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Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged korea

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 3 '14
ladymargo:

Dear Tumblr,
I just got around to seeing this movie, despite the fact that it did not get a wide-release.
Find it and watch it.
Believe me when I say, this film is in the same league of sci-fi/speculative film classics as Bladerunner and Children of Men.
This.
Movie.
Should have a HUGE fandom.
It deals with issues like class, caste-systems, oppression, and the nature of humanity in a way mainstream films like The Hunger Games never could.
Let me tell you a story about the film-maker Joon-Ho Bong. Some years back, I had the privilege of attending a screening of one his films and the man happened to be there. At that time, he’d already gotten some notice for making The Host, another awesome film that allegorizes heavy issues in humanity.
So, he does the q&a at the end and someone asks him why he’s never produced a Hollywood movie.
…And he says, paraphrasing; that Hollywood would never let him make the kind of movies he’d like.  He’d have to hire an all-white cast and the actors would have to fit a certain aesthetic. They couldn’t be non-white, older than twenty-five, or non-thin…especially actresses.
He said, it’s not worth selling out, when he can make the kinds of movies he wants in South Korea.
…And then he makes this.
I’d love to spoil it for you, but suffice it say it was, as all good speculative sci-fi is, very effecting for me.
Again, I beg you PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE.
And if you need more convincing??
Your faves are in it:  Octavia Spencer aka the above flawless actress in the poster, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and the father/daughter pair from The Host, Kang-So Hung and Ah-Sung Ko (which had me thinking AU!).
Now, I shall commence spamming my tumblr with Snowpiercer reblogs…
Apologies ahead of time.

ladymargo:

Dear Tumblr,

I just got around to seeing this movie, despite the fact that it did not get a wide-release.

Find it and watch it.

Believe me when I say, this film is in the same league of sci-fi/speculative film classics as Bladerunner and Children of Men.

This.

Movie.

Should have a HUGE fandom.

It deals with issues like class, caste-systems, oppression, and the nature of humanity in a way mainstream films like The Hunger Games never could.

Let me tell you a story about the film-maker Joon-Ho Bong. Some years back, I had the privilege of attending a screening of one his films and the man happened to be there. At that time, he’d already gotten some notice for making The Host, another awesome film that allegorizes heavy issues in humanity.

So, he does the q&a at the end and someone asks him why he’s never produced a Hollywood movie.

…And he says, paraphrasing; that Hollywood would never let him make the kind of movies he’d like.  He’d have to hire an all-white cast and the actors would have to fit a certain aesthetic. They couldn’t be non-white, older than twenty-five, or non-thin…especially actresses.

He said, it’s not worth selling out, when he can make the kinds of movies he wants in South Korea.

…And then he makes this.

I’d love to spoil it for you, but suffice it say it was, as all good speculative sci-fi is, very effecting for me.

Again, I beg you PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE.

And if you need more convincing??

Your faves are in it:  Octavia Spencer aka the above flawless actress in the poster, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and the father/daughter pair from The Host, Kang-So Hung and Ah-Sung Ko (which had me thinking AU!).

Now, I shall commence spamming my tumblr with Snowpiercer reblogs…

Apologies ahead of time.

Mar 26 '14

peaceshannon:

in regards to hyunsu’s murder, holt is now publicly saying that the bruises on hyunsu’s body could be “MONGOLIAN SPOTS” or BIRTH MARKS - audacious claims considering the AUTOPSY found “a fracture at the base of skull, bruises to the forehead, swelling of the brain and wounds to other parts of the body..blunt impact to the back from a linear and triangular shaped object.”

but why wouldn’t holt be audacious? this isn’t the first time children who have been adopted through holt have been murdered by their adoptive parents. in 2008, when four korean children were murdered by their adoptive parents, holt’s response was: “Holt International Children’s Services investigated and found that the Sueppels were a very good family when the children were adopted. They had no criminal records. Mr. Sueppel’s parents and brothers had decent jobs.”

apparently if you have no criminal record and your parents and brothers have decent jobs… by holt’s standards, you are a “very good family” - NO! yes, there is abuse in biological families but we can’t screen biological families before they have children. however, we can and SHOULD screen adoptive families rigorously before we place children in their care. clearly, the screening process at holt (who placed hyunsu AND the four 2008 murder case victims) and catholic charities (the american agency hyunsu was placed through) is NOT working.

holt must take responsibility for its part in hyunsu’s death!!

Mar 20 '14
lovesouthkorea:

Sinseollo (신선로) or yeolguja tang (열구자탕) (photo source)
Jeong Hee-Ryang (정희량), a scholar in the court of Joseon Dynasty’s King Yeonsan, turned to a hermit-like life in the mountains after being exiled and disillusioned from politics. He made a small brazier to cook his meals, a portable cooking vessel that would cook various vegetables in a single pot. He disappeared in the mountains and legend says he became a sinseon, so the cooking vessel was named “brazier for a sinseon”. (source: wiki)

lovesouthkorea:

Sinseollo (신선로) or yeolguja tang (열구자탕) (photo source)

Jeong Hee-Ryang (정희량), a scholar in the court of Joseon Dynasty’s King Yeonsan, turned to a hermit-like life in the mountains after being exiled and disillusioned from politics. He made a small brazier to cook his meals, a portable cooking vessel that would cook various vegetables in a single pot. He disappeared in the mountains and legend says he became a sinseon, so the cooking vessel was named “brazier for a sinseon”. (source: wiki)

Feb 25 '14
Feb 19 '14
Feb 19 '14
peaceshannon:

홀트아동복지회에게 현수의 죽음에 대해 책임묻습니다!! holt must take responsibility for the death of hyunsu!!

