i’m t.: mixed, afro-latina, light-skinned, bi, cis, able-bodied, chubby, general anxiety disorder. bad at this whole self-introduction-thing, but wrote up a post nonetheless. linked down below.

The white tourist’s burden | Al Jazeera America

owning-my-truth:

This is a great read and a very important article. It provides cited examples including of a “failed voluntourism project” in Haiti and the damage caused by the thriving AIDS orphan tourism business in South Africa. Highly recommended read for all those curious about learning more about the white savior industrial complex and how incredibly damaging and disempowering it is to local communities. The writer also probes into the booming orphan industry in Bali, Indonesia where the demand from white tourists to “save” the children forces many children to leave their homes and work as orphans. White and Western feelings of altruism and generosity rise, along with the number of facebook likes for their pictures “saving” the black and brown children, while the underlying fundamental problem facing the community-poverty- goes unaddressed. 

I do not agree with the writer that voluntourism in its current form should still be valued for its educational aspects. When you swoop into a community for a few weeks, your needs and experiences are automatically centered over those of the community. The fact that you can pay to do this opportunity pushes out local workers who cannot. The overwhelming narcissism that is necessary to take a few weeks to “save” a community is sickening. Or even if you understand that it is disempowering and neo-imperialistic at its core, the narcissism needed to center your desire to “learn” over the actual needs of that community turns my stomach. You can visit a country and learn about the culture without having to “save” everyone around you, but due to white supremacy this is beyond the understanding of many white people who default to white saviordom and “the white tourist’s burden” in predominantly black and brown countries. And the Western POC who also do these projects need to wake up and remember that we are still Western, have Western privilege and can and do feed into these exact same systems. It is also incredibly disempowering and sickening when we do this shit too. 

Beyond that point, though, this is a very interesting and important article and a highly recommended read. International “development” as we know it is by and large incredibly disempowering, and the “white tourist’s burden” is one of the foundational pieces propagating this damage in local communities.

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bitterandcurt:

geekbap:

note-a-bear:

mermaidheartsongs:

absolutezeronow:

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!!”

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?

HAHAHAHAHA

The above makes this so much better

OMG THIS MOVIE IS BULLSHIT OF THE HIGHEST ORDER THEY COULDN’T EVEN BOTHER TO GET SOMEONE TO WRITE ACCURATE SHIT IN CHINESE ON THE WALL THEY PROBABLY GOOGLED A TAKE-OUT MENU OR SOMETHING THIS IS WHAT A $20MIL BUDGET BUYS IN HOLLYWHITE EVERYONE! 

I just asked a family member to translate this. They came back with “Keep Clean. Apple, scallop & ginger, orange, tomato, grape”

bitterandcurt:

geekbap:

note-a-bear:

mermaidheartsongs:

absolutezeronow:

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!!”

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?

HAHAHAHAHA

The above makes this so much better

OMG THIS MOVIE IS BULLSHIT OF THE HIGHEST ORDER THEY COULDN’T EVEN BOTHER TO GET SOMEONE TO WRITE ACCURATE SHIT IN CHINESE ON THE WALL THEY PROBABLY GOOGLED A TAKE-OUT MENU OR SOMETHING THIS IS WHAT A $20MIL BUDGET BUYS IN HOLLYWHITE EVERYONE! 

I just asked a family member to translate this. They came back with “Keep Clean. Apple, scallop & ginger, orange, tomato, grape”

thisisnotkorea:

anirresistiblysexyperson:

anirresistiblysexyperson:

ssketched:

My take on Eleanor from Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park. I just finished reading it recently, and I was instantly hooked. 

…..i am just gonna leave this here


wow

More evidence that rainbow rowell does not give one shit about actual Asian people-admin J

thisisnotkorea:

anirresistiblysexyperson:

anirresistiblysexyperson:

ssketched:

My take on Eleanor from Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park. I just finished reading it recently, and I was instantly hooked. 

