This is a Podcast from a February 2015 edition of “Drop That Hyphen” at the Project As(I)Am Online Magazine which is a Hub that brings together Asian-American activist-artist-thinkers together to challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism and homophobia, nationalism, class/caste-ism, and other oppressions toward social change.
Japan’s Favorite female J-Reggae/R&B/HipHop artist: PUSHIM プシン, presents “Don’t Stop” with J-rapper 韻シスト(Insist)
In March of 2015, Ariana Miyamoto (宮本 エリアナ 磨美子 Miyamoto Ariana Mamiko) won the crown for Miss Universe Japan. For the Japanese nation and culture, this was a huge and monumental event. What makes it so, is that she is the first ‘Black-Japanese’ mixed race woman to win the crown. What this did was bring into the cultural spotlight, the issues of identity, race, color, nation, and gender–into an intense configuration that, I think, is necessary for Japan to struggle with today. It remains to be seen whether this has far-reaching effects.
The following is the introduction on Vimeo for the documentary film The Woman, The Orphan, and the Tiger. I present the link to the movie following this.
It is an excellent and much needed film speaking to issues surrounding trauma and women of the South Korean diaspora.
Josephine Baker, in the post-World War II atmosphere in the United States, was one of the many African-American entertainers that was part of the exodus to France. France was sought to be kinder and filled with more opportunities for Black people, and entertainers in particular, than the 1920s were in the US.
VIDEO: Michael Brown speaks to American fathers who abandon their own children and women in the Philippines
The Amerasian, as a social phenomenon, began at the turn of the century, as extension of the ‘mixed-race’ issue in Asia with the arrival of Europeans and Americans.
There are an estimated 2,000,000 (million) amerasian children who have been abandoned by their American fathers, in the Pacific.
‘Black-birding’ is a British term which was used to speak of the 19th century Pacific labor/slave trade for the colonialists. Australia, France, Britain, Germany and the United States were the main traders. Blackbirding mostly involved kidnapping and trickery (to sign contracts) for laboring in mines and plantations in South America, the U.S., Canadian West Coast, and Australia and their colonies.
REVERIES & RAGE: On Colonization & Survival—