usakeh said: I understand your rage about the Lucy film. I haven't seen it and don't plan to do so; obviously it's beyond racist. There is no defending it. The worst thing is how it gives people the totally wrong impression about Taiwan. The same thing happens to Mexico. When I say I want to visit my relatives in Mexico City, people are like, "Why go THERE? IT'S SO DANGEROUS!" Sure, some parts of Mexico are. Not Mexico City. But from films they think all of Mexico is full of cartel goons shooting at people.
Yeah, that’s one of the glaring issues with Lucy; that Luc Besson didn’t give two tin shits about even Googling Taiwan before making this crap movie. And the fact that there are people like that asshole whitefem reducing it to nothing more than a pretty backdrop is just utterly appalling. (I’m seriously wondering why they thought it was appropriate to be so blatantly racist in a discussion about why the racist issues were harmful.)
But then again, they don’t have to deal with the repercussions. They’re not like you and me, where we get asked about our ancestral homelands based on movies. They don’t have to field stereotypes. They don’t have to ever think about it, because they’re privileged in that aspect.
But, you know, to focus on the positive: I’ve had a follower approach me and thank me for letting her know about the racist issues in Lucy, and that she won’t support it. And moreover, I’ve seen more people reblogging the post with my rebuttal (and some that are even better, like tumblr user goobernatorial’s), so at least we have a great deal of support.
This gallant little boy comforted a classmate on her first day of preschool, and we’re not getting over it ever.
Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of the Tienanmen Square massacre, where Chinese troops uprooted pro-democracy demonstrators who had been occupying the square. Hundreds, possibly thousands of people lost their lives that day. The key symbol of the protests: An anonymous man standing in front of a procession of oncoming tanks.
Photo of an excerpt from page 154 of one of the new proposed revised Taiwanese high school history textbooks. Via PTT
As a friend online noted the text roughly makes the following points:"The Taiwan Independence Movement is a negation of the ROC and the Constitution, will push the Taiwanese society into a state of confusion about national identity, and is harmful to the future development of Taiwan."
Also one of the reason of the ethnic issue [other reasons are not stated or listed] is “electoral politics,” with “some political parties agitating the ethnic issue for electoral benefits and creating serious fractures and divisions among the population with heavy negative influence on the whole societal development of Taiwan”
In summary, the page describes how President Lee was pro-Taiwan independence and how he and the DPP drew on a nationalism / ‘ethnic conflict’. The nation apprently suffered because elections were very frequent and at each election, ethnic tensions were utilised to mobilise voters. Of course, the DPP is not named directly but the inference is clear. Written another way it might look something like this:
All the bears in the woods were happy until Papa bear decided that only formosan black bears were really authentic. This made the panda bears very sad who just felt that they were all bears. Every time there was a meeting of the Bear Council
Papa Bear’s son’ssome of the bears would keep mentioning that black and white bears didn’t really belong in the woods. This made the panda bears very sad who just felt that they were all bears. ”Perhaps,” they thought, “there were too many meetings of the Bear Council?”
And now perhaps you can understand why so many people are deeply concerned that these proposed history textbooks, revised by a group of people that didn’t include even one Taiwan history academic expert, are being used by the KMT to inculcate a pro-China, anti-independence mindset in the next generation of students.
For mandarin readers here are more pages of questionable content from the same proposed history textbook
MIxed race Taiwanese-American
I am not your china doll
I am not your ‘geisha-girl’
I am not your wild lily
I am not Chinese. I am Taiwanese. No, that isn’t part of China and I definitely did not mean to say Thailand.
I am not your ‘cool’ Asian friend. We all know you really mean East Asian and I’m only cool because I tolerate your white asses.
No, white boy, I do not LOVE white guys. Trust me.
"Wow you’re really pretty for an Asian because you’re half white!"
