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inkstone:

Just want to emphasize the note that the narrator is full of condescending, US propaganda B.S. but the sights of pre-WWII Manila in 1938 are amazing.

iwriteasiwrite:

Manila in 1938.

Couple of things to note in the video. Obviously, pre-World War II, so this was the city they were calling the Pearl of the Orient. This was the city that was burned by the Japanese and bombed into submission in 1945.

First off, the video is obviously American propaganda (the Battle of Manila being a ‘great’ naval battle and all), but even then it has important historical value. See, this is precisely the idea behind William Henry Scott’s “cracks in the parchment curtain.” 

Second, our canals were lively and a centers of life in the city; trade and transport was normally conducted through the canals. Think about how are post-WWII development (or lack there of) has eviscerated a once central part of Manila life. Bangkok is famous for its canals and boat based trade, it was something we had as well.

The criticism I always hear about videos like this is that it shows the best of Manila and its environs. So. What. That was what parts of Manila was like in the 1930s. What is important is that we try and recapture some of that uniqueness and beauty of Old Manila. Heritage is an integral part of urban renewal; especially when the city still has so many of these areas. It is these places that make Manila, Manila. And the Philippines, the Philippines. They should be points of national pride and should be treated and respected as such. Intramuros is still standing, the bridges still span the Pasig; Manila Hotel, old structures, and old homes still exist. Though they are threatened.

What is backward looking is to ignore the importance of heritage in rebuilding a city and a nation. There is nothing more backward thinking than to say that heritage plays no part in uplifting and enriching a nation and a people. The idea that preserving and utilizing heritage sites is antithetical to economic growth and poverty alleviation is a reductive and simplistic understand of the relationship between a city and her citizens.

We are our heritage. And our cities should reflect that.

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neaato:

Zhang, the only female individual finalist, said her research was in part motivated by her family. Her great grandfather had liver cancer and her grandfather died of lung cancer when she was in seventh grade.
“I  asked, ‘Why does this happen. Why does cancer cause death? What are we  doing to fix this and what can I do to help,’” said the Monta Vista High  School senior.
Zhang said the  particle she designed improves on current cancer treatments because it  delivers a drug directly to tumor cells and doesn’t affect healthy cells  around it. The particle is also able to release a drug when activated  by a laser. The idea is still years away from being used in patients,  however. Zhang says it could take 25 years between clinical trials and  other steps before her research is helping patients.

neaato:

Zhang, the only female individual finalist, said her research was in part motivated by her family. Her great grandfather had liver cancer and her grandfather died of lung cancer when she was in seventh grade.

“I asked, ‘Why does this happen. Why does cancer cause death? What are we doing to fix this and what can I do to help,’” said the Monta Vista High School senior.

Zhang said the particle she designed improves on current cancer treatments because it delivers a drug directly to tumor cells and doesn’t affect healthy cells around it. The particle is also able to release a drug when activated by a laser. The idea is still years away from being used in patients, however. Zhang says it could take 25 years between clinical trials and other steps before her research is helping patients.

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curate:

“You can  still be feminine and have balls.” – Tura Satana 
She was born in Hokkaidō, Japan in 1935 to a silent movie actor and a  contortionist who performed with the circus. She’s of Japanese,  Filipino, Scotch-Irish, and American Indian heritage. Her family spent  time at the Manzanar Relocation Camp in Southern California before they were relocated to Chicago during  World War II. Satana grew up on the Westside, in what she calls “The Mafia  Section of town.”
Hers was the only Asian family in the neighborhood. As a result, she  suffered daily harassment from other schoolchildren that forced her to  continually have to fight her way to and from school. She also blossomed  early – by age nine she was wearing a size 34C bra – a matter that made  grade school life even worse.
At the age of nine, Satana was assaulted and raped by five men. They  were caught and arrested, but never prosecuted. It was  rumored that the judge had been paid off with a $1,000 bribe. She  was sent off to reform school for “enticing” them – the victim had been  blamed.
Her father taught her self-defense and she went on to earn a green  belt in aikido and a black belt in karate. In Jimmy  McDonough’s Big  Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex  Film, Satana says, “If I could help every woman this has  happened to, I would. It is in your spirit to conquer this degradation.”
Satana made a vow to herself that she would get even with each and  every one of her attackers. Over the course of several years, she tracked  each one down, and she kicked their asses.
After her assault, she was in a girl  gang that was for the protection of females in the neighborhood  (initiation rites included piercing your ears with a knife). A few years  later, at the age of 13, she was briefly married to a 17-year-old in an  arranged partnership. After their divorce she moved to Los Angeles, got  a fake ID and worked as a blues singer and nude model. At age 15 she  began her career as a burlesque dancer in Calumet City, Illinois.
Satana dated Elvis in the 1950s – a relationship that was kept quiet  for obvious reasons. He copied some of her dance moves, and even  asked her to marry him, but she told him “No.”
Her first film role was in 1963’s Irma la Douce.  She then appeared in episodes of Burke’s Law and The Man From  U.N.C.L.E. The part she’s most recognized for came in 1965’s Faster, Pussycat!  Kill! Kill! in which   she plays Varla – the thrill-seeking, vicious, and deadly leader of a  girl gang of go-go dancers.
Kicking Ass and Taking Names: An Actress Spotlight on Tura Satana | Bitch Media

curate:

“You can still be feminine and have balls.” – Tura Satana

She was born in Hokkaidō, Japan in 1935 to a silent movie actor and a contortionist who performed with the circus. She’s of Japanese, Filipino, Scotch-Irish, and American Indian heritage. Her family spent time at the Manzanar Relocation Camp in Southern California before they were relocated to Chicago during World War II. Satana grew up on the Westside, in what she calls “The Mafia Section of town.”

