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Jed Hartman recently posted about Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, colonialism, and translators' agendas; it's especially worth checking out if you are interested in references to the Sepoy Rebellion, Srirangapatna, and Tipu Sultan in European fiction.
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In the past year, three different white people have all asked my opinion on (variations of) the same issue:

I have a cultural appropriation issue. I bought/was given a garment that is in a traditional South Asian style, such as a sari or lungi or salwar kameez. I live in the US. When and where should I wear it, if at all? And how do you feel when you see a white person in the US wearing a traditionally South Asian garment? Is it harmful?


I want to know the opinions of other desis living in majority white areas. So far here's mine, which I am still working on so I'm very open to argument from other desis.

White people who are asking my opinion:*

If you attend multigenerational South Asian events (weddings, etc.) in the US, go ahead and wear traditional South Asian garments to those events as a sign of respect. But:

When I wear traditional South Asian clothes in the US, or when other brown people do so, white people treat me as less American. When white people wear traditional South Asian clothes, other white people do not treat them as less American.

It's unfair that we get penalized for continuing our heritages. Once you have fixed this unfairness, it'll be a lot less fraught for white people to wear South Asian clothes in public in the US.

If you have zero occasions to wear these clothes at multigenerational South Asian events, I suggest you donate your saris, and some money, to Maitri, a nonprofit in the US that helps families from South Asia who are escaping abuse.


What do y'all think?

* Right now I am restricting this advice to white people in the US who care about my opinion. I could not possibly speak for all desis and I do not claim to.

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!
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Title: Solsbury Hill
Artist: Peter Gabriel
Fandom: The Flash
Vidder: [personal profile] sholio
Character: Earth-2 Harrison "Harry" Wells
Seasons/Spoilers: Season 2 & 3, through 3x14
Warnings: none
Summary: You can keep my things, they've come to take me home. Harry and his Flash(es) and Team Flash.

Streaming and download options available.

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The Hanging Tree

Apr. 18th, 2017 10:12 pm
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Due to an unfortunate visit today, I didn't get to do a write-up...but I'd still love some discussion:

Talk to me about The Hanging Tree here?
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Brief notes on 'Foxglove Summer' and links to some discussion with folks in other blogs:

Foxglove Summer notes & discussion, spoilery only for that book

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