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Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged Orientalism

Apr 16 '14

milkyyeoja asked:

I am half Korean from my single mother's side.I don't speak korean, nor I am I extremely immersed in the culture, but I do know a lot about it and lived in several Asian countries. I don't look "asian" (apparently "exotic-ish" some kids say -_-) but i have been called chink and made fun of my heritage, but it is somewhat rare when that happens. I was wondering, do I have the right to call myself a women of color? my friends (who are all poc) say i have the right to, i don't want to sound racist

Sorry for the delayed response, swear I didn’t see the notification for this… yes I agree you’re a WOC. Unless of course you actually want to disavow your Asian heritage and identify as white (lol ew).

So long as you acknowledge a certain degree of passing privilege in light of us POC who can’t pass for white under any circumstances, then all’s good. X

p.s. And to hell with any ignorant asshole who tries to deny your heritage for not fitting some weirdass “exotic” Orientalist template.

Apr 9 '14
cesaire:

stabra:

after hearing about it through the submission to @angryasiangirlsunited, i checked out the trailer of Lucy and am even more disgusted. and so not surprised. whiteness is getting too old.


the upcoming movie lucy will feature the age-old racist narrative of pure white woman (scarlet johansson) being violated by scary, brown men. and the new white feminist trope of women gaining their power by violently eliminating brown men. who needs the white male savior when we now have white female saviors, taking it into their own hands to save their whiteness from all that non-whiteness. so radical.



You should read this analysis of the movie by Elaine Castillo

cesaire:

stabra:

after hearing about it through the submission to @angryasiangirlsunited, i checked out the trailer of Lucy and am even more disgusted. and so not surprised. whiteness is getting too old.

the upcoming movie lucy will feature the age-old racist narrative of pure white woman (scarlet johansson) being violated by scary, brown men. and the new white feminist trope of women gaining their power by violently eliminating brown men. who needs the white male savior when we now have white female saviors, taking it into their own hands to save their whiteness from all that non-whiteness. so radical.

You should read this analysis of the movie by Elaine Castillo

Apr 6 '14
bankuei:

thisisnotpinoy:

commiekinkshamer:

isanah:

anirresistiblysexyperson:

bevkatzs:

thisisnotpinoy:

Scarlett Johansson stars in the sci-fi film Lucy, a story about a white woman in Taiwan for some reason who suffers medical violence from savage Asians and is only important because of the research of a professor of color. 

“A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.”
"Lucy is set in a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts and corrupt cops. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts."
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Wow fuck you

oh my god this makes me so mad I can’t

in the trailer there’s a scene where she asks a taiwanese man if he speaks english and when he says no she literally kills him on the spot. but ~girl power~, right? it’s disgusting

Yay…justification for linguistic imperialism…

So just imagine this flipped: a drug addled foreigner with guns shoots anyone who can’t speak their language and holds doctors hostage.
…
But she’s the hero.  Oh, ok.

In which director Luc Besson just devolves even further into an Orientalist (Kiss of the Dragon, The Transporter) piece of garbage.

bankuei:

thisisnotpinoy:

commiekinkshamer:

isanah:

anirresistiblysexyperson:

bevkatzs:

thisisnotpinoy:

Scarlett Johansson stars in the sci-fi film Lucy, a story about a white woman in Taiwan for some reason who suffers medical violence from savage Asians and is only important because of the research of a professor of color. 

A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.”

"Lucy is set in a world that is run by the mob, street gangs, drug addicts and corrupt cops. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a woman living in Taipei, Taiwan, is forced to work as a drug mule for the mob. The drug implanted in her body inadvertently leaks into her system, changing her into a superhuman. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts."

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Wow fuck you

oh my god this makes me so mad I can’t

in the trailer there’s a scene where she asks a taiwanese man if he speaks english and when he says no she literally kills him on the spot. but ~girl power~, right? it’s disgusting

Yay…justification for linguistic imperialism…

So just imagine this flipped: a drug addled foreigner with guns shoots anyone who can’t speak their language and holds doctors hostage.

But she’s the hero.  Oh, ok.

In which director Luc Besson just devolves even further into an Orientalist (Kiss of the Dragon, The Transporter) piece of garbage.

Mar 28 '14
bankuei:

girljanitor:

phenomenon-intervention:

salviprince:

This asshole.

See, this is what’s going on here: Colbert thinks he’s making fun of Washington Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder and his open letter announcing a new charity to “make a real, lasting positive impact on Native American quality of life,” all the while defending the team’s name. With this little quip (which was also featured as a segment on his show, apparently), Colbert and his liberal white audience believe themselves to be SO OBVIOUSLY above and beyond racism to the point where they can ironically deploy racist slurs to ostensibly insult fellow white people’s ignorance, oblivious to the very real and still quite literal hurt that those slurs continue to evoke for its targets. Because, you see, the joke is not for Asian people. Here, Asians are just collateral damage in the service of white liberals enjoying the freedom to mock the people they deem the REAL racists (by racially mocking the people racists supposedly mock, funny how that works). And according to Colbert’s supporters, Asian people should understand that our role here is to swallow our discomfort and be appreciative that our pain was used as a comedic device for the greater goal of self-congratulatory “progressive” white entertainment.

