FACT: All Asian Americans are Asian by definition, but not all Asians are Asian Americans. The truth is that most Asians aren’t. While they may share an ethnic heritage, as well as many cultural similarities, Asian people who were born and raised in and reside in an Asian country have vastly different wants and needs and priorities than those who were born and raised in and reside in North America [and other non-Asian countries].
I wanted to start out with that quote for two reasons.
First, because it’s stolen from my co-writer’s post last Friday, which was a really good post you should read.
Second, because I think it does a good job of establishing the complicated and sometimes uncomfortable nuance that goes into addressing identity politics. Which is what we’re going to be talking about today and in the weeks to follow.
More specifically, we’re gonna be talking about White people.
We’ll probably cover my use of this specific gif sometime later…
Before we dive in, I just wanna make something clear.
Race is a social construct – a series of categories that we’ve made up and ones we’ve made up only very recently in the scope of history. The fact of the matter is that there’s no actual place you can draw a dividing line when it comes to human beings and there’s no good reason you’d want to.
Not that it’s ever stopped us.
For better or worse, we have divided the world up into so many arbitrary categories, and those divisions have played and continue to play a major role in today’s culture. In spite of what some folks might suggest, ignoring racism doesn’t make it go away, and if we want to end the unspeakable hassle that is identity politics, we’re going to need to start by actually addressing them.
And here at Culture War Reporters, I think we’ve done a decent job. Continue reading →
Posted in Africa, America, Asia, bizarreness, Europe, history, race, Sociology, south america
Tagged Arab, Australia, Benjamin Franklin, bigotry, black, Dean Obeidallah, Desi Arnaz, England, english, ethnicity, French, German, hispanic, HP Lovecraft, I Love Luce, immigrant, India, irish, Italian, jewish, Latino, Native American, Poland, Polish, race, racism, Russian, skin, Spanish, white, Whiteness
I rarely double up on posts during the week, and I just wrote a pretty great review of this month’s issue of Ms. Marvel [if I do say so myself], but I felt the need to spotlight a little something called The Whiteness Project and field a few more opinions from you about the entire thing-
I chose to feature the same guy The Guardian did, because how could I not?
The Whiteness Project is, to let their About page speak for itself:
“a multiplatform investigation into how Americans who identify as ‘white’ experience their ethnicity.”
This investigation is carried out through interviews with White Americans, some of whom you can see in the image up above. Speaking to the camera, and consequently us [due to their use of the Interrotron camera technique], these men and women share how they relate to and understand their ethnicity and what it means in today’s United States. Continue reading →
Posted in America, internet, interview, race
Tagged Affirmative action, America, discrimination, documentary, ethnicity, internet, interview, PBS, race, racism, reparations, slavery, tattooed, tattoos, white, Whiteness Project, Whitney Dow
Writing “Shame Days” is harder than it looks. You gotta find a subject that’s extensive enough to merit an entire post of ranting without it being so reprehensible as to leave you speechless (Scott Lively, you satanic **********er, I’m looking at you). With that in mind, and as it’s rapidly approaching 9:00 PM as I write these words, we’re going to revisit an old subject that I personally don’t think got the lashing they deserve.
So who’s being drawn and quartered today?
It was in the title of this piece, so I guess the question’s pretty dang redundant.
“Your Fave is Problematic” is a Tumblr blog devoted, much like these Shame Day posts, to calling out celebrities and artists who the authors view as having committed bigotry in some form or another. Evan and I have both briefly touched on these guys, with us generally concluding that while noble in intent, they tend to be a bit extreme in their measures of what is and isn’t acceptable. Evan specifically stated that “I truly believe that Your Fave Is Problematic is doing a good thing”, however, after myself digging through their blog a bit more, I really just can’t say the same.
These guys are *******es.
Let me break it down here. Continue reading →
Posted in Africa, America, art, Asia, bizarreness, celebrity, fashion, film, history, internet, media, race, religion, Shame Day
Tagged appropriation, Arab, bigotry, Black face, celebrity, Colbert, colonialism, Cultural, Culture, die antwoord, dreadlocks, ethnicity, evil boy, history, Mad Men, race, racism, satire, Scott Lively, shame, shame day, SJW, stephen colbert, TCK, white guilt, Your Fave Is Problematic
GORDON: Readers, have a seat. I’ve got something to tell you and I’m not sure how to say it…
You were brought in by links on Reddit and Facebook.
EVAN: I mean, maybe. I actually know for a fact that we have a fair number of regular readers who actually tune in almost daily.
GORDON: And yes, we do love them more than you.
EVAN: Also, I’m not sure that being redirected really works within the context of the word’s definition. Continue reading →
Posted in Evan and Gordon Talk, family, morality, race
Tagged adopted, adopting, adoption, birth parent, birthplace, Cherokee, ethnicity, Evan and Gordon Talk, father, mother, parent, parenting, race, Supreme Court, two-parent household, Veronica
Meet Mark Dacascos. As of this writing he is 49 years old, and a reasonably successful actor/martial artist. He has also portrayed more ethnicities than you can find in the average neighbourhood in small-town Western New York.
Continue reading →
Posted in bizarreness, film, media, race, television
Tagged Abed, actor, authenticity, Ben Kingsley, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Bugsy, casting, China Strike Force, colourblind, Crying Freeman, Danny Pudi, descent, ethnicity, expectations, film, gandhi, Georges Melies, Harem, House of Sand and Fog, Hugo, Iron Chef America, Itzhak Stern, Japanese, Jermaine Clement, Joseph, Le Pacte des loups, Mani, Mark Dacascos, Massoud Behrani, Mazer Rackham, Middle Eastern, Moku, Naveen Andrews, Nizam, Pascali's Island, POC, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, race, Sayid Jarrah, Schindler's List, Scorcher, Selim, Sexy Beast, Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe, television, Testimony — The Story of Shostakovich, Yo Hinomura