Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 14, 2017, it’s the Overseas Trump edition of the show with your hosts, Hartford CT radio maven Todd Feinburg and all things nano person Mike Stopa. This week, we have a Filipino flavor to the podcast in honor of Trump’s visit to and bromance beginning with Rodrigo Duterte. And, in the latest edition of the Florida man saga, who is Ja Du and why does he think, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, that he is Filipino? Isn’t he culturally appropriating? Does he need a bathroom all his own? And, more seriously, why does someone who “identifies” as a different race or ethnicity need to *be* that race or ethnicity? Isn’t it enough to simply *like* Filipino food, clothing, dance, and culture? Why does Ja Du need to actually *be* Filipino? Is it possibly more a denial of his own culture – a need to rebel – that is driving him to insist that his real ethnicity is something else?
We then get into the developing relationship between Duterte and Trump. Are they, perhaps, a match made in heaven? Who are the forgotten people of the Philippines? Isn’t the system there rigged far worse than the system here?
But the horse is behind the cart here, because our first topic concerns an Albanian national in Connecticut who is being ejected from the U.S. (save for a last minute stay) for immigration violations. But she is married to an American guy. Don’t Americans get to marry people from any country they want and have them become U.S. green card holders if not citizens?
And, on the same topic, are we more sympathetic instinctively to Europeans with immigration problems than we are with Latin Americans? Has the invasion of poverty and uneducated people from south of the border *made us* racist?
We will have our shower thoughts. The podcast image this week is from wordclouds.com and represents Donald Trump’s inauguration speech. This little gem represents Obama’s farewell speech.
Our hidden gem? Badge by Cream!
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