Bolded- because that sums up my entire feelings about the Colbert Report and my criticisms of it. The whole, “I’m so above racism that it’s funny when I say racist things because I’m so OBVIOUSLY NOT-RACIST” thing needs to die ASAP.

Most telling because the backlash against the criticism?  Involved hundreds of white people throwing rape and death threats against women of color.
Huh.  ”No, no, it’s really OK to have 100s of white people threatening women of color to protect a white man’s joke.  IT’S ANTI-RACIST.”

^ye olde ballad of Cracker Von Patriarch

bankuei:

girljanitor:

phenomenon-intervention:

salviprince:

This asshole.

See, this is what’s going on here: Colbert thinks he’s making fun of Washington Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder and his open letter announcing a new charity to “make a real, lasting positive impact on Native American quality of life,” all the while defending the team’s name. With this little quip (which was also featured as a segment on his show, apparently), Colbert and his liberal white audience believe themselves to be SO OBVIOUSLY above and beyond racism to the point where they can ironically deploy racist slurs to ostensibly insult fellow white people’s ignorance, oblivious to the very real and still quite literal hurt that those slurs continue to evoke for its targets. Because, you see, the joke is not for Asian people. Here, Asians are just collateral damage in the service of white liberals enjoying the freedom to mock the people they deem the REAL racists (by racially mocking the people racists supposedly mock, funny how that works). And according to Colbert’s supporters, Asian people should understand that our role here is to swallow our discomfort and be appreciative that our pain was used as a comedic device for the greater goal of self-congratulatory “progressive” white entertainment.

Bolded- because that sums up my entire feelings about the Colbert Report and my criticisms of it. The whole, “I’m so above racism that it’s funny when I say racist things because I’m so OBVIOUSLY NOT-RACIST” thing needs to die ASAP.

Most telling because the backlash against the criticism?  Involved hundreds of white people throwing rape and death threats against women of color.

Huh.  ”No, no, it’s really OK to have 100s of white people threatening women of color to protect a white man’s joke.  IT’S ANTI-RACIST.”

^ye olde ballad of Cracker Von Patriarch

Mar 22 '14

amazing-how-you-love:

navigatethestream:

dylandigits:

In which I try to explain to western Buddhists why unsourced photos of Black women aren’t fodder for promotion.

No one ever addresses my initial question: Who is this woman? Does she have a name?

How is any of this dehumanizing and universalizing consistent with the notion of “Creating Enlightened Society”?

i have a similar problem with a lot of the pages related to Sufi Muslim mystic quotes on facebook

usually the images are always associated with white people and i’m like

"sufism as a tradition developed in the predominately POC eastern world. so how is it that thousands of years later a quote by Rumi, Hafiz, or Inayat Hazrat Khan gets paired up with a picture of a white person?"

but this also encapusulates the issues i had with the “westernization” of buddhism as a teenager trying to learn more about the various lineages. the post-racializing of religious discourse by white folks to commit their same old everyday fuckery

When I moved out west, I was struck by how white people who used images of Asian women to advertise their business or practice treated actual Asian women.  I thought it was me until two other Asian women moved to town and I saw the same smear campaigns from grown women against teenagers fresh off the boat from China, the land that these white people claimed as their spiritual birthplace. 

White ppl: "Let’s take Buddhist philosophy from the exotic Orient, water it down in a self-aggrandizing New Age Facebook campaign, then slap on a stock photo of this conveniently nameless African Earth Mother as our mascot!!!11"

Feb 21 '14

(Source: waveymaus)

Jan 22 '14

dustoffvarnya:

maybe it was the 80s or maybe it was just clueless adoptive parents or both, but i always feel bad when a krn adoptee gets named ‘kim.’

ew. omfg, I have also met white people who adopted girls from China and renamed them ‘Jade’

Jan 20 '14
"During the almost six decades that U.S. troops have been stationed in South Korea they have committed many crimes in the Korean communities (Ahn, n.d.). One group gathered crime reports and found that from 1945 to 1999, servicemen committed over 10,000 crimes (National Campaign for the Eradication of Crimes by U.S. Troops in South Korea, 1999). In 1992, the brutal rape and murder of Yoon Keum Yi, a prostitute, by a U.S. serviceman, generated public outrage about crimes committed by U.S. troops (Kim, 1997; Kirk, Cornell & Okazawa-Rey, 2000). More recent crimes include the stabbing murder of Si-Sun Li near a U.S. military base in 1998 and the beating death of a 31 year old bar waitress by two American soldiers in 2000. In both cases, the men said they got angry because the women refused to have sex with them (Associated Press, 1998; Associated Press, 2000).

