Let’s Talk About Hawkeye

(8 min read) (Hawkeye visits Japan) *Note: this article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame --- In a world where Green Book is lauded for its “white savior” approach to race¹, and its director Peter Farrelly decides to team up with Brian Currie and Pete Jones (an unholy trinity of white men) to write a…

To My Fellow Gen Z Asians

(9 min read time) Generation (n.): All of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively The production or creation of something Generation Z: Those born around 1995 and onwards As a Los Angeles native, I really felt the recent passing of local hip hop artist and community activist Nipsey Hussle.…

[JttW #45] Decolonial Love: Swipe Left On Internalized Racism

By Sen Tien We unpack "A Very Offensive Rom-Com", an episode of NPR's Invisibilia podcast with special guest, Maka (@_fakeMT). -- "A Very Offensive Rom-Com" (NPR): https://www.npr.org/2019/04/04/709948132/a-very-offensive-rom-com Breaking the ‘girl code’ and internalized racism (Vi Nguyen): https://www.aprilmag.com/2018/10/10/breaking-the-girl-code-and-internalized-racism/ White Sexual Imperialism: A Theory of Asian Feminist Jurisprudence (Sunny Woan): https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/crsj/vol14/iss2/5/ https://youtu.be/TNxT0MTwBoI

[JttW #44] Orientalism

By Sen Tien We expand upon Orientalism as not just a series of racist stereotypes but a structural arm of white supremacy. This includes feminization of Asia through colonialism and mass media. Sources & Shoutouts: I’m A Filipina USC Graduate — Stop Associating Students of Color with the College Bribery Scam (Medium): https://link.medium.com/MwQiEssOpV Joe Wong Wants Asian…

[JttW #39] Aquaman & Hammer Attack Murders

By Sen Tien We discuss the pseudo-whitewashing of Ludi Lin's character, Murk, in Aquaman and the news about the Hammer Attack Murders in Chinese buffet in Brooklyn which killed Fufai Pun and Kheong Ng-Thang and has left Tsz Mat Pung in critical condition. We touch on the relationship between direct, cultural / symbolic, and systemic violence.…

The Interstitial Zone (Part 5)

What Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, and the Esoteric Can Teach Asian America About Love (10 min read) DARE TO BE MAD “Navigation brought man face to face with the uncertainty of destiny, where each is left to himself and every departure might always be the last.  The madman on his crazy boat sets sail for…

The Interstitial Zone (Part 4)

What Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, and the Esoteric Can Teach Asian America About Love (8 min read) SO LONG, AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH “Space is big.  Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is.  I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the…

The Interstitial Zone (Part 3)

What Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, and the Esoteric Can Teach Asian America About Love (16 min read) THE WIZARDING WORLD OF WHITE SUPREMACY “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur C. Clarke According to French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Jacques Lacan, the Signifier refers to something that refers to something else³⁸.  A good…

The Interstitial Zone (Part 2)

What Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, and the Esoteric Can Teach Asian America About Love (15 min read) ONLINE DATING AS A MICROCOSM OF ASIAN AMERICA “Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe.” — Galileo “Microcosm and Macrocosm” refers to a vision of the cosmos where an individual part (microcosm) reflects the…