Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK)
Tranny Power: Step Off: Trans women of color own these intersections; an inaugural post -
TW: transmisogyny, racism, violence directed at camab trans people of color
There is a place in this world full of horror, untranslatable. Here, in the midst of violence inconceivable, we struggle. Would you envy us, if you knew?
As trans women and camab trans people of color, we inhabit a…
An Afghan woman holds her child as she walks along a street on the outskirts of Kabul on May 13, 2013.
[Credit : Omar Sobhani/Reuters]
if you don’t know about it, this article has been around for a few years now but it never ceases to displease.
Also, we love your tumblr.
Asians Not Studying.
The Sophia Khan Memorial Fund
A campaign to fund a water filtration plant as an ongoing charity in remembrance of Sophia Khan.
At a young age of 33, Sophia Khan tragically and unexpectedly lost her life as a result of complications arising during a routine medical procedure. She was a wife and mother to two beautiful children, a one-year-old and a three-year old. This foundation was established in efforts to honor Sophia Khan and what she represented-someone who cared deeply for others and was always willing to help those in need.
What We Need
Eno bhatti is a small village in the outskirts of Lahore. It is situated at approximately a one and a half hour drive from Gulberg. The water in this village is contaminated with arsenic, therefore a filtration plant is desperately needed to clean it and make it fit for villagers to drink. This project is currently at the top of HDF’s priority list.
We would like to build a water filtration plant in honor of Sophia Khan so that she may benefit in the hereafter from this Sadaqa Jariya (continuous charity). An amount of $8540* is needed to build this plant and less than 10% will be going to overhead costs, which includes labor.
“If a human dies, then his good deeds stop except for three: a Sadaqa Jariah (continuous charity), a beneficial knowledge, or a righteous child who prays for him.” – Sahih Muslim
Building this water filtration plant will mean continuously providing clean water for 1578 people for many years to come and this is Sadaqa Jariya (continuous charity) that will, in addition to the villagers, also benefit our contributors and Sophia Khan insha’Allah.
HDF has agreed to organize day trips from Lahore for family members and contributors who would like to visit the village and the plant once it is built.
Other Ways You Can Help
God willing, we will raise the $8540 required to complete this project. Many people have been deeply affected by Sophia’s passing so please help us get the word out and be a part of this cause!
*$200 was added to the goal to help pay for campaign costs. If we reach our goal, Indiegogo will be collecting 4% of the $8,700 goal in addition to some credit card costs.
Rhesus monkeys at Swayambhu Temple in Nepal for a typical morning of basking, playing, and nosing around for food
National Geographic | April 1980
Asian American activism and resistance has been ongoing, outspoken, and multi-front since the 19th century and completely counters the racist stereotype that Asians are somehow predisposed to go along with the system.
Cambodian Factory Collapse Keeps Spotlight on Global Working Conditions -
On Monday, local police in Bangladesh called off the search for bodies in the rubble of a garment factory building that had collapsed. After nearly three weeks of searching, authorities had recovered a staggering 1,127 bodies, making the tragedy the worst accident in the global garment industry’s history. Today, we’re again counting bodies after the industry’s latest fatal accident in south Asia. The Associated Press with the details:
The ceiling of a Cambodian factory that makes Asics sneakers collapsed on workers early Thursday, killing two people and injuring seven, in the latest accident spotlighting the often lethal safety conditions faced by those toiling in the global garment industry. About 50 workers were inside a workroom of the factory south of Phnom Penh when the ceiling caved in, said police officer Khem Pannara. He said heavy iron equipment stored on a mezzanine above them appeared to have caused the collapse.
The Cambodian factory, thankfully, is much smaller than the collapsed building in Bangladesh, which housed three individual garment factories, so the death toll from today’s accident is not expected to climb anywhere near as high. Still, the timing of the accident—22 days after the complex in Bangladesh first collapsed—will likely add additional momentum to the international outcry for mulitnational retailers to take action to ensure the safety of the low-wage workers at their suppliers. While that effort has so far largely focused on Bangladesh in specific, the Cambodian accident will, at least temporarily, broaden the scope of the debate to include other countries.
