“Well, you’re only half Asian.”
“It’s okay, you look white.”
“Wow, you’re Asian? I can sorta see it. You’ve got the small eyes.”
“You must be super kinky in bed.”
A friendly reminder that even if you’re only “half” you still have a right to your ethnic culture! I am Japanese, born and bred, Tokyo raised. The blood of my ancestors runs through me just as much as it does through my full-blooded cousins. Don’t wait for the approval of others, and don’t let their misinformed opinions define you. I am Japanese and proud.
For @angryasiangirlsunited on the last day of their Asian Face Appreciation Week!
This is one thing you do NOT want to ask me lmao. I don’t mean to categorize anyone or any blogs but it’s just a little something for everyone. If you don’t want to be on here, I’ll remove your blog. OR if I categorized wrong, let me know and I’ll move your blog to the appropriate category.
Thoughts on CA when it comes to nose piercings and septums?
So, nasal piercing have been found throughout history primarily in South Asia, the Oceania, the Middle East, and some regions of Africa. Considering I am not from every single one of these regions, I don’t feel like it’s appropriate for me to make generalized statements.
What I can tell you though, is that (at least in North America) a combination of racism and the appropriation of nose piercings has had a negative affect POC whose cultures traditionally have nose piercings. Similarly to how the appropriation of dreadlocks by people with non-black hair textures led to dreadlocks being stereotyped as “unclean” and “unprofessional”, appropriation of nasal piercings, particularly by certain North American subcultural groups (punk, grunge, hippy, etc.) has led to them being banned in many workplaces. This means that people would normally not remove them for cultural reasons (such as cultures where people wear nose rings to signify marital status), are being forced to remove them in order to maintain employment.
That being said, from what I’ve read, a lot of people believe that it’s not cultural appropriation so long as the nose piercings are simple and/or don’t have cultural symbols/patterns on them. But again, I’d suggest reading articles from a variety of people from different cultures so that all of their voices are heard. Here are some to start you off:
Hi! So I'm making a Chinese character who is originally from China and I was wondering if you had any good guides to help me out please?
So, my answer is pretty long, mostly because I don’t think a guide on “how to play a Chinese person” exists. There’s so many elements and things to consider when playing someone of a different culture/race, so I’ll give some points to consider for character building.
NOTE: I’ll preface my answer by saying that I’m an ABC (American-born Chinese), I’ve never even been to China, and my parents are Vietnamese and embrace Vietnamese culture. That being said, my experience and advice would be different from someone who’s actually lived in China.
So, here’s some basic things to think about for writing your Chinese character, with some helpful links throughout:
First, you want to distinguish whether your character is from mainland China or from Taiwan. China has a lot of ethnic groups, mostly unknown to those who aren’t familiar with the country, with their main ethnic group being Han Chinese. I’m not sure what I am myself, but depending on your character’s family, they could be really into their heritage, or just consider themselves Han Chinese (like me).
If you were writing a European character, you’d probably specify that they were from London, or Paris, or Rome, right? Do the same with a Chinese character: choose their city of origin, and research things about that city, such as what homes look like, businesses in the area, schools, etc.
Because you said “originally from China,” it makes me think that this person now lives outside of the country. For immigrants or children of immigrants in general, you can do plenty of research about what’s it like living in a different country, or growing up with a different culture.
How long have they lived in China? Did they move out completely, or do they move back and forth? (For example, I have a friend who was born in China, attended middle school in the U.S., went back to China for high school, and is now back in the U.S. for college. Her parents live in China.)
Which culture/place do they identify with more? There’s a lot of differences between Chinese and American culture and societies are pretty different (especially considering one is collectivistic, one is individualistic), so it’s important to research what culture and traditions are like over there. Religion, fashion sense, filial piety, friends, even views on smoking–these are all things that could vary depending on if your character IDs more as Chinese, or as American, or is equally affiliated with both, and it definitely affects their outlook on life as well.
Which traditions do they follow? Perhaps there’s traditions that their family follows that they personally don’t do, or traditions that they used to follow back in their home country, but don’t anymore in their new home. For example, I used to go to temple every week to pray with my family, but now that I’m in college and away from the Asian community I had back home, I don’t consider myself that religious anymore. The same could go for foods they liked to eat, or rituals they used to do. [link] Here’s an article that goes over some basic Chinese traditions!
