ethnic solidarity


Introducing the Southeast Asian Region [x]Vietnam 
One Vision, One Identity, One Community

Lying on the eastern part of the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S” in mainland Southeast Asia. China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the east and south. It is the gateway for the connection with the Southeast Asia mainland and maritime Southeast Asia islands. Vietnam is the mixture place of different cultures in the region. Here, there are three big linguistics families in the Southeast Asia, the linguistics family of Southern islands and the Chinese-Tibeto linguistics family. The language of Vietnamese ethnic groups belongs to eight groups of different languages.

Việt-Mường Group: Chứt, Kinh, Mường, Thổ.

Tày-Thái Group: Bố Y, Giáy, Lào, Lự, Nùng, Sán Chay, Tày, Thái.

Mon-Khmer Group: Ba na, Brâu, Bru-Vân kiều, Chơ-ro, Co, Cơ-ho, Cơ-tu, Cơ-tu, Gié-triêng, Hrê, Kháng, Khmer, Khơ mú, Mạ, Mảng, M'Nông, Ơ-đu, Rơ-măm, Tà-ôi, Xinh-mun, Xơ-đăng, Xtiêng.

Mông-Dao Group: Dao, Mông, Pà Thẻn.

Kađai Group: Cờ Lao, La Chí, La ha, Pu Péo.

Austro-Polynenisian Group: Chăm, Chu-ru, Ê đê, Gia-rai, Ra-glai.

Chinese Group: Hoa, Ngái, Sán Dìu.

Tibeto Group: Cống, Hà Nhì, La Hủ, Lô Lô, Phù Lá, Si La.

The voice of each ethnic group creates different languages, but due to Vietnamese ethnic groups live closely, one ethnic group may know languages of some others whom has regular relationship while their own culture character. The diversification culture of ethnic groups is put in general unification rule - the rule of advanced growth of country, like a united particularity in the common of philosophy category.

Vietnam is a multi-nationality country with 54 ethnic groups. The Viet (Kinh) people account for 87% of the country’s population and mainly inhabit the Red River delta, the central coastal delta, the Mekong delta and major cities. The other 53 ethnic minority groups, totaling over 8 million people, are scattered over mountain areas (covering two-thirds of the country’s territory) spreading from the North to the South.

Among ethnic minorities, the largest ones are Tay, Thai, Muong, Hoa, Khmer, and Nung with a population of around 1 million each, while the smallest are Brau, Roman, Odu with several hundred people each.

The Viet people succeeded in establishing a centralized monarchy right in the 10th century. The Cham people once boasted a flourishing culture early in the history. The Tay, Nung, and Khmer ethnic groups had reached high levels of development with the presence of various social strata. The Muong, Mong, Dao, Thai ethnic groups gathered under the rule of local tribal heads. Many ethnic groups divided their population into social echelons, especially those who lived in mountainous areas.

A number of ethnic minorities had mastered some farming techniques. They grew rice plants in swamped paddy fields and carried out irrigation. Others went hunting, fishing, collecting and lived a semi-nomadic life. Each group has its own culture, diverse and special. Beliefs and religions of the Vietnamese ethnic minority groups were also disparate from each other.

However, a fundamental solidarity among ethnic groups has been established on top of this difference as a result of a century-long cooperation on the soil of Vietnam. Right in the first century of the history, a mutual supplement in economic relationship between lowland people and mountainous people was formed. This solidarity had been unceasingly strengthened during wars of resistance for defending the country. Through the shared struggle for defending and building of the country and the mutual assistance for co-existence and development, a common community between the Viet people and other ethnic minority peoples had been established and continuously consolidated and developed.

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This photo is being considered for an annual photojournalist award by the Guardian UK. It’s a Palestinian man holding up the body of one-year-old Noha Mesleh at her funeral on July 25th. The child was killed when Israel bombed the UN school used as a refugee center In Beit Hanun. 

There are many reports, including in mainstream media, about the horrific physical & psychological trauma sustained by the children of Gaza who were directly targeted by Israeli bombers. But of course the trauma of adults who watched their children suffer & die or suffer & live with severe shrapnel damage, amputation, & psychic devastation is also massive. You can see that in the faces here. Especially as Zionists malign them as using their children for human shields; especially as they try to keep their children safe now midst mountains of cement rubble & without a place to live. 

This is the kind of image circulated millions of times on social media that began unraveling the Exodus myth & exposed Israeli apartheid & ethnic cleansing. Palestinian solidarity does not exploit human suffering but we do not turn away from it either. This is a time for reaching out to build the economic & cultural boycott of Israel; for holding fundraisers for humanitarian aid to Gaza; for holding forums, debates, teach-ins so those with questions can learn about the conflict & come to side actively with Palestinian justice. The political energy of winter is not hibernation but the expansive one of solidarity. 
By Mary Scully

(Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP)

She’s only 7, but she’s old enough to know that she wants the U.S. To stop funding the massacre of her Palestinian family and friends.

