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ALRIGHT EVERYONE LISTEN UP. JULIEN BLANC IS GOING TO BE IN JAPAN SOON. THIS PETITION WILL STOP HIM FROM HOSTING ANY OTHER SHITTY SEMINARS. IF WE STOPPED HIM IN AUSTRALIA, WE CAN STOP HIM FROM POLLUTING JAPAN AS WELL. THIS PETITION WILL GO DIRECTLY TOWARDS JAPANESE OFFICIALS. IT NEEDS 8,836 SIGNATURES. THIS BLOG HAS MORE FOLLOWERS THAN THAT, SO IF 8.8K PEOPLE SIGN THIS WE CAN STOP JULIEN BLANC FROM HOSTING SEMINARS IN JAPAN. GET SIGNING AND REBLOGGING!

(Ps. the petition is in japanese, but if you have google translate, you are able to translate to english or whatever and sign it.)

Angry African Girls United is a safe space created for African girls from all African countries who identify themselves as girls/women. 

We are not your African queens. 

We will not be your African warrior princesses. 

We will not be your African mail order brides. 

We will not be submissive. 

We will not be sexualized. 

We will not be exotified. 

We will not be fetishised. 

We do not want to be saved by the west and/or western feminists. 

We do not tolerate:

  • Homophobia
  • Shadism/colorism
  • Cultural appropriation
  • Transphobia
  • White/western Saviorism 
  • Sexism
  • Transmisogyny
  • Body shaming 
  • Biphobia
  • Acephobia
  • Classism
  • Fetishization
  • Ableism
  • Anti-blackness
  • Racism
  • Colonialism/imperialism 
  • Capitalism 

Anyone can follow the blog as long as you’re not invading our safe space or some disgusting porn blog that fetishisizes African women. 

This blog is inspired by the amazing  angryasiangirlsunited

Asian Face Appreciation Day: statement from the mods

Asian Face Appreciation Day is something that Angry Asian Girls United has celebrated on the first day of every month since the beginning of the blog in December of 2012. It’s always been an opportunity for readers of the blog to contribute their selfies and stories and celebrate Asian women and non-binary folks in the context of a community focused on empowering them.

Recently, AFAD seems to have gotten interest from people outside the AAGU community of readers and contributors. This is probably because of the success of Blackout and the subsequent efforts by different sectors of the Asian Tumblr community to have similar Asian selfie days as Blackout. At first, AFAD was seen as an example of the representation for Asians that already exists on Tumblr. However, as the conversation moves forward, the mods have noticed that AFAD is seen by some people as a way to do another version of asianinvasion, only this time without being considered anti-Black because AFAD has existed for years.

The mods have already addressed multiple times our opposition to efforts by parts of the Asian Tumblr community to co-opt the idea of Blackout. We are using this statement to make clear our opposition to any efforts to turn AFAD into another version of asianinvasion or a co-opting of Blackout.

In order to clarify our position, here are some rules and guiding principles we have developed for AFAD:

  1. Only women and non-binary folks can contribute.
  2. Contributions can come from women and non-binary folks from anywhere in Asia, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, and Western Asia/Middle East. Basically, if it’s on the continent of Asia on a mainstream world map, it counts for us.
  3. People who are mixed-asian can also contribute.
  4. AFAD is not simply an Asian selfie day. AFAD is a way for the AAGU community to express solidarity with others in the community, as well as those outside the community. AFAD submissions will thus not be accepted if they contain any of the following: misogynist language; anti-blackness; African American Vernacular English from people who are non-Black; homophobic language; transphobic language; transmisogynist language; or ableist language. For the next AFAD, we will message the submitters individually if we find this language to give them a chance to edit. After that, we reserve the ability to deny submissions (as many of us don’t have time to keep individually contacting submitters).
  5. The mods also want AFAD to stay within the AAGU community. As such, we will not be working with other blogs to set up submissions for AFAD. All AFAD submissions will be accepted through AAGU.

All of the mods love AFAD and consider it an important part of the AAGU community and experience! That’s why we wanted to clarify the above things to make the experience what we’ve always intended for it to be.

Looking forward to engaging with all of you!

