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The Ethnic Costume Ball

Seeking people in "national folklore costumes" to appear at a photo-op.

Gerry Cheever’s mask pays homage to Terry Sawchuk.

"The poet Randall Maggs referred to goaltending as night work. In the vein of Michael Ondaatje’s Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Maggs’ Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems—which has been called “the truest hockey book ever written”—opens with a page-long description from Sawchuk’s real life autopsy report. Plante and Sawchuck were the heroes of goaltending’s last golden age. (Like most Canadian immigrant kids, trying to fit in to a new country, Sawchuk was a Ukranian who found belonging in a new culture through sport.) But over his career, Sawchuk would suffer from severe depression and alcoholism. He died at age 40 after a fight with a teammate.
Denied the leap and dash up the ice,
what goalies know is side to side, an inwardness of monk
and cell. They scrape. They sweep. Their eyes are elsewhere
as they contemplate their narrow place. Like saints, they pray for nothing,
which brings grace. Off-days, what they want is space. They sit apart
in bars. They know the length of streets in twenty cities.
But it’s their saving sense of irony that further
isolates them as it saves.”

Gerry Cheever’s mask pays homage to Terry Sawchuk.

"The poet Randall Maggs referred to goaltending as night work. In the vein of Michael Ondaatje’s Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Maggs’ Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems—which has been called “the truest hockey book ever written”—opens with a page-long description from Sawchuk’s real life autopsy report. Plante and Sawchuck were the heroes of goaltending’s last golden age. (Like most Canadian immigrant kids, trying to fit in to a new country, Sawchuk was a Ukranian who found belonging in a new culture through sport.) But over his career, Sawchuk would suffer from severe depression and alcoholism. He died at age 40 after a fight with a teammate.

Denied the leap and dash up the ice,

what goalies know is side to side, an inwardness of monk

and cell. They scrape. They sweep. Their eyes are elsewhere

as they contemplate their narrow place. Like saints, they pray for nothing,

which brings grace. Off-days, what they want is space. They sit apart

in bars. They know the length of streets in twenty cities.

But it’s their saving sense of irony that further

isolates them as it saves.”

"This 19th-century Deputy U.S. Marshal, an Arkansas slave named Bass Reeves, was the real-life inspiration for the Lone Ranger. In his book on Reeves, Art Burton points to similarities such as their gray horses, penchant for disguises, use of American Indian trackers, and unusual calling cards."

"This 19th-century Deputy U.S. Marshal, an Arkansas slave named Bass Reeves, was the real-life inspiration for the Lone Ranger. In his book on Reeves, Art Burton points to similarities such as their gray horses, penchant for disguises, use of American Indian trackers, and unusual calling cards."

Halloween, early 1900s.

Halloween, early 1900s.

Our cat Oscar opens the dryer and gets his Christmas on.

(Source: veryethnic.wordpress.com)

Small talk at the party always goes:

“Are you something from Star Wars?”

“No.”

“A monk?”

“No?”

“So what are you?”

“A Berber from the Atlas Mountains.”

“What’s a Berber?”

It should be self-evident. A Berber wears a fine djellaba and soft leathers slippers. A prayer cap, if he is pious. He has a gentle presence. There is a mischievous glint in his eye. Of course, what this person, who is dressed up as an elaborate Lando Calrissian reference, really wants to know is: “Isn’t this what you went as last year?”

http://veryethnic.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/star-wars-costume-hacks-djellaba/

Racism Fail: "An Arab/Muslim Won Miss America" 

Nina Davuluri is Indian-American. She was born in Syracuse to parents of Indian ancestry. She has has lived in Oklahoma, Michigan, and now New York City. She is not an Arab. The actual distance between Saudi Arabia and India is over 3,000 miles—about the distance from Georgia (the state) to Bolivia. 

Also, the country from where Davuluri is from (the United States) is not a predominantly Muslim country. The part of India where Davuluri’s parents hail from, Andhra Pradesh, is not predominantly Muslim, either. It’s around 88.8 percent Hindu

Racism Fail: Miss USA Is Not a Part of Al Qaeda Because She Is Indian-American

There are claims that Davuluri is an Al Qaeda plant. These people don’t seem to honestly believe Davuluri is a member of Al Qaeda (but hey, who knows), but are making the claim because they want to call her patriotism into question by equating her with terrorists who they mistakenly believe are the same ethnicity as her. They don’t seem to understand that Al Qaeda is not a race or ethnicity. Again, take note of the map above and remember that the majority of 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabian citizens. They were not American. They were not New Yorkers. They were also not Indian. 

Racism Fail: Bollywood-style Dances Are Not "Egyptian"

Davuluri performed what she called “Bollywood” dance, which is the name for India’s extremely long, musical-and-dance heavy movies. These are modern-day dances which have evolved over time. That, on the right is a sari and it is very different from a burqa. And the headscarf Davuluri is wearing is worn very differently than a hijab. 

Racism Fail: Miss America Should Have Been Miss Kansas Because She Likes ‘American’ Things

A meme is going around proclaiming that Theresa Vail a.k.a. Miss Kansas should have been the “true” Miss America because she likes hunting and has tattoos —  signs that are she is representative of America. These are all actually metrics of being in a minority. Only 12.5 million people (the U.S. population is over 300 million) aged 16 and older hunt according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. When it comes to adults with tattoos, Pew Research found that only 36 percent of adults aged 18-25 have a tattoo, and that the number increases to about 40 percent in adults aged 26-40.  In short, there are still more people without tattoos than those who have them. 

def4ced:

tokyo-fashion:

Maho & Miho - the most stylish twins in Harajuku - with items from Nikki Lipstick, Revolution Tomorrow, OS Accessories & Pokemon!

I want them in SJ87, and I will get them!!!

def4ced:

tokyo-fashion:

Maho & Miho - the most stylish twins in Harajuku - with items from Nikki Lipstick, Revolution Tomorrow, OS Accessories & Pokemon!

I want them in SJ87, and I will get them!!!

(via blueklectic)

(Source: flowerjjangftw)

zuky:

bygoneamericana:

Five women dressed in traditional Chinese clothing read the day’s headlines. San Francisco, circa 1950s.

Well, I guess this is “traditional Chinese clothing” if you’re about to dance in a parade or stage show alongside lion dancing and Peking opera; but it’s not traditional as in, this is what you wear to a banquet. I guess the expression “traditional Chinese clothing” is just so vague that it could mean anything, from a Manchu military uniform to a monk’s robes, from traditional peasant attire to a woman’s cheongsam or qipao, from Tang dynasty hanfu to dozens of ethnic styles. All of which, incidentally, I’ve seen on tumblr captioned as “traditional Chinese clothing”, which isn’t much more informative than saying “a Chinese-looking person is wearing these clothes”. Also, do these women look like they’re reading the day’s headlines? Looks like they’re sharing a specific news item of particular interest to them, or posing for the picture.

zuky:

bygoneamericana:

Five women dressed in traditional Chinese clothing read the day’s headlines. San Francisco, circa 1950s.

Well, I guess this is “traditional Chinese clothing” if you’re about to dance in a parade or stage show alongside lion dancing and Peking opera; but it’s not traditional as in, this is what you wear to a banquet. I guess the expression “traditional Chinese clothing” is just so vague that it could mean anything, from a Manchu military uniform to a monk’s robes, from traditional peasant attire to a woman’s cheongsam or qipao, from Tang dynasty hanfu to dozens of ethnic styles. All of which, incidentally, I’ve seen on tumblr captioned as “traditional Chinese clothing”, which isn’t much more informative than saying “a Chinese-looking person is wearing these clothes”. Also, do these women look like they’re reading the day’s headlines? Looks like they’re sharing a specific news item of particular interest to them, or posing for the picture.

(Source: BuzzFeed)

A country like Canada changes in barely perceptible increments. While the maxim that “decisions are made by those who show up” has gained traction in the increasingly cynical political discussion, Joan Didion puts it much better: “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”It’s worth remembering that Kenney became an MP almost straight out of university. An extaordinary feat, which would put anyone significantly out of touch with the real world. There was something distinctly insular about his anti-cosmopolitan brand, which reduced everything to a partisan left and right. (He even used to boast about  becoming a middle-aged virgin.) Our question is this: did Kenney change Canada or did all those years doing photo ops in these diverse communities change Kenney? That is to say, did the Immigration Minister actually come to believe that he was the beloved hero in these staged photo ops?
(via Ethnic Photo Ops: The Pandora’s Box of Conservative Politics | VERY ETHNIC)

A country like Canada changes in barely perceptible increments. While the maxim that “decisions are made by those who show up” has gained traction in the increasingly cynical political discussion, Joan Didion puts it much better: “A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”

It’s worth remembering that Kenney became an MP almost straight out of university. An extaordinary feat, which would put anyone significantly out of touch with the real world. There was something distinctly insular about his anti-cosmopolitan brand, which reduced everything to a partisan left and right. (He even used to boast about  becoming a middle-aged virgin.) Our question is this: did Kenney change Canada or did all those years doing photo ops in these diverse communities change Kenney? That is to say, did the Immigration Minister actually come to believe that he was the beloved hero in these staged photo ops?

(via Ethnic Photo Ops: The Pandora’s Box of Conservative Politics | VERY ETHNIC)

truemeaningofwealth:

Madly in love, I can’t wait to build round this with @coopsfgt at Fools Gold Tattoo (excuse how swollen my arm looks) 😊☀🌺 #tattoo #me #krishna #love

truemeaningofwealth:

Madly in love, I can’t wait to build round this with @coopsfgt at Fools Gold Tattoo (excuse how swollen my arm looks) 😊☀🌺 #tattoo #me #krishna #love

(Source: losermum)

dapenguinninja:

bloglikeanegyptian:

so a couple of weeks ago i uploaded a comic about a hijabi superhero. i received a pretty fantastic response so i’ve tried to develop it a little further.

so here’s part two - this time featuring FEMEN, my all-time favorite white feminists whose specialty is talking over muslim women.

PS. her name is Qahera.

Awesome.

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Miss America 1924.

Miss America 1924.

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