The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), a security treaty, between the U.S. and Republic of Korea makes it difficult for Koreans to take legal action against U.S. troops, even when they have committed crimes (Moon, 1997). Created during the Cold War era, the U.S. was able to “negotiate separate and often unequal security treaties with each of its Asian allies,” providing few favorable provisions for countries like the Republic of Korea (Cornwell and Wells, 1999). While the Republic of Korea has some legal jurisdiction over crimes committed by U.S. troops, a clause in SOFA’s article 22 states that South Korea must give “sympathetic consideration” for any request made by the U.S. to waive its rights unless the case is considered of “particular importance” (Moon, 1997; “Activists intensify SOFA,” 2002). According to the National Campaign for the Eradication of Crime by U.S. Troops in Korea, the U.S. military is responsible for disciplining their troops, but frequently, when crimes are committed, the men are just moved to another post (Kirk & Okazawa-Rey; n.d.). In 1999, only 3.6 percent of all crimes committed by U.S. servicemen were brought to trial by the South Korean government (Young Koreans United, 2000).

In the climate of tolerance for crimes committed by U.S. troops, prostitution and trafficking for prostitution are among the most tolerated."

Hughes DM, Chon KY, Ellerman DP., Modern-day comfort women: the U.S. Military, transnational crime, and the trafficking of women (pdf)

Never in a million years would the U.S. tolerate this kind of abuse from a foreign power in a major city like New York, Miami or Los Angeles. Never. But that’s what they expect from the citizens of places like Seoul and Daegu.

(via pleonasmism)

more reasons to hate white men. They’d never pull this kind of shit in the states because they know they’ll get away with bullshit like this in east asia and believe asian women are submissive enough not to say anything.

(via fucknofetishization)

(Source: koreaunderground)

Dec 13 '13
zenosanalytic:

jopara:

thefemaletyrant:

vagabondaesthetics:

thefemaletyrant:


generalbriefing:


So….I totally never thought about this. I’m sure very few of you have. I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit disturbed…


Wow. Food for thought. I’m sure there’s an answer though.


Their names were translated/Anglicized after going from Greek to English.
The names of the Apostles are of Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew origins. The Hebrew, Aramaic and “Greek” named Apostles were:  Shim’on = Simon (Hebrew origin).  Y’hochanan = John (Hebrew origin).  Mattithyahu = Matthew (Hebrew origin).  Ya’aqov = James (Hebrew origin meaning Jacob).  Bar-Tôlmay = Bartholomew (Aramaic, which is related to Hebrew).  Judah = Jude / Saint Jude (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot, Hebrew origin).  Yehuda = Judas Iscariot (Hebrew origin, Betrayed Yeshua/Yehosua the Messiah).  Cephas / Kephas = Peter (Hebrew / Aramaic origin meaning “Rock”).  Tau’ma = Thomas (Aramaic origin).  Andrew = Andrew (Greek origin. Is the brother of Cephas / Kephas).  Phillip = Phillip (Greek origin).  You will note that there are only 11 names, that is because there were 2 Apostles named Ya’aqov (James), which brings the total to 12 apostles.
Link 

Thanks!

learning more from tumblr than college
yet again

Another fun little tidbid: look at the name we get Jesus from: Yeshua. Moving from Hebrew to Latin and Greek, the Y became an I, then a J when the “ya” sound shifted to “ja”. Look familiar? That’s right; Jesus’s proper Latinized name isn’t even Jesus, it’s Joshua :)
So why did the back change? Greek and Latin don’t have male names that end in vowel sounds; those are typically reserved for women particularly among the Romans where women were long named after their fathers (i.e. Julia is the feminine version of Julius, so it would be read by a Roman literally as “Julius’s daughter” or “Julius’s girl”. By-and-Large Not a fun time being a lady in Republic and Imperial Roman society). As such, a vowel-ending hardly seemed appropriate for their new man-god and they gave it a male ending, -us. Yeshua becomes Yeshuas, and because end-of-name dipthongs like that are also uncommon in Latin and Greek(this is one reason why ancient scholars assumed the Perseus stories and cult originally came from “The East” btw; the ancient Greeks blamed anything odd about the practices and stories of the common folk as coming from “The East”[mostly because they believed everyone to their North and West to be uncivilized savages with nothing to contribute to Civilization, even though most of the precious metals they used likely came from their North and West] so never let anyone tell you Orientalism is a new thing :p In modern times, classics scholars typically think it means Perseus predates the Indo-European Greek culture), it got taken out too, making Yeshus Iesus, then Jesus when J was invented :)

zenosanalytic:

jopara:

thefemaletyrant:

vagabondaesthetics:

thefemaletyrant:

generalbriefing:

So….I totally never thought about this. I’m sure very few of you have. I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit disturbed…

Wow. Food for thought. I’m sure there’s an answer though.

