One day in early spring he had so far relaxed as to go for a walk with me in the Park. —The Yellow Face
I loved working on this commission, I had to re learn how to draw flowers and also learned a lot about the language of flowers, there you can see carnations (*whispers* you can imagine what color…), roses, and globe amaranths, which mean immortal love :>
I haven’t felt this personally pissed off in a while. BS like this is why I will always be critical of non-asian (but specifically white) “koreaboos”.
Anyone is allowed to be a fan of kpop. Anyone is allowed to appreciate East Asian fashion and media. Liking BTS and Got7 is fine but you have to respect who that media is made for.
Korean idols are for Korean people. Korean icons of beauty are there for Korean people. Korean fashion and makeup trends are for Korean people. As a Korean-American, do you think I see representation of people who look like me in American media? When I lived in a predominantly white neighborhood I always felt alien for my puffy eyes and rounded nose. My first label was always “Asian”. It didn’t matter the accomplishments I achieved I was always Asian first, the rest secondary. I hated my face and language because of the way it tinted everything as ‘exotic’ and ‘other’ to the people I knew. It was only by embracing Korean music and culture as well as Korean standards of beauty and makeup that I learned to love my distinctly Asian features.
Liking our music is fine. Having crushes on our celebrities is fine. I even think your broken Korean is cute as long as you’ll let me laugh with you and correct your pronunciation. But makeup is crossing a line. Trying to make yourself looklike another race is absolutely offensive and it ignores all the people who are born with those features and their experiences with them. There are other (better) ways of showing your love for your favorite celebrities without stepping out of your place as an international fan.
I won’t even touch on the blatant white supremacy coming from the twitter user themself because I’m crossing my fingers and praying that this account is a troll. But I wanted to make a psa that making yourself up to be a “white ulzzang” is contributive of white supremacy. Stealing our features with no regard to our upbringing and history is white supremacy.
(This twitter also does touch on Japanese cultural appropriation as well but I don’t feel like it’s my place to comment on that)
Status: Critically Endangered; there are 153 as of 2016
Names: Night parrot, owl parrot, tarapo, tarepo
(wild): 23 – 25 in, 58 – 64 cm
(wild): 2 – 9 lb, 0.95 – 4 kg
58 years, but have potential to live into their 90s. Their exact
lifespan is unknown. Researchers in the recovery program will know
when the kakapo hatched in the recovery effort die of old age, which
could be decades from now.
(Above: Historic range; Below: Current range)
Used to live from the far north of the North Island to the south of
the South Island. Now they are only found on offshore islands that
are protected areas without introduced predators. It is not believed
that there are any left on the main land of New Zealand, when the
recovery program began they were all captured from the Fiordland
National Park and brought to protected zones. They currently live on
Codfish Island (Whenua Hau), Little Barrier Island (Hauturu ao Toi),
and Anchor Island.
Formally from sea level to near tops of mountains. They are ground
dwellers who live in forest substrate and scrubland.
They are solitary, gathering only to breed
They do not breed every year, as they will only breed when there is
enough rimu fruit.
starts around December and lasts until April
They engage in
“lek” breeding, which is when the males compete for female
attention. They are the only parrot species and New Zealand bird
species to do this.
inflates like a balloon, and then emits a low boom which can be
heard from up to 5 km away. This lets any females in the area know
that he is ready to mate
After 20 -30
booms, the male emits a high-pitched ‘ching’, which pinpoints his
position, allowing females to find him
and chinging can last for 8 hours nonstop every night for 2-3 months
during breeding season
(Above: Booming Sketch)
female lays 1-4 eggs. They are similar in size to chicken eggs and
will hatch after 30 days. The female raises them by herself, and has
to leave the nest at night to search for food. After 10 weeks, the
fledglings leave the nest, but may still be fed by their mother for
up to 6 months.
The berries of the Rimu plant (see picture) are their favorite food.
They also eat parts of other native plants, including the fruits,
seeds, bark, bulbs, leaves, stems, mosses, ferns, fungi, and roots.
Species include pink pine, stinkwood, Hall’s totara, and mountain
flax. When food species that are important to their diet become
abundant, they feed exclusively on it.
are also fed pellets, freeze-dried and frozen fruit, walnuts, and
pine conelets by the recovery effort.
Dimorphic: Yes, the males are larger
(wild): The upper side of their body is green with random black,
brown, and yellow barring and mottling. Their underparts are a
yellow-green and have irregular yellow and brown barring. The face is
yellow-brown and the beak is grey and smaller in females. The primary
wing feathers are tipped with yellow in males and green and brown in
females. The tail is green and brown with yellow and black barring
They are nocturnal and solitary and roost on the ground or in trees
during the day. When disturbed, they freeze, trying to blend in with
Concerns: They are not equipped
to deal with human intrusion and introduced predators, which caused
their numbers to decline rapidly. By 1970, there were only 18 males
left in Fiordland. In 1977, a small population of both males and
females were found.