-AAGU Mods

#asianinvasion shouldn’t be a thing because it was made to spite #blackout. 

there are so many blogs that will post your damn selfies/show appreciation for u like Asian Face Appreciation Day or Women of Colour Wednesday, MOC Monday, NB Tuesday, etc etc

so instead of taking away from #blackout because you want to be appreciated/validated on tumblr please use the resources that are already provided for you: 

and i’m pretty sure there’s more than just these blogs who will be more than willing to post your selfies when it’s appropriate so can u not 

Heads up for a blog called "angrylatinagirlsunited"

Followers and general tumblr herman@s, please do not be fooled by the blog called “angrylatinagirlsunited”. They are not a blog dedicated to the empowerment of Latinas, but instead it’s  blog that contains racist, anti-black, fatshaming, misogynist posts, and all kinds of triggering and horrible material. Again, DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE URL “angrylatinagirlsunited”. Please boots this post to help create awareness about this gross blog and report them for harassment.

p.s. We’ve talked about this blog before, but it was recently brought to our attention again by our sisters at angryasiangirlsunited (who you should be following), so a shout-out to them and thank you for coming forward with this information. WoC SOLIDARITY. 

Thoughts on White Supremacy, Gender, and the (false) East/West Dichotomy

in response to an ask on angryasiangirlsunited, that mentioned white skin beauty standard in East Asia predates Western colonialism: this is what colonialism does. It not only super-imposed Western thoughts, but also created a dichotomy between the West and “East” that continued to distort any self-reflection and progress within the decolonial process. Thus, as I observe when I talk about social issues to people in Viet Nam, the excuse of “this is Eastern culture” serves to legitimize the preservation of oppressive cultural norms and practices. Meanwhile, people misconceived that the West is some sort of beacon of equality and progress, not knowing that people, especially women/people of color, have always resisted and fought for their rights within the West. This is the extent of colonialism and white-supremacy and how they continue to whitewash history (both their own nation’s and global histories) and distort former colonized peoples’ conception of themselves and their culture and community…especially regarding issues to the relationships between the Diaspora and the Motherland.

So yes, white skin preference pre-dated Western colonialism (though whether it pre-dated Chinese imperialism in Viet Nam is another story), but how we talk about that beauty standard NOW is deeply entrenched in that history of Western colonialism. And i deliberately use “white” instead of “pale” or “light,” because the direct translation of the term “da trắng” that Vietnamese people use is “white skin.” That preference for white skin no longer exist independent of Western thoughts anymore—they complimented each other, and they continue to compliment each other today. Yes, we should be careful to not apply racial politics within the US into the context of, say, Viet Nam, because those are two completely different contexts. However, Viet Nam, or any other countries in Asia, is not isolated from the economic or cultural effects of global capitalism/globalization dominated by the Westernized First World. And it the West gets to continue its oppressive influence, why can’t I offer some critical racial, gender, decolonial thoughts into such influence as a daughter of Việt Nam?

Viet Nam is subjected to global capotalism it as if neocolonialism is happening (oh, wait).

For example, much of Viet Nam’s economic development depends to tourists, who are mostly (Western) White people or backpackers. And then of course, sweat shops such as Nike’s sweat shops located in Viet Nam (and other Asian countries). Western media do influence the youth culture in Viet Nam, and what the youths parrot are usually images of White people. Yet, most youths seem to carry an antagonism (worst case scenario) or alienating “curiosity” towards dark-skinned people, as experienced by my Black-American partner in Viet Nam, probably because the existence of such people do not fit into their constructed conception of Whiteness that suppose to goes hand-in-hand with American-ness and Western-ness. The rich Diaspora do take advantage of the development opportunities in Saigon, and do bring their Western values there—values such as Vietnamese people are “degenerate that’s why they’re so criminal,” which is partly informed by their experience living through the poverty of Wartime, partly internalized colonialism, and partly First World privilege/snobbery. Sentiments that my own family voiced when I told them I want to study abroad in Viet Nam. And yes, those sentiments are shaded by perceptions of color.

Further, gender and social status do historically shaped that preference for white-skin. Pretty much the logic is if your wife has light skin, it means that you’re well off enough so that your wife doesn’t have to work in the field and can afford to sit around and be an ornament. I remember my partner, whilst teaching English at a park in Saigon, confronted a Vietnamese guy, who prefers white skinned women because it means they’re weak and delicate, and that women with dark skin looks ugly, even if she is Beyonce. Meanwhile, dark-skinned (but not TOO dark) men are accepted, if not preferred, because it means they’re strong next to their seemingly weak woman. Also, that same guy favors premarital sex, yet demands a virgin wife. Gender and social status are a big issues, even in a so-called communist country. But how can a communist country avoid the clutch of global capitalism? How can these deeply entrenched cultural notions about gender and social status be challenged in the context of White patriarchal heterosexist supremacy on a global level?

