africans in asia

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Young baby jacanas are known as “downies” and are capable of walking and swimming as soon as they’ve hatched.  Their father will not feed them, instead guiding them to feed and demonstrating how to hunt and uncover prey.  He will also keep a close eye on them; shortly after hatching, the father will clear the eggshells out of the nest, possibly to deter predators, and will coo at and brood his new family.  If he cannot find one of his chicks, the father will call loudly to try and attract it, and if a predator is detected, he will scream to summon the chicks’ larger and more powerful mother.  He will guard and nurture his little family for 40 to 70 days.

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Lion (2016)

Directed by Garth Davis

Cinematography by Greig Fraser

The Arabs
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Who were the early Arabs?

Gates of the Harem. Lecomte du Nouy. (1878)

Early portrayal of Arabs in European paintings look like these men. Today these men will not be considered Arabs but were once portrayed as such. So who is an Arab and who are the real Arabs? These people inhabited much of North Africa from Tangiers to Cairo.

Arab in Turban. Constantine Makovsky (1882)

Today the word Arab will not bring this man to mind yet were once portrayed as such. So why has the meaning of the word changed over the centuries? Once inhabitants of north Africa and the middle east. 

Today we are being taught people of African decent in the middle East were nothing but descendants of slaves. We populated every land on this planet so why are people being taught they are descendants of slaves?

Portrait of an Oriental Man. Jules .V. Biesbroeck.(Unknown date)

An oriental man. This man will certainly not be considered Oriental in today’s world. Why do they keep changing the meanings of these words?

Today, everything is highlighted in schools around the world, descendants of slaves. Descendants of slavesDescendants of slaves. We populated every land on the planet.

Cairo to Sinai. Carl Haag (date unknown)

They want us to believe north Africa like the middle east have always been what they are.

They keep making slave movies. They keep making slave movies. They keep making slave movies. They keep making slave movies to remind us of our place in history. They wish we were their slaves.  North Africa like the middle east all have African origins.

Bedouin arab woman

The Bedouins are an Arab ethnocultural group, are descended from nomads who have historically inhabited the Arabian and Syrian deserts. Their territory stretches from the vast deserts of North Africa to the rocky sands of the Middle East.

The Bedouins live in Sudan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Kuwait, Tunisia, Morocco, Israel, Mauritania, Bahrain, Lebanon, Qatar, Palestine, Oman and Western Sahara.

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The male jacana chosen to parent the chicks, called the receiver, is a devoted father.  He will construct a floating nest by uprooting aquatic plants and stamping or shoving them together to create a dense and tough platform.  He may create several of these nests at several different sites before the female is satisfied with one.  After she has laid the eggs, parenting falls almost entirely on him; the female may shade the eggs from strong sunlight, defend the nest from predators, or incubate the eggs if the male is having a hard time finding food, but otherwise she is uninvolved.  Incubating the eggs is the male’s responsibility; he will even move the eggs to a different site if he feels the nest is unsafe.

 After the chicks are born, they rarely leave their father’s side; he will guide them to food, keep them warm, and violently chase rivals away.  The male African jacana (last three images) goes one step further; should danger present itself, the male can literally tuck his chicks under his wings and carry them away.

Things brown/south asian tumblr will probably never address:

Antiblackness that actually involves the input of black south
asians & black people in general

Ignoring the fact that South Asia is comprised of 8
countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Maldives,
and Sri Lanka.

Lack or complete ignorance of north east indian culture and
peoples.

Cultural hegemony India tends to have over representing South Asia

Discussion of caste which doesn’t reduce it down to an old practice that doesn’t actively shape an individual’s life in a variety of ways that are not exclusive to socioeconomic struggles.

How the discussion of the South Asian diaspora focuses
mainly on those living in the West.

Hindutva

Steve McCurry making a name for himself off of the
exploitation and exotification of South Asian faces and bodies (see: Sharbat Gula: known globally merely as “The Afghan Girl”

Ignorance of the issues Adivasi peoples face across South
Asia.

Exploitation of the bodies of South Asian women for
surrogacy by Westerners.

Savarna appropriation of Avarna arts redeeming it anew with
culture now that it’s been mutilated by forward castes. (ie: Appropriation of Sadir into modern day Bharatnatyam)

The creation of good and bad brown/south asian dichotomy in the West Post 9/11 (ie: Indian peoples are characterized/seen as intelligent spiritual peaceful people while Pakistani and Afghani peoples are characterized/seen as violent terrorists or oppressed women who are labeled under islamophobic terms such as “radical muslim”

The lack of discussion about the South Asian diaspora in the
Caribbean and South America.

Discrimination against Black African students living in
South Asia.