Recently there has been an increase in cases of “crusty butt”,
which is a viral infection that causes the cloaca to become inflamed,
and presents like severe dermatitis.
It is still unknown what is
causing the virus and if it is infectious. There has been one death
due to this infection, and treatment, a topical cream, seems to only
help some individuals.
As of now, it is only found on Codfish Island,
and has been since 2002.
It is being taken very seriously and is
being closely monitored, with research being done to learn more about
Captivity: Some young chicks are raised in captivity as part of a
Conservation attempt to save the species. Conservation and recovery
of this species has been going one since 1977, when a population of
both females and males were found on Stewart Island.
They are the largest parrot species in the world (by weight) and
possibly the oldest living bird!
Sirocco, a male
kakapo born March 23, 1997, was raised in captivity due to a illness
that required he be hand raised and quarantined from other kakapo. He
now thinks he’s human and is a conservation ambassador for the kakapo.
proved that kakapo can swim, after deciding to join one of the
rangers’ family who were swimming in the ocean. He jumped off the jetty and paddled around for a bit before going back to shore, completely nonchalant.
He is also the kakapo who made
his species famous after “shagging” Mark Cawardine on the BBC
series “Last Chance to See”.
How much of STFU's traffic had to google search "ghost in the shell" and why is interpretation of old japanese stories relevant? The asian invasion was great and it is over. Probably doesn't help that cyberpunk is of american origin.
[This must be regarding a couple “Ghost in the Shell” posts a few weeks back. Sorry for the late response.]
My feminism is intersectional. I can’t discuss feminist issues without acknowledging and speaking on the many intersecting layers of oppression and privilege. Racism is very much an issue in reproductive justice and feminism. Discussing media representation (or the lack thereof) of a minority group who are often not given roles in the United States is relevant to this page. Imagine how many stories and experiences that are being silenced and erased even within our reproductive justice spaces due to stigma and lack of representation.
Because you brought it up, here’s some brief information about the “Asian Invasion.” Preface: It wasn’t “great.”
“Asian Invasion” stems from a centuries old Western fear of Asian folks.
This fear of an Asian invasion was also called “Yellow Peril.” We saw years of propaganda against us in the West since the early 1800s.
For centuries white supremacy had defined what it meant to be Asian through propaganda and yellow face (white people portraying themselves as Asian, playing on stereotypes that perpetuate false representation and discrimination) and white washing.
We’ve had talented Asian actors even around the early 1900s (ex: Sessue Hayakawa, Anna May Wong, Phillip Ahn, etc.) But they were denied prominent movie lead roles, even if that role was written for an Asian character (ahem… sounds familiar). These roles are taken on by white people. If Asian actors were given movie roles, they played stereotypical Asian characters like “dragon lady” (a cunning Asian woman you cannot trust due to her exotic mysteriousness) or quiet, subservient, and fragile objects dominated by white men. Asian men often had to play villains, sidekicks with martial art skills, or some kind of fool for comic relief. But whether the character is played by white or Asian, the Asian character will often be a villain and/or exotic object.
We’ve even been banned from entering this country. Asian women especially were banned, then filtered and vetted severely with many barriers. The language of the Page Act of 1875 literally expresses that the goal of the bill is to “end the danger of cheap Chinese labor and immoral Chinese women.”
This Act did affect all Asians (or “undesirable immigrants”) but specifically targeted Asian women with racist and misogynistic implications.
Our “exotic” stereotypes created by political propaganda and media representation created a fear that most Asian women were actually sex workers, here to tempt the white men with our immoral nature. Asian women had to go through many ridiculous tests and trials, by individual basis determined by different white men, to be able to join their families in the U.S. Being unmarried and fairly attractive was enough to bar Asian women from entry. Imagine the sexual assaults (due to general misogyny as well as entitlement to both the hypersexual and subservient stereotypes) and unintended pregnancies without reproductive health care Asian women experienced before any amendments to this institutionalized racism and misogyny. You’ll rarely hear about it. That’s an example of our lack of representation even within feminism.
There have been MANY bills, both state and federal, that targeted Asian folks. The Page Act of 1875 is a good example of legislation that’s driven by how Asian people were represented. We’ve even had Asian people murdered due to Asian stereotyping. (Remember Vincent Chin)
You see, Asian people have had issues with our representation for centuries. It was in every facet of society, both structural and cultural. It’s 2017 and the lack of positive representation is still a problem. So when I see yellow face, white washing, or typical tropes (white savior, dragon lady, martial arts stereotypes, orientalism, etc), I’m going to have an issue with it.
It’s relevant to this blog on many levels and it’s important to talk about.