But we can’t criticize problematic norms based on the West because, well, fuck the West. Decolonization requires looking at our cultural norms as it is—that violence do exist within our own community, while at the same time recognizing that it no longer exists independent of the West. But we can demand social change within our community, in our homeland, without referencing the West as some sort of model for change. But if we do, please do not do so without recognizing and pay tribute to the efforts of people of color fighting against White supremacy and colonialism within the West itself. They are the one who demanded change and made change within the West. And that requires recognizing that the West is not white, and white is not right. #solidarity

You know what I fucking hate? When people that I thought were my friends feel that they are entitled to make fun of my ethnicity because I “know that they’re just joking” and that “it’s okay” for them to joke about it because they “know me”, but it would be different than if a stranger did it.

Well, it’s not fucking okay to make jokes to complete strangers about me eating a dog or eating a cat. It’s not fucking okay. And it’s not fucking okay to laugh about it with that person when I am not laughing. It’s not okay to say “Japanese or Chinese or Korean or whatever the fuck you are”. Because “all Asian people look the same”. “They don’t have different facial features like ‘we’ do”.

I’m half Chinese. I’m half White. And you know what? That doesn’t fucking define who I am as a person. I was born Canadian. I am Canadian. I was raised in Canada. I don’t go around telling strangers that you’re White! Like oh my fuck, you’re white! Lets make fun of your culture, and lets make fun of ALL the untrue stereotypes.

So, next time you say that you have the right to make fun of my ethnicity because you’re my “friend”, think twice about my feelings. And how I experience racism on a daily basis, and it’s not okay for you to subject me to it. But I already know what you’ll say next time it happens, “I’m not racist because I love Asians. I have so many Asian friends. I’m friends with you, aren’t I?”

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dear asian men,

your constant ragging on asian women for dating white men is not cute. it is not revolutionary. it is not anti-racist activism. it is racialized misogyny against your own sisters. you are not here to support them and to understand them, but only to demean them in order to make yourselves feel more proud of your own masculinity. that is misogynist oppression at its finest. it is not for you to decide who asian women choose to form relationships with, and it is not for you to diagnose them based on their personal choices. what you’re doing is trying to control asian women, because it’s easier to blame them than to challenge the white supremacist structures that are at work here and y'all don’t fucking want to get your hands dirty, do you?

and then when an asian man gets with a white girl, it’s all high fives and congratulations, like the proudest accomplishment of an asian man’s life is to sleep with a white woman.

how many of you asian men who bitch and moan about asian girls dating white guys would think twice if a blonde white girl asked you out?

all you wanna do is talk the talk when it comes to racism and white supremacy, but you can’t even be bothered to walk the walk.

-e

I was looking at the Humans of New York page earlier today because my boo told me to check out the New Year’s posts in Chinatown. So I go on there, and every single post from the HONY guy’s trip to Chinatown features a child. I don’t really check HONY regularly, but I see it enough to find this somewhat inconsistent. So I scroll through the page for the most recent month and then some, and I see a ton of adults and every now and then some kids.

So this guy goes to Chinatown to photograph people celebrating the new year… and he can’t find a single adult to photograph?

In the last month plus, he’s got a bajillion white folks, a handful of black folks, a handful of dogs, and maybe seven Asians, six of whom he found in Chinatown, and all but one of whom are probably under the age of ten. If you scroll down further, Facebook starts hiding things because they were so long ago and not popular enough, so the first picture I see with an Asian woman is in September 2013, and unless you have the patience that I lack to click every “view more from Nov 3 to Dec 17” or whatever, she’s the next most recent Asian adult you’ll see. And I don’t see any Asian men in the last several months.

I don’t get how in all of motherfucking Chinatown in all of motherfucking New York City this HONY guy can’t find any Asian adults.

I’m very used to seeing white people fawn over super-cute Asian children. I’m used to hearing white people talk about their obsessions to the point at which they joke to me about kidnapping them and ask if they can commission me to “make them a cute Asian baby,” to the point at which they actually demand so many Asian babies that adoption agencies are falsifying records and redefining “orphan” (therefore taking kids who still have parents) to maintain the business.

So I go on the HONY page and see Asians, but only Asian kids for the New Year, and everyone’s all aww cute Asian baby and whatnot, but in a set of photos dedicated to the New Year there are no adults? I get that Chinatown is crowded and loud and exciting during the new year, but if he got six kids to stand still long enough for a photo, could he not have found an adult too? In all of Chinatown? He photographs adults all the time. Why not in Chinatown? Are Asian faces only there to make white people coo at us until we’re no longer appealing? What’s wrong with Asian faces once we grow up or stop being small?

anonymous asked:

I have a question for all POC users here: do you ever flinch or get nervous when a white person mentions your ethnicity/race? I realized I always flinch or get a little anxious whenever a white person mentions my ethnicity in a conversation. I feel like I'm expecting a negative, racist comment is going to be directed at me whenever they do. Do any of you feel that too?