$8.5 million is given to Israel daily by the U.S. That money is used to arm Israel with the weaponry they use to slaughter Palestinians.

The Gaza Health Ministry has reported that since July 8th 2014, more than 36 Palestinians children have been killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

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thesativan-deactivated20140531  asked:

If you exclude an entire race of people from United States history it isn't comprehensive. In fact, it would be just as fallacious as simply telling American history exclusively from the point of view of white men. So we are going to destroy bias with more bias? The perfect rationale of delusional hypocrites.

Occasionally I receive asks that are rude, or ill thought out, or simply ignorant that are anonymous, lack a name or a face, or just are plain meant to be inflammatory. I generally delete those, as they have no place on any of my blogs; I have no interest in that kind of decorum. 

However, I’m choosing to answer this question not because I feel you “yourganjaguru” AKA Jeremy, 23, an LA libertarian, will change your mind or consider why I do this. I’m not answering this question because I believe you will change your mind, or reconsider — I don’t think that. In fact, experience tells me you won’t. I am answering this question because the answer is important to so many people, a population that is far greater than that of “White guys” in the United States, because the answer will educate someone, or give someone the answer they needed to hear. 

I’m answering this question because I am a woman of color, because I am biracial and half white and grew up with a White Guy and a Mexican American mother. Most importantly, I’m answering this as a historian, which you are not. 

The answer to your question is in your question. I live in a world where people for all 12 years of my public schooling in the United States was mostly about white men, told exclusively from the views of white men, even to the point of deliberately banning other histories. 

I live in Arizona. I am Mexican. In fact, my state decided to ban “Ethnic Studies” courses. 

The experimental Tucson curriculum was offered to students in different forms in some of the local elementary, middle and high schools. It emphasized critical thinking and focused on Mexican-American literature and perspectives. Supporters lauded the program, pointing to increased graduation rates, high student achievement and a state-commissioned independent audit that recommended expanding the classes.

But conservative opponents accused the teachers of encouraging students to adopt left-wing ideas and resent white people, a charge the teachers deny. Aiming squarely at Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program, the Arizona legislature passed HB 2281 — a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity.

- Huffington Post

I agree with you on one point — banning an entire racial group is a mark of the delusional.

It is delusional to think that a history can be complete in any way when there is only one story told. It is delusional to think that Ethnic studies courses are about hating the white man, instead of about learning history before it is erased forever. It’s exceptionally delusional to believe that high minority achievements, high minority graduate rates, and critical thinking and self-pride are about overthrowing the US Government or hating white men. I can assure you, the success of people of color is not the precursor to the overthrowing of the Government, and if it was, the story of President Barack Obama would be very different. It is not, however, and the only people who have shut down the US Government have been the Republicans. 

The education of people of color is not about hating white men, it is about loving ourselves and our accomplishments, our heritage, our history and most importantly: knowing that the United States could not exist without us, that we are a part of it, that we have contributed to our country in profound and long lasting ways, just like anyone else. 

But your premise implies I have removed all white people from my blog, which is simply not the case. This is rather deliberately US History Minus White Guys, which means White women show up here, Women of Color, Men of Color, and people of all ethnicities who do not fall into the gender binary, or are trans are here. 

Purposefully, intentionally, methodically — the only people who do not show up on my blog are the people who have no need to be displayed here because everyone already knows their history intimately: White men. 

With nothing against blogs like Dead Presidents, I can assure you, entire blogs are solely or even just mostly about Dead White Guys. For a blog like Dead Presidents this isn’t an intentional choice, it just so happens for them that all the dead Presidents of the United States are “White Guys”. But other blogs have broader subject topics, and still post mostly white men. My history classes have been mostly about white men, save for this year where I took a Mexican American History of the 20th century class. (My professor enjoys this blog, its title, and the idea behind it.) 

My job here is not to destroy a bias, I can’t accomplish that alone, and frankly, I cannot undo hundreds of years of racial bias against minorities in the US. It is systemic, it is institutional, it is socialized and trained. I am not in charge of America’s public school system or curriculums, I have no desire to be a public school teacher in any grade k-12. 

So no, I am not trying to fight bias with bias — although it must be noted that when dealing with fires, sometimes the best method of fighting them is to burn the underbrush, the dead leaves, the dry wood. To revitalize an area, you must remove what is outdated, dead, and faulty. Things catch fire when they are tinder, and those things make way for new growth. Understand that focusing only on the DWG is stale, it is one fraction of the whole of history. If you continue to exist and situate yourself academically in a vacuum of only looking at White Men’s importance to history and not who they interacted with, and who else was also contributing - you will create a simplistic, inaccurate history. One that does not, and never truly existed - a dead thing that will remain so until we clear away the misconceptions about history that are taught to us. 

