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This started out as the long rambly story on how fandom taught me feminist theory, and has instead devolved into "Why I am a Feminist" mashed up with "My Views on Feminism."

I still remember with shame when I told my friend feminism was 'the idea that girls are better than boys.' )
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I am a second-generation Chinese American who’s relatively assimilated into American culture while still relatively Confucian at heart. I’m fortunate enough to be more or less fluent in Mandarin Chinese (enough to hold a limited conversation, not enough to get into debates) with decent reading/writing skills when it comes to Simplified Chinese, less so with Traditional. I grew up in the Midwest, where most of the Chinese families knew each other, and go to school in California, where there are Asian Americans all over the place.

I’m writing this post for the third Asian Women Blog Carnival.

I’ve meant to submit posts to the first and second Asian Women Blog Carnivals only I was unable to do so at the last minute. This has been for a variety of reasons. A large part is that I’m lazy and I procrastinate. I blink, and the deadline’s passed and I’m too late. A decent part is because I have many things I want to talk about, many events in my life and personal details I want to lay out before you and say, “This is what I have been through; am I the only one?” It is hard for me to choose just one.

And then there’s when I look at what I’ve planned and realized that I’ve revealed too much and I’m not comfortable with opening up quite so much.

This is not what I meant to write about when I started out, but it is something I have meant to write about for a while, so it will have to do.

The Perfect Chinese Daughter Syndrome. )

Endnote: I should probably explain that I spent this past weekend with my dad's old classmates and their children and it was perhaps the first time in my life I'd been so out-performed by so many Perfect Chinese Daughters. And that kind of inspired this.
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It's International Blog Against Racism Week. And this post has been in the making for a while. So I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone.

Avatar: the Last Airbender, the live-action film is coming out sometime this year and I'm not going to go see it in theatres. I will encourage my friends not to see it in theatres. I won't buy it, or rent it, or view it in any legitimate way. I make no promises about illegal downloads/streaming, but I refuse to spend a single cent that will go back to Paramount as a result of this film.

Because I think it's a travesty.

And this is why. )

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