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Racebent Disney Princesses x

“Here’s a compilation of my racebent series with all of our major Disney ladies. :D
It’s been so fun creating these, and I’ve been both shocked and beyond thrilled with the overwhelming support I’ve received for this series! :) Thank you all so much for the wonderful messages and the continued enthusiasm. <3<3<3”

Aurora (Jamaican)
Megara (Egyptian)
Belle (Arab)
Jasmine (African/Luo)
Elsa (Inuit)
Anna (Inuit)
Eilonwy (African/Fula)
Kida (Maori)
Esmerelda (Moroccan)
Tiana (Chinese)
Ariel (Indian)
Cinderella (Japanese)
Jane (Korean)
Snow White (Spanish)
Pocahontas (Pacific Islander)
Mulan (Native American)
Rapunzel (Mexican)
Merida (Brazilian) 

anonymous asked:

you're probably just those fucking stupid tumblr social justice police trying to justify yourself -- how can you even be already analyzing moana when you don't even know what polynesian culture is like.?ugh, gtfo.

Nobody’s trying to justify anything, I was merely stating my thoughts, or is that not allowed anymore?

By the way, this is me:

Fairly Polynesian if you ask me. 

HEY-OH *spirit fingers*

As a minority whose race is going to be represented by a company who doesn’t have a shining track record in terms of POC representation, I think I have a right to be concerned and rather nit picky. 

Is it a crime to make sure any of these cultures – whichever ones are showcased in this movie – aren’t being exploited in any manner? Because Polynesian refers to more than one culture, multiple really, whose differences people don’t see. I could not tell you the number of times I had to explain to someone what Samoan was and they reply with, “Oh, so you’re Hawaiian?”

Audiences need to know that Polynesians are way more than a group of people supposedly living in a “tropical Hawaiian paradise.” We are more than ukuleles, grass skirts, and coconut bras. We are more than the flower and kukui leis round our necks; the seis adorning our hair; our frickin sick tattoos.

As an Islander living in a place where I am constantly mistaken as Asian or Hispanic because nobody has ever heard of Samoan or Tongan or Tokelauan, Fijian, Niuean, and all the rest, you had better believe that when my people are given the chance to be represented, I am definitely gonna be there, making sure everything is done right

Perhaps, since they’re talking mythology and whatnot, Disney’s gonna make Moana of the Lapita people, who are the ancestral Pacific Islanders. Who knows? I do know this: I can voice my own opinion with how Disney dishes out culture on this film, seeing as it’s my own.

Aloha Kakou!

I was given this and I hope this isn’t presumptuous, but could you perhaps boost this to your Maori followers? They are accepting NZ talent which means if we can rally enough entries a Maori girl will be able to voice this Maori-based princess! Here is the link for Maori residents living in the United States. As a Native Hawaiian it is very important to me and several of my colleagues that we promote this to our Polynesian sisters. I know that many of us (including myself) are skeptical and concerned, but this may be another way for Maori people to gain international representation - and that is of utmost importance to all Pacific Islanders!!!! I will attempt to send this to other blogs because we need to boost this!

Mahalo Nui Loa!

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Trans people from across Asia & the Pacific talk about trans rights in their countries–and what needs to change. It’s a powerful 5 minutes.

(Also: a reminder that we are everywhere.)

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For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I want you all to jam on some awesome 1970s Okinawan psychedelic rock. 

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The Nation’s Fastest Growing Political Force

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the United States. The Asian American and NHPI electorate nearly doubled from 2 million voters in 2000 to 3.9 million in 2012. By 2025, Asian American and NHPI voters will make up five percent of the national electorate and by 2044, AAPI voters will constitute 10 of the national electorate.

In elections to come, it is clear Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will have the opportunity to influence positive change.

Candid photo of me at prom a little over a year ago. I am kanaka maoli (native hawaiian) & white. Another way to say this is hapa haole, and I bring this up because folks in the asian community (folks without kanaka maoli ancestry) appropriate the word “hapa” far too often, and I want to bring awareness to that. 

I struggle greatly with my identity. My great-great grandmother was full native, but she never passed anything down to my mother (though my mother spent a lot of time with her.) When Hawai'i was illegally occupied and colonized by the U.S., ‘ōlelo Hawai'i was banned, hula was deemed the dance of the heathens and outlawed, and luau bastardized (among other things.) The tourist industry continues that bastardization to this day and the influx of haole moving to the islands kicks kanaka maoli off their own lands.

We are never taught about the colonization of Hawai'i in the U.S. I am trying to educate myself as best I can, I’m trying to teach myself my ancestors’ language, but resources are few and far between. I will forever strive to return to my kanaka maoli roots.