5centsapound:

Luke Duggleby: Wrapping a surviving tree, 2013 (Thailand)*nominated for the Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 
Cambodian Buddhist monks and local villagers bless one of the remaining large trees in an area destroyed to make way for a banana plantation. While arriving too late to stop the destruction completely, by wrapping an orange cloth around the remaining trees and praying, they are making the trees sacred with the hope to deter future loggers. Following uncontrolled forest destruction in the Central Cardamom Protected Forest in south-west Cambodia, an eco-warrior monk movement had begun to try and protect forests at risk.

5centsapound:

Luke Duggleby: Wrapping a surviving tree, 2013 (Thailand)
*nominated for the Atkins Ciwem environmental photographer of the year 

Cambodian Buddhist monks and local villagers bless one of the remaining large trees in an area destroyed to make way for a banana plantation. While arriving too late to stop the destruction completely, by wrapping an orange cloth around the remaining trees and praying, they are making the trees sacred with the hope to deter future loggers. Following uncontrolled forest destruction in the Central Cardamom Protected Forest in south-west Cambodia, an eco-warrior monk movement had begun to try and protect forests at risk.

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thepeoplesrecord:

700+ workers protest in Myanmar after South Korean factory closed without paying them
July 17, 2014

More than 700 workers protested Thursday in front of the South Korean Embassy in Myanmar to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages.

The workers from the Master Sports Footwear Factory in Yangon said the owner closed the plant illegally and without notice in May and has left the country. They are demanding that the Korean ambassador help them. They said they were having trouble paying their rent and wanted assistance in finding new jobs.

After an elected government took office in 2011 in Myanmar, industry has grown and foreign investment poured in in the wake of Western nations dropping most of the sanctions they had maintained against the previous repressive army regime.

Factory workers’ strikes and protests have increased markedly. The new government instituted economic reforms, including the legalization of labor unions.

The workers said they have contacted not only the embassy, but also the Labor and Social Security ministries, parliament and the opposition National League for Democracy for assistance but had received no help.

"This is because the government never stands for the grassroots people," said U Htay, a lawyer for the workers. "They never stand for the protection of the grassroots people or workers. It’s all because they cannot handle the rule of law and there is even more corruption and bias on the part of government officials and the businessmen. The only victims are the workers and grassroots people."

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Chinese women in solidarity!

chinesewomenunited:

I just started this blog as a safe space for Chinese women to share their experiences, connect with one another, vent and be heard and of course submit photos of themselves! 

I am sick of seeing Chinese women being fetishized on Tumblr and I’ve also noticed that Chinese women are often glossed over in discussions of feminism and racism. This blog is an attempt to fill in this gap and give Chinese women a place online.

You are welcome to follow this blog if you are not a Chinese woman. However, you are not welcome if you are here because you have a fetish for us. You will be blocked and reported if you are a fetish blog. 

Cheers! And I look forward to connecting with all you beautiful people. 

jaypore:

Stories of Partition

The Partition of British India into modern day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh marks the largest forced human migration in history. According to estimates nearly 15 million people lost their homes in 1947 and that number stands at over 20 million today. It is also estimated that between 0.5 and 2 million people lost their lives. The Partition also fundamentally changed many South Asian cultures and ways of living. Yet, unlike other major events of the last century, such as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Holocaust in Europe, the Partition of South Asia in 1947 has hardly been documented and understood. 

The 1947 Partition Archive is a non-profit organization that documents, preserves and shares eye witness accounts from all ethnic, religious and economic communities affected by the Partition of British India in 1947. We are proud to note that we support this initiative whole-heartedly!

Should you know anyone that has a story to tell, head here pronto -http://www.1947partitionarchive.org/share

Image courtesy giltoor

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kristenanna1:

This was my favorite thing ever.

A Korean movie, addressing how ridiculous Korean dramas are, recycling the same twist and sad ending- and that one guy at the end is just like NOPE, I’M DONE, and storms off.

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koreanmodel:

Gabi Moon and Park Sungjin by Hong Janghyun for W Korea July 2014

koreanmodel:

Gabi Moon and Park Sungjin by Hong Janghyun for W Korea July 2014

Ok, this is so good. I should have posted this earlier.

quelquesmoments:

west bank, palestine / 21 august 2013
…welcome

quelquesmoments:

west bank, palestine / 21 august 2013

…welcome

ouragstories:

My mother is an American girl, even if she is born in Laos and grew up selling soda and papaya salad in the refugee camps.  America touched her life.  Her oldest brothers fiought under General Vang Pao and the Secret Guerilla Units.  Some of her brother taught English in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp.  She knew America even before she immigrated to Manitowac, Wisconsin in December of 1979.  While she went to school in a small all-white town, her ESL teachers projected their voices to the students of Hmong descendants, as if they were deaf.  From this experience, my mother has now been serving the Milwaukee Public Schools as an English as a Second Language instructor.

