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Honestly.. When PoC get to an age where they are able to deeply realize and internalize how intensely and directly racism affects them, as well as able to recognize the little racial microaggressions against them, it truly IS a traumatic experience. Its draining and depressing and painful and scarring. It can very easily make you lose the will to do anything or dream anything. And that is something that whites will never experience, thus never understand how deep this goes.


im so protective of asian girls like i can’t look at a professional photograph of an asian girl without questioning the integrity of the photographer like don’t you dare be a white male, stay away from my sisters dont touch them don’t look at them just go away im so polluted by the creepy intentions of white male photographers i literally will have to live with this for the rest of my life

Why is it that people are willing to spend $20 on a bowl of pasta with sauce that they might actually be able to replicate pretty faithfully at home, yet they balk at the notion of a white-table cloth Thai restaurant, or a tacos that cost more than $3 each? Even in a city as “cosmopolitan” as New York, restaurant openings like Tamarind Tribeca (Indian) and Lotus of Siam (Thai) always seem to elicit this knee-jerk reaction from some diners who have decided that certain countries produce food that belongs in the “cheap eats” category—and it’s not allowed out. (Side note: How often do magazine lists of “cheap eats” double as rundowns of outer-borough ethnic foods?)

Yelp, Chowhound, and other restaurant sites are littered with comments like, “$5 for dumplings?? I’ll go to Flushing, thanks!” or “When I was backpacking in India this dish cost like five cents, only an idiot would pay that much!” Yet you never see complaints about the prices at Western restaurants framed in these terms, because it’s ingrained in people’s heads that these foods are somehow “worth” more. If we’re talking foie gras or chateaubriand, fair enough. But be real: You know damn well that rigatoni sorrentino is no more expensive to produce than a plate of duck laab, so to decry a pricey version as a ripoff is disingenuous. This question of perceived value is becoming increasingly troublesome as more non-native (read: white) chefs take on “ethnic” cuisines, and suddenly it’s okay to charge $14 for shu mai because hey, the chef is ELEVATING the cuisine.

One of the entries from the list ‘20 Things Everyone Thinks About the Food World (But Nobody Will Say)’. (via crankyskirt)


THE WARMEST WELCOME: Calgary’s event last night was amazing! Loft 112 was overflowing with friendly faces for the Casey Plett & Sybil Lamb reading. They were joined by local authors (pictured above):
Kym Nacita
Brett Mason
Kit Dobson
Syd Peacock

Coming up:

  • Vancouver (Sat)
  • Seattle (Sun)
  • Olympia (Mon)
  • Portland (Tue)
  • Berkeley (Wed)
  • San Francisco (Thu)
  • LA (3 days - Fri-Sat-Sun)

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Got friends in these towns? Drop them an email and tell them to come on out! These are not to be missed!

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