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Saotome Michi
What you can find here: Pretty pictures. Social Justice. Media by POC for POC. East Asian Culture. Anime/Manga (but none of that weeaboo shit). A space that tries to be safe for WOC.


Honestly.. When PoC get to an age where they are able to deeply realize and internalize how intensely and directly racism affects them, as well as able to recognize the little racial microaggressions against them, it truly IS a traumatic experience. Its draining and depressing and painful and scarring. It can very easily make you lose the will to do anything or dream anything. And that is something that whites will never experience, thus never understand how deep this goes.

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I want to tell you an honest truth people, because of all the racism I have endured in my life (and even seeing the racism my own children have had to face) I cannot help but resent when caucasians write about Asian culture. Yes, I resent them. I absolutely do. Yet, at the same time, I appreciate them for at least trying to do it, when they do it right.

It is a complicated situation. There is no easy answer. We need diversity in literature. We need it desperately. Diversity is not only for the under-represented—the truth is, diversity is important for everyone. All people need to be exposed to other races and other cultures in positive ways. All people need to learn tolerance and acceptance of differences. When we promote only a homogeneous view of society in our literature and our media, and deem books or movies about minorities as unsuccessful, it harms everyone. And so it is important that all authors include diversity in their books.

But there is that part of me that wonders why is it that when I see a list about what Asian fantasy books are out there, the books are predominantly by caucasian authors. Are POC writers not writing them or are they being passed over for books written by non-POC authors instead? And why is it that books by or about POC don’t tend to sell as well as other “mainstream” books. What is the difference? Is it the difference in how they are marketed? Is it their cover art? Where they are placed in the bookstore or library? How they are pushed or not pushed by the booksellers, librarians, and teachers?

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What would a White Heritage Festival even look like?

“An Ode to Imperialism”

Military exhibitions all around the outside, and showcases of all the stolen culture in the middle

So the British Museum

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❝It’s pathetic how we can’t live with the things we can’t understand. How we need everything labeled and explained and deconstructed.❞
— Chuck Palahniuk, Asfixia (via september30th)
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there’s nothing worse than getting told you’re bad at the only thing you’re good at

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Korea's last prince, 이우. Died in 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan. (x)

The atomic bombing of Hiroshima not only took the life of one of the last Korean royals, it incinerated over 20,000 common Koreans, many of them forced laborers, at the hands of their enemy’s enemy, who not only did not distinguish between civilians and soldiers but refused to distinguish between the Japanese and their victims.

After the war, the few Korean survivors went unrecognised as victims of this atrocity, because they were not Japanese nationals, and neither they nor their offspring, many of whom suffered severe congenital malformations from the radiation poisoning, received compensation or adequate medical treatment.

They were thus triply victimized. First by the Japanese, who enslaved them. Second, by the Americans who exploded an atomic bomb over them indiscriminately. Third, by the world, for refusing to recognize them as victims of an atrocious crime against humanity. Even today, I’m surprised about how few people realise that so many Koreans were killed at Hiroshima (and Nagasaki).

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alive out of habit: towritelesbiansonherarms: cosmicrubric: youknowyouareaveganwhen: You...>




You just don’t understand why people hate on vegans so much.

Is it really a bad thing that we care about animals, humans, and the planet all at the same time?

I can think of several reasons why people hate vegans off the top of my head:

  • their ignorance of the fact that vegan food is picked by dirt-poor people in horrible working conditions - many of which are people of color and/or children - and thus is not cruelty-free at all. Way to care more about animals than people and nice implicit racism, there.
  • their ignorance of the fact that not everyone can afford vegan food because that shit is expensive - my mother makes and sends up Morningstar meat for me from Georgia, and she has to buy it in bulk weeks in advance when it’s on sale and freeze it because it’s too pricey normally. Food deserts exist. It’s a privilege to be able to afford these things. There’s several posts on this vegan blog about how hard vegan products are to find, ironically - but what poor person has the transportation to bypass multiple grocery stores in search of these things? Or who has the energy to after working all day at a minimum wage job to do more than boil a couple hodogs or buy some KFC and call it a damn day? Have some classism.
  • ignoring that some people simply cannot maintain a vegan diet for whatever health or dietary reasons. There are medical conditions that make being vegan highly difficult if not impossible depending on what the body needs. So we can tally up a serving of body-shaming, concern trolling, and ableism with your assumptions that you know better than people what their bodies need.
  • the raging racism in constant comparisons of eating meat to either the Holocaust or slavery. I shouldn’t even need to explain why it’s dehumanizing to compare people to animals period let alone mass genocide and centuries of oppression, violence, murder, kidnapping, lynching, rape, and abuse - the repercussions of which we’re still dealing with today - to having a cheeseburger. Stop.
  • just plain not being able to shut the fuck up about it. We have sexism/racism/heterosexism/cissexism/ableism other shit to deal with - stuff that affects, you know, people - to give a shit about your damn diet. The sad thing is that you could actually be doing something useful with your food beliefs -  like focusing your attention on the industries themselves that perpetuate animal cruelty or at the people who market their vegan food at such high and inaccessible prices. 

Instead of combating either institutional issues with food production or changing the shitty ways you discuss/advocate for veganism, you act like you’re morally superior and judge the fuck out of people.

And that’s why everyone hates you.

*drops mic*

allow me


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“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.

Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.

This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

Terry Pratchett, Men At Arms (via idrabear)

This is one of the best breakdowns I’ve ever seen of how expensive it is to be poor.

(via vulgarweed)

SERIOUSLY. Whenever people are like “BUY IN BULK! BETTER VALUE! CHEAPER IN THE LONG RUN!!!!!” it’s like HELLOOOO sometimes you haven’t got the money to buy more in one go.

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Pratchett as always, words it best.

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❝No one else has access to the world you carry around within yourself; you are its custodian and entrance. No one else can see the world the way you see it. No one else can feel your life the way you feel it. Thus it is impossible to ever compare two people because each stands on such different ground. When you compare yourself to others, you are inviting envy into your consciousness; it can be a dangerous and destructive guest.❞
John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom (via larmoyante)
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Whenever I’m hugging someone that’s crying, I always think that if the world was a fair place, by hugging someone you’d be able to take their pain upon yourself. Like, you shouldn’t have to deal with this shit, give it to me, I’ll take it for you.

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❝If you close your eyes for second, turn off the lights in your bedroom, lie on your bed, quietly listen to the sounds around you, what do you hear? You hear a lot more. Sounds coming from outside the room to the sounds in your stomach. But most importantly, you hear the voice inside your heart that you refused to listen to.❞
— (via psych-facts)
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i would explain it but it’s too much to explain srry

If you don’t get this, you had a deprived childhood.

This is the reason my life is so fucked up.

do you know how many suns i’ve destroyed because of this ?

do you know how many suns i’ve destroyed because of this ?



this is so true.


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