Shanina Ross

LEARN, MOVE, AND CHANGE
Elli Ingram

—Poetic Justice

Poetic Justice - Elli Ingram

addicted to this cover.

(Source: letmebegreat)

The play brought back a lot of memories and suddenly I find myself missing my late grandmother #emotional #play #christmasinhanoi #kwanzainhue #ramadaninsaigon

The play brought back a lot of memories and suddenly I find myself missing my late grandmother #emotional #play #christmasinhanoi #kwanzainhue #ramadaninsaigon

Happy Lunar New Year! Chuc Mung Nam Moi! #sauriengsothom #haibatrung @xo_mnn @nuocmamca

Happy Lunar New Year! Chuc Mung Nam Moi! #sauriengsothom #haibatrung @xo_mnn @nuocmamca

Người Việt, Đồng Tính, và Không Sơ // Viet, Queer, & Unafraid

nuocmamca:

What’s goin’ down this Sunday.

As of 11am this morning from GM:

“Dear friends and allies,



Here is the update. 

There will most likely be a protest at the Tet Parade this Sunday, February 10th. I don’t see why the Tet Parade Organizers would change their mind. 


You can read a summary of it at the following website:
http://bolsavik.com/2013/02/against-tradition-lgbt-viets-excluded-from-tet-parade/



We plan to show up to the early part the parade to protest and be there for the duration of the parade. We would like to mobilize 300 people to show up near the stage with signs.

Please get friends to come out to support yet another historic event to SAY NO TO DISCRIMINATION AND EXCLUSION. We will let our presence be known.



Our tentative plan:
 Join us at 8:30 am on Sunday, February 10th, at the Phuoc Loc Tho statues across from the stage for the parade announcers. Here is a list of things you can do to help.

Wear yellow tshirts so we can identify each other more easily.

Bring home-made signs. We have made a few suggestions and will come up with new ones (https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B8AFtYtLSD3GMmlqMVBFS3BNd2c/edit?usp=sharing). We don’t want this to be too negative as it is Tet. But firm statements about our values of inclusiveness and nondiscrimination are good to stress.

1) Get the words out to let friends and allies know to join us on Sunday at 8:30 am at the Phuoc Loc Tho statues.

2) Show up with friends. We need lots of people to be out. ~300. We have only managed about 100+ in the past. Let’s triple the effort and let our voice of inclusiveness be known. 


3) If you have organizing and/or security skills and have bull horns to help direct traffic, please contact me personally so we can create teams of people for security and crowd-directing.



4) We need rainbow flags that people can carry to show solidarity. We also need a big rainbow flag to head the march toward the festival. Anyone who can provide these, please let me know how many you have and bring them to the parade meeting spot.



5) Any theater or performance artist who wants to help us with flash mob dance? Maybe we can do gangnam style dance and music but call it Little Saigon Style. Any lyric writer to change the wordings? Perhaps we can do this right before the parade to garner attention. Anyone interested in this, please let me know. We will need boomboxes if we are going to do this. 



6) UVSA members who have access to the schedule of the parade, please share your information. Carrying signs and making statements to let the organizers know that you do not support discrimination of anyone in the Viet community will be helpful.



7) Those who are in the parade can also show solidarity by carrying a small rainbow flag or sign saying words like “Bình đẳng cho mọi người” (equality for all) and preferably in rainbow color.



8) We also circulate a new petition about wanting inclusiveness practice by the Tet parade organizers. It is in Vietnamese. If someone has time, please help translate it and so other can sign it.

https://www.change.org/petitions/xin-ký-tên-ủng-hộ-người-đồng-t%C3%ADnh-song-t%C3%ADnh-và-chuyển-đổi-giới-t%C3%ADnh-người-mỹ-gốc-việt-tham-gia-diễn-hành-tết?utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_true



9) Any other advices and help are welcome.

The main organizers are working tirelessly and have not had time to update us about the legal actions they are taking and the petitions they are creating. While I don’t like the direction of lawsuits, I do want to show solidarity and will show up to the parade to protest discrimination.



Thank you for your help on what to be another historic event!



-GM

Those who may not be there on Sunday, but want to show solidarity:

1)  Sign our online petition that has received over 1,200 signatures in a matter of two days asking the Tet Parade Organizing Board to stop discriminating LGBT folks from participating in the parade: http://chn.ge/UQSA0g

2)  Send this to your friends, family, homies, boos, etc. in Orange County and beyond.

3)  Want to show your support in pictures and/or videos?  Make a sign, share your story, etc.  Tag #vunicorns :)


On a personal note, my parents are in Việt Nam.  They’ve been there for two weeks now, back in a week.  They haven’t reached out to me since my last letter to them before they left.  I shared with them my well wishes, my offerings to family there, and how I want to continue redefining my relationship to them as their child if they continue to discriminate against me.

I’m not willing to continue perpetuating oppression, saving face, patriarchy, and systems of oppression.  While I’m not perfect and and I’m checking my privileges, I’ve committed to practicing healing, dismantling oppression, and love.  Vietnamese and communities of color have been oppressed for the longest times, but I can’t accept our own people doing it to ourselves and anyone, to that matter.

I’ll be thinking of my parents on Sunday, I’m sure.  They may not be there there with me this time, but I hope to they’ll be with me in solidarity in the near future.  I know they’ll always be with me in spirit, but I don’t know how for long in this lifetime.

I know they can love.  They’ve told me that they love me, even if it was just recently.  It matters to me that I heard that, that I know that.  How that love manifests, how that love shows - that’s still a discussion and journey of exploration.

‘Til then, I will offer my parents bánh tét that I helped make in community of friends to honor our family, friends, ancestors and bring in prosperity to the Lunar New Year of the Snake.

