Immigrant Stories: How did you come to US?

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hugewiener:

whitecolonialism:

Images of the Border Crisis in the United States.
AATTP

An estimated 52,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States from Central America since October. President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $3.7B to improve security along the border, provide better housing for the undocumented immigrants while in custody and to speed up the deportation process. 

Despite the horrible conditions these children are attempting to escape, conditions that include extreme poverty and violence, the White House has said that “they expect most will ultimately be repatriated,” despite the fact that about 60% of children coming over from Central America are eligible for some kind of humanitarian protection, according to a report from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

While the problem before us must be handled immediately, it cannot be addressed without first examining it’s root causes. While our American elected officials and media would like to make us all believe that this issue is unrelated to American behavior and that it is simply the result of the inability of Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to protect their borders and reduce through policing their crime the truth is quite the opposite. This immigration issue that the United States is currently facing is the result of American economic and military intervention in Central America.

For decades the United States has toppled governments in Central America, fueled civil wars and most recently has escalated the War on Drugs within countries in Central America. The connection between the United States foreign policy and it’s current immigration problem cannot be ignored, every action has an effect and due to the actions taken by the United States in the past, we today see families from all over Central America attempt to flee the violence that the United States was instrumental in creating.

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medievalpoc:

terracannon876:

medievalpoc:

thegreatgadfly:

medievalpoc:

thegreatgadfly:

medievalpoc:

[more on Xiang Fei]
*coughcough* paging rejectedprincesses *coughcough*

*sigh*
It’s a legend, you ignorant fucks. No one knows whether there is any historical basis whatsoever. And it’s not nearly as glorious a legend as you’d think from looking at that one picture.

Oh, she was a real person. If you read the link (and the links at the link like so-(Mungello p 68, 69), you’ll notice I get into the documentation and how her story has been used and told from diverse perspectives. Just because there are legends about Napoleon Bonaparte or Genghis Khan, doesn’t make them nothing but legends.
I think your response says a lot about the point I’m trying to make here, though. Are we ready as a culture for Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter…but not Xiang Fei?

And if you actually read the link I provided, you would see that all the data about her is circumstantial. People have denied the historicity of Jesus on the same grounds. Meanwhile there is archaeological evidence for Genghis Khan and tons of material evidence for the existence of Napoleon Bonaparte. Your analogy doesn’t hold water.
Moreover, I think your response says a lot about the point I was trying to make. You’re intellectually dishonest and will leap at anything that you think substantiates your bullshit worldview, no matter how trivial or unverifiable it is.

And so it appears we are at an impasse-I insist that what we do and do not know about history and the people in it, what is valued, what is “legend” OR “fact” is dictated by a white supremacist and colonial worldview, and you insist that I’m somehow misrepresenting legends as facts and am being “intellectually dishonest”, regardless of what impact this makes on people who desperately need to see this woman in a style they immediately recognize, but with a face that looks like theirs.
What is “trivial” and what is desperately, essentially important depends entirely on who you are, and how this image affects you.
But hey what the hell do I know I’m from the soft sciences

What’s this about “White Farmboy becomes King”?  (Honest question.  It just seemed a weird tagline to have, unless you were referencing something.)
I think whether it’s legend or fact is a moot point.  There is no conclusive evidence - history is in the past.  Either you come up with a breakthrough or you are making stuff up if you say there is definitive evidence on deciding whether something that has remained up in the air for hundreds of years is real.
Ultimately, then, the view on whether it’s legend or fact ends up turning into, how do the people view it and how is it internalized for them?  I understand that scientific / concrete evidence is important, but history is subjective - subjective to the writers and to the interpreters.  It is incredibly hard to discern what is the actual “truth” and not (which is why some people say “truth” doesn’t exist - only people’s views on it), so I believe it doesn’t matter to the people whether it’s real or not, but how the story matters to them.  
(The problem only comes when someone (usually from another culture) comes up and says “I have a problem with this.”)
…Sorry, soap box time over.  *hands mic back to medievalpoc*

