Author: nunchiblog

What’s the point of reporting work place racism?

Recently, I reported an incident of work place racism. My manager then proceeded to tell me all the wrong things. Literally all the things that you should not say!!!!! As expected, nothing really changed, and I started to think about why I even felt the need to report it. After all, it was pretty mild racism. Probably a 3/10 on the racist comment scale. And I don’t think that I’m naive to the circumstances. I know that in any situation I face in life I am prone to hearing racist comments, I know that these instances of workplace racism are extremely ordinary, I know that reporting this to my supervisor is not going to create any sort of change within the system. But I still did it. When you, as an employee, reach out to a supervisor because you’ve experienced some sort of office racism its pretty much just because you need a little validation that you are valued and respected. Most places in the world, I classify in my head as not-safe and I …

What Yellow Peril means to me, right now.

This is a repost from Yellow Peril, an ongoing project/ blog about Asian American narratives that I run with my friend Sue. If you want to submit stories, writing, music, pictures, thoughts to Yellow Peril, email us!   This project has been in the works in my head since about 2014. And now it’s finally real!!! I’m very thankful for a tarot card I drew at work, and to Sue for giving me the final push that I needed (and for also agreeing to be my partner is this very vague and fuzzy project). Yellow peril is a funny phrase to me, but that’s because I view and understand it from a place of privilege and from a context completely separate from its origin. For so long and for so many, yellow peril has been something that is very literal and threatening. Just a lil context, yellow peril was a phrase coined by sociologist Jacques Novikow in the 1890’s. It was rooted in the idea that East Asians, or Orientals as they used to call …