Ang Lee is a good cook and was a full-time house-husband for six years.

Looking for Melayu: Translators and Seafarers | Kritika Kultura  

by Corazon D. Villareal

This essay explores literary relations between the Philippines and Malaysia through a study of translational exchange between the two countries. It argues that translational exchange between the Philippines and Malaysia cannot be understood only through a study of contemporary translations since the connections between the two countries date back to pre-colonial times. Other than a discussion of some contemporary translations, the article cites two cases of translational exchange. The first is Pigafetta’s account of Enrique, the Malay slave/translator who accompanied Magellan in his expedition to the Philippines, and the appropriation of this account by a Malaysian historical novelist. The other case is the translations of Badjau-Sama tales. The link to the shared past between the Philippines and Malaysia in pre-modern times is Melayu, a cultural complex that can be understood partly through a study of common stories and tales that have that have undulated in the borderless seas of south of the Philippines and Sabah. We cannot just translate Malaysia as if it were apart from or foreign to us since there are components in our culture that connect inextricably with Melayu. In a sense, we translate Malaysia as we translate ourselves. 




The gifset I’ve been waiting for.

Angel Haze covers ‘Counting Stars’ by OneRepublic.


the 100 meme [7/8] scenes

 you have to find the wire that connects the manual override to the electromagnet.

“Every empire, however, tells itself and the world that it is unlike all other empires, that its mission is not to plunder and control but to educate and liberate.” —

Edward W. Said- Los Angeles Times, July 20, 2003


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Monty Green is the Witty, the Technician, the Pharmacist, the Horticulturist and the Helpful.


Penang: Architecture

Loved the old homes throughout George Town. Between the food and the architecture, it’s clear why this part of Penang is a UNESCO heritage site. 



POV | American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs [Official Trailer]

Watch the entire PBS film HERE. Amazing.

The free video stream expires July 30, 2014.

The free video stream expires July 30, 2014.

The free video stream expires July 30, 2014.


UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Southeast Asian American Young Men’s Collaborative

Under Construction is a multimedia online exhibit showcasing some of the best and brightest organizations working with males of color. The UC team of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and nonprofit experts worked directly with each of these organizations for several weeks. The collaborations yielded comprehensive portraits of the services men of color receive. Each profile features a short video, a photography exhibit, a visual program model, and a narrative essay detailing the efforts of these organizations.

Under Construction is a project of Frontline Solutions and was made possible through the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Check out this link for the other videos in the Under Construction series. Couldn’t locate a transcript, but the source link provides further context. An excerpt:

In a country where conversations about racial equality are focused heavily on African Americans and Latinos, the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center in Washington, D.C., serves a different population. SEARAC supports grassroots organizations that are looking out for kids like Hem, children of refugees who face many of the same issues other minority groups face, like poverty, violence, prejudice, racial profiling, and despair.

The national organization focuses intently on state and national policies and helps organizations like Khmer Girls and Boys in Action in Long Beach, California, and the One Love Movement in San Diego, relentlessly push lawmakers to reconsider policies like the one that put Hem in a gang file with no notification of his parents and no due process for having his name removed. The policy knowledge that SEARAC shares serves as a tool that smaller organizations integrate into their mentoring and cultural education activities. The collaboration helps foster young leaders who can speak for a refugee community still reeling from the effects of genocide and war.

"These young men, they grow up in the same communities as African-American and Latino men," said Jonathan Tran, SEARAC’s California Policy and Programs Manager. "They face a lot of the same issues. And at the end of the day, the solutions will overlap."

There is a widely shared perception that Asian Americans do not need help, Tran says. But the stereotypes derived from images of affluent Chinese or Japanese immigrants and their often highly educated children ignore the reality of hundreds of thousands of children born in this country to refugees from Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Their parents in many cases were peasant farmers, and mostly uneducated. 

We’re going to break it down now (yeah we areee) everyone at home you better join in!!!