My point is that too many people use the concept of “historical accuracy” to exclude people of color from their fantasy works. Like George R.R. Martin, for example:


[GRRM:Re: Sad about Asians…
Well, Westeros is the fantasy analogue of the British Isles in its world, so it is a long long way from the Asia analogue. There weren’t a lot of Asians in Yorkish England either.That is not to suggest that such places don’t exist, however. You will want to get THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE when it comes out in October. In the “Other Places” section you will find a lot of material about Yi Ti, the island of Leng, and the plains of the Jogos Nhai, which you may find of interest]

When even the creators of these works use this all-white idea of “historical accuracy” as a tool to EXCUSE the fact that they chose to exclude an entire race of people from their works, how are we, as fans of color, supposed to react?
Your Fantasy Novel is Not Historically Accurate. It is a fantasy.
The question is, whose fantasy is it?

medievalpoc:

terracannon876:

medievalpoc:

thegreatgadfly:

medievalpoc:

thegreatgadfly:

medievalpoc:

[more on Xiang Fei]

*coughcough* paging rejectedprincesses *coughcough*

*sigh*

It’s a legend, you ignorant fucks. No one knows whether there is any historical basis whatsoever. And it’s not nearly as glorious a legend as you’d think from looking at that one picture.

Oh, she was a real person. If you read the link (and the links at the link like so-(Mungello p 68, 69), you’ll notice I get into the documentation and how her story has been used and told from diverse perspectives. Just because there are legends about Napoleon Bonaparte or Genghis Khan, doesn’t make them nothing but legends.

I think your response says a lot about the point I’m trying to make here, though. Are we ready as a culture for Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter…but not Xiang Fei?

And if you actually read the link I provided, you would see that all the data about her is circumstantial. People have denied the historicity of Jesus on the same grounds. Meanwhile there is archaeological evidence for Genghis Khan and tons of material evidence for the existence of Napoleon Bonaparte. Your analogy doesn’t hold water.

Moreover, I think your response says a lot about the point I was trying to make. You’re intellectually dishonest and will leap at anything that you think substantiates your bullshit worldview, no matter how trivial or unverifiable it is.

And so it appears we are at an impasse-I insist that what we do and do not know about history and the people in it, what is valued, what is “legend” OR “fact” is dictated by a white supremacist and colonial worldview, and you insist that I’m somehow misrepresenting legends as facts and am being “intellectually dishonest”, regardless of what impact this makes on people who desperately need to see this woman in a style they immediately recognize, but with a face that looks like theirs.

What is “trivial” and what is desperately, essentially important depends entirely on who you are, and how this image affects you.

But hey what the hell do I know I’m from the soft sciences

What’s this about “White Farmboy becomes King”?  (Honest question.  It just seemed a weird tagline to have, unless you were referencing something.)

I think whether it’s legend or fact is a moot point.  There is no conclusive evidence - history is in the past.  Either you come up with a breakthrough or you are making stuff up if you say there is definitive evidence on deciding whether something that has remained up in the air for hundreds of years is real.

Ultimately, then, the view on whether it’s legend or fact ends up turning into, how do the people view it and how is it internalized for them?  I understand that scientific / concrete evidence is important, but history is subjective - subjective to the writers and to the interpreters.  It is incredibly hard to discern what is the actual “truth” and not (which is why some people say “truth” doesn’t exist - only people’s views on it), so I believe it doesn’t matter to the people whether it’s real or not, but how the story matters to them.  

(The problem only comes when someone (usually from another culture) comes up and says “I have a problem with this.”)

…Sorry, soap box time over.  *hands mic back to medievalpoc*

My point is that too many people use the concept of “historical accuracy” to exclude people of color from their fantasy works. Like George R.R. Martin, for example:

image

[GRRM:Re: Sad about Asians…

Well, Westeros is the fantasy analogue of the British Isles in its world, so it is a long long way from the Asia analogue. There weren’t a lot of Asians in Yorkish England either.

