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/

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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

 

Moo, moo, A Potential Homicide & the Climax of ‘Yankee Dawg You Die’

Act II, Scene I

“Cows that have a double life? The dumb facade they show to the outside world and their true cow selves that they show to one another when they are alone? Moo, moo?”

“I killed someone…Well, as they walked passed, one of them looked at my girlfriend and said, “Hey, look at the yellow pussy.”…So I pulled a knife and stabbed him…That was over 10 years ago. I hope with my heart he’s OK.”

This first line is a direct metaphor to the Asian American actors in Hollywood at the time of the play, it refers to the mixed feelings of complacency and assertion by Asian American actors and how sometimes its just easier to do what they are told even if it is demeaning because eventually they feel like it will change, eventually. The quote says that to others, mainly White people who are employers, they act a certain way or however they are told to act, but with people they feel comfortable around, other Asian American actors, they can be themselves.

The second set of lines shows the want to fight back the oppression and racism. Some comments were mentioned in the play that all Asian Americans are the same, when an Asian American such as Bradley was pushed to his limit by being harassed by this White male, he was fed up because he felt attacked not only by that one person, but by all the Caucasians around him. He later understands that such violence doesn’t change any misconceptions and only makes matters worse and he doesn’t hate White people, but he hates the stereotypes.

Although some of the allusions mentioned in this play were hard to follow, due to my lack of knowledge on Asian American pop culture, I felt like this scene is the climax or character realization of the play. Before this scene, Bradley was political in his choices for auditions and mainly worked with the Theatre Project of Asian America limiting him to roles of Asian American men that were not stereotypic. Vincent on the other hand took any role whether it was stereotypic or not in order to open up the market for Asian American actors to work. By the end of the play the roles were switched, Bradley took up any role in hopes of changing the industry even if just a little bit, and Vincent worked in an independent film that reminded him of being at home with his father something comfortable and not stereotypic.

I enjoyed the short play because it gave an insight on the struggle between being complacent, becoming something you’re not and being assertive to your own pride and dignity because all ethnic minorities and even “outsiders” such as disabled people, the LGBTQ community and religious minorities have at some point struggled with this complex.

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: