“We will no longer tolerate or endure silence. We will fight, we will scream and we will be heard. “
On Tumblr, I follow a blog, AngryAsianGirlsUnited and as the title of the blog suggests, It is made, run and for angry Asian girls. It is meant to be a safe space for women to celebrate their cultural Asian heritage and while there isn’t a clearly defined goal, one could argue that they aim to gather and empower like minded individuals who identify as an Asian women, diminishing social expectations and negative stereotypes, sharing and comment on Asian female representation in the media and providing an outlet to voice our relevant opinions and experiences. Followers may submit their personal stories, creative writing, web comics, selfies and relevant articles to the Tumblr blog and the moderators will publish their content as well as answering questions. The blog’s activity raises awareness of female Asian struggle in white society and boosts the moral strength of followers for reminding us of standards we do not have to meet and making us feel empowered by our gender and race. They do not tolerate racism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-blackness, ableism, misogyny, cultural appropriation and fetishization.
I’ve decided to follow this blog as an effort to be informed about the female Asian culture and the effects of Western society. Far too often, I’ve forgotten my Chinese roots while living in an Australian Western society because while the signs are present like eating Oriental meals and listening to my parents in Cantonese. I found the blog through a fellow blogger’s repost-meaning AngryAsianGirlsUnited succeeded in audience participation and creating awareness for the blog’s content.
Prior to writing this blog post, I find that I make little efforts of online participation because I only take in the content created, while in exchange, I merely ‘like’ their posts, thus acknowledging I viewed the post . Possible forms of online participation could be sharing the content via ‘reblogs’, submitting the follower’s own or other’s content and generating commentary in a public sphere. AngryAsianGirlsUnited’s effect on my offline lifestyle is considerably minimal and internalised. While it makes me self aware of my ethnicity, I has simply created awareness rather than the needed active action.
Angryasiangirlsunited.tumblr.com, (2014). Angry Asian Girls United. [online] Available at: http://angryasiangirlsunited.tumblr.com/ [Accessed 12 May. 2014].