i am writing an essay, or perhaps procrastinating from writing an essay, about my art of storytelling as an asian-american womxn / fifth generation san franciscan.
i needed inspiration and needed to return to the vocabulary that so defines my political existence.
here are some money articles i read (as well as those i forgot how to cite properly because i don't give a fawk today...this is where higher education got me...against all forms of hegemony):
- Despite History, Japanese-Americans and African Americans are Working Together to Claim Their Rights, Public Radio International, February 23, 2016, by Natasha Varner/Densho
why I dig it: this article is mint chocolate chip because it doesn't blindly celebrate afro-asian solidarities. this article is super straight up about anti-blackness within the japanese-american community and historical tensions. i appreciate this very much because a lot of asian-american communities fail to call out their blatant as well as subtle mechanisms of anti-blackness -- in other words there is a lack of responsibility and accountability regarding black & asian-american relations.
why i dig it: a very well-rounded & trill article. it's not easy to talk race & racism & the different levels by which they exist as well as interact - hella ふくざつ actually. however tran radly illustrates how asian-american & black narratives of struggle and oppression are not the same but rather related & springing from a common origin. tran also clearly points out that anti-black racism is in fact a facet of asian-america.
" Community organizers show us how to comprehend very different forms of oppression as related, but not synonymous. Andrea Smith, scholar and founding member of INCITE Women, Gender Non-Conforming and Trans People of Color Against Violence, argues there are three pillars comprising white supremacy—or what we frequently refer to as racism. The first is slavery/capitalism, the second genocide/colonialism, the third orientalism/war. In other words, we can all see that racism against Black, Native, Latino/a, and Asian people are experienced very differently. For example, Black Americans live with racial profiling, Native Americans with cultural and physical genocide, Latino/as with immigrant detention, and Asian Americans with employment discrimination. And while these all seem like disparate experiences with varying degrees of effects, in reality share the same root.
Racism in all of its forms is infinite, distinctive and interrelated. While we may not face identical forms of marginalization, we experience parallel conditions which bring them forth. It is commonalities amongst the motivating forces and not their consequences which enable us to connect across varying experiences of racism."
to be continued as i continue to procrastinate.