That is not to suggest that such places don’t exist, however. You will want to get THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE when it comes out in October. In the “Other Places” section you will find a lot of material about Yi Ti, the island of Leng, and the plains of the Jogos Nhai, which you may find of interest]

When even the creators of these works use this all-white idea of “historical accuracy” as a tool to EXCUSE the fact that they chose to exclude an entire race of people from their works, how are we, as fans of color, supposed to react?

Your Fantasy Novel is Not Historically Accurate. It is a fantasy.

The question is, whose fantasy is it?

#Immigration news digest

immigrationnewsdigest:

Flood of Immigrant Families at Border Revives Dormant Detention Program

Via @nbcnews

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/immigration-border-crisis/flood-immigrant-families-border-revives-dormant-detention-program-n164461

A flood of families crossing the southwestern U.S. border illegally is prompting the Obama administration to revive a much-criticized detention program that previously led to children and their parents being held for extended periods of time in harsh prison-like conditions.

 

 

House border bill: Light on judges, no funds for legal counsel for child migrants

Via @politico

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/house-border-bill-light-on-judges-109504.html#ixzz38t6kIOFP

While imposing tough new deportation rules on children fleeing Central America, the border crisis bill unveiled by House Republicans on Tuesday stands out most for the lack of new money provided to hire more immigration judges and to help the unaccompanied minors get legal representation.

 

 

Obama Presses Central American Leaders to Slow a Wave of Child Migrants

Via @nytimes

http://nyti.ms/1l0BSFL

Mr. Obama called the meeting with Presidents Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras, Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala and Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador to try to strike at the root causes of what he has called a humanitarian crisis on the border between Mexico and the United States.

Mr. Obama said the Central American presidents are “excellent partners,” and thanked them for their efforts to discourage children from making the dangerous journey to the United States. But he also urged them to do more to combat the smugglers who, for a price, are transporting the children.

But in comments to reporters after the meeting with Mr. Obama, Mr. Hernández of Honduras said that the United States must accept that demand for illegal drugs in America is in part responsible for the violence that is causing the migrants to flee their homes in Central America. He called on the United States to help his country address what he called the root of the issue.

 

 

Most in Poll Say Children at Border Merit Relief

Via @nytimes

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/us/amid-fears-of-open-door-poll-finds-qualified-support-for-child-migrants.html

In the poll, by the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan organization that conducts research on religious values in public life, 69 percent of respondents said the children should be treated as refugees and should be allowed to stay “if authorities determine it is not safe for them to return to their home country.”

hijabihana:

rabbrakha:

yungjihadi:

luvyourselfsomeesteem:

18 year old poet Ramaya Ramama becomes the 1st Indian American NYC Youth Poet Laureate with a poem against the racism directed towards Nina Davuluri, the 1st Indian American Miss America 2014. 

This is an amazing work of art. Watch and be moved.

I almost cried yall.

I’m crying. So beautiful

"your great grandfathers raped, killed, and oppressed every race in the world. you, are the biggest terrorist i know."

she slayed it

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Britain is sending my bisexual son to his death, says mother

bialogue-group:

[Leeds UK]: Earlier today (25 July), Edwards was detained after a routine sign-in at Water Side Court in Leeds, north-east England.

His family say he was given no warning and no indication to him or his family that he would be detained.

Orashia Edwards who is bisexual lost his asylum case earlier this month and is now threatened with immediate deportation to Jamaica West Indies… His family say Edwards was suicidal after losing the legal case, and his mental health has worsened considerably over the past few weeks. ‘They’re refusing to tell me where my son is. Something has changed. I am very, very terrified,’ a tearful Brown told GSN on the phone. 

After he lost his legal battle, he said he would ‘prefer to be a dead man than get on a flight to die. I have nowhere to go’.

Leeds for Change, an organization campaigning on behalf of LGBTI asylum seekers, successfully got a flight cancelled that was meant to deport Edwards last January.  The group alleges the Home Office decision behind who is granted asylum have been prejudiced.

