a bevy of ramblings

raaawrbin:

stirringwind:

raaawrbin:

I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.

You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.

Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.

A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.

So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.

As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.

Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.

First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.

Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.

You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.

You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.

Just to add on- Hong Kong is one of the rare examples where it did kind of end up being better off under colonial rule. And before I get jumped on for being a neo-colonialist- I’m saying that as a person with Chinese ancestry whose great grandparents left China because of the accumulated poor situation caused by the Opium Wars and political strife in the early 1900s. Do not dichotomise conflicts outside the world as “White people oppressing POC”. Yes Chinese people have been victims at the hands of the British, then the Japanese- but today the Chinese government is culpable in corruption and human rights abuses- even against its own citizens in the mainland. There were thousands of disturbances last year in China over various issues like land grabs, corruption and pollution. The government has also been oppressing ethnic minorities like the Tibetans and Muslim Uighurs. What you see happening here in Hong Kong is another pattern in the behaviour of an authoritarian government that really needs to be held more accountable.  

Yes, the Opium Wars fucked China up, but the Communists really ruined the country during the 1950s onwards with the disastrous Great Leap Forward. There was a horrible famine caused by state mismanagement- and by the end of it all, it’s estimated anywhere from 18 million to 45 million Chinese died. Far more than died in WW2. And then of course, the infamous Cultural Revolution where there were basically witch-hunts which just caused enormous upheaval and strife, where people were “outed” as “bourgeois” or capitalists or whatever and imprisoned, tortured and publicly humiliated. University students and professors were accused of being traitors. Even the Communist Party today acknowledges it was a complete disaster. While all of this was going on, by comparison, Hong Kong flourished under British rule.

The China you see today that is the world’s second largest economy is a product of Deng Xiaoping’s reform in the 1970s- which involved throwing out huge parts of the Communist economic policies to embrace capitalism- and putting a stop to the blind and rigid adherence to Communist ideology. Economically, China is in many ways very open to capitalism BUT politically, the government is pretty authoritarian still. And quite capable of oppression.

Do not lionise the Chinese government as this heroic “POC” country standing up to “white supremacy”, give them a free pass, or somehow think whatever they do cannot be as bad as Western imperialism. People with my skin colour are perfectly capable of oppression when they have institutional power. And they darned well better be called out for it. 

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kateordie:

A short note on the Geek Girl Illuminati shirt/patch - several people have asked if, despite not being or identifying as a Geek Girl, they could wear this shirt. My answer is a resounding YES. I made this shirt as what I hoped was a positive and encouraging response to the way women are sometimes viewed and treated in geek culture. I think of it as the opposite of this shirt. I’m not meaning it to be antagonistic, but I don’t mind if it is a little intimidating.
I chose the phrase “we’ve got your back” because it works on a few levels - for those Geek Girls wearing it, it’s a symbol of encouragement; a celebration of women in comics, gaming, writing, art, cosplay, etc. For those who simply love and appreciate the Geek Girls in their lives and media, “we’ve got your back” means solidarity and is, I hope, an expression of support.
There’s a lot of negativity towards women in geekdom, and there’s understandably the want to scream and yell about how awful it can be. I feel that on a weekly basis at least - for myself or someone I like - but I want to focus on the power that comes from supporting each other and working to make the industry better, bit by bit. I like to think that someone wearing this shirt would come to your table if you looked like you were in trouble, or would intervene at a bar if someone was being a creep, or would speak out online against misogyny, or would just make an effort to seek out and celebrate women’s contributions to the nerd world.
I know that’s a lot to ask from a t-shirt, but that was my thinking when I made it, and I made it inspired by the communities I’ve found both online and off for women in comics. They make me feel powerful!
Plus, MRAs will hate it and it looks pretty badass.
LINK

kateordie:

A short note on the Geek Girl Illuminati shirt/patch - several people have asked if, despite not being or identifying as a Geek Girl, they could wear this shirt. My answer is a resounding YES. I made this shirt as what I hoped was a positive and encouraging response to the way women are sometimes viewed and treated in geek culture. I think of it as the opposite of this shirt. I’m not meaning it to be antagonistic, but I don’t mind if it is a little intimidating.

I chose the phrase “we’ve got your back” because it works on a few levels - for those Geek Girls wearing it, it’s a symbol of encouragement; a celebration of women in comics, gaming, writing, art, cosplay, etc. For those who simply love and appreciate the Geek Girls in their lives and media, “we’ve got your back” means solidarity and is, I hope, an expression of support.

There’s a lot of negativity towards women in geekdom, and there’s understandably the want to scream and yell about how awful it can be. I feel that on a weekly basis at least - for myself or someone I like - but I want to focus on the power that comes from supporting each other and working to make the industry better, bit by bit. I like to think that someone wearing this shirt would come to your table if you looked like you were in trouble, or would intervene at a bar if someone was being a creep, or would speak out online against misogyny, or would just make an effort to seek out and celebrate women’s contributions to the nerd world.

I know that’s a lot to ask from a t-shirt, but that was my thinking when I made it, and I made it inspired by the communities I’ve found both online and off for women in comics. They make me feel powerful!

Plus, MRAs will hate it and it looks pretty badass.

LINK

mangakachan:

Guess my Muse is still pretty caught up on paper crafting. -_- I was so pumped about working on this piece that I got it done in 48 hours, but I’m now paying for it with a massive headache, blurry eyes, and sore shoulders. @_@

I had wanted to do a Princess Tutu paper craft, but I had trouble with composing the piece. I had already bought some shinny gold foil paper for Tutu’s crown, and thinking about what I can do with it, I remembered this artwork from the fifth Sailor Moon artbook, and I thought it would be perfect for Galaxia. In some ways making a paper craft based on existing artwork is easier, as the drawing is already there, but in other ways it’s also harder, because there are angles and details that are hard to replicate in paper form. Still, I think recreating Naoko Takeuchi’s art in paper is pretty fun, and I’m hoping to make another one just not in 48 hours.

I had initially wanted to imitate the background in the original artwork, but unlike 2D art, paper craft is 3D, and with no line art visible the paper figure fades into the background. So I chose to use a black background with some gold art deco inspired borders, which I felt was well suited for Galaxia’s nickname, The Golden Queen.

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tealeafsketch:

Moon Crisis Sailor Scouts

Laser-engraved onto wood panels, watercolor, gouache, and color pencil.

9” x 12” ea.

2014

These are my laser-engraved illustrations done for the Moon Crisis: Sailor Moon Tribute Art Show held at Rothick Art Haus in Anaheim from July 2014 to August 2014. Tomorrow, or today now, August 9th at 6 PM, is the second opening reception, so I thought I’d share these on tumblr. :)

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yutaan:

Workin’ on commissions and thought this part looked pretty good, even all on its own. Sooo, BACKGROUND! MOON! TA-DAH!

yutaan:

Workin’ on commissions and thought this part looked pretty good, even all on its own. Sooo, BACKGROUND! MOON! TA-DAH!

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