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Apr. 5th, 2009

i had a dream i was married to the queen


Asian Women Carnival #1

Welcome to the first Asian Women's Carnival!

As the deadline for submissions closed, I was challenged on the use of one of my icons and thus, my own representation of "Asian" in public spaces in regards to the carnival. When I sat down to think of way to be more representative of Asian women as whole in 100x100 pixels, I realised that this impossible and misleading task was why I had started the carnival in the first place.

We, Asian women, cannot be defined simply or solely by geography, from east to west, north to south, nor history nor culture nor ancestry. Different groups of people lay claim to and define themselves as "Asian", Women who identify as and are identified as Asian may never set foot outside the Asian continent or indeed set foot on Asian soil. In the same way, different groups of Asians are excluded under this umbrella term I find so hard to define because of the way "Asian" is defined by dominant majority groups. In the U.S., Asian means East Asian. In the U.K., Asian means South Asian. The various different identities resulting from the multiple diaspora cultures and native cultures in South East Asia makes "Asian" a far more complex concept than it is in an overwhelmingly mono-ethnic Korea.

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Feb. 23rd, 2009

always eat a turkey or a ham


Asian Women Blog Carnival


I'm pleased to announce a call for submissions for the first Asian Women Blog Carnival as well as suggestions for themes and hosts for possible future carnivals. I hope that there will be enough interest for us to continue this, monthly or bimonthly or quarterly so please do let me know if you are interested in hosting a future Asian Women blog carnival with (or without!) a specific theme in mind. I am new to this and I expect that I will be muddling through so if you have any suggestions or advice, please drop me a line!

This carnival is intended to focus on Asian women. The definition of Asian, within the scope of this carnival, includes people from East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, North Asia, South-East Asia, Far East, Middle East, Near East and people of Asian descent living in non-Asian countries. The definition of women, within the scope of this carnival, includes transwomen and cisgendered women.

Call for Submissions

For the first edition, which I will be hosting in this community thanks to delux_vivens's kind offer, there is no specific theme. I would like to highlight the diversity of Asian women and topics regarding identity in Asian majority and Asian minority cultures. Submissions can range from feminism, representation, culture, history, work, activism, beauty, health, sexuality, politics, economics, philosophy, class, education, religion, how we identify and relate to other PoC groups, personal stories etc.

Please feel free to submit your own posts or suggest good posts or links by someone else for this carnival. This carnival is not livejournal specific, please feel free to participate from other journalling sites and blogs. You may submit multiple posts. Submissions from from women and men of colour as well as allies are welcome.

All types of work, such as essays, prose, poems, personal narratives are accepted.


Friday, 3 April 2009

Please post submissions to [this post]. If you feel more comfortable with email, please feel free to email me with your links and posts at aciderpress @ (put Asian Women Carnival in the subject line, please!). Volunteers for Host for future editions can contact me either by commenting or emailing me at the address above.

Thank you!

(crossposted, I'm sorry if you are seeing this a few too many times.)

Nov. 19th, 2008


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The women of color and Michelle Obama carnival has been postponed indefinitely.

Nov. 5th, 2008


women of color on michelle obama carnival.

Barack Obama has won the 2008 presidential election, and that means that Michelle Obama is going to be the First Lady of the United States. Michelle will be the first First Lady of African descent but she will hardly be the first Black woman who has had a place in the White House.

This Carnival is intended to focus on Michelle Obama's term in the White House and what it means to and about women of color not just in the US but globally.
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Aug. 9th, 2008


Welcome to the Women of Color and Beauty Carnival.

This carnival came about as the result of a conversation with a close Native friend about cultural values of beauty and attractiveness, and how they differ between many Native cultures and the western mainstream. And I realized, as we talked further and swapped notes and personal histories that the entire topic struck a real nerve for me.

I had a feeling that I probably wasn't alone in that.
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Aug. 4th, 2008


deadline extension

So do folks want more time for their carnival pieces?

New deadline is Thursday.

Jul. 10th, 2008



The story dates back to the beginning of the 12th century in the Mossi's Dagomba Kingdom - corresponding to the northern part of modern Ghana. Its capital was Gambaga. The King of Dagomba was called Nedega. Dagomba was a wealthy state and naturally its prosperity attracted the attention of neighbouring people. especially Malinkes, who lived further south. Nedega's soldiers were brave and almost always won in any show of force. The King's daughter, Yannenga, always helped him win the battles.

Yennenga was a beautiful young woman. Everyone loved her. She was also an extraordinary horse-woman. She rode horses much better than her brothers, and even better than the kingdom's warriors. She was also a brave warrior, adept at using javelins, spears and bows.
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Jul. 9th, 2008


Women of color and beauty carnival

This Carnival is intended to focus on beauty and what it means to and about women of color. In particular, I would like to see discussion go beyond a focus on the ways in which women of color can internalize self hatred to the ways in which women and communities of color recognize and celebrate beauty.

Submissions from women and men of color are welcome, focusing on these areas:

What does beauty mean to women of color?

What is the difference between beauty and ethnically based sexual stereotyping? How does stereotyping and white supremacy affect our concepts of beauty, and how can we create change? What kind of responsibility do white women who identify as allies have to analyze and take ownership of their privilege in this area?

How do popular standards of beauty based on generalized whiteness affect our relationships with ourselves, each other, and between different groups of people of color?

All types of work are welcome-- essays, prose, poems, personal narratives.

Carnival submission deadline is August 5 8, Thursday. The Carnival will be posted at yennenga. Please post submissions here at this post. All replies are screened, so only the moderator will see them.

Thank you!


Please link submissions for the carnival here. You can make contact via email to deadbromods at gmail dot com.

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