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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’
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.
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.
a couple things…
Mako Mori is played by Rinko Kikuchi.
Rinko Kikuchi is 169cm (that’s over 5’6” to you funny folk stuck on the imperial system).
Which actually makes her TALLER than the average American woman. Hell, she’s probably taller than the average tumblr user given this age demographic.
So unless you also honestly conceive of everyday average Americans as super small, please stop referring to Mako Mori as “tiny,” “doll-like,” “child-sized,” or some equally nauseating, factually inaccurate descriptor.
Charlie Day’s Newton Geiszler is actually shorter than her. He’s also far less capable of defending himself. Pentecost, Raleigh, Hannibal Chau all tower over his puny ass.
AND YET: no one’s constantly referring to him as some itty bitty child/doll gee I wonder.
Stacker Pentecost: awe-inspiring, sure. Respected, definitely. But scary?
Raleigh greets the Marshal on how dapper he looks, then spends their subsequent scenes trailing after him like an over-enthusiastic golden retriever.
Mako repeatedly asserts her mission to avenge her family despite his reservations.
Herc comforts him on a first-name basis. Chuck pitches a tantrum in his own office. Newt and Gottlieb squabble at the top of their lungs and throw shit at each other in his presence.
Most of them disobey his orders. None of them hesitate to interrupt him. On what planet does this behavior signify fear to anybody? Did we see the same film?
I get it, we’ve been bombarded with one-dimensional portrayals of black men as scary. Black men with unrivaled expertise & dignity in positions of authority? “Terrifying,” to quote verbatim from countless fanworks.
If you’re writing some fluffy high school date AU and need to cast someone as the requisite shotgun-wielding dad, then ok whatev.
But if you think Stacker Pentecost’s terrifying, that’s your ish, because NONE of the characters do.
IDK, it would just be nice if we could enjoy these characters and their fandoms without mindlessly allowing the usual boring old bullshit preconceptions to intrude on the fun and creativity?
can’t wait for the next time someone uses the word ‘oriental’ around me to describe a person/peoples or place so i can tear apart why it makes absolutely no sense.
You’d be nice to have on hand the next time a white adoptive parent uses it to define the identity of their own child.
i am living cultural appropriation. something white ppl bought because they thought i was exotic and beautiful and world-embracing and then they thought they owned me.
Know your history.
Know other transracial adoptees’ histories.
Cultivate awareness of current events.
Connect the dots.
Review and reexamine previous notion that vehement opposition to this demand-driven, multi-billion, neo-imperialist industry is reducible to “view points.”
[Ask made rebloggable. Shoutout to AngryAsianGirlsUnited for the signal boostage.]
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