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Man filmed being dragged off United flight causes outrage in China

Man filmed being dragged off United flight causes outrage in China

Man dragged off overbooked United flight 01:13 (CNN)A public relations disaster for United Airlines is transforming into an international incident in one of its most important markets. Video of a passenger being dragged off a Chicago-Louisville flight , bloodying his nose and leaving him dazed in the process, has […]

It is about time Asians get pissed and vote with their pocketbooks.  It is also about time Asians give the same treatment to racist Hollywood.

United Airlines incident: What went wrong?

United Airlines incident: What went wrong?

Overbooking on flights happens all the time. Empty seats cost airlines money, so they offset the number of passengers who miss flights by selling too many tickets.

In this case, the problem arose because United decided at the last minute to fly four members of staff to a connection point and needed to bump four passengers to make way for them.

When there’s an overbooking issue the first step is to offer an inducement to the passengers to take a later flight. On Sunday passengers were offered $400 (£322), a hotel room for the night, and a flight the following afternoon.

When no one took the offer, the amount was upped to $800. Still no one bit, so a manager boarded the flight and informed passengers that four people would be selected to leave the flight.

That selection is based on several factors, but frequent fliers and higher fare-paying passengers are given priority to stay aboard, a spokeswoman for United confirmed.

A couple who were selected agreed to leave the plane voluntarily. A third passenger, reportedly the wife of the man who was forcibly removed, also agreed. The man, who said he was a doctor and had to see patients in the morning, refused.

At this point, the airline could have identified another passenger for removal or raised its offer anywhere up to a maximum of $1,350.

Erin Benson, a spokeswoman for United, could not confirm whether other passengers were sought. She did confirm that no offer was made above $800, but could not comment on why.

According to eyewitnesses, the man who refused to be ejected said he was a doctor and he had appointments to keep the following day, though this has not been confirmed. This was a Sunday night flight; the next flight on offer didn’t leave until 15:00 on Monday.

An eyewitness said the man was “very upset” about the possibility of being bumped and attempted to call his lawyer. An airline manager told him that security would be called if he did not comply.

At this point, security officers came to speak to him, first one then two more. As the video shows, their conversation ended with the man being yanked from his seat onto the floor and dragged off, blood visible on this face.

United is technically within its rights to forcibly remove the man for refusing to leave the flight, and the step is part of the airline’s carriage guidelines, but such instances are extremely rare.

Of the 613 million people who flew on major US carriers in 2015, 46,000 were involuntarily denied boarding, according to data from the Department of Transportation – less than 0.008%.

The majority of those would have been informed before they boarded the flight, said Charles Leocha, the founder of passenger advocacy group Travelers United. He could not remember seeing a passenger violently dragged off a plane. “It turned my stomach,” he said.

Removing passengers at the last minute to make way for staff was also highly unusual, he said. Staff transport should be identified ahead of time and factored into bookings.

US fliers have become resigned to chronic delays and poor service, according to Mr Leocha, and a lack of readily available information about their rights meant they were too dependent on the airline managers in situations like these.

Young Chinese most optimistic about world’s future, poll suggests

Young Chinese most optimistic about world’s future, poll suggests

USA Hollywood continue to portray Asian men negatively.  Hollywood movies love to paint Asian men as mysogynistic etc.  The reality is 94% of young people in China believe in gender equality.  Also, China has more self made women billionaires than anywhere on earth.  There are also higher percentage of women who work in China than in the USA.  The image Hollywood and Western media are painting about Asian men is simply very different than the reality.

A file picture of young people enjoying the National Day holiday in China at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Photo: Xinhua Young people in China are the most optimistic globally about the world’s future, but are also the most fearful about the impact of climate change, according to a poll […]

Asian-American representation in Hollywood

Asian-American representation in Hollywood

Hunger, Harold. They were very, very hungry. With the casting controversies over the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie and the Marvel Netflix series Iron Fist , the outcry over “whitewashing” of Asian characters in American entertainment has reached a fever pitch. So I thought I’d write a post […]

Why do I, who am not Asian, care about whitewashing? Well, there’s a not-so-important reason and a very important reason. The not-so-important reason is that I have a lot of Asian-American friends, and it pisses me off to see movies depicting an America in which they don’t seem to exist. But that’s very unimportant compared to the real issue, which is racial integration.

Most of America’s immigration now comes from Asia, meaning that the nation’s future will be greatly affected by how well we integrate Asian-Americans into American culture and society. Keeping Asian-Americans invisible will cause non-Asian Americans to keep seeing them as perpetual foreigners and outsiders, while denying them representation in the mass media will make Asian-Americans themselves feel disaffected and anti-nationalistic.

To see what I mean, watch this short film by Chewy May and Jes Tom. A lack of Asian-American heroes on the silver screen has made many Asian-Americans feel that their country doesn’t really consider them normal, mainstream citizens. That’s unacceptable.