Portrayal of Hinduism & Buddhism as peaceful religions while Islam is portrayed as violent and backwards.

Complete ignorance or writing off of Southern & Northeast Indian cultures by North Indians and Northern South Asians alike as not being authentically Indian or only discussing it when talking about the different regions of India.

Shadeism

How Bollywood has stolen, appropriated, and made racist
caricatures of Indians and Non-Indians who are not Savarna North Indians. (See: Chennai Express, blackface meant to represent native Hawaiian peoples seen in the Hawa Hawai song in Mr. India, Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen, etc)

Misogyny and sexual violence against Dalit women.

Erasure of brown skin in South Asian media, replacing brown skinned South Asian women with extremely light skinned South Asian or white women calling them the ideal faces of South Asian womanhood and beauty.

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Why white people don't like me
  • White person: omg. Your mom makes corned beef? Black people don't eat corned beef!
  • Me: well actually, many slave owners were Irish and slave owners taught their slaves to cook what they liked and ofc recipes are passed down through generations so it's really not surprising that a lot of black people eat corned beef
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Jacanas have a highly unusual mating system.  In all species of jacana, the female is larger and more aggressive than the male, and is sometimes more colourful.  She will control a large territory that encompasses the territories of one to four males, and defend them from other females.  These males make up her harem, and she will copulate with all of them during the breeding season.  One particular male will receive most of her attention; this male will be the one chosen to incubate the eggs and care for the chicks, and is called the receiver.  If the receiver feels that he has not received enough sexual attention from the female, and thus may not be the father of enough of the eggs, he may destroy the nest and eggs.  In turn, however, if a female finds one of her males incubating a nest from a strange female, she will destroy it.

I’m far more interested in travelling to various African countries, the Caribbeans, Asia/The Middle East, South America, different islands etc than I am in going to western countries. I just find Western countries to be boring and fake. European countries are just dry in my opinion, just generally crusty and they all resemble each other. America doesn’t interest me and in fact it scares the shit outta me but I’m still gonna go because I wanna eat all the foods I hear about like Chipotle, Taco Bell, Popeyes and shit. Oh & I have family there. Maybe go to Disneyland but that’s it. Western countries are trashhhh otherwise and their food is less than mediocre but they do make bomb desserts.

Afrikan Centered Recommended Readings. — "We must become a book reading people" ~ Dr Amos Wilson

Akbar, Na’im (1991): Visions For Black Men. Winston-Derek Publications, Inc.
*Deals with a variety of issues of primary importance to men and women.

Barashango, Ishakamusa (1980): African People and European Holidays: A Mental

Genocide. IV Dynasty Publishing Co., Washington, DC
*Pertinent history about the holidays that are revered in Western Civilization.

Benton, Joe, Derrick Jackson, Burnett Gallman (1998): Project Sankofa: A Rites of Passage Program: Philosophy, Theory, and Overview. Our Community Organization

Browder, Anthony T. (1989): From the Browder File: 22 Essays on the African American Experience.

Browder, Anthony T. (1996): From The Browder File, Volume II: Survival

Strategies For Africans in America: 13 Steps To Freedom.

Browder, Anthony T. (1992): Exploding the Myths, Volume I: Nile Valley

Carruthers, Jacob H. (1985): The Irritated Genie: An Essay on the Haitian Revolution.

Carruthers, Jacob (1999): Intellectual Warfare. Third World Press, Chicago

Clarke, John Henrik: African People in World History.

Clarke, John Henrik and Yosef ben-Jochannan (1991): New Dimensions in African

Clarke, John Henrik (1991): Notes For an African World Revolution: Africans at the Crossroads

Clarke, John Henrik (1992): Christopher Columbus & the Afrikan Holocaust

Clarke, John Henrik (Editor) (1996): Critical Lessons In Slavery and the Slave trade

Diop, Cheikh Anta (1974): The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality.

Finch, Charles S. III (1991): Echoes of the Old Darkland: Themes From the African Eden.

Hilliard, Asa G. III, Larry Williams, and Nia Damali (1987): The Teachings of Ptahhotep: The Oldest Book in the World.

Hilliard, Asa G.: The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African American Community Socialization.

Hilliard, Asa G. III: SBA (1997): The Reawakening of the African Mind.
Jackson, John G (1970): Introduction to Black Civilizations.

Johnson, J. C. deGraft (1968): African Glory: The Story of Vanished Negro Civilizations.

Karenga, Maulana (1984): Selections From the Husia: Sacred Wisdom of Ancient Egypt.

Kunjufu, Jawanza (1987): Lessons From History: A Celebration in Blackness.

