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angrywocunited:

[Trigger Warning: This video contains discussions on sexual slavery, abuse, rape, and violence]

COMFORT WOMEN WANTED, a very short documentary filmed by Chang-Jin Lee discussing the lives of Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Filipino, and Dutch “Comfort Women” survivors, and a former Japanese soldier. Comfort Women comprised of 200,000 young women and girls, referred to as “Comfort Women,” who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army. The title, COMFORT WOMEN WANTED, is a reference to the actual text of advertisements which appeared in Asian newspapers during the war. When advertising failed, young women and girls from Korea, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Netherlands were kidnapped or deceived then forced into sexual slavery. These women and girls were raped and beaten by 50-100 soldiers a day at military rape camps, known as “Comfort Stations.” There are estimations that only 30% survived the ordeal. The “Comfort Women System” is considered the largest case of human trafficking in the 20th century. The remaining Comfort Women are now in their 80s/90s still waiting for a formal apology from the Japanese government, which has attempted to suppress, silence, and erase the issue to the extent of protesting the Comfort Woman statue. Just recently, the imbeciles at Gawking’s Valleywag published an article called “Start-up Flying Dateable Women to San Francisco Like It’s Imperial Japan” essentially trivializing and romanticizing the experiences of Comfort Women and stating it’s “inspiration” from the Comfort Women of World War Two. Many Asian and Asian American readers demanded the removal of the article and an apology. But the writer, Nitasha, wrote a lazy apology instead of constructing an in depth apology, and the article is STILL on their websiteDespite the growing awareness of the issue, this aspect of history has been at most unacknowledged. In this documentary, Chang-Jin Lee attempts to bring light on the organized violence against Comfort Women, and to create a constructive dialogue for the future by acknowledging their place in history. 

 

Hello I sent an ask a while ago about using chopsticks more often than forks, etc. due to some personal issues with texture and concern over someone that called me a weeaboo over it. I can't find ANYTHING that addresses that sort of thing and I've been avoiding using them for a couple of weeks now because I'm concerned it's not okay for me. If you ignored my ask for a reason or just didn't feel like it I'm sorry for bugging you again but I wanted to check and see if maybe you didn't receive it.
Anonymous

no no it’s okay to eat with chopsticks 

as a disclaimer I will say that there are weeaboos who do it for ridiculous reasons but you’re fine

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Response to retaliation of the oppressed: in the civil rights movement there were violent groups opposing racism but the ones that prevailed were peaceful. As a black male I really dislike the white hatred on tumblr cause we should be past racism.
Anonymous

No, the ones that were favorably talked about by the white media were the ones they could paint as the least threatening while demonizing the rest. 

"As a black male I really dislike the white hatred on tumblr cause we should be past racism." 

really? Could you sound any more like a white person pretending to be something else? jfc

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Is Amy Tan not a good Asian American writer, or is it just that she's the only one most people know, which is why the list was about books that she hadn't wrote? I remember reading one of her books in high school, The Joy Luck Club, and thought it was good, but then again I didn't know much about these kind of things back in high school either.
Anonymous

Although I’m not a fan, I think Amy Tan is a great writer and technically very talented, but she’s been institutionalized as the Asian-American writer who represents Asian-Americans accessibly to white audiences. This isn’t her fault, but her fame tends to drown out our other writers who write in different styles or with markedly different subject matter, who are then judged against her and taken as not representative. 

For more specific perspectives I’d suggest talking to a Chinese-American writing blog or forum.

That ask about half Japanese people reminds me how this "artist" who made a super offensive video about mixed Japanese girls acting like weaboos commented that "they're wannabe japanese anyways, they're not really japanese LOL" and it still really pisses me off.

wow I would have to fight someone

Look, I'm not denying that white people have treated POC poorly in both the past and now. But how is blaming us for everything and confronting hatred with more hatred going to fix anything? I'm not responsible for what my ancestors did to yours! So why must i be attacked for being white? I want peace just like the rest of you.. but i dont think racism is as bad or as serious as it was YEARS AGO. Just something to think about. I'm sorry for being white :(
Anonymous


Que tu l’mérites,
Vous avez de la chance qu’on vous aime,
Dis moi merci,

Rendez-vous, rendez-vous, rendez-vous au prochain règlement,
Rendez-vous, rendez-vous, rendez-vous surement aux prochaines règles.

Cette fois c’était la dernière,
Tu peux croire que c’est qu’une crise,
Matte une dernière fois mon derrière,
Il est à côté de mes valises,
Tu diras au revoir à ta mère,
Elle qui t’idéalise,
Tu ne vois même pas tout ce que tu perds,
Avec une autre, ce serait pire,

Quoi toi aussi tu veux finir maintenant,
C’est le monde à l’envers,
Moi je le disais pour te faire réagir seulement,
Toi t’y pensais,

Rendez-vous, rendez-vous, rendez-vous au prochain règlement,
Rendez-vous, rendez-vous, rendez-vous surement aux prochaines règles.

Facile à dire,
Je suis “nian nian”,
Et que j’aime trop les “bla bla bla”,
Mais non non non, c’est important,
Ce que t’appelles les “ragniagnia”.

Tu sais la vie c’est des enfants,
Et comme toujours, c’est pas le bon moment,
Ah oui pour les faire, là tu es présent,
Mais pour les élever, il y aura des absents.

Lorsque je ne serais plus belle,
Ou du moins au naturel,
Arrête je sais que tu mens,
Il n’y a que Kate Moss qui est éternelle.

