Happy Banned Books Week (September 21 - September 27, 2014)!

According to the ALA, the most frequently challenged books written by People of Color from 1990 - 1999 are (unfortunately they don’t have a PoC-specific list list for 2000 and onwards):

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Reason for challenges: racism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language, violence

Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Reason for challenges: homosexuality, sexually explicit

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Reason for challenges: racism, offensive language, violence

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, violence

Native Son by Richard Wright
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language, violence

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language, occult/Satanism

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Reason for challenges: racism, sexually explicit, offensive language

Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language

2004 - 2014 Yearly Challenged/Banned Books lists can be found here

Special shout-out to:

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie; and Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya for being on the list of top ten books banned/challenged in 2013 for collectively having/being: offensive language, sexually explicit, violence, drugs/alcohol/smoking, racism, occult/Satanism, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group! [source here]

Happy reading! Any banned or challenged books by authors of color that you think we should check out?

Also, why don’t they just rename it Toni Morrison Week, amIright? 

Goku Defense Post

           

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I can’t believe I’ve to write a defense for Goku! I don’t know why most of the western fans are so happy bashing him for every single reason and coming up with more stupid reasons everytime!!

Most of them are not even familiar with the show itself and have never read the manga. Like some of them in fanfiction.net declared dragonball is NOT canon but Dbz is!!? Just because Funimation aired the later part first there >.>;;

Secondly, I would blame the Funimation’s dub is very poor. Infact, most old dubs are bad- Sailor moon, Card captor(heard from other fans).
A dub is supposed to translate a language to another for other language viewers, not making up most of the lines and dumbing up with poor characterizations. There are too many unnecessary changes from lines to character personality to character age. Eg. Gohan’s age is increased because Piccolo giving black eyes to  a 4 yr old kid is abusive than a 5 yr old kid! xD Then again 16 year old Gohan’s age in Buu saga was changed to 18. Also, watch the anime in Japanese with English subtitles since its original and closer to the Japanese manga. Or just check these sites-

Dragonball/Z blog
Duvete

Goku is NOT a stupid,brain damaged idiot!!

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At first part of the Dragonball manga and anime, Goku is shown to be naïve when it came to certain things like custom, traditions and sometimes basic things too but that was because no one had ever taken the time to teach him such things. His grandpa died when he was very young and had only taught him things that were necessary for his survival in the forest. But one could see the change and his maturity after his stay with Kami and most, after the 5 years  gap after his wedding. And well, ALL the fighters (saiyans, humans and even a certain namek) make stupid decisions in android-cell saga (I would blame the mangaka for this.. because he himself admitted he was really confused and disinterested while making it).

 

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He was like an unanimous leader of the Z team… since a 12 yr old kid till becoming a grandpa!

Goku has no feelings and doesn’t love his family!! Please  e.e

Goku has feelings , especially more for his family! He has them on his mind even on the most desperate and dangerous situations (be it in so-called filler episodes and even in canon!). Few egs. Here-

When Goku learned for the first time that it was he who had killed his Grandpa…

             

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Now, at one time… Goku’s body was stolen and was left behind in a dying alien body, he was worried about helping his son and friends and getting back to earth safely. But his main worry was how will his wife react to his ugly new alien body!! (I won’t blame Chi-Chi if she refuse to sleep with Ginyu-Goku!!) xDD

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And when there was just 10 seconds left for Cell to blow up the earth and everyone was again looking up to Goku to save the day… and again when Buu was wrecking havoc and his time on earth was up (resisting Buu and teaching Fusion)  even under all the terrible conditions and pressures, and near his death, he praised his child, remembered his wife and asked to take care of her… It’s the same thing that Vegeta did too but Goku is the only one who gets all the shitty names- Negro dad, King of Absentee fathers,blah blah…

 

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He loves his family and then comes his friends and then the world. Its CANON.

Goku abandons his family and keeps dying or running to stay away from his family.(Bullshit. Period.)

The 1st time he died, he died protecting Gohan and then Kami send him to King Kai for special training that took the whole year! (seriously, do these bashers even watch or read the manga or they just love bashing! :/)

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Secondly, he was presumed dead. At first, he repeatedly wanted to come home just after defeating Freeza. But then he didn’t want to come home because he wanted to learn the Instant Transmission and to gain control of his new super saiyan powers, whose power could make him borderline crazy.

      

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Thirdly, Goku actually SACRIFIED ­AND STAYS DEAD because he FELT THAT HIM BEING ALIVE JUST ATTRACTED EVIL AND THUS, A THREAT TO HIS FAMILY!! In the original manga, he said these and wanted to keep his family and earth safe. He even knew that Chichi and Gohan would be the ones who would be hurt the most due to his decision…(read the manga NOT fanfics or fan edits or just watch it in subtitles!)

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Fourth, Goku left with Uub selfishly for training. (Again, crap)

He went to train Uub so he could he could be the next protector of earth and thus Goku can retire from the burden. Toriyama knew he had hastily finished the Buu saga, especially the ending. Thus, after a decade, he wrote a new ending for the series!! (That’s, really something from a guy who never rechecks his work.)

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And please, don’t say Goku left them for 10 years with no contact with his family cuz GT IS NOT CANON.

And the comparision thing, Vegeta is the best dad and loves his family more then Goku because he always stays with them. The truth is Vegeta was a terrible dad in Android-Cell saga  to mirai Trunks but changed when he saw him die. In the Android part after the 3 years gap, Bulma said that Vegeta didn’t stay in Capsules corp and doesn’t know where he was. In Buu saga, Vegeta is still obsessed with training and now with another mission- making Trunks stronger than Gohan… which Gohan found very scary xDD

Again, in the new movie (which is also co-authored by Toriyama), Bulma complains about both the saiyans obsession with training.

