Upcoming Coalition for Justice Events in SB

The Santa Barbara Coalition for Justice will be hosting a series of Teach-In Events on Thursdays to educate and spread awareness of injustices that people of color (POC) face. I’ll be at the event tomorrow (Thursday) where I’ll be happy to hand back quizzes, and would love it if any you are free and could also attend. Please spread the word!

The workshops will focus on (but are not limited to) blackness, anti-hate, prejudices, structural racism, stereotypical clothing, etc. The first one is tomorrow:

  • Trayvon Martin Teach-In: Beginning Thursday July 25th, 2013  from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm At the Arbor. This is a safe space for people to voice their opinion and learn more about the Trayvon Martin case and tragedies similar to this case.https://www.facebook.com/events/406497212792933/



Additional events that are coming up this week include the following:

  • Candle Light Vigil & Silent March – Justice for Trayvon: Friday July 26th, 2013 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Starting at the Theater and Dance Courtyard at UCSB and leading in Isla Vista  https://www.facebook.com/events/541565452557520/
  • March and Rally in Downtown Santa Barbara – Justice for Trayvon: Saturday August 17th, 2013 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Starting at the Santa Barbara Courthouse and leading to Stearn’s Wharf.

For more information please contact the Coalition for Justice SB at coalitionforjustice.sb@gmail.com


My intention is not to be inflammatory about the court case decision that has left many deeply disturbed, upset, angered, and uniting in protest across the nation… but I came across this news clip that reverberates with the Zhou and Lee article we recently read. In particular, it speaks to the characterization of youths by those in power (law makers, researchers, media makers, etc.) through the language of criminality. It seems like the Chicago School is not dead after all… especially as it pertains to racialized groups.

The following words by Bashir struck me:

“They insist on imposing on his slight young frame an identity that implies criminality, juvenile delinquency, and the all-around characteristics of a troublemaker…this is a gross form of character assassination on a child, a dead child.”

“The Chinese Americans” by An Rong Xu, Identity & ‘Growing Up Asian’

Hello again! Apologies for not expanding on this image and photo series, but I really enjoyed it and wanted to share it. After looking more into “The Chinese-Americans” photo series by An Rong Xu, I felt that his work relates entirely to our topic this week of identity and ‘Growing Up Asian’. “The Chinese-Americans” series focuses primarily on Chinese Americans living in New York City and it shows how they have adapted to the Western style of living. Although the photograph’s resonate feelings of nostalgia, this feeling is coupled with the sense of a somewhat acculturated lifestyle. Under his Grand Park photo series, at the very end, is an excellent text example of youth culture and being a Second Generation Asian American.

Many of the photo series speak to this notion of ‘Growing Up Asian’, some more than others, some not at all, but I do recommend looking at all his work as it truly is something special. Even though I myself am not Asian American, I feel as  though I can relate to his work and maybe some of you can as well!

An Rong Xu’s website: http://anrongxu.com/

For those interested in race bending and white washing…

Here is a link to RaceBending.com, the watchdog group that focuses on racialized (mis)representation in mass culture. As referenced, they emerged out of the controversy over the casting of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but continue to monitor and comment on casting in Hollywood films, TV, comic books, etc.

They offer a fairly good discussion of race in the Star Trek movie (as briefly mentioned in class), Star Trek: Into Whiteness. As talented as Cumberbatch is as an actor, the racial politics at play in the larger context are rather glaring.

Even hardcore fans notice, as this humorous critique points out:

Originally posted at billboned.tumblr.com.

Recommended Reading and Viewing on White Privilege

As mentioned in class, here is a short article by Peggy McIntosh on recognizing white privilege. The aim, is not to demonize of blame white individuals, but to help them recognize their advantage (and the disadvantage of ethnic others) as a result of larger systemic and structural forces. It also opens the possibility of moving from discomfort or guilt toward more productive coalitions, alliance, and collaboration.

And a short clip from the popular show Modern Family that obliquely illustrates the importance of allies: http://www.trailercodes.com/tv/modern-family–chirp/blinded-by-the-spotlight

For those interested…

I heard some commentary about C-dub’s shirt during the movie, and for those interested, here is a link to Black Lava, an Asian American web store that sells that  shirt and related projects. This site is particularly related to Asian American consumer production and counter-production and is of interest for this class.

And related to the brief lecture earlier (e.g. stereotypes, assumptions, the constructed nature of race and examples of humor used to address and critique):

What kind of Asian are you?

Things Asians Hate: