The Flying Turtle Journal

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

I finally am having this! One year later! Black sesame soup with mochi! #Yum! #Vacay

Question:

Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?

Answer:

Israel

Question:

Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing civilians including children?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States , according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S.?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

What country in the Middle East created millions of refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents from USA and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?

Answer:

Israel. Question: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a civilian U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana , Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid to the world yet is the 16th richest country in the world?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because “We control America ?”

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?

Answer:

Israel.

Question:

Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children?

Answer:

Israel.”

— Dr. Norman Finkelstein (via spiritfall-commune)

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The longer I work in Asian American spaces, the more I’ve come to hate the term Asian. As if it encompassed the multiple ethnic and cultural experiences and histories of the peoples that are holed into that stupid checkbox.

I am not Asian America. I am Southeast Asian. I am Hmong. At least, that’s what I’d like to say - but I work in politics, and numbers are half of what I do. But still, when you talk about Asian Americans - that is not who I am.

I am Hmong - a child whose roots run through the highlands of Laos to the lowlands of China - rebellious and nurtured to fight for our survival since the loss of our language to the warring states - colonized by the French and drafted as the eyes and ears on the ground for American troops.

I am Southeast Asian - torn from our countries by war, separated from families in the night into caged camps. Impoverished since our first steps onto American soils and continuing to struggle to live as people not quite brown enough to be brown, white enough to be white, nor Asian enough to be part of Asian American until Asian America became a political movement, tokenized and used to break glass ceilings when so many of us crave to just climb up from the cracked streets and shattered pavements around our home; to be free from criminalization of our brown bodies; to live the lives lost from our countries of origin.

I am not Asian American. I am Southeast Asian. I am Hmong. And I will scream until my last moments that though our struggles may be similar, they are not the same. We continue to be the peg for Asian American dollars, but not Asian American issues. Bystanders and victims of the movement we never chose to be a part of but have no choice but to be a part of. Remember that, Southeast Asia is not Asian America. Burn that into your skulls because we have never been benefactors of the Model Minority, but victims, bystanders, and pimped out data for middle American and glass ceiling shattering money.

npr:

NPR’s Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate an intensely emotional community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership.

Rev. Willis Johnson, the pastor of Wellspring Church, hosted a community conversation Thursday night that drew about 200 people to the church. In welcoming the audience, Johnson acknowledged he’s “gone from feeling hurt, to wanting to hurt,” but he said he hoped the event would be a step to healing a “community in trauma.”

Plea To Ferguson’s Leaders: To Help Heal, Acknowledge Our Hurt

Photo credit: Whitney Curtis for NPR

Johnson acknowledged he’s “gone from feeling hurt, to wanting to hurt.”

Has anyone else in the community/the work felt that way? Or has it just been me?

susiethemoderator:

jonsnowflakes:

Collegehumors’ new video is on point as always

It’s even funnier when you see the White Tears in the comment section saying EXACTLY what the actors say in the video.

Because LULZ and true.

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For My Mental and Emotional Health

I’m taking a break from everything this weekend to go to New York - to reflect on my life, try and insulate myself from social justice and civil rights work, and try and keep myself from checking my emails, the news, and continued stories and narratives about the policing and deaths of black and brown bodies.

But before I go, a message to the gaysians that I follow on Tumblr -

I get that these White dudes y’all be posting up are hot. They’re real attractive; I get it. But can you stop for like a day or two? Like maybe reblog the super hot Black dude or the Pacific Islander guy with hella swag? Like maybe - and I’m just throwing out ideas here and in no way want to dictate the way your blog works or express much of an opinion on your life experiences and your world view - but like, can we celebrate POC men and stop adoring already extra-loved White dudes?

Actually, fuck that, I am saying - fuck the gay worship of White dudes.

See y’all on Tuesday?

The Model Minority is a Lever of White Supremacy

Because the false assumption of “Asian Privilege” and the model minority is always brought up in race conversations used by White conversations…well, just White folks in general, as a racial crutch to debunk white privilege.

