My granddad the dandy. My other grandfather, (maternal), also has a rather amazing story. He grew up in China, worked as a labourer, porter at #Xiamen port and then set sail from there at age 19 for #Malaya. Started from scratch, peddling crockery and groceries, went through the Japanese Occupation, saved and grew his business into a rice and provision shop which eventually provided for the 10 children of his who survived to finish school, with a good number of them going to England for university. Now 96 and fighting cancer, he still lives with grandma above their provision shop in a small town with one main road, near #Seremban #malaysia. #family #histories #iphoneonly #throwbackthursday #tbt @viiphoto


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Trombone Shorty, born Troy Andrews in the Treme neighborhood in New Orlean’s 6th Ward, played alongside Bo Diddley at the tender age of 4.



Trombone Shorty, born Troy Andrews in the Treme neighborhood in New Orlean’s 6th Ward, played alongside Bo Diddley at the tender age of 4.



Ceremonial helmet (18th century), and armor of an officer of the imperial palace guard (17th century)

Origin: China
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The excellent quality and elaborate ornamentation of the helmet indicate that it was made for a very high-ranking nobleman or military official. It is decorated with applied gold ornament that features the Buddhist mantra Om mani padme hum in Lantsa characters. Source

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Real life “Rosie the Riveter” - Tennessee, 1943.
From the Library of Congress collection, 1930’s-1940’s in Color. 


First day of integration at Clinton High School. Tennessee, 1956.

By Robert W. Kelley


The leg kick before a female starts to twerk symbolizes the shackles of 400 years of slavery and oppression being broken. God bless America”

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Photos of famous landmarks while they were still under construction.

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“During the civili rights struggle, Birmingham canceled high school prom for many black teenagers. This weekend, the dance went on for the Class of 1963”

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On Why Koreans Are Angry With Japan and Why Outsiders With A Lack of Understanding Need to Stop Talking.



I hope you don’t take this wrong way but I think that… well how can I say this .. I think a lot of the problems in Asian diplomatics is one thing one can argue that a lot of it started because Japan didn’t deal enough with its WW2 history and in generally agression against its neighbours.

But this is NO EXCUSE for violence against the people of that country living TODAY.

Yeah, like far right Japanese people attacking Koreans, or far right Japanese people protesting and rioting against Korean celebrities who are active in Japan. Or far right Japanese people utilizing imperialistic rhetoric to aggress upon Koreans. 

These people are not responsible for that and don’t deserve the hate they are getting.

Yeah, like Japanese politicians denying that they colonized Korea and parts of China, murdered people, tried to annihilate the history, culture, and language of the people they colonized, nah, they don’t deserve hate for that. Or Japanese people calling women who were taken into sexual slavery whores and prostitutes even though there are women who had to endure that who are alive today and still are demanding apologies. 

I have been in Japan three years on a school with many Chinese and Koreans and I know that both countries have issues with Japan but they never look onto their own problems equally. I’m the first to criticize Japan you have no idea how frustrating it can be to live in Japan as a German sometimes.

Oh god it’s one of those Asian countries are racist against white people people. 

But China just because it suffered in WW2 is a country that is in any position to point fingures. The crimes that the political does and did unto their own people. The unnecessary claiming of islands (I’m not talking only about the island dispute with Japan I’m talking about the islands they claim on the Vietnamese cause in Indonesia provoking without reason).

These are two totally different issues. We’re talking about a Japanese far right campaign which paints an issue of colonialism and imperialism as a project of integration and of bettering these countries. We’re talking about the honoring of convicted war criminals. You can say a lot about a lot of European countries with regards to colonialism of Africa, Asia, and the Americas but that doesn’t change the fact that many of them can still be angry about Nazi Germany and the atrocities committed in World War 2. 

I know the South Koreans tend to side with the Chinese because they have their onw island dispute with Japan (which is a completely different case the Dokdo/Takeshima confilict cannot be compared to the Senkaku island conflict), but that is not the right way to deal with this.

We tend to side with the Chinese on this issue because we were also victims of Japanese colonialism and imperialism. 

South Korea is also is not as innocent as it likes itself to presend I know you probably don’t like to hear this as a South Korean but it saddens me greatly that two countries who could get along so well and stand together hate each other with such a passion sometimes.

Look, one sid killed our ancestors, exploited us economically, tried to destroy our culture, language, heritage, and history. Koreans, on 8i89the other hand, are angry because of historical revisionism which denies this happened, honoring of war criminals, imperialistic rhetoric over Korean land, and far right aggression from the Japanese. 