How are they received? If you’re white (or even not Chinese), I wouldn’t recommend going into extreme detail about how Chinese people face racism outside of their country, because that’s not your story to tell. However, microaggressions do exist–even unintentionally. Some people are just curious about “what actually goes on in China.” Racism aside, people are also just curious about foreigners. So you could consider, is your character open to these kinds of questions (in an appropriate situation), or do they not like talking about their motherland, to try to pass as “American” as possible?
4. BEWARE STEREOTYPES AND RACISM
This is probably a given, but I’m still including this because the more caution, the better. I wouldn’t be able to give an exhaustive list of stereotypes about Asians, so I’ll link you some resources instead:
[link]@thisisnotchina is great blog! A+, you can go ahead and ask any questions you have, as long as they’re not too invasive and worded respectfully.
[link]@angryasiangirlsunited is a fantastic blog that magnifies the voice of, well, Angry Asian girls. They’ve discussed racist stereotypes, microaggressions, current events, and more! They also have Asian Face Appreciation Day on the first of every month, and the people who submit always have interesting stories to tell. I’m not saying that you’d be allowed to go in and ask them everything you want, but it’s a good blog for listening to Asian women.
And lastly, the best research is to read the words of actual Chinese people. If you can find blogs or books written by Chinese people in China, you’ll definitely get a better sense of what it’s like there!
I hope you find my answer somewhat helpful! Let me know if there’s anything else I can help with–and again, if any followers or readers have more knowledge on Chinese culture, let me know and I’ll add it here!
TINP is going to start Pilipinx Face Appreciation Day in a very similar fashion that angryasiangirlsunited does Asian Face Appreciation Day! It will be held every 12th of the month, in recognition of the Philippine Declaration of Independence (June 12th, 1898).
PFAD will be held every 12th of the month! So our first ever one will be February 12th, 2015!
You can submit your selfie through our submit box and put whatever you want to share in the caption! Length doesn’t matter but if there is triggering content, we ask that you tag it at the beginning of the caption and in the tags as well if you’re able to. We want to hear your stories, all your struggles and achievements, and whatever you are willing to share with us.
All Pilipinx people are encouraged to participate in this! No matter what identities you have, as long as you are Pilipinx, you are welcomed to participate.
Nothing overly NSFW please! If you do submit us something NSFW, we ask that you tag it accordingly.
If your selfie hasn’t been posted, it probably hasn’t been posted by our team or it hasn’t gotten through. Don’t be afraid to submit it twice if you think it didn’t go through!
If you have any questions, feel free to message us!
after hearing about it through the submission to @angryasiangirlsunited, i checked out the trailer of Lucy and am even more disgusted. and so not surprised. whiteness is getting too old.
the upcoming movie lucy will feature the age-old racist narrative of pure white woman (scarlet johansson) being violated by scary, brown men. and the new white feminist trope of women gaining their power by violently eliminating brown men. who needs the white male savior when we now have white female saviors, taking it into their own hands to save their whiteness from all that non-whiteness. so radical.
hi i specifically came to this blog with this post because 1) i am an asian woman, and 2) aagu holds asian face appreciation day, which is similar to #blackout
there are non black people, both white and non white, who are trying to copy #blackout by stealing and renaming the hashtag, such as #brownout and #yellowout.
some people are doing this in retaliation, like this post by ofhoneyanddeath:
Starts #yellowout in response to #blackout Bet tumblr never saw that coming… But that’s ok because tumblr tends to not see Asians (or Hispanics for that matter) anyways!!
while others are co-opting the hashtag in a similar way colorblind people changed #blacklivesmatter to #alllivesmatter, like this post by breio:
to my fellow non-black POCs: a #yellowout, #brownout, #redout, would be a fucking great idea, but if you’re doing it to derail #blackout, YOU are the problem. to white people: don’t make a #whiteout tag. respect yourselves
both reasons are anti black at their core. there are black people posting about how co-opting the hashtag is wrong, and yet non black, non white people don’t appear to be listening.
for example, this post by priestmahad makes a great point:
I’m always amazed at the lack of creativity when it comes to showing “pride” within non black communities. Because it seems like you all sit and wait like vultures for black people to do something and then take that same concept, switch out the world “black” for whatever and act like you did nothing wrong.
