Kim. 20, Cis Female, Canadian-born, Multi-racial (Malaysian Chinese, English and Scottish), Queer, Student.

Cooking, reading, tea and music > everything.

I'm also into politics and feminism. I'm currently trying to find out more about East and Southeast Asian history in a futile attempt to both recover from 12 ish years of Eurocentric schooling and learn more about my ~culture's~ history.

Well that's me in a nutshell, hope you enjoy your stay :)
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Simplethings by Miguel — 75,491 plays
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 #reblogging again because it's relevant again
 #can't handle this
 #i need help getting through this week sigh
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 #this makes it seem so much cooler than it actually is
 #it's a good song though
 #break from toronto
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 #anything to get ford out tbh
 #olivia chow
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What I love the most about skulls is their “in your face” attitude

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 #also her french sucked ass and she gave up halfway through responding like 3 times
 #this fucking country
— Conservatives reject inquiry for murdered, missing aboriginal women


OTTAWA—The federal Conservatives rejected appeals for a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women Friday, drawing the ire of aboriginal groups and opposition critics.

A parliamentary report tabled Friday afternoon made 16 recommendations intended to address the violence faced by aboriginal women in Canada, but did not suggest the government set up an independent public inquiry — something that aboriginal groups and others have long called for.

“We continue to be, I find, treated as second-class citizens. You know, an aboriginal woman could be disposed of and that’s it, that’s all,” Claudette Dumont-Smith, executive director of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, said Friday.

“There’s no new action, just a continuation of what’s in place … . So what’s that going to change, really?”

Citing police data, the report notes aboriginal women accounted for at least eight per cent of homicide victims in Canada between 2004 and 2010, despite accounting for only four per cent of the total female population in the country.

Statistics Canada data has shown aboriginal women are at least twice as likely to suffer domestic violence than other Canadian women, and the report notes aboriginal women are much more likely than other women to be attacked by strangers.

In all, aboriginal women are three times more likely to become the target of violence than non-aboriginal women, according to the government’s data.

Despite those shocking statistics, the report notes that the scope of the violent situations experienced by aboriginal women is not “fully understood or quantified.”

Numerous groups, as well as opposition politicians, have called for a national public inquiry. Justice Minister Peter MacKay rejected the notion on Friday, saying the time for study is over.

“I do not want to stop the action and the forward-looking policies of this government to stop and have an inquiry,” MacKay said in the House of Commons Friday. “I want to say we will keep doing what we have been doing.”

MacKay has said the Conservatives intend to continue “strengthening” Canada’s criminal justice system to respond to the concerns, and pointed to a number of pieces of legislation passed by the government to do just that.

The report noted that the situation facing aboriginal women in Canada is exceptionally diverse, encompassing the experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women, as well as those living in urban and rural settings. Indeed, it suggests a national strategy may not even be possible.

"This diversity of experiences makes it impossible to develop solutions solely at the national level,” the report notes. “The most important role the federal government can play is to support initiatives coming from communities themselves.”

In a dissenting opinion from the committee’s report, the New Democrats suggested the government’s response amounted to little more than the status quo.

“What is shocking is that the government continues to ignore the very passionate calls from families across this country that the status quo is simply not good enough,” said the NDP’s aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan).

“We had certainly been hearing that people had been waiting anxiously for this report and they’re simply not going to accept (the) status quo, and so I look for indigenous women and children and their families to have a response to this.”

In addition to a national public inquiry, the NDP are calling for “adequate funding” to address the lack of resources for Aboriginal women’s shelters, for housing, and for education for women and girls.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada has identified at least 582 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women and girls across the country.

I was at Question Period on Tuesday and there were like 5 NDP & Liberal MPs in a row who asked for a PUBLIC inquiry, and all Kellie fucking Leitch (Minister for Status of Women) would say was 5 separate reiterations of

"We express our deep condolences to the family of Loretta Saunders, and would like to remind the opposition that we have taken action and we will continue to take action against violence against ALL women"

I fucking can’t with this government I just fucking CAN’T. “action” is like their favourite word but it doesn’t mean shit.

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 #loved them for 8 years will never stop
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me screaming from the top of every mountain (via venchy)

(Source: factoseintolerant)

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 #fucking flawless queen oh my godDD
 #this dress is so gorgeous and flowy and amazing
 #lupita nyong'o

Lupita Nyong’o at the 86th Annual Academy Awards
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 #bonita lawrence
 #enakshi dua
 #decolonizing antiracism
"In summary, critical race and postcolonial theory systematically erases Aboriginal peoples and decolonization from the construction of knowledge about “race,” racism, racial subjectivities, and antiracism. This has profound consequences. It distorts our understanding of “race” and racism, and of the relationship of people of color to multiple projects of settlement. It posits people of color as innocent in the colonization of Aboriginal peoples. Left unaddressed is the way in which people of color in settler formations are settlers on stolen lands. It ignores the complex relationships people of color have with settler projects. Although marginalized, at particular historical moments they may have been complicit with ongoing land theft and colonial domination of Aboriginal peoples. It distorts our writing of history; indeed, the exclusion of Aboriginal people from the project of antiracism erases them from history."

