se0l asked:

so, serious question although I'm sure you've answered/implied it often but. a lot of the times, when racism (as a system of discrimination) comes up, I've got yt people saying that "orientals" are sought after in college/the work force and apparently white people aren't(lmao). as an east asian American, I don't face the kind of discrimination as others, but what is setting ea's apart from white people as far as discrimination goes? I just need a more solid argument to shut these people up lol

east asians are dehumanized in that they are a tool used to further antiblackness. east asians are also selectively hired and deliberately pigenoholed and placed into only certain industries because east asians are commodities rather than people. in fact, when all other variables are controlled for, it’s harder for most east asians to get into american colleges because the average standardized test scores of east asians must be higher than the average standardized test scores of whites. 

-janna

People are like, “I hope Marvel one-ups DC.”

Child, Marvel keeps hiring white people and there’s literally no movement on Black Panther and Captain Marvel.

Oh yay, the Avengers isn’t completely white as hell now. OK, but the Suicide Squad have two black men, a Native man, a Latinx man, and an East Asian woman on their team. Oh, and it’s led by a black woman.

And let’s not forget that the Justice League has a queer Jewish man, a Native Hawaiian, and a black man on the team. 

Please tell me when Marvel hires someone who isn’t white and a man.

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Donating even just $10 can help feed the elephants I will be cleaning and working with. It could feed the small villages of Cambodia. It can nourish me with education of permaculture and help me farm with the locals. 100% of these donations don’t go to me- they’ll be going towards the amazing people who help make the world a better place. 

anonymous asked:

Sorry if you've already been asked this a million times, but appearance headcannons for you dance dreams?

So, the thing is, I really rarely have super specific Amis appearance headcanons! I’ll have a thing or two about a character, but couldn’t describe them all the way. So for this one I know that Grantaire isn’t very tall and that he’s built more like a wrestler than a dancer, and I know that Floreal is of East Asian descent, probably Chinese (and I think it is in there that Joly is also), and my Combeferre is usually black as a matter of course, but other than that I haven’t really got specifics! I think it’s a lot of fun in Les Mis fandom that you can quite easily picture people looking however you like, and so I don’t tend to think about it too much while I’m writing!

On the other hand, this is a big bang story and lapieuvrebleue made some absolutely gorgeous art, and then a few other people absolutely spoiled me rotten, so you can see various takes on characters!

Really want to buy up the rights to obscure 80s and 90s East Asian action movies and re-release them on DVD

anonymous asked:

I'm SE Asian but I can pass as E Asian I think (if that's even possible?) and so I'm effected by a lot of the problems that are specific to the ea community (ex. Getting called slurs like c**nk, fetishized as a Japanese school girl even tho I'm not Japanese). Would I be over stepping my boundaries if I spoke out about anti-east Asian sentiments because they don't apply to me, even tho I experience them to an extent?

u can talk about how u as a se asian person have these experiences but ya it would be out of place to talk about e asian issues but tbh these things often overlap and e asia definitely affects se asia in a negative way eg shadeism

-Mae

Advice on pan-Asian themes/countries

We continue to receive asks/submissions that ask the same basic question: Can I have/create a pan-Asian country in my work? (We get this question at least two times a week, no joke!)

And the answer is: Our recommendation is that you don’t create pan-Asian anything in your works. So, no. Don’t. Please don’t. Just don’t.

But since we keep getting questions about it, we thought we’d specifically address why pan-Asian themes/cultures/countries are problematic.

GENERIC ASIAN CULTURE DOESN’T EXIST
There’s an assumption that there is a generic “Asian culture” that exists. It doesn’t. It goes along with this racist idea that Asians look the same. White supremacy often takes the tack of looking at Asians as robots, and you see see this mentality continually espoused in articles about the education systems in East Asia, or the factories in China and India, or the idea that Asians “naturally” gravitate towards mathematics and engineering. These are lies. The emasculation of the Asian man and the hypersexualization of the Asian woman also treats us all like robots or dolls instead of human beings.

The continent of Asia is gigantic. It boasts the greatest population in the world. It’s huge and it’s extremely diverse. Its diaspora is also extremely diverse.

India’s population alone is over 1 billion. There are at least 17 languages spoken there and over 900 dialects. It’s the birthplace of four major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism. India has more than 2000 ethnic groups and EVERY major world religion is represented there. It’s one of the most diverse countries in the world.

