Author Archives: Cassie

Kumu Hina (2014) film notes

this is the second time i’ve seen this!! 🙂 mahu -> third gender (hawaiian) hina wong-kalu -> hula teacher at lahau lokahi colonization fucked up hawaii’s aloha -> US missionaries condemned hula + other practices -> “after 200 years of colonization… we … Continue reading

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pasifika lecture notes

polynesia, micronesia, melanesia purpose of this lecture: to bring awareness to an erased peoples oral traditions being a big reason why pasifika peoples aren’t well-known why did i join this program? -> to learn more about myself and other asian/pi … Continue reading

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lilo and moana (pt 2): disney and limited worldviews

it was ironic that i posted something about lilo and moana last week and that we discussed both of those movies in the pasifika lecture (that i will be posting notes on after this post!). i feel like i didn’t … Continue reading

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on cross-cultural connections: a guided meditation

lets set some things straight for everyone: having a connection or being able to relate to an experience of a culture outside of your own does not equate to being part of said culture. your partner is a person of … Continue reading

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Mississippi Masala (1991) film notes

rated R for “sensuality” all asian ppl getting forced out of Uganda -> “africa is for africans. black africans” (true!!!) ->immigration + asian communities as they leave “take whatever you want from the house” dad crying, doesn’t explain why they’re … Continue reading

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lilo and moana: brown girls on screen

  as a kid, i only saw myself reflected in media a few times, and that was through dora the explorer, pocahontas, aladdin and lilo and stitch. there are some serious problems with at least two of these movies and my family associating baby me … Continue reading

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on language and code switching

this week’s reading of wild meat and the bully burgers made me think a lot about how we use our words, especially in college settings. i’m thankful for the lack of restrictions in our blog posts, because in this space that is … Continue reading

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short notes on The Beautiful Country (2005) film viewing

 

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cosplay and colorism: on cosplaying while poc

i’ve been cosplaying for a while now. i think i started getting into the art form (yes, i call it an art form. it takes a lot more work than you would think!) around middle school. i had a friend … Continue reading

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criminal activity, military service, boxing: on survival tactics in the US

content warning (CW): abandonment, drug mention, descriptions of abuse, death, police, war these books really get me thinking about everything i’ve gone through in my life thus far, and it doesn’t feel like it sometimes, but 20 years is a … Continue reading

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