Let’s go, Oakland
1. Difficult, annoying, hard to endure.
2. Attempting, making an effort, doing one's best
"Would you come back to visit the Philippines again?
I’ve been dying to go back to Manila. I want to stay for six months or a year. As a person on the first island of that great colonial archipelago that Spanish colonization created, I feel a deep calling to spend time among the last islands. Call it history or call it family but something about the Philippines speaks to my deepest hybrid colonized-island self.”
h/t to Lori Kodama for the link :)
Her memorial service is taking place in Oakland at this very moment and I had to miss it because I grossly underestimated how much planning I’d have to complete before my first (this) week in my new school/classroom. I imagine she’d understand but I’m truly heartbroken. I love you, Yuri. We are forever indebted to you, Sensei.
My Jichan’s (Grandad’s) family were farmers who owned many acres of land in the Napa Valley. When ordered to the Camps, they (and hella other Japanese American farmers) were forced to sell this land—for close to nothing—to white folks whose kids and grandkids now make hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars a year from the vineyards growing on those same lands. When land/resource dispossession through colonialism takes place, it is always perfectly “legal” in the eyes of those who do so. Shouts out to the coastal Miwok and Ohlone.
Many of us came here as refugees. We, or our families, came fleeing wars and coups and occupations and genocides. And frequently, paradoxically, it was the United States that supported the…