|where'd you leave your identity?
||[Jan. 23rd, 2007|02:34 pm]
I actually really enjoy the critical issues in journalism course I am forced to take, despite leaving the class all heated and sweaty and angry. It's really frustrating how people won't accept or acknowledge the fact that we are still a white dominated society. It's a game made and played by white people and - yes, by living in Canada - you are offered an equal opportunity to participate in said game...but to actually advance along in it, you have to conform and act white or, in the very least, pretend you're white-washed. That's just how it works.|
our government is run by white men. the country was built on a white legal system supporting the christian religion, in efforts to serve justice to the white man. ryerson university is run by a board of white men. our journalism faculty is run by white men and white women (+ Vinita, +adrian, our asian secretary,) who teaches an overrall white journalism student body. our news networks are owned and run by white people, and our society adopts the white ideologies: white = normal; minorities = equal...well, if they act white enough.
let's move on: in terms of social networks, to make your way to the top of the social hierachy - you have to pretend you're a white girl. You have to hang out with the white girls, you have to abandon your culture [to a certain extent] and perform a societal ideal...which is: BEING A PRETTY WHITE GIRL WHO KNOWS HOW TO PLAY THE GAME. (and don't you forget that - to be pretty is to be white; otherwise you're ethnic, exotic and/or a pretty representitive of whatever race you were born into.)
...and I'm relatively good at the game. break the asian stereotypes, pretend you're not so asian, never speak the language in public, associate with as few asians as possible and think and speak and breathe and behave like a white girl. this is how you land jobs. this is how you make friends. this is how you gaurantee yourself in a decent slot in our "culturally diverse and accepting" society.
yeah, and then you have the white girls who get all defensive and try to prove how ethnically diverse they are by counting all their minority friends on a hand in efforts to show how accepting they are. bare in mind, these counted representitives are usually white washed and have already advanced to level three in the game.
This is to be a part of the majority. This is how you get into the dominating society...otherwise, if you wish you maintain your own beliefs and practise your preferred non-white culture - they have communities for you. They have little pockets in the city - areas for "your people" to hang out and do what you gotta do. It's called segregation. It's called truth. It's called CULTURAL CENTRES...
because canadian culture is the norm. and what is the norm? being white. being white in canada is the norm. thank god i lucked out and made it in the game.
oh wait, that's right - i'm asian.
just an asian girl who thinks like a white girl.
...almost just as good.