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fuckyeahaapi

When I read Angry Asian Man

fuckyeahaapi:

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truth. 

reallifedocumentarianfascinasians
reallifedocumentarian:

From Bao Phi’s ‘For Us’ in Sông I Sing. #APIA :-) <3 (Taken with Instagram)

reallifedocumentarian:

From Bao Phi’s ‘For Us’ in Sông I Sing. #APIA :-) <3 (Taken with Instagram)

7/6 19:39 - fascinasians - 94 notes
miswritten
seafoamknife:

Agent Orange on Okinawa, 1970s
(The bright orange barrels and the dark blue with orange stripes are A.O.)

seafoamknife:

Agent Orange on Okinawa, 1970s

(The bright orange barrels and the dark blue with orange stripes are A.O.)

7/4 22:56 - miswritten - 5 notes
baysian

baysian:

“Excuse Me, ameriKa” - I Was Born With Two Tongues, from Broken Speak (full album here).

The first and only album from legendary Asian American spoken word collective I Was Born With Two Tongues, comprised of Anida Yoeu Ali, Marlon Esguerra, Emily Chang, and Dennis “Denizen Kane” Kim. 

Geeking the fuck out cuz I hadn’t heard the whole thing til now - bless the internet and the poets for being free with their art. This group is the closest thing I know to elders of an Asian American spoken word tradition - and for me, they hit closer to my experience than most classic AsAm literature. It’s eerie and affirming hearing messages and images similar to my writing though I had never heard these pieces before. If someone were to ask me what it’s like being Asian American and I was incapable of writing or speaking it myself, I would refer them to this album.

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still you shuffle my anger aside
want me to bite my lips and watch my words,
yet you cut me with your thoughts.
your stories frame me in fiction
recreated for ideal themes
squeezed my mind for the minor myth
that molds me into your major model
gave me seductive sex appeal to steal your virgin soldiers
and drew me dragon claws to kill your unlucky sons
excuse me if I get too angry.
YOU SPREAD LIES MEANT TO SPREAD MY LEGS.
excuse me, ameriKa

Stream the rest of the Broken Speak album here.

6/8 22:19 - baysian - 75 notes
djphatrick.wordpress.comfascinasians
fascinasians:

nuoc:

DJ Phatrick presets “A Song For Ourselves Mixtape,” the mixtape featuring songs by Asian Americans for the Asian American soul.  Featuring Blue Scholars, Bambu, Chris Ijima, Charlie Chin. 
Tracklist: 

1. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – “We Are The Children” (Intro)2. Blue Scholars – “Cornerstone”3. Native Guns – “Slave Thinking”4. Native Guns feat. Geologic – “Agitation Propaganda”5. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – “Jonathan Jackson”6. Bambu – “When Will The Time Come?” prod. by Will Bracy7. Kiwi – “Gaza 2 Oakland” prod. by DJ Phatrick8. Blue Scholars – “Back Home”9. Chris Iijima – “Vietnamese Lament (Live)”10. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – “War Of The Flea” (Senz of Depth Remix ft. Bambu)11. Bambu – “Chairman Mao” (Paper Planes edit)12. Blue Scholars – “Fire For The People”13. Kiwi – “Cause”14. Native Guns feat. Geologic – “Said It” (Asi Remix)15. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – Divide &amp; Conquer (Fatgums Remix ft. Geologic, Kiwi, &amp; Bambu)16. Chris Iijima Soliloquy17. Kiwi – “Imagine”18. Bambu – “Seven Months”19. Blue Scholars – “Life and Debt”

Download for free here.

JAMS!

fascinasians:

nuoc:

DJ Phatrick presets “A Song For Ourselves Mixtape,” the mixtape featuring songs by Asian Americans for the Asian American soul.  Featuring Blue Scholars, Bambu, Chris Ijima, Charlie Chin. 

