…and I told him I’m really grateful to be alive. If it wasn’t for him and my late mom I wouldn’t be alive. Seriously. I told my dad that I’m happy he is still around in my life. If both my parents were gone now I don’t know what I would be doing. Who would I turn to? I know I have my brother too but seriously with no parent…I would be more lost than I am now with my life.
I’m thankful everyday. Not just today on thanksgiving. And I already know that this day is a bullshit holiday. The very first thanksgiving was only colonizers who had just finished off killing 700 Native Americans and decided to have a feast afterwards. Fuck you and your fake holiday. What I’ll take from this fake holiday is recognizing more of what I’m thankful for. I call my dad every week and message my brother at least every other week. I wish my mom was around cuz I would do the same. On a thanksgiving day I’ll just reiterate how much I love everyone just as I would any other day.
What I did today actually (Japan time) was not do much during the day due to my menstrual cycle starting. But on my way to work I saw this homeless guy who I always pass by on my way to work. Finally it came across to me that instead of just passing him by I should buy a warm meal and drink for him. Today was extremely cold and I felt it in my bones. Although I’m still not doing so well for myself, he is doing worse than me. Why not buy a 300yen ($3-$4) meal for him. I can afford it and he would appreciate it. I got 3 free dinners this weeks. Why not give him something. I wish no one in this world is homeless but there are those who are.
Recently I’ve been reading a lot about many important topics and being more aware of things. I want to be more helpful to others. I feel I will be in the future. Today was a start. I have 2 more dinners to give away. The next 2 homeless people I see I will give them something because I know I can afford to give them at least a 300yen meal/drink.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING YALL (EVERYDAY IS A DAY OF THANKS)
The True Story Of Thanksgiving -
"The first Thanksgiving Day did occur in the year 1637, but it was nothing like our Thanksgiving today. On that day the Massachusetts Colony Governor, John Winthrop, proclaimed such a “Thanksgiving” to celebrate the safe return of a band of heavily armed hunters, all colonial volunteers. They had just returned from their journey to what is now Mystic, Connecticut where they massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Seven hundred Indians - men, women and children - all murdered.This day is still remembered today, 373 years later. “ No, it’s been long forgotten by white people, by European Christians. But it is still fresh in the mind of many Indians. A group calling themselves the United American Indians of New England meet each year at Plymouth Rock on Cole’s Hill for what they say is a Day of Mourning. They gather at the feet of a stature of Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag to remember the long gone Pequot. They do not call it Thanksgiving. There is no football game afterward.
one of the worst things about becoming educated on social issues is when people are like ‘you used to have a sense of humor’
no i used to have internalized prejudices which i’ve worked really hard to overcome and i realize now that your jokes are shitty
I definitely feel like this. My opinions on things have changed, etc, and I just shake my head at my past self when I think back to it. -_-
voyagebound asked: List 10 facts about yourself -pass on to 10 of your favorite followers
1. I did track and field for 10 years - And I still have my track body after 5 years of not doing it anymore. Luckily my genes will allow me to stay slim unless I start eating terribly bad which I will not allow myself to do. But to keep my track muscles is another story. I still haven’t found a way to stay motivated to workout. You’d think after 10 years I’d be able to just up and run every morning but I actually hate running. I was a short distance runner so running for more than 10minutes is dreadful for me.
2. I started being attracted to asian guys in elementary school - thanks to my brother’s hot Filipino friend. Although, I never dated an asian guy seriously. Even me living in Japan I’ve never dated any guy here seriously. Always when someone asks me why I haven’t had a boyfriend since living here they ask if I don’t like Japanese guys. I haven’t been in many relationships to begin with, so even if a potential guy is Japanese or not, I just haven’t met someone who matched. But I would like to experience an international love relationship with someone. Preferably a Japanese guy but it doesn’t have to be.
3. I’m interested in lot of serious topics - but I have a hard time expressing my opinions about them. (For example; cultural appropriation, racism, sexism, many ism’s and such) I envy those who are so eloquent with their words and express their strong opinion. I always feel like I’m flip flopping all the time. I like to understand all sides of each story but never seem to really choose a point of view I can concretely express. I probably seem uneducated to some in conversation but I just try to take in everything before expressing. Therefore I’d be terrible at debates.
