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Monday 16 October

Trump Year One

It will soon be one month since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
What can we do?
Please join a panel of artists and writers who will take your questions.
Saturday 4 November 2pm at Ting Ting Cafe in Taipei
Please email with any questions.

Jeremy Lin’s Mistake

Jeremy Lin should not wear dreadlocks. After doing so, Kenyon Martin, who is Black, criticized the hairstyle. Responding to Martin, Lin said that his dreads are a sign of respect for Black culture. If Lin respects Black culture, he should take a knee at the national anthem. If Lin respects Black culture, he should speak out in support of Black Lives Matter, or donate to them. If Lin respects Black culture, he should remove his dreads. If Line respects Black culture, after removing his dreads he could also attend Sunday service at a Black church since he is a Christian. Also in his recent statement on the matter, Lin observed that both he and Martin are minorities and that Martin has Chinese tattoos. If it’s wrong for Martin to have Chinese tattoos, that doesn’t make Lin’s dreads right. Furthermore, Lin says he is wearing dreads to respect Black culture, not to speak out against Martin’s tattoos. Lin’s dreads ignore the fact that many Asians and Asian Americans are racist against Blacks. Take the case of Lou Jing. Lou Jing was born and raised in China. Her mother is Chinese and her father is Black. She looks Black. She doesn’t look Chinese at all. She experienced racism in China even after she won a singing contest in Shanghai on TV which made her popular in China. In Asia more broadly, racism against Black people is so common that we don’t even realize it. Take the case of Darlie toothpaste. It was originally called Darkie. The name was changed to Darlie but the Chinese name is still ‘Black People’. And the brand logo is still a Black man smiling. Is the Colgate Company, who owns Darlie, respecting Black Culture by making money from Black people? If they want to respect Black culture then they should issue a statement about Black Lives Matter or donate to them. Perhaps the Colgate company, who owns Darlie, believes changing the Chinese name will cost too much money. If that’s the case then perhaps they feel money is more important than fighting racism. One thing we can all do to respect Black culture is to stop buying Darlie toothpaste. Finally, Lin’s dreads, regardless of intention, show a disrespect, and at the very least an insensitivity, to the condition of Black American males. If you’re a Black man in America you risk getting shot and killed by the police every time you step outside. Black American men are not free. Asian men in America do face racism but they don’t face the risk of getting shot and killed by the police. White Americans don’t look at Asians and think ‘criminal’. This is not to reduce the racism that Asians in America face. This is to acknowledge that while White Americans have more privilege than Asians and Blacks, Lin is in a specific position of privilege that Black Americans are not in. Lin didn’t grow up poor and in the ghetto. He is a good basketball player. But if you’re Black and poor and from the ghetto and you’re as good a baller as Lin, then you probably had to work harder to get there than Lin did.