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Sunday, March 29th, 2009
5:10 pm
Social network for lesbians GirlZZZ Land
I want to tell you that social network GirlZZZ Land only for girls - lesbians and bisexsuals
has been opened!!!.it's like a facebook or myspace , but only for lesbians and bisexsuals.
You can meet other girls there and you will have some futures like:

-Create personal profile
-Upload your images
-Upload favorited mp3's in your frofile
-Post your personal blogs
-Make personal bookmarks of videos from youtube
-Create communities
-Use private messages
-chat with other girls
-online games
-and much more!

At the moment a lot of users of the network are russian girls,but the network has english
version of the interface,and I hope it will become international soon and hope the
network will connect girls from different countries!
Welcome to GirlZZZ Land!
Monday, July 2nd, 2007
2:02 pm
Hello everyone!

I was requested by an anonymous member to cross-post one of my journal entries entitled "Japanophile" to this group. I would be happy to hear all comments as long as they aren't negative!! =]

My blog is here: http://city_dreamz.livejournal.com

And also, if you like this, you may also want to read my story, which I will update regularly:


I don't know if it's just me.....maybe I get bothered by little things too easily. Maybe I'm too sensitive or easily offended...I don't know, but a term/label that has really been bothering me lately are the terms "Japanophile" and "Asiaphile". For those who don't know, the terms apply to a person who isn't of asian decent but has a strong interest in asian/Japanese culture, almost to the point of obsession or fetishism. (if that's a word...lol) It's very similar to the Japanese word "otaku", which describes a person who is usually into Japanese anime/manga to the point of an unhealthy obsession. (like this dude>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki)

       I REALLY don't like these terms. It's just another useless, unneccesary label used to further degrade someone. Why do people think that because you have a strong interest in something that you MUST be obsessed with it?Are music artist obsessed with music? Are designers obsessed with clothes?

        I hate when peple say I'm obsessed with asians/Japan. I'm not obsessed; I'm not running out to stores trying to lighten my skin, fix my eyes and straighten my hair in an effort to look more asian. I haven't forgotten who I am. I don't collect a bunch of things that are Japanese or buy/like something just because it's Asian or Japanese. I like it because I just do, and it just so happens to be asian or Japanese. I could see if I was an adult spending all my rent money on manga and anime like the crazy dude (btw, I only really watch about 5 or 6 anime shows, and I haven't yet gotten around to reading manga) But I don't do these things. It doesn't take importance over my life. It's just a deep interest, an interest that I've had every since I was as young as 8 years old. I wouldn't feel complete without Japanese culture, but it is not my God, it's not what I worship and I'm NOT obsessed.

        The term(s) also seem to imply fetishes, like when the accused "Japanophiles" say "I like asian boys/girls." People always seem to think that, once again, because you're into a certain culture and you're attracted to that culture's men/women, that it's nothing more than a fetish. I remember a "friend" of mine once said to me "At least I don't like some random @$$ asian guy just because he's asian." I was like "WHAT IN NEW JERSEY?!?!?"  She was implying that it was a fetish type thing when it's not.....I like Asian guys because they are my first preference. It's not a fetish or a fantasy or anything else like that. It's not because I'm into Japanese and asian culture. It's a preference, NOT a fetish.

          I know when I was around this friend I had a habit of saying how cute and adorable so many of the asian guys were in class, but she just seemed to think that because I said they were cute and because I like asians that I liked them and wanted to date them...which was not the case. Why would I date anybody just because they're cute and asian? Isn't there more to a person? I might like asian guys, but I don't want to date every cute asian dude I see just because he's cute and asian. And I might like asian guys, but if I met an asian guy who was a total and complete jerk/nutcase, I'd dump him just like I'd do with anyone else. However, this "friend" seems to think that he'll get special privaleges and that I'd stay with him simply because he's asian. It's a shame that I have to even explain myself.

     Well I guess I've blabbered on and on long enough. I rarely have a rant as long and as solid as this, as you can probably tell, but it is definately something that I needed to get off my chest.

Current Mood: pleased
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
2:39 pm
Gene Yang, "American Born Chinese" and cousin Chin-Kee
Gene Yang's rather impressive American Born Chinese has apparently gotten featured on MySpace, but with a certain failure to recognize the anger in the "Cousin Chin-Kee" stories that make up a third of the story.

