New York artist Donna Choi wanted to create a “weird, memorable way” to discuss fetishization of Asian women, so she put together a satirical series about how to diagnose Yellow Fever—the specific obsession many Western men have with Asian culture.
The over-the-top series is a discussion of race crafted for the attention span of the Internet.
Before I saw those pictures of her online Monday morning I didn’t know who Julianne Hough was. Even after Googling her, I’m still not entirely sure. Ballroom dancer and country music singer? Which is it, Julianne, did you have a hit song or were you just on Dancing With the Stars?
When I spoke to Mikki Kendall on August 14, just two days after she started the nationally trending Twitter hashtag#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, she was tired. The discussion started on Twitter had spurred much-needed and long-ignored conversations about the treatment of women of color by Big Name Feminism.
A dialogue between two siblings highlights the messages internalized from growing up as an "other" in America.
"Growing up, I really hated being Chinese. I had so many feelings I couldn't explain- shame, guilt, discomfort. More than anything else I felt the painful desire to be normal, to be completely accepted as American. And it hurts me now to see my brother going through same thing as I did."
Barack Obama at this morning's press conference on the death of Trayvon Martin.
President Barack Obama has spoken out relatively rarely in his presidency on the big, controversial issues that dominate our headlines. In an analysis this week, the New York Times described his political strategy as a "hidden hand," saying: "While other presidents have put the bully in the bully pulpit, Mr. Obama uses his megaphone, and the power that comes with it, sparingly, speaking out when he decides his voice can shape the trajectory of an issue and staying silent when he thinks it might be counterproductive."
So it's extraordinary that Obama used his megaphone today to talk about why the Trayvon Martin case and "not guilty" verdict for George Zimmerman has led to such hurt and outrage across the country—and it's powerful the way he connected the politics of the case to his personal experiences with systemic racism.
Full text of the speech and more commentary is below.
Two years ago, on vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains, I saw a white couple at a restaurant with their Asian daughter. Though her father told her to quit staring, I felt the girl's eyes on me all through the meal. I smiled at her, feeling a strong sense of kinship, a pang of sympathy. As a child, whenever I saw another Asian person – which I hardly ever did – I used to stare, too, hungry for the sight of someone, anyone, who looked like me.
Emilly is the former editorial and new media intern of Bitch Media from September 2012 - May 2013. She studied social work and education at Portland State and has since been juggling various child-related jobs and writing gigs for Bitch and the Willamettte Week. She blogged fashiony people in Portland on Ahora Mismo (www.ahora-mismo.com) and had an even shorter run at interviewing folks around town on her story telling blog, The People of Portland (www.peopleofpdx.com). She travels, drums, likes film (photography and, ya know, movies), and cooks up really great meals occassionally. Former dreams included attending graduate school in NYC. Current dreams include twittering more. (@peopleofpdx)