angry reader of the week: jen ju

It's time to meet another Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Jen Ju, who has some words for Harry Shum Jr.

Who are you?
Jen Ju. Sometimes also lovingly referred to as: Jenju, Juju, Jentheju, and jen ju nai cha.

What are you?
I am nervous about answering these questions because I've been such a fan of Angry Asian Man and I don't want to let the readers down! ...especially since I know a lot of people who read it.

I am also obligated to give my sister a shoutout since she suggested me for Angry Reader of the Week. Hi, Boo Boo. (Go bears!)

Where are you?
Monterey Park, of course. I'm so glad to be home after my little undergraduate stint in DC. You can also find me at the OCA-Greater Los Angeles office and Jay Chou concerts.

Where are you from?
Los Angeles/Monterey Park. (Seriously, if you want to know my ethnicity, just ask. I'll be happy to tell you that I'm a 2nd generation Chinese American and that my family is from Shanghai.)

What do you do?
I hop from non-profit to non-profit. Currently, I staff the OCA-Greater Los Angeles office as the Civil Rights Fellow. (We're looking for the next one to replace me! Please email info@oca-gla.org for the application). In the past, I've interned with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, OCA National, LEAP, Kollaboration, and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center in DC.

I'm looking for my next non-profit to work for, so if there any openings…

Oh, in my spare time, I also chase Asian celebrities.

What are you all about?
It used to be "saving the world." Then I got a little more realistic. Now, I'm just about helping people.

What makes you angry?
Oh dear. Here we go: Conservatives (sorry, it's the truth); Arizona's SB 1070; the lack of Comprehensive Immigration Reform; the defeat of the DREAM Act; Prop 8 and the denial of same-sex marriage; the decline or nonexistence of ethnic studies; the House voting to defund Planned Parenthood; "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"; racism; people who don't think racism still exists; hate crimes; people who think there isn't a need for APA non-profit organizations; racist remarks made about the Japan earthquake/tsunami (and about the 2008 Szechuan earthquake); lack of APA representation and talent in the media; people who don't see a problem with Alexandra Wallace's video; the othering of Asian Americans and the perpetual foreigner stereotype; rude, pushy people who REALLY, REALLY want free stuff; drivers who take up multiple parking spaces; and Harry Shum, Jr. not showing up to the CAPE Japan Fundraiser on Wednesday night :(.

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