At the Edge of the Old World

Burning red suns fall across a land of sand, colour and burgeoning hearts, where wild creatures tall as trees roam freely, the lion awaits, an oasis brings rest and peace, and the stars glow brightly in an ink-black sky. You are swallowed into another portal of culture – mesmerised by the colours of the world transforming before […]

via At the Edge of the Old World — Diary of an Aesthete

Matt Damon, The Great Wall, and the so-called Whitewashing

NE2gJB9KB7cQ57_1_bI can’t describe this feeling but while I agree that Hollywood should stop perpetuating the “white savior complex” in movies, I am pleased that more discussion is generated about how this is tiring. Asian Americans are having more of a voice as time goes on and it’s very refreshing to see. I disagree with some Asian activists at times on certain topics, but I am with them on this issue. And despite whether I am agreeing here or disagreeing there, I am happy that Asian Americans such as Constance Wu are speaking up and hope to see more of it.

Growing up in America, I can honestly say that the media has had an effect on me, especially the way I viewed my race and ethnicity. Whenever I thought of an executive, I thought of a white man. Whenever I thought of a hero, I thought of a white man. Whenever I thought of a romantic lead, I thought of anything but an Asian man. And when I did think of an Asian man, I would think to myself, “No that is weird.” So how do those thoughts connect to Matt’s film? For one, the director is Chinese. I doubt he knows about race relations in America, particularly concerning Asian Americans. So when he said something along the lines of “I’m just respecting Hollywood” that tells me that he subconsciously thinks that a Caucasian actor ideal out of all the other races. Another, Matt is put in a lead role where he is defending Ancient China. I understand if this was England or Scottland, but ancient China? I’m sorry, I can’t cosign.

I’ve come to a point where I am above what media influences. So like I’ve expressed in this post, I am grateful that Asian Americans are speaking up and I hope in the future, I do see Asians represented in positive and major roles (along with other minorities). Despite all that is going on, we have to be the ones who build the self-esteem of our minority children at the end of the day. We need to show them that they are as valuable despite being surrounded by Eurocentric beauty standards that subliminally tell us that white is the ideal standard. Don’t me wrong, white is beautiful, but so is every other color and we need our external forces such as media telling our nonwhite children that.

Like, pray, share: Anglo-Saxon prayer memes

Such a thought provoking article

For the Wynn

So you’re scrolling through your Facebook feed, and one of those memes pops up. You know what I mean. Either it’s a sick child who needs your prayers (‘1 like = 100 prayers!’), or a cursed photo of a hellwraith (‘like and share or you’ll die tonight!!’), or simply an inspirational image which will give you a whole day’s good luck if you repost it, an image which has become completely detached from its original purpose. The one below is probably the most baffling example that I have come across so far.

Like share amenSo many questions ….

Medieval prayers could be a little bit like that sometimes. Some were considered to be particularly effective, so monks and nuns recopied them again and again. In my research, I have had to get my head around a complex web of prayers, tracing the connections between one manuscript and many others.  And sometimes a…

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Systemic Racism: White Jokes

So with all this talk about systemic racism and how Brock Turner had his court sentencing lenient because of his white male socioeconomic privilege, it leads me to talk about how systemic racism works when regarding racist jokes. I believe the concept of white privilege and systemic racism exists but many times, it doesn’t apply depending on the situation and I think it can often be abused and overused. Where it for sure does apply, however, is when the matter concerns racist jokes. My white friend once told me, “There are white jokes but it’s really only jokes that uplift white people.” He’s right. There are barely any jokes that demean white people as a whole. You can search the internet and there will be scores of racist jokes for  “dog-eating, bad driving, funny-accent having” Asians,  “illegal, gang-affiliated” Hispanics, “thieving, loud, ghetto” Blacks, etc. But when it comes to white people jokes, they reach farthest to the extent of “Why do aspirins work? Because they’re white.”See, that’s so uplifting and demeans other minorities at the same time. There is also hillbilly jokes but even then, they play off the satirical character of an ignorant white person from Alabama who hates black people and sleeps with his cousin. But you see, that stereotype is rooted in hatred for people of color. Prove me wrong with a hilarious joke, but I highly believe that racist jokes perfectly fit the framework of systemic racism.
I think I felt the urge to share this because as many people know, I am addicted to puns and I love jokes and comedy in all forms and I often debate whether systemic racism applies in certain situations.