I posted this earlier in the month, but I feel it’s a good time to reblog now:
What does it mean to be a person of color? How can we think about communities of color as also yellow and brown? I am attempting to put together an online colloquium/dialogue series on Tumblr consisting of Asian American bloggers (APIA/SEA/SAALT). While discussions of race amongst people of color frequently take place on Tumblr, like most discussions of race that occur in the real world, these discussions oftentimes are not concerned or interested with Asian American issues. This call for bloggers is attempting to create a coalition of Asian American bloggers on Tumblr to begin a dialogue centering upon Asian American issues, history, and identity as people of color in the West.
The focus of this dialogue is to begin as a starting point by calling attention to Asian Americans and members of the Asian diaspora as people of color, in order to raise awareness of Asian American issues and include Asian Americans within the larger community of color on Tumblr.
Possible topics of discussion may include (but certainly are not limited to):
- Model minority myth
- Undocumented workers and working class issues
- Sex and human trafficking
- History of Asian diaspora in the West
- Fetishization and exotification
- Hypersexualization of women/desexualization and emasculation of men
- Interracial relationships and conflict
- Intergenerational conflict
- Anti-Asian hate crimes and experiences
- Interracial coalitions and political activism
- Western imperialism and colonization in Asia
- Citizenship and nationality
- Coolies/indentured servitude in the West
(This list can keep on going on and on, but this is just a starting point)
If you are interested in participating, please reblog or send a private Ask to colorblinding here. I am hoping to get a good group of bloggers who do work in this area together so we can organize, plan, and figure out how to start this dialogue!
Since I first posted this a month ago, I have spoken to several people about this — namely fascinasians. What we envision is a month-long virtual conference held on Tumblr with a group of bloggers committed to writing and talking about these issues. One way it could work is to have a weekly schedule organized around a few themes: participants could then volunteer to write a piece on themes and other participants would respond to advance the dialogue.
I have personally spoken to the following individuals about participation: xoericxo, weexist-weresist, aslantedview, stfuasiaphiles.
A few of you have sent me Asks, but I somehow misplaced the list of people who wanted to participate. If you don’t see your name on this list and you would like to participate, please send me another Ask or an email at colorblindingly @ gmail (dot) com. I am most interested in knowing how you would like to contribute, and what themes/issues you would like to cover.
At this time, we are still looking for participants and organizers*.
We are tentatively slating the month of January 2012 for this virtual conference to occur.
Thoughts, ideas, questions, and feedback of any kind is welcome!
*If you would like to be an organizer, some background information on any previous experience would be great! If you don’t have any previous experience, that’s fine too — tell us how you would like to contribute!
Please contact me or Colorblinding if you’re interested! I have reached out to several bloggers out there, but if you would like to participate or learn more don’t hesitate!