do people get angry over asian face appreciation day on such a large scale as #blackout? the former has been a recurring thing for quite some time. but #blackout has only occurred once so far. and yet there is a lot more outrage and attention directed towards its participants than #afad. i guess you could say that’s because angryasiangirlsunited contains asian face appreciation day to the blog. but the intensity of #blackout is due to the hypervisibility of black culture, like priestmahad points out. this hypervisibility unfortunately means that we do not acknowledge black culture, spaces, and social media movements as things worthy of our respect because we do not see them as true culture.
how can we post about how harmful the appropriation of our cultures and identities are and yet disrespect that which belongs to black people? do we think just because we identify as people of color, that as long as we aren’t white, we cannot harm other non white people?
one of the problems is that we don’t even understand what it means to identify as a POC. here is a video of loretta ross explaining the origin of women of color:
they didn’t see it as a biological designation; you’re born asian, you’re born black, you’re born african american, whatever. it is a solidarity definition. a commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed women of color who have been minoritized. now what’s happened, you know, in the thirty years since then, is that people see it as biology now. […] why are you reducing a political designation to a biological destiny? that’s what white supremacy wants you to do.
if we are anti black, then we are not women of color. and since black women are the ones who have given us the title, they have the right to revoke it if they do not think we are actively fighting for them.
i have some requests of this blog (and tbh of all of us asian women who truly believe in carrying the title of women of color):
there’s a blog called stfuantiblackasians that, although now inactive, still provides a great resource for us to learn about the ways we harm black people, and inspire us to do better. since angryasiangirlsunited seems to have a lot of followers, i think it would be a good idea to reblog many of that blog’s posts.
i was wondering if there are any black asian mods on this blog. if there aren’t, i’m asking you to find some because black asians are often left out of asian-centric social justice discourse, which is anti black and downright unfair.
i’m also asking that this blog becomes more strict about the use of aave. for example, instead of posting submissions where someone uses aave just to put a mod’s note at the top that says, “i stopped reading once i saw you using aave,” maybe reblog from black people who have talked about the importance of not appropriating the language instead of giving that anti black person the satisfaction of having their submission posted.
and! that this blog not post things that single out black people for saying something racist towards an asian person. i cannot help but think that the reason behind doing something like that is anti black. i’m not doubting that it happens, but it’s more that the damage we do by being anti black outweighs the impact anything racist they do towards us.
also, as i type in this submit box, i notice that there isn’t an anti blackness tag amongst the other suggested tags. maybe start a tag on asian anti blackness?
thanks so much for reading this. black people fight so hard for us. it’s time we do the same for them.
So I honestly liked this viner until I saw his tweets during the World Cup today. Not only is Danny LoPriore racist but he certainly doesn’t respect women. On top of that he makes jokes about the a-bombs dropped on japan. His followers let him know just how hateful they are as well. angryasiangirlsunitedtakingbackourculture
“You don’t look Chinese” was a question I’d get asked almost every time I told someone what my identity was and it’s funny because there are over 50 ethnic groups in China and not one person looks the same. I can trace where my ancestors were from before they lived in Taiwan. My father’s side of the family was from Jiangxi and my mother side was originally from Jiangsu province. I am 100% Chinese but growing up looking the way that I do I often feel out of place because even my people would often praise me or say that I am beautiful because I look mixed race and they would put themselves down for having monolids, etc. my aunties would tell my mom that I was lucky because I didn’t inherit her “小眼睛,” everyone would remind her how I looked more like my father who has features like mine
For the last few years i’ve been trying to love who I am although sometimes I feel lost because I don’t exactly see myself in the media or find people who have similar stories like mine but I’m learning and growing as each day goes by. I love my culture and I am slowly embracing who I am and I thank angryasiangirlsunited for helping me along the way
Hi! Canadian undergrad student, Japanese on my mother’s side. I’ve been trying to reconnect to my heritage since my parents divorced when I was 4, leaving my mom more concerned about keeping me and my brothers afloat than anything else. It’s really assuring to know that I’m not the only person going through this; thanks @angryasiangirlsunited!
My mom is from the Philippines and my dad is from England, so I am first generation in the states. It’s caused me to be “ white passing” but has also apparently encouraged white people to play “ guess the race” with me.
I AM Filipina. The only family I know is my Filipino family, it’s who I am to my very core. It’s so clear to me, yet white people love to question it.
I’ve stopped angry every time but now i’m honestly just beat down. But seeing all these beautiful Asian faces on my dash gave me the courage to post this. Thank you 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 alreadyaddressedmultipletimes 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:
Only women and non-binary folks can contribute.
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.
People who are mixed-asian can also contribute.
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).
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.