Also…I have the BIGGEST crush on the author, Scot Nakagawa, and I was so happy that he accepted our invitation to moderate a panel at our convention. I like #DIED shaking his hand. I’m just sad that I didn’t get more time to speak with him due to work because I’m such a fan of his stuff. He’s so socially conscious and critical. #MoldOfMyIdealPartner

thepeoplesrecord:

TW: Violence: Today, May 30, is the day four years ago that little Brisenia Flores and her father were murdered in Arivaca, Arizona by racist Neo-Nazi anti-immigrant vigilantes. Brisenia was shot point blank in the face during the home invasion and her father was killed and mother shot.
We must not forget, ever, what hate rhetoric can do. Remind people and be vigilant about what anyone espousing hate against another group of people can do and lead to.
Today, have a thought about this beautiful little 9 year old, her family, and the community who lost so much through this death that no one wants to remember or at that time that Obama and the media never mentioned or had any ceremony for to symbolically stand against hate, racism, and xenophobia.
Today, in Arizona Mexican American Studies has been banned, books have been boxed up and sent out of schools, and the state of Arizona is under police seige against anyone who is brown. If you haven’t been there to witness it yourself don’t think it’s not happening because from personal experience it is.
No more of the conintuing 500 year long war of extinction upon Indigenous people. It must end! - Three Sonorans
Minutement group leader Shawna Forde & Jason Bush were found guilty on eight counts & are on death row for plotting the deadly home invasion. Albert Gaxiola was found guilty of the murders & sentenced to life without parole. 

thepeoplesrecord:

TW: Violence: Today, May 30, is the day four years ago that little Brisenia Flores and her father were murdered in Arivaca, Arizona by racist Neo-Nazi anti-immigrant vigilantes. Brisenia was shot point blank in the face during the home invasion and her father was killed and mother shot.

We must not forget, ever, what hate rhetoric can do. Remind people and be vigilant about what anyone espousing hate against another group of people can do and lead to.

Today, have a thought about this beautiful little 9 year old, her family, and the community who lost so much through this death that no one wants to remember or at that time that Obama and the media never mentioned or had any ceremony for to symbolically stand against hate, racism, and xenophobia.

Today, in Arizona Mexican American Studies has been banned, books have been boxed up and sent out of schools, and the state of Arizona is under police seige against anyone who is brown. If you haven’t been there to witness it yourself don’t think it’s not happening because from personal experience it is.

No more of the conintuing 500 year long war of extinction upon Indigenous people. It must end! - Three Sonorans

Minutement group leader Shawna Forde & Jason Bush were found guilty on eight counts & are on death row for plotting the deadly home invasion. Albert Gaxiola was found guilty of the murders & sentenced to life without parole. 

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“Those who say “violence isn’t the answer” or “violence never solves anything” are the ones whom never were colonized, never raped, never made slaves, never experienced the weight of imperialism squashing their freedom and those whom never have been the non-beneficiaries of privilege.”

oca-advocates:

Know how we fight for immigration reform? #Beyonce #Yonce
 We woke up in the kitchen saying, “How the hell did this shit happen?” Oh baby, drunk in love we be all night. Join us today on Twitter at 1pm ET/10am PT to talk about how inaction on immigration reform hurts AAPIs and what we can do to demand relief! Use the hashtags #FightforFamilies and #AAPI to join the conversation. We be all night, love, love! #IFeelYaGirl #Looooove

oca-advocates:

Know how we fight for immigration reform? #Beyonce #Yonce


We woke up in the kitchen saying,
“How the hell did this shit happen?”
Oh baby, drunk in love we be all night.

Join us today on Twitter at 1pm ET/10am PT to talk about how inaction on immigration reform hurts AAPIs and what we can do to demand relief!

Use the hashtags #FightforFamilies and #AAPI to join the conversation.

We be all night, love, love! #IFeelYaGirl #Looooove

Response to a Prompt #1

"If you could change one thing, just one thing in your past, what would it be?"

Right now, I’m just listening to Arianna Grande songs over and over, so my blog posts may all be a response to the questions she brings up in my own head. But a friend asked me the above prompt, and to help me out, I’m listening to “Almost is Never Enough.”

Generally, I don’t regret anything in my life. Although I’m flawed, I’ve come to realize that that makes me human (thanks anime), and I like who I am now, though I will continue to grow and change.

