opinion corner

All our members are very on the ball when it comes to highlighting issues of discrimination in today’s society. This week’s opinion comes from one of our extremely dedicated members- Reynaldo Budhi. Thanks for sharing!

“I personally think that discrimination around the world has its main origin in Hollywood movies and mainstream entertainment programming. If you travel to movie theaters in different countries, you’ll see that everyone watches Hollywood movies. Generally, the first exposure to foreigners that most people have is from watching these movies and TV. Unfortunately, Hollywood itself is rife with discrimination. Here’s an article entitled, “25 minority Characters that Hollywood Whitewashed”. Of course, there is no reason to discriminate, especially in education. I’m just pointing out where I believe much of it originates.”

microaggressions

Here is a very interesting article published in the Cornell Chronicle regarding how Asian-Americans often feel racial ‘microaggressions’.

We often hear and talk about microaggressions experienced by “foreign” looking teachers in Taiwan. We’d love it if teachers of Asian descent could share their experiences of microaggressions here in the comments below.

Thank you to Andrew Burning for sharing this.

6 Rules for Allies

An absolute must watch. This is so right on.

6 Rules for Allies (to LGBT people, women, racial minorities, etc…):

1) It is not sufficient to be liberal (be a warrior, not a soldier)
2) Be loud and crazy: Speak out for those with less privilege. Relinquish your own privilege to create justice
3) Do not tell anyone in any oppressed group to “be patient.” Patience is not a political strategy.
4) Recognize institutional, structural, and covert ‘isms and oppression. Never invalidate when others say they have experienced discrimination.
5) When you are called out, welcome opportunities to see how your choices, ideas, and words may erase those of others. (You are not above reproach…)
6) Actively support alternative possibilities.

http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/6-rules-for-allies/

TADIT @ Tienmu market sale 6/22

So on Saturday 22nd June, TADIT had it’s first offline foray into the local community. We had two objectives:

1) Raise awareness of TADIT’s cause
2) Raise money to cover printing costs and to put towards future events.

We had 7 volunteers from the group come and help to sell the t shirts, dresses, books, bags and other bits and pieces that TADIT members had very generously donated.

Also, an extra special thank you to John Hung from Fudge whose amazing brownies almost caused a stampede and were literally sold out within minutes of being opened, it was a fantastic day and definitely a success.

First, we raised just over 4,000 NT which has covered the flyers (see below) and stickers we had printed for the occasion, plus the next batch of promotional literature which is already being put together, and maybe even a little left over to put towards next year’s Diversity Day.

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Second, it was the first time we had been able to interact with the local community and was an invaluable chance to speak to young kids, parents and other people of all ages about discrimination in Taiwan and TADIT’s goals. We handed out loads of flyers (in Chinese) and stickers and got people talking.

I think the biggest success story from the day would have to be the three Taiwanese twenty-somethings who, after reading our flyer, came back round to talk to us about the issue and then offered to walk round the market handing out our flyers and to come and help at any future events.

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The most important thing about this event was it served as a reminder that we need to get out and about and start talking to the local community about this issue. We will only be able to make real change if we work with them, not against them and Saturday’s event was a positive indication that people are ready to hear the message and even help the cause.
Thank you so much to all the amazing volunteers who gave up a whole day to help, and to everyone who so kindly donated. We still have some things left to sell and are planning to organize another event shortly so we may well put in another call for donations soon.

Here are some photos from our successful day.

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