August 01, 2014

hyphenated-lives:

Next week’s podcast will be about class divisions in POC communities and featuring another new guest as well :)

July 31, 2014

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1o1girl: Hi, Just wanted to let you know that if you watched hyuna's reality show you'll know that the "black guy" is in the video cause he won the dancers audition. So he's just there for his dancing skills. Furthemore, you have to understand, i'm not defending hyuna... but the fact that you point out the "black guy" in the MV IS Actually Racism .

Yes, you caught me: I clearly hate black people and am violently antiblack because I’m a black person who acknowledges the presence of other black people.

July 31, 2014

281 notes   •  VIA: ragstoreverie   •   SOURCE: hyphenated-lives
Filed Under:  YouTube  Asian American  Asam  

ragstoreverie:

sahteen:

hyphenated-lives:

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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This was a great discussion y’all.

In addition to Wong Fu and others’ reproduction of anti-black and misogynist stereotypes, what also really bothers me about these videos is how they reinforce white supremacist ideas about what an “Asian person” is supposed to “look like” and how they are supposed to behave. As someone who identifies as Lao American and Southeast Asian American, I always end up rolling my eyes while watching their videos and/or when someone tells me they represent the Asian American community. What they actually represent is a version of a community dominated by wealthy and college educated East Asian American men. 

I also remember watching the “Yellow Fever” video by Wong Fu when I was in high school. There is this part when one of the guys is speaking to their Indian/American classmate. What I noticed is how the East Asian guy makes a separation between himself as an “Asian” person, and his friend as an “Indian” person. His point to separate “Asian” from “Indian” is a reproduction of the American racialized ideas of Asian people as only being of East Asian descent. It is not explicit in the video why he makes this distinction, but I can guess that the Wong Fu guys buy into the idea that “Asian” is an actual “race” with it’s own phenotypical/biological and cultural characteristics, rather than a socio-political concept. NO. Asian, like any other “races” is a social construct. Way to totally buy into the idea that “Asians all look the same” dude. It is so ironic that these guys complain about the “all look the same” stereotype when they ended up reinforcing it by excluding Indians/South Asians from Asian-ness. 

And by excluding Indians/South Asians from being Asian, they are also excluding Southeast Asian Americans and Filipino Americans. If y’all don’t already know, the culture and religion of many Asian Americans of Southeast Asian descent (Cambodian, Thai, Cham, and Lao) was heavily influenced by the Hindu/Buddhist and Muslim Indians who travelled all around Southeast Asia for trading purposes. So it always makes me feel really uncomfortable when people argue that Indians are not “really” Asian because their culture, religions, and how they physically look are different from East Asians. So by that logic, does that make me less “Asian” because of the Indian influences on my own culture and how many Southeast Asians don’t “look asian” by East asian standards?

good food for thought. the exclusion of South Asians from “Asian/American” was mentioned in this comprehensive S&F Online article, too.

July 31, 2014

989 notes   •  VIA: black-kpop-fans   •   SOURCE: owning-my-truth
Filed Under:  hyuna  red  racism  antiblackness  kpop  

sohyunism:

owning-my-truth:

Hyuna makes a new video featuring apes, monkeys and giant bananas galore. This is kpop, though, so of course between scenes of her riding giant bananas, running around with said apes and such she just has to throw in a black dancer dancing in a totally fetishized and exotified manner dressed with a leopard skin bandana around his head as well for maximum racist effect. The antiblackness in kpop really knows no bounds.

Not only do your “biases” make shitty music, half of which are terrible rip offs of black music anyway, but they are racist as fuck too. And all of you oppalogists who will inevitably flock to my inbox can just go to hell. Search my “kpop” tag and you will see the dozens of times I have dispatched with you and your flaccid excuses for blatant racism before. The moment that your stars actually start respecting and recognizing the full humanity of black people is the day we can talk. And Hyuna with this bullshit is exactly the reason that I rarely listen to kpop anymore.

The only genuinely problematic thing about this video is the blatant Egyptian appropriation and that wasn’t even mentioned lol.


I literally can’t with how far off the interpretation of the monkeys and the black male dancer were…like I actually can’t. Have your issues with Hyuna but this is so off it’s laughable. The chorus is a play on a children’s rhyme that starts off literally with the words ‘monkey’ included. The video is just a elaboration on Hyuna’s take of that rhyme. Jesus christ at least check the lyrics before going ham. The black guy is just a dancer, just like all the other dancers and everyone has those colors on. Hyuna’s shorts were even animal print. 

The reach olympics are truly in full effect today.


Or Jesus Christ why don’t you interrogate why the hell a black dancer is included in the midst of imagery depicting monkeys, apes and bananas. Is there any reference to black people in the children’s rhyme? No. How fucking myopic are you and the whole crew at “black-kpop-fans” (and these other black kpop fans I keep seeing defending this bs) who don’t understand that these are all purposeful manipulations and do not happen just randomly “by chance.” The directors chose as their central props for the video: monkeys, apes, bananas (related to the children’s rhyme) and then… a black person performing for Hyuna  in a completely exotified manner. You’re wasting your time defending people who don’t care about your humanity. But all of you have your heads so far up your oppas asses that any real form of critical thinking and examination of media and popular culture is beyond your capacity. 

And for all of those responding about antiblackness not being absolutely endemic in kpop here are just a handful of receipts for you.

+ Kpop’s Top 10 Racist Moments of 2013

+ How problematic is the kpop world? (Master post)

+ Why G-dragon is so incredibly problematic (Master post)

+ CL’s Racist “Baddest Female” music video

+ G-dragon’s Blackface “Coup D’Etat” music video

+ Rain’s Racist, Sexist “LA Song” music video

Goodbye.

