like yes it’s important to criticize revisionist narratives of culture and/or history, but suggesting that those in the diaspora don’t care about their heritages by buying into those narratives solves nothing, and even further trivializes the legitimacy of the identities of those within the diaspora.
also, people in the (specifically western) diaspora grow up internalizing so much harmful thinking as a result of living under oppressive hegemonic powers, and while i’m not excusing complete ignorance or hatred, i think that, to certain extents, those who have lived or do live outside of the diaspora need to be more cognizant of this and sympathize with how those within it will buy into revisionist narratives of our culture and history, simply because of how those same narratives are the ones that have been afforded to so many of us throughout the majority of our educational careers.
i am always forever feeling like i’m “not a real south asian” for having never actually been anywhere in south asia
it’s like i live a perpetual identity crisis, constantly trying to reconcile my identity as a nepali, gujarati, having divorced parents (which is uncommon for south asians), and having spent my entire life in the US… like it’s terrible when people try to belittle the experiences of those in the diaspora, and even worse when we’re made fun of or seen as over-dramatic for being so invested in trying to reconcile our identities… if you make fun of those in the diaspora for being “lost” or anything to that effect, i want nothing to do with you tbh
we read a good piece by june jordan about this in our one class
ooh, i’ll have to check it out sometime :-o
i can’t imagine how annoying it must be for ppl in the west indies to have tourists in their countries constantly…. like the of majority people that are actually from the west indies don’t even get to relax on those fancy ass resorts!!!
UUGHHHHH I HATE BOYS
but how could you hate prabal gurung?
i mean just look at him
”I hate capitalism.” typed the communist individual on their MacBook Pro, a product that is a result of capitalism.”I hate feudalism.” wrote the burgher with their printing press, a product that is a result of feudalism.
"there is only one G*d" said the early christians as they traveled through roman roads, a product of a pagan empire.
prabal gurung is really good looking ngl
We all know the Aztecs by that name, but it was not actually a name that they ever called themselves. The Westerners who came up with the name ‘Aztecs’ likely took it from one of the original places that the Aztecs lived around the twelve century, called Aztlan, which was in the Northern part of Mexico. However, the Aztecs themselves actually referred to themselves as Mexica, which is actually where the name for the country of Mexico originally came from.
Mexica (Meh-shee-kah) is the original Nahuatl (the so-called Aztec language) way of pronouncing Mexican, Mexicano, Chicano and Chicana. The Mexica was the last of our great Anahuac civilizations (1325 to 1521). Mexica is the only one of our cultures and civilizations which has enough surviving material from which we can reconstruct our Anahuac nation. The Mexica were victims of an ethnocide that left no one today who can authentically call themselves Mexica, much like in Italy there is no one who can authentically call themselves Roman. Therefore, the rest of us who have lost all of our civilization identity and culture or tribal identity and culture, and even those of us who have a civilization or tribal identity, can and should embrace Mexica identity as a collective identity for all of us that we use in order to reconstruct our Anahuac nation and as a means of Liberation. Mexica is our point of unity and our means of reconstructing all of our nation.
Nican Tlaca is our Nahuatl (Mexica) language way of saying “We the people here”, in reference to all of us who are Indigenous to Cemanahuac (what Europeans call “the Western Hemisphere”) and more specific to Anahuac which is the northern part of Cemanahuac (which is called “North America”). Nican Tlaca refers to all of the people of our race in the “Western Hemisphere”. We are not Indians or indios because those are the people of a nation called India!
#MEXICA #MEXICAN #INDIGENOUS #INDIGENOUSROOTS #nicantlaca #indigenouswarrior #1500s #mexicapride #brownpride #AMERICANHISTORY #vivamexico #mexicolindo
“The Mexica were victims of an ethnocide that left no one today who can authentically call themselves Mexica, much like in Italy there is no one who can authentically call themselves Roman. Therefore, the rest of us who have lost all of our civilization identity and culture or tribal identity and culture, and even those of us who have a civilization or tribal identity, can and should embrace Mexica identity as a collective identity for all of us that we use in order to reconstruct our Anahuac nation and as a means of Liberation. Mexica is our point of unity and our means of reconstructing all of our nation.”
This really rubs me the wrong way, and I won’t get into a long explanation of why b/c I have talked about why this rubs me the wrong way, but a shortened version:
No the Mexica aren’t dead, their descendants (the Nahua people) are still alive and well. and many can still speak their language, so stop referring to them in the past tense. Also, it is important that indigenous people have solidarity, but not at the cost of sacrificing and disregarding our own unique identities, traditions and histories, that is not solidarity.
Today at 12:22pm
As some of you may know, Modi is visiting NYC on Sept. 28. A protest has been planned to oppose Modi’s welcome reception. “On September 28th, by celebrating Narendra Modi, the Indian American community will disregard the memories of the thousands who were killed, raped and displaced in Gujarat in 2002 and excuse genocidal Islamophobia. The Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA) stand in protest and condemn the prestige falsely handed to Narendra Modi. Regardless of his political office, we demand that Narendra Modi face a courtroom and a judge for his crimes against humanity! ” We hope you can make it. SASI is a leading member of AJA. In the meantime, we have found out that there may be a video projected as an opening to reception showing portraits of Indian American families as an anthem to show journeys of diaspora. This cannot happen. We should not let our history be copied into support for a hateful ideology and its leader, Modi. As a counter to a video —we have made a alternate tumbler page where we are asking Indian families here to submit a photo with their families voicing opposition to Modi agenda. Please post photos, quoted and tell everyone you know to do the same. We need to populate this with as many photos as possible. Please post your photo and spread the word!