Gene Yang responds. Worth a read.

cross-posted to de_ex and debunkingwhite.
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
7:15 pm
Environmentalist Suzuki to quit spotlight for simple life
Environmentalist Suzuki to quit spotlight for simple life

I don't know much about Suzuki, but he sounds like a pretty great guy. He's one of the people who championed environmentalist ideas back when they were much less popular. And for that I commend him.

But, I must say I wonder about his desire to "live the simple life" --I didn't get the impression he was doing it to save the planet, it sounded more like he was doing it for personal or spiritual reasons and I wouldn't want to criticize that.

But, why is that so many people feel that one must go out into the woods in order to be "in-touch" with nature? Nature encompasses all living things and their environments, including humans. Why is "the environment" only considered to be places with lots trees and not many people? The environment is the entire planet and the environments that demand our greatest care and respect are those densely populated places where people live-- too often, they are unbalanced places that fail to serve any purpose for life, human or otherwise, except to conduct humans from one place to another, often to "escape" the very kind of place that evolves as a result of trying to escape.

Part of me wonders if "the simple life" is just another kind of escapism. Living in some rural setting may do greater harm to the environment, and in any case, it is a luxury that we simply can't offer to all of the people in the world. We just don't have the resources.

And as a luxury, is it even that compelling? Wouldn't it be more spiritually satisfying to find the power of nature working in all environments?

To each his own, I suppose. But the day will come when we'll find these notions of "purifying nature" absurdly quaint.
Monday, September 4th, 2006
7:12 pm
"Just consider her the girl next door"
(x-posted from debunkingwhite)

Here's a decently written article from the LA Times (online?) on the othering of Asian-Americans in the US. I think it's pretty good up until the last two sentences:

Treat me like you would the girl next door. Then maybe you'll realize that I'm not so different from her.

I think this sentence works to reposition the writer as an other after having spent the rest of the article debunking stereotypes. Here, instead of saying she is the "girl next door," despite having explained her national origin (US citizen, born in Chicago), she goes back to positioning what the reader is to assume is a blonde, white female as the prototypical version and in return, describes herself as "not so different from [it]." Although the title avoids this error, it seems to have been written by someone else -- an editor, perhaps -- as the article itself is written in the 1st person and the title and tagline in the 3rd.


Wednesday, August 30th, 2006
11:11 pm
Okay. I've been in this slightly heated (but cordial and interesting) debate for the past few days over at peak_oil. The person I'm talking to seems to be a primitivist.

Primitivism is a philosophy of ecology that holds that the farming techniques of "civilization" are unsustainable, highly destructive a prone to spread through all human populations like a virus leading to dangerous population growth. This is the part of the idea I have little problem accepting. It's why I'm interested in Peak Oil theory in the first place.

What bothers me is the notion that there are POC regarded as "modern primitives" or people who live as hunter gatherers who are not, in some way, caught up in the "madness of civilization" and thus able to live sustainablly, or at least at such low levels of population that they do not have much impact on the environment. Moreover, the primitivist idea holds that these populations would not take on the tools of civilization even if they had access to those tools, that is, it is not the limitations of a given environment that constrain certain groups from, say, devoting the first 12 years of every humans life to a program of culture eduction and specialization... but, rather, this is a societal choice, to live "at-one-with-nature" or something like that. Lastly, primitivism suggests that the "primitives" have the right idea and we'd be better off living by their example.

Now the particular person I'm having this conversation with has claimed that he's not promoting the idea of "nobel savages" but, at the same time, something in this theory, which holds our salvation to be in a simpler life without the oppression of civilization, makes me uneasy. I think that the idea of the nobel savage is still at the root of this in some way and I'm wondering if some of you good people could take a peek and see if you agree or not.

I may be a bit partial to civilization, I will admit.


To make this more clear at the risk of oversimplification:

As far as primitivism is about "going back to" a simpler way life, doesn't it imply that many (mostly non-white) peoples:

1. have no civilization?
2. are magical and majestic?
3. are less sophisticated?