"I love mixed race babies they are SO cute"
Do not make my heritage a fetish. I am not less Taiwanese because I am part white and I’ve only reached this conclusion after basically an eighteen year identity crisis. Do not down play mixed people’s struggle because you think ‘mixed babies are so cute’
Asian women are not naturally submissive as if somehow we have managed to cultivate a gene for being demure dolls with tiny hands and pale skin that worship white dick. We have survived thousands of years of fiercely patriarchal societies, dictators, regimes, political coups, European invasion, and racism in countries that would rather jail us than treat us as equals. You are telling me I am the weak one when I come from a long line of bad ass bicthes that have managed to survive all of that and you’re whining about ‘reverse racism’ because you got your feelings hurt. Alright.
White America, I am not your exotic play thing. I am not submissive, and I’m not here to worship you. Fuck you.
you need to get off your high rickshaw and chill
Collection of photos of the end to the Sunflower Student Movement occupation of the Legislative Yuan on April 10th, from Taipei Times.TOP: Student protesters and members of the public last night hold up their lit mobile phones on Jinan Road in Taipei, where they gathered after students evacuated the Legislative Yuan. Apr 11, 2014 Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei TimesBOTTOM LEFT: Police take control of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei after students evacuated the premises yesterday. Apr 11, 2014 Photo: Lo Pei-der, Taipei TimesBOTTOM RIGHT: Students hold sunflowers as they leave the Legislative Yuan yesterday and enter Jinan Road in Taipei. Apr 11, 2014 Photo: George Tsorng, Taipei Times
after hearing about it through the submission to @angryasiangirlsunited, i checked out the trailer of Lucy and am even more disgusted. and so not surprised. whiteness is getting too old.the upcoming movie lucy will feature the age-old racist narrative of pure white woman (scarlet johansson) being violated by scary, brown men. and the new white feminist trope of women gaining their power by violently eliminating brown men. who needs the white male savior when we now have white female saviors, taking it into their own hands to save their whiteness from all that non-whiteness. so radical.
My favorite part are the white feminists who are raving about this movie because “strong independent woman yaaaas!!”
i’m just wondering why there are herbs and fruits and vegetables written in a faded, creepy red on a prison-like wall in chinese. are herbs and fruits and vegetables in chinese supposed to be part of some sort of scare tactics? or am i missing something here?
it keeps getting better.
awww man see I immediately fell into the trap of being excited for all the kickass lady stuff and didn’t give this much thought
This is a very valid point and hugely disappointing
I just found the summary of this thing:
"The story focuses on a woman (Scarlett Johansson) who is forced to become a drug mule. But when the drug accidentally goes into her body, she is mysteriously granted superhuman powers. She absorbs knowledge instantly, can move objects with her mind and can’t feel any pain or distress–plus look hot as hell doing it."
Isn’t insensitivity to pain considered a disability? And isn’t it a serious problem for those who have that genetic condition?
Also, you’re going to love WHY she gets the superpowers. To quote The Journalist: “The pretext for this is that the drug allows her access to 28% of her brain’s capacity, as the human mind only allows access to 10%. Teaming up with a professor, played by Morgan Freeman, she examines her own abilities and looks to see what happens when 100% of her mind’s capacity is unlocked.”
The “only 10% of the brain is used” concept is a complete myth. All of the brain is used—it’s just that it isn’t used simultaneously. Also, much of the brain exists to keep the body operational. It’s not just for thinking.
So far we’ve got racism, faux feminism, scare tactics, trying to pass off a disability as a superpower, and incredibly bad science even by Hollywood standards. Great.
those are fruits and vegetable names written in blood-like paint behind her… are they code words? do they mean something? or do they just look like convenient oriental gibberish to serve as props?
I’m thinking probably just gibberish. Someone needed convenient handwritten words, so they went to Chinatown and took pictures of the fruit stands because they were the first ones they could find.
such flattering Taiwanese representation. Isn’t this basically the plot of Wolverine.
Fly over of the crowds of protestors gathered in Taipei for the 3-30 Rally.