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I want to create a story about an Asian female serial killer who makes guys with Asian fetishes her victims. She wouldn’t target them out of anger or vengeance; they’re just easy prey. She’s a sociopath, but she’d be like Hannibal Lecter or Dexter (why is it always white guys that get away with it?) so the reader would be on her side. It’d be the biggest “fuck you” to the Dragon Lady stereotype better.
Apparently this is what I think of after I get hit on by guys who clearly have a thing for Asian girls.
Can we make it a TV series? Like one of those crime procedurals except the other end of the story.
on food poisoning in india
they will tell you that food poisoning
occurs when something foreign enters
your body, but
they will not tell you the
shape of the virus:
stumbles through cracked sidewalks,
broken hindhi, itches
mosquito bites, burns
glass(es) of chai
your body has
found a way to
reveal the contradictions:
you, who look brown
but speak white
you, who button up shirt
tucked into slacks, but
your family sends you emails
reminding you to boil your water,
avoid street food, eat home cooked meals yaar
the three r’s: rice, rhoti, raita
but you are hungry.
you, whose tongue lost
the ability to taste
somewhere along the journey:
the salt of ocean, those
white boys you kissed,
that degree next to your name
so sometimes you are not careful,
and that tap water, that paneer tikka sandwich,
that india finds a way inside of you
and your body does not know how to
consume it, like the way
it does not know how to process
those brown faces on billboards,
that Ganesh on the mantle
the foreign made familiar
and you cannot tell
who is the virus and who is
but you know that
this country will always
find a way to
make you confront the most
So bow your head down,
consume the virus like prayer:
on your knees.
AntiBlackness and Greeks at UCI
HELP ME GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT WHAT IS OCCURING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE’S CAMPUS!
The above link goes to the most recent anti-Black tactic used by students on my campus. The linked video is a sort of extra to the original video that the fraternity LAMBDA THETA DELTA made in order to promote their frat. One of the Asian members wears Blackface in order to depict Jay-Z while singing Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit and Tie’. Note, ignorance is NOT the “reason” here. They tagged the video with a disclaimer saying: “not intended to be racist”. Meaning, they knew it was racist and offensive, and didn’t give a fuck.
I am the Cochair of the Black Student Union at UCI. Since my cochair and I have had this brought to our attention, we have organized an impromptu rally which occurred only a few hours after we originally saw the video:
During the video we collectively shout “While there is racism, we will not rest”. This video is taking place when our group of around 60 entered into the meeting of the “Multicultural” Greek Council. During our intrusion, my cochair, two other prominent community members, and myself, shared a short list of grievances with the Greek community. Afterwards, we entered into another space which harbored the actual perpetrator. We did not speak to him or harass him, only entered the space and repeated the same actions to let him and everyone he’s working with that THE BLACK COMMUNITY AT UCI IS HERE! AND WE WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS ANY LONGER!
Administration on our campus has expressed that it seems difficult to establish any official punitive policy for racist and antiBlack actions such as this. Let me now direct you to other examples of Greek antiBlackness:
LTD: previous uses of Blackface and racism from the same frat
Pi Beta Phi: “Most Like to Go Black and Never Go Back” Award
Alpha Phi: “Big Slave Driver” and “Little Slave”
Chicken and Waffles SERVED BY THE SCHOOL for MLK Day:
The list continues on.
PLEASE! Bring awareness about UCI’s hesitation and historical failure to protect its Black students. Previous attempts to “educate” and “forgive” are not enough anymore. HELP US GET SOME SORT OF JUSTICE.
My cochair and I have been repeatedly harassed and demonized by both the Greek and nonBlack UCI community since our actions. I stand by what we have done. BLACK STUDENTS DESERVE TO FEEL PROTECTED WITHIN THEIR SCHOOLS.
While i know we will never put a total end to antiBlackness, we can make a statement and let our UCI community know that we will not stand for it. Not anymore.
Please spread the word.
We’re not the first, nor the last, campus to deal with antiBlackness and racism. But we will not tolerate it any longer. Resist with me.
let’s see how many asian people collect their folk
Dammit, UCI… How in the hell do Asian American students (and the Greeks in general) think that they can do shit like this and it’s not a problem? Tagging “not meant to be racist” doesn’t absolve you from the reality that your anti-Black bullshit IS IN FACT, RACIST. You don’t get a pass on this. If anything, y’all in California should be even more engaged in combatting white supremacy and racist bullshit.
Asian American as an identity came directly from engagement with and support of Black Power and a refutation of the same white supremacy that attacks us all and led to things like California’s “alien land law”, California’s ban on interracial marriage, riots, massacres, expulsions, and segregated towns.
Just because you hear something in popular culture or common usage doesn’t absolve you of analyzing the racism you perpetuate with awards like that. And while we’re at it: HOW IN THE ACTUAL FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU CAN PUT ON BLACKFACE??? I really just, I’m disgusted that our people will don the racist shit that has also been used against us. Angry about Yellowface? HOW DARE YOU DO THE SAME TO BLACK FOLKS? Not bothered with Yellowface or Blackface? You need to wake up. Saying it’s part of a “costume” or “performance” is so shitty, you can’t really believe that it’s ever excusable…
You all need to reconnect with roots, analyze your anti-Black bullshit and learn that no matter how much you perpetuate anti-Black bullshit, you’re still a person of color and our place is supporting Black folks, working in solidarity against white supremacy, and listening, apologizing, learning, and stopping the racist behavior we have internalized/project.
