors in the United States are of Asian descent.
And what about nurses, healthcare workers, delivery drivers and the rest? It would be like punching an African American person for Ebola – even though they’ve never been to the country of their racial origin and they had NOTHING to do with. Would that be fair? Here is the latest report of harassment in a very Asian-American community:
This link here shows kids harassing Vietnamese classmates: (I wanted to show you the video, but the TV station link isn’t working, so I went directly to the source)
My father passed recently, but I remember the scene very clearly. As a child, when we were on a trip to Mount Rushmore, a shop keeper didn’t want to sell my mom food because of her race. My Dad was gassing up the car at the time when my mom came out crying.
That’s when my dad took her back into the store, and stood right by her side while she purchased the food. My dad was prepared for administering a serious beat-down. He said nothing; just stood there by her side and stared at the owner.
In short, my mom got the food.
So, if you beat up or attempt to hurt 20% of our doctors in the U.S., then how is that helping the crisis? We’re already struggling as it is.
I’m even okay with #WuhanFlu — or the Communist Cover Up — whatever. But don’t blame everyone with slim eyes like mine. Because let me tell you, if you do.. don’t forget, I’m half Samurai and half Viking, and I have been known to administer a few beat-downs myself. #SamuariSwede