I know I do…

So, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about people’s experiences being Asian and it made me think a lot about my own: 

In my primary school, people used to pull their eyes back and ask if i was adopted. I was mocked for any Chinese food I brought in and on Chinese new year I was brought into every class so everyone could look at me. Even on my first day of secondary school the first thing two girls asked me was if I’m Chinese and then started laughing, and on one occasion a girl sang the ‘kung foo fighting’ song as I walked into a classroom.

And its weird how even some friends think its ok to be openly racist in front of you, saying stuff like 'I don’t trust Chinese people, they look sneaky’, as if by being your friend their racism doesn’t count? Believe me, I can take a few racist jokes, whatever, but after a while it goes too far and it’s just not funny anymore.

I used to look really Chinese when I was a kid, and being half Irish meant that when I got older and I looked more mixed, I received significantly less racism. But my experiences fucked me up because I decided when I became a teenager that I wanted to look more white because I’d felt like an outsider amongst my all white friends (not due to their own doing) and in my (Irish) family whom I was closer to. I started to hate my Asian culture and features, and I obsessed over ways in which I could make my skin whiter (staying out of the sun, using skin whitening creams) and my eyes bigger (almost buying eyelid tape).

To be honest it really made me loath the way I looked because I thought it was something that made me different and stand out in a negative way. It made me lose my confidence with the way I looked and I  wished I could be fully white (I used to hate when anyone called me 'Asian’), I guess that it was a result of only white people being represented in the media and having a white family (when I was a kid I used to ask pray for blue eyes and blonde hair like my mum).

In all honesty, its only within the last year that I’ve gradually tried to become more comfortable with my ethnicity, like I let my skin tan and I’ve learnt more about my Asian background, instead of rejecting it. 

Anyway, I just felt like writing this since I’ve seen quite a few posts about being Asian in a white community.

(The photo above is me in Ireland in a dress-up competition when I was 7…………………….. …. ….. don’t get me started)

overall I love my roommates and we get along fine and understand each other on at least a queer level and/or a feminism level to a certain degree, but they’re much more willing to listen for those arguments than they are for a racial argument, particularly about Asian Americans, and I can’t tell if it’s because I’m Asian American and they think I’m overly biased, or because they think of Asian Americans as the model minority and therefore racism isn’t as bad for us. And I hate that I have to separate my identity into three basic parts in order to get at least 2/3 of me taken seriously.

anonymous asked:

so today in class this white girl complimented me on my nails and asked me where i got them done. i told her where, and she said said that she goes to the same place to get her nails done. and she said, "ugh but i hate it whenever the people speak chinese in front of me. but i guess you don't have to worry 'cause you can understand them!" okay first of all, the ladies working there were vietnamese. second of all, i'm korean. and third of all, you're fucking begging me to punch you in the face.

half taiwanese/chinese - half white

Growing up was definitely a little bit confusing for me - all the family I’ve ever known has been Chinese, and I was extremely lucky to have gone to a school where the majority of the population was of Asian descent. However, despite feeling like I fit in like everyone else, I was constantly singled out for looking “other.” I’ve been fielding questions about my ethnicity since childhood, from strangers to teachers to peers. I’ve been told that “I don’t count” because I’m not fully Asian. Passing for white has been a constant source of anxiety in my life - if I go into 99 Ranch Market by myself, will the cashier talk to me in English or Mandarin? Is that (totally gross) man trying to chat me up on the street going to say “ni hao” or ask me if I’m from China? If I pass by a group of other Asian students, are they going to recognize me or categorize me as other? Is anyone going to think twice if I speak Mandarin on the phone with my mom? If I grew up completely culturally Taiwanese-American but (sometimes) get white privilege when I’m walking down the street, where do I belong?? My Mandarin isn’t even that good and I can’t cook any of the foods on which my grandmother raised my mother and her siblings and the only time I’ve been to Taiwan was when I was a toddler. I feel so lonely sometimes, unable to really claim Taiwan for my own, but unwilling to throw in my lot with Americans who still see me as other and don’t understand what it was like to grow up as a first-generation child.

But you know what helps the loneliness? Blogs like this. Communities of fabulous Asian women, mixed background or not, coming together to celebrate us and fight to be seen as the strong ass women of color we are.

XO —Chloe