Someone once told me “Guava Jelly” sounds like “Hate It Here” by Wilco, in terms of tone and subject. /random
this is 100% true! especially of the Marley version. Check out the chord progression and you’ll see that they are based on the same chord progression as Pachelbel’s canon in D, too … but i think we’ve seen that vid.
(NGL i totes had to look up the original ‘guava jelly’ cuz I usually listen to the Ka’au Crater Boys version)
… an’ all these years I thought the lyric was ‘shumai a ka beef stew…’
These vids are GREAT. If you are as in love as I am with the fusion of oldish Hawaiian and newer English lyrics by local musicians, search ‘he ono’ on youtube for both traditional and newer versions.
(see also: ‘mr. sun cho lee’ which isn’t really the same thing but also super fun)
A colleague of mine was talking to me recently about her misgivings about her capabilities regarding writing Women of Color. She wanted very badly to include several WOC characters in her sci-fantasy series, but she had some concerns about correct portrayal and writing them in a way that wouldn’t instantly piss people off. I told her I would write something about it that might help. So, here we have it: How to write POC without pissing everyone off and doing a horrible job.
In general, it comes down to three things. Research, Persistence and Consideration. Also. for the point of this essay, I am going to use Black women, Native Women and Mixed Race women as they each represent different individual (yet very important) racial struggles that need consideration.
1. Research is by far the most important thing. EVER. For this example, I am going to use black women.
It is important to start by trying your hardest to forget anything you think you know about black women and black female identity. As a white person, anything you would know about them you probably learned from media that is not controlled by or monitored by black women themselves. Meaning that it is likely not a good representation of black women at all. Or maybe you just have a black friend.
Which you should consider in the same way you would a control group for a science experiment.
One or two subjects would not provide conclusive evidence in regards to any hypothesis. Having one or two or even five black friends can’t help you with understanding the complex history of black discourse….
In order to start from scratch, I would first spend some time reading literature written by black women for black women. Learning the way black women have discourse among each other is the first step to understanding their perspective AND emulating their voice. Literature is the genre of media where POC have the most liberty (unlike film) to discuss certain topics or parts of their identity.
Then, I would delve into “complaints”. There are thousands upon thousands of articles where black women complain about their portrayal in media. These complaints are both valid and often eloquently expressed. It is important for you to know, what things black women (WOC) are already so fucking tired of seeing in regards to incorrect or offensive portrayals of themselves. Not only will it help you avoid making the same mistakes as white writers before you (an example of this: Arthur Golden and the hot mess that is Memoirs of a Geisha), But it will also get you upset about certain ways black women (POC women in general) are portrayed, and make you want to write them better. This can improve your writing in that not only will you avoid being offensive, but you now have the chance to be progressive and kick stereotypes out the window!
Finally, I would take some time to follow some tumblr blogs that are run by the group you’re trying to write. This part of the research can really help because you’ll get a first hand, contemporary dialogue about issues within the specific POC community. Which leads me to my second topic…
Hey everyone! Welcome to the first ever Pacific Rim Holiday Gift Exchange!
Everyone and anyone in the fandom can feel free to participate! It will be run as a secret santa, and after some beta-testing (done by the-oxford-english-fangirl and bigdrunkgay), we’ve decided to use DrawNames. We’ll be doing two separate groups: One made up those who are comfortable giving a mailing address to their secret santa to receive physical gifts, and another group of people who would rather not give out their addresses, so that group will be just for art/fics/or anything else that can be traded online.
What you need to do to participate:
- Please reblog this post to help get the word out! The more people who participate, the more fun it is for everyone!
- Send us an ask with an email you’d be okay with using for the Secret Santa Generator and be sure to tell us which group you’d rather be in (physical gifts or digital gifts).
- Make sure the message isn’t anon, we need to have a name to put in the drawing!
- Don’t forget to check your emails for notifications sent to you by DrawNames, as we’ll be posting messages you’ll want to see to both of the groups.
There are all sorts of things that can be traded. Art, fics, plushes, patches, anything Pacific Rim related! Hand made things are highly encouraged (but not required, so don’t worry if you aren’t a crafty type).
REGISTRATION WILL END AT MIDNIGHT EST ON NOVEMBER 30TH
If there are any questions, please feel free to send us a message, and we’d be happy to answer them!
Happy gifting Groupies and Rangers!