Living Under Siege by Mimi Khúc
And suicide is not the failure of strength, of the will to survive. It is a heartbreakingly compromised act of resistance, “a refusal to carry on under such brutal conditions.” Park knows: her sister’s suicide marks these conditions as unlivable
and not herself as maladjusted. Her suicide is the very proof of the unlivability of her world, the very proof of the existence of unbearable violence.(via onehundredviolins
(Source: whale, via onehundredviolins)
6:00 pm • 5 December 2013 • 9 notes
Don't call me hapa
Because I’m not. I am not Native Hawaiian (and neither are any of the people I know who use that word to refer to me or mixed race Asians), so it is not our word to claim.
I’m not Native Hawaiian, so I’m not trying to speak for them, but from what I understand, it is appropriative for non-Native Hawaiians to identify as hapa.
I stopped describing myself as hapa almost a year ago (when I realized how problematic it is for me to do so) and yet the word follows me around because people assume all mixed race Asians identify in that way.
My sister identifies strongly as hapa (even when I explained that it was culturally appropriative) and I think this makes it more difficult for me because she uses it to refer to herself and sometimes both of us (despite her knowing that I don’t like being identified as hapa).
Last night, she told our Filipino friend (who’s white wife is pregnant) that he’s going to have a hapa baby. I just can’t believe that this baby isn’t even born yet, but people like my sister are already giving them this appropriative identity.
So don’t call me hapa. I am fine with mixed race, multiracial, biracial, Filipino and white, etc. but don’t refer to me by a term that is appropriative of another marginalized group. And please, to other mixed race folks, if you aren’t part Native Hawaiian, don’t identify as hapa.
We say that we are in solidarity and that the movement is about empowering and changing the systems of oppression that hurt all marginalized people (POC, LGBT*Q folks, women, working people, etc.), so can this include not appropriating words that don’t belong to us?
2:00 pm • 5 December 2013 • 7 notes
Unpacking Anti-Blackness in Our Communities | Facebook
An event open to people who self-identify as Central, East, South, Southeast Asian and/or Pacific Islander (including mixed-race people from these communities), to examine and work through anti-Blackness in our communities. Please feel free to invite anyone who fits the description above!
This event will be part workshop, part discussion, part historical timeline, and part story-telling (and sharing), including an examination of the history of anti-Blackness in our communities AND the history of solidarity between our communities and Black communities in the US, and how we might strengthen solidarity between our communities.
Co-Organized by South Asians for Justice - Los Angeles and the JACL Pacific Southwest District, with space donated by the Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund (SALDEF).
dang we need more of this
12:00 pm • 5 December 2013 • 37 notes
Cookie Monster asks the important questions. (x)
i dont know what’s funnier, the fact this is a thing that happened or that sesame street as a vine account
seasAME STREET HAS A VINE?????
10:00 am • 5 December 2013 • 143,204 notes
“Interestingly, you talked about Angel Island during your speech. What you did not mention, however, is that more people are detained every single day in detention today than were detained yearly at Angel Island. You recognized Angel Island as a dark period in Chinatown’s history, but you failed to recognize that more Asians and Pacific Islanders are in detention today than were in detention under the Chinese Exclusion Act. In fact, your administration detains up to 34,000 people per day, a record number of detainees in U.S. history.”
President Obama, Stop Separating and Deporting Our Families | Ju Hong
Ju Hong has been dismissed as a “heckler” in a lot of mainstream media articles. Hong wasn’t just shouting for the sake of getting a rise from Obama or the crowd; he wants Obama to take executive action toward immigration reform.
As a sidenote, Hong mentions here that “immigration reform is not only a Latino issue,” and yet HuffPo’s hashtags mention “Latino politics” 3x and none for “API politics.” Am I social media-ing incorrectly? Are those hashtags?
2:00 pm • 3 December 2013 • 6 notes
“Ableism is connected to all of our struggles because it undergirds notions of whose bodies are considered valuable, desirable and disposable.”
— Mia Mingus, “Changing the Framework: Disability Justice” (via kayisforchaos)
(Source: disabilityhistory, via lorenzmdumuk)
12:00 pm • 3 December 2013 • 3,471 notes
Chino Otsuka : Imagine Finding Me
Chino Otsuka uses photography and video to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time and photography. At age 10 she moved from Japan to the United Kingdom to attend school. Her experience of becoming familiar with a new place, a different language and new customs while she was developing her adolescent identity has profoundly shaped her work in photography, video and writing. Her series Imagine Finding Me consists of double self-portraits, with images of her present self beside her past self in various places she has visited. As Otsuka says: “The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine, as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.” - via AGO
I am unexpectedly weepy looking at this.
gosh that’s… moving in a really gentle kind of “mother your inner child” way…
10:00 am • 3 December 2013 • 26,948 notes
In case you forgot.
even tho i am not into the overall album, i always love janelle’s aesthepolitic.
(Source: house-weasley, via bankuei)
6:00 pm • 2 December 2013 • 30,675 notes