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International Solidarity and Militant Asian Activism 

#BlackLivesMatter hxstory / Hxstory of Asian-Black Solidarity

Black Voices

Responses to Peter Liang’s conviction / Justice for Akai Gurley

Asian Americans / Folx of Asian Descent in a North American Context and anti-Blackness

Southeast Asian specific

South Asian specific

The Dangers of Allyship Over Liberatory Solidarity

Actions and Toolkits

Talking to our children about police brutality and anti-Blackness

Resources on anti-Blackness in languages other than English.

Mixed Race Asians

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Hello everyone, I'm going to link another google doc for us to have a discussion on next steps with regard to this document! I never foresaw it become this big and it has been suggested to me that we begin as a community to think of ways to both circulate this, add to it, make it more accessible to folx with learning disabilities or sensory disabilities...sort of similar to the "letter to our parents" doc.  More on this in the link...


International Solidarity and Militant Asian Activism

Robeson Taj Frazier. The East is Black: Cold War China in the Black Radical Imagination

#BlackLivesMatter hxstory / Hxstory of Solidarity

Racial Triangulation

Black Voices

Responses to Peter Liang’s conviction / Justice for Akai Gurley

  • On Peter Liang and Akai Gurley:
  • Kat Yang Stevens w/ Alex-Quan Pham

            (available in Chinese)

        

Asian Americans[1] / Folx of Asian Descent in a North American Context[2] and anti-Blackness

The Racial Violence of Multiculturalism in North America

  • Chapter 4 "Multiculturalism and the Liberalizing Nation" in "Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada," by Sunera Thobani

non-Black people of colour appropriation of Black culture

Southeast Asian specific

South Asian[3] specific

The Dangers of Allyship Over Liberatory Solidarity

  • See most of the essays in Taking Sides: Revolutionary Solidarity and the Poverty of Liberalism (AK Press 2015, ed.Cindy Milstein) (gives historical and contemporary insights into concerns with some forms of allyship that seem to be popping up in this movement moment). This piece, in particular, offers critical insight for Asian Am “allies” to think about how not to essentialize Black voices by proclaiming to take their lead from “Black leadership” and how to think about solidarity that comes from building within your own communities. A Critique of Ally Politics, by M.

Actions and Toolkits

Talking to our children about police brutality and anti-Blackness

  • I haven’t seen specifically non-Black Asian resources on talking to children (but I’m really hoping to learn of some!), but I’m putting a few anti-Black racist/anti-police brutality parenting resources that came highly recommended:
  • Talking About Ferguson with Our Little Boys Here at ParentsTogether, we have been moved by the killing of Michael Brown and the ensuing police violence in Ferguson to consider how we talk about race and injustice with our children. Two of us have boys almost the same age (5 and 4), but Ailen Arreaza’s family is Latino, and Bethany Robertson’s is white. We were interested to learn how our conversations about Michael Brown differed, and perhaps to learn from each other’s approaches. We asked our colleague, Darrell Scott, to interview us–raising up the issues that matter to him as a young, African American man. In the post below, we share our experiences.
  • Talking to Kids About Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota by Nani Arreaza
    This article also has links to a few blog posts by Sachi Feris (
    Raising Race-Conscious Children) and others

Resources on anti-Blackness in languages other than English.

Chinese

  • Chinese translation of Soya Jung’s piece by Zhou Shuxuan, via PARISOL (Traditional Characters; English and Chinese side-by-side)
  • 為什麼梁彼得被裁定所有罪名成立? (Why the Liang verdict holds water)

Consider adding:

If anyone is interested, Carven just watched all two hours of Washington Chinese Media:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WamYoot3_ik

Summary:

-only one speaker out of ten Chinese speakers mentioned that Akai is a son and father

-one min of silence for Akai Gurley

-Tom Fong of The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association is intense/loud in bringing up historical white violence against Chinese people (34:10)

-about half of the Chinese speakers mentioned Akai once only and only referred to his death as tragic

-one Chinese man: "We also call upon our society to deal with poverty in this country. we still have so many places like this green project building when the shooting took place 50 years after MLK Jr's civil right movement. And the poverty kills every single day. and it's the real root cause of this tragedy. ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Everybody, together, we hand in hand cross the Selma Bridge declaring a war against deeply rooted bias, prejudice, poverty. “ (41:40)

-one Chinese man talked about the “reckless[ness] and careless[ness] of the NYPD… Shame on NYPD” (49:00)

-many men are saying “I speak for ALL Chinese Americans in this country”; one said “thank you all for coming, because you are representing Chinese and the larger Asian American community,” homogenizing everyone

-no speaker self-identified as being Mixed Race and no one identified as a person of Chinese and African and/or Black ancestry

-a white military was allowed to speak when he spontaneously asked to speak

-a woman professor who identifies as ‘Hispanic American’ spoke at the rally

-several men spoke about Chinese people’s historical contribution to the American colonial project

-one person talked about the financial struggle of Peter Liang’s family and talked about immigrant aspirations

- one speaker started his speech with "I Have a Dream" and then mentioned "walking across the Selma Bridge" out of context

-the voice clip by this Black woman’s video has been played twice (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO--BI8jFvU)

-American anthems were sung in Chinese and people chanted “God Bless America”

Mixed Race Asians

REFERENCED

I've started a loose index of shared docs like these here so that people can easily reference resource lists. Just wanted to keep ya'll in the loop!-CB

https://www.amazon.com/Raising-Mixed-Race-Multiracial-Post-Racial/dp/1138999466


[1] Asian American might be homogenised in these articles (homogenised meaning leaving out the nuances of Asian American identity - leaving out South and West Asian Communities and taking Southeast Asian to be East Asian).

[2] "Folx of Asian Descent in a North American context" meaning those that are either in the United States or Canada.

[3] We need to be cautious about reifying “South Asian” as a racial category–it runs the risk of neglecting the structural similarities between race and caste. For more on this, see Ania Loomba’s article: Race and the Possibilities of Comparative Critique 

[a]I'm a strong proponent of giving racial triangulation it's own subcategory. It is so so critical to understanding the historical pitting of black and Asian americans against one another. If you look at the constructions of the Asian Am and Black Identities, you'll see that they're posited as polar opposites in order to ultimately reaffirm whiteness as the norm. This is currently my area of study at college. Please contact me if you're in need of more resources regarding racial triangulation.

[b]Hey there I'd be interested in any more resources re: racial triangulation, curious about any updates or additions to Kim's theory since it was published! esther.yh.fan@gmail.com if you have time

[c]making a category. please suggest articles accordingly

[d]I'm a strong proponent of giving racial triangulation it's own subcategory. It is so so critical to understanding the historical pitting of black and Asian americans against one another. If you look at the constructions of the Asian Am and Black Identities, you'll see that they're posited as polar opposites in order to ultimately reaffirm whiteness as the norm. This is currently my area of study at college. Please contact me if you're in need of more resources regarding racial triangulation.

[e]Hey there I'd be interested in any more resources re: racial triangulation, curious about any updates or additions to Kim's theory since it was published! esther.yh.fan@gmail.com if you have time

[f]making a category. please suggest articles accordingly

[g]this isn't available