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“Race matters for reasons that really are only skin deep, that cannot be discussed any other way, and that cannot be wished away. Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter the neighborhood where he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, “No, where are you really from?”, regardless of how many generations her family has been in the country. Race matters to a young person addressed by a stranger in a foreign language, which he does not understand because only English was spoken at home. Race matters because of the slights, the snickers, the silent judgments that reinforce that most crippling of thoughts: “I do not belong here.” ”

Justice Sotomayor’s dissent to the US Supreme Court's decision not to uphold quotas in university admissions processes



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NEW BOOK: My Life as a Squint-Eyed Chink

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Autobiography — 351 pages including: 6 pages of pictures & 8 pages of endnotes.

On the death of his eccentric soprano mother, Zak finds himself on a plane to rendezvous with siblings he hasn't seen in decades, the entire trip culminating in a black comedy at her funeral. He begins unearthing a past he didn't know he had, learning the truth about his parents' secretive lives.

My Life as a Squint-Eyed Chink reads like a psychological thriller or mystery novel — only the story that it tells is true. Unique insights into the human condition, fascinating vignettes from mid-20th-century China, and uncommon sanity amidst maddening events characterize this poignant, thought-provoking and beautifully written tale of a Brit forced to adapt to finding himself ‘not looking English.’ In pages filled with both gritty facts and almost-lyrical prose punctuated with wry humor, you walk with Zak, the journeyman, as he learns what it is like to bridge several different worlds with all their allure, beauty, pain and mystery; to survive the most unsettling of situations; to find sense in a baffling, sometimes terrible, past and setting out on the ultimate quest to put all the pieces together and find out who you truly are.

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Born in England and based in Stockholm, Sweden since 1988, Zak divides his time between his very separate worlds of being a Musician (multi-genre free-lance guitarist), Technology Consultant (software development, website management, HCI, UCD, Usability, SEO, etc.), Writer (research articles, educational materials, non-fiction, editing services), Translator (for companies listed on the NASDAQ OMX), Traveler (escapist & curious by nature; fan of interpersonal, cultural exchanges in faraway places) and Volunteer (abuse recovery, fundraising, community services)...

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show/hide this section is about things that matter to me, Zak smiley It was launched on Nov. 26, 2008, but due to the fact that I lead a rather busy life, parts of it are still under construction. My original idea was to use the site to demonstrate my skills in creating a clean 'n' lean, robust, secure, interactive and standards-compliant web interface with up-to-date technological know-how behind it. I'm responsible for what you can and can't see—every dot and pixel of the front-end design, as well as the back-end scripts that dynamically generate these pages, such as perl, PHP, databases, server scripts and CMS (content-management software), etc. All my scripts are custom-designed—I don't use out-of-a-can freeware. Many of my creative designs were a first on the world-wide web, but as the cliché about the perpetually changing Internet goes: you can only be the “first” for six months at best. If you happen to like what you do see, I'm available for hire as a site designer and software architect. For further information:

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