Moche ou belle, c’est jamais bon,
Bête ou belle, c’est jamais bon,
Belle ou moi, c’est jamais bon,
Moi ou elle, c’est jamais bon,

Rendez-vous, rendez-vous, rendez-vous au prochain règlement,
Rendez-vous, rendez-vous, rendez-vous surement aux prochaines règles.

Tous les mêmes, tous les mêmes, tous les mêmes,
Et y’en a marre,
Tous les mêmes, tous les mêmes, tous les mêmes,
Et y’en a marre,
Tous les mêmes, tous les mêmes, tous les mêmes,
Et y’en a marre,
Tous les mêmes, tous les mêmes, tous les mêmes.

I know this is kind of a grey area, but I was wondering- about the kimono question a different anon asked, I get that we shouldn't buy a "kimono" from places like VS, but what if they're described as "kimono[/other cultural item] inspired"? I've seen clothes described that way and don't want to buy them if that will be problematic. Sorry if this has been asked before, but I didn't see it in the FAQ/links.
Anonymous

Yeah no because it is usually people not of those cultures engaging in cultural appropriation to profit off bastardizations of our cultural items, using our terms to hype up and sell “trendy” shit as “exotic” or “foreign”.

Hikosaemon from YouTube, says " Japanese Only " signs are racist -__-
Anonymous

They are a white New Zealander.  That is all I need to know.

thisisnotchina:

since two anons asked about this, i’m making a separate post for this.

some asian american books/writers (that aren’t amy tan) that i would personally recommend are:

  • nora okja keller, comfort woman
  • fae myenne ng, bone
  • yiyun li, a thousand years of good prayers
  • jessica hagedorn, dogeaters
  • david henry hwang, m. butterfly
  • theresa hak kyung cha, dictee
  • marilyn chin, revenge of the mooncake vixen
  • rahul mehta, quarantine
  • ruth ozeki, my year of meats
  • lan samantha chang, hunger
  • cheryl lu-lien tan, a tiger in the kitchen
  • jhumpa lahiri, the namesake

comics/graphic novels:

  • adrian tomine, shortcomings
  • gene luen yang, american born chinese

anthologies/literary journals:

  • charlie chan is dead (2 volumes)
  • asian american literary review (biannual publication)
  • how do i begin? a hmong american literary anthology

i haven’t actually read their work but i’ve also heard good things about chang-rae lee and ha jin

-e

p.s. feel free to add to this list

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IF YOU'RE HALF JAPANESE YOU'RE ONLY ALLOWED HALF OF THE JAPANESE CULTURE SO GIVE SOME AWAY TO US DIVINE WHITE IMPERIALISTS
Anonymous

Hey I'm really sorry about this but in your faq you said only to wear a kimono when invited to or getting married but what do you think of people wearing "kimonos" like the ones you can buy in topshop? I'm just unsure because while they are called kimonos they aren't traditional kimonos so I don't know if that means the naming of them is wrong or if I shouldn't wear them or both.
Anonymous

How about you don’t buy them or wear them because you support cultural appropriation and bastardization when you do.

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broken-skies-and-angel-wings:

radicalrebellion:

val-kyrie-bliss:

I’m so tired of people who are a minority hurting their oppressors back as retaliation. Your hurtful actions against your oppressor are not justified, even if you are being oppressed. You’re just becoming the same kind of person they are. So stop.

This the type of shit white people say that let you know they not really about this anti-oppression life.

No it’s the type of shit a decent fucking person says. NO ONE SHOULD BE GETTING HURT. NO ONE. If you’re being oppressed you have a right to be angry and upset towards the people oppressing you, and you can yell or fight them, but don’t just go after an entire group of people because then you’re doing the same fucking thing

tell me how an oppressed person would have the power required to go after their oppressors as a group? because I thought that being oppressed meant you didn’t have the institutional power to do that or you wouldn’t be oppressed

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comfemgem:

val-kyrie-bliss:

I’m so tired of people who are a minority hurting their oppressors back as retaliation. Your hurtful actions against your oppressor are not justified, even if you are being oppressed. You’re just becoming the same kind of person they are. So stop.

Peak Liberal

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Just wanted to let you know I do really appreciate when you answer questions for even simple questions (which you are in no way obligated to do). I know this isn't the case for everyone, but with my disability a lot of questions that seem simple to Google are in fact incredibly difficult to get an answer to that I can comprehend or even find. There's this weird place where it's like... no way is demanding an education okay, but finding it yourself can be extra difficult for people like me.

Yeah personally I don’t usually have a problem with people who are genuinely trying to figure things out, but I think reading the faq clears up almost all of these basic questions that we keep getting. Although, if you have any kind of disability that makes things more difficult I don’t have a problem accommodating(especially because I deal with a mental disability myself), so don’t worry about it. 

basically there are two kinds of people that ask those questions and while one I don’t mind that much the other irritates me to no end, and I usually have no way of knowing which is which. 

i can understand why it would be annoying for white people to be constantly asking things for whatever reason but whenever i ask something it's because i like to hear your personal opinion on it.
Anonymous

Yeah it’s just when you hear “is kotatsu appropriation?” “are chopsticks appropriation?” “is soysauce appropriation?” “should I stop watching anime?” “can I use a bento box?” “Can I learn Japanese?” over and over and over it’s frustrating because it starts to detract from the overall conversation to talk about things that aren’t of much consequence and can be figured out on their own.

I don’t think people should stop asking these questions because the fact that people are begging to think about these things are important, but it gets really tiring to get asked if eating with chopsticks is cultural appropriation. Also, particularly with something like that it feels like the asker is really missing the point and cannot see the bigger picture of white supremacy and oppression that actually affects us. 

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