Hers was the only Asian family in the neighborhood. As a result, she suffered daily harassment from other schoolchildren that forced her to continually have to fight her way to and from school. She also blossomed early – by age nine she was wearing a size 34C bra – a matter that made grade school life even worse.

At the age of nine, Satana was assaulted and raped by five men. They were caught and arrested, but never prosecuted. It was rumored that the judge had been paid off with a $1,000 bribe. She was sent off to reform school for “enticing” them – the victim had been blamed.

Her father taught her self-defense and she went on to earn a green belt in aikido and a black belt in karate. In Jimmy McDonough’s Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film, Satana says, “If I could help every woman this has happened to, I would. It is in your spirit to conquer this degradation.”

Satana made a vow to herself that she would get even with each and every one of her attackers. Over the course of several years, she tracked each one down, and she kicked their asses.

After her assault, she was in a girl gang that was for the protection of females in the neighborhood (initiation rites included piercing your ears with a knife). A few years later, at the age of 13, she was briefly married to a 17-year-old in an arranged partnership. After their divorce she moved to Los Angeles, got a fake ID and worked as a blues singer and nude model. At age 15 she began her career as a burlesque dancer in Calumet City, Illinois.

Satana dated Elvis in the 1950s – a relationship that was kept quiet for obvious reasons. He copied some of her dance moves, and even asked her to marry him, but she told him “No.”

Her first film role was in 1963’s Irma la Douce. She then appeared in episodes of Burke’s Law and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The part she’s most recognized for came in 1965’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! in which she plays Varla – the thrill-seeking, vicious, and deadly leader of a girl gang of go-go dancers.

Kicking Ass and Taking Names: An Actress Spotlight on Tura Satana | Bitch Media

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wildunicornherd:

pandrewshaner:


1904: The pseudonymous Chinese writer “Huangjiang  Diaosou” wrote a year long serial, “Yueqiu Zhimindi Xiaoshuo” (Lunar  Colony), in the mainstream magazine Xiuxiang Xiaoshuo. “Lunar  Colony” was not the first piece of Chinese science fiction, but it has  become the best known of the early Chinese sf. In “Lunar Colony” the  Hunanese scholar Long Menghua is forced to flee Hunan after he murders a  government official who is harassing his in-laws. Long and his wife  flee the country, but along the way their ship is struck by a British  liner. Long’s wife disappears in the shipwreck, but Long is rescued by  Ōtarō Tama, a Japanese dirigible inventor, and the two team up to search  for Long’s wife. In Ōtarō’s dirigible, which is powered by electricity  and has a variety of advancd technology, Long and Ōtarō begin searching  for Long’s wife. Their search takes them across Southeast Asia, and  along the way they encounter a variety of different groups, including a  band of male and female martial artists who have vowed to bring an end  to the Qing dynasty by assassinating the leaders of the Chinese  government. After rescuing Long’s wife from bandits, Long, his wife,  Ōtarō, the martial artists, and the others Long has gathered around  himself decide that all the nations of the world are too corrupt, so the  group sets off to the moon in Ōtarō’s dirigible and establish a utopia  there.

From “Where did steampunk come from?” by Jess Nevins
This proves that steampunk doesn’t just have origins in the West :D

The perennial question What’s with all the fucking dirigibles?, however, remains unanswered.

FLYING. The answer is OMG SHIT WE CAN FLY THIS IS AWESOME.

wildunicornherd:

pandrewshaner:

1904: The pseudonymous Chinese writer “Huangjiang Diaosou” wrote a year long serial, “Yueqiu Zhimindi Xiaoshuo” (Lunar Colony), in the mainstream magazine Xiuxiang Xiaoshuo. “Lunar Colony” was not the first piece of Chinese science fiction, but it has become the best known of the early Chinese sf. In “Lunar Colony” the Hunanese scholar Long Menghua is forced to flee Hunan after he murders a government official who is harassing his in-laws. Long and his wife flee the country, but along the way their ship is struck by a British liner. Long’s wife disappears in the shipwreck, but Long is rescued by Ōtarō Tama, a Japanese dirigible inventor, and the two team up to search for Long’s wife. In Ōtarō’s dirigible, which is powered by electricity and has a variety of advancd technology, Long and Ōtarō begin searching for Long’s wife. Their search takes them across Southeast Asia, and along the way they encounter a variety of different groups, including a band of male and female martial artists who have vowed to bring an end to the Qing dynasty by assassinating the leaders of the Chinese government. After rescuing Long’s wife from bandits, Long, his wife, Ōtarō, the martial artists, and the others Long has gathered around himself decide that all the nations of the world are too corrupt, so the group sets off to the moon in Ōtarō’s dirigible and establish a utopia there.

