The Flying Turtle Journal

The inner life of a 25 year old, gay, Hmong man. Refugee born, Minnesota-bred, DC resident.

Great seeing this girl again. Kinda makes me miss #Minnesota.

punkrockluna:

The pride in his eyes in that last cap

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My old roommate left these #HelloKitty slippers when she moved out…so I’ve been wearing them around my apartment. #Kawaii #Omg #InstaLikeAWhiteGirl

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Relief for Asian Pacific American Immigrants a Casualty of Partisan Politics

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8 September 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to…

Suddenly her mom’s silence matched Jackie’s own. “Oh, my God,” she murmured in disbelief. “Are you gay?”

"Yeah," Jackie forced herself to say.

After what felt like an eternity, her mom finally responded. “I don’t know what we could have done for God to have given us a fag as a child,” she said before hanging up.

[…]

She got a call from her older brother. “He said, ‘Mom and Dad don’t want to talk to you, but I’m supposed to tell you what’s going to happen,’” Jackie recalls. “And he’s like, ‘All your cards are going to be shut off, and Mom and Dad want you to take the car and drop it off at this specific location. Your phone’s going to last for this much longer. They don’t want you coming to the house, and you’re not to contact them. You’re not going to get any money from them. Nothing. And if you don’t return the car, they’re going to report it stolen.’ And I’m just bawling. I hung up on him because I couldn’t handle it.” Her brother was so firm, so matter-of-fact, it was as if they already weren’t family.

—   You should read this Rolling Stones piece on Queer kids getting kicked out by their religious parents. And remember it.  (via fuckyeahdiomedes)

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Black women are expected and in fact encouraged to assume a kind of mercurial hysteria surrounding dating.

We are supposed to deal with “reality” which is that we are ugly and unwanted. But we are supposed to exude confidence because women with low self esteems are pathetic. But then we can’t exude too much confidence because there comes the meme about the independent Black woman who don’t need no man.

We are supposed to be loyal to Black men. But we are expected to deal with the “reality” that there are not enough good ones to go around. We are supposed to desire Black men exclusively, but we are encouraged to believe that Black men do not make good partners because they are hyper-masculine and violent or because they hate dark skin and natural hair. We normalize whiteness by making it seem like white men are above and beyond the pitfalls of internalizing white supremacy that apparently too many Black men are wrapped up in.

Black love is tested on every side at the cost of Black women and men.

mankvill:

komasas:

Gomenasai, my name is Ken-Sama.I’m a 27 year old American Otaku (Anime fan for you gaijins). I draw Anime and Manga on my tablet, and spend my days perfecting my art and playing superior Japanese games. (Disgaea, Final Fantasy, Persona series)I train with my Katana every day, this superior weapon can cut clean through steel because it is folded over a thousand times, and is vastly superior to any other weapon on earth. I earned my sword license two years ago, and I have been getting better every day.I speak Japanese fluently, both Kanji and the Osaka dialect, and I write fluently as well. I know everything about Japanese history and their bushido code, which I follow 100%When I get my Japanese visa, I am moving to Tokyo to attend a prestigious High School to learn more about their magnificent culture. I hope I can become an animator for Studio Ghibli or a game designer!I own several kimonos, which I wear around town. I want to get used to wearing them before I move to Japan, so I can fit in easier. I bow to my elders and seniors and speak Japanese as often as I can, but rarely does anyone manage to respond.Wish me luck in Japan!


Howdy, my name is Kenichi Smith.  I’m a 27 year old Japanese Toonaholic (Cartoon fan for you foreigners). I draw cartoons and comics on my tablet, and spend my days perfecting my art and playing superior American games. (Halo, Gears of War, Call of Duty)  I train with my 1911 every day, this superior weapon can shoot straight through steel because it kicks ass, and is vastly superior to any other weapon on earth. I earned my gun license two years ago, and I have been getting better every day.  I speak English fluently, both the Midwestern and the East Coast accents, and I write fluently as well. I know everything about American history and their Constitution, which I follow 100%  When I get my American visa, I am moving to New York to attend a prestigious High School to learn more about their magnificent culture. I hope I can become an animator for Nickelodeon or a game designer!  I own several cowboy outfits, which I wear around town. I want to get used to wearing them before I move to America, so I can fit in easier. I keep cool to my elders and seniors and speak English as often as I can, but rarely does anyone manage to respond.  Wish me luck in America!

mankvill:

komasas:

Gomenasai, my name is Ken-Sama.

I’m a 27 year old American Otaku (Anime fan for you gaijins). I draw Anime and Manga on my tablet, and spend my days perfecting my art and playing superior Japanese games. (Disgaea, Final Fantasy, Persona series)

I train with my Katana every day, this superior weapon can cut clean through steel because it is folded over a thousand times, and is vastly superior to any other weapon on earth. I earned my sword license two years ago, and I have been getting better every day.

I speak Japanese fluently, both Kanji and the Osaka dialect, and I write fluently as well. I know everything about Japanese history and their bushido code, which I follow 100%

When I get my Japanese visa, I am moving to Tokyo to attend a prestigious High School to learn more about their magnificent culture. I hope I can become an animator for Studio Ghibli or a game designer!