Vegeta is still in his favorite room- Gravity Room even on his wife’s b’day party, rudely argues with his wife in front of her friends…but that doesn’t mean he hates his family. He loves them.

Same with Goku, his saiyan side is obsessed with fighting… but he cares his wife and kids deeply (Though most western fans would remain blind in case of Goku  :/ )

Goku cares for his family and loves them. Every time he was absent from his family HE HAD A PERFECTLY GOOD REASON TO DO SO.

Goku doesn’t love Chichi  and Chichi loves Vegeta, Picollo,etc. (Again, BS!!!)

Just look at how happy she was to meet him after 7 years!

 

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One main reason why English fans think Chichi doesn’t love Goku is because Funimation’s stupid lines that makes her screech and mad ALL the time with Goku and the post Buu part where they made her explicitly interested in Vegeta and wants to exchange husbands. While in the original, this BS NEVER HAPPENED AND SHE IS ALWAYS PROTECTIVE WITH HER HUSBAND!!

In Goku’s case, just because he wanted to send naked photos of Bulma to an old pervert God to save the world instead of his own wife’s and also lying that Chichi is flat chested, so as not to show any dirty photos of her… many western fans think Goku hates Chichi and loves Bulma!?

Hell, he just wanted to throw any women at the Old Kai’s face to save earth! He first wanted to send Videl before Gohan intervened and then changed to Bulma. And I don’t get it.. why is it so hard for most of them to believe that Goku was lying about Chicih’s breasts to old Kai’s?! He keeps on telling little lies throughout the series! For eg. He tells Vegeta that only two people can train together in time chamber and not alone, so that mirai Trunks can get some time and train with his dad too. But he trained there alone when he was a kid and later Picollo, Trunks and Vegeta trains alone in the room too!

Goku even earns and saves money for his family and no males in the Z warrior has a proper job, excluding Gohan.

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Goku also got money for his family by being a farmer and also doing odd jobs ( In an old interview of the Toei and Bird staff, some of them said that Goku and Krillin are self employed). Back then, in some regions and communities in Asia.. a 9 to 5 o’ clock job, like a  govt job , etc is greatly preferred and for some reason, those who’re self employed are not readily taken as stable earner. Though this kind of perspectives have changed after all these years. There are still a few (mostly old people) who thinks that.

There, I’m done. Goku always loves his family and his family loves him.

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And his friends and rivals respect him back.

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Scans and other credit goes to:

Dragonball/Z blog

Duvete

Daizenshuu

“I want to be a news anchor.”
“Is there any special reason?”
“My father was a journalist; he died in action while doing investigative reporting. That happened in 1997 when I was six years old. That year Hwang Jang-Yop (a famous high-ranking North Korean defector) escaped from North Korea, and his daughter said she would give an interview, so my grandfather went to China. However she suddenly canceled the interview. My father thought that since he already went to China he couldn’t just go back. So, in order to get a more accurate report, he went to the Tumen river which is located adjacent to North Korea’s border; there, his car rolled over.”
“Is it okay if I share this story with other people?”
“It’s okay if people want to appreciate and remember the story, but I don’t want them to feel sorry for me. I grew up loved by my mother and proud of my father.”

“전 앵커가 되고 싶어요.”
“앵커가 되고 싶은 특별한 이유가 있나요?”
“아버지께서 기자이셨는데 취재 도중 순직을 하셨어요. 그게 1997년이었는데 제가 그 때 6살때였죠. 그 해 황장엽씨가 탈북했을 때 그 분의 따님이 인터뷰를 해주시겠다고 해서 아버지가 중국으로 가셨어요. 근데 그 따님이 돌연 인터뷰를 거부하셨어요. 그래서 아버지가 중국까지 가셔서 그냥 돌아오실 수 없다고 생각하셨고, 좀 더 정확한 정보를 알기 위해 북한과의 국경 인근 두만강으로 가셨다가 차가 전복되었다고 들었어요.”
“이 내용을 사람들에게 알려도 괜찮으신가요?” 
“사람들이 알아주시고 기억해주셔도 괜찮은데, 저를 동정하지 않았으면 좋겠어요. 저는 어머니의 사랑 아래 잘 자라 왔고, 아버지가 자랑스럽습니다.”

The Son family during peaceful times

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Goku and Chi-Chi flying away on nimbus to get married :)

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Got married :D

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Going to their honeymoon ;D

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Going out on a family outing with lil Gohan…

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And Goku taking Gohan to his pre-school :)

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And even with all the battles and shits going on in their lives… they never stop enjoying their lives together as a family! :)

   And just because Toriyama-sama based it mainly as a plot driven manga and skipped the sub-plots (and not wasting another decade of his life making a manga! seriously I feel bad after knowing his work schedule… :( ) doesn’t mean that the Sons and the rest of the gang don’t have a normal life when there’s no fights.

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Jax: Let’s get married. Today.

Tara: Are you serious? I thought you wanted to…

Jax: I don’t want to wait anymore. Whatever happens, Tara, I want you to be my wife. I always have.

Tara: Here, in a brothel, wanted for murder.

Jax: Hey, I’m all about the fairytale, baby.

Tara: So much for romance.

Jax: Hey, I killed a Fed for you. Nothing says endless love like capital murder.

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