tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 08:52 am
Apparently I am more Australian than our Deputy Prime Minister, who has automatic NZ citizenship thanks to his parentage and some very flexible NZ citizenship laws.

In breathtaking irony, he's the kind of person who thinks people like me are "the problem with racism in Australia".


A clip by SBS Viceland played on this so hard, it was wonderful: A Message From Australians Who Look A Bit Foreign.
tielan: Teal'c: choose freedom (SG1 - Teal'c)
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 01:05 pm
In the face of HBO and their totally fucked up idea that just buys into white supremacy:

Black America: An Amazon Alt-History drama that's been greenlighted since February.
tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Friday, July 28th, 2017 07:53 am
I have decided no more Ms. Nice Lady. I am an Australian born Australian, and if someone wants to know “where did you really come from?” I am going to ask them if they’re prepared to unload their history as an Australian-born child of immigrants, or else tell me about their Indigenous Australian ancestry.

I am done with microaggressions, even the unintentional ones.

No, you don’t get to ask me what’s my background and then say that yours is “Australian”. Mine is Australian. My mother is an Australian immigrant. My father is an Australian born. I am an Australian born.

I am an Australian-born Australian.

I am no more an immigrant than any white person in this damn country and I am going to FIGHT this definition all the way, calling people racist outright if necessary.
tielan: (AVG - maria2)
Monday, July 10th, 2017 12:30 pm
DW customization: mobile and color by [personal profile] ironymaiden


Indigenous Australians from a NYT American correspondant.


Technological Utopianism Will Not Save Humanity

There's a long section about the way we think, cultural bias and blind spots, and cultural hypocrisy. It's interesting that he likens technological utopianism and the belief in science (and in humanity as rational beings capable of becoming better through scientific discovery) to religion.
When someone sits there claiming that science will solve this and that at some unspecified future date, the ‘science as saviour’ narrative as I call it, I might as well just be listening to a religious fanatic extolling their faith because that is all it is.
I tend to call this 'the Gene Rodenberry proposition' - Star Trek, with it's fabricators capable of making anything, which thereby eliminates need in humanity, allow it to reach for the stars? AHAHAHA. No. We as humanity already have the capability to feed and clothe and give everyone a life; we just have no interest in doing it because there's nothing in it for our sense of social superiority.


Urban Farming: Neither white, nor middle aged, nor midwest - not the typical image of a farmer, nor white, hippie, and new-age - not the typical image of an urban farmer...


Hillary Clinton: Leader of the Opposition?


The Gospel Of Jesus' Wife

The problem is not scientific testing to prove age and/or accuracy of material composition; it's possible to buy a piece of papyrus of the right age, make up ink, learn an ancient language, and fake something that's correct in all the material particulars and will pass rigourous scientific testing.

The problem is provenance - whose hands it passed through, the chain of people and memory and connection - the things which are much harder to fake.


How Germany Resisted Populism

To me, this article indicates quite clearly why Republicans aren't interested in 'equality'. When people think they're hard done by, they fall back on racist animus and the "us vs. them" proposition - they close ranks and shut out the outsider, whether that's people of a different religion, a different skin colour, or a different mentality.


How To Deal With North Korea (Or Not)

Why sometimes having the bigger weapon doesn't help.


White Christian America Called: They Want Their Supremacy Back:
White evangelicals have entered a grand bargain with the self-described master dealmaker, with high hopes that this alliance will turn back the clock. And Donald Trump’s installation as the 45th president of the United States may in fact temporarily prop up, by pure exertions of political and legal power, what white Christian Americans perceive they have lost. But these short-term victories will come at an exorbitant price. Like Esau, who exchanged his inheritance for a pot of stew, white evangelicals have traded their distinctive values for fleeting political power. Twenty years from now, there is little chance that 2016 will be celebrated as the revival of White Christian America, no matter how many Christian right leaders are installed in positions of power over the next four years. Rather, this election will mostly likely be remembered as the one in which white evangelicals traded away their integrity and influence in a gambit to resurrect their past.

Fines Don't Work: Library Axes Fines, Rate Of Return Improves:
‘‘When help is offered for no compensation in a moment of need, accept it with restraint. When a service is offered for a price, buy as much as you find convenient,” Gneezy and Rustichini wrote in their paper.

The Book That Predicted Trump’s Rise Offers the Left a Roadmap for Defeating Him

The activist parts that I've seen online seem more willing to take the suggested advice - to take on politics instead of just protesting or occupying or public shaming. Not all of them obviously; the endless round of links to petitions, or articles that declare outrage suggest that most people would rather click than call their rep. But it's a start.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 05:46 pm
So I finally listened to this all the way through. DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN ABOVE.


