DJ...you get me...thanks.
... It's so sad...I can't change some folks' beliefs, but I don't have to be a part of them...I guess that's where I am trying to make a difference...albeit a small difference, it feels huge to me. Tomorrow is another day and hopefully, another chance to make a difference.
Thanks Gims and DJ
Appreciate your stance Dee and about the jewellery store incident where you did also tried to make a difference.
Most likely there are some folks who think it's useless whining and just doing nothin'....
Change is like a rippling brook, where the water will wear down old stones over time and water current will change and find its own way..around the stones.
And water speed may suddenly burst into fury will shock/surprise when suddenly the water finds freedom... white water rapids. It takes skill (in advance) to see the anger, fury in advance and to ride those waters.
In response to dancer's comments about what did happen in the arts (ie. performing arts), there are ways not to just sit and whine away. After completing university, I got involved for 5 years on as a volunteer on producing a magazine on the arts, literature and social issues produced/written by Asian-Canadians. This was the magazine. (Notice the 80's style fashion.) http://faculty.washington.edu/chanant/asianadian/
I learned so much ...while it did speak to artisitic expression of Asian-Canadian artists, over 75% of what I learned from those highly energetic activists, had nothing to do with race....but to do with:
a) community organizing & advocacy
b) developing partnerships with government policy makers
c) how to deal with the local media who report (yes, the exact topic we were all talking about,...the power of the press)
d) how to translate personal values in personal and collective action
It was a magazine that sucked up alot of our personal volunteer time, but we had over 300 subscribers across North America --over 50% were univerisities, government and libraries.
There are articles on concerns of Asian-Canadian women, immigrant, non-English speaking women, domestic violence in the Asian-Canadian communities and specific problems of language barriers..yes, feminist articles.
For those of you who are bored by this thread..then don't read. Don't learn.
Renee: Please remember that there are some topics don't interest me at all either. So I don't respond with any post. I don't waste time telling everyone else I'm tired of hearing about certain common problems...which I personally don't experience but many others in this forum do experience and want to share.