Yes, I’m about to get real serious, and break down cultural appropriation. What is cultural appropriation, you ask?
It’s when members of one culture adopt, use, or “borrow” elements of a different culture, largely perceived as a negative phenomenon.
Apologies for the months of silence, and a post that does not delve into the personal musings of repatriating, Xi’an or Chinese culture, yet does draw attention to a publication embracing the AMWF tag this blog is rooted on.
Fused Society is a publication celebrating cross-cultural relationships, the increased connections occurring in a heterogeneous society, and they need your support!
They are raising funds for printing the first edition on GoFundMe.com, and even the smallest reward level of $10 helps them with shipping costs to mail to contributors.
Created by Eva Cohen and Mai Huynh, the publication “showcases essays, creative writing and art about the fusion of different cultures, groups, and people,” and welcomes submissions.
Yours truly will contribute to Fused Society’s second edition, focusing on cross-cultural or interracial relationships. Interested in writing, drawing, or submitting on said topic? Check out the submission page.
Jocelyn at Speaking of China has a good write-up of the content covered in the first edition as well as more details about Fused Society’s GoFundMe campaign.
I will be back with more content, updates, and an overhaul (hoping I can swing a .com to .org) of this blog. Stay tuned!
Jocelyn did a great write-up with five reasons to watch Selfie, and with Selfie only surviving for another seven episodes, here’s why we should continue to tune in, lamenting its demise.
An AMWF lead and not one, but two interracial couples!
The leads, Eliza and Henry, portrayed by Karen Gillan and John Cho respectively, have begun falling for each other, especially after some meddling and prodding by their boss.
Their boss’ wife happens to be white, and the boss’ daughter marries a white man in the first episode.
Although there still isn’t loads going on romantically between Eliza and Henry, it’s beginning to heat up, and this week’s episode will spotlight a budding fixation between both characters.
On a very different note, Selfie highlights what happens when millennials do not put down the technology, obsessing over likes and followers on Instagram, and even competing with those closest to us over such shallow pursuits. Cho’s character, not of the same generation as Gillan’s character, exposes Eliza to a world beyond the screen. Without giving away too much, (as you should watch while you still can!), Henry also learns a lesson or two from her.
I continue to tolerate Selfie because I like seeing an AMWF couple in the spotlight, but I have used the word tolerate as I’m not particularly fond of Gillan’s character, particularly the millennial stereotyping or the fact that she needs Henry to achieve a sense of normalcy.
It’s not all that funny or exciting, however, primetime TV needs more AMWF, intercultural, and interracial couples. It’s a shame TV is all about ratings.
Watch Selfie on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern/ 7p.m. Central on ABC. It’s also available to stream online at ABC and Hulu.