There are so many brilliant nuances to this that I have internal flappy hands.

From King George channelling an abusive vibe, to the musical themes, to Angelica understanding her responsibilities and desires and knowing where her duty lies, to Eliza erasing herself from the narrative, to Burr's frustration with being bested again and again and again, to, oh, ALL OF IT.

The thing about this - as an Australian who hadn't the foggiest idea about who the hell Alexander Hamilton is or was and couldn't really care less - is that the musical is no more about American politics than Hamlet is about Danish royalty.

It's about humanity - about people - about individuals, personalities, their flaws, the pressures that comes upon them, their strengths and how they use those - or don't. It's about everyone having their own story, their own reasons for what they do. And it's about life and death and all the messy stuff that happens in between.

Which is why it will do well translated to other countries in the same way that Les Mis will - because what audiences understand is not the circumstances of history, but the circumstances of humanity.

And yes, it will be better if the cast remains primarily non-white in the lead roles in places like Australia and the UK. Not because of novelty, but because this story is about people rather than about dead white people - and I think that needs to be recognised. They've already given musical theatre a kick in that direction with Hamilton, now it would be good if they continued it.

Incidentally, I remember watching Wicked for the first time - in San Francisco with my friend Abby - and Fiyero was black and had the most amazing voice. When it came to Sydney and Fiyero was cast white, I was distinctly nonplussed. I mean, white!Fiyero was great, but somehow it warmed something in me to see this guy as the good hero, loved by two women, who was kind enough to agree to marry one who really wanted to marry him when he was quietly in love with the other who wasn't attainable.

Or maybe it's just that the 'agreeing to marry someone they don't love' is a storyline that's usually handed to the woman and - me being me - the reversal of the trope just appeals. This is me, after all.

Plus: Indian-Pakistani Hobbits. Go look it up if you have questions.
tielan: (race)
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 06:56 pm

Okay, so, I wasn't going to say Happy Chinese New Year to my f-lists.

Then I went around to my parents' house for dinner and discovered my mother in the middle of a storm of cooking.


A day ago, if you had asked me if my family was traditional, I would have said, "Um, no. Not really." I may have to rethink that. CHA SIU BAU OMG.

There's also tsai (I don't know what else it's called - it's an entirely vegetarian dish: mushrooms, thin rice noodles, assorted black funguses, this...tofu sheet stuff) and tzin dui (deep fried dough balls with red bean past centres, rolled in sesame seeds). And roast pork belly. With the crackling. Which is sort-of Chinese BBQ.

It's kinda funny, I s'pose. I didn't participate in Potluck because I feel like a) no-one's interested in my Chinese identity posts, b) have nothing of any importance to add to the race + SJ thoughts required of such collections. And yet, come Chinese New Year, here's my mum and stepdad cooking up a very Chinese storm for a big family dinner tonight. Which makes me feel I should have something, and yet I don't, other than food porn and reminiscences about festal eating.

One day very soon, I'll have to pin my mum down and have her look over my shoulder while I cook these delicacies. I think that Easter may have to be it - we have a five-day public holiday during that time.

Anyway, KUNG HEI FAAT CHOI everyone!
tielan: (SG - JT hero)
Saturday, September 25th, 2010 08:21 am
At the Toronto International Film Festival: Mei Mei (Little Sister)

Based on one of the earliest versions of the Cinderella story.

tielan: (race)
Saturday, September 18th, 2010 09:04 am
on the politics of possession by [livejournal.com profile] glass_icarus: A crystal-sharp piece about Americanness, and how she, an American citizen of Chinese appearance and descent, will never be allowed to own the term 'American' - not unchallenged.

If my experience isn't anywhere near as painful as hers, it still has barbs.

I was born here. This *is* my country. )
tielan: (don't mess with)
Thursday, August 19th, 2010 08:00 am
Over at Slacktivist: An apology that is a thing of great, great beauty.

I haven't read the comments (so there may be FAIL in them), I just get the feed. But I LOL'd.

Given that I have cramps and writer's block, too many due dates and possible hockey team implosion, a 100th birthday to organise along with upcoming Father's Day, and a WORK GO LIVE in the next three weeks, LOL is GOOD.
tielan: (race)
Saturday, August 7th, 2010 03:06 pm
An anti-rape campaign that focuses on what men can do to prevent rape instead of focusing on what women can do to keep from being raped!

