cultural-collision

This one goes out to

This one goes out to all the Asian girls

The darker skinned girls who feel like they don’t conform to beauty standards (you are so much more than a standard)
The light skinned girls who
The girls who may not have the best grades (you don’t deserve this pressure I am sorry)
The girls who do get good grades and enjoy learning
The girls who work hard to revolutionize their respective fields
The girls who choose to stay at home and raise children

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the black girls

The girls with wild hair that won’t be tamed
The girls with skin so dark it reminds you of a night sky (deep and amazing and you can never fully wrap your head around how vastly profound it is)
The albino girls who feel like outsiders in their own community
The girls who have risen from poverty and made a name for themselves
The girls who are still throng to make a name for themselves
The girls who enjoy acting in “ratchet” or “ghetto” ways and aren’t ashamed to be who they are (you shouldn’t be)

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the Indian girls

The girls who wear a bindi and sari and love it
The girls who wear henna like a second skin
The girls who might have a thick accent
The girls who like Bollywood (don’t let anyone tell you it’s silly)
The girls who are told they cannot do what they wish because “how will you get a husband like that?”
The girls who are told it is their fault that a man raped them (it is not and it will never be)

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the Native American girls

The girls who were born and raised on the Reserve
The girls who were ripped from their homes and are trying to learn their culture again
The girls who dress up in traditional costumes and dance
The girls who know the legends by heart and
Could tell you
Every single one of them in the second between the flames dancing
The girls who are from here but still get told to “go back to your own country” as if it was not stolen from them by the ancestors of the person speaking to them

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the Pacific Islander girls

The girls that grew up swimming and know the tides like they know themselves
The big, strong girls who could move a mountain with one look
The women who had their culture erased
The girls that are working hard to fight the stereotypes of poverty by educating themselves and getting excellent jobs
The girls with voyaging in their blood, and ancestors who travelled thousands of miles so that they could be here today

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the mixed race girls

The girls who feel disconnected from their ancestry
The girls who aren’t considered “truly x”
The girls who are tired of being “aren’t” and being overlooked for everything they are
The girls who are a collision of culture, a majestic mixture of their own interests and so much more than you could ever guess
The girls with the ins and outs of two different worlds memorized like the backs of their hands
The girls that know the struggles her people (because they’re her people too) have gone through
And are all the better for it

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the Jewish girls

The girls who get made fun of for their noses
The girls who are told they should “stop being greedy”
The girls that might not eat kosher
The girls that happily observe the Sabbath
The girls who can fluently read and speak Hebrew

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the Muslim girls

The girls who wear hijabs (you can still be a feminist, it’s your body and your choice)
The girls that don’t wear it but still go to prayers
The queer girls who’re worried that Allah doesn’t approve of them
The girls who feel afraid to be themselves because of the environment they’re in (your own safety comes above all else, god knows enough people are being hurt already we don’t want to risk you too)
The girls with bright minds who can see that every religion has some negative aspects, but that normally doesn’t define it

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the disabled girls

The girls with wheelchairs who can’t exactly get everywhere
The girls that need someone to help care for them
The girls who have therapy animals to help them out
The girls with learning difficulties who need tutors (but don’t necessarily have one)
The girls who work hard to have people realize that just because they’re disabled doesn’t mean that they can’t have a good life

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the lesbians

The girls who love girls
(Bottleglass eyes and hopes that reach beyond the stars and smiles and long legs that stride confidently forwards at the parades and good hands that you will never ever want to let go of all of them)
They are a rainbow and
We need more people like them
People who will walk alongside us in the daylight or cuddle with us in the closet
Because before everyone else, we girls should love each other and stick together
Because queer is just another word for weird and aren’t we all a little weird on the inside?

