diaspora

go-nkillyourself  asked:

I love your blog. I know that Mexico is not like the big deal, but what do german people think of mexico and their people? (Sorry if my eglish is not very good, but i doing my best) ;)

Hallo, thanks. :) Anybody else want to answer this? Go ahead a reblog or leave an ask. Personally, I’ve been to Mexico a few times so I’m based. From a German standpoint, first things that come to mind are Chili con Carne (I’d say most Germans know that dish - is it TexMex or real Mex?), tacos, Mariachi music, sombreros (clichee clichee), and the great beaches of the Yucatan / Cancun, Baja California, Acapulco, the cities of Tijuana, Rosarita, Ensenada from crossing the border from California… Also your famous artist Frida Kahlo, whose father was born in Pforzheim, Germany. 

Fun fact: There were about 14,000 Mexicans in Germany in 2012, most of whom live in Berlin working as professionals, academics, researchers & entrepreneurs. You can read more about that here. Vice versa, according to Wiki, there were about 10,000 Germany-born people living in Mexico in 2015 and an unknown number of people of German descent. (Click for German-Mexicans)

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Nigerian-born scientist wins award for his cancer-seeing glasses

Samuel Achilefu, has won the prestigious St. Louis Award for 2014 for creating cancer-visualizing glasses.

Dr. Achilefu, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, and his team developed the imaging technology in cancer diagnosis into a wearable night vision-like goggles so surgeons could see the cancer cells while operating.

“They basically have to operate in the dark,” Bloomberg Businessweek quoted Dr. Achilefu, 52, as saying.

“I thought, what if we create something that let’s you see things that aren’t available to the ordinary human eye.”


Ed’s Note: “What if” are the two most powerful words in creation.

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Amaal Said’s Portraits Explore the Immense Beauty of WOC

London-based photographer Amaal Said’s quiet, poetic portraits offer humanizing photographs and poems of people in her community, frequently young people of the diaspora who are far too often under- or misrepresented.

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How one 26-year-old turned $500 into $2 million online

Zuvaa is an online store selling African-inspired clothing to customers globally. It was founded two years ago by New York-based entrepreneur Kelechi Anyadiegwu. 

“My vision for Zuvaa is to be more than an African fashion marketplace,” says Anyadiegwu. “I want Zuvaa to be synonymous with African inspired prints. So that whenever someone is looking to buy something African Inspired they think of Zuvaa." 

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Mississippi Masala is probably not the first film dealing with India’s diaspora (in the movie’s case a double diaspora) but one amongst a clutch of much discussed diaspora films of the 1990s (X, X). It is also well documented on tumblr so the images are a bit superfluous. Except to say that Mina’s wardrobe is very much 1980s influenced “ethnic chic”, kind of a Gurjari in Greenwood aesthetic. With a dash of Janpath market (pic 3). It combines this with 1990s American fashions (that denim…) and a nod to Africa in some of the prints Mina’s parents wear as well as the African wax print furnishings in Mina’s room (pic 5).

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FSG (Fusion Sportsgear) presents the new silhouettes of the Sub Saharan Sneaker, which is completely hand made in Nigeria. It is more than just a shoe, it is a product with a cause.

The sales from the shoes go to paying the workers and craftsmen above current minimum wages in West Africa. In addition the patterns are designed and printed by africans locally and in the diaspora, destroying the current social construct of African print.

Future goals of the brand include donating clothing to orphanages and organising sporting events for public schools. Founder of the brand, Funfere Koroye, believes in using innovation and product development to change the current state of manufacturing and product development in Nigeria.

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This outfit was inspired by the Balmain Fall 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection (x)

wearing: f21 croptop, vince camuto shoes, natasha necklace

makeup: smashbox photo ready illuminating primer, mac studio fluid fix nc42, buxom illuminator, nyx eyeshadow natural palette, nyx matte cream lipstain in copenhagen, anastasia beverly hills eyebrow pomade in dark brown, nyx matte bronzer, nars blush in liberte

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Dear non-Asian people,

Saying “But Asian people from Asia aren’t offended by it! Only Asian Americans are!” when you’re called out for being racist is like if you came across a pair of identical twins - one of whom was wearing protective gear and the other was not - and punched them both in the face, but when the twin who wasn’t wearing protective gear cried out in pain, you told him he can’t be hurt because his brother didn’t feel anything.

