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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Archive for the day “January 30, 2011”

Amy Chua’s Supporters Rally

I don’t feel too motivated to get involved in the Amy Chua debate any further than I have already here or here. Whether I agree or not (and I don’t think I do), I am appalled that she has received death threats for her view – here in America, a couple of weeks after Tuscon.

Chinese characters for mother and daughter

I want to give a platform to responses regarding one aspect in particular: the high suicide rate among children of Chinese parents. Lloyd Lofthouse, an author of two historical Chinese novels, and a colleague here in the Bay Area that I have grown to respect  has posted a response to the suicide rate.

Be warned, it is a powerful article with a haunting personal anecdote. Here is Lloyd’s post:

Amy Chua’s Suicide Critics


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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com


Micro Loans Revisited

Last month I posted about Kiva,  a micro loan bank that helps poor people around the world embark on what would hopefully be creating a sustainable economic family for their families. I also showed Roshaneh Zafar’s amazing efforts to help Pakistani women through micro lending through the Kashf Foundation.

I want to spend some time focusing on micro lending as I do not believe that it receives the necessary airtime and therefore people do not know how much of a sustainable difference they can make in people’s lives for just $25.

This video is my opening salvo. I will post more on this topic in the next month.

If you know of other such agencies, or materials that promote micro loans, please leave a note in the comments box and I will follow up.

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at www.alonshalev.com

 

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