Text 30 Jul 18 notes

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.

isanah:

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.

via Isanah.
Video 13 Jul 42,709 notes

huffpostworld:

This gallant little boy comforted a classmate on her first day of preschool, and we’re not getting over it ever. 

See the full video here.

Link 30 Jun 14 notes HuanDao- Taiwanese American Documentary»

angrytaiwanesegirlsunited:

Hey, I was hoping you guys would check this out, maybe post about it. We’re trying to Kickstart this documentary-focusing on the whole experience of going back to Taiwan and trying to figure out your place/bicultural identity.  We’re really excited to bring some attention to Taiwan, and to the experiences that we have as Taiwanese American women.

Much love to you guys, love what you do!

-SueAnn

Video 4 Jun 836 notes

policymic:

Here’s what the famous Tiananmen Square tank man photo looks like zoomed out

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. 

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(Source: micdotcom)

Photo 5 May 19 notes lettersfromtaiwan:

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’s some 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

lettersfromtaiwan:

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’s some 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

Photo 2 May 735 notes taipeitofu:

yellow—ranger:

parkdad:

angryasiangirlsunited:

MIxed race Taiwanese-American 
I am not your china dollI 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

angryasiangirlsunitedfucknofetishizationangrytaiwanesegirlsunited

taipeitofu:

yellow—ranger:

parkdad:

angryasiangirlsunited:

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

angryasiangirlsunited
fucknofetishization
angrytaiwanesegirlsunited

via TAIWAN.
Link 28 Apr 4 notes Overview of the Taiwan Academy»

american-born-taiwanese:

Stumbled upon this link from facebook. Apparently the Taiwan Academy is creating a library of Taiwanese movies to lend out for educational purposes and ~spreading culture~ or whatever, which is pretty cool, I guess. It would be great for people to get to know more about Taiwan.

But then I went to the Overview section of the Taiwan Academy page (because I’ve never heard about it before), and ughhh.

  • Number of times “Taiwanese culture” shows up: 3
  • Number of times “Chinese culture” shows up: 11

Taiwanese culture is not simply some preservation of Chinese culture, which has thousands of years of history blah blah blah. Taiwan has its own fucking culture, and it should not be an afterthought to the aspects of Chinese culture that exist in Taiwan or simply a unique “Taiwanese twist” on Chinese culture. Taiwanese culture is just Taiwanese culture. Period. 

Though I suppose this is a government sponsored project, so I really shouldn’t expect anything better.

Link 27 Apr 15 notes http://taipeitofu.tumblr.com/post/84085237467/angrytaiwanesegirlsunited-just-because-someone»

taipeitofu:

angrytaiwanesegirlsunited:

Just because someone tells you that they’re Taiwanese, it does NOT mean that they know Taiwanese unless they’re telling you that in Taiwanese then there is a high chance that they do know Taiwanese.

Taiwanese and Mandarin-Chinese are completely different…

via TAIWAN.
Video 10 Apr 97 notes

lettersfromtaiwan:

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 Times
BOTTOM LEFT: Police take control of the Legislative Yuan in Taipei after students evacuated the premises yesterday. Apr 11, 2014  Photo: Lo Pei-der, Taipei Times
BOTTOM 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
Photo 8 Apr 18,254 notes dytabytes:

alejandrablaze:

ani-bester:

gehayi:

liamdryden:

stabra:

absolutezeronow:

fascinasians:

danapolis:

stabra:

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!!”

Sigh.

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.

Valid poinrs

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.

dytabytes:

alejandrablaze:

ani-bester:

gehayi:

liamdryden:

stabra:

absolutezeronow:

fascinasians:

danapolis:

stabra:

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!!”

Sigh.

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.

Valid poinrs

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.

Video 3 Apr 1,354 notes

THE MAGIC BEGINS - Day 15: Dreamcast for your favourite character(s) [2/?].
R I Z  A H M E D as Newt Scamander

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Video 31 Mar 51 notes

lettersfromtaiwan:

Fly over of the crowds of protestors gathered in Taipei for the 3-30 Rally.

發佈時間:2014年03月30日

OPticFlight 衛星定位多旋翼空中拍攝載具

Link 26 Mar 128 notes How you can help #Taiwan if you live in the United States»

From American Citizens for Taiwan (http://americancitizensfortaiwan.org/action/)

The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs will meet tomorrow (March  25, 2014) to markup H. Res. 494 “Affirming the importance of the Taiwan Relations Act.” If you live in the U.S. please go to the ACT site now and tell your member of Congress to support this important bill, it only takes 3 minutes.


While you are there, you can also take action on the other Taiwan related bills. These bills are what we push in the U.S. to help protect Taiwan’s democracy.


http://ACTtaiwan.org/issues

(I run http://westandfortaiwan.tumblr.com)

Video 26 Mar 168 notes
Photo 26 Mar 248 notes shihlun:

Taiwanese students protesting against a China Taiwan trade pact are sprayed with water cannons while occupying the government Cabinet offices in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, March 24, 2014.
photo by 杭大鵬

shihlun:

Taiwanese students protesting against a China Taiwan trade pact are sprayed with water cannons while occupying the government Cabinet offices in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, March 24, 2014.

photo by 杭大鵬


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