Bonita Lawrence and Enakshi Dua, “Decolonizing Antiracism

I’ve discussed this issue before on my weekly podcast with unapologetically-yellow, but I’m revisiting this amazing piece by Bonita Lawrence and Enakshi Dua now after watching a great anti-racism advocate that I follow erase indigenous struggles yet again. It’s disturbing for me because despite ostensible calls for solidarity and a passion for social justice, anti-racism advocates and both critical race and postcolonial theorists perpetually overlook and erase the struggles of native peoples. The word “post-colonial” in and of itself is problematic because it ignores the fact indigenous peoples in the Americas are still undergoing colonization and being subjected to genocide. When we erase native struggles as social justice advocates, we are being complicit in the ongoing colonization and genocide of native peoples whom our settler-colonial states ultimately want to “disappear”— from our public discourse and ultimately from our world as well. 

We also ignore our complicity as non-native people of color (along with white people) in this ongoing process of colonization and genocide with our very presence on indigenous lands. We forget historical facts like the Buffalo Soldiers, black soldiers for the US army who actively worked to dispossess native peoples of their lands in the West. We forget the “resounding silence” from suffragists, abolitionists, labor leaders and other incredible activists like Frederick Douglass around land theft and native genocide. We forget the unspoken assumption in “40 Acres and a Mule,” in which little discussion was made of whom those 40 acres originally belonged to. We forget that the same week that President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, he also ordered the largest mass hanging in U.S. history of 38 Sioux Native Americans for rebelling in Minnesota.

[image description: a newspaper clipping stating, “Lincoln Ordered the Greatest Mass Hanging in America’s History” and describing the execution of 38 Sioux Native Americans for rebelling in Minnesota]

As Lawrence and Dua state:

Such events suggest connections between the anti-slavery movement, the ongoing theft of Indigenous land, and the forced relocation or extermination of its original inhabitants. 

When Toni Morrison states that “modern life begins with slavery,” a statement which is true in many ways, how does that at the same time not contribute to the erasure of Indigenous presence and the genocide and colonization of native lands which preceded and occurred concurrently with and continued after the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade?

Ultimately, though, the biggest crime comes when we forget that the lands we live on (even as non-native POC) are ultimately not our own and carry deep political and spiritual significance to the native and indigenous peoples who were the original inhabitants of that land. We are also settlers.

Janani Balasubramanian of BlackGirlDangerous in a phenomenal piece titled, “What Do We Mean When We Say Colonized?" breaks this down succinctly by saying at one point:

Decolonization is not a metaphor.    I’ve witnessed multiple non-Indigenous POC talk about creating ‘decolonized spaces’ or ‘decolonizing our minds’.  Decolonization is not a just a set of processes to create more just racial relations.  In the US, it literally involves unsettling non-Indigenous people. From Tuck and Wang’s article ‘Decolonization is not a metaphor’: ‘Decolonization brings about the repatriation of Indigenous land and life; it is not a metaphor for other things we want to do to improve our societies and schools.’

This is not an exercise in “oppression olympics” but it is a call for all of us non-natives interested in social justice to understand the fundamental differences between our struggles and those of indigenous peoples, and for us to acknowledge and respect those differences. For us to understand that we are also settlers on native lands and that decolonization and reclaiming a relationship with the land lay at the center of native and indigenous struggles. That we not overlook and ignore native struggles and decolonizing discourse, but center them instead. And we realize that academic work in Critical Race Theory and postcolonial theory are far from perfect, and do tend to explicitly and repeatedly exclude indigenous voices and the importance of decolonization as well, to incredibly damaging effect. Anti-racism discourse as we know it is does not center decolonization and tends to not be very inclusive of indigenous struggles and the specific ways in which they are racialized and oppressed in turn.

The entire piece by Lawrence and Dua is fantastic and I highly recommend it, particularly for non-native POC like me, working to navigate and understand our place within imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy and our complicity in the colonial projects of the U.S. and Canada, which inherently hurt indigenous peoples every single day. 

(via caprediem)

One of the most important things that happened to me this year was my “Gender and Post Colonialism” professor deciding to focus the entire course on settler-colonialism and indigeneity.

She pulled a switch on all of us in the class who were expecting to read the introductory “classics” in post-colonialism, and she forced us to literally walk around our communities and learn about the real history of our city - she basically forced all of us self described ~anti-racist~ students to deconstruct our own communities, and it was really eye-opening.

This Lawrence & Dua paper was assigned to us and is fairly specific to Canada, and the GTA, but it’s an amazing read and incredibly important.

(Source: owning-my-truth)

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 #thank goodness the canadian women beat the americans today
 #right after yuna got robbed of gold
 #because this shit was so frustrating
 #but yes
 #yuna kim
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 #malaysian food
 #asam laksa
 #stock tips
 #it took three hours to make though
Made Asam Laksa with my sister and my mom, so good.

Stock: Lemongrass, galangal, dried tamarinds, belachan paste (roasted before putting in he stock), red chilies, mint, daun kesom, whole mackerel w/ bones taken out after boiling then crushed, green onions, ginger, pineapple cores. 

Served over rice noodles and garnished with pineapple, cucumber, red onion, mint, daun kesom, mackerel, red chilies and Rojak sauce.
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