My Strength Is Not For Hurting

Plus, wow, representation of visual minorities. WIN.
tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Monday, July 19th, 2010 09:51 am
So, there's a guy in the office, white, blond-haired, blue-eyed, het, typical thirty-something Aussie male, single. We're on conversational terms tending to friendly, but I'm not sure how much longer that's going to continue.

possibly triggery for homophobia, racism, and sexism )
tielan: (race)
Thursday, June 17th, 2010 08:06 am
How could they? How could anyone? examines the way that people are led to do the kind of thing that the SPN J2 author did - without thought or self-examination.

Fanfiction as a vehicle has some notes on writing fanfic set in RL crises/catastrophes.

Itys, which is about anger and reason and comfort and safety, and speaking out, and the prices it asks of those who've been socialised to believe they shouldn't rock the boat.

And, finally, Activism, solidarity, and My Stuff is a thoughtful post that has a lot of points that resonate with why I boost the signal on these matters: "I post because I want to do better. I'd like fandom to do better. This little journal here is a spanner in my toolkit, and I'll continue to make use of it."


Whose stories are worth telling?

And a hilarious comic strip of SPN by [personal profile] glockgal. All you need to know is the Supernatural premise (two brothers go hunting the supernatural across the US in a Chevy Impala).
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, March 20th, 2009 07:03 pm
The phrase "writing the Other" has been bothering me. It makes me think, "So, POC are not like whites, then? They're not just humans with different coloured skin and different experiences but Something Else Entirely?"

The term 'Other' makes an irrevocable distinction between the speaker POV and the people they're speaking about. It encapsulates a 'them-vs-us' attitude that doesn't have any form of rectification. It isolates. It separates. It divides. It differentiates. And it does so in a brutal way that severs all hope of reconciliation or change.

An alternative term? My suggestion would be "Writing The Unfamiliar".

What is unfamiliar can become familiar if one has an open mind, a spirit of acceptance, and a willingness to self-examine. But the Other will never be Like Us because they are Other and we are Not Other. The language itself limits POC to the realm of Not Like Us (where 'Us' is the white presumptive default that reigns in our society).

Friday's thought.
tielan: Wonder Woman (SGA - Ronon2)
Sunday, March 15th, 2009 10:41 pm
Brought to my notice by [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen at her journal:

South Africa's Mamela Nyamza on Superstars Of Dance performs an extremely non-standard 'Dying Swan':

acceptable? unacceptable? )
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Saturday, March 14th, 2009 02:52 pm
I admit, I struggle with some of the longer posts. They're good, but there's so much nuance to it all! And it's hard to draw people into this conversation when it all seems long and complicated.

So, a few shorter links - for myself and for those who are interested but haven't been keeping up. (I'm interested and I haven't been keeping up.)


The class argument is bogus by [livejournal.com profile] kalima62:
Dirt poor Mississippi farmers, one white, one black. Both Americans. Think about it. The black one is going to have a harder time getting a loan. The white one isn't going to be stopped for "driving while white". There's a difference.


This Is Your Nation On White Privilege by Tim Wise:
White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.


I don't go to meetings - meetings are for alcoholics by [livejournal.com profile] iclysdale:
It’s not like any of us can wake up one morning and suddenly be enlightened, hip, and over the culture that we grew up in, it’s something that we either do our best to keep confronting, or that we ignore and let fester. And so, because it’s my journal, my friends, my support group, I get to stand up in this virtual meeting and talk about the various ways that I’m still deeply broken on the question of race.


And one longer one, which touched a raw spot in me about the Avatar movie, and how there are almost no non-exoticised, non-sensualised, non-accented Chinese female protagonists in fiction, as well as why it's important that there are stories about people like me:

Let Me Tell You A Story by [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna:
when we see story after story that has no one like us in it, a book entirely without women, a TV show where white people speak Chinese but there are no Asians visible, a movie set in California without Hispanics, image after image of a world where everyone is straight, and when we are told that it's no big deal, really, there is no race in future societies, that it's not anyone's fault if all the characters are white, that's just how they are, in the pure authorial mind, that we have no sense of humor, that we are ganging up on people because we speak our minds, this is what we hear:
You do not have a right to live. There are no stories for you, to teach you how to survive, because the world would prefer you didn't. You don't get to be human, to understand your suffering or move beyond it. In the perfect future society, you do not exist. We who are colorblind, genderblind, sexualityblind would prefer not to see you even now. In the world we make in our heads, you have been obliterated--even better, you never were. You are incapable of transcendance. You are not worthy of the most essential of human behavior. If you are lucky, we will let you into our stories, and you can learn to be a whore, or someone's mother, or someone's slave, or someone's prey. That is all you are, so pay attention: this is what we want to teach you to be.

tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, March 13th, 2009 10:22 pm
It occurred to me today, while answering a thread about this issue in another forum, that RaceFail '09 has a lot of parallels with Rosa Parks and the day she sat down and made a stand.