Madhubuti, Haki R. (1978): Enemies: The Clash of Races. Third World Press,

McIntyre, Charshee C.L. (1992): Criminalizing A Race: Free Blacks During slavery

Nobles, Wade W. (1986): African Psychology: Towards Its Reclamation, Reascension, and Revitalization.

Obenga, Theophile (1992): Ancient Egypt and Black Africa: A Student’s Handbook For the Study of Ancient Egypt In Philosophy, Linguistics, & Gender Relations.

Richards, Dona Marimba (1980): Let The Circle Be Unbroken: The Implications of Spirituality in the Diaspora. The Red Sea Press, 15

Rogers, J. A. (1961) : Africa’s Gift To America.

Van Sertima, Ivan (Editor) (1976): They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America.

Van Sertima, Ivan (Editor) (1986): Blacks in Science: Ancient and Modern.

Van Sertima, Ivan (Editor) (1984): Nile Valley Civilizations.

Van Sertima, Ivan (Editor) (1988): Black Women In Antiquity.

Van Sertima, Ivan (Editor (1989)): Egypt Revisited.

Van Sertima, Ivan and Rashidi, Runoko (Editors) (1988): African Presence in Early Asia.

Van Sertima, Ivan (Editor) (1986): African Presence in Early Europe.

Welsing, Frances Cress (1991): The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors.

Williams, Chancellor (1976): The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race From 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.

Wilson, Amos N. (1993): The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness: Eurocentric History, Psychiatry and the Politics of White Supremacy.

Woodson, Carter G. (1933): The Mis-Education of the Negro.

*Ani, Marimba (1994): Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior. Africa World Press, Trenton

*Akbar, Na'im (1984): Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery.

*Akbar, Na'im (1994): Light From Ancient Afrika.

*Akoto, Kwame Agei (1992): Nationbuilding: Theory and Practice in African Centered Education.

Anderson, Claud (1994): Black Labor, White Wealth: The Search for Power and Economic Justice.

Los AngelesFreire, Paulo (1992): Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

*Jackson, John G. ((1985): Christianity Before Christ.

Nantambu, Kwame (1994): Decoding European Geopolitics: Afrocentric Perspectives.

*Rodney, Walter (1982): How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.

*Williams, Eric (1990): Capitalism and Slavery.

Williams, Larry Obadele and Asa G. Hilliard, III (1992): Critical Commentaries: The Struggle To Bring True African History Into Being.

*Wilson, Amos N. (1998): Blueprint For Black Power: A Moral, Political and Economic Imperative for the Twenty-First Century.

Chinweizu (1987): Decolonizing the African Mind.

Chinweizu (1987): The West and the Rest of Us: White Predators, Black Slavers and the African Elite.

Diop, Cheikh Anta (1987): Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis For A Federated State

Diop, Cheikh Anta (1987): Precolonial Black Afrika: A Comparative Study of the Political and Social Systems of Europe and Black Africa, from Antiquity to the Formation of Modern States.

*Diop, Cheikh Anta (1978): The Cultural Unity of Black Africa.

Diop, Cheikh Anta (1991): Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology.

Jones, Del (1992): The Black Holocaust: Global Genocide.

*Jones, Norece T. (1990): Born a Child of Freedom, Yet a Slave: Mechanisms of Control and Strategies of Resistance in Antebellum South Carolina.

Obenga, Theophile (1995): A Lost Tradition: African Philosophy in World History.

Rogers, J.A. (1972): World’s Great Men of Color (Volume One and Two).

Wright, Bobby: The Psychopathic Racial Personality and Other Essays.

Merchants are in the vanguard of a trade connection between China and Africa that is shaking up the economies of their home countries — for better and for worse. While cheap goods from China benefit customers in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, the Congo and many other countries, they have also have been knocking African producers out of business. While the fabric from China is cheaper, it is also of lesser quality. The African Silk Road could be more properly named the Polyester Road. But that does not deter most customers. Electronics are also among the most traded goods, besides a smorgasbord of cheap merchandize for everyday use.
—  Justus Krueger, ‘Guangzhou’s Silk Road to Africa’, Asia Times
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Global Ummah: Muslims around the World
Muslims of Suriname

Suriname is a country in South America and is home to 84,000 Muslims (as of 2010). This makes Suriname the country with the highest percentage of Muslims at 15.9% of the whole population in all of the Americas (North, Central and South).

The Muslim population of Suriname is made of a beautiful blend of people and cultures; Arab (mainly Syrian and Lebanese), South & East Asian (mainly Indonesian, Indian & Pakistani), African, South American & Caribbean. These communities have come together to build mosques, community centers, schools and halal food outlets - A perfect destination for a travelling Muslim looking to explore South America