Okay. There’s a guy in Bakersfield complaining that a bilboard for McDonald’s that’s in Spanish is offensive to him because he feels alienated because it’s not in English. Okay yt man. He thinks all Spanish adverts should stay in Mexico.
H9 u pls die.
Instead of telling people not to name their children ~funny names~ how about you tell your children not to be sociopathic fucks who feel that because someone has a ~funny name~ that they deserve 2nd class citizen treatment. Stop cultivating and coddling sociopathic tendencies.
Saw this on FB just now.
This is just horrid. I didn’t even know this type of stuff still existed in California toward Filipin@’s but apparently what was seen in the 1900’s still exists today.
What could have been said could have been a hell lot worse, but still, fuck.
Anyone in that area know where this is and to contact authorities?
If the California Department of Consumer Affairs really did send this racist and hateful letter to Ms. Brandes, then let’s send them letters of complaint.
Everyone share and spread the word. Contact local authorities of American Canyon, California to get on this case right away.
OK, so recently, a lot of the really cool Black tumblrs that I follow have been really upset by Django Unchained. Most of the complaints are generally based on the fact that it seems to be a slavery movie…about white people. Not about the actual slaves. And that some of it seems really…well…white washed. And not at all…well, indicative of slave narratives.
I bring this up because I was flipping through Newsweek the other day and I came across this interview with Quentin Tarantino. I have yet to see the movie, so I was thinking, “hrm, let me read this, see what his thought process was.” I mean, obviously, it’s a problematic movie. But also I wanted to see what the basis of those problems were.
And at first I’m like, “Oh cool, Quentin Tarantino is bringing up the fact that there have been no blockbusters about American Slavery.” BUT THEN I hit this quote:
“My idea of a great slave movie was Spartacus. Until African-American slavery was treated in that same manner, I had no interest in hearing what Hollywood had to say about the issue.”
And I was like “What the fuck does this even mean.” Because like…seriously. What the fuck does that even mean? Then again, it’s been a really long time since I’ve watched Spartacus, and like, I don’t even like the comparison (gladiators: they were not treated the same way as American slaves. Just saying: American Slaves were not celebrities). So I kept reading.
And then I was lulled into a false sense of safety with this quote:
“I liked the black characters in Glory,” says Hudlin, whose great-grandfather was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. “Didn’t see the point of the white ones. The true story was the slaves in the film. They should have been the main focal point of the entire plot. But somehow no one figured that out.”
Because I was thinking, “Yes, this makes sense.” Because I am very sick and tired of these films in Hollywood about oppressed POC, about slaves, and like the story is all about how white people save them, or free them, or do shit to change something. Like, yes, this is a HUGE problem.
But then I was thinking, “But what about Roots?”
And ooooh boy. That’s when I hit this bullshit:
not much compares to the anger both men harbor toward the landmark television miniseries Roots. Written by Alex Haley and hailed in 1977 for telling the “complete” story of slavery, Roots remains the third most-watched miniseries of all time. It is also still considered the definitive mainstream portrait of slavery in the U.S.
“When you look at Roots, nothing about it rings true in the storytelling, and none of the performances ring true for me either,” says Tarantino. “I didn’t see it when it first came on, but when I did I couldn’t get over how oversimplified they made everything about that time. It didn’t move me because it claimed to be something it wasn’t.”
While many white directors might shy away from criticizing such an iconic symbol of African-American culture, Tarantino doesn’t hold back. He’s confident in his knowledge of a time and subject most people know little about and would rather forget. He was also savvy enough to bring Hudlin on board. “There were times when I’d be filming a scene and really getting into it and Reg would just say, ‘Hey is this the story you wanted to tell?’ He’d bring the focus back if I got too carried away.”