Diaspora Asian people have to be constantly surrounded by white supremacy as well as this mockery, romanticization, fetishization, and appropriation of our cultures. We are constantly reminded of how white society really feels about us and have to live with it. So yeah, no fucking shit we don’t like you disrespecting us and our cultures. Got a problem? Well the Europeans from Europe aren’t mad about it, so get rekt sweetie :)

-Mod J

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Mexico’s hidden people

By Abby Reimer, Special to CNN

(CNN) An estimated 200,000 Africans were brought to Mexico under slavery, which ended in the country in 1829. Yet Afro-Mexicans remain a marginalized and often forgotten part of Mexico’s identity.

Photographer Mara Sanchez Renero first learned about Afro-Mexicans as a teenager, when she traveled to the Costa Chica region in southern Mexico. The black community there told her they were descendants of Africans shipwrecked off the Pacific coast in 1900.

But it wasn’t until she traveled back last year that she realized what little she knew. There, traditions and customs rooted in Africa – such as “La Danza del Diablos,” or the dance of the devils – have survived.

“I didn’t know there was that much African culture in Mexico,” Sanchez Renero said. “They didn’t teach me that in school.”

Sanchez Renero dug deeper into Afro-Mexican history and culture, ultimately deciding to tell the story of Afro-Mexicans through a series of photographs called “The Cimarron and Fandango.”

She said Afro-Mexicans are not recognized by the Mexican constitution, meaning that resources given to other groups, such as the indigenous Purepechas, Mayas or Amuzgos, are out of reach. These resources include social security and medical services, education grants and proactive subsidies.

Afro-Mexicans are also not accounted for in the national census, which does not track race. The World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples provides a sweeping estimate for the Afro-Mexican population: between 474,000 and 4.7 million.

“Today the black community is in a much more solid state concerning their self-recognition and has begun to fight and generate movements for their rights as Afro-descendants,” Sanchez Renero said. “But this self-recognition has not been there for so long. I assume that there are still places, small towns, where (there is a) kind of confusion about their origins.”

Part of the confusion stems from intermarriage and the dual influence of traditions and ways of life. The devil dance, for instance, is reminiscent of Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebrations, which itself fuses pre-Colombian and European traditions.

“There’s a lot of mixture now,” she said.

Sanchez Renero spent a combined two months in Costa Chica and said she, “got in touch with the images through the people.”

Her favorite image is a portrait of Bucho, a fisherman, musician and instructor of traditional dance. He had worked his entire life to keep the traditions and culture of the community alive.

But at first, he didn’t want to be involved in the project, Sanchez Renero said.

“He was very tired, a bit mad,” she said. “I spent a lot time with him. He taught me a lot about the way of work.”

In the portrait, No. 4 in the gallery above, Bucho stands with his back to a gray sea, wearing a cowboy hat and a necklace made of fish. Sanchez Renero said when she took the photo, “he was so happy.”

Other photos in the collection show the many industries in which Afro-Mexicans have made their mark on Mexico, including fishery, domestic work and animal husbandry.

But there are also photos that are deeply symbolic, she said: a cloud isolated in the dark sky, thunderous waves meant to represent the clash of civilizations, rock formations meant to represent the Afro-Mexicans transformation as they “integrated to the landscape.”

Sanchez Renero, in this series and others, attempts to “naturalize” or visualize abstract concepts of memory, identity and emotion. As a result, her photos seem more like a dream than reality.

In taking the photos, she was interested in memorializing and recording the identity of a people who have long been ignored or simply unknown.

“I was glad this work went out and moved people and somehow transmitted some tension that is around in society,” she said. “It’s part of me and not part of me. It’s about them.”

Mara Sanchez Renero is a Mexican photographer. You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.