Kim Sangwoo by Sammy Khoury for Fucking Young
If I look up “carrot” in the dictionary, most people will acknowledge I do not know all there is to know about carrots and if I truly want to understand carrots, I should probably pick up a horticultural text book. We know that legal and medical terms are going to be, at best, simplistically represented and know we need to find a lawyer or a doctor if we want to know more. Anyone deciding to base their argument on, say, a philosophical concept or term using the dictionary is going to be laughed at at best, or automatically lose whatever argument they’re trying to make at least.
Yet the minute we move into a social justice framework, the ultimate authority changes. We don’t need lived experience, we don’t need experts who have examined centuries of social disparities and discrimination, we don’t need societal context. We don’t need sociology or history – no, we have THE DICTIONARY! That ultimate tome of oracular insight, the last word on any debate!
It’s patently ridiculous and you can see that by applying it to any other field of knowledge. But the privileged will continually trot out simplistic, twitter-style dictionary definitions as if they are the last word and the ultimate authority. No-one would drag out the dictionary to debate science with a scientist. But they’re more than willing to trot out a dictionary definition of racism over any sociological analysis. A dictionary is not the ultimate authority - they’re a rough guide for you to discover the simple meaning of words you’ve never heard before – not an ultimate definition of what the word means and all its contexts. — so here for this (via depoetayloco)
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- Because 14% of Asian Americans live in poverty.
- Because we still face blockades and discrimination in the job market, a.k.a. the “bamboo ceiling.”
- Because America still looks at us like we’re “perpetual foreigners.”
- Because America still looks at us like we we’re the “yellow peril.”
- Because Asian American men are emasculated.
- Because Asian American womyn are exoticized and fetishized.
- Because a significant number of Asian American youth attend public schools that are under resourced and under privileged.
- Because gang violence plagues Asian American communities.
- Because Asian Americans lack representation in politics.
- Because a significant number of Asian Americans are undocumented.
- Because Asian Americans do more than get good grades.
- Because Asian Americans are not quiet, passive-aggressive, or submissive.
- Because Asian Americans raised hell during the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF).
- Because Asian Americans like Yuri Kochiyama and Richard Aoki were part of the Black Power Movement.
- Because Asian Americans had their own movement, the Asian American Movement.
- Because Asian Americans fought for workers’ rights during the United Farm Workers (UFW) Movement.
- Because Asian Americans stood in solidarity when there was no justice for Vincent Chin.
- Because Asian immigrant garment workers fought for equal rights when Jessica McClintock tried to deny them fair wages and a safe work environment.
- Because we have artists like Magnetic North and Blue Scholars.
- Because we are active in the LGBTQQIA community.
- Because we fought and are still fighting for a valid education.
- Because we are reclaiming our hystory and redefining our identities.
- Because Asian Americans are continuously organizing, mobilizing, and fighting for their communities and for our rightful place in this country.
- Because Asian Americans can fucking kick white supremist, nativist, racist, sexist asses.
- Because “model minority” is just a stereotype that attempts to cover the truth and use us as tokens.
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I know it’s stupid, but I get genuine anxieties thinking about ever getting married (which I…
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God damnit. #hawaiian
Anonymous asked: I am a Korean adoptee and read your story about you not supporting adoption. If I wasn't adopted I would have been institutionalized. What are your thoughts on that? I am not trying to pick a fight. I am starting a new mission and would like to know why you think the way you do. A culture is a culture and our culture is no more right than the Korean culture. Your disagreement of the reasoning behind adoption is plausible can't type more bc of the charac limit. won't let me add an email...
Hi, thanks for the message. I think the huge issue is that a moment an adoptee says anything about having an issue with adoption, it automatically gets read as anti-adoption and many people fail to understand the true meaning. I am not anti-adoption. I don’t know where I said one culture is better than the other…both the US and Korea have its positives and negatives and I equally complain about both ; ) I simply know that as a future single mother, I am more supported and can thrive more than I could in Korea. It also helps I have fantastic family and friends in the US.
I do not support adoption in the cases where the biological parents or any family member has a desire to raise their own child but the reasoning behind it is because of things such as social stigma or lack of support systems or the many cases where the child was actually kidnapped from their biological parent(s) and given up for adoption.
I don’t believe anyone’s personal judgement, even if it is because of the majority culture or religion, etc, should be so strong that it forces a mother or father to give up their child because the family would be, for lack of better words, treated like complete shit by the entire society.
I believe all countries should have support systems where single parents or struggling parents can get the help they need - be it job search, financial, insurance, education etc. so that if they have a desire to raise their own child, they have the ability to do that.
BUT I certainly support adoption where there are things like drug abuse and violence in the family, where a family would choose to institutionalize the baby instead of keeping it, where the parents do not feel they are ready to be parents and for many more reasons. In fact, as a biological child of a 14 year old rape victim, I do believe adoption was the right choice for my life.
But in the cases I mentioned above where I don’t support it, my hope is that adoption is a last option or hopefully never an option for a parent who wants to keep their baby. Again, the main message of this blog is not anti-adoption.. it is simply that every parent who wants to raise their child should be able to do so.
Would love to hear your own thoughts and what you are starting to do… please start a blog!
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the Chinese presence in Cuba began in the 19th century, when ‘recruiters’ went to cities like Hong Kong…coercing men to sign contracts to work for minimal wages in exchange for eventual freedom. They functioned as a sort of supplement to slave labor, augmenting the African slave population that already existed in the country.
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