Mondoweiss — Last Sunday, Palestinian-American Buthayna Hammad attended a soccer match at BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston’s downtown 22,000-seat soccer-specific stadium, home to the Houston Dynamo. About 15 minutes after the game started Hammad was approached by the head of Compass Stadium’s security Nathan Buchanan. Soon she encountered a total of eight security officials, four from stadium security and the other four, Houston police officers.
Why? because she was waving a Palestinian flag. Stadium security informed her that her Palestinian flag implied a “racial slur” and therefore was in violation of BBVA Compass Stadium rules.
Hammad, a native of Houston, is an avid soccer fan. She attended the match with her “alt family from Honduras” including her Honduran boyfriend. The match was between Israel and Honduras.
The implications of this story are mind-numbing, and we’ll discuss that later. First, in Buthayna Hammad’s own words, cited in Free Press Houston (FPR): “Mere Existence of Palestine Deemed a ‘Threatening Racial Slur’ by the Houston Dynamo Organization.”
"I wore a Honduras jersey and was eager to cheer on this team, dressed to represent Honduras. To represent my own heritage as a Palestinian-American, I also brought my Palestinian flag. I made sure my flag was allowed (based on the size, etc.) and I was all ready to go. For the first 15 minutes of the match I stood up and cheered and stomped my feet with the rest of the crowd chanting “HON-DU-RAS” and waving my Palestinian flag, my colors vibrant and loud against a sea of blue and white…and apparently also racist.
I was told I had to sit down, which I did, only to be told to get back up again and follow the manager of security away from the stadium seats and into the concession area. I followed, and there waiting for me were three more BBVA security personnel and four police officers. When I asked them what was wrong, the manager of security, Nathan Buchanan, told me I am not allowed to carry this flag because it implies a “racial slur” and it is in BBVA Compass Stadium violation.
I asked him to show me evidence of his accusations and asked him how my flag, a part of my identity as a Palestinian-American, implies a racial slur. He could not answer whether he did not know or could not articulate why he was ordered to remove my flag and me from my seat. I was getting very emotional at this point, I had my flag wrapped around my neck like a scarf, and he said he would take my flag and “check it in” for me, that I was not permitted to return to my seat until I surrendered my flag.”
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It’s wild that in one place, a woman of color showing her own flag at a game stadium is considered a racial slur and she’s hauled away by security and in another place, white german Nazi sympathizers can literally walk onto the field in blackface during a game and the player HIMSELF has to shoo them off because no one gives a shit. We live in fucked up times still.
I hate when the media makes The Hunger Games look like a battle for love. Get your bullshit fantasies away. This is about murder, over powered government, and a girl trying to change the way things are. News flash not every girls fantasy is to find true love.
the irony here is that our media is doing exactly what the Capitol did in the books; downplaying the murder, focusing on the bullshit love story
and selling a matching makeup set so that you, too, can emulate a member of a fascist regime built on hypercapitalist exploitation
Christian Bale is going to play Moses and where oh where are all the white people who are always so angry about race bending and historical accuracy??? Where are you??? Why are you not outraged??? I thought movies had to be historically accurate and races should never change from the source material???
ETA: especially considering that white Europeans have colonized so many continents and forced centuries upon centuries of the “natives” to learn to prioritize and value European classic tales over their own.
If black, brown, yellow, red children around the world have been taught to love and demand Western narratives, then at the very least we should get to see ourselves in them.
k unlike suey park i’m not gonna pretend like my opinions are in any way representative for all asian americans, because like she mentioned, asiams are a heterogeneous population in the united states who have exceptionally varied experiences, languages, cultures, and immigration patterns/history
i’m a first (not a second~) generation asian american from beijing who lived in beijing until i was five. my first language was mandarin, and i only moved here because that’s where my parents were working and we wanted to be together. i lived, for most of my high school years, in a largely east and south asian community populated largely by first and second generation immigrants who often used ‘fob’ not as a point of ridicule of our parents (because i think most of us at least were aware of the sacrifices our parents had made to raise us in the states) but as a point of pride and as the foundation for community. fob can totally be something denigrating towards other asians, especially those who haven’t assimilated into white america, but it doesn’t have to be.
jose antonio vargas (filipino american) asserts that its offensiveness rests on who’s saying it and what their intentions are while jeff yang (later in the same article; chinese american) mentions that
When my generation used FOB, it used to be to distance ourselves (we who were born here) from those who weren’t. When more recent nerds use the term “fob,” it seems to be more to create or reinforce a connection with the person marked with the term, e.g., to actively embrace the fact that our community is not “just” American. At least, that’s what the Wus [the creators of MyMomisaFob.com and MyDadisaFob.com] and Eddie seem to be doing.
