George Rivera

As a kid I once wondered how blind people experienced race. So did Osagie K. Obasogie. Apparently they “see” it much as sighted people do:

Indeed, Obasogie argues, it is that continual filing away of information, and not any visually obvious reality, that trains us to see race and attach meaning to it. “We are all socialized to see race. But it’s only by talking to blind people that we really get a true understanding of how strong that socialization practice is,” Obasogie said. “What this study highlights is how the things that we think are obvious are often things that society works very hard to teach us.”

More here. Journal article here (pdf format).


Take a good look

Installation by Gardar Eide Einarsson

Visibility. It’s often mentioned as one of the issues faced by Asian Americans.  Because we’re so often left out of discussions about race.

But visibility is an issue for marginalized groups in general.  Because of the white lens.  We see ourselves, sometimes, as they see us through their racist imagination.  And we see ourselves, sometimes, through the lens we have internalized.  We see ourselves through the media, which promotes Amy Chua as our representative.

But we think critically, and we try to unpack the racist garbage that has been stuffed into our heads.  And we reject the Shelby Steeles and the Michelle M@lkins.  We know that despite the brown faces, they are not our sisters and brothers.

It’s easier with the overt supporters of white supremac!st thought.  Identification is easy.  Five minutes of Chua and you’re handed a bag of shit so big you can’t easily deny the stench.

So I initially felt pleased to receive a Chinadaily article link about the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick (although I have some trouble with that hashtag, which I may or may not elaborate upon later) with the byline of Kelly Chung Dawson.   But then I read the darn thing.  And then the follow-up.

Because the articles are just plain irresponsible journalism.  (I should note Dawson probably isn’t a journalist.)

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‘A tricky conversation for Asian-American feminism’

[N.B. The description of the users of the hashtag #asianprivilege as black feminists is incorrect.]

By KELLY CHUNG DAWSON in New York (China Daily USA)

When the feminist hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick quickly garnered 45,000 tweets over the holiday season in a conversation about the marginalization of Asian women, it also provoked the counter-hashtag #AsianPrivilege, which questioned whether Asian Americans could genuinely speak to the experience of discrimination. Continue reading


‘Latest victim of the LAPD’

She is a 27-year-old pharmacist who was out drinking with some friends.  The police picked her up for public intoxication.  Somehow she ended up lying in the street with a shattered jaw and torn clothing.  She was in a medically-induced coma because of bleeding to her brain.

Kim Nguyen is suing the LAPD.  She states she was being sexually abused by the police.  Video footage directly contradicts the officers’ version of the incident.  They claimed she accidentally fell from the car.  Story here.  More here.

Oh, and for an additional dose of WTF-ery, both officers have been identified as 1.5ers from Korea.