To #vunicorns!

funksflo:

tet2012:


377/384
Mini Market



lunar new year
1) there is nothing more frightening than the possibility of everything.
2) it’s time for a new year, a trashing of old bones, a clearing out of old news.
3) i have been thinking about the abandonment of a home.  i cannot see any faces here nor there.
4) it’s time for a new year, time to return to my self.
5) there is nothing more liberating than the possibility of everything.

funksflo:

tet2012:

377/384

Mini Market

lunar new year

1) there is nothing more frightening than the possibility of everything.

2) it’s time for a new year, a trashing of old bones, a clearing out of old news.

3) i have been thinking about the abandonment of a home.  i cannot see any faces here nor there.

4) it’s time for a new year, time to return to my self.

5) there is nothing more liberating than the possibility of everything.

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours. It is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.

—Bob Moawad (via sorakeem)

(Source: kari-shma, via stopithenry)

Because if you pay close attention to Beyonce (and if you are hating on her you are), she kind of is singing about some pretty OK stuff. It is very important to learn how to kick dumb dudes who mistreat you to the left, to the left. And if you can get past the Uh oh’s uh oh’s uh oh no no no’s, she is very clearly about empowering women to embrace who they are and be who they want to be. And I thought that’s what all this damn feminism, womanism, and general lifeism thing was all about, anyway?

The experiences of Cath Turner as one of the children from Operation Babylift. I don’t often see my dad get emotional, but I am glad we watched this together. 

debbipete:

Robert Stinnett Oakland Tribune04/12/75 gelatin silver print 8 in HIGH x 10 in WIDE
Handwritten on the back of the photo, “Babies strapped in seats in 747 Jumbo jet enroute Clark AB to LAX.” Photo shows the interior of the plane with Vietnamese children, who appear to be all under the age of 1, sleeping in cardboard boxes. The boxes are stapped into the seats. This was part of the orphan airlift, called “Operation Babylift” from Vietnam to the US that took place in 1975, primarily by World Airways.
(H99.1.60 | OMCA COLLECTIONS)

debbipete:

Robert Stinnett
Oakland Tribune
04/12/75 
gelatin silver print
8 in HIGH x 10 in WIDE

Handwritten on the back of the photo, “Babies strapped in seats in 747 Jumbo jet enroute Clark AB to LAX.” Photo shows the interior of the plane with Vietnamese children, who appear to be all under the age of 1, sleeping in cardboard boxes. The boxes are stapped into the seats. This was part of the orphan airlift, called “Operation Babylift” from Vietnam to the US that took place in 1975, primarily by World Airways.

(H99.1.60 | OMCA COLLECTIONS)

little saigon do.: **** Please forward widely ******* Today, we were informed by trusted...

narindaism:

surnameviet:

**** Please forward widely *******

Today, we were informed by trusted sources in city political leadership that the Tet Parade Committee intends to exclude the Partnership of Viet LGBT Organizations from the parade this year. We are scheduled to meet with the President of the Tet Parade Committee, Mr. Nguyen Xuan Nghia on Monday at 11am. However, he has continued to delay speaking with our lawyer, Luan Tran Esq., today. We believe that he may continue to delay or outright exclude us. 

*WE WILL NOT TOLERATE USE OF TAX-PAYER DOLLARS AND VIETNAMESE AMERICAN COMMUNITY TRUST AND DONATIONS TO PROMOTE DISCRIMINATORY PUBLIC EVENTS.

*WE DEMAND THAT THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER INVESTIGATE THE TET PARADE COMMITTEE’S VIOLATION OF OUR CIVIL RIGHTS AS LGBT COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

*WE DEMAND THAT THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER UPHOLD ITS DECISIONS IN 2010, 2011, AND 2012 TO ALLOW LGBTS IN THE TET PARADE.

*WE CALL UPON COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD TO THE CITY OF WESTMINSTER AND THE TET PARADE COMMITTEE.

Join us for a demonstration at Mr. Nghia’s office at 3pm until dusk, Mon Feb 4:
Dispersed on the sidewalk in front of 
14550 Magnolia St
Westminster, CA 92683

SUGGESTED BANNERS:
1) Truyền thóng Việt Nam là bao dung (Vietnamese tradition is tolerance)
2) Quyền đồng tính là nhân quyền (Gay rights are human rights)
3) Chúng tôi là những người con Việt Nam (We are children of Vietnam and Vietnamese children)
4) Where’s my parade?
5) Viet Pride (in rainbow colors)

OTHER WAYS SUPPORT:
1) Send Letters to Westminster City Council on your behalf, your organization, or your church congregation. (Template to follow)
2) Call and leave messages at the Tet Parade Committee President’s office: Mr. Nguyen Xuan Nghia, (714) 423-8888, tetparade2013@gmail.com, lsnxn2007@aol.com
3) Join us for Tet Parade participation on the sidelines (Specific signs to follow)
4) Join us for Tet booth at UVSA Tet Festival
5) Spread news to other media, progressive legal organizations, and elected officials 

Contact:
Natalie Newton (English): nguyhiemster@gmail.com, (949) 413-5224
Pierre Tran (Vietnamese): pierrenhantran2000@yahoo.com, (714)743-0080
Tuan Trong Le (Vietnamese): gva888@yahoo.com, (626) 678-6791

I grew up in Little Saigon. Back in 2010, learning about and joining the LGBT contingent in the Tet Parade and marching through the streets of the neighborhood I grew up in was a powerful experience.

Issues of LGBT identity may or may not have had anything directly to do with the three people I knew from high school who committed suicide, but an environment of repression and homophobia is detrimental to everyone, not just queer folks.

Don’t let the Year of the Snake be the year that the community moves backwards.