…..i am just gonna leave this here

wow

More evidence that rainbow rowell does not give one shit about actual Asian people
-admin J

The white tourist’s burden | Al Jazeera America

As admirably altruistic as it sounds, the problem with voluntourism is its singular focus on the volunteer’s quest for experience, as opposed to the recipient community’s actual needs. There is a cost associated with such an endeavor. A 2010 report by the Human Sciences Research Council, based in Pretoria, South Africa, analyzed the thriving AIDS orphan tourism business in South Africa.

Under this program, well-to-do tourists sign up to build schools, clean and restore riverbanks, ring birds and act as caregivers to AIDS orphans for a few weeks. This led to the creation of a profitable industry catering to volunteer tourists. The orphans’ conditions are effectively transformed into a boutique package in which “saving” them yields profits from tourists. The foreigners’ ability to pay for the privilege of volunteering crowds out local workers.

Africa is traditionally a favorite destination for those searching for saviordom, but the harms of voluntourism are not limited to that continent. On the Indonesian island of Bali, for example, a burgeoning orphanage industry exists to cater to voluntourists who want to help children. Children leave home and move to an orphanage because tourists, who visit the island a couple of times a year, are willing to pay for their education.

These children essentially work as orphans because their parents cannot afford to send them to school. Instead of helping parents cater to the needs of their children, the tourist demand for orphans to sponsor creates an industry that works to make children available for foreigners who wish to help. When the external help dries up, these pretend orphans are forced to beg on the streets for food and money in order to attract orphan tourism.

[…]

Typically other people’s problems seem simpler, uncomplicated and easier to solve than those of one’s own society. In this context, the decontextualized hunger and homelessness in Haiti, Cambodia or Vietnam is an easy moral choice. Unlike the problems of other societies, the failing inner city schools in Chicago or the haplessness of those living on the fringes in Detroit is connected to larger political narratives. In simple terms, the lack of knowledge of other cultures makes them easier to help.

This imagined simplicity of others’ problems presents a contrast to the intangible burdens of post-industrial societies. Western nations are full of well-fed individuals plagued by less explicit hardships such as the disintegration of communities and the fraying of relationships against the possibilities of endless choices. The burdens of manic consumption and unabated careerism are not as easily pitied as crumbling shanties and begging babies. Against this landscape, volunteerism presents an escape, a rare encounter with an authenticity sorely missed, hardship palpably and physically felt — for a small price.

Despite its flaws, the educational aspect of voluntourism’s cross-cultural exchange must be saved, made better instead of being rejected completely. Natalie Jesionka, a columnist at the Daily Muse, offers future voluntourists some direction on making a real impact on their trips. She emphasizes the need for the volunteer to adapt to the culture, to be flexible, relevant and realistic. In addition to fostering mutual understanding, this would create less-domineering, nonjudgmental volunteers who are not obsessed with the pursuit of the emotional highs (and photo ops) of the altruism they paid for. It would also enable the dislocation of the stereotype that finds need and want in other and exotic places by revealing the same dimensions within their own locales and the connections between the marginalized of here and the excluded of there.

dontkillmyvybe:

bluedogeyes:

Eddie Murphy, Iman, John Singleton and Michael Jackson.

"If you can say Schwarzenegger, you can say Esparza"

- Raúl Esparza on idiots who kept pressuring him to change his name to something less latino. (via magnetic-rose)

Our names are not a burden.

(via zombieflorence)

kirstinthereckless:

thatssoproblematic:

ninjagiry:

operafantomet:

Norm Lewis making history when he becomes (to my knowledge) the third black Phantom worldwide to perform in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” - and the first ever on Broadway. 

He follows in the footsteps of Robert Guillaume, who took over the role from Michael Crawford in Los Angeles, and Nicholas Nkuna, who understudied Jonathan Roxmouth in South Africa. 

I am thrilled about these casting news and I’m seriously considering a trip across the pond to see Norm Lewis in the iconic mask. 

WHAT. IS THIS REAL LIFE. IF YOU ARE LYING TO ME I WILL FIND YOU AND I WILL SKIN YOU.

I literally never pursued musical theater seriously because I was convinced a black man couldn’t play the Phantom. Representation matters, and this is amazing.

Forever love Norman Lewis! I loved him as Javert in Les Mis too!

 
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