challenging normative ideologies. reconstructing idealized criterion for levels of attractiveness. celebrating the diversity and beauty of those normally marginalized. paintings, photography, and other media forms. maybe even some historical discourse.
Why do some in society see women like me as targets to scoop off the street? Granted, as I did once make the mistake, there are times when we misplace trust and end up in compromising situations. But that doesn’t explain why an estimated 80 women and girls have been plucked off Manitoba streets since the 1920s and killed, raped or murdered – 600 across the country – according to the Native Women’s Association of Canada. Why is the rest of Canada not outraged and hurt by this national tragedy? It is now three years since an RCMP/Winnipeg police task force on the issue was announced. Since then, only one case has been solved and three more women have been murdered.
"I don’t pay attention to my review / heard all the rumours & what have you Started thinking that they really know you / but they don’t, they don’t If I fake my camera on you / had to see you from a different angle You probably wouldn’t recognize you / You won’t, you won’t
Cause when I’m givin’ you my heart and soul / you tell me it’s not enough When I’m lookin’ for something soft and sweet / you’re givin’ it to me rough One minute you build me up / next minute you let me fall So baby don’t lead me on / baby just turn me on
Tell me, tell me, Tell me how you want me tonight”
As an American I constantly think about the visibility of South Asians in America although it’s always North America. This clip is from a Brazilian telenovela called Caminho Das Indias about a Brazilian guy and an Indian girl from a conservative family. I wrote about it on my old blog. I tried to make sense of it - the Portuguese brought us Jesuit priests with Western art that caught the eye of the Mughals - and then I start all over. I recently recall turning on my tv and watching some of an episode dubbed in Spanish on Univision or Telemundo so I suppose the show has increased in popularity across Latin America. I remember learning early on the best time to ask your parents for anything was while they were watching their dramas. One of them, Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin, was an adaptation of Yo Soy Betty La Fea which Americans know as Ugly Betty. The dramatic family tales and editing effects are the same. The grandma in the rocking chair watching the telenovela a classmate called Daphne Perez mentioned in a junior high classroom in Queens when I was 12 was no different than mine. I realized that early on but haven’t thought about it much since. In Peru little kids choreograph and dance to Bollywood songs like my cousins and I would for Sweet 16s or weddings as children. They speak no Hindi but know which words mean what in the context of a song - “gori” = light-skinned = face rub; “churiyan” = bangles = banging wrists together; “dil” = heart = hand over heart. A Peruvian-American friend of mine and DJ for Das Racist in Seattle, Brian Tang, recently showed me his collection of DVDs. Something like “CINEMA DE HINDUS” was written across the top and “Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham” under a picture of Hrithik Roshan. We spoke about it and wondered who the first Peruvian dude with an Indian friend that watched one of these movies was and how he spread word. You can get Indian movies in any city bazaar in Lima. The article I just posted talked about the popularity of Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots in South Korea, where students could relate to the story of a group of students enrolled in a competitive engineering university with high suicide rates. Caminho das Indias has also popularized India in Brazil outside of folks tv screens. “The Indian-inspired bijoux used by Maya are now available everywhere, books about India stared to pop up on the best-selling list, the number of travels to India by Brazilians tourists increased dramatically and restaurants and even nightclubs with Indian themes started to open.” I’d love to learn more about those night clubs. I’m confident brownface isn’t something I’d have to worry about.