imperial queue

The rhetoric that demonizes anti-Latino and anti-Asian immigrants is disturbing not only for what it says, but more so for what it does not say. By portraying immigration to the United States as a matter of desperate individuals seeking opportunities, it completely disregards the aggressive roles that the U.S. government and U.S. corporations have played— through colonialism, imperialist wars and occupations, capital investment and material extraction in Third World countries and through active recruitment of racialized and gendered immigrant labor— in generating out-migration from key sending countries. As Joe Feagin reminds us, “recent immigrants have mostly come from countries that have been substantially influenced by imperialistic efforts by U.S. corporations and by the U.S. government around the globe.” This portrayal of immigration stigmatizes the immigrants as desperate, undeserving, and even threatening, and delinks contemporary immigration from past U.S. corporate, military, or governmental actions abroad.

As I watched this spectacle of border making, I was reminded of my own bordercrossing experience. In 1975, when tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees, including my own family, arrived in the United States, the majority of Americans did not welcome us. A Harris poll taken in May 1975 indicated that more than 50 percent of the American public felt that Southeast Asian refugees should be excluded; only 26 percent favored their entry. Many seemed to share Congressman Burt Talcott’s conclusion that, “Damn it, we have too many Orientals.” Five years later, public opinion toward the refugees had not changed. A 1980 poll of American attitudes in nine cities revealed that nearly half of those surveyed believed that the Southeast Asian refugees should have settled in other Asian countries. This poll also found that more than 77 percent of the respondents would disapprove of the marriage of a Southeast Asian refugee into their family and 65 percent would not be willing to have a refugee as a guest in their home. Anti-Southeast Asian sentiment also took violent turns. Refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in many parts of the United States have been attacked and even killed; and their properties have been vandalized, firebombed, or burned. The antirefugee rhetoric was similar to that directed against Latino immigrants: Southeast Asians were morally, culturally, and economically deficient— an invading multitude, unwanted and undeserving.

- Yen Le Espiritu, “Homes, Borders, and Possibilities,” in Asian American Studies Now (2010) 

We’ve been here before

In recent days bloggers have been discussing what gall it takes for the Chicago Dyke March Collective (CDMC) to respond to its antisemitism by dichotomizing, claiming to hold the moral high ground with people of color while looking down on its enemies who are allegedly white and who are allegedly Zionists. We have been infuriated while learning that CDMC cried, “White tears!” after kicking a Jewish woman of color from the 2017 Chicago Dyke March and did so again after Gretchen Rachel Hammond, a Jewish trans woman of color, was harassed and robbed of her job for giving a truthful account of what happened at the March. I was thinking about what I could contribute to this conversation when I realized I had already said pretty much all I need to say about this matter in a zine I first published in the fall of 2015 (about a year and a half before the March).

A little background: For anyone who does not know, I was a core member of CDMC in 2009. This is a recollection of one of my experiences as a core member:

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Get to know me meme: Royal Palaces/Castles [2/7] Schonbrunn Palace

Schonbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence located in Vienna, Austria. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. The history of the palace and its vast gardens spans over 300 years, reflecting the changing tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.

If you’ve ever wanted to see what I look like on the verge of tears, here ya go :P and I’m sorry, but I literally can’t post this photo or even look at it without telling the story behind it. I keep tearing up even thinking about it, and this right here is why I never EVER judge or question why someone wants to cosplay a certain character. You have no idea what that character has helped a certain person through. And if you know me, you’ll know I’m pretty emotionally closed off. Shit, I didn’t even cry on my own wedding. I apologize for the wall of text below but this moment and this weekend was so important.

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No matter how many times you save the Empire, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid. “I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for- for ten minutes?!”
—  Imperial Agent

A commission from FR. I somehow succeeded to make crystal look like crystal.

  • Vector: Agent! I almost thought that Ardun Kothe man talked you into not liking the Empire.
  • LS Agent: No, Vector. The Empire may have some problems, but it’s our home. Our team. And if you don’t want to root for your team, then you should get the hell out of the stadium.
  • Vector: *fondly* Right.
  • Agent: *proudly* Go Empire.
  • Vector: Go Empire. *awkwardly* Go Oroboro Nest.
  • Agent: *fondly* Yes, go Oroboro Nest.

Dreyna AU: Imperial Princess and Gladiator

  • Drew is the daughter of the current Caesar Hephaestus and his consort Aphrodite. She has 2 sisters - Silena and Piper. 
  • Silena is Drew and Piper’s elder half sister, her mother being Hephaestus’s deceased wife, Venus.
  • Hephaestus had Drew and Piper in his declining years, and is ageing fast, his health is deteriorating and the populous is preparing for Silena and her husband Charles to take the throne.
  • Silena has never been involved in politics, and instead preferred to connect with the citizens through personal humanitarian aid - but feels she must take the throne to protect her younger siblings.
  • Drew, however, believes that she is what is best for the empire, knowing all the in’s and out’s of the realm and is doing everything in her power to convince her sister to abdicate her rule.
  • Reyna is the eldest daughter of six, her family is one of the oldest and most powerful in Carthage, the second largest city in the Roman empire - and across the Mediterranean Sea from the seat of power.
  • Hoping to fill the power vacuum left behind by the oncoming death of the Emperor, Reyna’s family move to Rome and into the imperial palace.
  • Reyna, struggling with her sense of duty to her family and growing feelings of alienation and displacement - enters the gladiator ring under the alias Servius Vitus.
  • The two girls meet under impossible circumstances, and a web of lies and secrecy begins to unravel around them - bringing them together in dangerous ways.