From “Where did steampunk come from?” by Jess Nevins

This proves that steampunk doesn’t just have origins in the West :D

The perennial question What’s with all the fucking dirigibles?, however, remains unanswered.

FLYING. The answer is OMG SHIT WE CAN FLY THIS IS AWESOME.

pandrewshaner:


1904: The pseudonymous Chinese writer “Huangjiang  Diaosou” wrote a year long serial, “Yueqiu Zhimindi Xiaoshuo” (Lunar  Colony), in the mainstream magazine Xiuxiang Xiaoshuo. “Lunar  Colony” was not the first piece of Chinese science fiction, but it has  become the best known of the early Chinese sf. In “Lunar Colony” the  Hunanese scholar Long Menghua is forced to flee Hunan after he murders a  government official who is harassing his in-laws. Long and his wife  flee the country, but along the way their ship is struck by a British  liner. Long’s wife disappears in the shipwreck, but Long is rescued by  Ōtarō Tama, a Japanese dirigible inventor, and the two team up to search  for Long’s wife. In Ōtarō’s dirigible, which is powered by electricity  and has a variety of advancd technology, Long and Ōtarō begin searching  for Long’s wife. Their search takes them across Southeast Asia, and  along the way they encounter a variety of different groups, including a  band of male and female martial artists who have vowed to bring an end  to the Qing dynasty by assassinating the leaders of the Chinese  government. After rescuing Long’s wife from bandits, Long, his wife,  Ōtarō, the martial artists, and the others Long has gathered around  himself decide that all the nations of the world are too corrupt, so the  group sets off to the moon in Ōtarō’s dirigible and establish a utopia  there.

From “Where did steampunk come from?” by Jess Nevins
This proves that steampunk doesn’t just have origins in the West :D

pandrewshaner:

1904: The pseudonymous Chinese writer “Huangjiang Diaosou” wrote a year long serial, “Yueqiu Zhimindi Xiaoshuo” (Lunar Colony), in the mainstream magazine Xiuxiang Xiaoshuo. “Lunar Colony” was not the first piece of Chinese science fiction, but it has become the best known of the early Chinese sf. In “Lunar Colony” the Hunanese scholar Long Menghua is forced to flee Hunan after he murders a government official who is harassing his in-laws. Long and his wife flee the country, but along the way their ship is struck by a British liner. Long’s wife disappears in the shipwreck, but Long is rescued by Ōtarō Tama, a Japanese dirigible inventor, and the two team up to search for Long’s wife. In Ōtarō’s dirigible, which is powered by electricity and has a variety of advancd technology, Long and Ōtarō begin searching for Long’s wife. Their search takes them across Southeast Asia, and along the way they encounter a variety of different groups, including a band of male and female martial artists who have vowed to bring an end to the Qing dynasty by assassinating the leaders of the Chinese government. After rescuing Long’s wife from bandits, Long, his wife, Ōtarō, the martial artists, and the others Long has gathered around himself decide that all the nations of the world are too corrupt, so the group sets off to the moon in Ōtarō’s dirigible and establish a utopia there.

From “Where did steampunk come from?” by Jess Nevins

This proves that steampunk doesn’t just have origins in the West :D

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Map of the Crescent Moon Kingdoms! THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON KINGDOM by Saladin Ahmed, a fantasy epic novel (in a not-white culture, natch!) comes out in Feb 2012, from DAW books, and is available for pre-order at Amazon!

Map of the Crescent Moon Kingdoms! THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON KINGDOM by Saladin Ahmed, a fantasy epic novel (in a not-white culture, natch!) comes out in Feb 2012, from DAW books, and is available for pre-order at Amazon!

"Asia Implodes as Thailand Elects First Female Prime Minister"

deadgeraniums:

wthellokitty:

I can’t sign into Gawker for some reason, so I’ll post this here.  

Does Jezebel mean Thailand implodes or Asia in general?  Japan had Takako Doi, India Indira Gandhi, Pakistan Benzair Bhutto, Bangladesh Khaleda Zia. Female presidents include Sri Lanka’s Chandrika Kumaratunga and her mother, Sirimavo Bandrananaike, and the Philippines’ Cory Aquino.

There’s also Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (Philippines) and Megawati Sukarnoputri (Indonesia).

Everyone add on to this list!

Just adding the CNN article so I don’t have to give Jezebel/Gawker pageviews to see what the fuss is about.

Congratulations and good luck, PM Yingluck Shinawatra!!

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Psyche Corporation - Institute

This fab azn steampunk is Genevieve, a med student who doubles as a steampunk artiste by night! This is her second music video, which is slightly better than her first, but is still pretty low-budget.

Gen will be releasing her 4th(!!) album this September, and she’s fundraising monies to film her next music vid through Kickstarter. Or you can PayPal any monies her way through psychecorporation(@)gmail.com