Monday, December 21, 2009

The Influence of the Stars

Right around the time I found out Brittany Murphy died yesterday, I finished reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. In an eye-opening piece on the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic (which killed more humans faster than any other disease, or any other anything, has before or since), the author goes into the history behind the word 'influenza':
Much like the virus it names, the word influenza comes to us by way of a mutation. The word itself was first used in Italian and originally referred to the influence of the stars - that is, astral or occult influences that would have been felt by many people at once. By the 16th century, though, the word has begun mixing and blending with the meanings of other words and come to refer to epidemic and pandemic flues that simultaneously strike multiple communities (as if the result of some malevolent will).
Reference: page 13 in Eating Animals.

Much like an Italian villager in the 1500s, I feel like the universe is conspiring against me, trying to prevent me from discovering more about three Asian American actresses in a movie with Brittany. I searched IMDB, on Google, and even posted a question on Yahoo Answers, all to no avail. So I ask you, Gentle Reader, what are the names of the actresses who portrayed Janet Hong and 2 other unnamed Asian female characters in the movie Clueless (1995) ?

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