Hello. This is a new edition of Daily Update, our collection of great news and long reads from around the globe. And beyond. If that’s even possible. Today we have one article about why Constance Wu doesn’t want to be your “It” girl, one about why young Americans are giving up on capitalism, one about why we’re still watching “Game of Thrones,” although it’s not very good anymore, one about how McDonald’s is the glue that holds communities together, and why young people support Donald Trump. Awesome.
Vulture: Constance Wu Doesn’t Want To Be Your “It” Girl
“Let’s talk about some race shit!” Constance Wu laughs, her lemonade-yellow dress spinning as she turns to give me a conspiratorial smirk. In many ways, Wu, who plays matriarch Jessica Huang on ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, is the actor Asian America has been waiting for: funny, bold, analytical, and outspoken about Asian-American representation in Hollywood. In two conversations, one by phone and the other over lunch, we talked about the show and tiger-mom tropes, as well as her recent controversial remarks about yellowface, Hollywood’s “It”-girl syndrome, and her decision to leave her last agency because of a racist interaction.
Foreign Policy: Why Young Americans Are Giving Up On Capitalism
Capitalism, in other words, holds less appeal in an era when the invisible hand feels like a death grip. Americans under 20 have had little to no adult experience in a pre-Great Recession economy. Things older generations took for granted — promotions, wages that grow over time, a 40-hour work week, unions, benefits, pensions, mutual loyalty between employers and employees — are increasingly rare.
Slate: Game of Thrones Isn’t Very Good Anymore, But Here’s Why We Still Stick By It
After six seasons, thousands of pages of plot, endless violence, hundreds of zombies, scores of bared bosoms, dozens of reversals of fortune, acres of mud, multiple gods, and three dragons, we know Game of Thrones intimately. We’re way past first impressions. It doesn’t have to win us over each week, and it doesn’t try. Does Dany know anything about ruling, as opposed to conquering? What is the Lannisters’ current financial status? Could a feudal system really exist for thousands of years? Can power only corrupt? Can violence only lead to more violence? Is “Can you please hodor” an acceptable thing to say to a stranger whom you wish would hold the door?
The Guardian: McDonald’s: You Can Sneer, But It’s The Glue That Holds Communities Together
When many lower-income Americans are feeling isolated by the deadening uniformity of things, by the emptiness of many jobs, by the media, they still yearn for physical social networks. They are not doing this by going to government-run community service centers. They are not always doing this by utilizing the endless array of well-intentioned not-for-profit outreach programs. They are doing this on their own, organically across the country, in McDonald’s.
The Atlantic: A Dialogue With A 22-Year-Old Donald Trump Supporter
For several days, I’ve been corresponding with a 22-year-old Donald Trump supporter. He is white, has a bachelor’s degree, and earns $50,000 to $60,000 per year. He lives near San Francisco. “I recently became engaged to my Asian fiancée who is making roughly 3 times what I make, and I am completely supportive of her and proud she is doing so well,” he wrote. “We’ve both benefitted a lot from globalization. We are young, urban, and have a happy future planned. We seem molded to be perfect young Hillary supporters,” he observed, “but we’re not. In 2016, we’re both going for Trump.” At first, we discussed Bill Clinton.
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