Time to stop romanticizing white men

Time to stop romanticizing white men

Illustration: Liu Rui/GT Recently, an American mechanic-turned ESL teacher claimed in a video that he bedded hundreds of Chinese women in China. A few weeks earlier in the UK, a Chinese young woman, XiXi Bi, was killed by her white boyfriend. Unfortunately, these are not isolated incidents but part […]

The answer is the rosy, inflated self-concept of Westerners that has prevailed in our minds. The West has filled the non-Westerners with false notions of white superiority and white benevolence, and China unquestioningly accepted and reinforced it.

For example, the tendency to romanticize the notion of a white male partner while obscuring the dark side of Western behaviors – selfishness, violence, and the penchant to use other people as they’ve done throughout their history.

Let’s examine the manufacturing of the chivalrous “white gentleman” image – an enduring myth that survives in our minds despite reality contradicting this false idea in the news every week.

Consider 2016’s film, “The Great Wall,” China’s highest budget film to date. It featured a daring, heroic white male army captain saving the country.

These plot devices are a pattern in movies; they represent a purposeful formula used by the West.

While films may seem like “harmless entertainment,” they create powerful, irrational beliefs and “preferences” in the audience’s mind. They see larger-than-life, heroic “white gentleman” on film, and it becomes only natural for women to idealize them and want to date them.

But, here’s a question: In America, who rapes women at a rate of 297 percent higher than Asian men? Surprise! It’s the white men. Why then are we surprised when they behave rudely when living in China?

Allowing Western men to sexually exploit Chinese women is only one consequence of believing the myths about them. The unfettered Western superiority conditions Chinese people to see whites as superior in all respects, to defer to them and blindly trust them. It constructs invisible chains in the minds, mentally subordinating Chinese people in a subtle but durable way as they see whites as “better” and “right” and themselves fortunate to merely be in their presence. This paves the way for many kinds of abuse.

Why are Chinese people’s perceptions of white people divorced from reality? The media’s impact on the subconscious mind overpowers all else. However, this also requires Chinese complicity. Luckily, Chinese can also counteract these effects.

First, China must manage character portrayals across the most influential media: entertainment and advertising. China cannot afford to have “white saviors” in its movies like “The Great Wall” nor productions featuring Chinese women madly coveting white men. These are hallmarks of “white worship” that reinforce white superiority and Chinese inferiority.

This applies to Hollywood but also to Chinese companies such as Wanda which produced “The Great Wall.” Furthermore, we must mandate that advertisers not glorify white people.

Second, the Chinese media must have a well-rounded depiction of the West and of white people, not just “the good” but also “the bad,” to reflect reality. Only when we are honest with the Chinese people about Westerners will the Chinese (both here and abroad) stop being blindsided and exploited by their aggressive, predatory behavior, such as white ESL teachers preying on unsuspecting Chinese students and young women.

Third, the tendency to idealize Westerners is due to decades of seeing them as wealthy and powerful. China’s instinct to repeatedly show whites as “wonderful,” “romantic,” “honorable” and “heroic” is a legacy of this “mental colonization.”

In a world where China’s greatness is being realized, it’s finally time to retire this dated, self-destructive and harmful mentality.

While most Chinese are patriotic, it is our unwitting naivety that is causing China immense harm. Actively resisting “white worship” requires both awareness at the individual level and cultural leadership by the government. China can never ascend to greatness if the Chinese people themselves see “greatness” primarily in the image of Westerners.

AutoX CEO Jianxiong Xiao interview – Business Insider

AutoX CEO Jianxiong Xiao interview – Business Insider

In the spring of 2016, Dr. Jianxiong Xiao — affectionately known among students and staff as “Professor X” — said goodbye to his plum professorship at Princeton and his post as the founding director of the school’s Computer Vision aundefined AutoX CEO Jianxiong Xiao interview - Business Insidernd Robotics Labs.

By the fall of that same year, Xiao, known as something of a risk-taker, had moved himself and his family from New Jersey to Silicon Valley, and raised some modest seed funding for his new startup focused on self-driving cars.

His startup, dubbed AutoX, has done its best to stay under the radar to date — apart from a filing with the California DMV to test self-driving vehicles. 

The filing officially put the professor’s mysterious startup in the company of giants, such as Tesla, Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project), Uber, and numerous other big auto companies testing self-driving cars.

But Xiao isn’t worried about getting run over by the giants, saying that his small team of academics possesses the kind of expertise in computer vision that big corporations just can’t match. Exhibit A: after only six months on the job, Xiao says he’s already developed a prototype vehicle that can do the same things as the cars made by his deep-pocketed rivals, at a fraction of the cost. 

AutoX gave a first peek at its creation on Friday, with a debut video showing its prototype system in action. The car itself isn’t anything special in terms of style (it’s basically just a regular 2017 Lincoln MKZ that’s been rigged with AutoX technology), but it deftly navigates residential streets near San Jose, seeming to handle driving situations such as cloudy days and night-time, historically a challenge for self-driving cars, with ease.