Now here’s what bothered me:
a) It says “both men” meaning Reginald Hudlin, a Black man, but the entire interview just cites Quentin Tarantino’s disdain for Roots.
b) And then it’s like WHAT THE FUCK, this white-assed privileged motherfucker is criticizing ROOTS. You know, that iconic AMAZING thing by Alex Haley, something that took TEN YEARS TO CREATE, because Haley was so focussed on getting EVERY LITTLE BIT OF HIS OWN FAMILY HISTORY CORRECT AND ACCOUNTED FOR. And TARANTINO, who just directed this FICTIONAL MOVIE on this bullshit, he’s saying ROOTS WAS OVERSIMPLIFIED AND INACCURATE? Seriously, what the fuck. What more does he want? I think he wants more white people working with slaves or some shit but like I don’t understand how a story that features generations of slaves and their time in america is “oversimplified.” Just…what. And honestly, as a white man? you can shut the fuck up now.
c) and then the third part. Tarantino is confident enough in his knowledge. What the fuck. Oh yes, we knew that, ok, he’s an asshole. And then the writer was like PLUS IT’S TOTALLY A MOVE OF GENIUS TO BRING A BLACK PRODUCER ON BOARD. Seriously? What is this? This is the Hollywood equivalent of “PRAISE ME FOR MY BLACK FRIENDS.” And then Tarantino being like “NO IT’S COOL HE CHECKED ME WHEN I GOT CARRIED AWAY.” Like…What the fuck, this is literally “MY BLACK FRIEND SAID IT WAS COOL SO LIKE OK I’M AWESOME AND ALL THOSE OTHER BLACK PEOPLE ARE WRONG.”
Moral of the story:
Quentin Tarantino is one racist motherfucker and the white media needs to stop motherfucking praising the fuck out of him for being some type of visionary when the complaints he has about other movies about slavery are exactly the ones that I’m hearing leveled against him. Also: fucking really? Shitting on a Black man’s historical, in-depth research on slavery in favor of your own goddamn action movie? Just…;saldfa;sldfj.
Please don’t support this movie.
Some self-loving because w o w what a night
I like how the first thing these assholes try to pick on is a woman of color’s bodily autonomy because they’re so fucking terrified of us being in command
Comments about Asian girls “needing tits” or black girls’ “booty” or w/e are just a pathetic attempt at control when they know they’ve fucking lost already.
Stay strong, ladies. These morons are all going to die having contributed zero to the world.
Are you fucking serious right now?
“They’re doing too well, they’re scaring us and challenging Whiteness.”
Are they going to talk about the CAPS
the literal limit caps they have on Asian students, domestic and abroad, going into schools?
Like, trying to make room for Whitey so they don’t feel bad?
I hear stories about some students marking White, whether they have ancestry or not, just so their applications can get a glance because they’re aware of the discrimination against high performing students of Asian descent?
They’re always so scared that they literally bar others from any chance of success.
That is how Whites have become dominant. Historical fact.
Yes, you sure did work hard once the competition was enslaved or dead, you had Jim Crow working, and you had folks in camps or barred from immigration
Yeah, sure did well
Ya’ll ain’t right.
Ya’ll just ain’t fucking right
and it eats me alive inside Ya’ll ain’t right.
I occasionally consider writing something about all this talk of test-taking and race which I’ve been hearing frankly since the 1980s, then I back away because I don’t feel like tackling all of the historical, cultural, socio-economic, political, psychological, and who-knows-what-other factors which combine to produce the results we see. But one of the big factors is exactly what hamburgerjack has mentioned: China’s long history of imperial examination as the principal vehicle for social mobility.
All Confucian societies — including China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Singapore — place heavy emphasis on a system of standardized testing, administered by the state, which largely determine a young student’s societal destiny for life. Historically, this was known as the Imperial Examination System and was put into practice in China in the Han dynasty, around 200 BCE. Back in the day, a peasant family’s best shot at striking it rich was to select the brainiest child in the family, relieve them from working the fields and instead make them study like the family’s fortune depend on it (because it did).
This system had a profound impact on 2,000 years of Chinese history and culture. Today’s college examinations are directly descended from that system. An entire thriving economy has developed around test-taking. It’s maximum pressure, high intensity, and brutal. While young students take their examinations, in any given town in China, you’ll see throngs of parents, friends, and relatives waiting outside the testing facility, for days if necessary, burning incense, making offerings, praying.
Believe me, there’s heavy discussion and debate in China about this system. Plenty of scholars criticize its mono-dimensionality, as well as its pressure which drives young people to depression, mental health problems, and suicide at alarming rates. That’s a debate that’s going to play out for years to come. At the same time, all students of East Asian history recognize the important and sometimes successful role the system has played in the development of society, governance, and culture.
