eastern-Asia

White people are literally so whiny “People where sexy eiffel tower outfits so we are being like sooo oppressed!!!" 

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 Thing is its your own people wearing it, it’s literally harmless and no one gives a fuck. You aren’t going to be fetishized. It won’t start negative stereotypes that will affect how everyone in your country sees your people. Its a joke. You people who believe this is hurting you are a fucking joke. Don’t pretend its your people getting singled out, killed, pointlessly frisked, arrested and stereotyped or even looked down upon in different countries because of little halloween costumes. Don’t pretend assimilation doesn’t exist and literally everyone who steps into your white countries or where your territories are/were are allowed to live the way they did because of your people ruining them. That they can function without having to assimilate to your country’s white culture. 

Yeah you have your own white little countries with their own little white backgrounds everybody has fucking heard of because thats what we are forced to learn, because we are all raised off a culture where we have to suck your fucking dicks constantly and nothing exists but you and your cultures as the staple of existence because our cultures have been so fucked up the ass and assimilated to your culture. It doesn’t matter anymore. Your culture is forcing people into your culture at this point. And you expect us to like you and care about a little Eiffel tower or Oktoberfest dress?? 

Eastern Asian woman can’t be googled without porn/fetishization or a comment/meme on their eyes and are imitated through yellow face and have important icons mocked by white people

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Middle Eastern people can’t be googled without fucking terrorism or being brought up. And check out their fucking costumes:

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Black people are imitated through blackface and mocked for their lip size and wide nose all their lives. Our lips and hairstyles (Box braids, afros dreads, and cornrows) are made fun of on black people but considered high fashion on white people. 

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Latinx and Hispanic people are all grouped as Mexicans who wear sombreros and ponchos and are crazy hairy in costumes and are one of if not the least respected and most joked on people in America. “Chola” is made fun of on them, but high fashion on white women. 

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 Indian culture is being fucked over by white people everyday through appropriation for "fashion”. 

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Native Americans are imitated through redface, iconized negativity and have their highly respected war headdresses chastised by white people everyday for “fashion”. 

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Like goddamn there are even “trans-racial” whites now trying so hard to steal other peoples cultures as if its as flexible as gender, making transexuals look even more ridiculous to anti-sjws. 

Shit, Africans and Asians made the majority of inventions we use daily and get literally no credit for it but he have to learn know the specific names of  white people who looked at the stars and the world wrong?? Hispanics and Asians, especially the Chinese manufacture most of our products and they’re still looked down on like crazy. Most manual labor is from Hispanics, but instead of respecting them for being the backbone of our industries, they laugh at them and make costumes of it. 

But no. You are being “oppressed” and “culturally appropriated” because of a fucking Oktoberfest dress only other fucking white people will wear. I’m sure you won’t be able to function in regular society without being stereotyped or denied rights or sexualized daily or killed because of this “oh so horrendously outrageous and oppressive halloween outfit”.

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Crosnes, a.k.a. Chinese Artichokes a.k.a. (Stachys affinis)

These small edible tubers come from a perennial plant in the mint (Lamiaceae) family, that has long been cultivated in China and Japan (where they are normally served pickled). The cultivation of crosnes has spread to France as an ingredient in cuisine japonaise, but otherwise, they are not a well-known food crop globally.

Crosnes à la crème

They have a flavour similar to that of a sunchoke, but slightly nuttier. Difficult to clean en masse, they are more likely to be used as a garnish than a main course.

The tubers also bear a striking resemblance to maggots! So if those seem unappetizing, the mint-like foliage is also edible, but isn’t especially delectable: most sources class it as a famine food.

They are hardy in USDA zones 4-8, and like many members of this family, tolerate water-logged soil.

Apparently, if a nearby market can be found for them, they sell for roughly $80 CAD (60€) /kg, with a yield being roughly 1 kg/m2. All but a single tuber can be harvested from each plant every year. They are also an abundant source of stachyose, which is a partially indigestible sugar that possibly promotes a healthy gut, pulmonary, and reproductive microbiota.

I managed to track these tubers down from a private seller of rare germplasm, “Elfskins Edibles.” And I’m planting them in the herbaceous and rhizosphere layers of my forest garden.

Read More: Plants for a Future; Eat the Weeds; Mother Nature News

Illustration: Le site du Jardinier

#perennial vegetables #seed sellers #root vegetables #edible landscaping
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The Wanderlust Wanderlist: World Heritage Sites in the Eastern Asia (As Seen by the Community)

So much culture, so many sights to see, but so little time. That doesn’t mean we can’t try, though. For this round, let’s take a look at the rich and colorful sites that Eastern Asia has to offer and how our fellow Lomographers had immortalized them on film. Let’s go!

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 Jiaozi or Chinese dumplings, consist of a filling, generally a ground meat, that is wrapped in a thin wrapper and sealed by pressing the edges together or by crimping and they are commonly served with a dipping sauce. The dumplings can be cooked by frying them, steaming them or boiling them. Dumplings are a popular New Years dish. 