Tracklist: 

1. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – “We Are The Children” (Intro)
2. Blue Scholars – “Cornerstone”
3. Native Guns – “Slave Thinking”
4. Native Guns feat. Geologic – “Agitation Propaganda”
5. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – “Jonathan Jackson”
6. Bambu – “When Will The Time Come?” prod. by Will Bracy
7. Kiwi – “Gaza 2 Oakland” prod. by DJ Phatrick
8. Blue Scholars – “Back Home”
9. Chris Iijima – “Vietnamese Lament (Live)”
10. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – “War Of The Flea” (Senz of Depth Remix ft. Bambu)
11. Bambu – “Chairman Mao” (Paper Planes edit)
12. Blue Scholars – “Fire For The People”
13. Kiwi – “Cause”
14. Native Guns feat. Geologic – “Said It” (Asi Remix)
15. Iijima, Miyamoto, Chin – Divide & Conquer (Fatgums Remix ft. Geologic, Kiwi, & Bambu)
16. Chris Iijima Soliloquy
17. Kiwi – “Imagine”
18. Bambu – “Seven Months”
19. Blue Scholars – “Life and Debt”

Download for free here.

JAMS!
6/8 20:52 - fascinasians - 29 notes
undocumentedunafraid.com

Trailer for the new book Undocumented and Unafraid: Tam Tran, Cinthya Felix, and the Immigrant Youth Movement.

"Undocumented and Unafraid has emerged as a slogan for the new immigrant youth movement. No longer living in the shadows, undocumented students are coming out, organizing, advocating for change in immigration policy, and building a new civil rights movement. This book captures the voices of a new generation who are making history and changing our country."

www.UndocumentedUnafraid.com

(via Takashi)

6/7 01:53 - 1 note
lindaxieafterthefires
lindaxie:

Mine. You can’t please everyone, so just please yourself.

lindaxie:

Mine. You can’t please everyone, so just please yourself.

6/5 02:51 - afterthefires - 231 notes
If you&#8217;ve ever taken an Asian American Studies class, you&#8217;ve probably seen this photo by Nick Ut of a badly burned little girl running away from a napalm bombing on her village during the war in Southeast Asia in &#8216;72. Her name is Phan Thị Kim Phúc and you can find out what happened to her in the 40 years since this photo was taken here. Her optimism is an amazing thing to see as it fuels her work to help children affected by war.

If you’ve ever taken an Asian American Studies class, you’ve probably seen this photo by Nick Ut of a badly burned little girl running away from a napalm bombing on her village during the war in Southeast Asia in ‘72. Her name is Phan Thị Kim Phúc and you can find out what happened to her in the 40 years since this photo was taken here. Her optimism is an amazing thing to see as it fuels her work to help children affected by war.

6/4 02:35 - 8 notes

"That’s the logic that’s going through the minds of many Asian Americans these days as they grapple with this question: Should race-neutral policies replace affirmative action?

More than anything else, it’s the single biggest threat to the notion of an Asian American community. And it’s brought out the opportunists who want to use Asian Americans to break up the solidarity on the issue among people of color. The Asian American group 80-20 launched an online petition drive and now claims it has 50,000 signatures of Asian Americans who want to end the unfairness of it all.

They are sadly deluded.”

—Emil Guillermo, “Are Asian Americans really for the end of affirmative action?

asiansnotstudying

asiansnotstudying:

Posters Celebrate Asian American Masculinity, From George Takei to Jeremy Lin

Source: Colorlines

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Black Panther Rickard Aoki and Bruce Lee above.

fongtranpoetry

fongtranpoetry:

My first spoken word video! Please enjoy and share! Thanks to Antony Shannon Marshall & William Wong for their help on video and audio! Please reblog/ share/ comment/ lets dialogue!


Fong Tran - “WTF”


Historical Land Colonist
Under White Supremacist Cover Texas Republican: Betty Brown states -

"Would it behoove you and your
citizens to adopt a name that
we could deal with more readily
here?”
And history of oppression and suppression continues
As Tiếng Việt Vietnamese
an oral tradition shared by
smooth S indigenous lips
hard sharp T tongues
exchanged/felted/ passed on
by heart and mind connections
was colonized by French imperialist letters
and accent marks
and it would never
be the same

the same colonists
constrain my name from its
original form and life
my name was Phong
P-H-O-N-G
my name meant wind
so I was the feng in shui
like wind-water breeze through lush open fields
during the currents of May
but Phong
was ripped out from my chest
scratch off my back
scribble out
written in as Fong: F-O-N-G
like product of a disenfranchising hegemony
like a broken record fading in and out
of the national anthem
My mother
my mother gave birth to my
name on this manifested 13 colony soil
she bent letters on bent knees
to serve this white majority culture
and cater ignorant American tongues
Ignorant American tongues that couldn’t comprehend
the beauty behind Fong
the beauty behind Mai
Huyen
Erica