Now what do you think happens when you transpose that cultural tradition into North American society? Especially when US immigration policy since 1965 selects the most highly-educated, resource-connected families for admission into the country? Yeah. Standardized tests here are not all that brutal by comparison and Asian students ace tests with regularity, creating an aura of intellectual intimidation which is shown to throw off non-Asians in the same room. This isn’t because of any innate racial characteristics, it’s the result of concrete societal factors, too many to name, including two millenia of Confucian history.
A “bleach bomb” is a bleach-filled water ballon that have prompted suspicion of racism on the campus of University of Texas at Austin. It was reported that over the past few weeks, these bleach bombs were thrown from apartments onto students walking on campus, and some claim that the targets are specifically minority students.
In addition to these potentially racist attacks, news sources also state that another factor that adds to the suspicion of racism is racially-themed parties put on the fraternities and sororities on UTA’s campus. In such parties, the predominantly white members dress up in stereotypical clothing associated with the a minority group. The Greek community is not linked with these bleach bombs, but one can see the way in which many minority students may feel under attack on their own campus.
There are many stories to the bleach bombing incidents. Some students claim that they are not targeted towards any group, some say they are and that they’ve witnessed racist remarks being shouted from these apartments as balloons are being thrown down.
What caught my eye the most was a white student’s response to the student-led protest groups regarding bleach bombing. One of the protestors used the megaphone to shout that he and his friends were laughing at the protests and that they were the ones that the protestors needed to be fighting. The student responded: ”When groups act this way, it only damages their cause. They assumed we were racist because we were white and looking at them. They were trying to fight against racism with prejudice.”
This student raises an interesting point, which may give us a lot to think about in terms of racism and prejudice and the differences between the two. But what is very apparent is the frustration that minority groups from the idea that these bleach bombs could even potentially be attacks against them. Now that these thoughts have entered the discourse among groups on UTA’s campus, it’s not surprising there is tension and frustration among students, as exemplified by blaming others via megaphone. What if this was the case on our campus? In some ways, this is a great chance for dialogue and discussion, but that is if balloons or wrongful blaming don’t do all the talking first.
I KNOW IT’S SUPER HARD FOR ME TO BE JUST ASIAN ENOUGH FOR THE SILVER SCREEN BECAUSE I AM ACTUALLY ASIAN SO THIS IS A HUGE HANDICAP TO OVERCOME
BUT I THINK THROUGH HARD WORK AND BEING A MODEL MINORITY I HAVE GOTTEN THERE.
PLEASE, JUST LET ME TRY OUT I TAKE EXCELLENT PICS AND I CAN IMITATE WHITE PEOPLE BEING ASIAN, NO PROBLEM.
LIKE I AM SORRY BECAUSE THE CLOSEST THING I HAD TO AN ORIENTAL-LOOKING RICE BASKET WAS MY CHEAP PLASTIC STRAINER BUT LOOK I TRIED.
LIKE I KNOW I AM JUST NOT AS FIERCE AS AUDREY BUT I CAN LEARN. I’M GOOD AT LEARNING!
I TOO CAN BE A SHY AND DELICATE LOTUS BLOSSOM
I TOO CAN SING ABOUT MY LOVE FOR A WHITE MAN WHO LEFT ME PREGGERS
I TOO CAN LOOK WISE YET BEFUDDLED, AS FITTING RE: MY MYSTICAL HERITAGE
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PICK ME HOLLYWOOD
I KNOW I AM NOT WHITE
BUT I PROMISE BEING ASIAN IS NOT A HANDICAP
WHEN PLAYING AN ASIAN PERSON IN A MOVIE!
oh my god
this is an official plea to divert notes from my post to this post instead
this post is infinitely more superior, so much so that I even used “more” with “superior”
I’m fucking dying over your singing face oh my god
Filipino nurses settle language-bias case: The $975,000 secured in a dispute with Delano Regional Medical Center is believed to be the largest such settlement in the U.S. healthcare industry.
