Shake the [System]
Shoutout to all the revolutionary people of color of today and yesterday:

traumachu:

I used to be the one who said, “I don’t mind.”

”I’m Asian and I don’t mind”

"I’m a woman and I don’t mind"

"I’m queer and I don’t mind"

- So why don’t the rest of you just lighten the fuck up.

In fact, I’m Asian and I think it’s funny.

It’s just a joke.

You say it…

Finally, APAs must be mindful of their own blindspot: We possess a “simultaneity” in which we can be both victim and perpetrator of racial oppression. We must reject a self-congratulatory embrace of the model minority myth and reject policies justified only by the narrowest self-concern. Most importantly, we must denounce the prejudice within our own communities, which allow us to care less about social justice and more about individual self-interest.
Beyond Self-Interest: Asian Pacific Americans Toward a Community of Justice [x] (via baritonepats)
Recently, opponents of race- and gender-based affirmative action have advocated replacing it with class-based affirmative action. But these two programs are not mutually exclusive. Universities, for example, can and do consider multiple “diversity” factors—not only race, but also socio-economic disadvantage—in its admissions decision. We must also recognize that the two programs target different, although somewhat overlapping, problems. In particular, if social contact among the races is necessary to decrease racial prejudice, a race-based affirmative action program is better tailored to promote racial harmony. Finally, we must ask whether class-based affirmative action is being offered only as a ruse, to assuage progressives while dismantling race and gender-based affirmative action. A genuine commitment to class equality would lead one to target resources at an individual’s formative years—with anti-poverty programs that provide adequate housing, nutrition, and education to children. But oddly enough, the programs mentioned so far would instead give mild preferences late in life, in admissions or employment. This should give use cause for skepticism.
Beyond Self-Interest: Asian Pacific Americans Toward a Community of Justice [x] (via baritonepats)
All Americans should be shocked to learn that naturalization rights were granted to Asians only in the mid-twentieth century: in 1943 for Chinese, 1946 for Asian Indians and Filipinos, and 1952 for all other Asians. Thus, only a half century ago, America considered
Asian immigrants so debased as to be barred from the fold of citizenship.62
Beyond Self-Interest: Asian Pacific Americans Toward a Community of Justice [x] (via baritonepats)
There are no Asians in Asia, only people with national identities, such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Vietnamese, and Filipino. But on this side of the Pacific, there are Asian Americans.
Ronald Takaki, “Strangers from a Different Shore” (1998)
It’s beginning to feel real! #graduation #du

It’s beginning to feel real! #graduation #du

Students of color are allowed to enter the classroom but never on an equal footing. When they walk in, they are subject to the same racial stereotypes and expectations that exist in the larger society. Students of color do not have the advantage of walking into a classroom as individuals; they walk in as black, brown, or red persons with all the connotations such racialization raises in the classroom. They do not walk into a classroom where the curriculum embraces their histories. They walk into a classroom where their histories and cultures are distorted, where they feel confused about their own identities, vulnerabilities, and oppressions. There is no level of liberal reforms that can alter these experiences for students of color without directly challenging the larger systems in society.
Critical Race Theory Matters: Education and Ideology | Margaret Zamudio, Caskey Russell, Francisco Rios & Jacquelyn Bridgeman (via sinidentidades)
Sitting in my last class of my undergraduate career #graduation

Sitting in my last class of my undergraduate career #graduation

Writing a thesis has been one of the most rewarding experiences of college. But now that it’s done, I guess it’s time to return all the books I borrowed. #thesisproblems #asianamericanstudies

Writing a thesis has been one of the most rewarding experiences of college. But now that it’s done, I guess it’s time to return all the books I borrowed. #thesisproblems #asianamericanstudies

It’s a Hawaiian Shaved Ice sort of day! #du #maydays

It’s a Hawaiian Shaved Ice sort of day! #du #maydays