It wouldn’t understand how vowel sounds
could rise up in crescendo
and topple over like falling star
It wouldn’t know how dấu nặng accents
are so heavy
that it brought us down to earth
to show us how deep
we can really be
Betty Brown words
are the words of conquerors
conquerors who dictated Vietnamese people
for far too long
from the Chams
to the Chinese
from the French
to the Americans
after the Southeast Asian war
Vietnamese people came to America on refugee boats
not as wanting economic immigrants
out of financial opportunity
but
needing political refugees
out of pure instinctive survival
we did not come here
for Betty Browns to change
our names
our culture
our identities
remove your short colony take-over mindset
of my “rather difficult language”
So please Betty Brown
I maintain what’s mine
and you can have what’s yours
and
Since “Fong” is construction made under you

What the Fong does your name mean?

Celebration of Asian American Women 2012: I Model… at Cornell University

"The purpose of “Celebration of Asian American Women” is to unite and empower the Asian/Asian American women community. It is a celebration of the strengths, the accomplishments, the diversity and the history of Asian/Asian American women."

Photography by: Victoria Gao

4/17 02:20 - 5 notes

Celebration of Asian American Women 2011: Express Yourself at Cornell University

"The purpose of “Celebration of Asian American Women” is to unite and empower the Asian/Asian American women community. It is a celebration of the strengths, the accomplishments, the diversity and the history of Asian/Asian American women."

Photography by: Victoria Gao

4/17 02:07 - 6 notes
annachiang

Model Minority - Where’d You Go? (Invisible People)

Inglish:
This is our history, still is a mystery
Damn us Asian Americans are so finicky
Can we get 1 day in AP US history class?
I’m tired of this textbook and kissin its ass
Students oughta know somethin about us just to pass
80 percent go on to higher ed, yeah, that’s a fact
With youtube, we know we can feel cool
but nothing has changed from what we learn in high school
If it weren’t for that college elective that i took
I wouldn’t know shit but what laid in my text book
We’re more than opium wars and exclusions
More than pearl harbor, more than internments
In an odd place between cultures and races
How can we define this second generation?
In Asia, I’m American, in America i’m Asian
I stare into the mirror and see two faces why?

Grand Master Chu:
Starin at their pictures, I’m pickin up my pen
I envision the struggles that my parents landed in
Prisons that held them in, cultures they didn’t understand
But they fought to make a home and assimilated in
Didn’t always know the words, but the dream was clear
In a land of freedom, they made a family here
It wasn’t always easy but they persevered
And by the day I appeared, they had worked for years
Pain, struggle, and tears, storms finally made clear
Because my generation grew up without fear
Of wars and conflicts tearing homes apart
But now it’s our turn to step up and take part
School boards and printers, they approved the choice
Of textbooks in which their stories have no voice
Thank you for fightin so that I was raised up
Now I’m gonna speak up and raise your names up
And I think it’s messed up, you’re Americans too
Everyone immigrated just like you, too
It’s not fair the way that my parents are viewed
Now I’m fighting so you don’t vanish into the blue, singin

D-One:
Labeled a foreigner in my own land
The place of my birth, I’ll die here as a old man
On a bed in a house that I built with my own hands
Feeling blessed jess cuz I can own land
Damn why is my history displaced
In textbooks, why is it you never see my face?
Guess we’re all Chinese, never know my race
Growing up it’s like I could never see my place
But there’s progress, thought I’d never see the day
There’d be a black President, ascendant of the slaves
So my Asians I guess we waiting for our chance
For the American consciousness to invite us to dance
But we can’t hold our breathe so I’m in my fighting stance
Cuz we need to be proactive to stand a fighting chance
Let our ancestors be fairly represented
Should our contributions shine effervescent

4/16 21:45 - annachiang - 19 notes