The Flying Turtle Journal

The inner life of a 24 year old, gay, Hmong man. Refugee born, Minnesota-bred, DC resident.

“the black woman is the most unprotected, unloved woman on earth…she is the only flower on earth…that grows unwatered.”

—   kola boof, egyptian-sudanese-american novelist and poet   (via shaelii)

(Source: chelebelleslair, via kamayami)


Day ‘n’ night


Day ‘n’ night

(via kamayami)









Bioshock Infinite and Racism - Part I

I wanna play this so bad

I don’t think I ever want to play this game. Especially with the first pic of what looks like a witch hunt and 2 black people about to be burned at the stake…

This left a bad taste in my mouth…I don’t want to play this shit.

Reblogging for BigBlackWolfe to see the racist fuckery in Bioshock Infinite.

Also, I’m seeing a whole lot of people calling individuals like myself who don’t want to buy this game for the blatant racism ‘stupid’


I have EVERY FUCKING RIGHT not to want to buy a goddamn video game because of this shit. EVERY RIGHT.

These same mothafuckers be on that ‘freedom of speech’ bullshit, but when POC use it to say “Nope, not here for this shit. It’s racist,” they want to shout us down.


I’ll spend my 70 dollars on something that is WORTH MY FUCKING TIME.


The racist imagery in this game was completely unnecessary and I bet they did it to be controversial on fucking purpose without any regard to how that would make people feel. Or with regard, but not for any concern more so than their own shits and giggles.

Like this game could have been just as good without the overblown racist imagery of Black people.

I mean I get they’re trying to show the whole “racism is bad look at this it’s bad” thing but come the fuck on, this is unnecessary

It wasn’t “unnecessary.” Racism isn’t something that needs to be explained subtly. The game is purposefully doing the opposite of what mass media today does: it’s not sugarcoating it. Columbia as a city is meant to represent the absolute worst of American history and American society, and that is exactly why it doesn’t hold back punches. A lot of our media likes to white wash history and dance around issues of racism in the very concepts of what it means to be American, but this game actually goes out of its way to show how unethical this ideology is. 

The game actually does a great job of pointing out problems in our social foundations of racism, sexism, corporate capitalist abuse, religious zealotry. I often hear other P.O.C. on Tumblr complain that the media is skewed to avoid making American and white history in general look bad. If anything, people should play this game, because it doesn’t pretend like American society is perfect: it’s a game that takes the concepts that built this nation and pushes them to extreme to show how morally depraved they really are.

Columbia isn’t there for the player to like, and its citizens aren’t there for the player to want to emulate. It’s actually there as an example of exactly what is wrong with white colonialism, racism, xenophobia, white supremacist attitudes, etc.

This game is actually being attacked by white supremacists because they think it’s “anti-white,” since the game doesn’t pander. It’s brutal about its portrayal, but for a reason. A good reason.

(via djpandaky)

The difference between someone great and a fool is whether or not their vision comes to fruition. But without vision, there is never a chance of greatness.

Breaking Down My Appeal

At dinner tonight, girl asked me if I thought I was hot. I gave it some thought and replied, “Well, I think I’m competitive. I’m attractive enough that I don’t need to work extra hard to get laid.” My breakdown was as follows:

Looks: 5.5/10
Personality: 8.5/10
Intelligence: 7/10
Humbleness: 3/10
Wit and Humor: 7/10
Passion/Ambition: 10/10

Overall: 6.8/10

I think that’s a fair assessment. I can only get better with age anyway. :)

(Source: sharmanzard, via imrow)

GAME OF TROPES: Racefail (spoilers)



I’m late to Game of Thrones - but I caught up. And I couldn’t help photoshopping this picture of Khal Drogo as a Klingon. Anyone sad enough to be familiar with both GOT and Star Trek knows exactly what I’m talking about.

The Klingons are the Dothraki of Star Trek - the scary,…

Anonymous asked: can i twerk on you?

Haha, thanks for the offer, but I’ll have to pass. ;)

How do you wear a #Rockets bandana?
Wassup, J. #Lin! #Linsanity…kinda. There are touchdowns in #basketball, right?

Anonymous asked: why would you being csigendered identifying be a problem?

Well, it was a female space. I know that if I was in a queer space, I probably wouldn’t care for allies in the room.

Finally #cooking! Kidding, it was mostly Liz. #IConsiderEdibleACompliment

In Response to Understanding

I was at an Asian Pacific American feminist tea gathering the other day, mostly to show solidarity. When I was invited to attend by one of the organizers, I was very hesitant to attend because I didn’t want to 1.) take up space and 2.) make any of the women there feel uncomfortable with my presence as a cisgender male identifying individual. But I eventually went anyway. At first, I just sat and listened, it was very interesting and disheartening to hear some of the people in the room speak about their experiences in both API and non-API, corporate, government, and nonprofit spaces, and even in their own women spaces.

But there was a point where I just couldn’t keep myself from speaking. One of the women said, “I don’t like to think that we’re trying to change anyone. I don’t want to change anyone. I think what we’re doing with feminism is having conversations with others who may or may not think like us so we can understand each other. We don’t have to agree.” I felt such an immense need to respond to her, regardless of whether or not it was out of place for me to vocalize myself in a space not designated for someone like me. So I said:

"I think we are trying to change the way people think. Feminism, social justice, queer and people of color movements, these aren’t about just understanding each other and talking. I am out there to shift the way people think, what they believe, and how we are treated. I don’t want them to understand me and then continue living and acting the way they have their entire lives. I want my cousin to be able to look at me, speak to me, and acknowledge my queerness and my humanity. And that requires that he changes the way he thinks, believes, and acts toward queer individuals."

"Movements are political by nature. Politics is an ideological struggle, where justice is determined by the victor. I’m not trying to struggle for the sake of conversation, I’m fighting to win. And I’m feminist because I love my sisters and want them to have access to everything. But I’m also a feminist because feminism and gender equity is central to queer liberation. I am a feminist because women must be unshackled, gender roles demolished, and patriarchy crumbled before queer and non-gender identifying individuals can be free. Feminism is about change. Movements are about change. We must change the people around us."

My words may have been out of place and maybe even hostile, but I think…I felt okay with what I said. It was authentic, and I don’t think anyone can have an honest conversation about movement building or isms without framing it within a political and ideological context. It is a struggle between different interpretations of justice. And I want to see justice that liberates my people from the oppressive beliefs, norms, and structures that plague our current paradigm.

The politics of being friends with white people


My favorite bit:

I have always been skeptical of white people who claim that “one of my best friends is black.” Internally my response has always been, “They may be your friend, but are you their friend?”

I believe deeply in the power of friendship to make us better human beings. But interracial friendships, especially in adulthood, require a level of risk and vulnerability that many of us would rather simply not deal with. And that is perhaps one of racism’s biggest casualties: Beyond the level of systemic havoc that racism wreaks on the material lives of people of color, in a million and one ways every day, it reduces the opportunity of all people to be more human.

Cooper put my thoughts and feelings—like how I always keep one eye out on my white friends because I know at some point, they’re going to throw me under the bus—into words far more eloquent than my own. 

(via raybg89)

Can’t say no to little girls selling #lemonade.