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the bi girls

The ones who are monogamous and love their partner with all their heart but still get dragged into negative stereotypes
The ones who enjoy sex with multiple people (you aren’t a slut)
The ones who aren’t out yet (and aren’t even sure themselves sometimes because “what if I’m just pretending?” even if it isn’t true)
The ones who HAVE a preference (and it isn’t you thank you for the drink but please go away)
The ones who get erased out of events or talked over (because that hasn’t happened often enough ALREADY)

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the pan girls

The girls who love everyone regardless of
Those girls are a ray of sunshine, lighting up anyone’s personality should they be so lucky as to see them
They are wonderful open arms
And you would be so lucky as to receive their affection

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the asexual girls

Not wanting to have sex doesn’t mean you’re any less loveable
The girls who still do aren’t any less valid
But please don’t feel
Pressure to be something you’re not
Because your body doesn’t need to be a sexual object for you to still be confident and pretty and all of those wonderful things I know you are

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the aro girls

You don’t need to have someone
There are many kinds of love
Explore all the facets you want
And don’t
Ever
Apologize for something that isn’t your choice
Because not wanting “baby I love yous” doesn’t make you any less of a woman

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the polyamourous girls

The girls with partners that support them and their decisions
The girls whose wonderful hearts are open to loving
The girls who work hard to find dependable people
The girls that are full of intimate trust for their partners

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are all beautiful, important women and the world needs you to continue being yourselves

This one goes out to all the genderfluid/demigirls/etc.

You may not entirely feel like one,
But we are very happy to have you with us
At the times when you feel like a woman
Gender is complicated so please,
Take your time
We’ll be here if you need us

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman (if you want to be)

This one goes out to all the trans girls

It doesn’t matter what you look like
What your voice sounds like
If you’re on estrogen
If you experience dysphoria
You are still a woman
You are passing simply by being yourself

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the GNC girls

The tall girls who tower over their guy friends
The strong girls who can bench 350 pounds
The tomboys who love sports
The girls with short hair or who don’t like wearing “feminine” clothes (they don’t have a gender but whatever)
You can definitely pull off that suit! You look great!

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all the neurodivergent girls

All the girls with depression who are so tired
The autistic girls with strange stims or who have trouble in social situations
The bipolar girls who can’t help their emotions
The schizophrenic girls who hear things that aren’t there
The girls who are afraid to take medication and get addicted
The girls whose therapists are their best friends (I have listened to so many stories but I will help you if it kills me)
The girls who are trying to care for themselves but finding it so hard

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are still a beautiful woman

This one goes out to all girls

It doesn’t matter what you do with your appearance
Or how you live your daily live
Or if you have a partner
Or if you want to
Or if you have children
Or any other arbitrary factors

No matter your age, economic status or physical appearance
You are all beautiful, important women and the world needs you to continue being yourselves

bbc.co.uk
The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts - BBC Four
Don Letts looks at the very particular and provocative British subculture of skinhead.

Don shows in fascinating detail how the roots of skinhead are in a brilliant cultural collision between the young white working-class kids and their Jamaican counterparts in British inner cities, a moment of multicultural harmony. He traces the history of skinhead from the late 60s to the present, looking at the music and styles of skinhead from the reggae-influenced ska to the punk-influenced Oi. Throughout Don meets people who were committed members of various skinhead scenes, and he considers the conflicts and the contradictions that skinhead has attracted over five decades.

The best places in town weren’t those that were known. It was the opposite. The best places in town were the ones that had been hidden from the mainstream folk, where artists and poets and people with an open mindset gathered in an explosion of cultural collision. One of those places, had been a rooftop filled with benches, pillows, lanterns, lights, plants, people and a stunning view. The mind was freed by the use of pot and objects placed around the rooftop were unlike any other. Some were ugly, questionable even, but some were grant, majestic and offered a new perspective. It was this kind of poetry that attracted Beckett to places like these. He had taken a few drags of his own and let himself fall on the pillows in the corner where multiple were relaxing and enjoying the party. “Don’t mind if I sit here.” He announced, joining the folk of the party. “Ridiculously insane view here, isn’t?” Beckett asked as he looked over the edge of the building before looking back.

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ELLE MEN MAGAZINE HONGKONG - September Issue

EXO-M LAY (works harder since people look down on me)

E: Elle Men  |  L: Lay

E: How do you let yourself become well-rounded?

L: I have to ensure myself first before the process of growing steadily by developing my abilities in other areas. For example, even though I debuted as a dancer I’m also working hard to improve in playing the piano, guitar, composing, arranging music, singing, etc.

