the wrong girl
Kim. 19, Female, Canadian-born, Multi-racial (Malaysian Chinese, English and Scottish), Bisexual, Vegetarian, University of Toronto student (International Relations, Politics, Women and Gender Studies).
I love cooking, reading, tea, and music. I mostly reblog K-pop, especially SNSD, Miss A and f(x).
I'm also into interior design stuff, politics, current events, women's history, literature, and vegetarian food.
Well that's me in a nutshell, hope you enjoy your stay :)
Stockton links the “queer temporalities” of children to “the philosopher Jacques Derrida’s notion of delay as the inescapable effect of our reading along a chain of words (in a sentence, for example), where meaning is delayed, deferred, exactly because we read in sequence, go forward in a sentence, not yet knowing what words are ahead of us, while we must take the words we have passed with us as we go, making meaning wide and hung in suspense.
— Kathryn Bond Stockton: “The Queer Child, Or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century”
There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
If we do not change our daily lives,
we cannot change the world.
❝Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
So when negative attitudes toward religion, in the West or elsewhere, are motivated by a concern for justice, they must be respected. In fact, one could argue that those who point out the hypocrisy of religious people who violate the ethical principles they proclaim, and who stand up against injustices perpetrated by religious figured and institutions, are actually strengthening and benefiting the traditions themselves. However, when assessing such criticisms, it is important to distinguish between criticisms directed at religion itself and those directed at the institutions of religion, which are two quite separate things. To my mind, notions of social justice are in no way contrary to the principles espoused by religion itself, because close to the heart of all great faith traditions is the aim of promoting humanity’s most positive qualities and nurturing such values as kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, and personal integrity.
Asian-American identity was meant to be a means to an end rather than an end in itself. It was created as an organizing tool to mobilize Asians to participate in the progressive movements of the times. It was as much a mechanism to identify with one another as to identify with the struggles of others, whether it is African-Americans or Asians overseas, and [significantly] it was less a marker of what one was and more a marker of what one believed. That it has now become synonymous with “pride in one’s ethnic heritage” is a complete evisceration of what it was originally, and what it was meant to BE.
- tumbling as a note to myself…contemplating what, knowing this, one can infer about the state of APIA coalition now and if the term is still effectively useful/applicable?
Yes, my ancestors made it in this country, but they made it against the odds…Many who came the hard road of our ancestors didn’t make it. Their bones are still in the mountains by the tunnels they blasted for the railroad, still in the fields where they stooped over the short-handled hoe, still in the graveyards of Europe, where they fought for a democracy that didn’t include them. Asian success was success with a dark, painful price.
To use that success to discount the hardship facing poor and working people in this country today is a sacrilege to the memory of our ancestors. It is an insult to today’s Asian-American immigrants, who work the double-triple shift, who know no leisure, who crowd two and three families to a home, who put children and old-folks alike to work at struggling family businesses or at home doing piece-work until midnight. Yes, we take pride in our success, but we should also remember the cost. The success that is our pride is not to be given over as a weapon to use against other struggling communities. I hope we will not be used to blame the poor for their poverty.
I love my Asian brothers, but I’ve lost my patience with malingering homophobia and sexism, and especially with using white racism as an excuse to resist change. You know, the “I have to be Bruce Lee because the white man wants me to be Tonto” line. Yes, the J-town boys with their black leather jackets are adorable, but the pathetic need to put down straight women, gays, and lesbians is not. To anyone in our communities who wants to bring their anger home, let’s say, “cut it out.” We will not be used against each other.