Dream of the Water Children: The Black Pacific

Stephanie Blandon — Pan-Amerasian Connections: Adoptions

 

Stephanie Blandon, a blooming artist who was born in 1957 in Inchon, Korea, was left on the doorstep of an orphanage and adopted into a Black-American family stationed in Korea, then brought to the United States. Her story resonates across a Pan-Amerasian context, where military bases, orphanages, postwar realities of poverty and devastation and the American military presence, and racism in Korea and the United States, play a part in the ways in which Amerasians will craft their lives. Although each of us (I am Black-Japanese Amerasian from a military brat nuclear family), have different lives and respond differently to our circumstances, there are threads of similiarities in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, nationalism and the tensions between community and individualism

Her story is touching and teaches us many things.  Please visit her beautiful short essay at:

Dear Adoption, I’m Nearly 60 Yet Still the 5 year old Version of Myself 

 

Racist Portrayal of Filipinos – Global Voices.org

Here is a good article from Global Voices.org on the Racist portrayal of Filipinos in preparation for, and during the American betrayal and colonization of the Philippines after they had ousted the Spanish during the Spanish-American War in the Philippines. It was really a ruse by the United States, to take Spain’s place in the domination of the Archipelago, which was strategic in the plan to take over the Pacific.

Article is here: Racist Portrayal of the Philippines

Beiging & Dream: Two of my WORKS to be PUBLISHED this year!

 

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Very Very Happy to Report:  two of my works will be published this year!!  Both are *Definitely* on Track, on Time, and will happen (barring destruction of the publishing house).

In June, I will have a chapter in the anthology of mixed-race people in America, entitled: The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the Twenty-First Century. It has some very powerful authors in it, of many racial and national backgrounds, sexual and gender identities, of various generations.

Final proof is being edited as we speak.

Mama and I in front of our house in Albuquerque, 1963.
Mama and I in front of our house in Albuquerque, 1963.

In November, after six long years of creative struggle after turning in my book to the publisher, my long-awaited book: Dream of the Water Children: Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific, will be released. Yes!

The Final proofs and images are being edited and are being put in after being finalized, and waiting for the Introduction and Afterword to be finalized as well.  After this, there will be a final go-over by the chief editor and myself, and then it will be printed!

To be honest, since my publisher, for both of these works, is a small independent publisher, the marketing and promotion will mostly fall on me.

Please contact me if you can write a REVIEW for publishing in another publication or online site (or know of someone who is interested and can get published), or if you can plan a promotional reading by me (alone or on a panel or in a group), or help out in any other way.

Let me know if you need more info.

 

 

Harbors

December 7th.  In any year, in the United States, it is memorialized.

Just what is memorialized?

Memory. . . . . . What is it? Memory of What?  For what?

pearl-harbor-mem-dayOf course.  We mourn. the loss.

Veterans of the U.S. military who were alive at the time, who experienced it, must remember it, perhaps simply to honor their friends and fellow military friends who perished, or whose lives were maimed.—But . . . . . . .

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Hapa Japan Festival 2017: February 2017 @ USC!!

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Hapa Japan Festival 2017 – celebrating Mixed-Japanese Heritage, will be held February 22-26, 2017 at University of Southern California.

The Hapa Japan Festival celebrates mixed-race and mixed roots Japanese people and culture. Come join us at the Japanese American National Museum and the USC campus for film screenings documenting the story of mixed race Japanese people, rich conversations with Hapa cultural icons, jam sessions, and a gastoronomic experience to remember. Please also join us as we hear from lead thinkers of Hapa Japan (and critical mixed race) scholarship at the 3-day Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) Conference which will be held in conjunction with the festival. This year’s conference explores issues in trans(gender, gressions, migrations, racial).

See Tentative Full Schedule here: http://dornsife.usc.edu/cjrc/hapa-japan-festival-2017/

 

Re-Post: Black and White GIs in Military prisons in Postwar Japan: Black Glasses Like Clark Kent

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The book by Terese Svoboda, Black Glasses Like Clark Kent (Graywolf Press 2008), tells the personal true story of Svoboda’s journey, beginning with her Uncle who becomes depressed, then takes his own life.

Her uncle served in the US Occupation of Japan, working as a Military Stockade guard.

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I’ll be presenting Nov. 18 at Blackanese Event at College of San Mateo

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2016

College Center (Bldg. 10) Room 193
College of San Mateo
1700 W. Hillsdale Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402

Free Event (Public) – $2 visitor parking
Questions? Contact: KomoEvents@gmail.com

6:30 – 8:00 PM Program
8:00 – 9:00 PM Reception with light refreshments

BEING BLACKANESE AND THE EVOLVING EMBRACE OF SELF AND COMMUNITY brings together an award winning literary artist, a scholar activist, and an independently published author in an examination and affirmation of Black Japanese American life. The “Blackanese” experience – of a world where divisiveness remains common and cultural ambiguity can equate to invisibility within one’s own communities – will be exposed through readings, presentations and Q&A.

FEATURING READINGS BY:

ALYSS DIXSON will read from “The Club”, her short fiction piece about Ai, a determined Black Japanese girl who decides to sneak a ride on her father’s old Harley until an encounter with a thief puts her between fear of the stranger and fear of her dad’s punishment.

FREDRICK CLOYD will read selections from his memoir, Dream of the Water Children: Memory and Mourning in the Black Pacific, covering his struggles as a half-Black Japanese boy born of an African American military father and that of his mother who was looked down upon for having a child by an American, as well as his life as an Amerasian after migrating to the United States.

RAMON CALHOUN will read excerpts from his self-published novel, Blackanese Boy, the coming of age story of Rafael Halifax. Raised by a single mother, Rafael tries to cope with and understand the complexity of his mixed-identity, born of his Japanese American mother and Black father, an infrequent yet powerful presence in his life.

The readings will be followed by a Question & Answer session facilitated by DR. FREDERICK GAINES, Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies, College of San Mateo

Thailand Blackface

Advertising for making our skin white in Thailand.
Advertising for making our skin white in Thailand.

There is a blogpost posted by UndertheRopes from January of this year entitled: Blackface and Racism in Thailand.

Similar to Japan, China, and Korea, the specter of performing White dominance within a culture by presenting a ridicule and lower-positioned Black in the social fabric is alive across the world.

As anti-Asian racism is often ridiculed and trivialized, the intensities of anti-black entertainment and racism is highlighted as a path for a nation’s people to gain global currency and legitimacy.

The reason it is there is that the global system, created by colonial and post-colonial tools of nation-building, have within itself, wherever it may be, the anti-black, anti-brown, anti-red, and anti-yellow.

So in Asia, what we call yellow supremacy, is the social hierarchy where the East Asian “yellow” (the color assigned by westerners to the peril, danger, and strangeness of “the Orient”) is made close to white and valorizes “white” in their national consciousness.

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