July 31, 2014

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the-birth-of-yifan: Hi, this is re: your Hyuna post. The banana and ape are actually references to a children's chant which is used in the song's lyrics. ("Monkey's butt is red/ red is banana/banana is delicious") Agree about the dancer being exotifiied seeing as he only shows up in the "Egyptian set".

WHY THE FUCK IS THE ONLY PROP BESIDES MONKEYS A BLACK PERSON THEN!?

Jesus fucking Christ these oppalogists literally have zero critical thinking skills.

July 31, 2014

1,049 notes   •  VIA: kimkrypto   •   SOURCE: owning-my-truth
Filed Under:  palestine  gaza  stats  quote  israel  adichie  dehumanization  

We live in a world where we so often quote figures of the number of the dead in Iraq and Afghanistan and Congo, until they become just that—figures. Each time I read these news articles, I find myself thinking, “What do they dream about in Congo?” “How do they fall in love in Afghanistan?” “How do they resolve family quarrels in Iraq?” “What do they like to eat?”


Of course we must know about the dead and the dying. And of course these figures and facts are essential. But they must, they should coexist with human stories. We should know how people die, but we should also know how they live.

 -

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Commonwealth Lecture 2012

On the tremendous importance of human stories and not just “facts.” Adichie is incredible.

(via owning-my-truth)

I did not realize so many look at those numbers and didn’t see three dimensional and varied lives.

(via seekingwillow)

This is very relevant, especially with everything happening in Gaza right now. As people removed from the conflict and especially for those of us, like me, that are not Palestinian ourselves, it is so important that we do not perpetuate the dehumanization and trivialization of every single Palestinian life as the death toll from the Israeli massacre grows. Even as we report the statistics, we must always reflect on the humanity and three dimensionality of these lives. We must mediate on the fullness of their being, which does include pain and suffering under Israel’s blockade, racial apartheid and brutal genocidal policies, but these are lives that also include love, joy, family, friends and more. We cannot reduce these people to statistics and 1D portraits of pain and suffering. We cannot strip them of their agency further by splaying graphic photographs of their bodies across the net and our front pages “to make a point.” We cannot perpetuate white supremacy ourselves by reducing Palestinians into a single amalgamated mass of suffering, dying black and brown bodies with no agency beyond their pain. All of this is fundamentally disempowering, dehumanizing and wrong.

I love the way that Adichie frames all of this up perfectly and succinctly with this quote, and it’s one that I’m so glad that I stumbled back across by chance as the brutal genocidal violence of the racist Zionist state of Israel pushes the Palestinian death toll ever higher. As they take even more lives.

And as we put out prayers and thoughts with the Palestinian people in this time of tremendous difficulty, it is so important that we also maintain perspective and interrogate ourselves to ensure that we are not partaking in the same forces of dehumanization ourselves as people trying to be “allies.”

July 30, 2014

989 notes  Filed Under:  hyuna  kpop  antiblackness  korea  red  

Hyuna makes a new video featuring apes, monkeys and giant bananas galore. This is kpop, though, so of course between scenes of her riding giant bananas, running around with said apes and such she just has to throw in a black dancer dancing in a totally fetishized and exotified manner dressed with a leopard skin bandana around his head as well for maximum racist effect. The antiblackness in kpop really knows no bounds.

Not only do your “biases” make shitty music, half of which are terrible rip offs of black music anyway, but they are racist as fuck too. And all of you oppalogists who will inevitably flock to my inbox can just go to hell. Search my “kpop” tag and you will see the dozens of times I have dispatched with you and your flaccid excuses for blatant racism before. The moment that your stars actually start respecting and recognizing the full humanity of black people is the day we can talk. And Hyuna with this bullshit is exactly the reason that I rarely listen to kpop anymore.

July 30, 2014

227 notes   •  VIA: redphilistine   •   SOURCE: redphilistine
Filed Under:  god bless Amerikkka  israel  

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) Introduce Updated U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act 

redphilistine:

Specifically, the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014

  • Authorizes an increase of $200 million in the value of U.S. weapons held in Israel, to a total of $1.8 billion. This stockpile is intended for use by U.S. forces in the event of a crisis, but it can also be used by Israel in the event of an emergency with Israel reimbursing the U.S. for any weapons used.
  • Requires the Administration to take steps toward allowing Israel to be included in the top-tier category for license-free exports of certain U.S. technologies and products.
  • Authorizes the President to carry out cooperation between the U.S. and Israel on a range of policy areas including energy, water, homeland security, and alternative fuel technologies. And it requires the President to study the feasibility of expanding U.S.-Israel cooperation on cyber security.
  • Includes new language that encourages the Administration to work with Israel to help the country gain entry into the Visa Waiver Program, which would make it easier for Israeli citizens to travel to the United States without first having to obtain a visa.
  • Requires the Administration to provide more frequent and more detailed assessments on the status of Israel’s qualitative military edge over its neighbors.
  • Strengthens collaboration between the U.S. and Israel on energy development and encourages increased cooperation between the two countries’ academic, business and governmental sectors. 

This bill was introduced on Monday. It aims is to entrench Israel even further as an ally of the United States by providing it with more weapons, more privileges, and more cooperation. This is the reward Israel receives for massacring close to 1400 Palestinians so far. 

Of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate, 78 of them have co-sponsored it, including 46 Democrats (out of 53) and 31 Republicans (out of 45). Among them are so-called progressive heroes Elizabeth Warren and Al Franken. There is a strong consensus in favor of settler-colonialism in the halls of American power.

July 30, 2014

hyphenated-lives:

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.

Music: IntroInterludeClosing

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This week’s podcast is on Problematic Asian American Youtube Stars. Check it out!

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