- An angry Asian American who is tired of seeing our people perpetuate anti-Black and white supremacist behaviors and structures…
“not meant to be racist” is an actualfax tag? WTF is that bullshit? If it’s “not meant to be” it probably still fucking is.
Bitch Slapping Time (A Vent)
I grew up in the hood, and I think I’m entitled to a little ghetto fabulous slang irregardless of my color. Whose to say we can’t express ourselves in words we find suitable for the mood or the emotions in our hearts?
No, no you are not entitled, not when other people from the “hood” are also saying “no, this makes us uncomfortable.” If you are from the hood and you care about the people amongst whom you grew up, you would understand that what is “ghetto fabulous” is fabulous for you, and is in fact used as an excuse to minimize and dismiss the very people from whom your “ghetto fabulous” slang comes from. If you have been paying attention at all to the ways people are allowed to express themselves and who profits from certain types of expressions over others, then perhaps you would understand better. Then again, given this response, it doesn’t look like you’ve observed much of your own people.
Recently, one of my favorite blogs was attacked on groundless terms—-the admin uses slang that is reflected in our pop culture, akin to Ebonics.
Actually, your darling admin was neither attacked, not even criticized, for using AAVE. Someone simply brought it up and asked about their racial background, just for clarification, because obviously this was a point of discomfort—many Asians use AAVE to gain some sort of cred and attention that they otherwise might not have received if they used standard English.
If I, as a dirty forrrenner to your land, can understand that much of your American pop culture has been appropriated from Black people (and other marginalized sources) and whitewashed to such a degree that no one understands its origins and its reasons for being the way it is, I see no reason why you can’t, except your own will to ignorance.
Simply because he/she isn’t black, he/she was harassed for using such slang?
No one harassed her. She rage-quit after like four messages. No one called her names, no one was simply idly attacking her. We brought it up because we gave half a toss about her, AND her audience, who happen to include Black people that care about the usage of AAVE and their allies.
No one owns words, and simply by using words, there shouldn’t be room for offense.
No one “owns” words you say? Sure. But words still have power. It is also significant how some people have the ability to use certain words without repercussion while other people use the same words to their detriment. In YOUR country, Black people are called “ghetto” for using AAVE, while people like you, non-Black and able to align yourself with white supremacy, can call yourself “ghetto fabulous” as a result.
And you make another mistake: this isn’t about offense. This is about power, this is about participating in a larger system of oppression that, guess what? operates through words. And this system has consequences.
There were no mention of ‘n’ words or cruel slang. If anything, emulating another person’s culture should be flattering. I’m surprised that such an excellent blog would be attacked in such an immature regard. Seriously…
It is not when Black people are being denied work because they speak AAVE, when AAVE itself is not considered a serious form of English. It is not flattering when cutesy hipster types want to use the slang as an affectation, a performance, versus using it as a serious form of communication that has been stolen and used for fun and profit by people who are not Black, will never be (no matter how long you grew up in the ghetto), and who will never suffer that oppression for being Black.
It was an excellent blog until the admin showed their ass in denying that this issue, which is actually a serious issue and a lot has been said about it over the last SEVERAL years, could even be a problem.
It is not flattering, and to say so is to participate in a long tradition of silencing Black people and their concerns who speak out against the diminishing and trivialization of their culture. You know, that culture which they had to build from scratch in this very country of yours because they were stripped from their originary one? Who are you to tell them that YOU are entitled to it, you who have done nothing to contribute to it?
People need to mind their own goddamn business. This is the internet; you don’t like something, don’t follow it. The choice is yours.
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that this is a politically-innocent issue. The admin said that they were trying to mimic what they saw from Hollywood movies, and Hollywood is patently not innocent: it is the site of liberal whitewashing and erasure of non-white people, a site of consistent appropriation of what they think is cool and fun without paying proper homage.
This is the Internet: YOU CAN LEARN THINGS. It is one thing to simply not be around this conversation and thus know nothing about it; it is quite another to be made aware of it and then decide you want nothing to do with it because you have decided what gives offense and what doesn’t, quite unilaterally, as if your point of view is the universal one with no negative repercussions. One is just plain ignorance; the other is a conscious decision to keep your depths shallow and your horizons narrow when there is absolutely no reason for it.
I could argue that your very choice to remain ignorant is a bitchslap to people who have been fighting a long time for this issue to be recognized, but frankly, they have so much other shit to deal with, your one bitchslap is just a drop in an ocean of oppression. Maybe that will make you feel lots better.
How to put on Hanfu (Han Chinese clothing)?
A typical set of Hanfu can consist of two or three layers. The first layer of clothing is mostly the zhongyi (中衣) which is typically the inner garment much like a Western T-shirt and pants. The next layer is the main layer of clothing which is mostly closed at the front. There can be an optional third layer which is often an overcoat called a zhaoshan which is open at the front. More complicated sets of Hanfu can have many more layers.
OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH so THAT’s how the spiral around the hips works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OK that looks more complicated to make than I initially thought.