Their names were translated/Anglicized after going from Greek to English.

The names of the Apostles are of Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew origins. The Hebrew, Aramaic and “Greek” named Apostles were:

Shim’on = Simon (Hebrew origin).

Y’hochanan = John (Hebrew origin).

Mattithyahu = Matthew (Hebrew origin).

Ya’aqov = James (Hebrew origin meaning Jacob).

Bar-Tôlmay = Bartholomew (Aramaic, which is related to Hebrew).

Judah = Jude / Saint Jude (not to be confused with Judas Iscariot, Hebrew origin).

Yehuda = Judas Iscariot (Hebrew origin, Betrayed Yeshua/Yehosua the Messiah).

Cephas / Kephas = Peter (Hebrew / Aramaic origin meaning “Rock”).

Tau’ma = Thomas (Aramaic origin).

Andrew = Andrew (Greek origin. Is the brother of Cephas / Kephas).

Phillip = Phillip (Greek origin).

You will note that there are only 11 names, that is because there were 2 Apostles named Ya’aqov (James), which brings the total to 12 apostles.

Link 

Thanks!

learning more from tumblr than college

yet again

Another fun little tidbid: look at the name we get Jesus from: Yeshua. Moving from Hebrew to Latin and Greek, the Y became an I, then a J when the “ya” sound shifted to “ja”. Look familiar? That’s right; Jesus’s proper Latinized name isn’t even Jesus, it’s Joshua :)

So why did the back change? Greek and Latin don’t have male names that end in vowel sounds; those are typically reserved for women particularly among the Romans where women were long named after their fathers (i.e. Julia is the feminine version of Julius, so it would be read by a Roman literally as “Julius’s daughter” or “Julius’s girl”. By-and-Large Not a fun time being a lady in Republic and Imperial Roman society). As such, a vowel-ending hardly seemed appropriate for their new man-god and they gave it a male ending, -us. Yeshua becomes Yeshuas, and because end-of-name dipthongs like that are also uncommon in Latin and Greek(this is one reason why ancient scholars assumed the Perseus stories and cult originally came from “The East” btw; the ancient Greeks blamed anything odd about the practices and stories of the common folk as coming from “The East”[mostly because they believed everyone to their North and West to be uncivilized savages with nothing to contribute to Civilization, even though most of the precious metals they used likely came from their North and West] so never let anyone tell you Orientalism is a new thing :p In modern times, classics scholars typically think it means Perseus predates the Indo-European Greek culture), it got taken out too, making Yeshus Iesus, then Jesus when J was invented :)

(Source: stfueverything)

Dec 12 '13
"When I go to contemporary Asian restaurants, like Wolfgang Puck’s now-shuttered 20.21 in Minneapolis and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market in New York City, it seems the entrées are always in the $16–$35 range and the only identifiable person of color in the kitchen is the dishwasher. The menus usually include little blurbs about how the chefs used to backpack in the steaming jungles of the Far East (undoubtedly stuffing all the herbs and spices they could fit into said backpacks along the way, for research purposes), and were so inspired by the smiling faces of the very generous natives—of which there are plenty of tasteful black-and-white photos on the walls, by the way—and the hospitality, oh, the hospitality, that they decided the best way to really crystallize that life-changing experience was to go back home and sterilize the cuisine they experienced by putting some microcilantro on that $20 curry to really make it worthy of the everyday American sophisticate. American chefs like to talk fancy talk about “elevating” or “refining” third-world cuisines, a rhetoric that brings to mind the mission civilisatrice that Europe took on to justify violent takeovers of those same cuisines’ countries of origin. In their publicity materials, Spice Market uses explicitly objectifying language to describe the culture they’re appropriating: “A timeless paean to Southeast Asian sensuality, Spice Market titillates Manhattan’s Meatpacking District with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s piquant elevations of the region’s street cuisine.” The positioning of Western aesthetics as superior, or higher, than all the rest is, at its bottom line, an expression of the idea that no culture has value unless it has been “improved” by the Western Midas touch. If a dish hasn’t been eaten or reimagined by a white person, does it really exist?

Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, often claims that to know a culture, you must eat their food. I’ve eaten Vietnamese food my whole life, but there’s still so much that I don’t understand about my family and the place we came from. I don’t know why we can be so reticent, yet so emotional; why Catholicism, the invaders’ religion, still has such a hold on them; why we laugh so hard even at times when there’s not much to laugh about. After endless plates of com bi, banh xeo, and cha gio, I still don’t know what my grandmother thinks about when she prays."
Soleil Ho, “Craving the Other” (via cmao)