Now white people have found groups of people "hunting and gathering" and there is this tendency to assume that that is how those people have lived for all time. This idea has been slowly picked apart by more modern anthropologists. But, it lingers.

Moreover, when discovering such people, much of the complexity and depth of their societies is overlooked. The stickiest myth of them all if that there were not many Indians in north America and that they all "lived lightly on the land."

What's starting to come to light, is that people are (surprise) terribly similar all over the world, that civilization seems to develop independently whenever people can muster up the resources for it and it lasts as long as they can keep sight of environmental and social disasters.

Primitivism treats civilization like a like of "white-mans-cancer" and, even though it is an attack on the established ideas and order I think, to justify its ideas, you have to make some eurocentric assumptions about hosts of non-white peoples.
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
10:59 am
is there such a thing as exoticizing ourselves?
Please forgive any ignorance this post displays.. this is my first time posting here, and I wanted to bring up a situation that I believe to be somewhat unique (but again, perhaps this is a common behavior among different cultures).

I am part Romani (also called 'Gypsies') on my mother's side and Native American/Nordic from my father's side. In attempting to research my Romani heritage, in addition to reading books and websites, I joined some groups on Yahoo, LiveJournal and MySpace, and as such I was able to get into contact with various Romani people. These people, it seems, could be divided by the way they reacted to my inquiries, into two different groups.. there were many like me, who had partial Romani heritage, looking for information as they were not raised in a 'traditional' Romani household, some of which weren't even told they were Romani until much later in life, due to their parents having come to this country to escape persecution (in places like the Czech Republic, etc.,) who were afraid to admit to their 'Gypsy blood'. These people were very willing to share and talk with me, and had told me that they had found some Romani people 'hard to talk to'. This brings me to my second group..

Upon introducing myself to the second group, I was met with hostility and disbelief. Apparently, I look 'too white' to be Romani.. I was called everything from 'gadje' (Romani word for anyone not Romani, aka 'outsiders'), to 'wanna-be', to 'hippie', the list goes on.. I realize that our culture attracts a certain group of people because we are seen as 'mystical' 'magical' & 'free-spirited', none of whom are aware that you can't 'join' us and become a Gypsy, there's no sign-up sheet, you have to be born with Romani blood. Having been asked on many occasions what my heritage is, and having told people I'm part Romani, people assume I'm Italian or Romanian, and it is then that I have to use 'the "G" word' so that people will understand that, yes, we're real, and no, we're not like Esmerelda in that cute Disney movie..

Having said that, I have only ever run into one individual that pushed the boundary of being offensive (though I'm sure there are many out there I have not had the 'pleasure' of meeting,) and I haven't encountered much of an issue with 'wanna-bes', and my opinion on that is that people who do things like that are simply not educated. The bulk of them have no idea that Gypsies are an ethnic group, not a fairytale character. Or, they see it as a descriptive term (as it is often used in America) for someone who is a non-conformist or lives a nomadic lifestyle. Once they realize they're treading on a race, and one that's nowhere near as 'magical' as they were led to believe, they generally back off.

The point I am trying to make with all this rambling is, I think some Romanies (many of whom are no more 'Gypsy' than I am, by blood percentage, and I am half) take things a bit too far, to the point of exoticizing their own culture (ie., 'you're not Gypsy enough, Black enough, Mexican enough, Italian enough,' etc.) Has anyone experienced this in their own culture? I have seen some Romani people who just can't let things go, and every sentence they type or every subject seems to turn into how (they feel) 'everybody wants to be a Gypsy', etc.. maybe I am fortunate to live in a place where I am not exposed to people who want to 'join us', but I just have a hard time believing it is a problem on the level they make it out to be. It seems, to me, more like they are fulfilling some need within themselves to feel 'special' or 'different' than everyone else.

I suspect this happens outside of the Romani culture as well, as I've heard people say things like 'you're not Black enough', etc., when they feel someone doesn't embrace the portions of the 'Black' culture that people feel they should.. this is a bit hypocritical, likewise, because that's almost like saying that anyone who *does* embrace the culture can then become a race that they, genetically, aren't.

I hope I'm making sense.. thoughts?

