"lesser" asian peoples that are important and ignored by most of tumblr bc of chinese japanese and korean pop culture is the only thing about asia western people know about
- north korean
- all indigenous people of all these countries
- and so many fucking more im just forgetting a lot because there is SO MUCH MORE
- asian people are not just attractive east asian people
- asian people are so much more than a couple of countries’ pop cultures
And hey, don’t forget that for each of these countries, there exists complexity in identity.
In Malaysia, you have ethnic identity, which basically boils down to being ethnically Malay, Chinese and Indian, as well as the catch-all term for others… BUT WAIT! No, that’s not true, because “Others” includes terms like Eurasian, and Chinese could mean Peranakan (who came to Malaysia before the advent of colonialism and integrated with the surrounding community differently) and Indian could mean Jawi Peranakan (kind of the same as Peranakan) or Mamak (which means you may have some Malay and Indian ancestry in you), and even if you are Malay… are you Bugis, Javanese, Minangkabau or Pattani? Because hey, you know what, that stuff is constitutionally defined, and the definitions are totally broad, and while there is a lot of common ground among all of these ethnic groups, there are plenty of differences, which is what happens when you have a people living their lives in a land over several thousand years! Oh wait, did we forget the indigenous peoples of Malaysia? Wait, hang on, Peninsular Malaysia? You mean to say that there’s more? YOU BET YOUR ASS THERE IS, because up until 1963, the states of Sabah and Sarawak had their own complex histories that I can’t really cover because I’m not from East Malaysia and I don’t want to take over their voice. BUT HEY! There’s a whole lot of complexity and conflict over there, and some of it is related to the stuff we have and some of it is completely different. AND THERE’S MORE! There’s always more!
Incidentally, that was Malaysia, which is moderately complex. I wonder how things would go if we were to go and look at, say, Indonesia…
And that’s not even looking at, say, India. Because, may I remind you, India, just like China (who, incidentally have a culture way beyond the narrow conceptions of Western media), has over 1 billion people, and a history that reaches back to the Axial Age and beyond, and Indian culture spread so far and disseminated itself so widely that we were all touched.
This is a land with tens of thousands of years of history. And our history and culture reflects that. It is a land we lived in, we are currently living in, and our history our alive. So screw you and your “Hee hee! It’s so ♥ ~ A S I A N ~ ♥” because you don’t know the hundredth of it. Hell, I don’t know a hundredth of it, and I live here, because this place is huge.
Lately, feminists like Annie Lennox, bell hooks and Emma Watson have taken issue with Beyoncé’s sexual openness. While trying to discredit Beyoncé as a feminist, they seem to have forgotten one of the most important parts of Chimamanda’s speech in ***Flawless."What does a lady dress like, exactly? And who decided what a lady looks like? What bearing should one’s clothing have on one’s identification as a feminist? This is exactly the kind of misogynist policing we’ve fought tooth and claw against for decades, and to level this line of “reasoning” at Beyoncé is not only antifeminist, it is despicable." (x)
We should also note that Black Women are perceived and fetishized as hyper sexual. Which is why mainstream feminists willingly call Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, and Katy Perry revolutionary and in charge of their bodies meanwhile demonizing Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Beyonce.
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“At Planned Parenthood, we see the impact of abortion stigma firsthand, in the women who delay getting reproductive health care because they fear they’ll be labeled and judged. We see the effect of stigma on doctors, health center staffers, and others who help provide abortion services. And we see the impact in laws that regulate and restrict abortion in ways that would never happen with any other medical procedure.”
—Cecile Richards, Ending the Silence that Fuels Abortion Stigma