Notable Links: 3-1/13

What should you call Quvenzhané Wallis?

What should you call Quvenzhané Wallis, the nine-year-old star of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (2012) who was up for Best Actress at the Oscars?

Trayvon Martin Timeline

The present past and future of the Trayvon Martin case:

The past:

February 26th 2012 –  in Sanford, Florida an unarmed, 17-year-old black boy, Trayvon Martin, is shot dead by neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman said they got in a fight and he shot in self-defence under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The police let him walk free. A poll would later show that 73% of blacks and 33% of whites believed that if Martin had been white the police would have locked up Zimmerman.

Kentucky super PAC attacks Elaine Cho with racist tweets

I’ve got little love for Elaine Chao, but this racist bullshit. In Kentucky, a liberal super PAC is under fire for tweets attacking Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao: Liberal Super PAC Sends Racist Tweet About Mitch McConnell’s Chinese Wife.

McConnell (R-KY) is running for re-election in 2013. Progress Kentucky, a super PAC focused on defeating McConnell, posted multiple tweets highlighting Elaine Chao’s Chinese heritage, going as far as blaming her cultural ties for the outsourcing of Kentucky jobs and the growth of industrial China…

Contemplating Nomenclature

In addition to the epic fail of The Onion, Quvenzhané Wallis has had to deal with the drama of people not wanting to say her name (Abagond goes into this). But with me being me, I tend to see another aspect to Quvenzhané’s name which I don’t think people are discussing.

For those who are not knowing (as I was), her name is pronounced “kwuh-VEN-zhuh-nay”. And what endears me to this name is its meaning.

And yes…it has meaning.

Why Modern Depictions of Pre-Modern Chinese Heterosexuality Upsets Me

Because it did not exist.

Yes. There was no such thing as heterosexuality back then. Nor homosexuality or bisexuality, for that matter. There was only sexuality and, as far as I know, we had (and still have) a gender binary system so sexual attraction was seen as something akin to flavours. Sometimes you want snails, sometimes you want oysters. You may like one better than the other or you may only like one of them or you may like neither, but you would not make an identity out of it.

This is also pretty much the Japanese view before the Meiji Restoration. Many of what I will be discussing can be applied to the Japanese as well, but I want to focus on my own experiences towards my own culture and history.

 For those of you who were unaware, homosexual acts in Chinese history is very well documented even if the resources are not so readily available. Do a quick Google search and you are likely to come across the phrase “passion of the cut sleeve”, a Chinese phrase for male same-sex desire. It would also come with a popular tale about Emperor Ai of the Han Dynasty, whose male lover, Dong Xian, once fell asleep on the sleeve of his large robe. Out of consideration for Dong Xian, the Emperor cut off his sleeve and went about his business.

A Blistering Open Letter to World Star Hip Hop…


Mr. O’Denat,

On behalf of the thousands of members of the Universal Zulu Nation, of which I am Minister Of Information, I write you this letter in peace and hope these words find you in the best of health and spirits. Brother, we at UZN have the utmost respect and love for all who choose to take our Culture to new heights, and we thank you for your part in creating new media that preserves our culture. It is with great sadness that we bring to your attention the obvious ills of your site, Mister O’Denat, you are well aware, or should be well aware that many are viewing your site’s content as very graphic and extremely violent. Before you brush this off as just another person’s opinion of your site and
the content you publish, please do not get it confused. This is not the case.


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