it’s also worth noting that the writer of the memoir, eddie huang, doesn’t seem to be very interested in distancing himself from his parents or his culture at all. he still speaks chinese, he cooks taiwanese food, and i read the memoir last summer, and while he doesn’t shy away from the problems he had with his father, he also doesn’t demonise his father as an immigrant. he goes to taiwan regularly and engages with traditional culture (traditional chinese medicine, tea culture) he has maybe six videos on youtube as part of his larger video series on food for vice — where he visits taiwan and you can tell he knows a lot? and isn’t ashamed of it? so i really don’t think the distancing applies here, though it might have applied to his childhood (but i think many of us can relate to that? i certainly can. i actually related to a lot of the parts of the trailer — being told that my noodles looked like worms, the insistence of bringing white people food for lunch, not thinking perhaps that my mom cared so much for me but then realising she would actually take the step to ~sue the whole school~ to protect me, and the entire taiwanese market vs american supermarket thing)
and i don’t personally (i mean this has always been my view but it’s not necessarily a totalising view across all asian americans, obviously) mind asian americans playing other asian americans, unless the media itself relies on anti-asian rhetoric or stereotypes to remain engaging (zhang ziyi and gong li in memoirs of a geisha and ken jeong in community, though it’s also worth mentioning that zhang ziyi and gong li are han chinese in china, where they are the ethnic cultural linguistic etc majority). because often times — and this is the fault of white supremacist america — we are conflated with each other anyway, so our experiences navigating white america have many commonalities and we share a lot of the same experiences. i cannot relate, for example, to many aspects of korean language or japanese culture or something like that, but most of my friends are in fact asian american (not necessarily chinese or taiwanese american) because we can laugh together about being labeled as perpetual foreigners even though our english is so much better than some of the white kids in english class, we can laugh together about growing up in an immigrant household — wanting white people lunch, for example, or going to x-language schools as a kid, or watching dramas and films from the motherland. so i don’t actually care that korean american randall park is playing eddie’s taiwanese father (though that accent needs working on).
it’s also worth mentioning that randall park starred in home is where the hans are, a web miniseries created by wong fu productions, which was written and produced by three sino americans who are generally quite adamant about representation of asian americans.
i also have a problem with the notion that asian americans can only play characters of their own ethnic background and should only stay within ethnic lines. it’s further alienating and distancing us from from mainstream acting? white actors play people of different ethnicity all the time? and it’s not mentioned and it’s not a thing. because we can accept the individuality of white people. so can we not accept the individuality of ((east) asians? or is the difference between the (east) asian cultures so insignificant that we have to emphasise them (and their people) as different? and if this is the case, why is media culture — and not individual asian american actors and producers who are trying to make a living — not to blame? (also worth noting: the creator of the show, nahnatchka khan, is herself asian american (iranian american, to be precise), and i at least hope that she’s not going to be the type of person who okays the mocking of immigrants when her parents are immigrants)
now i honestly don’t know how the show is going to handle its portrayal of its black characters and i don’t know if it’s going to be anti-black or how anti-black it’s going to be, especially given eddie huang’s participation with black american hip hop culture (i didn’t really personally have any opinion on it, based on the book, because i couldn’t really tell if he’s being appropriative or standing in solidarity? he said that he engaged in it because it too was an art form in resistance of white supremacy in america, but i also wasn’t sure where that engagement bled over into appropriation, and i think i mentioned before that i feel like the root of a lot of engagement for many (east) asian american men with hip hop is the (perceived) hypermasculinity of black men versus the emasculation of asian men, and how harmful that was because that hypermasculinity also makes black men hypervisual to white supremacy, and works in very detrimental ways? but that’s i think another conversation and i don’t know that it applies here; it’s been a while since i’ve thought about the book tbh)
but i think it’s worth noting, at least, that even if the tv series is definitely going to be sanitised from the book (memoir!father was very abusive, and randall!father doesn’t seem to be going into that direction, memoir!eddie became a drug dealer for some time, and i doubt they’d show that on a sitcom) it’s still based on the memoir, which was based on his life, and the incident in question did happen. and it’s true that it definitely could have been removed, or perhaps handled better (though we don’t yet know how the show is going to handle it?), but it didn’t come out of left field with a specifically white supremacist agenda (though of course that could be one effect of it?)
one thing i am exceptionally concerned about aside from how race is going to be handled is how non-asians will react to it. most of my asian american friends have more or less agreed with me (though you know often we are friends with people who share our views) that they could identify a lot with some of the scenes shown in the trailer. i’m worried that what we see as in-jokes and common experiences and mocking of white american culture is going to read, to people who don’t share these experiences — and particularly lbr white people — as “ha ha look at the silly immigrants they’re so weird and alien”
#also the chinese and taiwanese diaspora is not the same #? #like pls don’t say that it’s homogenising to cast a korean american as a taiwanese father #and then turn around to group chinese and taiwanese diasporas together #we have v dissimilar immigration patterns? #also there’s a lot of political implications in grouping us together even if we share a language and a culture #like yes i believe part of eddie huang’s family is taiwanese by way of mainland china #(his grandfather? i think? was born in south china) #but we’re still not the same either #i say ‘it’s worth mentioning’ and ‘it’s worth noting’ a lot haha #sorry if it got annoying :( #and lon #g #long post for ts #i mean feel free to challenge me on any of these i want to talk about it
Thank you. My reading of the situation at least in terms of shared experiences of different immigrants is lot closer to makomori’s than Suey’s.
