Yuri Kochiyama is my activist role model because she specifically cared about and showed up for black, Latino, and Native American communities. Asian oppression was not her main focus with other oppression coming in second; her primary goal was dismantling white supremacy and she understood that fighting for ALL people of color was crucial in achieving that goal.
I am a pinay feminist but I cannot have my feminism be exclusively Asian. I have to be here for all of us and part of that is the acknowledgment of anti-blackness and shadeism in my community that needs to be eradicated. Antiblackness is a crucial component, if not the true heart of white supremacy, and if we don’t make the dismantling of that a priority in our feminism, we are operating on exclusivity and success at the expense of black people. We need to stop appropriating, stop aligning ourselves superficially, and for fuck’s sake, WE NEED TO STOP USING THE N WORD BECAUSE IT IS NOT OURS. We cannot claim to be activists if we willingly remain ignorant.Discussion of oppression should not just cover intersectionality of individual identity, it should be about solidarity across communities.
including the following: East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and West Asian/Middle East, the indigenous people of North Asia/Russia, and mixed race Asians
Like/reblog this post if you are a fellow feminist of Asian descent, no matter where you currently reside, so that I can follow you ^^
(I’m Korean, living in America.)
Do not immediately defend yourself. You defensiveness will want you to do so, but don’t.
Instead, post this picture in reply:
Followed by this picture:
And point out to them that they are not interested in an actual conversation, which you can tell by the violence and abuse their statements includes, as per the second picture.
Because they are not willing to change, and they are being abusive, anything they say in response is going to be part of the cycle unless it is an apology — and terfs do not apologize for being abusive bullies, and even when they do (because of posts like this), they are lying.
Because all TERFs and truscum are anti-LGBT, violent, misogynist, ignorant, incompetent, prejudiced, bigoted, deceitful, and dishonest, as well as opposing human and civil rights for everyone.
Mina Roces and Louise Edwards, Women’s Movements in Asia: Feminisms and Transnational Activism
The great feminist divide over the issue of whether prostitution is ‘sex work’ or ‘violence against women’ (VAW) has its Asian variant with activists lined up on both sides of these two camps. But here was another example of where the Asian context introduced new perspectives to the debate. Activists argued that poverty, sex tourism, the presence of American military bases and American servicemen on R&R leave as well as the trafficking of Asian women across national borders (all the way to Australia, the USA, Lebanon and Europe) needed to be considered in any discussion about prostitution as a feminist issue. As cities such as Manila and Bangkok earned reputations as ‘sex capitals’ of Asian for tourists looking for a ‘good time’, women’s organizations were committed to dismantling the Orientalist narrative that represented Asian women as ‘exotic’, ‘erotic’, and submissive women since this powerful myth perpetuated the view that Asian women were ‘available’ for sex. Activists from Asia not only has to debunk their local culture’s grand narratives of the feminine, they also had to destroy images perpetuated by foreigners (including colonial and imperial powers both Asian and Euro-American) who could not get beyond the sexualized image of the ‘Asian woman’.
Western white feminists have to stop acting as if something that worked for them will work for us. There are so many other factors that play into our lives. Nor is there such a thing as “quintessential ‘Asian woman’” when different religions, cultures and histories (including older and more recent political regimes and contexts) have shaped womanhood and femininity for different Asian women in different ways.
I despise MRAs. In case you don’t know, MRA stands for “Men’s Rights Activist.” You’ll often find them trolling in the comments sections of news article that talks about rape, pay inequality, depiction of women in the media, etc.
Here are some of their familiar choruses:
"Divorce court favors women!"
"Men have to fight in wars!"
"Men have to pay for first dates and face the risk of first rejection!"
"Women are privileged because they get to cry while men can’t!"
"Women are supposed to be submissive and deferential because biology."
"Waaaah, the hot girl in class won’t give me sex even though I’m Nice to her!"
You get the idea. Mainly, they’re guys who despise feminism because it has deflated the value of the Average Guy. For example, back in the 1950s, any Joe Schmoe with a high school education and a job was probably seen as a decent catch because most women relied on men for financial support. Fast forward to now, and with so many women having post-graduate degrees and their own income, suddenly Joe Schmoe isn’t worth so much on the sexual market anymore.
He COULD work hard to improve himself and become more of an eligible bachelor (e.g. stay in shape, read some books, learn to cook), OR he could just sit on his ass and whine about the oppression that men face these days from those women. Yeah, you know those same women who dominate all 19% of Congress?
Anyway, my point is that MRAs are despicable people and no confident and successful guy should want to be associated with them.
So it’s much to my dismay when I see Asian guys somehow sounding a lot like MRAs when they talk about certain advantages that Asian women have in American society. For example, Asian women are more readily accepted socially and romantically by the White majority. There is arguably more positive representation of Asian women than men in the media. Asian female news anchors are a common sight because Americans associate them with positive feminine qualities. Meanwhile, when and if Asian men show up in the media, it’s usually as villains (if we’re lucky) or as anti-sexual comic relief.
When it comes to Asian American literature, America listens to the voices of Asian WOMEN, not men. Amy Tan and Maxine Hong Kingston are the Asian equivalents of Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes; that is, minority writers that are presented to White Americans as being representative of their groups. It is almost certainly not a coincidence that both Tan and Kingston flatter the American ego at the expense of the Asian one, especially the Asian male one.
So in this context, how can Asian men talk about gender differences in our demographic without sounding like an MRA? It’s a very tricky situation, but here are some general pointers.
1) Don’t make it about sex
Things such as the interracial relationship disparity and Asian male stereotypes are key symptoms of anti-Asian prejudice, but don’t bring in your own sex life (or lack thereof) into the debate. This makes it sound as if your main complaint is that you’re not getting as many hot chicks as you think you deserve. That’s not a cause that most people want to support.
2) Be an ally of feminism
You can be critical of anti-Asian male prejudice AND support feminism. You can be critical of a certain branch of Asian feminism that seeks to demonize Asian men while ignoring the many transgressions of White men, and still be supportive of the idea of gender equality. If you can show that you’re an ally of feminism, then you can also neutralize the most broad-brush (and lazy kneejerk) attack against you, which is that you’re a sexist who wants to subjugate Asian women.
3) Don’t use terms like “sellout”
As a rule, you don’t want to insult or demonize people you’re trying to have a dialogue with. Sad fact is that there ARE indeed sellouts of all types who will try to fit in with the most dominant group. But name-calling ends debates before they even start, and we want to have a dialogue here.
4) Find sympathizers with non-Asian women
In my experience, non-Asian women often have an easier time empathizing with the issues of Asian men than some Asian women do, especially if those non-Asian women have had relationships with Asian men and know what kind of prejudices that we face. These women aren’t regressive anti-feminists; they’re well-educated feminists who don’t have racial blinders on when it comes to Asian issues. By finding White, Black, and Latina women who support you, you can again neutralize the inevitable attack against you that you’re just trying to figuratively bind Asian women’s feet.
5) Be an awesome person
The predictable ad hominem attack against you will be that you’re a typical Asian male loser who plays Starcraft all day and has no friends or girlfriends. Therefore, you’re just a whiner. While there are some people like that, it’s not as if Asian male discrimination only afflicts the dorks. Here’s Tim Chiou, a 6’2” handsome Asian actor, talking about how he knows what it’s like to be devalued for his Asianness. If you exhibit charisma, social ease, and a diverse group of friends, you will be given much more credibility when you speak out.