Even trying to define a generic “Indian” culture (both in India and among its diaspora) is very difficult to do! So it simply isn’t possible to have a generic “Asian culture” when it’s nigh impossible to do that for ONE country in Asia. India is not a monolith. Indian diaspora is not a monolith. Asia is also not a monolith. “Asian culture” doesn’t exist. When people write pan-Asian themes/countries/cultures into their works, they’re propagating this myth.

HISTORY AND CONTEXT MATTER
This doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of cultural similarity between certain regions in Asia or that there’s never any cultural sharing or melding. If two countries are located close to each other geographically, there’s a good chance that some ideas and traditions have made their way across both countries. This is the same all over the world.

But sometimes, this sharing of culture is not mutual. Asia is no stranger to forced assimilation, colonization, imperialism, genocide, war, and the oppression of native and indigenous peoples.

Pan-Asian works ignore this historical context. They give no regard to the atrocities that have taken place and often align themselves with imperialism. In fact, pan-Asianism (that is, the unification of Asia) was often used in Japanese imperialist propaganda, which sought to unite Asia under Japanese supremacy.*

Also, many traditions, religions and cultural practices have origins in the geography, climate, and ecosystems surrounding the people groups in question. By using only some aspects and not others, you run the risk of eliminating the very reasons why certain cultural traditions might have come to be.

BUT WHAT ABOUT SFF OR ALTERNATE HISTORY?
Again, even if your novel involves distant planets “inspired” by currently existing countries or an alternate history, we strongly advise against pan-Asian countries or cultures. If it isn’t possible for many currently existing countries in Asia to have a single homogenous culture, then how is it realistic for the countries in your work to have pan-Asian cultures or themes?

People are often proud of their cultural traditions and history, including things like traditional dress, architecture, religions, and customs. If you are not Asian, then it isn’t your place to separate people groups from their countries and cultural traditions for your artistic work. Asia is not your playground. 

FURTHER RESOURCES

Here’s a submission we had from a reader on why pan-Asian themes are harmful: Representation in Avatar the Last Airbender.

Here’s a link to our cultural appropriation tag.

*Please do not ever use Japanese imperialism as an excuse for why white supremacy “isn’t so bad” or “White supremacists aren’t the only racist ones!” Yes, there have been multiple people groups in history, on every continent, that have done atrocious things. None of it justifies or excuses current white supremacy. That’s false equivalence, and we do not play that game here at WWC. 

Here’s a post I wrote (from ThisIsNotJapan) about this very issue.

Just a total sidenote, it’s important to distinguish Southeast Asians from East Asians. Lumping all of Southeast Asia together with East Asia is a form of sinicization. I just keep noticing I am the only one who makes the distinction.

Southeast Asians have experienced extensive colonization from China, Japan, and European countries, and because of that we often don’t like getting grouped together with China. We also have different physical features from East Asians. Brown skin and curly hair are more common in Southeast Asia since Australoids/negritos/aborigines were the first to inhabit the region.

Now in an American context, lumping all of the Asian groups together as Asian American is fine. But in an Asian context, it is important to make the distinction. It is a form of sinicization.

– Richard

TRICKSTER WEEK; day six: east asian

Kitsune is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English, kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. According to Yōkai folklore, all foxes have the ability to shape shift into women. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others—as foxes in folklore often do—other stories portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives. Kitsune are often presented as tricksters, with motives that vary from mischief to malevolence. Stories tell of kitsune playing tricks on overly proud samurai, greedy merchants, and boastful commoners, while the crueler ones abuse poor tradesmen and farmers or devout Buddhist monks. Their victims are usually men; women are possessed instead. For example, kitsune are thought to employ their kitsunebi to lead travelers astray in the manner of a will o’ the wisp. Another tactic is for the kitsune to confuse its target with illusions or visions. Other common goals of trickster kitsune include seduction, theft of food, humiliation of the prideful, or vengeance for a perceived slight.


(From Japanese mythology)

Han Chinese girl, tired of my identity used as a joke or a measurement as if “asianness” is something shameful and inherently embarrassing!!!! I am glad I no longer perceive whiteness as success and I’m no longer embarrassed of speaking Chinese in public or of my parents’ accents. I am so sick of being made an accessory to men who think I’m a fetish, I’m tired of being terrified for other Asian girls who will face the same things as me .

I will no longer let my fear of reclaiming my own identity hold me back from anything!!!!!!!! I love my culture