During a 2006 mandatory meeting for Filipino staffers, nurses were told they were forbidden from using their native language at “any time in the hospital,” said Wilma Lamug, a former 10-year employee.
She said the hospital’s former chief executive vowed that “he would install surveillance cameras in nursing stations. Whoever is caught, they were threatened with suspension or termination,” Lamug said. “Sometimes, we were speaking English, but due to our accent and diction, they thought we were speaking something else.”
Although the hospital, near Bakersfield, employed a mix of bilingual employees speaking Spanish, Hindi, Bengali and other languages, managers targeted only the Filipinos and encouraged supervisors and other staffers to “act as vigilantes.”
Photo: Nurse Wilma Lamug is overcome with emotion as she recounts the discrimination she and other Filipino nurses experienced while working at the Delano Regional Medical Center in Delano, Calif. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
I mean, what a fucking reprehensible workplace policy this hospital tried to put in place.
My mother was a nurse at a New York City hospital for more than 30 years. She’s a Filipino-American, and so were most of her colleagues. But they were also Haitians and Haitian-Americans, Indians and Indian-Americans, and more. And they would banter in their native tongues and dialects, unabashed and unitimidated. No harm, no foul.
What language a medical staff speaks doesn’t affect the quality of care. Patient records are — at least! — going to be in English. Signage too. And medical forms and prescriptions and instructions for how to use medical equipment and even announcements over PA systems. And never mind that most Filipinos and Fil-Ams SPEAK English — how exactly did the hospital try and justify their racist, ethnocentric moves? In CALIFORNIA, no less — home to the largest Fil-Am population in all of the United States???!!!
Have you read what some Fil-Ams have said about this case? “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” This isn’t Rome. Roman democracy meant white men who had served in the military. This is America where you have 1st Ammendment rights. They might not care about the rights of other Filipinos, but that doesn’t excuse their internalized racism from insulting the Constitution.
In one of the cases for these nurses in Delano, she was just eating her lunch and someone sprayed air freshener IN HER FOOD. People always want to talk about how much America’s made such great leaps and bounds in race relations, but it’s all bullshit. I live not even 30 minutes from Delano and know that it’s a big resource of community for Filipinos in this area, so it’s really disheartening to hear about stories like this happening because we’ve got such far reaching history in the central valley. We Filipinos helped shape this area of California, we’ve had our part in improving workers conditions in the fields, and to be devalued in much needed work such as healthcare based on our race is not okay, and to be honest the settlement is NOT ENOUGH. I mean, for fucks sake, our home country’s running short on nurses and doctors because they’re importing them to countries like the US.
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I’m not fat — by American standards. I am considered slightly chubby for an Asian in China. I’m 5’1” and about 100 pounds, give or take five pounds depending on whether it’s New York Fashion Week or final exams week at Columbia. Everyone assumes I’m naturally petite because of my Asian genetics, but the truth is, I count my calories like Ebenezer Scrooge counts his gold coins and run and do yoga like Lululemon is paying me. The moment I “let myself go,” the weight bounces back.
I try not to talk about it, though, because the moment I do, someone always says, “Shut up, you’re Asian. You have genetics on your side.”
That’s the problem — Asian girls are suffering from body image issues and eating disorders because they try to hold themselves up to the expectation that Asian girls are naturally slim. In fact, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Diane von Furstenberg said, “It is great to design for Chinese women, because they have great bodies. They are slim and have tiny waists, so it’s nice.”
Elizabeth Harker recently wrote the most amazing piece about being a fat foreign girl in China, in which she discovered the difference betweenpang, which means fat in an almost affectionate way, and fei, which is the adjective my mother uses to describe fatty pork dishes. Asians are open to talking about weight — they’ll force-feed you when they think you’re too thin and they’ll shame you when they think you’re too fat.
When I came back from my first year of college in New York, my mother whispered to me, “You’re a little fat now.” When I fell on my butt during cheerleading practice, my dad said to me in the car, “I wonder if it’s because you’re fat for an Asian.”
The first time I realized I was “fat” for an Asian girl was when I was 10 years old, on a trip back to China to visit relatives. A distant cousin whom I had never met before grabbed my arm and said, “Hao fei,” which, roughly translated, means, “So porky.” Since that day, I stopped wearing short sleeves whenever possible because I was afraid others would notice my “porky” arms.