My mom applied to over 30+ teaching jobs. She sought position in Wausau/Eau Claire/Madison/Sheboygan School districts, all were predominantly White. She got rejected because her employers did not want a “broken English” instructor. No matter how well she taught and that language is not one type, they declined her. She never gave up. One factor for her career was because other womyn of color in the ESL department of MPS fought for affirmative action, mom was hired. And to this day, mom shares her struggles for survival. Her face lights up when she meets her former students and their families anywhere. Her life warms up when students and their families welcome her to their celebrations. Most of her students say they would like to become teachers someday. This is why mom won’t retire even after she has retired. She’ll continue to teach and learn.
- Jackie

ouragstories:

My mother is an American girl, even if she is born in Laos and grew up selling soda and papaya salad in the refugee camps.  America touched her life.  Her oldest brothers fiought under General Vang Pao and the Secret Guerilla Units.  Some of her brother taught English in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp.  She knew America even before she immigrated to Manitowac, Wisconsin in December of 1979.  While she went to school in a small all-white town, her ESL teachers projected their voices to the students of Hmong descendants, as if they were deaf.  From this experience, my mother has now been serving the Milwaukee Public Schools as an English as a Second Language instructor.
My mom applied to over 30+ teaching jobs. She sought position in Wausau/Eau Claire/Madison/Sheboygan School districts, all were predominantly White. She got rejected because her employers did not want a “broken English” instructor. No matter how well she taught and that language is not one type, they declined her. She never gave up. One factor for her career was because other womyn of color in the ESL department of MPS fought for affirmative action, mom was hired. And to this day, mom shares her struggles for survival. Her face lights up when she meets her former students and their families anywhere. Her life warms up when students and their families welcome her to their celebrations. Most of her students say they would like to become teachers someday. This is why mom won’t retire even after she has retired. She’ll continue to teach and learn.
- Jackie

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koreanmodel:

Kim Wonjung by Jdz Chung for W Korea July 2014

koreanmodel:

Kim Wonjung by Jdz Chung for W Korea July 2014

The world is so small these days that it’s hard to imagine being the first of your people to visit a foreign country that you’ve had no real contact with or know nothing about. But back in 1834, the idea of an Asian woman coming to America would have been akin to someone today visiting a newly discovered alien civilization on another planet. Yet, that’s what it must have felt like for Afong Moy whom history has recorded as the first Chinese (and most likely first “Oriental”) woman to set foot on U.S. soil. But the circumstances under which Moy became a pioneer was not the most pleasant one.

In 1832, American traders Nathaniel and Frederick Carne made their first trip to China. Up to that point, they had made their fortune importing items from France but realized there was an untapped market in the Orient they could exploit. Their search led them to China where they started to import fancy, but affordable Chinese goods that the growing American middle-class population could afford.

The Carne brothers were also showmen, always searching for ways to better market their business to the public. And they hit upon the ultimate marketing ploy when they decided to go one step farther and import a real live Chinese woman to America for the first time.

On October 17, 1834, the cargo ship Washington under the command of a Captain Obear sailed into New York harbor with a bevy of goods from the mysterious Orient including what the New York Daily-Advertiser described as “a beautiful Chinese lady, called Juila Foochee ching-chang king, daughter of Hong wang-tzang tzee king. As she will see all who are disposed to pay twenty five cents. She will no doubt have many admirers.”

The first Chinese woman in America was not only exotic and regal (the supposed daughter of royalty) but she would be little more than a circus attraction; no better than an animal at a zoo that people would pay money to see. The Carne brothers changed her name to the easier-to-pronounce Afong Moy and rented an exhibition hall where the public could observe this strange woman with freakishly tiny (bound) feet. Newspapers described her as 19-years-old (though her age would fluctuate in different accounts), four feet ten inches tall, dressed in her “national costume” and with feet that were only four inches in length due to having worn “iron shoes” throughout her childhood.

Moy immediately became the talk of the town with newspapers reporting most likely fabricated details such as how she had “burst into a fit of laughter” upon seeing a left-handed person since such a thing didn’t exist in China to how the sound of a gun being fired at a rally scared her so much that she ran away.

The Carne brothers decorated the exhibit hall with artifacts and other items from China. They told reporters that they wanted to display Moy in her “natural environment,” but no doubt it wasn’t a coincidence that those were the very items they were importing from China to sell and that their business increased as a result of the popularity of the exhibition.

Moy went on display on November 6, 1834 and the public could see the Chinese woman from the hours of 10 AM-2 PM or 5 PM to 9 PM. Spectators witnessed such exotic things as Moy eating with chopsticks and speaking Chinese. There was even a Q & A session where people could ask her questions through an interpreter. Every few minutes she would be ordered to walk around the room with her bound feet.

Not everyone was impressed with the exhibit and recognized its exploitative nature. The New York Mirror published a full editorial explaining why it would not cover the exhibit: “We have not been to see Miss Afong Moy, the Chinese lady with the little feet; nor do we intend to perform that universal ceremony, unless we should find the notoriety which the non-performance must occasion inconveniently burdensome… . The lovely creatures were made for anything but to be stared at, for half a dollar a head.”

Still, none of the newspapers, regardless of how sympathetic they were to her situation, bothered to interview Moy herself. I’ve searched to find more details about her life, but not much is known about who she was, her past history (the Carne brothers’ claims that she was a “Chinese princess” were most likely bogus) or even what her real name was.

How must she have felt to not only be the first Chinese woman in this strange land, but to have earned that title while being treated like a sideshow oddity? And this was also during a time when there were very few Asians in America at all, let alone women. The first big wave of Chinese immigrants didn’t arrive until the California Gold Rush and that was still 15 years in the future.

Not much more is known about her life in America either. According to records, she toured the United States between 1834-1847. The following advertisement from the July 9, 1836 issue of the New York Times suggests this appearance at Peale’s Museum would be her last:

Although much of the details of her life are lost to history, Moy’s status as a pioneer who boldly went where none like her had gone before earns her the status of Original Offender.

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