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.
This is the first in a series of ongoing video projects based on my personal family history, historical memory, Asia-Pacific postwar ethnography and the historical present. It is on my channel at YouTube.
This article LINK from the Asia Times from July 17, 2002 by Aidan Foster-Carter entitled: Adopting, Adapting: Korean Orphans is an excellent beginning overview of how mixed-race bodies are used, especially in the context of orphanages.
The link I comment on in this post, is to a site called Transracial Abductees: A Critique of Intercountry Adoption (link at the end of this commentary). It is a particular perspective and gaze, a big-picture gaze, a gaze that includes histories of hierarchy in the global economy, global culture. … Continue Reading A Blog Site: Critique Empire, Race and Transracial Adoption
Thailand mirrors many of the same phenomenon happening around much of Asia, related to US and European globalization/colonization histories in relation to colorism, Blackness and Whiteness.
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.
Hypodescent: The ordering of people along a hierarchy of color, is prevalent in almost every society today, solidified by nation-state structures of power and form. In the ordering of color, the term for the ordering of people from the top that is lightest in color (white), and gradually lower to … Continue Reading Colonial Theory: Race & Gender Hierarchy = Hypodescent
Stanza from: Demilitarized Zones by Doug Rawlings They came to torture us these children of the dust to torture us with their eyes with their lies with the hatred in their eyes the ice in their smiles the wretchedness of their lives