you know what they say, “its only valid if the white man cries”

tags: wisdom +


Just FYI, don’t support Cindy Pon, Silver Phoenix is GARBAGE:

(Source: diversityinya)

tags: thank you I didn't know that + cindy pon +


10 Asian Pacific American YA Authors to Know

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Swati Avasthi

Melissa de la Cruz

Andrew Fukuda

Jenny Han

Malinda Lo

  • Author of Adaptation and Inheritance, William C. Morris Award finalist for Ash, and co-founder of Diversity in YA
  • | @malindalo | Tumblr

Ellen Oh

Cindy Pon

  • Author of Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, the forthcoming Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), and co-founder of Diversity in YA
  • | @cindypon | Tumblr

Padma Venkatraman

  • Author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novels A Time to Dance, Climbing the Stairs, and Island’s End

Gene Luen Yang

  • Author of the National Book Award finalist and LA Times Book Prize winner Boxers and Saints, the Printz Award-winning and National Book Award finalist American Born Chinese, and co-author of Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • | @geneluenyang

Laurence Yep

  • Author of dozens of books for children and young adults including the Gold Mountain Chronicles, winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and two-time Newbery Honor winner
  • Wikipedia page
tags: vapawasian + itsmevapaw + queued +

-By Sharon H. Chang

When I wrote my first post for Hyphen, Talking Mixed-Race Identity with Young Children, I was deliberately blunt about race. I wrote about how I don’t tell my multiracial son, who presents as a racial minority, that he’s white — but I do tell him he’s Asian. While the essay resonated with many people, others made comments like this: 

“Your child is as white as he is Asian… Why embrace one label and not the other?”

“Why is he Asian but not white? He has white ancestors as much as Asian ones. So if it’s OK to call him Asian, it’s OK to call him white. Or, if it’s not OK to call him white (because he’s not completely white) then it’s not OK to call him Asian, because he’s not completely Asian either.”

“Your child is neither white nor Asian. I once heard this description: When you have a glass of milk and add chocolate to it, you no longer have just a glass of milk and you no longer just have chocolate because you have created something completely different. A bi-racial or multi-racial child is not either/or.”

In the 1990s, psychologist and mixed-race scholar Maria P.P. Root wrote the famous Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage, stirred by her examination of mixed-race identity, interviews with hundreds of multiracial folk across the U.S., and the struggles multiracial people face in forming and claiming a positive sense of self. “I have the right not to justify my existence to the world,” it reads. “To identify myself differently than strangers expect me to identify. To create a vocabulary about being multiracial or multiethnic.”

Almost two decades later, these proclamations still ring so true. Some people are completely unwilling to honor my family’s choice to identify as mixed-race and Asian because it doesn’t align with their own ideas about how we should identify. The right of a mixed-race person to self-construct and self-define, even today, endures continual policing from people with their own agendas.

If it’s not OK to call him white…then it’s not OK to call him Asian”; “Your child is neither white nor Asian.” These critiques are so often centered on whiteness: a sense of disbelief that I would “deny” it to my son, and the conviction that, if I won’t teach him he is white too — or at least partly white — then he is nothing at all. Even the problematic chocolate milk analogy — which the commenter clearly thought was progressive — begins with a glass of white milk with “color” added. White is seen as normative, and there is a total failure to recognize that racial categories are political

Of course I talk to my son about our white family members who are a part of his life and his identity. But those stories are about growing up in Virginia, or window candles at Christmastime in New England, or his Slovakian great-great-grandmother who came through Ellis Island alone when she was sixteen. Those stories are about our history, not about being “white.” “White” is not an ethnic celebration, a food festival, or a heritage parade. It’s about having unearned power and privilege based on the way you look.

In Dr. Peggy McIntosh’s famous essay on white privilege, she listed a series of unearned privileges white people enjoy. Among them: “I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time”; “I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented”; “I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial”; and “I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the ‘person in charge,’ I will be facing a person of my race.” Are any of these true of my multiracial Asian son? My son, who barely has any children’s books that reflect his racial image, who is constantly scanned and assessed aloud based on “how Asian” he looks, my son who has had many more white teachers than teachers of color? 

Telling my child he’s white also won’t help him understand why children who were less than one-quarter Japanese were interned during World War II; why a stranger would look at him and say there are no “pure races” anymore; why a leading theatre company in our city unabashedly staged a yellowface production of an operetta; why kids on the playground pull back their eyes in a slant and spit out one of those ridiculous anti-Asian chants that just won’t go away. When I tell my son that he is Asian, mixed-race, multiracial, and a person of color, I’m not denying him parts of his ancestral-ethnic heritage. I’m teaching him about the race politics that intrude upon our lives whether we want them to or not. I’m preparing him to exist in a world that obstinately persists in being racially divided. And I’m trying to let him know something about the ways he has and will continue to be judged throughout his life, not because he’s white — but because he’s mixed with color.

tags: whiteness + mixed race + racism + ハーフ + 恵理子 +
do i need to call myself white when im white passing? i always feel like im not asian enough.

No, unless you want to identify that way.  You are your heritages despite not feeling “enough” of one or more of them.  

