A collection of thoughts ... from a[n exploding] boy in Toronto.
I am encouraged and cautiously optimistic to see my Hong Kong people (I half kid with the “my” part) taking to the streets. Wishing all those involved safety, luck, and courage :)
I know a lot of fellow leftists have been skeptical about the nature of the protests in HK and whether it’s worth supporting. A lot of the criticism is legitimate (though there is also a caveat)….
Well said cautions/concerns and hopes from my friend Edward. Concerns that stood out to me:
- the oft racist, anti-mainlander (people from mainland China) sentiment in Hong Kong.
- Is there a sufficient economic critique integrated in the democracy movement? (“individualized consumerism so often seen as a mantra of HK society”)
- “The Umbrella Revolution must build a broad-based movement that supports the interests of all marginalized in HK society. Migrant Workers Associations have come out in solidarity … will HK-ers do the same?” - from another post by Edward
"Hesitation at supporting the umbrella revolution is not unfounded, but, for now anyways, I prefer to err towards the side of possibility, of opportunity."
Check out Edwarad’s post for a much more thorough, more optimistic elaboration :)
Cesar Chavez (2014)
I finally got to seeing this, which gave glimpses into the life of Cesar Chavez — the Mexican-American farm worker and later labour leader who co-founded the modern day United Farm Workers union. I had expected this film to get bigger somehow. Even though not “favourite” level for me, it was definitely enjoyable/inspiring/informative.
- Cesar Chavez was a vegan! And started a credit union!
- Also a reminder that pesticides harm workers!
- there seems to be a tension involving the erasure of the Filipino farmer-organizers who started the strike that later catapulted Chavez into fame (also a moment of Mexican and Filipino farm worker solidarity) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bino-a-realuyo/dear-filipino-organizers-cesar-chaves_b_5019283.html
(badass mural of ‘Filipino American labor leaders Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong in Filipino Town in Los Angeles’)
- Supposedly Chavez cooperated with the border authorities to keep out and/or deport Mexican workers brought in to break their strike; in addition to him using the racist language of “illegal aliens” and “wetbacks” in their union newsletter
- Supposedly Obama’s “Yes We Can” chant comes from Cesar Chavez (well, a slight variation). I’ve also heard it coming from elsewhere, too.
- the power of a boycott(?)
- Cesar had a more authoritarian organizing style. Was this needed?
- You don’t have to stay ‘successful’ to be remembered(?) Supposedly the United Farm Workers union later dipped in popularity and effectiveness.
Recently closed, but the Lusty Lady in San Francisco was formerly “the world’s only unionized worker owned peep show co-op.”
"if we want something done (employee manuals, new carpet, a soda machine) we have to do it ourselves. But the beauty of it is, we do. Somehow, the decision gets made and the new idea gets implemented and we get the new carpet. We figure out the problem and we move on to tackle the next one. We fight like siblings and when the smoke clears we realize how lucky we are to be fighting over hopes and dreams and plans for a business that is actually ours. It may not always be that way, because like most small businesses, any rogue wave could badly damage or even sink the ship. But today the Lusty Lady is ours to squabble over, to plan for, to dream about.”
Wandering Son was the best anime show I’ve seen of late (next to Avatar if we’re including it). I’m trying to find a “slice of life”-esque show of similar quality, but no luck so far. I’m not opposed to some sci-fi aspects. But I really don’t care for a super action-y anime with explosions and guns and all, and that’s devoid of substance.
Appa, pensive. On seeing the open skies, he contemplates flight…
SOPHIE - BIPP
This song is ridiculous and weiiird, but I am endeared. It also just might make you feel better.
“a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects, designed by Athens based architect Katerina Kamprani.”
Simultaneously frustrating and endearing.
“Why tiki, and why now? The culture is as much lifestyle as it is art, and its revival may be an antidote to the frantic pace of a wired generation seeking comfort from a primitive [sic?] haven at home. Perhaps the trend reflects a desire for a simpler time, tinged with a nostalgia that author Dennis Coupland, who coined the term Generation X, first described as a longing for experiences we never had, a hunger to be part of a previous generation." — from Tiki Drinks by Adam Rocke
And then there’s the catchy, ending credits song (sang by the main actress and actor!) that’s becoming all too familiar — “All Of Our Friends Are Getting Married”
A super fresh, more realistic rom-com on open relationships. Similar to ‘Medicine for Melancholy’ (also shot in San Francisco) I like how it shows representations not typically seen in other movies. Firstly, a predominately Asian-American cast, but also the somewhat smug, politically progressive main couple who shop at farmers markets and go to their local, independent bookstore and theatre; and they even reference the book “The Ethical Slut.” I think the movie is better than the trailer.
You can watch the full movie here:http://www.movshare.net/video/88f0448770bb0