“My mother is Japanese and my father is American. I only just recently reconciled these identities. In middle school, my Asian-ness was a quirky thing about me. I made Asian jokes about myself so my white peers would accept me, making a caricature of myself as the ‘Asian person’. At the time it was really important for me to connect with people who had the same cultural characteristics as myself, but I couldn’t find anybody. So, I tokenized my Asian identity.
“Later, I realized that making my Asian-ness a central part of my identity was harmful—there were so many other facets of myself that didn’t have to do with that. It affected how people interacted with me: when I earned a good grade, people would say, ‘Of course, you’re Asian.’
“I then decided to go to the opposite end and shun my Japanese heritage by pretending I was white. That was my strategy for a few years. Without even realizing it, I internalized certain racisms against Asian people. I saw them as inferior, which made me want to identify with my ‘white’ self even more.
“Finally, last semester I went to a giant cultural celebration for people of color. I saw a Japanese Taiko performance, which made me think of when I was a kid going to Japanese festivals—I would be so excited about everything Japanese. I almost cried and realized that I love a lot of Japanese culture, and that it was a part of who I am. I needed to revisit how I thought about my racial and cultural identity: what it was that I felt, why I felt it, and how I wanted to identify myself from that point on. I went back to Japan for a month and fell in love with the culture again. That was very important, because I shunned it for so long.
“So after a lot of processing this summer, I realize that I am in peculiar place between being a person of color and being white: I have too many privileges to identify as a person of color, yet I’m not white because of the way people label me as Asian and the shame I experienced as being Asian and Japanese. It’s a unique experience, being Japanese-American, and it’s important to know that this is who I am—no matter how people label me.”
Actually, I think the kid is playing Minecraft. Which is essentially digital Legos.
Two generations of creative people, just different methods of expression. Let’s not shit on the digital age as much, ‘eh?
You know what’s great about Minecraft?
You don’t get lacerations from stepping on it.
You know what’s great about legos?
Your shit doesn’t get blown up because a green penis snuck up on you.
McDonald’s has been forced to open its first ever restaurant with a turquoise coloured sign after city planners said the signature yellow sign would be too garish. Officials in Sedona, Arizona told the fast-food giant they were unable to open a restaurant with the trademark yellow logo.This is due to the city’s strict regulations which prevent buildings from ruining the picturesque view of the desert.
Photo credit: Michael Wright/WENN.com
finally, a shiny McDonald’s
CATCH IT BEFORE IT ESCAPES
Found this little guy outside of a Mexican restaurant last night. His name is Queso
THAT THING LOOKS LIKE A DEMON, WHY WOULD YOU NAME HIM AFTER CHEESE?
IT IS OBVIOUSLY A BLACK FLOOF AND HAS/WILL NEVER HURT A SOUL. DID YOU EVEN LOOK AT IT?!???!
The fire alarm is going crazy in my house. So, we have two, one upstairs and one on the floor where I live. Ive lived here for nearly 10 years and didnt know we had one upstairs. Anyway, point is, I come out and I see my grandma trying to fan the one we have down here because she thinks its the one going off. Im here laughing because its the wrong one and seeing her tiny self trying to stop the fire alarm is so adorable.
HELLO GUYS I AM DOING A GIVEAWAY FOR A COPY OF SUPER DANGAN RONPA 2 AND A PSP VITA!!!!!!!!!!!! One winner will be announced on September 2nd, the release date.
That’s the short of it, now here are the rules:
- Please don’t reblog if you already have a PSP Vita.
- I won’t switch out the game for another game if you win, this is specifically a giveaway for SDR2.
- PLEASE don’t reblog if you can afford to get yourself a PSP Vita or SDR2. I want this giveaway to go to someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to get it.
- One like and one reblog.
- No giveaway blogs allowed.
- You don’t have to be following me!
- People who live internationally will have to be able to give me money for shipping.
- If you are under 18, please ask your parents before reblogging this!!!
- You will have to give me your address if you win!
hey, hey, look at this thing that is ending in under four hours.
Put a letter from A-Z in my ask and I’ll tell you 1 thing I love which starts with that letter.
THIS IS CUTE PLEASE
♘ Favorite Animal
Answered this already
☥ Cats or dogs
Aw, maaaan… it’s hard to pick :\ cats are awesome and so freaking adorable but if i were to live with one, i’d pick a dog.
✌ Favorite character
hrrrrm……………. I cried in the scene with date in ooo’s and yelled at matt while it happened so, yeah, him :D
✏ Writer or reader
I prefer reading, i’d say, but i also love writing stories when im in the mood to or for school assignments, gets me going :D
also, i read your letter and i’ts going to be a long response so i’ll wait until i can vid chat you to reply. I’m glad you’re taking steps though, it’s a huge improvement :)
☄ Picture of you
old picture, but it’ll have to do
♥ Name of crush
I LOVE YOU ALL, EQUALLY. Buuuuuut, matt has his own special place in my heart :3
Don’t have one, really. Family’s buddhist
✉ State of origin
♬ Favorite song/s
I have quite a few but lately i’ve been loving lull bokura wa shite, something something it’s a long name :3 and of course zz ward’s songs.
♪ Favorite band
Don’t really have one….
☑ Full name
For privacy reasons, I won’t give out my full name, first name is Nancy, last name is a asian one c:
Ω Favorite Book
So far, i’m really loving, “The vault” But a few that really stuck to me are, East, Unwound, aaand James Patterson’s books,
♘ Favorite Animal
uhh…. it’s kind of hard to pick because i like a lot of different animals ;w;….