4. I LOVE Japanese dramas - even really corny ones. There are some really really bad ones I can’t even sit through but I just love them. I love them ore than US TV shows. They are short and sweet. I haven’t watched a US series seriously in over 3 years and I don’t feel like I’m missing out.
5. I’m starting to believe I was Japanese in my past life - It’s not even that I want to be Japanese. I love who I am and I’m not ashamed of where I came from and my family’s background (from the Caribbean). I just realized there are a lot of things I did before coming to Japan that was very Japanese-like in retrospect. Also many things that bother other foreigners just never bother me.
6. My favorite number is 8 - When I was 5 it was 5 then when I was 6 it was 6. When I was 7 it was 7 and then I turned 8 and it hasn’t changed. I think the fact that my birthday is in August and I have many 8’s in my SS# and my favorite channel back in the day was 18 (Nickelodeon) I figured 8 shouldn’t change as my favorite number. It’s probably a sign.
7. I also think I was a cat in one of my past lives - I’m a Leo (August baby) and born on the year of the Tiger (Chinese calendar) and I LOVE cats and I look like a lion sometimes depending on how I put my dreads. Soooo yea I was a cat.
8. Even though I said ‘past life’ twice in this post I don’t believe in any actual religion - I believe in something but it’s not an institutionalized, systematic, or real religion. It’s just something like a hodgepodge of things I believe in and don’t really share with others. I guess it’s more spiritual if you want to put a label on it.
9. If I ever have children I would like a boy first then a girl - I think being a younger sister of an older brother is what made me want that. Nothing else. But I know that I can’t decide that. I’d be happy with whichever comes first.
10. I would like to do a farm/home-stay someday in Japan - because I’d love to learn how to be self sufficient with growing and making my own food. I can read a lot on the internet and books but actually doing it is a bit of dream I know I can make a reality someday.
Stop asking about how Japanese people in Japan feel about Katy Perry's performance -
I see this all the time when people call out cultural appropriation and racist bullshit in the US or other western countries.
"Oh but look at netizens in Korea, they think it’s cute!"
"Chinese international students at my university don’t even think this is such a big deal."
"Look at these comments from Japanese twitter accounts, they love it!!!!"
"Do people in Malaysia even care? Stop making such a big deal out of this. We blow everything out of proportion."
That. Is. Not. The. Point.
First of all, this is analogous to “my *insert poc* friend thinks it’s okay, so it must be” except you’ve extended it to the entire fucking foreign country. And no, it’s not okay. It is not okay because those individuals don’t even LIVE in the country where this is all occurring. Japanese people from Japan did not grow up watching their parents get made fun of for their accented English. They did not grow up having American classmates scrutinize the breakfast or lunch that they bring from home.
This is not about the international community. This is about the Asian American community here. WE are here. WE have grown up here being bullied by the rest of you for our food, our clothing, and the traditions we attempt to celebrate with our loved ones. WE are the ones who had to feel ashamed of our parents or grandparents for not being “American” enough. WE are the ones who hated our “flat faces” or “slanted” eyes or “smelly” lunch food.
AND THEN. After all that we have attempted to do to reject our culture to become more like you, YOU have the fucking audacity to TAKE what you’ve TAUGHT us to reject, and USE it to raise your NON-Asian self to the next level of approval from your peers. And suddenly, everyone loves what you’ve done our culture. YOU are the expert, not us. Our culture is so cool. Our culture is so fashionable. But only when it’s not on our hands.
So when Asian Americans are telling you that it’s racist, and you try to trump our words with those from across the seas, shut up. Seriously. Shut up. Our parents when they came here were from across the seas, and you didn’t give a shit about their words when they came here. You did your best to silence them with your hate. My heritage is from across the seas and you had no problem criticizing me for it when I was growing up. So why is it okay for Katy Perry to parade around like that? Especially since there were so many (TOO many) inaccuracies in her portrayal too?
Stop missing the fucking point.
Must add more ginger and coconut in my life
Seaweed Superfoods | FOODMATTERS® -
The more I read about the benefits of Japanese foods the more I’m happy I’m living here. Easy access and healthy as fuuuuuuuuq lol
African American Youth Travel Program -
I wanted to let you know about a really exciting program I’m apart of over here in Japan. It’s called African American Youth Travel Program.
If you’re interested: