hi everyone, i just joined the community so thought i'd do a quick intro...
my name is sabrina, i'm 21, half japanese and half scottish, born & raised in vancouver currently living in toronto canada. to be honest, i'm kind of confused about my sexuality right now. i've dated both women and men, although currently i feel myself being more attracted to women.
anyway, i'm looking forward to contributing to the community and all that jazz!
SO... any mixed-race or multiracial people out there? or people who are transnationally or transracially abducted? who also happen to fall into the realm of genderqueer or trans? and are queer/bisexual/pansexual? yeah? yeah?
im presenting a paper at the Lewis and Clark College Gender Studies Symposium and MY piece is roughly about the fluidity of race, gender, sexuality, etc. part of my thinking and deduction of my own experiences is that mixed race people have to recognize the fluidity of race from the very beginning of their introduction to society and this causes for refusal to fall into polar identities whether it be sexual or gender orientation. some people have already written about queer mixed race people, the stuff i've seen being hapa-oriented. i want to delve into gender and genderqueer-ness and not only consider hapas but mestizos, mulattos, mixes of all sorts. i also want to look at transnationally and transracially abducted issues as an extension of this paper, as well as issues with (dis)ability. i would really like to send a few questions over to people who fall into these areas and would be willing to talk about their own personal experiences with the intersections of their identities. if you are interested in being a part of this, please email me (Sumi) at firstname.lastname@example.org with "LEWIS AND CLARK PAPER" in the subject line.
thanks so much! <3 <3 <3
so, this has been on my mind and i would like to hear some responses from other queer mixed race folk...
how as queer mixed race people do we navigate through politics and the world of activism? or even academia? are there any queer mixed race activist groups that are organizing? i haven't seen any and i'm just wondering what people think about that.
i used to work for a queer Asian/Pacific Islander non-profit organization and was told once by the ED, my supervisor, that the issues hapas face are secondary and separate to the issues APIs face... that shit really bothered me because I thought I was part of the "queer API community" and I thought that issues I face would be similar to other queer hapas and that it would be important to address and to work with other mixed race groups. a queer poc group would more likely to address issues multiracials face (or so you would think) rather than a general lgbt organization. and there are queer people of color non-profits/community orgs/groups out there, but i was interested in mobilizing a queer mixed race group but i was questioning how effective that would be and even wondering what the point was. what are the most striking issues a queer multiracial faces? there are so many different experiences... what are our commonalities with such fluid identities falling between the binaries of race, sexuality, and gender? do we even have specific issues or do we always separate our experiences even though our identities are so fluid and really cannot be kept from intersecting? how is this different from "full-blooded" poc queers (well, we know NO ONE is truly full-blooded)? do people know of any anthologies or books specifically on queer multiracial experiences? anyone interested in working on related projects? where do we fit in all this?
looking forward to hearing what people have to say :)
where are the other freakin queer hapas? EH?
my name is Sumi. i'm a trans/gender/queer multiracial Japanese-Hawai'ian-German-Irish-English-French-Russian-etc American... blah blah. i live in the Los Angeles area... im a student/wannabe academic...musician...artist...activist...etc... just seein where everyone's at? whas crackin?
Please forward widely. Thanks!
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