Jessica Williams and Travon (one of the staff writers) do it again!
This is why white women can’t be in the natural hair movement
Had to bold that comment
Yoo Jae-myung, animation director of The Legend of Korra, discusses Nickelodeons initial hesitancy to accept Mike and Bryans proposal of the show… and Korra.
“The sequel focuses on the incarnation of the new Avatar, Korra, as she tries to save a city called the Republic City.”
“So, Korra is a young girl , not a boy. Heroes and protagonists are usually men.”
“That actually became a problem.
Nickelodeon was reluctant to produce this animated series at first because the protagonist was a girl.
I guess you could say that Americans are more conservative than Koreans.
The production was suspended just because the protagonist was a girl.
To compare this situation to a movie production, it’s as if the lead actor has already been cast, but the production agency decides to stop the filming because they don’t approve of the actor.”
Part 2: (x)
Full interview: (x)
You know what?
I’m blaming this. This is why we can’t have nice things. This is why we don’t get the episodes. This is why we don’t get commercials or proper advertising or merchandise. This is still prevalent, they’re still bitter about this, and their utter incompetence and ineptitude when it comes to marketing and promotion could not have POSSIBLY been the genuine reasons for this show’s troubles in the ratings, so it must have been because she’s a girl, so you see “we were right”. That’s all.
This viewpoint will continue until I have a better explanation from the studios. I don’t care if the episodes are on their website when I post this message and jump over to the site, my stance will remain the same. I want an explanation. If you’re not going to give me the product I want to invest in, I want an explanation as to why I can’t have it.
disappointed by the CBC news coverage of the assault on gaza. They acknowledge that the isreali attack on gaza is doing more damage than the hamas retaliation, but they still try to spin it as a two-sided issue. both sides are acting in violence, both sides need to come to the table for talks, etc.
for decades israel has been trying to wipe palestinians out of existence, through direct violence, destruction of livelihood, diversion of drinking water, etc. etc.—but any retaliation from palestine, any struggle to fight back, is viewed as terrible terrorism by the western world. it’s very frustrating to see it portrayed that way. civilians in gaza are going through hell right now, and mainstream news sources here still won’t acknowledge that israel is fully to blame.
Our media still can’t bring itself to acknowledge what we did - and continue to do - to the First Nations (read “Native Americans” for my readers South of the 49th), and we’ve been at it for five hundred years. You think we’re going to be any more prepared to acknowledge it when Israel does exactly the same thing to the Palestinians? We’ve got literally half a millennium of practice at blaming the victim to fall back on here.
And the more I think about it, the more real it becomes. Mulan spends virtually the whole movie concealing her sex, but projecting her physical and mental prowess all while having to listen to locker-room talk that depicts women as subservient and passive (most prevalent in all the musical numbers) – and for the audience, this is a great source of humor and dramatic irony. What resolves this irony in the end is that Mulan leads the effort that defeats the Huns and saves the emperor and China; therefore, she overcomes gender stereotypes and proves the worth of women in a society that demeans their existence to nothing more than child-bearing and domestic servitude.
Or rather, this might resolve the irony if she accepted the importance and validity of her actions. But instead, Mulan declines the emperor’s offer for her to live in the palace and consult with him in making significant military decisions; she opts to return to her domestic lifestyle because she’s “been away from home long enough.” She’s had her fill of adventure and showing her capabilities, now it’s time to go home where she can return to normalcy and forget her vocational hiatus. When Mulan sees her father at home, he lovingly welcomes her back into the family; she gives him the only tokens she has of her deeds as if to say, “Here, daddy, take my sword and medal – I don’t need them anymore considering the fact that I’m done playing dress-up and am ready to take my rightful place in society. And, after all, you’re the patriarch; it’s only right that I hand over my symbols of dominance to you!”“When Mulan sees her father at home, he lovingly welcomes her back into the family; she gives him the only tokens she has of her deeds as if to say, “Here, daddy, take my sword and medal – I don’t need them anymore considering the fact that I’m done playing dress-up and am ready to take my rightful place in society. And, after all, you’re the patriarch; it’s only right that I hand over my symbols of dominance to you!””
Aaaand this is what you get when you view asian myths and characters from a western perspective. Filial piety and respect becomes submission and deference. Throwing us under the bus and saying we’re weak because they don’t understand our culture. Smh.
