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Why Jewish Men Make Good Spouses For Chinese Women

Added on by C. Maoxian.

In addition to the obvious cultural similarities (importance of family and filial piety, love of learning and respect for education, being money-oriented, etc.), Jewish men are used to having had their balls busted by their Jewish mothers throughout childhood, so it only follows that they can handle having their balls busted by their Chinese wives throughout adulthood.

Hard To Categorize

Added on by C. Maoxian.

I skimmed this Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape (PDF) report. This is how they segmented the groups:

  • Progressive Activists: younger, highly engaged, secular, cosmopolitan, angry.

  • Traditional Liberals: older, retired, open to compromise, rational, cautious.

  • Passive Liberals: unhappy, insecure, distrustful, disillusioned.

  • Politically Disengaged: young, low income, distrustful, detached, patriotic, conspiratorial.

  • Moderates: engaged, civic-minded, middle-of-the-road, pessimistic, Protestant.

  • Traditional Conservatives: religious, middle class, patriotic, moralistic.

  • Devoted Conservatives: white, retired, highly engaged, uncompromising, patriotic

Where do I fit in this? I’m secular, cosmopolitan, retired, open to compromise, rational, detached, patriotic, and civic-minded.

Best and Brightest

Added on by C. Maoxian.

Earlier this year my son got into the Center for Talented Youth program at Johns Hopkins, and we recently attended an award ceremony for the kids who got the highest scores on the entrance exam. 22 children from western New York state chose to attend the event and I was interested in the distribution of their backgrounds, which I've detailed below.

6 Chinese: (Chen, Fang, Feng, Hu, Lin, Ren) -- 27%

3 Jewish: (Arias, Raskin, Rutberg) -- 14%

3 WASP: (Harrow, Smith, Wells) -- 14%

2 Indian: (Bhatt, Pendri) -- 9%

2 Korean: (Lee, Lee) -- 9%

1 African-American (Amos) -- 5%

1 Nigerian: (Shoyinka) -- 5%

1 German (Heinzelman) -- 5%

1 Greek (Levedakis) -- 5%

1 Portuguese (Antunes) -- 5%

1 Ukrainian (Homik) -- 5%

Immigrants are still making America great.