Current Mood: perplexed
Saturday, May 27th, 2006
5:36 pm
damali ayo on myspace
many of you know about artist damali ayo's work or may have seen it brought up in communities like this. she is now on myspace with audio tracks from the cd "what did she just say?," performance and interview videos, upcoming event notices, and more!
add her!

damali "create[s] performative and conceptual art that engages contemporary social issues through the media of visual, virtual, written, performance and audio art."

her work makes you think, she reframes reality as we know it, it's creative, it will make you laugh, and it'll make you go hmmm, like that song.

damali is the creator of rent-a-negro.com and author of the follow up book, "how to rent a negro."

ADD HER @ http://www.myspace.com/damaliayocds and pass the word on.

- heather
Friday, December 2nd, 2005
11:04 am
So much exciting news

We've had a lot of amazing things happen for us at Heroine Films this month. A lot of it do to support from this community and others. We've gathered support from a lot of different places but honestly, Livejournal has shown us the most amazing people.

So as for what's up: We have finally posted the interview that we did on the NC television show Second Cinema.  You can watch it in at www.heroinefilms.net/scinterview.html

There is an article coming out about us in this months upcoming issue of CURVE Magazine. I believe it comes out on the 15th if you'd like to check it out. Also, MTV's new LGBTQ channel LOGO has put together a package for us for advertising purposes (we'll be showing our trailer to the over 13 million homes LOGO already goes to) and they are interested in buying the finished film. As I said in the last update, we also got a large portion of our funding from the production company AMVF. 

Thank you so much to all of those who have supported us. It is all your continued letters, emails, comments, and donations that has made this possible. There is no way we can express how much it means to us.

                                                    xoxox, the gals at heroine films


Thursday, October 27th, 2005
12:57 am
good news

Because we have gotten support from this community in the past I thought I would share our most recent news...


We have gotten a LARGE portion of our funding!!...more details (and how YOU can help) at www.heroinefilms.net

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005
12:55 am
First India, Then Japan, Now Mexico
(cross-posted with debunkingwhite)

Courtesy of elatsyrk through _latinoclash

Music Video Casting Call


WTF? true mexicans, mmkay Gwen.

I am sort of used to it... But this does not cease to amaze me. Someone seriously has to stop her!

Current Mood: no comments
Sunday, September 18th, 2005
7:51 am
Monday, July 25th, 2005
9:07 am
Urban Outfitters Strikes Again <----- (I think)
New Mexico, Cleaner than the other Mexico.
I am glad people are moving to do something. They speak as if the US of A is a clean country, when a great deal of the big cities here is just as dirty for pollution.

Just because a country is of the so-called "third world," it does not mean the country is uncivilized and dirtier than the so-called "first world" ones.

The company apparently enjoys controversy, for what I have read about the article. I, for one, have never bought there, and never will after this.

Cross-posted with debunkingwhite

Current Mood: annoyed
Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
3:51 pm
Tsunami song producer returns...
(Cross-posted to asam.)

I thought you might find this interesting. The producer of the infamous Tsunami Song, Rick Delgado, was recently hired by Clear Channel to produce the KYLD morning show in San Francisco. Of course, they defended their decision, basically saying that it didn't matter because all he'd be doing is booking guests. Delgado himself had this to say:

"In a surprising interview, Delgado said he thinks he was misinterpreted and wrote a song that was only in bad taste, but not racist, even though it used an epithet for Chinese people. He said he won't do that again, 'because I like their food and want to eat in their restaurants.'"

Phew! That makes it all ok. And really, who can avoid the lure of pepper steak?

Read more here:
and here:
Saturday, July 9th, 2005
9:56 pm
Am I the Only One
Lately, in the decade of the 00's I have seen that every summer a lot of "ethnic designs" are in fashion. One of them are Latino-inspired shirts.

So far, I have been okay with that. In fact, I have felt joyous because I could find the shirts with that design easy to buy...

Until recently!

I saw the patient at the hospital I was working at with a Latino-inspired shirt that HAD PLASTIC NUMBERS IN IT! You know, the same material they use to adhere numbers in sport shirts... that kind of plastic!

It bothered me to no end! It looked so ugly and out of context, and I found it a big offence to my culture.

Am I the only one being bothered about this?

