The contours of colonialism and cultural identity, along with socio-economic class and discrimination, create the uneven and violent relations within nations. Citizenship is only a paper-worked body-armor when it lives everyday in social relations anywhere.
We are both governed and we govern. We govern ourselves, to some extent. We are also governed, in some extent. When we don’t know histories, and the history of our own ancestries and legacies, we are ignorant, then of certain patterns and therefore reasons and connections. We are connected.
Memory’s Destruction and its twists and turns, are present in many forms. The links between personal forgetting/remembering dynamics and social forgetting and remembering can also be linked to proximities to Dominant Nation-State maintenance and social engineering.
Many books and articles and blogposts, that mention racism in Japan, Korea and the Philippines, Vietnam, point to the racism of these countries, against mixed-black folk and black persons.
You cannot have social change or social justice, without changing the self in some way or a series of ways. You cannot change yourself very far, without changing society in some way or a series of ways.