Casey Juanxi Li

May 26, 2021

An immigrant's English name is effective action, not capitulation

Some recentarticles frame the adoption of Caucasian names by Asian American immigrants as a kind of cultural capitulation, and a denigration of identity. They also frame the choice to reclaim birth names as a proud return to truth. I disagree with this framing on almost every level. Let's start with what a birth name is. Nobody is yet ...
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May 17, 2021

What is worth censoring? A tale of two Chinese film-makers

Immigration is a weapon in the cold war for talent, and the CCP’s censorship of Chloé Zhao’s Oscar was an ineffective defense. Rumour has it that she said something unflattering about China a few years ago, but that seems like a red herring. As Sonny Bunch hypothesized in The Washington Post, the censorship of her award for directing N...
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April 29, 2021

A company does exist for its founders’ enjoyment

Context: This is a reflection on Breaking Camp, by Casey Newton at The Verge; and DHH's response. Atomic Twitter thread here. -- We all use the tools at our disposal - our money, our attention, our words - to advance our interests in the world. A company is one such tool. Now, unless you're going to build and run the whole thing yourse...
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