But…if there was one thing that I could change about my past, I would’ve told, in person, Sam before he left for New York that “He was the best conversation I’ve had in a very, very long time. And though we were just friends, I probably would have said yes if he ever asked for anything more. I’ve always  found him to be the most intellectually challenging, and thus, attractive man I’ve met in DC - from the first time we met and talked about the nature of faith and fact to the last days before he left, when we debated the technicalities of the Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder and what that meant for the future of voting and civil rights.”

I would have said, “Sam, I like you, and I’m sad to see you leave. Who will I talk about the nature of everything and nothing with now? One day, I hope, you and I will be the same city. And I would be stable enough to handle a real relationship and you would be ready to date. Until then, goodbye, my friend.”

I don’t have regrets. But if there was one thing I would have to change in my life, I would have said the above lines earlier this year.

R. grabbed my waist and kissed me in front of the hotel lobby. He started to walk away, but something swelled up inside of me, and I pulled him back in and pressed my lips against his. “I dont want to leave, but I have to. I’ll see you later tonight, after the gala and all the post-conference stuff I have to deal with.” I watched R. walk away. We hadn’t seen each other for six months, except for the few times my phone would light up with his picture telling me he was on the other end waiting to FaceTime with me. “12:30,” he texted me. “Is that too late for you?” I agreed. I wanted to see him.

A little past midnight, I get a phone call from a number I don’t recognize. “Hey, it’s me, D. I’m using my friend’s phone because I don’t get service. Um…what are you up to? My friends are all inside the rave, but they won’t let me in because my ID’s expired,” he said to me. We had stopped seeing each other around April. But every now and again, he shows up in my life. “I’m sorry. If you’re busy, it’s alright. I’ll figure something out. Don’t worry.” He hung up. I was supposed to see R. But D was in trouble, and he…he needed someone to bail him out again. 

"Hey, R. I can’t go out tonight," I call as I sat in a cab going towards Northeast DC, a place where even the metro tracks don’t run. "I’m sorry. I can’t see you off before you leave again for Hong Kong. I have to go help my friend." And I did. I had to help my friend - one that I’ve locked lips with; held hands with; laid together with. I couldn’t just leave D by himself with no metro close by; no working phone; and no direction of where to go. I let R go so that I could make sure that D was safe - even though we were just friends now. Just friends.

- - -

I first heard this song last night, I couldn’t help but feel the bandages wrapped around my heart unravel. “Just a little bit of your heart,” she sings. She doesn’t question what he does or who he’s with, but she knows that his heart isn’t all there. And it’s okay. She knows it’s pathetic. But just a little bit, just a little more, the feeling that lingers is that maybe, just maybe, he’ll love me. If I can have just a small piece of him, then maybe he’ll love me. At first, I thought the song hit home because it reminded me of how I loved at 20.

But as I listened closer to it, I remember R asking me once, “Hey, Kham. If I ever asked you out, would you be my boyfriend.” And I said, “Depends, you’d have to as me in person.”

D once said to me, “I really like you. But we should stop this is if isn’t going anywhere. I don’t want either of us to hurt.” And I…I can’t even remember what I said to him.

"I miss talking to you already."
"Do you have time this weekend?"
"Want to go grab a pizza after this?"
"I really like you."
"I know that you’re probably seeing other people, but I hope you’re still single when I see you again."

All words said to me by different men at different times. And as I sat on my steps, listening to this song, I realized that the reason why my heart breaks when I hear Arianna’s words is because I have turned into the man I loved at 20. Because I am toxic to the lives of other men. Because I can’t give them all of me. Because they’re asking for a just a little bit of me, knowing full well that they’re not the only one, and I’m not even willing to give them that much.

I’m sad when I hear those slow notes because I am not a victim but an active and destructive man in the lives of other men. But now, I want to be able to give, if even, just a little bit of my heart to someone. I think I may have, but it’s over. We’re just friends.

William Bratton: Investigate Ryo Oyamada's Death

jspark3000:

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Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run.  Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph.  The released footage by NYPD was proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp. 

On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture.  I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive.  But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency.  Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up. 

Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case.  *Edit*  This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police.  Please advise, it is highly disturbing. 

And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.

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My friend and fellow board member said I needed a headshot for our website, so he took a few.