Monday, February 20, 2012
1. When you ask our names and the pronunciation is hard for you, it is polite to at least make one attempt at it.
2. If you try and get it wrong, that’s Ok. We’re not about to smack you on the hand with a stick for wrong pronunciation of a language you don’t know. We’re not into repeating the mistakes your culture made with our parents.
3. After we tell you our names and you try / don’t try to say them, we don’t need to hear that you think our names are ‘so lovely!’
4. When you ask us where we are from and we say, ‘here,’ we aren’t being cute. It means we were born here, like you. If you laugh and say, ‘no really,’ that doesn’t actually make sense. Because are you really from England? Or from Ireland? No. Your people might be. If you’re asking us what our ethnic background is or where our people are from, we might feel inclined to tell you. But we’re not obliged to, any more than you’re obliged to explain to us that your grandfather was a convict from Ireland and your grandmother was a barmaid who married a land-grabbing thief in the 1800’s.
5. If we say we’re born here and that we’re Greek, or Samoan, or whatever, then it’s not up to you to say whether we are or are not ‘a real’ Greek, or Samoan, or whatever. You don’t get to decide if we’re ‘authentic’ or not.
6. If you move into our neighbourhoods, we don’t think you’re really awesome and open-minded. We just think you live here.
7. If you tell us how lovely and amazing our neighbourhoods are, that they’re so interesting and truly multicultural, we just nod and smile but secretly we think you’re a tokenistic white liberal dick.
8. If you say you love it that you can walk down the road and get a kebab, or Chinese food, or Greek food, and that’s what makes the neighbourhood so ‘different’ and why you love living here, we’re thinking how sad it is that you’re so bored with your own culture that you need a kebab to make you feel special.
9. When we open a kebab shop, or Greek restaurant, or Chinese takeaway, we don’t care that you feel that we’re enriching your boring white middleclass neighbourhood with our exciting ethnic-ness. We’re just thinking about how great it is that you have to buy our food because your own food is so bland.
10. When you give us art grants to help us express our culture and to help contribute to the grand multiculturalism of the nation, we are grateful for the money. We take it, but we are not using it to build your nation of fabulous white people being benevolent to their interesting ethnic others. We take the money because we are working to represent our communities to our communities, not to you. We take it to begin the process of explaining ourselves to ourselves.
11. Maybe you could spend some time thinking about why we are so exotic and interesting, like someone else’s taonga or an ethnic souvenir you can collect and put in your pocket?
12. Maybe you would like to spend some time explaining?
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Decolonise Your Minds! Hui, 4-5 Feb 2012, at the kindly-gifted-at-no-cost, Ponsonby Community Centre, in Tamaki Makaurau, Aotearoa, saw just under 40 fierce, fantastic and fabulous women, genderqueer and trans folk, bubbling and raging under its rafters.
A cruisy 12noon start time kicked off our second day.
The hui closed heartfelt and strongly, with challenges to reach, foster and create bridges with many groups of people not represented at the hui, as well as suggestions for a Reo component, noho styles on a marae, and for the hui to be longer.
Check out some audio of the presentations, kindly hosted by PrideNZ.com
Monday, February 6, 2012
marginalised gendered People of Colour DECOLONISATION hui
Sat 4th - Sun 5th Feb 2012
Tamaki Makaurau (Ponsonby Community Centre)
(Auckland, New Zealand)
$20 waged/ $10 unwaged, or whatever you can afford
The People of Colour Decol Hui is a two day celebration of Decolonisation, Feminism and Anti-Racism, for POC/indigenous feminists and activists, all mixed up with DIY workshops, skill share and talks.
The People of Colour Decol Hui is for marginalised gendered people of colour; including women, transfolk, intersex, genderqueers, wimmin (etc)- of marginalised cultures, indigenous and ethnic minorities in Aotearoa.
If you want to come but you're not sure if this includes you, please get in touch
The POC Decol Hui aims to open up space for discussion around being marginalised gendered tangata whenua and coloured tau iwi people in Aotearoa.
Examining the inherent power dynamics interwoven into our lives, connections between racism, sexism, colonisation, classism and other oppressions, and working in predominantly pakeha activist scenes... and how these things affect us and the feminist/ social justice/ peace/ revolutionary/creative work we do.
The weekend will be grounded around those main themes. There will be spaces for discusions to happen.
We hope that this gathering will enable us to share some experiences and tools for critiquing, challenging, and overcoming these oppressions.
There will be discussion forums, workshops and skill shares.
Elizabeth Kerekere: "Multiplicities: splitting ourselves across cultures, families and communities"
Belinda Borell: "Co-opting whiteness, raced-based motions and moving targets"
Ruth DeSouza: "The real impacts of marginalisation on bodies"
MZ and Zac: "Savage Beasts": Anti-speciesism and Decolonisation
Farida Sultana: "Asian feminism and decolonisation"
The POC Decol Hui is volunteer run.
If anyone has a workshop, skill share, discussion idea, from zine making, recipe swapping, difficult convos with family, kissing booths etc, that they would like to run please get in contact and let us know.
Further details (time, location) posted soon.Full(ish) programme will be posted in Jan 2012.
Exact info etc will be getting sussed shortly, consider this a heads up to get excited!!! Also for all our pakeha commrades out there fighting oppression, we welcome your support. Some things you could possibly do; include help with childcare, fundraising, food, places for people to stay during the hui etc. Get in touch :)
Email us any further questions. email@example.com
Rego by 31 Jan 2012
(oh and please register even if you're not paying, so we know how much food to cook)
POC Decol Hui organisers: Rouge, Giang, MZ and Wai Ho
POC Decol Hui 2012 rego form:
travel assistance wanted?:
(we have some money avail for gas, plane, train or bus)
childcare costs assistance wanted?:
(we have some money avail to pay childminders)
waged, unwaged, none/or whatever you can afford?:
any topics you would really like discussed?
(venue and toilets are accessible)
copy, paste and email rego to : firstname.lastname@example.org
hui cost details:
Account name: W L Ho conference
Bank account number: 02 1242 0549383 032