This is also, of course, not a fallacy. My blog is a comprehensive history of all US history not about white men. It is not a comprehensive US history in general, there is a very specific guideline made here. I am telling a US women’s & minority’s history. Not a general history. In that sense, I am comprehensive, but not all-inclusive

And if your issue is that you are not included in this history (as I suspect that is what your problem is), and you do seem to be used to taking what is not yours, applying everything to you (how else would you come to use the words “Ganja” and “Guru” and not actually be someone who would know Sanskrit?), then I would have to say:

Welcome to the club.

We are quite used to being excluded. 

This isn’t hypocrisy. This is simply the act of my reflecting the behavior of those before me - as I was excluded from “normal” or “regular” or “standard” history, I understand the golden rule - and the DWG will be treated the way he treated me in the public classrooms of the United States. As an afterthought, as a footnote, as a sidebar. A brief paragraph or unit at best. Not at all at worst. I do not claim to fix the problem,

I don’t claim to be the solution. I only claim to post history not about White Guys. And in that, I see no hypocrisy, and I believe I succeeded at my original goal - to just not make this blog in any way about white men. It is not to make you personally feel bad. It’s not about you. It has nothing to do with you. It was not done to hurt you, and in fact, I never once considered the opinion of white guys when I made this blog - I have very little interest in how this history makes you feel bad or sad or anxious or excluded. It is not for you, and it is not about you. It is about fact and not feelings. 

And that is my answer. 


There’s a protest on the 10th of August, which is tomorrow. I’m really sorry for the late notice about it. We’re going to print a nun sign & put it on our front doors to raise awareness of what ISIS is doing in Iraq to Assyrians. If you don’t know what the sign is, its the Arabic nun letter which is the first letter for the Arabic word Nasrani/Nazrene which means Christian. 

Its part of a world wide solidarity campaign. 

Diversity research | Frank Salter

‘Salter’s realization that ethnicity is extended kinship at the genetic level led to his conclusion that individuals have a large genetic stake in their ethnic groups, which could help explain the ubiquitousness of ethnic identity, solidarity and conflict from tribal times to the present. From the late 1990s Salter began studying the strategies used in group competition, with a particular interest in win-win strategies, those that would be adaptive to all groups. The outcome of this analysis was Salter’s theory of  'Universal Nationalism’ , described in his book On Genetic Interests: Family, Ethnicity, and Humanity in an Age of Mass Migration.  Salter has argued that “multi-ethnic societies are often confronted with the problem of discrimination and group conflict.  He has written’:

"More ethnically homogeneous nations are better able to build public goods, are more democratic, less corrupt, have higher productivity and less inequality, are more trusting and care more for the disadvantaged, develop social and economic capital faster, have lower crime rates, are more resistant to external shocks, and are better global citizens, for example by giving more foreign aid. Moreover, they are less prone to civil war or 'Fratricides’, the greatest source of violent death in the twentieth century." 

- Frank Salter

'Salter has also argued that it is often the original majority group who suffer the most as a result of immigration-induced ethnic diversity’ :

"They are pushed out of areas of employment and business; they suffer from the higher rates of crime often shown by immigrant communities; they become the minority in poorer suburbs; and they sense a threat to their continuity as a people belonging to a particular place. They observe that the newcomers have a different group identity, one that excludes them, and that where there were few, now there are many. They sense, sometimes with justification, that they are losing their country.” 

- Frank Salter

Preservar La Raza~'* (My Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and others know what I speak of. I am flattered when people of a different visible racial group attempt to pursue something with me, but I am going to create children in both mine and my Mother's image, not anyone else's. I will indeed take an Exotic Multiracial Afro Euro Mix Woman as my Bride and the Mother of my children, and a male in likeness as my Man.)

#Preserve the race #I will oly mate with people who look like me #To create Beuaty #Like attracts like #Ethnic Solidarity #Keeping it Multiracial #Keeping it Creole #Exotic

white westerners are like: “dont you dare criticize me for not ever bathing you fucking white western colonialist. Hygiene is a Western Social Construct and the orientals dont conform to your standards and neither will I! I refuse to wash my ass in solidarity with ethnics around the world!”

like that is really what a lot of these ppl sound like…

If you’re a black person who has ever visited a place where there aren’t many other black people, then you will be familiar with The Nod. The Nod is just that: An almost imperceptible lowering of the head toward any other black person you might encounter on your travels through, say, Slovakia or Russia. Yet The Nod is also so much more than that: It’s a swift yet intimate statement of ethnic solidarity. The Nod is saying, “Wow, well, I really didn’t expect to see another one of us out here, but you seem to be doing your thing just fine. More power to you, and all the very best.”

The Nod: A Subtle Lowering of the Head to Another Black Person in an Overwhelmingly White Place — Musa Okwonga

I know this nod.

And I find some of the comments here fascinating— those that seek to claim the “nod” as a universal gesture that doesn’t depend on race or culture, as if to challenge Musa’s authority on his own experience, or to somehow assert how good the commenter is in not seeing race or being affected by associated concerns and considerations.

Maybe this nod is not the nod you know. And maybe there’s nothing wrong with that.