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Life as Ethnicity: Other

This is it.

This, an account by a half Indian, half white, Brit, is the closest thing I have ever read to my own experience as a culturally English, ethnically Chinese person.

And I realise that in one way, it's ridiculous to be so shocked and awed to have someone capture it so well, but I am.

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q_sama
Mar. 1st, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
When worlds collide.... as soon as I read your description of the article, I knew it was my friend. ^___^ I've considered Amelia a friend for - what? ten years now on LJ and mailing lists? - and her writing on feminism and being of mixed-race always speaks to me. She has a blog (I believe entitled "Mixed Race Feminist") that is very powerful, and I should've plugged it long ago if it would've brought comfort to you in any way. :D
xfunkydoryx
Mar. 11th, 2011 11:40 am (UTC)
Hee! The internet is a small place at times.

I had a quick look at her blog and really related to what I read but it looks like she doesn't update very often anymore?
q_sama
Mar. 11th, 2011 12:34 pm (UTC)
yeah, I mentioned it before realizing she hadn't been updating. :( She's got a guest spot for a month on the blog you found her on, though - so maybe she has a few more posts there? :)
hsiuism
Mar. 1st, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
Great article. It resonated for me as well in some ways, less in others. There was a sizable Chinese population in my town, so I did grow up with peers of similar backgrounds, but we did still live in a predominantly white, middle/upper-middle-class suburb. So I definitely knew what it was like to be Other. It just took me a looong time to be aware and angry about it.
xfunkydoryx
Mar. 11th, 2011 11:43 am (UTC)
A bit off-tangent but I do often worry about the balance of being rightly angry (and striving to address the issue) versus just relaxing and enjoying life as it is.
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