Posts Tagged ‘Nellie Wong’

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

nellie wong | a bad week for women in japan

A BAD WEEK FOR WOMEN IN JAPAN
Remarks of 3 male leaders reveal lingering undercurrent of discrimination by Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2003

“Tokyo—A former prime minister says women
who don’t have children shouldn’t get pensions.
A senior ruling party lawmaker suggests gang rapes
are ‘normal’ behavior. Even the Cabinet’s top
spokesman pipes up, saying [...]

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

nellie wong | consumed

CONSUMED
Long Island, New York
Wal-Mart employee
34 years old, an African American man
A temporary worker
Stampeded to death at 5:00 A.M.
By 200 shoppers on Black
Friday, day after Thanksgiving.
Who’s to blame?
Wal-Mart’s lack of security?
Many waiting all night
For doors to open
At the crack of dawn?
Wal-Mart’s statement
Through unseen suits
Sends their prayers
Who’s to blame?
The economic crisis?
People whose homes are being foreclosed?
People who [...]

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

nellie wong | in china

IN CHINA
In China I thought I was home
The land of my father’s and my mother’s birth
In China, in Beijing, my eyes seized the brown sky,
The young men and women in white shirts and dark pants
Greeting me, a stranger, wearing a jade heart
In China, in Nanjing, I walked across a bridge
In the midnight blue night, inhaling [...]

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

nellie wong | my eyes follow them

MY EYES FOLLOW THEM
My eyes follow them,
Women in Burqas of gold, cream, blue.
Burgundy, women unseen, traveling
To a wedding party to somewhere
In Kandahar.
How do I know that they are women
Except that only women wear Burqas,
Covered from head to foot with squares
Of opening, netted or crocheted,
Framing their eyes.
And even in their embroidered beauty
The intricate stitching of the [...]

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

nellie wong | one for the birds

ONE FOR THE BIRDS
After reading “Avian race anything but birdbrains, scientists find,” By David Perlman, Chronicle Science Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, February 7, 2006
So whom are you calling a “birdbrain?”
Didn’t you hear, didn’t you see
that big headline in the paper this morning,
“Avian race anything but birdbrains, scientists find,”
Good! The news is out and there’s [...]