Decolonization is an ongoing struggle
Who's that in your AVI, Jasmine?
That's a screenshot from the film Irma Vep (1996, Olivier Assayas) with Maggie Cheung.
Besides being a fantastic and dizzying/disorienting film, I have a soft spot for it bc I first watched it in a class with Prof. Yiman Wang, who would advise my undergraduate thesis! Here's the essay that she wrote on Maggie Cheung and the film Irma Vep: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/492536
Jonathan Levy, Freaks of Fortune: The Emerging World of Capitalism and Risk in America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012).
^I bought the Cedric Robinson Pluto Press collected edition and I read the preface and introduction yesterday, it's very good, very exciting
COVID, indoor and outdoor dining, survey, please boost, Michigan
"Service Industry Workers of the Ann Arbor Area (SIWA3) is an organization dedicated to organizing workplaces, providing mutual aid for service workers, and service worker advocacy. We are circulating this survey to gauge the public's comfortability with dining in at bars and restaurants in Michigan"
by Rumya S Putcha
“Massage spas, also sometimes called salons or parlors, like the ones where these crimes took place, are part of a broader industrial complex that capitalizes on the racist belief that Asian people, and Asian women in particular, possess magical, spiritual, and sexual healing abilities. These attitudes belong to an entrenched Orientalist infrastructure in the United States that connects yoga, meditation, and massage to tourism, pleasure, and escape.”
*scream-whispering* when you focus your analysis on "anti-Chinese sentiment" broadly and don't attend to the criminalization and subjugation of im/migrant sex workers, you basically reproduce those gendered, racialized, and classed violences
IDK man I really think that we ought to be following Red Canary Song's analysis of this event, because it was clearly whorephobic, clearly rooted in sexual imperialism, clearly rooted in misogyny from both Christian evangelism and centuries of colonialism too
This is one of many moments that a rejection of intersectional feminist analysis is really making you all show your asses
And I can't help but notice that the people pushing these lines of analysis and this very reductive take are
1. Not Asian women
And reducing an event of racialized misogynist violence to mere "xenophobia" is pinning the violence on, say, Cold War politics rather than the centuries of Western imperialism in Asia that constructed the ideas of submissive, disposable Asian women in particular.
Pretending that fearmongering news headlines about China's economy was solely, or mostly responsible for this shooting feels uh inaccurate!
I'm really... *hmmm* about this trend of talking about the Atlanta shooting as linked to the US state's opposition to China
It just seems to be willfully ignoring the pretty blatant misogyny, whorephobia, and racialized sexual imperialism at the heart of that particular act, and to link that to the US being anti-China (and here I mean anti-the Chinese state) feels kind of intellectually disingenuous and a wee bit ahistorical
Sharing this 2003 statement by Critical Resistance and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence on "Gender Violence and the Prison-Industrial Complex" for absolutely "no" reason today
Davis, J, Moulton, AA, Van Sant, L, Williams, B. Anthropocene, Capitalocene, … Plantationocene?: A Manifesto for Ecological Justice in an Age of Global Crises. Geography Compass. 2019; 13:e12438.
He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?
"Classics and whiteness are the bones and sinew of the same body; they grew strong together, and they may have to die together. Classics deserves to survive only if it can become 'a site of contestation' for the communities who have been denigrated by it in the past. "
Cedric J. Robinson, “Fascism and the Response of Black Radical Theorists,” in Cedric J. Robinson: On Racial Capitalism, Black Internationalism, and Cultures of Resistance (London: Pluto Press, 2019), 149–59.
Sylvia Wynter, “‘No Humans Involved’: An Open Letter to My Colleagues,” N.H.I.: Knowledge for the 21st Century 1, no. 1 (Fall 1994): 1–17.
sexual harassment, Verso Books
I’m not buying from Verso Books anymore, and nor should you
At least until they apologize to Emily Janakiram
Year 3 PhD Student in American Culture and Digital Studies at U-M Ann Arbor
avi is Maggie Cheung in Irma Vep; banner is Valle de la Luna by Remedios Varo
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