so, this edit suddenly made something ping in my brain about kate’s resurrection
this scene in 2x01 always really bothered me. it kept getting explained away as the omega that appears in this episode but it still really bugged me, and for lack of a better…
oh, you guys, look! it’s started.
Lee Michelle’s “Without You” Video: Challenging Colorism and Crafting a Beautiful Message of Self-Love
On my blog I discuss kpop quite a bit, particularly since many kpop idols are some of the worst serial offenders in terms of their antiblackness and cultural appropriation. It was therefore a pleasant surprise for me to watch this video by Lee Michelle (a biracial former contestant on the first season of “K-pop Star”), which breaks this mold.
Before proceeding I would like to briefly note that there have been biracial stars in Korea before. But when we talk about “biracial” or “mixed” children in the context of Korea, it’s so important that we think critically about what we mean when we say “mixed”. When kpop sites talk about “biracial” kpop stars, they default to white and typically mean mixed “white-Korean”. They will go so far as conflating the experiences of mixed white-Korean children with those of black-Korean children in the same article and somehow think that their articles still have credibility. These experiences are simply not the same and conflating them together is not only intellectually lazy but insulting. Yes, Korea has a relative obsession with racial purity which does affect both groups, but global white supremacy, colorism and virulent antiblackness makes the situation for mixed black-Korean children significantly worse than that of mixed white-Korean children.
The lived experiences of people like Daniel Henney (mixed white-Korean) who get widely praised for their features and appearance, and that of Lee Michelle who is half black, dark skinned, has coarse hair and does not have passing-privilege as full Korean are not the same. Colorism already affects darker-skinned Koreans in incredibly damaging ways, and intersecting that experience with racism makes this doubly hard for mixed-black Koreans.
And so Lee Michelle’s presence in the industry matters. Tasha Yoon-Mi Rae has discussed colorism and the discrimination she has faced for her mixed-black heritage eloquently in her song “Black Happiness,” and in a similar way “Without You” has also struck a chord with me.
Let’s play a game.
Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.
you, also, what, when, why, how, look, because, never
Tumblr making the globe spin backwards since 2014.
winter soldier vs. cars:
This made me oddly uncomfortable.
ichi-go ichi-e (一期一会)
lit.“one time, one meeting”; often translated as ”for this time only”, “never again”, or ”one chance in a lifetime”
an encounter that only happens once in a lifetime, reminding us to treasure every moment, for it will never recur
In the context of Japanese tea ceremony, “一期一会” reminds participants that each single tea meeting is unique that will never recur in one’s lifetime, therefore, each moment should be treated with the utmost sincerity.
“All we have is today, so let’s live it to the fullest.”