Most of us in the AAPI diaspora share a blood memory of the violence that is wrought by occupying forces against indigenous peoples, and the political, cultural and militaristic tools that have been used in the exploitation of our lands and our people.
From their announcement:
For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.
We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.
Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.
Dutee Chand (right), India’s star sprinter, has been disqualified from the Commonwealth Games for “abnormal” results on a “gender test.” Which begs the question: what the heck is a gender test anyway, and why do we still do them? - CM
So Griffin Hammond and Randy Clemens made a documentary about sriracha, and they actually go to Thailand to find the place that the original sriracha was invented. Now you know.
More children than Palestinian fighters are being killed in Israel’s offensive on Gaza, according to the UN. Shown here are the name, age, and sex of 132 of those children, recorded by the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights
at the moment 29 Israeli lives have been lost (mostly soldiers) and 650 (mostly civilians-many of whom are children) Palestinians have been killed. CNN alone has done 46 interviews with Israeli Officials this year, while speaking with only 11 Palestinian leaders. besides a few outlets (i.e. democracy now, black agenda report, truth dig, etc.) u.s. “journalism” in no way works to shape public opinion for the public good.
If you’re at Comic Con and find the Green Turtle (the first Asian American superhero, cosplayed by Alvin Duong), you could win some original art from Gene Luen Yang, the artist responsible for the Green Turtle’s revival (and some of our favorite graphic novels!). The Nerds of Color has the scoop. - CM
Because grandparents are just awesome. Caring Across Generations has a new campaign: ThrowbackSummer, an online contest asking people to share old photos of their grandparents revealing untold or cherished stories leading up to intergenerational jam sessions across the country on Grandparents Day. Submit your photos now! -AW
Congratulations to writer Maxine Hong Kingston, part of the 2013 National Medal of Arts cohort!
"Her novels and non-fiction have examined how the past influences our present, and her voice has strengthened our understanding of Asian American identity, helping shape our national conversation about culture, gender, and race." - CM