It's about the rights and feelings of white people being considered more important than the rights and feelings of POC.

On the day that Rosa Parks took her seat and made her stand, there were other people on the bus. I wonder who they were. I wonder what their responses were when Rosa was told to stand up and make way for white people.

Did they yell at her and abuse her, telling her she was a no-good negress and shouldn't sit in the presence of good white people?

Did they huff and sniff at the way an uppity black woman despoiled the seating area for whites with her colouredness?

Did they murmur that things were the way they were - that whites got the seats at the front at the bus, and the coloureds had to stand or get off and there was nothing they could do about it?

Did they avert their eyes and look away, avoiding involvement of any kind because it wasn't their business?

I wonder if the people on that bus (it was a full bus) ever told their grandchildren they were there? Were they proud of what was done? Were they proud or ashamed of their own reaction to Rosa's actions - whatever it might or might not have been? The three black people who stood up when Rosa Parks sat down - how did they feel when one woman decided to see if all men and women really were created equal, or if the Founding Fathers were full of shit and everything they claimed to stand for was an empty promise?


RaceFail '09. It might be fifty years on, but we're still on the bus with Rosa Parks.
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Monday, March 9th, 2009 06:47 am
[livejournal.com profile] catechism's post here. It even comes complete with a "the internet is not the place to discuss these things" argument in the comments (not her comment, someone else's).
I'm tired of reading about RaceFail. It's exhausting and painful and it pisses me off. I've been reading about it and reading about it and reading about it every day for... what, six weeks or something, probably more. And it's very tempting to just... not. To say, "you know, this doesn't have anything to do with me, and it harshes my squee, so I'm just not going to click on these links."

And hi, that right there? That's my privilege talking.

And [livejournal.com profile] seperis, who elaborated on why Elizabeth Bear's assumption that we can stop talking about this now because she's tired of it is privileged bullshit:
This entire thing--it just made it so easy for white people to really get this you know? Let me tell you how easy it was; all it took was methodical and malicious attacks on POC so they had no choice but to respond. All it took was over two months of watching in interest while they struggled to make a simple concept understood, sometimes in single syllable words because God knew going polysyllable was too emotional or too intellectual or something, and cost me absolutely nothing but some uncomfortable moments and got me a new book list (hey, thanks for that!). I had the marvellous opportunity to sympathize with my flist and show support.
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Saturday, March 7th, 2009 11:07 am
[livejournal.com profile] bossymarmalade tells it like it is.

You see, I couldn't just decide not to have a conversation about race anymore, because it follows me home. My race issues ARE my home. Other people can pick them up when they want to look at something shiny, something exotic tasty foreign bright colourful strange exciting; they toss them around, try them on. Start to explain them to me and find different names for them, like classism and learning experience.

And then they get confused that those race issues, shiny, aren't also malleable submissive accepting pliant silent cowed controllable; they drop them, scowling, and complain that I should have warned them they might get pricked, especially as they were so well-meaning in their actions.

Well, I say, maybe you shouldn't touch things before you learn about them or know how to treat them with respect.
But please read the whole thing.


ETA: BRILLIANT. A comparison of what Ms. Bear said against what [livejournal.com profile] bossymarmelade replied, by [livejournal.com profile] stoneself.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 06:45 am
Writing The Other/Great Cultural Appropriation Debate of DOOM '09 - links put together by the amazingly talented and patient [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong.

And a link of continuation from [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink, in which she describes how two of the people who got defensive about the Rights Of Whites try to out her real name, obfuscate her arguments, and tell lies about her past.

My point of interest from her post:
sf fandom is so insular, so white-focused, and so white-dominated that some of the people involved can ignore the literally dozens of people involved in an argument about race, the literally hundreds of posts made, out of a conviction that race is not the issue when people of color say it is, or out of the conviction that there are no people of color who argue about sf fandom online because people of color generally do not attend sf conventions
Emphasis is mine.

What worries me is less that RaceFail09 is still going, and more that someone thought that personalised hassling and targeting was acceptable behaviour simply because the target disagreed with them.

What worries me more: no safe sapce )