I own several kimonos, which I wear around town. I want to get used to wearing them before I move to Japan, so I can fit in easier. I bow to my elders and seniors and speak Japanese as often as I can, but rarely does anyone manage to respond.

Wish me luck in Japan!

Howdy, my name is Kenichi Smith.

I’m a 27 year old Japanese Toonaholic (Cartoon fan for you foreigners). I draw cartoons and comics on my tablet, and spend my days perfecting my art and playing superior American games. (Halo, Gears of War, Call of Duty)

I train with my 1911 every day, this superior weapon can shoot straight through steel because it kicks ass, and is vastly superior to any other weapon on earth. I earned my gun license two years ago, and I have been getting better every day.

I speak English fluently, both the Midwestern and the East Coast accents, and I write fluently as well. I know everything about American history and their Constitution, which I follow 100%

When I get my American visa, I am moving to New York to attend a prestigious High School to learn more about their magnificent culture. I hope I can become an animator for Nickelodeon or a game designer!

I own several cowboy outfits, which I wear around town. I want to get used to wearing them before I move to America, so I can fit in easier. I keep cool to my elders and seniors and speak English as often as I can, but rarely does anyone manage to respond.

Wish me luck in America!

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My friends say that I’ve been gaining weight. :(

Tumblr Achievement Unlocked!

They has achievements…is this a game? Either way, the sent me an email saying I liked my 1,000th post. Yay?

Side note…I want to go to the gym, but I also just wanna lay in my nakedness and eat pizza and watch anime. Option…2 it is.

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monsterbeard:

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postracialcomments:

This level of conflict of interest is massively unsurprising.

This is horrifying. The worst of Chicago politics migrated south to St. Louis.

Extremely. While we think of Chicago and New York as the most corrupt, we tend to forget our own local politics. This problem is wide spread in every city/county/state. 

There is no way to escape it until we all become aware of this problem. And then when we are aware, we have to organize and attack the problem by its roots. 

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billy-forsetti:

why is it that when dylan sprouse and calum hood had nudes leaked everyone praised how well they handled it and attacked those who leaked them, but when over 50 female celebrities have nudes leaked, the hacker responsible is called a ‘hero’ and the victims are called ‘sluts’ and ‘whores’

oh wait

i know why

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hyphenated-lives:

ragstoreverie:

hyphenated-lives:

H* 32: Code Switching & Talking to White People (ft. Lucy)

What is code switching and what’s it like navigating white spaces in America as a black man and Asian American woman from very different backgrounds? What are the types of bodies which have more or less ability to move through white spaces and how do we codeswitch without constantly centering whiteness and an implicit desire to comfort white people? Chuks along with special return guest Lucy (ragstoreverie) - Kari is out for the week- address these questions and more on this week’s episode of Hyphenated on “Code Switching & Talking to White People”

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buhhhhhhh it’s me and my monotone voice again, this time with a throat infection (can’t wait til my health insurance kicks in, yayyy ‘murrica). yaaaah not pretty. but thanks so much to everyone who listened! it was fun “co-hosting” and I had a great convo with Chuks :))

one thing we were talking about after recording the podcast that I wish I said DURING the recording (i forgot to include it in my notes ugh) is that most of the AsianAm orgs we hear about - and many large social justice advocacy non-profits in general - are NOT grassroots orgs. They have missions to fulfill so they’re not likely to support groups and causes that don’t directly fall in with their organizational missions. Lack of capacity at these orgs is a really bad excuse for not showing solidarity, especially with grassroots Palestinian activists putting out a letter of solidarity with Ferguson. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAD TO WORRY ABOUT DAILY BOMBINGS AND MISSILE STRIKES THIS PAST SUMMER. Meanwhile over here, non-profit folks are concerned about capacity and organizational focus~

Really, they couldn’t even put out a two-sentence statement of support? Not even a tweet?!?!?!?

^ great point with regard to the silence of many Asian American orgs on Ferguson & Mike Brown

I generally am supportive, but the conversation around Asian Pacific American civil rights and social justice advocacy organizations staying silent isn’t necessarily the case. It seems more like these folks are unaware and haven’t done their research into this. Case in point, though many of the orgs don’t have the capacity to send out individual statements in solidarity with Ferguson, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, which represent 31 national Asian Pacific American organizations, have. As a coalition, they cannot send out statements without a majority decision to move forward with. And I may be biased, but OCA released a statement as well.

You may not hear much because the number of APA organizations that understand the issue within the context of race, criminality, profiling, and excessive use of police force is limited. And actually, there just aren’t that many APA organizations in general, especially larger national ones. NCAPA only has 31 member organizations, and it doesn’t accept local members. Great point from above? More like a limited analysis.

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Because I’m happy from New York and this song by Sinatra, which I probably sang wrong, is all about picking Yourself up.

New York Part 2: Romance

Just kidding!

Nothing complicated about it:

1) I want a serious, long-term relationship.

2) I don’t want to be anyone’s hookup or booty call, not anymore anyway.

3) And when I asked a friend, whom I have a strange history with, “Are you interested in me?” He shrugged and said “dunno” Second rejection from him? Moving on because see points one and two.

That’s it. Nothing complicated.