i dream i am a prince

pity us,
pity the ocean,
here we go.
 

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幾多愁 (How Many Worries) | 鄧麗君 (Teresa Teng)

春花秋月何時了,
往事知多少?
小樓昨夜又東風,
故國不堪回首月明中。

Do spring blossoms and autumn moons ever come to an end?
How much do they know of bygone times?
Last night, the eastern wind again blew over this little tower,
It was unbearable, remembering a fallen country under a moon so bright.

雕欄玉砌應猶在,
只是朱顏改。
問君能有幾多愁,
恰似一江春水向東流。

Engraved parapets and jade terraces should remain still,
Yet altered are faces that there appear.
If you should ask how many worries I can bear,
I’d say just as much as a river of spring water flowing eastward.

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We’re bad lovers, so we continue the cycle of hate and self-hate. We let the producers of 21 whitewash Asian characters. We let Spike Lee remake Oldboy and cast Josh Brolin as its lead. We let shows like Friends and Girls show only white relationships and use Asian and black actors and actresses to play interim lovers. We let SNL go thirty-nine years without casting a single Asian comedian. We make talented Asian actors come to America and play ninjas and yakuzas. We cast Asian actors and models with stereotypical Asian faces and un-stereotypical Asian bodies. We fetishize them by giving “sexiest man of the year” or “sexiest woman of the year.” And we ignore Baldwin’s warning that we could “lose our faith—and become possessed.”

We lose our faith in ourselves and lose our faith in our ability to love.

And instead, we partake in phony performances and dialogues of love. Drake singing “Shout out to Asian girls, let their lights dim-sum” is not love. A commercial saying “White, black, brown, yellow, purple, green, we’re all the same” is not love. I want to hear our pop culture honestly try to articulate love. I want to stop reading buzzwords like “safe space” that generate the false illusion of safety and the false sense of invasion. I want to see us love and fight for each other when no one is watching.

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"Sometimes someone says something really small and it just fits into this empty place in your heart."
— Angela in My So-Called Life
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