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Reading Colonialism in "Parasite" – Tropics of Meta
As Korea’s present colonizer, the United States is implicated throughout Parasite. No single character exemplifies Americanness definitively. Rather, Americanness is an aspirational status. The United States’ presence is thereby marked by its absence, which paradoxically illustrates the totalizing nature of its hegemony. This is most immediately established through the use of English.
film  film:parasite  criticism  colonialism  unitedstates  korea  language  by:juhyunpark  via:rogre 
11 minutes ago by dirtystylus
How Bubble Tea Became a Complicated Symbol of Asian-American Identity - Eater
“In some ways, it is a quintessential passing of the baton from American hegemony to East Asian hegemony,” Ray says. “It’s symptomatic of East Asia’s location — of East Asian urban culture — in the global circulation of taste.”
via:cordeliayu  food  bobatea  asianamerica  unitedstates  culture 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
Revolver Volcelot on Twitter: "me: ok so it’s a car— USA: *applause* me: and it’s big— USA: *cheers* me: so big it has dozens of seats USA: *confused hush* me: and it’s very, very fast— USA: *cheers, standing ovation* me: because it travels on
me: ok so it’s a car—

USA: *applause*

me: and it’s big—

USA: *cheers*

me: so big it has dozens of seats

USA: *confused hush*

me: and it’s very, very fast—

USA: *cheers, standing ovation*

me: because it travels on fixed tracks linked to oth—

USA: *tears me apart onstage*
transportation  unitedstates  policy  humor  slackfodder 
october 2019 by dirtystylus
White evangelicals love Trump and aren't confused about why. No one should be.
When Trump used the term “American carnage” in his inaugural address, evangelicals listened; they too, believed America is in decline. Their imagined powerlessness, and the need for a strong authoritarian leader to protect them, is at the root of their racial and social animus. Their persecution complex is a heady mix of their fear of “socialists,” Muslims, independent women, LGBT people and immigration. Their feelings of fragility, despite positions of power, make them vote for people like Donald Trump — and morally suspect candidates like Roy Moore. Rhetoric, not morality, drives their voting habits.
evangelicalism  evangelicals  by:antheabutler  religion  christianity  donaldtrump  politics  unitedstates 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
Marco Rogers on Twitter: "Humans are conditioned to operate from a place of scarcity and fear. Under a capitalistic society, the amount of money you can personally lay claim to translates directly to your ability to meet basic needs for yourself and your
Humans are conditioned to operate from a place of scarcity and fear. Under a capitalistic society, the amount of money you can personally lay claim to translates directly to your ability to meet basic needs for yourself and your family. Money is life.
twitterthread  by:marcorogers  via:marcdrummond  capitalism  wealth  taxes  unitedstates  whiteness 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
'Send Her Back': The Battle That Will Define Us Forever - The Atlantic
Omar must be defended, but not because of her views on Israel, gay rights, or progressive taxation. You needn’t agree with her on any of those things; in fact, you needn’t like her at all. But she must be defended, because the nature of the president’s attack on her is a threat to all Americans—black or white, Jew or Gentile—whose citizenship, whose belonging, might similarly be questioned. This is not about Omar anymore, or the other women of color who have been told by this president to “go back” to their supposed countries of origin. It is about defending the idea that America should be a country for all its people. If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere. What Americans do now, in the face of this, will define us forever.
by:adamserwer  unitedstates  race  immigration  racism  donaldtrump  whatnow  politics  democracy 
july 2019 by dirtystylus
Big Tech Companies With Government Contracts
Amazon:

Providing law enforcement agencies with facial recognition software to aid racial profiling efforts.
humor  privacy  google  apple  amazon  unitedstates  government 
april 2019 by dirtystylus
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