E: Do you think being well-rounded is an advantage or disadvantage?

L: As a performing artist, I’ve always believed in the phrase “艺不压身” (skills will not crush the body). On top of that, I’m a Libra, who strives for perfection and balance. That’s why I put myself under a lot of pressure- to always work hard, to do everything well.

E: Considering the lifespan as an artist, being well-rounded is also a type of advantage, right?

L: Yes, yes, yes, (the type to) begin slowly, then later on you can showcase something more when you become a more developed person.

E: Is your character the type to mature slowly as well?

L: Not particularly a good character- usually very gentle, but there are times when I’m irritated, I tend to accumulate them for a long time and then explode later on, it scares the other people.

E: If there are good opportunities for acting, will you gladly accept it?

L: Of course, a good opportunity is also very helpful for me when writing songs, more skills can be honed through acting, as well as meeting more friends. And maybe in that same cast, I could find friends who like music as well, that is so much better!

E: What if the OST you would also write?

L: WOW……if they use my title track, I will not charge talent fee for acting in it.

E: What is your goal in the field of music?

L: In the field of music, our seniors have already set a really good example.  I have never thought of bringing Chinese music to wherever, but I kind of have an advantage: I’m not only a part of a Chinese group, I’m also a member of an Asian group groomed by a Korean company. Our activities are all over the world, therefore I hope that this could create a channel of connection and linking bridge. I give myself 10 years, or 5 years, I would like to lead in bringing up Chinese music to everyone. This is my ultimate goal.

E: Supposing that you return to a Chinese environment, if by any chance it’s different from what you’ve expected, how will you adjust?

L: I would be quite happy to accept failures, really willing to accept defeat. In the musical point of view, there is no right answer. It only says that for your music, your beat, your melody, your lyrics, you only need 2 to capture everyone, then your song is basically complete. It’s impossible for everyone to like your music. If later on they’d be as sad as you are after hearing the song, feeling the song, then that is good.

E: What songs do you usually like to listen to?

L: I like listening to the songs that I composed. Do you want to listen to it? I wrote a rap lately, and did a demo. These and the Chinese pop music certainly have a connection (The writer was listening to the song while Yixing was explaining and doing dance moves)

E: So do you depend on watching TV shows to find inspiration?

L: I really don’t have time to watch! Isn’t “You Who Came From The Stars” quite popular? I always have no time to watch it. I always thought that a girl from outer space came over, and from then on a series of events occurred.

E: How do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years’ time?

L: Besides my career, should be looking for a girlfriend?, perhaps already married? HAHAHAHA!

E: What about your career?

L: Of course I won’t give up my career, my goal is pretty big, therefore it’s important to prepare a lot of things, they’re piling up. I wish to lead Chinese music well.

E: How did you got such thoughtful and polite traits?

L: Since young, I was brought up by my grandparents. Both of them are teachers, therefore it had a huge impact on me in terms of my behavior, I also quite respect the elderly. When I just first came to the company, they have a lot of formalities, and the differences in culture caused collisions, it was really a headache. Koreans are really particular when it comes to ranks, when meeting someone of a higher status, it is important to bow and greet them, while meeting someone of a lower status, it’s alright to use informal language. But because of the influence of how I was brought up,  I think that all the people who helped me, the people who silently contributed behind my back, all of them are my rightful benefactors,and therefore they should be placed of higher status than me. 

It is even more so for the fans. We may not be able to develop a close relationship with them, and I may have never said words like “you are my girlfriends” but everyone knows that we share a special kind of relationship. While all we do is put on make-up, wait on air-conditioned rooms, perform onstage, then sweat a lot, but they started since probably yesterday, the day before yesterday, or even a month before to buy the tickets, sometimes even going to the airport to see us, they go way back. So I feel like the kind of love that the fans give is really admirable and at the same time, cute. If my bows could represent gratitude and respect, then I hope that you don’t think that I bow too much. For everything that you have done, a hundred, or a thousand bows is not enough.

E: Can you tell us about your experience as you were growing up?

