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The Vietnamese American LGBTQ community needs your support to sign their petition: Let Vietnamese-American LGBTQ people participate in the 2014 Tết Parade. LGBTQ Vietnamese American have been part of the Tet Parade in the past years until recently when…
In China, English teaching is a whites-only club
Take, for example, Mike Lee and Will Evans, students from the U.S. and Canada, respectively, who applied to be English teachers through the New Development School, a teacher-placement agency in Beijing. Being fluent speakers of English, both believed they would make competitive candidates.
What they didn’t know is that recruiters would not be evaluating them just on their English fluency or academic credentials. Instead, they were judged primarily on physical appearance.
Yeah.. my brother was politely asked to leave his first English teaching job in Shanghai because the kids’ parents’ didn’t want a Black guy teaching their kids English.
Fly 20 hrs across the world.. no white people around.. and you still gotta deal with whiteness. I just find it so discouraging.
Yep. And guess where Chinese people get their information about Black Americans? From US media.
When I was a student in China, I would explain this to people all the time. Perplexed Chinese students would ask me, Why are there so many Black criminals in America (by which they meant, the USA)? I would say, Believe me there are far more white criminals, but where did you get this information about Black criminals? They would answer, American television, American news, American movies. I would say, Those are made by white people and are not an accurate picture.
That was before the explosion of basketball and hip hop in China, which have somewhat expanded Chinese exposure to Black folks. These days, Kobe Bryant is probably just as popular among the younger generation in China as Yao Ming. (LeBron James is second; it’s a dividing identity-establishing question among Chinese youth, “Kobe or LeBron?”) Of course, basketball and hip hop obviously aren’t enough to change overall perceptions of Black people, as we know from the USA itself.
In any case, skewed representation, racist stereotypes, and specifically anti-Blackness in US media (both news and fiction) are not only harmful to people in the US, but these perceptions also inform — and misinform — an international audience and propagate global racism.
(Source: fuckyeahcracker, via robot-heart-politics)
rant on yellow fever
ok this?? has been pissing me off for the LONGEST time and i just kinda need to steam somewhere but i can literally not use the god damn internet without having some ad of a half naked japanese schoolgirl shoved in my face with “CUTE ASIANS DESPERATE FOR A BOYFRIEND” smacked on it in big red…
This has gotta be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen on the internet
Black Panther Party and the Asian American Political Alliance
The very birth of the term Asian American came from a rejection of white supremacy, institutional racism and in full support of Black Power [via the Asian American Political Alliance, particularly in regards to the work being done by the Black Panthers]. We stood together. Some of us still stand together. We must stand together again.
I fucking love this gif.
terrible picture but yay I got a tattoo I’ve been wanting for a while yesterday. thank you Nayyirah Waheed for some of the lost important words in my life.
Peace :) I just saw the picture of your tattoo of my poem ‘tourist.’ I was wondering why you chose this piece/ that phrase ?
hello, basically it just describes my situation perfectly. I have been travelling through Europe alone for the last two months with another month before I go back home, before the next two years when I’ll be moving to live in toe new countries. I just feel the phrase encapsulates everything I think; have fun, see new places and when the beauty/enjoyment of the place begins to wear thin, find somewhere new.
I’m just so thankful that I found your words, and the way they allow me to understand my current life philosophy in such a direct, uninhibited way.
tourist, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
this is my original piece, clearly addressing the ills of tourism, so, this person changing the original sentiment/essence to glorify tourism, to use my work to express their life philosophy of getting to”see new places and when the beauty/enjoyment of the place begins to wear thin, find somewhere new,” is incredibly disrespectful, smacking of white privilege, and the essence of the very colonizing thoughts/behaviors i am speaking out against in the poem.
it is incredibly distressing that you would change my words to fit your philosophy, and then thank me for writing ‘some of the most important words in your life.’
as a woc, i am not here to educate you. i am not here to edify and feed you. changing your life is not my purpose on this earth, not when there are black and brown people losing life/ have been losing lives everyday. if you knew about me, you would know that i write first and foremost for poc. in fact, this very poem was speaking of what happens to our lands as poc.
this whole thing is white privilege and an presumption of accessibility to me and my work that you think you have, but in fact, do not have. from choosing my poem/ this poem without any thought to who i am as a woc artist who is vocal about the integrity of her work, to changing the meaning/and picking pieces of my poem to fit your ‘life philosophy,’ to posting it under my tag with my name, it is all wrong. every part of it. so what you got tattooed on your arm is in fact not my work, but something you appropriated, a mangled version of something very painful, beautiful, and honest.
as a woc, i am not here to educate you. i am not here to edify and feed you. changing your life is not my purpose on this earth, not when there are black and brown people losing life/ have been losing lives everyday.
Lee Hyejung by Lee Seungyeop for Allure Korea June 2013
peonyaroma asked: Hi I saw your post about the Keffiyehs and actually they are not Jewish, they are Palestinian! Israel has been appropriating Palestinian food, culture, etc in the name of colonization. Ancient Jews used to wear a headgear that was similar to either a keffiyeh, turban or a stocking cap called a Sudra. It is still worn by some Mizrahi Jews, but the Keffiyeh is a Palestinian national symbol. It is part of the Palestinian resistance movement, and is being appropriated by Israel.
Woah! Thanks so much for that. I didn’t know that it was originally Palestinian, I have seen some Palestinians and Jewish peopole wear it so I assumed it was culturally from both. So thank you so much for correcting me, a few others have sent me asks about this (although they were not so nice as yours). I will definitely change that post and make sure to say it is a Palestinian item in the future. This is the first time we’ve ever posted anything about Keffiyehs on cultureisnotacostume. I’ve noticed that most of our posts have to do with Native Americans, Indians, Latin@s, and Black culture, but we want to try and expand and give every culture some representation on this blog.
Thank you to all of the people who sent asks about this, I don’t want to get anything wrong about Palestinian culture or post false things about it. I’m the newest mod so definitely feel free to correct me if you see me making any mistakes!
What’s the Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation?
Jarune Uwujaren explains that there needs to be some element of mutual understanding, equality, and respect for it to be a true exchange.
(Source: scottramirez, via racebending)
Yes, America Has Gotten Better About Racism, but It Really Doesn’t Matter | The Nation
Because I write about race and racism in the United States, I’m often asked some variation of this question: are things better now?
I don’t mean to be condescending when I answer, but usually my response is frustrated laughter followed by a firm “no.” It’s the most polite thing I can think to do in the moment. At least, it’s more polite than saying, “That’s a stupid fucking question.”
But that’s how I actually feel. It sounds harsh, but I truly believe “Are things better?” is one of the most useless questions in a discussion about racism. It’s another in a repertoire of rhetorical tricks we use in this country to avoid the hard work of addressing racism in its modern form. By reframing the conversation around how much progress has been made, we further the false narrative that racism is a problem that belongs to history. While we pat ourselves on the back for not being as horrible as we once were, we allow racism to become further entrenched in every aspect of American life.