Jiaozi or if fried, pot sticker, is a type of dumpling commonly eaten across Eastern, Central and Western Asia. Though commonly considered part of Chinese cuisine, jiaozi are also commonly eaten in many other Asian countries.

Contrast. Pamukkale, Turkey par Marji Lang
Via Flickr :
Western tourist and a Muslim woman in black burqa walking up and down through the travertines of calcium carbonate in Pamukkale, Aegean, Turkey.

The Blue Sausage Fruit a.k.a. “Dead-Man’s Fingers” (Decaisnea fargesii)

This is a rare flood-tolerant edible I’ve been wanting for quite some time, and I was finally able to track down and purchase two saplings from the UK.

Reportedly hardy in USDA zones 4-8, this native of Eastern Asia thrives in dappled shade. The bean-like fruits are valued by peoples in the Himalayas, particularly the Lepcha people of Sikkim.

Once harvested, the fruits are opened, the row of seeds in the middle is removed, and the soft gel-like pulp in the follicle can be scooped out and eaten.

I’m growing it as more of a specimen plant, but the fact that it is an understory tree that can provide calories is a welcome bonus to the Edible Forest Garden.

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Rosa rugosa

a.k.a. Rugosa rose, Japanese rose, Ramanas rose, Beach tomato, Sea tomato, Saltspray rose, Beach rose, Potato rose, or Turkestan rose.

This salt-tolerant East Asian rose has a near cosmopolitan distribution in sandy areas of the temperate zone. It is valuable to rose breeders, as it is resistant to rose rust and rose black spot, and hybridises readily.

The blossoms are very fragrant, and the petals make an excellent potpourri. The petals can also be used as bandages in a pinch, due to their antiseptic and antifungal nature.

The fruits are of an unusually large size (hence the monikers of “Beach tomato” and “Sea tomato”), and are often harvested for use in jam, syrup, and jelly, as well as a nutritious tea. They contain three times the Vitamin C of an orange.

This plant is considered a naturalised species in Europe and and invasive species in North America, but is nonetheless often planted as hedging, because it is exceedingly low-maintenance and vigorous.

It bears a resemblance to a more Northerly species – the emblem of my home province – the Prickly Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis).

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The Problem of Pollinating Pears

While delicate and beautiful to the human eye, pear blossoms don’t do much to tickle the fancy of bees. They have a low nectar content, and are often shunned in favour of more abundant and attractive forage, like dandelions.

Pears also tend to bloom earlier in the season than other fruits, when activity is lower among Western honeybees used for commercial pollination. Permacultural thinking would dictate that pear orchards would do better to attract and shelter local bee, and non-bee, pollinator species–such as orchard mason bees in North America–which pollinate at lower temperatures; but, orchards that are designed along agroecological or permacultural principles are few and far between.

In China, workers have taken to pollinating pear trees by hand.

As such, orchards use a number of strategies to make their pear trees enticing. SPLAT® (Specialized Pheromone & Lure Application Technology) is one such method: pear trees are sprayed with semiochemichals like synthetic insect pheromones, which endure for weeks or months.

In lieu of sprays, some orchards wait until a certain percentage of trees are in flower before they call in the beekeepers, who release European Honeybees to go about their nectar-hoarding business, with a typical density of one hive per acre of orchard.

In any case, whether pollinated by honeybees or humans, pear cultivation is labour-intensive in a traditional orchard setting. Innovative and ecologically-congruent strategies are needed in order to work with biomes, and against widespread pollinator decline.

Related: Cross-Pollination of Fruit Trees

Image: Elf - On Wikimedia Commons; China Dialogue; The Bee Photographer - ©Eric Tourneret

#pyrus #pollination #bees #flowers #fruit trees
Thinking of what constitutes as Asian.

As you all know we’ve decided that anyone who considers themselves in an AMWF relationship can submit. Here are countries that are the massive continent of Asia. 

Central Asia:
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan 
Uzbekistan

Eastern Asia:
Hong Kong
Japan
Macau
Mongolia
North Korea
People’s Republic of China
Republic of China
South Korea

Northern Asia:
Russia

Southeastern Asia:
Brunei
Burma (Myanmar)
Cambodia
East Timor
Indonesia
Laos
Malaysia
Philippines
Singapore
Thailand 
Vietnam

Southern Asia:
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Pakistan
Sri Lanka

Western Asia:
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Cyprus
Georgia
Iraq
Iran
Israel
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Oman 
Palestinian territories
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
Yemen

We know that a majority of our focus is on Southern, Southeastern, and Eastern Asia. We’ve never considered the countries of Western Asia in this blog because we considered them the Middle East. We also never considered Central Asia because some of these nations participate in the Eurovision Song Contest (totally not Asia, lol).We’d love any suggestions for this blog and to hear how do you all feel about this?