L: Since I was little, my mom likes to show me Michael Jackson clips. At that time moonwalk was really popular. I badly want to learn, but I really can’t learn how to do it. During highschool, I was quite interested in popping. In the end, I even became the lead dancer of the club. I think that throughout this whole journey, it is most important to still work your hardest, and practice more. I also encouraged my friends that regardless of what company they join, all of them are likely to do very well on that field. When I was still a trainee, everyday I would practice for more than 10 hours. There were times when I tend to practice more, and realize that I practiced too much for an entire day, I won’t be able to go home and sleep. My motivation comes from those number of teachers who all looked down on me, that I’m not doing well, so I make sure to have some achievements. Specially when some people despise you, it motivates you to work even harder.

E: What is your most favorite motto in life?

L: 努力努力再努力 (work hard, work hard, keep working hard)

E: List 3 of your best qualities.

L: Something that I listed recently- grateful. This is what I sincerely feel. For the other qualities, I still have to think about it. I’m considered pretty talented I guess, HAHA, also hardworking!

E: And lastly, for ELLE MEN’s first anniversary, please say a few words!

L: First of all, to be able to represent EXO in this photoshoot for ELLE MEN in Hong Kong, and to get close with our Hong Kong friends, I am extremely honored and especially happy. When we had our concert in Hong Kong, I really wanted to say something: (Cantonese) “Thank you everyone who came to watch our concert! Thank you all! I wish that EXO would grow even better and greater, and give you all a better image. I hope everyone would give ELLE MEN lots of love, and love EXO too!

 © yixingology | @jiashuais

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T/N: Translated as closely as how Yixing had said it so grammar might sound off.

The temporal structure of the subject is chiasmic: in the place of a substantial or self-determining “subject,” this juncture of discursive demands is something like a “crossroads,” to use Gloria Anzaldua’s phrase, a crossroads of cultural and political discursive forces, which she herself claims cannot be understood through the notion of the “subject.” There is no subject prior to its constructions; it is always the nexus, the non-space of cultural collision, in which the demand to resignify or repeat the very terms which constitute the “we” cannot be summarily refused, but neither can they be followed in strict obedience. It is the space of this ambivalence which opens up the possibility of a reworking of the very terms by which subjectivation proceeds–and fails to proceed.
—  Judith Butler, Bodies That Matter
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First Listen: Laura Mvula, 'The Dreaming Room'

U.K. singer-songwriter Laura Mvula first broke through in 2013 with a full-length debut, Sing To The Moon, and a fully formed sound that bridged eras and genres with the aid of bright, elastic pop production. Ping-ponging from springy dance-pop anthems to sullenly introspective ballads, Mvula set the bar extremely high for the career to come.

For her second album, The Dreaming Room, Mvula tugs at the boundaries of her sound while letting a few more of her own life’s details into the mix. She even includes “Nan,” a short, pleasantry-filled recording of a conversation with her mother that hints at (without overtly spelling out) some of the most powerful forces at work in Mvula’s life — most notably a collision of cultures that can’t help but feel freighted with a sense of distance. The Dreaming Room opens with a similarly brief statement of purpose that bears a telling title: “Who I Am.”

Who Laura Mvula is, of course, is an artist versatile enough to preside over both the funky affirmations of “Overcome” (featuring a guest appearance by Nile Rodgers) and the heavily layered, brooding, six-minute slow-build of “Show Me Love.” Tellingly, both of those very different songs land at more or less the same hallowed spot: hard-won confidence, with an eye on transcendence. [Read More]

Indie Spotlight: 'Twilight of the Wolves' by Edward J. Rathke

Twilight of the Wolves is an epic fantasy following a man cursed by a dying god’s blessing, a mute eunuch carrying the dead to the Goddess of Death, and a young girl saved from a burning metropolis only to be raised by the cursed man and two wolf gods. These three lives intersect and become bound together as they walk with gods, watch them die, and hide from the terror that is humanity’s lust for violence and destruction. Wandering across countries and cultures, the characters discover the cacophony and contradiction of visions and values that define humanity. They see the collision of cultures highlighting the definitions of civilization and try to find their place within and without them. The past, present, and future haunt the people of this world as they wander on, hoping to find an answer to the questions buried deepest.

GoodReads Rating: 5/5
Buy It Here: Amazon
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