H*28: Problematic Asian American Youtube Stars (feat. Lucy)

This week for H*28, Chuks and Kari are joined by ragstoreverie (Lucy) to discuss Asian-American Media. In the last few years, especially the rise of YouTube stars, Asian American media has boomed with Wong Fu Productions, Fung Brothers, KevJumba, JK Films/David So, Jabbawockeez, and many more. They play an important role in the community—needed representation and control of production, for example—but they are not without their problems. For asks this week, we answer an ask from Sarah about access to social justice movement, butchrobot about developed/developing nation terminology, and 2goldensnitches about fighting with family members over the Gaza-Israel conflict.

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Dear Lucy,

I got your gifts and you did an amazing job picking them! I haven’t been able to give a proper reply because I’ve been really sick with a cold this past week (Still am actually). I really love the necklace, I’ve been wearing it every day now :D. Your letter was great! :3 Maybe when I go to LA I’ll give you a shout out! I do go sometimes for Anime Expo or concerts so maybe we’ll see each other and I can give you a proper thanks! I hope your holidays went smooth! Unlike me, coughing up a lung and all. I probably should put the computer down now but I just had to say Thank you!!! You were the best Secret Santa I could have hoped for!

ragstoreverie replied to your link

reinforces the idea of savagism in China? i’m not a big fan of the text.

idk…like, lbr, dog meat is a thing that happens and dogs are sent to slaughterhouses, this is fact. for me personally, this text does not sensationalize or demonize it in ways that most ppl do when they talk about dog meat in china. there are plenty of activists in china who do rescue dogs in slaughterhouses or on their way to slaughterhouses. i mean, i might question the veracity of the caption because i can’t find a source on it. so if the caption is fake then yeah it’s a shitty thing to write, and of course it could definitely be used as anti-chinese propaganda. but at the same time, it’s also not unrealistic, and in my opinion handles it in a way that is less racist than most things that talk about dog slaughtering. (i.e. highlighting the fact that chinese activists help rescue dogs.)

Hyphenated* is a weekly social justice podcast by Chuks (owning-my-truth) and Kari (heauxchinoise). We recently passed the 50,000 play mark (wow!) and our 1 year anniversary for the podcast as well. Thank you for the support everyone!

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ragstoreverie replied to your post: I just found your blog, and i’ve just finished reading it. I love it. But i just feel like you think that these sort of things don’t apply on white women (i know that it’s not at all in the same way as asians or black girls is being treated) but i can’t count the times black men, or arabs have been behaving exactly like in the texts you publish here, against me, a 20 y/o white girl. Black men seem to be wanting to eaher talk about my “white, pink pussy” or even sing about it. Arabs mostly -

i feel her, but i don’t think she realizes men also want to rape and scream names at WOC. & she’s stereotyping arab women based on what she’s heard from arab men (i think). this is a messy rant, she should learn a thing or 2 about intersectionality.

Yeah, the ask is really confusing for me too, and I think, as you pointed out, the understanding of intersectionality is fundamentally off base. As ichumato put really well, the sexualization and oppression of white women IS different with their white privilege, but it is not an intersectional experience (in terms of race and gender). Hopefully the anon checks out the link I embedded in my response that elaborates on the formal definition of intersectionality.

Thanks for adding on!


and yeah I saw that hahaha

idk how they got the idea I was a guy though…

I mean I didn’t specify anywhere, but c’mon, I don’t think a guy is going to have a blog about another guy

oh wellllll

midniteramblr replied to your photo: i went to Yuck & Toro Y Moi last night. it was…



Taipei, Taiwan. :)

ragstoreverie replied to your photo: i went to Yuck & Toro Y Moi last night. it was…



THEY ARE SO CUTE especially Daniel aw

H* 32: Code Switching & Talking to White People (ft. Lucy)

What is code switching and what’s it like navigating white spaces in America as a black man and Asian American woman from very different backgrounds? What are the types of bodies which have more or less ability to move through white spaces and how do we codeswitch without constantly centering whiteness and an implicit desire to comfort white people? Chuks along with special return guest Lucy (ragstoreverie) - Kari is out for the week- address these questions and more on this week’s episode of Hyphenated on “Code Switching & Talking to White People”

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ragstoreverie said: not sure if intention behind question is good or just trolling. o__O


Lmao yeahhhh the language is so disgusting. Even if it were a well meaning, question, though, I would still disagree with the notion that people should have to give up their traditional ways of life just because their lifestyles don’t fit Western notions of “success” and “modernity.” Like that is just horrible. But yeah… as soon as I hit “least developed” and then “primitive” in that ask I was done.

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HYPHENATED* Podcast Monthly Recap

HYPHENATED* is a weekly social justice podcast by  Chuks and Kari. After an early summer hiatus we are back and have just passed our 30th episode mark! If you missed any of the episodes from the past few weeks you can find them below, thanks again for the support everyone!

H* #27: We’re baaacckkk (and confronting our class privileges)

H* #28: Problematic Asian American Youtube Stars (feat. Lucy)

H* #29: Class Divisions in POC Communities (feat. Lindsay)

H* #30: Gaza, Media bias & Manufacturing Consent (feat. Homam)

H* Special: Mike Brown & Ferguson

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