I’d suggest heading over to weareallmixedup and read up there about being white passing and people’s experiences with that.  Many white passing folks feel like you and have shared how they deal with the feelings and being told that they aren’t ______ “enough”.

tags: Aki + mixed issues + Anonymous +
Internalized shit that took me years to figure out: when white ppl say "it's a fetish in Japan" they mean "it's an American fetish about Japan"
tags: truth + fetishization + racism + justpar + Eri +
As a sjw blog, what do you think about the use of trigger warnings? Do you think we're reaching an excessive point? When do you believe adding trigger warnings becomes nothing but coddling? I get that many times we should warn our audience about certain content, and I agree we should put their safety first considering there are so few safe spots, but I sometimes wonder if we're reaching a point where we're skipping the acceptance stage of grief and making it harder. Do you think otherwise?

I’m not a psychologist, I know there are certain things I can be triggered by, and they’re pretty extreme, but I can’t determine how affected somebody else is by something that is harmless to me. It’s possible that there are some people who misunderstand the use of trigger warnings, and maybe call things they just really don’t like “triggers”. However, I have no way of knowing who those people are and not being their psychologist I can’t just assume that that’s the case.

tags: Anonymous + Eri +
The primary reason most westerners believe all Japanese women have high, squeaky voices is because Japanese voice actresses intentionally pitch their voice to sound higher than their normal voice in anime. Why does this happen? Are high-pitched voices a turn-on in Japanese culture?

This is a troll, but in case anybody actually had that misconception: 1. That is not the main reason this is a stereotype of Japanese women. Most Westerners do not watch anime, and even less watch anime in Japanese. It’s a stereotype because we are infantalized, and viewed as submissive giggling orientals.
2. Some female voice actors will have high-pitched voices because- you guessed it- it’s a cartoon! Like in Western cartoons, people will use different voices then how they sound in real life. In some anime people will use their regular voices. It depends on the level of realism, probably.

tags: Anonymous + Eri +
So i had unknowingly tried that stupid "manga eyes mascara" and holy shit allergic reactions and clumpy lashes -45/10 do not recommend
tags: Anonymous +
Thoughts on white Americans who visit Hiroshima's peace memorial museum?

One of the key purposes of the memorial is to make sure something like Hiroshima doesn’t happen again anywhere else in the world, so the more people who visit it respectfully, the better, IMO.

In future, though, can people please be more specific than “thoughts on”? We get way too many “thoughts on” questions to answer more than a tiny percentage. 

tags: Solace + Anonymous +

To the person in our inbox- you don’t need to try to scare me into not posting that one troll’s information. They’re gross and all that, but I don’t think what she did deserved having her information put out publicly. I’m fine with just blocking her. Also, yes, I had a lot more than her ip address, because she was careless. I didn’t think it would be okay to post her information.

Anyways, my point is just that you’re not as anonymous as you think, and don’t come to me being a screaming bigot when your contact information is all over the internet. Also, grow up a little.

tags: eri +





Apparently the Asian Republican Coalition is a thing. And they’re having a hard time recruiting Asian Americans.

So they decided to “broaden the footprint” of what counts as an Asian American. To include business guys who work in Asia. People married to Asian Americans. And Americans who have lived in Asia.

Nope. Just nope.

That’s still kind of restrictive. They might as well broaden it to any Republican who’s ever jerked off to Asian porn.

what about any republican who’s ever had an asian friend?

or like talked to an asian?

or eaten asian food?

Hahahahahahaha. Though this is interesting since I’m pretty sure although Asian Americans usually swing left, Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese communities have shown to lean more right than Chinese, Korean, Indian, and Filipino communities.

tags: good lord + the lengths they'll go to + mizmlee + queued +
partiallythere replied to your post: “i lob u bby you can backtrace my username and gain my selfies all you want givin u free reign bbygirl”:
He sounds like a whiny baby. Just expose his messages and let your followers report and block him. That’s what I would do.

Okay, you guys can do the same. Either way, don’t send them messages.

tags: partiallythere + eri + I think that people should realize that what they say isn't really that anonymous +
i lob u bby you can backtrace my username and gain my selfies all you want givin u free reign bbygirl


Should I just block them, or would it be wrong to post their ip address and other info? (mods I would like your opinion too)

tags: tw for + ableism + bitch + idk what else + motherhierophant + Eri +
my moms chinese and she has a lot of resentment for 5)3 Japanese because the Japanese occupation took place in the exact town where she grew up. she acknowledged that there were some pros to the occupation (beautiful city) but she still says things like "all Japanese ppl are cruel and selfish" and I just let her vent since she knows more than I do? should I say something

When she means “Japanese people” as individual Japanese, yes, that might be harmful, but only if she’s in a position of power over Japanese people, otherwise it’s just venting, like you said. And in the other sense of the word, “Japanese people” as meaning the collective political system, imperial war crimes and post-imperial denial, then she’s not wrong at all, and has every right to be angry at the occupation.

My reaction is colored by the fact that I’ve never met a Chinese or Chinese-American person IRL who said something mean to me or hurt me in any way because of the actions of the Japanese Imperial Army in WWII. This is including when I went to China and told people I was Japanese-American. Maybe that’s happened to other people, but not to me. So when people from formerly Japan-occupied countries say things like, “the Japanese were cruel and inhuman” I take it as a statement on politics, one that i can agree with, and not a statement against me personally.

tags: Solace + Japanese imperialism and racism + Anonymous +