In Chinese culture, eating is seen as a form of affection and commitment to the family, so I always ate every meal, every single kernel of rice in my bowl. But I also felt fat and unfit to be the “perfect” Asian girl, as I compared my body to those of my fellow Asian American girl friends. When we would go out to eat and drink — a group of petite Asian girls — I knew I had to work out more and eat less the next day to make up for the amount I ingested with my friends. I’ve spent countless Friday nights in college, feeling completely inadequate because every single Asian girl I met was thin and beautiful with porcelain smooth skin, like Asian girls are supposed to be. I started to wonder if I was the only Asian girl who felt this way.
My metabolism just can’t keep up, but no one believes me.
“Asian girls eat like football players but they just don’t get fat — it’s great,” remarked a guy friend, as I picked at my spinach salad.
This past summer, over cocktails (400 calories, I counted), a fellow Asian girl confided in me, “When I was at my lowest weight, 98 pounds, I ate only two yogurts a day. I was so miserable, but I had to — how can you be Asian and not be thin?” For many Asian girls, being thin is imperative; being a fat Asian — or even an Asian of “normal” weight — basically implies you’re a glutton who managed to out eat your own superfast metabolism. To be an attractive Asian girl, being thin is supposed to be a given.
I spent much of my life hating my body because it felt imperfect for both Asian standards and Western standards. I wasn’t skinny or tall enough to look like a fashion model or busty enough to be a swimsuit model, and I wasn’t petite and cute enough to look like a Korean pop star. As a little girl growing up in an immigrant Chinese household in America, I never thought I was pretty. I wasn’t considered beautiful in either of the two cultures I considered part of my identity. I spent the first half of my life wishing I were a beautiful white girl, and the second half of my life wishing I were a beautiful Asian girl.
My friend Elaine Low wrote an article for Mochi (an online magazine for Asian American girls) called “Diagnosing the Asian American Disorder,”which explains: “‘It’s meaningful that a white woman can turn on a TV and find a broad range of characters, but Asian Americans are portrayed the same way over and over again,’ said Dr. Teresa Mok, a clinical psychologist who treats a lot of college students. ‘For someone struggling with self-esteem issues, this reinforces the feeling of invisibility.’”
I’m aware that body image isn’t an issue specific to Asian women — but the interesting thing I’ve discovered is that being Asian — or any minority — makes you harshly critical about your own image. You don’t get to see yourself much on TV or in magazines, and when you do, you get frustrated if you don’t fit into that perfect airbrushed image.
I’ve done my best to be the perfect Asian daughter — getting straight As in high school and attending an Ivy League university, for example. I, and many of the Asian girls I’ve talked to, have expressed the pressure to be “perfect” in every single way — whether it’s because society expects you to be as the “model minority” or your parents expect you to be as the “precious daughter.” I never let myself be happy with the way I looked; after all, if I could work for perfect grades, why couldn’t I work for a perfect body?
I told a white classmate about how casual it is for Asian parents to make comments about their children’s’ weight. She frowned and said, “That would not be okay in my household. That would not go over well.” It’s a cultural disconnect I’m still trying to grapple and understand.
I don’t think I’ll ever be thin enough to satisfy my family. I don’t think I’ll ever be thin enough to satisfy society. And unless things start changing from the inside, I don’t think I’ll ever be thin enough to satisfy myself. As of right now, I’m still spending hours every week, working off the calories at the gym and measuring my portions on the kitchen scale. I’m still trying to be the perfect student, daughter, and human specimen — as futile as that may be, I feel that it is expected of me. I know all experiences — and body types — are unique and I’m not speaking on behalf of all Asian women, but I know I’m not the only one.
I wanted to reblog this because it came up in the comments of my last ED post, somebody saying that they felt a lot of pressure to be thin because they were Asian. It’s something I completely understand, though I never had to deal with that specifically since even before my ED I was what people would consider to be thin.
