Rad Chinese gathers Chinese people for dinner, discussion, and activities that reveal systems of oppression and help us work towards alternatives. Learn more about your people as we share personal experiences, identify privilege & internalized white supremacy, and generate next steps in preparing to fight for the liberation of all oppressed people.
This podcast holds recordings of our Rad BYOB events, where 2+ members summarize a 30 minute reading in 15 minutes, then lead a group discussion on 2 relevant questions. Like what you hear? Find your nearest rad community or start your own. Learn more at bit.ly/rad-byob.
What is a diaspora moment? Three definitions to understand Diaspora’s Homeland
Shelly Chan creates the concept of “diaspora moments” in her book Diaspora’s Homeland, but what does it mean exactly? Listen in as we chat about how merging branches with git is like a diaspora moment, and so is version control and the importance of re-interpreting the past to change the future to include marginalized people.
Does capitalism melt Arctic ice?
We start with the science of how Arctic ice melts, and how Arctic environments are crucial for the health of the entire planet. Then, we compare how about China and Western countries are responding to the crisis as well as the role of indigenous Arctic communities in preserving the environment. Finally, we list the major theories of change for preventing the impending doom.
How Chinese Diaspora Impacts the Homeland: Mid-1800’s Coolie Labor in the Americas
We read Diaspora’s Homeland to learn how the folks in the Chinese diaspora have and can impact culture and politics in China, even if we’re in America. We read Chapter 1, which covers how coolie labor in the 1800s pulled China from Dynasty rule to modern nation state processes and institutions, and in so doing, altered the very definition of what it means to be Chinese.
What is border imperialism and how does it help maintain racism, settler colonialism, and other oppressions?
Border imperialism is a tool of white supremacy to maintain wealth through capitalism. Given the following formula: Dispossession + Displacement = Capitalism, then Border Imperialism is the set of practices used today to maintain that relationship. In particular, the enforcement of borders by force, by defining citizenship as white, and by punishing migrants/people of color creates a narrative that makes it just to withhold resources from those most hurt by the West. However, this analytical framework provides a coherent way to fight back. Listen in to learn more.
Love Life of an Asian Guy’s Men’s WOE — Wannabe Oriental Exceptionalism
How can we understand Love Life of an Asian Guy’s facebook feed and work in the context of activism that fights for the liberation of all oppressed people? Listen in as we review his recent work and introduce two new concepts to better understand why folks love and hate LLAG. First, there’s Men’s WOE, which is the East-Asian equivalent of white feminism. Second, there’s UNCAGE, an acronym for notable qualities of any activist project.
What do Filipinx and Hawaiian colonial history have in common?
What do Filipinx and Hawaiian colonial history have in common? And what can Chinese on the U.S. mainland learn from them? Listen as we discuss how Filipinx moved to Hawai’i and the meaning of the word ‘settler’. As Chinese folk, we unpack our reactions to the forever foreigner myth, and how claiming American identity legitimizes American colonization and erases Native history.