A member of the foreign media, left, cries as she embraces her Palestinian news assistant, right, who burst into tears after discovering his family house was destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)
*two men glance at each other*
fandom: OH MY GOD THEYRE SO IN LOVE THEYRE SO GAY
*two women kiss and go on a date*
fandom: ITS NOT CLEAR THEY MIGHT JUST BE GAL PALS THEY PROBABLY ARE GAL PALS PROBABLY PLATONIC YES PLATONIC
I follow certain blogs focused on Japan and Korea and I noticed that white expats and sometimes diaspora of these countries like to insult China/Chinese people. For example, there was this fairly innocuous news about Xi visiting South Korea but there were insults about the threat of dirty Ch*nks towards South Korea and how South Korea should stick to being close with the U.S. militarily etc. I feel like some white expats like to insult China to feel closer to their host countries. or something.
this just in: white expats are racist pieces of shit
My answer: thelanguagelover
Hi! I was asked to come up with a name/design for a noodle cafe/restaurant (what I was told) that's opening in a casino where I live, and I was told to inlude the number 8 because it was "important to some Asian culture" (again what I was told). I'm not Asian at all so I'm really skeptical about this whole thing so I was wondering if you could review my design and my reasoning behind it to see if it's appropriative or harmful? I know it's probably problematic so I don't want to submit if it is.
the number 8 is indeed a lucky number in chinese because it sounds similar to the word 发, meaning prosperity. for this reason, many businesses include 88 in their names to bring prosperity, or use 8s in other ways for good luck. numbers in general often have specific associations due to homonyms or similar sounding words; probably the two most important ones are 8 and 4, which is incredibly unlucky because it sounds like 死 or death. similar to the western tradition of skipping the 13th floor, many buildings in china skip floors that have the number 4 in them; my aunt’s condo building skips 4, 13, and 14, so it goes straight from 12 to 15, and some buildings are known for skipping every floor in the 40s. notably, the taboo around the number 4 is also shared in japan and korea, whereas the lucky number 8 is not as far as i know.
however, although technically they’re right, i think what’s most concerning is the phrasing of “some asian culture,” which is incredibly ignorant and lazy. not only do they not know which asian culture it is, i doubt they understand why it is a lucky number.
This is Wong Chin Foo. His name is now forgotten to the US mainstream, but his recorded legacy of brash, outspoken, irreverant pro-Chinese activism, in an era of unbridled anti-Chinese racism, stands as a monument of resistance. He was a 19th-century agitator who is believed to have coined the phrase “Chinese American” when he boldly emblazened those words across the banner of New York’s first Chinese newspaper which he founded in 1883.
Born in China in 1851, Wong Chin Foo came to the US in 1864 to study English. Because he arrived as a minor and lived in the US for more than 5 years, he was able to obtain naturalization papers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1874, becoming one of the first people of Chinese descent to become a US citizen. He traveled across the US giving lectures on Chinese civilization, in which he proudly declared himself a heathen and suggested that Westerners should learn about religion themselves before sending missionaries to China. He called Jesus a “Johnny Come Lately” in contrast to the more ancient teachings of Confucius. He said, “I never knew that rats and puppies were good to eat until I was told by American people.”
Wong repeatedly showed up to heckle speeches by the anti-Chinese organizer Dennis Kearney, whose slogan “The Chinese must go!” was used to incite lynch mobs. Wong went so far as to challenge Kearney to a duel, offering to give the Irishman the choice of weapons: chopsticks, potatoes, or pistols. Kearney declined.
In 1893, Wong appeared before a US House Committee hearing to urge Congress to repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act (to no avail). He founded the Chinese Equal Rights League to demand the right to vote and to organize against Chinese Exclusion. Wong encouraged his fellow Chinese to refuse to carry the apartheid-like IDs which were required of them. In 1894, he organized a civil disobedience action in front of the Federal Building in Manhattan, resulting in the arrest of League member Fong Yue Ting. Like many other legal challenges to Chinese Exclusion, the case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where Chinese Exclusion was upheld.
In the early 20th century, Wong supported the revolution in China and the overthrow of the Qing dynasty led by Sun Yat-Sen. After that, there is no more record of him. He disappeared, and nobody knows what became of him.
why did being a weeaboo become acceptable again
(applies to all you weebs making jokes about “senpai” and “kouhai” and calling each other ___-kun or ___-sama or whatecer)
but japanese use english as a joke!: english has been used as a tool of colonisation and oppression, placed in the hands of white colonisers. after having bombs dropped on civilian cities and japanese-american diaspora being interned we should have the right to make fun of america sometimes.
but it’s out of appreciation!: if you appreciate a culture you’re not part of you don’t make fun of it
but it’s just an anime stereotype!: anime’s japanese media made for japanese people and if you make fun of anime’s language use in this way you’re making fun of japanese culture
but i’m learning japanese!: then speak it in full sentences
but (japanese person i know) says it’s okay!: that’s all fine and dandy but that doesn’t make the feelings of me or other people, including my family, just go away
i just want some culture of my own, i don’t feel like i have any: culture is literally what happens when humans interact with each other, if you’ve ever been in contact with another human being then you have a weird sort of culture. the fact that you can read this means you have culture. culture’s kind of like accents in that way
if you want to take part in japanese culture go to a festival held by japanese people (if you cosplay there i will find your bed and put breadcrumbs in it each night), read books, learn the language. just be respectful about it, culture is the way people live, not a plaything
good resource blog for this kind of thing: thisisnotjapan.tumblr.com
Why Guys Like Asian Girls - Anna Akana
Everyone needs to watch this video. Now.
100% on point especially about men thinking that having “yellow fever” is a compliment and we’re supposed to be flattered by it. It’s the #1 way to parade around your blatant racism.
I want to be friends with her!
"if you were polite and nice with your activism we’d listen" no you wouldn’t you fucking liars
La Fiesta 12 by The Sexy Kat on Flickr.
"I do it for me"
Oh really? You know, I do wonder how likely it would have been for you to have begun shaving off natural body hair if you hadn’t been informed from day one that natural hair on women is “gross” and that this was the beauty standard to aspire to.
The “I do it for me” choice-y feminism thing is bogus and please dear everything, apply critical thinking as to why it is we do the things we do.
and quiet radical feminists are lovely too - we can’t all be confident extroverts.
Alive for 27 years already, female, Dutch, catlady, dreamer, romantic, child at heart, nerd, atheist, speaks 4 languages (Dutch, English, German and Latin) and is currently learning Japanese and Mandarin.|
Gender abolitionist, socialist, anti-kink, anti-porn, anti-racism, anti-xenophobia, pro-choice, pro religious freedom, supporter of LGB-rights.
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