But the “oh you’re lucky, you’re Asian, you’re naturally thin!” thing I’ve heard a lot. Along with “oh, you’re lucky, you’re Asian, it’ll be so easy for you to transition and be beautiful!” or the more transphobic version: “Asian men make the best women” (as an ex boyfriend told me right before I dumped him.) Or etc etc… because our media has this idea that all Asian women are thin, and feminine, and Asian trans women are cis-passing, beautiful and thin.
Even in the comments of this blog, somebody wrote that manga art was an accurate version of how Asian women look like because we all have baby faces. A Japanese pop star was offered as proof. And that’s generally, what people remember, because Asian people aren’t individuals in white western society, and we’re represented by only a select few aesthetics. So if people only see East Asian pop stars with child like faces and thin bodies, well that’s what East Asian people should look like!
Much like women, in general, in our pop media are represented by only a few body types. And it’s an extra pressure that women of colour, and specifically, in this case, East Asian women face. And all the assumptions and non-support we get because “oh you’re Asian, you don’t need to worry about that!” or how “lucky” we are to be Asian women (cis and trans) because of the exotification and stereotypes surrounding us.
While I don’t struggle with the pressure to fit this idea that all Asian women should be skinny, I do struggle with my fear of aging and my face looking old. I realized the other day my internalized racism, where I could see many kinds of beauty, young and old in white women’s faces, but in Asian faces, I could only see “old and wrinkly” or “young, puffy and child like”, and even though I know that’s not true, it’s just so embedded in how the society I live in views East Asian women.
And it’s obviously not just me, since as I said, I’ve had people say that, and people even comment on this blog arguing that this is the norm for East Asian women. And when you stereotype a “race” as being “naturally” like XYZ, no matter how positive XYZ is supposed to be, you’re also telling (consciously or not) every individual of that group that they need to measure up to that standard, since after all it’s how we should be “naturally.”
It also ends up creating an environment where any of the issues we face relating to the “positive” stereotype, gets erased and dismissed. For example, the woman in the above piece had her body image issues ignored because of the idea that Asian women have hyper metabolisms and we’re always super thin. And when I was early in my transition, I faced a lot of dismissal of my fears, body issues and dysphoria by white trans and cis women because of the idea that all Asian trans women are just super beautiful and cis passing.
Nobody’s “lucky” to be trapped in a box where we can’t be individuals.
All of this. When I visited the family this year, “chubby,” “big arms,” and “round face” were the main comments I got from all of the aunties and grandmas and family friends. The menfolk felt compelled to add their opinions too. I’ve felt this pressure my whole life, and it’s relentless.
Sometimes it’s all you can do not to give in and just hate yourself.
oh jesus so much truth :/
As a transethnic Japanese man (assigned white race at birth) I feel we need to reclaim the SLUR weeaboo like other discriminated against minority groups have done in the past (nigger, faggot, gooksy-wooksy, woman etc)
So you’re white and you’re
1. Spelling out racial and homophobic slurs.
2. Telling actual Japanese peoples want they need to do.
You’re not Japanese. Go away.
white people are fucking horrible
crackers are so desperate to be oppressed. Seriously! get your cracker ass off the planet
Trust a white person to turn being born white into a white supremacist society a into oppression because you want to colonise the lived experiences and identities that aren’t yours.
weeaboo is a slur lmao! This is why no one likes white people
Oh my god.
YOUR ETHNICITY IS NOT A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT. IT IS A FACT OF BIRTH. YOU CANNOT BE ASSIGNED TO ONE ‘ETHNIC” GROUP JUST BECAUSE YOU “FEEL” JAPANESE.
AND WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN.
“OH I IDENTIFY WITH TRADITIONAL JAPANESE CULTURE AND BY THAT I MEAN ANIME AND SUSHI.”
People who are transethnic invalidate the experience of Western-born POC everywhere. You’re saying we’re really white, essentially. BECAUSE YOU IDENTIFY WITH “JAPANESE CULTURE” you’re Japanese? What does that make us, then? hrmmm?
“we need to reclaim the SLUR […] like other discriminated against minority groups have done in the past ([…] woman)” -had to edit out all of the racist slurs.
Since everyone has covered the transethnic bullshit this racist fuck is spewing, can I take a moment to point out that this misogynist thinks the word “woman” is a slur.