Some activists also say the Home Office finds it difficult to grant bisexual people asylum, saying there is an attitude that they could ‘pass’ in their home country.

HOW TO HELP
  • No Borders Leeds - Orashia was detained again for the 3rd time this morning as he went to sign on in Waterside. His most recent appeal was denied yesterday yet nobody was informed until today, again leaving little or no time for Orashia, his family or his legal team time to prepare. Please help inform others and pass on this latest news. Thank you
  • Petitioning Teresa May, Home Secretary; Ed Miliband, Labour Party; Nick Clegg, Lib Dems Don’t Deport Orashia SIGN PETITION HERE
  • The Home Office are really feeling pressure from support & publicity around Orashia’s campaign. Please keep the pressure on. Write to your MP using this template letter and send it to your MP here. More contact details on this page.
  • Please donate to his legal fund here. Orashia’s family are working every hour possible to raise funds which have already cost over £2000 so far. All of Orashia’s legal team are working pro bono :) so the costs are just covering his court fees.

Thank you so much for all the support so far

(Source: lgbtqblogs, via dangercupcakemurdericing)

two-browngirls:

KES: RUPI KAUR & KAY RAY

I remember first watching this video earlier this year, tearing up (emotional times) then sharing it instantly with Seet. Rupi’s powerful affirming voice crushes destructive beauty standards and emphasises the importance of not only accepting, but loving our bodies and their natural state. Mad respect for all the women in this video coming together to create such empowering art. 

 your hair is

nothing less than rivers and velvet

for too long, we have been at war with our skin

weaponised with lasers and razor blades

when what we need is a sisterhood

where women help each other belong to themselves

an organism that joined you with the earth below your feet

to the soil your ancestors planted crops on

to feed a lineage of women with

thighs

thick as tree trunks

eyes like almonds

deeply hooded with conviction

- Rupi Kaur

I have always admired the practice of Kes in Sikhism. Knowing that your body has a strong connection to the Divine is immensely beautiful. We all may not be Sikh, but accepting your body in it’s natural state (which i’m not restricting to just hair by the way), with all of its perfections and imperfections can definitely be seen as, I believe, a form of worship. 

- A x 

A few things about Israel you won’t see much of in mainstream media

standwithpalestine:

(Source: standwithpalestine, via muslimrave)

californiastatelibrary:

Susan Anh Cuddy was born in  Los Angeles in 1915 to Dosan Chang Ho and Helen Anh, who were possibly the first Korean married couple to immigrate to the U.S. Susan graduated from San Diego State in 1940.  Two years later, she was the first Asian American woman to join the U.S. Navy where she achieved the rank of lieutenant. Susan was the first female gunnery officer in the U.S. military and later she served with the National Security Agency as a code breaker with top secret Pentagon clearance.
In 2003, Susan was recognized by the California State Assembly as Woman of the Year for her public service. In addition, she received the American Courage Award from the Asian American Justice Center of Washington, D.C. in 2006.

californiastatelibrary:

Susan Anh Cuddy was born in  Los Angeles in 1915 to Dosan Chang Ho and Helen Anh, who were possibly the first Korean married couple to immigrate to the U.S. Susan graduated from San Diego State in 1940.  Two years later, she was the first Asian American woman to join the U.S. Navy where she achieved the rank of lieutenant. Susan was the first female gunnery officer in the U.S. military and later she served with the National Security Agency as a code breaker with top secret Pentagon clearance.

In 2003, Susan was recognized by the California State Assembly as Woman of the Year for her public service. In addition, she received the American Courage Award from the Asian American Justice Center of Washington, D.C. in 2006.

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black-australia:

A list of all massacres of Indigenous Australians that happened in Victoria. I feel this information needs to be shared as people don’t know nearly enough about Indigenous Australians and do not know how horribly we were and still are treated. Nothing else needs to be said as the list tells it all. Click the photos to save a bigger image for reading the list clearly. 

Photo/display credit: Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre.

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