But you know, it’s an equal we hate you, you hate us type of thing. 

This hate is not the hate of this generation. Yes many Japanese school schildren don’t learn about the war crimes adequately but that doesn’t make them bad people. There should be no reason for this generation of Koreans to hate this generations of Japanese There grandparents might have fought each other but why can’t this generation not overcome that.

Except that these people you’re saying aren’t bad people are the same people who are not confessing ignorance of these crimes, but denying they happened. You know how many Japanese people believe the comfort women weren’t taken against their will but were whores and prostitutes? You know how many Japanese people believe it’s right to honor convicted war criminals in the Yasukuni shrine?

There are over 1000 convicted war criminals in Yasukuni shrine, 14 being Class A war criminals convicted of crimes against peace. But we’re supposed to forgive and forget?

Do you know how ignorant you sound? If Germans paid honors to nazi soldiers including 20 of the highest ranking nazi generals do you think it wouldn’t cause an outrage amongst Europeans and people all across the world? And yet if the Japanese do it it’s fine and dandy?

Too often I have heard from both Chinese and South Koreans that they hate Japanese people (but they come to study there anyways kinda strange, eh? ) . But these people have not done anything to you the wide mass of people is not interested in politics (which is a problem) nor understand it (another problem) which is the same in South Korea and don’t you deny it.

Have you been to Korea? We’re one of the most political countries in the world when it comes to citizen interest in politics. Also, this is an issue which transcends politics and enters the realm of history. 

I hate how countries that have so much to show each other and so much in common… how can people be so aggresive against each other still.


The people in China who attack Japanese citizens, have they suffered in WW2? No, they just hate because their fathers and grandfathers and the government tell them Japanese are despicable people.

Have you kept up in recent news? do you know who was elected to prime minister of Japan? Do you know what he did and what he’s said? Have you kept up with the resurgence of the far right in Japan?

Why do many young South Koreans dislike Japanese? Have they personally experienced anything bad in Japan or done to them by Japanese people? No.

Yes. It’s called imperialistic aggression. 

Let me tell you a story. The Japanese employed sexual slavery as a tactic during the war, these women were called the comfort women. There are a few of the women who endured and survived this atrocity still alive in Korea today. 

You know what the Japanese far right calls them? Whores. Prostitutes. 

I volunteer with the halmunees. The union I’m a member of collects money every month to donate to the halmunees. 

The victims of Japanese aggression still are alive today. And you’re asking me why I’m angry? You’re asking my why I’m angry when Japanese people come to these protests for an apology to these women and to admit their crimes to call these women whores and prostitutes?

The Japanese youth sees this reactions and asks themselves “why are they reacting like this, why don’t they like us” and their parents will say “well because they are chinese” or “well because they are south koreans”and so the cicle continues and continues.

So why aren’t you criticizing the Japanese government for teaching historical revisionism and denying these atrocities were committed?

No, you’ve decided to go the way of the imperialist and attack those who suffer fro imperialistic aggression. 

You have to seperate the past from the present and the goverment from the people but many Asian nations are so proud and that’s what standing  in their way most of the time.

Wow, go fuck yourself.

This anti Japanese propaganda by China is not gonna help anyone. Least the Chinese.

“anti-Japanese propaganda”. You know what we call this in reality? History lessons. 

Will South Korea ever accept any apology by Japan? I think not because they didn’t in the past.

Excuse me? Has Japan ever apologized without turning around and then changing their word?

Neither will China, the argument will always be “because it’s not a genuine apology”Japan hearing that will be snubbed and stop from ever aplogizing again

This is where you’re showing your lack of knowledge in Asian politics. Let me explain what has happened for the past 60 years or so. First, the Japanese will apologize. And then the regime will change. And then they’ll deny their apology.

Also, while apologizing they teach history saying that it never happened. Japanese history textbooks refer to the colonization of Korea as the Japanese “helping” Koreans to modernize. It makes it seem as if the Japanese were doing us a favor. 

 This can go on and on and on or the nations could finally make a clear cut and start over again because the young South Korean’s, Chinese and Japanese they did not suffer during WW2 nor where they responsible. Why can’t this generation start on  neutral grounds? It makes me incredible sad but it also makes me happy that we managed to do this in Europe and not only because Germany atoned but also because our neighbours decided to accept our apologies and give the new generation a new chance. That was the most important part.

