nailed to history

Please don’t forget that Asian American immigration history exists and is being used as precedent for a lot of gross policies, like directly with Japanese Internment making the Trump Admin think Muslim Internment is an option. Don’t forget that even President Obama erased our immigration history in his farewell address when he compared immigrants of today to the Irish and German and Poles and said nothing of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South East Asian, Vietnamese, “waves” of immigrants literally imported to work the fields bc they would take a lower wage. Don’t forget about the refugees that fled the Vietnam and Korean and other wars and regime changes that came here to start from nothing and are now our nail salon jokes. Our history is full of disgusting immigration acts created by the US govt and they have the gall to pat us on the head and call us a model minority.

Don’t let them get away with it. History is supposed to teach us not to do bad things again.

RAD is celebrating Women’s History Month with a series of guest posts featuring stories from the  #NPRchives handpicked by #NPRwomen.

We asked NPR producers The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva)  to choose a story of theirs from the NPR archives for Women’s History Month. Here’s what they said:

So many of our stories are about the lost and hidden histories of women.  We dug back nearly two decades to our story French Manicure: Tales From Vietnamese Nail Shops in America. It is one of our favorites, one that matters deeply to us.  Getting to know the women in the salons, hearing harrowing their stories of war and immigration, feeling the village atmosphere that they create in so many of the shops, trying to capture how one group of women, refugees from a war, took on and adapted to American culture.  The soundtrack is one we are especially proud of, and moved by.  We created it based on the music and recordings in the lives of the manicurists we were recording.  The mixes were done with deep design and care.  The story originally aired on All Things Considered as part of our Lost & Found Sound series that ran weekly across the year of the Millennium.   

Image: Lost and Found Sound logo, 2000. NPR Historical Archives.

I concluded at length however to begin a manufacture of nails, which needs little or no capital, and I now employ a dozen little boys from 10. to 16. years of age, overlooking all the details of their business myself, and drawing from it a profit on which I can get along till I can put my farms into a course of yielding profit.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Jean Nicolas DeMeunier, April 29, 1795

The boys he “employed” were actually slaves, and we know now that he had even the youngest whipped to make them work.

Reminds me of absurd stuff the upper class would do in history just to show off the fact that they didn’t have to work
Like the English upper class wearing so many layers of clothes that they couldn’t run or breathe too deeply without passing out, upper class ancient Mayans purposefully making themselves cross eyed, etc

yknow what I love the idea of

the stories of rogue one being passed on to the current generation

Finn hearing the story of Bodhi Rook, a pilot who was encouraged to be brave enough to defect and became a hero who helped destroy the Death Star

Poe hearing the story of Cassian Andor, a captain who grew up a part of the cause and chose his conscience over orders to save lives and protect the future

Rey hearing the story of Jyn Erso, a woman who was indifferent to the rebellion but grew and changed and helped and became a hero just as much as Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, if a martyr

BB-8 hearing about K2-SO, a droid who had an attitude but was loyal and fought to the end because it was important to support his friends and allies even if that meant pulling off the unthinkable

All of them hearing about Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus, who fought tooth and nail to protect their history and preserve it, and then fought tooth and nail again to give the future a chance as well

All of them being told about the words that inspired countless others to join the Rebellion and fight against injustice and cruelty in the light of seemingly hopeless odds, when reminded of the impossibility of destroying a planet killer:

“Rebellions are built on hope”