And for those unaware: Holt is the oldest and one of the biggest agencies in the whole international adoption industry, with major supply lines in Korea, Ethiopia, Haiti, China, India, Uganda, and Vietnam, to name just a few.

Under the manufactured threat of a mass slaughter of infants and children by advancing North Vietnamese forces, Western relief agencies and orphanages in South Vietnam, and finally the U.S. government, pressed into action a daring “rescue” plan dubbed Operation Babylift. Vietnamese children under the jurisdiction of the relief agencies and orphanages—along with any other child who was either handed to them or picked up off the street—were to be sent out of the country and placed with adoptive parents in Western countries. Aside from the fact that not all the children evacuated were orphans and adoption documentation was often illegitimate, the cargo plane that lifted the initial group of evacuees crashed, killing 141 of 149 children on board[…]Operation Babylift and Holt International Children’s Services, which ushered in the international adoption movement, were natural outgrowths of the “better dead than Red” mentality that reduced the complexities of the world to binary opposing forces. Working hand in hand with anticommunist fervor, the Christian evangelical movement spread the assumption that the people of Asia were incapable of taking care of their own.

peaceshannon:

홀트아동복지회에게 현수의 죽음에 대해 책임묻습니다!! holt must take responsibility for the death of hyunsu!!

And for those unaware: Holt is the oldest and one of the biggest agencies in the whole international adoption industry, with major supply lines in Korea, Ethiopia, Haiti, China, India, Uganda, and Vietnam, to name just a few.

Under the manufactured threat of a mass slaughter of infants and children by advancing North Vietnamese forces, Western relief agencies and orphanages in South Vietnam, and finally the U.S. government, pressed into action a daring “rescue” plan dubbed Operation Babylift. Vietnamese children under the jurisdiction of the relief agencies and orphanages—along with any other child who was either handed to them or picked up off the street—were to be sent out of the country and placed with adoptive parents in Western countries. Aside from the fact that not all the children evacuated were orphans and adoption documentation was often illegitimate, the cargo plane that lifted the initial group of evacuees crashed, killing 141 of 149 children on board[…]

Operation Babylift and Holt International Children’s Services, which ushered in the international adoption movement, were natural outgrowths of the “better dead than Red” mentality that reduced the complexities of the world to binary opposing forces.

Working hand in hand with anticommunist fervor, the Christian evangelical movement spread the assumption that the people of Asia were incapable of taking care of their own.

Feb 19 '14
Jan 23 '14

amazing-how-you-love:

peaceshannon:

peculiarwarmth:

peaceshannon:

BUILD FAMILIES NOT BOXES!! REBLOG PLEASE!!!

Stop the blind support of the babybox. While I’m sure the intent is good, in the end, it does more to exacerbate the social problems that essentially force single moms in Korea to give up their children. The answer is NOT to make it “easier” for women to abandon their children, but to give them a TRUE choice to raise them. (More info on the babybox here and stats proving that the babybox does NOT prevent infanticide here). 

We believe that every person has the right to family, and that we have a responsibility to help preserve families that are targeted by economic and social injustices. Moreover, we are distraught by the media’s celebration of the Baby Box as a humanitarian effort, while the fight for family preservation led by unwed mothers and adult adoptees has been overlooked. 

We’re raising the question: How do you define family? Share your story at #BuildFamiliesNotBoxes. KoRoot invites you to participate in our #BuildFamiliesNotBoxes social media takeover on Wednesday, January 22, Seoul, South Korea.

How can you help?

1. Update your Facebook profile photo with the attached image. 
2. Update your Facebook status with #BuildFamiliesNotBoxes. 
3. REBLOG, Tweet, Retweet, Reply to Tweets, and Favorite Tweets with #BuildFamiliesNotBoxes.

If a woman is going to abandon her baby because she can’t afford to look after it or for other reasons, I’m pretty sure she’ll go through with the plans to abandon the baby regardless of whether the box is there or not. If anything the box is a better alternative than a dangerous dark alley with rats and garbage, or a roadside on the motorway.

read the links. the babybox does NOT prevent infanticide. this means that the babies being put in the box are NOT babies that would otherwise be abandoned on the street but babies that would otherwise be taken to adoption agencies to be properly registered and ethically adopted OR even raised by the mother IF there were social support systems in place that would just give her a little help in the beginning. reading comprehension and basic logic. sigh.

I wonder what it’s like to be the nth person to respond to this with “ditch!” 

Adoptee:  The neoliberal treatment of children as commodity…

White person:  Ditch!

Adoptee:  But if we really want to save lives

WP:  Ditch!

Adoptee:  I just had a sandwich.

WP:  Ditch!

We could make a stellar drinking game over how white saviors’ already limited powers of comprehension completely fucking short circuit over “orphaned” babies of color.  srsly it’s like clockwork.

Jan 22 '14