No, that’s because Germany actually apologized. If Germany had a neo-nazi party following world war 2 till today, do you think the countries while teaching their children that the holocaust never happened do you think the neighboring countries would have accepted this apology. 

Ok I just got into a long rant there. I just have a lot of feelz about the situation in Asia. A lot of my friends are both South Korean or Japanese and yeah :( It makes me sad that nations that could be such good friends are not and all because the past drags the new generations down

Oh, you have feelz~. 

Great I have a historical anger which isn’t satisfied by your fucking bullshit get the fuck out. 

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Underwater sculpture, in Grenada, in honor of our African ancestors thrown overboard.

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Jim “The Dragon” Kelly, African American athlete, actor, and martial artist best known from his performance as Williams in the 1973 Bruce Lee film Enter the Dragon.

Black History Album, The Way We Were


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Day 12 of White History Month: The Imposition of Colorism and Colonial Beauty Standards on People of Color

This is a long post adapted from a longer essay which references a lot of studies so you might notice there’s no works cited, but if you really want it, send me an ask.

Related to racism and colonialism, colorism is the discrimination against darker skin and preference for lighter skin among people of color. Colorism was created by European colonial standards. It was engineered by white people and white people continue to harm people of color with colorism in the media, workplace, and in their own minds.

White people tend to be unaware of the nature of colorism because of the popularity of tanning. Within mainstream white American culture, tanning has become a trend, leading many white people to be ignorant of how prized fair skin is. A preference for tanned (white) skin among white people does not negate colorism. Tanned skin is a trend and is also tied to class and status (time for leisure) while in the past, tanned skin was linked to working outdoors. When white people are aware of colorism, they often try to portray it as a tragic phenomenon among people of color and not one that is the result of whiteness, racism, and colonialism.

Many people of color are also unaware of the true nature of colorism, as well; some believe it to simply be a harmless “feud” between lighter and darker skinned people of color. This is not the case. While many light-skinned and white passing people of color may feel a disconnect from their racial identity due to their skin color, this does not negate the privilege they have. Colorism is directly related to  colonialism, showing tangible effects on people of color. Communities of color are divided by skin color and given privilege based on their proximity to whiteness.


Racist colonial logic emerging from slavery associated Blackness with savagery and ugliness, as opposed to whiteness which was associated with civilization and beauty. From this logic emerged features associated with whiteness – light eyes, straight/long hair, narrow nose, and thin lips – being considered good, while features associated with Blackness – dark eyes, kinky/short hair, wider nose, and full lips – being considered bad. 

Historically, during slavery, light-skinned Black people were treated less violently by overseers, were more likely to be given household duties instead of more difficult work, had better living conditions, and had more possibilities for education and eventual manumission (Rockquemore and Brunsma). After slavery, lighter-skinned Black people had more opportunities for prestige and success. 

Hypodescent - the “one-drop” rule - meant that anyone with Black ancestry would be considered Black, no matter what their appearance was. Light-skinned Black people were encouraged to think highly of themselves and were literally “valued” at higher prices during slavery. Those classified as “Mulatto” were more likely to be freed; mixed Black people (classified using the antiquated term “mulatto”) made up 10-15% of the total Black population, but 37% of all free Black people. 

Freed Black people during slavery and those were well established after slavery tended to be light-skinned. Paper bag tests were used in Black communities to establish admission to social events, fraternities/sororities, and more, shutting out darker-skinned Black Americans from networking opportunities. Noting that lighter skinned Black people were more likely to successful, sociologist E.B. Reuter (1918) noted that even some “white blood” would “improve” Black people (rather than the obvious fact that lighter skinned Black people were treated better).

White colonizers created caste systems and categorizations deriving from this racist logic, and from it emerged the categories of quadroons, Mestizos, and Mullatoes. In the Southwest United States, Mexicans were more likely to receive United States citizenship if they had lighter skin or passed for white. Colonizers in Africa, the Americas, and Asia treated lighter skinned people with more “European” features better than those with medium or dark skin and indigenous features.

People often try to absolve white people of responsibility for colorism that existed in Asian societies before European colonial contact, but it was not racially-based. The concept of race itself is a European and Western construction. Lighter skin was a class marker just as in European societies - darker skin was linked to laboring in the sun rather than proximity to whiteness. Even when lighter skin color was preferred, indigenous hair and eye color and facial features were previously the standard of beauty.

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