tobias hubinette

quick update on my life for the ten people who still follow this tumblr : i’m starting my phd in anthro at UCI this fall! full funding for 6 years (with a possible 7th year of funding if needed) and studying with eleana kim who, along with tobias hubinette, has basically been my intellectual crush since i started doing adoption research. nuts to think i will be over 40 by the time i finally finish my phd (that ten year “detour” in korea really set back my phd timeline 😂) but nonetheless i consider myself so lucky to get paid to study something i’m interested in with someone whose work i respect and am excited by (also, sorry i’m so bad at tumbl-ing but i have a two year old and that’s my excuse!) i may start a new tumblr about phd'ing and mom'ing at the same time (since i’m clearly so good at keeping up with this tumblr) 🙈

Up to the mid 1990s, Korea acted as the uncontested leading supplier of children for international adoption until China took its place, and Asian countries have also altogether provided more than two thirds of all children adopted by Westerners even if several Latin American and a few African countries also have been involved in the practice… The fact that Asia is dominating as a supplying continent further underscores the continuous orientalist imagery at work where Asian children in many Western countries are widely perceived as being docile and submissive, clever and hardworking, and kind, quiet and undemanding.

To continue, it is no coincidence that of the leading countries supplying children for international adoption to the West, almost all fall under the American sphere of influence and have been exposed to American military intervention, presence or occupation, even if civil wars, ethnic cleansing of minorities, and corrupt dictatorships must also be added to explain why these countries became involved with the practice in the first place: Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, India, and Sri Lanka in Asia, Colombia, Chile, Honduras, Haiti, Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala in South America, and Ethiopia in Africa. In other words, the state of international adoption brutally reflects current geopolitical transformations and conditions as evidenced by the fact that Iran stopped sending children for adoption after the Islamic revolution in 1979, and China and Vietnam started sending out children and getting involved with international adoption as part of their respective reform politics and globalization policies from the beginning of the 1990s…

This involuntary transferral of tens of thousands of non-Western children on a worldwide scale after formal decolonization is a clear reflection of a still existing global colonial reality and racial hierarchy, and a grim reminder of the astronomical power imbalance between the West and its former colonies.

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Tobias HÜBINETTE - The orphaned nation: Korea imagined as an overseas adopted child in Clon’s Abandoned Child and Park Kwang-su’s Berlin Report

Let me reiterate : “it is no coincidence that of the leading countries supplying children for international adoption to the West, almost all fall under the American sphere of influence and have been exposed to American military intervention, presence or occupation…This involuntary transferral of tens of thousands of non-Western children on a worldwide scale after formal decolonization is a clear reflection of a still existing global colonial reality and racial hierarchy, and a grim reminder of the astronomical power imbalance between the West and its former colonies.”

In other news, Dr. Tobias Hübinette is now following this tumblr.

Yep, THAT Tobias Hübinette.

the adoptee-cum-activist Class Bastard scholar par excellence and bona fide Nazi hunter (srsly f’ing google it), who  —despite astronomical intellectual cred & insanely prolific academic publication in nigh exclusively Ivory Tower contexts— seems incapable of composing a boring/fatuous sentence ever (if you know svenska you’ll know how holy peas that is)

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exhibit A of why i clearly should not be taken out in public. jinwoo and i went to dinner last night with jane and tobias (jane’s taking the photo because she thought tobias eating budaejjigae would be “ironic”) and i apparently don’t know how to behave like an adult. here’s tobias and jinwoo both looking rather calm and composed. and me looking like a crazed hummingbird of some sort.

cheekb0nefun-deactivated2013062  asked:

i'm not surprised there are people who wants him dead. resistance isn't supposed to be polite but you can't expect these white mofos to grasp this. the glorification of sweden will only benefit the svensson ego which will further dismiss our struggles. because you know, racism and the failure that is västerländsk feminism aren't exactly fika topics. hah.

“anti-“racism & white feminist third world solidarity don’t make for good fika fodder??? welp shiiiiit no wonder all white folks in my life have been relegated to mere acquaintances XD

xxxo luv your blogs! i’ll be sure to check in reg soon as i eviscerate aforementioned child-torture & ableism propagation to some satisfaction

p.s. to everyone else: fuckwadroy is talking about tobias hubinette, the adoptee activist, scholar, and bona fide nazi hunter literally arrested in sweden for the crime of “reverse racism.”

missveryvery  asked:

Thanks for the clarification. I did read the Hubinette article but I was severely confused because you referred to him as a "class bastard" and I couldn't discern if that meant you were disagreeing with him and then completely lost the tone of the argument. You have no idea how many long things I've read that seem progressive but are somehow supposed to be sarcastic so I was a bit alarmed. I think you make an exceptional that the Roma wouldn't be in bad conditions in the first place.

I getcha — but the fact that my own header? “Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard” just might’ve been the first clue that it’s not exactly pejorative (does no one else make the cursory click-through & glance at someone’s blog before addressing them these days???)

No worries tho. I don’t feel like explaining what Class Bastard means, and given white bio spawn’s rampant hijacking and appropriation of our ish [adoptionandtransracial/transethnic especially], we’re a lot better off the LESSER known its meaning is.

All I’ll say is that Tobias Hubinette is a true class bastard, no sarcasm — transracial/national adoptee and Nazi life-ruiner (still more of those in positions of power in Northern Europe than anyone cares to admit) who’s actually been arrested for “reverse racism.”