This is me wearing one of such shirts. Unfortunately, I don't have pics of the one with the numbers.Collapse )

(Cross-posted in five communities)

Current Mood: annoyed
Tuesday, June 21st, 2005
10:30 pm
I think that maybe I got lost in Live Journal, but here I am. I don't have a lot of these kinds of things to say like all the other members, but I like to read all the thoughts. Maybe I will be able to post something or reply to something
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
4:01 pm
How to Rent a Negro: Book Available now
damali ayo's follow up to the rentanegro.com website.

info on the book:

"A hilarious and satirical
look at race relations that is almost too close for comfort, this pseudo-guidebook gives both renters and rentals "much-needed" advice and tips on technique. Reframing actual stories, techniques, requests, and responses gathered from the author's more than 30 years of research and experience, tips are provided in step-by-step outlines for renters to get the most for their money, and how rentals can become successful and wealthy, what they should wear, and topics of conversation to avoid. The book also serves up photo-dramatizations of some of the popular approaches covered in the book, handy tip-boxes, frequently asked questions for renters and rentals, a "How do I know if I'm being rented" quiz, a glossary of important terms, and "quickie" insta-rentals for those who need to rent on the go. Punctuated by quotes from "satisfied customers" and featuring rental diaries based on real encounters, this satire shocks and amuses, presenting a strikingly stark mirror of human relationships.

published by lawrence hill books, an imprint of chicago review press."
Wednesday, June 8th, 2005
10:24 am
From the Main Library
I am reading this magazine called Latina, which has really interesting articles. There is this Latina writer called Black Artemis, of whose work I plan to investigate more. Latina was interviewing her.

There is a quote of Black Artemis that put a smile on my face: "The Latina stereotypes won't disappear until we seize control of our own images and produce our own media."

Well, that is true also in all ethnic minorities (I have talked about this with a lot of friends, both Latino and from other ethnic minorities).


(cross-posted ad-nauseam. Excuse the inconvenience!)

Current Mood: pleased
9:36 am
Row over German zoo's Africa show
German anti-racism campaigners have condemned plans to stage an African cultural festival in a zoo.

The event is intended to give residents in the town of Augsburg in south Germany, a taste of Africa with craft sellers, drummers, story tellers, music groups and food from around Africa.

But campaigners, including representative of Germany's black community and academics, say setting it in the town's zoo is racist.

"People are upset by the idea of placing [the festival] in a zoo between the baboons and the zebras," said Noah Sow, who founded Der Braune Mob - an organisation that monitors race issues in the German media.

'Exotic atmosphere'

"It is just not the right place to display human beings, let alone their culture," she told the BBC's Network Africa programme.

"Two hundred years ago African people were displayed in zoos. Now we're in 2005 and one could get the impression that nothing's really changed."

According to Augsburg Zoo, the African Village - as the four-day event opening on Thursday 9 June is called - hopes to attract some 20,000 visitors.

Read more...Collapse )
Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
1:06 am
China Bans Meals Served on Naked Women
Source: chinadaily
chiha daily

China's State Administration of Industry and Commerce issued a notice this weekend banning meals served on naked bodies, officially canceling the service offered by a restaurant in southwestern China that served sushi on unclothed female university students. The Saturday pronouncement forbids the service because it insults people's moral quality, according to the Beijing Times. Serving food on women's bodies also spreads commercial activity with poor culture, the paper said, citing the administration's notice.

In April 2004, Chinese media reported that the Hefeng Village Huaishi Cuisine Restaurant in Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, was serving sushi and other Japanese food on two naked university students as they lay on their backs. Customers would pay 1,000 yuan (about $120) each for the meal after making reservations up to three days in advance, media said. Flowers, shells and rocks also adorned the women's bodies, according to a photo in the Beijing paper. The women lay calmly as people ate, a restaurant manager told Kunming media, which said this style of dining existed in ancient Japan.

After the reports came out in April 2004, raising questions among more conservative Kunming residents, a restaurant staff member said the service had been cancelled. The State Administration of Industry and Commerce notice bars nudity for other dining and entertainment purposes, including meals on breasts served in Changsha, Hunan province, and naked models used in an art exhibit at Wuyi Mountain in southern China.
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