Don’t make our stories about something they’re not. Mulan was never meant to be your girl power, stickin’ it to the world, white feminist hero and I don’t appreciate such liberties being taken with her.
#hah remember when white feminists were all over mako mori because they didn’t get the concept of filial piety?#yeah
Ugh yeah I get pissed off by that. And the thing is, that this kind of display of filial piety is SO FAR REMOVED from ‘submissive femininity’, because it’s usually the son’s role.
white feminism is so annoying uggggggh
Um?? Mulan does accept the validity of her actions: she takes back the tokens — the sword and the medal — home to bring honor and glory to the family name. Which is something that someone mentioned above, typically the duty of a son.
Also, like, it would actually be out of character if she stayed with the emperor at the end because that’s not filial piety. And Mulan is nothing if not the ultimate story of filial piety, and filial piety does not mean deference and submissiveness. It’s love, respect, and honor to the parents. It’s appreciating them for bringing you into this world and raising you and respecting them.
Like, in the beginning, she wants to be a good bride because she doesn’t want to disappoint her parents and family. She goes to war because she wants to save her father’s life. She declines the emperor’s offer and goes home because she misses her parents and doesn’t want to worry and upset them more. You’re completely misreading the ending scene if you think it’s her being submissive: it’s not ‘daughter giving symbols of her deeds of valor and worth to patriarch’. It’s ‘daughter gives symbols of her filial piety to father’. Also it’s her father acknowledging her deeds and saying that he’s so proud of her and loves her. And he doesn’t really care that she saved China. He’s touched that she risked her life to save his.
In essence —- FUCK WHITE FEMINISM AND THEIR WESTERN LENSES ON ASIAN CULTURE. Stop shitting on Mulan and saying it isn’t feminist or revolutionary just because you don’t understand it.
Also, my fellow Asian feminists should watch the opera version of Mulan because it’s riddled with a bunch of awesome symbols and it’s super feminist and revolutionary and beautiful and I 10/10 recommend. You can find it on Youtube I think. I remember looking up Mulan Ge Zai Xi when I was 13 and watching it in its entirety and being in complete awe.
People say “professional”
when what they really mean is “not having visual/behavioral markers of being poor, disabled, or culturally ‘other’”
which effectively shuts out of professional careers the very people who are most likely to be in dire need of income
I see your bullshit
"You can’t just change the race of cultural icons like Captain America! It’s an important part of their identity and message!"
Jesus: Ah yes.
Jesus: Can’t imagine who would do that.
Jesus: What a shame.
If you think all Black people’s blogs are “social justice” blogs, you’re racist.
I read some newspaper article recently that pretty much summed up Tumblr and the responses to it this way—privileged people who come here are shocked to see marginalized people talking about their experiences, so they think everyone’s just obsessed with social justice, rather than talking about their own lives.
Also, for many white people activism (and interacting with or professing care for people outside of their race in general) is tied with immaturity. For them it’s often just a pit stop on the way to embracing the system and adopting the same ideals as their parents.
It’s something they “do” in their teens and early twenties to be different, to be noticed, to feel superior, to feel significant, to show that they’re an independent thinker and their own person. Knowing the ins and outs of an issue isn’t really as important as “finding their voice” and the point is to be as loud and annoying to “the establishment” (Their parents) as possible to show they’ve grown up. In this effort they often change causes more often than underwear without accomplishing much.
Deep down they know they’re full of shit and so do their parents, which is why they put up with it up to a point. (The quote ”If you’re not Liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not Conservative when you’re 35, you have no brain.” really comes into play here. This is the standard progression for white people who have no “skin in the game”.)
Young white liberals become white conservatives (or “moderates” as they now prefer to call themselves) either when they get a job or have kids and they no longer need something artificial and foreign to them to give them a sense of purpose and importance OR when their repeated half-assed attempts at playing white savior are met with genuine criticism by the people they’re talking over and not helping. At that point they decide that “I’ve done all this for ‘these people’ and it’s not enough — I guess the stereotypes were right.”
SO… I think when white people see people of color and other oppressed groups advocating for themselves on Tumblr, Twitter and elsewhere online, they project their experiences onto others. For them “tumblr activism” is like their activism phase… something you can throw off and on at a whim and which doesn’t really affect you. They may have patience at hearing about oppression at first but after a while they get bored with it and want you to move on… to grow up… and grow out of it… like they did.
the first female chinese immigrant to america was a sixteen-year-old girl who was part of a cultural exhibit where she sat in a life-size diorama and people watched her eat with chopsticks while wearing silk clothes and that’s really all you need to know about the commodification of chinese women
Afong Moy. Her name was Afong Moy. Say the names of people who should be remembered.
^ reblogging for name
erasure of Asian people and characters is very deep rooted in American media and goes all the way back to conception—don’t let it persist!