"Just from a creative standpoint there are just entire genres that I’m locked out of, being Asian, because of historical reality. You know, like the cowboy picture (laughs). Basically you’re doing immigrants, smaller immigrant roles. And if you’re doing bigger roles, you’re doing modern tales. That is to say, contemporary stories. And you can do futuristic stories. So I guess I’ve done those.
What I’m locked out of is American history. There just aren’t roles written for Asians in stories that revolve around American history. So you’re dealing with that handicap off the bat.
I don’t know whether the perception is that people think I’ve got it made in the shade, but I still feel like I have to fight for everything. And you know, my career may seem rosy to some—to me, I’m always pretty convinced the wheels are gonna fall off the car any day and that this is the last job. It seems impossible that I’ll work again every time—but maybe I’m fooling my own self. Maybe that’s not the truth either.
I have noticed that—for whatever reason—my personality, I think, folds over into what people consider to be a broad definition of American. And I think that I’m very Korean-specific. But that’s just a chance thing. You know, I feel very much like a Korean man that immigrated to the United States. But I think white America would see me as American. That’s a vague adjective in lot of ways—but it’s a bit of a roll of the dice as to whether people see you as foreign or not. The number of years you’ve been in the United States, whether you’re born here or not—sometimes has no bearing on whether people see you as American or not.”
Full interview (and you should read it!) here.
Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014). Dancer. Singer. Poet. Author. Speaker. Educator. Creative. Inspirer. Mother. Black woman. Beautiful. She means so much to me. Everything. May she rest in peace.
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
The Isla Vista shooter couldn’t have made it any clearer. Why do some people nonetheless doubt his laid-out, explicit motive of misogyny?
Part of the obstinate disbelief seems to be a need to protect the privileges of sexism: associating misogyny with a mass murder would mean having to recognize just how dangerous misogyny really is and - if you’re partaking - giving it up. Some men want to believe that they can continue to call women “sluts” and make rape jokes without being part of a broader cultural impact. But they can’t: sexism, from everyday harassment to inequality enshrined in policy, pollutes our society as a whole and limits our ability to create real justice for women.
[My Twitter tribute to Maya Angelou, who is now resting in power at age 86]
Maya Angelou has always been my blueprint, the black woman writer whose work has affirmed me, whose words assured me that I was worthy of being heard. It was Maya Angelou who freed me with I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, it was Maya Angelou who helped me place first in my high school speech contest where I recited I Rise and Phenomenal Woman, it was Maya Angelou who strengthened me as I prepared to share my story in 2011 with the following mantra:
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
Thank you, Maya, my mother-writer-sister-goddess.
When the Chipotle fast-food chain announced last week that it would be giving its customers a literary experience by printing short stories by noted writers on its cups and bags, the reaction was almost uniformly positive. A bit of Toni Morrison and George Saunders to go with your burrito: How cool is that?
But a certain small, influential group of people has taken offense — the Latino literati, who quickly pointed out that the company (whose full name, after all, is Chipotle Mexican Grill) had failed to include a single Mexican, Mexican American or otherwise Latino writer in the 10 authors and storytellers asked to participate.
a damn shame!
(Set 6)A Pangy Day photo campaign for Open Gates, a student led community organization dedicated to the full inclusion of trans women at Mount Holyoke College.
For submissions, questions etc.
[Trans women belong @ Mt. Holyoke]
[Women’s colleges are for all women]
[Womanhood does not reside in documentation]
[Women’s colleges are for all women]
[Support your sisters not just your cis-ters! Trans women belong at Moho!]