As the New York Times notes, the Cambodian collapse could also spell trouble for Asics, which currently enjoys a rather shiny corporate image:
He said Asics “offered its deepest sympathies” to the victims and their families, and that the company would consider actions to revamp safety measures at its overseas suppliers. … Popular with runners, Asics has been particularly successful in the American market, where it emphasizes corporate responsibility. According to the company’s Web site, the Asics name is an acronym “derived from the Latin phrase, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano — a sound mind in a sound body.”
The outcry that began as the death toll in Bangladesh steadily climbed into four figures has already prompted several global companies to take action there. More than a dozen European retailers—including H&M, the biggest garment buyer in the country—have signed on to an international safety pact that would require the companies to pay for inspections and upgrades in Bangladeshi factories over the next half decade. Major American clothing chains, however, have so far stayed on the sidelines. Their rationale, the Washington Post explains, is that they fear doing so would expose them to excessive liability in court, particularly at home.
I love the word ‘desi.’ It is so beautiful. I can go around saying it over and over again. I’m of the view that it is the best word to describe ourselves. Phrases like African Americacan, Asian American, Hispanic American, etc. are bureaucratic words that do not hold within them the revolutionary aspirations and histories of a people (categorized but not controlled). I prefer words like Black, desi, Latino, Chicano, because these words raise associations of struggles, such as the Black Power movement (‘Black is Beautiful,’ etc.), the Chicano struggles of the farm workers, of La Raza, and what not. Desi seems to be a similar word, one filled with so much historical emotion. And again, it is an ironic word, because it means of the homeland, but it does not say what that homeland is. We who use it do not hearken back to the ‘homeland’ of the subcontinent, because we are generally not nationalistic in that sense. Our homeland is an imaginary one that stretches from Jackson Heights to the Ghadar Party, from the rallies against Dotbusters to the Komagata Maru, from the 1965 Immigration Act to Devon Street. This is a homeland that we can relate to and it is what makes us feel like we belong in something of a collectivity. Hence desi. — Vijay Prashad - “Smashing the Myth of the Model Minority” (via literatureisboss)
Is it Fair for Chefs to Cook Other Cultures' Foods? -
We published this about a year ago. Still a good post so will repost!
Last week, the New York Times published a piece by me entitled “Cuisines Mastered as Acquired Tastes.” In it, I tried to explore how American-raised chefs learn to cook the food of immigrant cultures, and why they so often become more successful than the immigrants themselves.
I admit the article started in my head because I felt that immigrant chefs often get dealt a tough hand, but I tried to report out an even story. In part, that was because I really respect the American-raised chefs I wrote about, but also because I think many of the factors that make for this phenomenon aren’t anyone’s “fault”—they’re tied up in a bigger picture of how restaurant people, media, and our society deal and don’t deal with all the weird stuff that happens when you mix all kinds of races and cultures together like we do in America.
But then my friend Eddie Huang emailed me. The son of a Taiwanese immigrant restaurant family and chef / owner of Baohaus, he wrote, “Look, for a lot of the article I was like, ‘FRANCIS, HAMMER THEM!’ I really didn’t like the thing about the chefs being more ‘objective’ because they’re distanced from the food and it’s not personal. I disagree entirely. Food is PERSONAL. Business is personal! The Godfather was wrong!”
And so we talked, immigrant son to immigrant son, food-lover to food-lover, Chinaman to Chinaman. (It isn’t the preferred nomenclature, but it works for us.) We had an honest debate over whether it’s right for chefs to “take” someone else’s culture and sell it, what responsibilities writers and chefs have to make sure people understand where cuisines come from, and, in the end, what it means to be an immigrant in America. What follows is an edited transcript of our conversation. It’s long and there is some tough talk in there, but we felt it was worth sharing. And please share your thoughts in the comments below, but you don’t want to see how Eddie deals with trolls. — Francis Lam
Pakistan elections: how Nawaz Sharif beat Imran Khan and what happens next