Today we remember the victims of the KMT’s bloody colonialism in Taiwan, which began with the 228 incident and continued with the white terror. Here is a piece @MrProfChanda helped me write about its relevance to me as a Black American. blackyouthproject.com/black-lives-ma…
To learn more about the White Terror, read this excerpt I published @theoffingmag from @shawnayangryan’s Green Island. The image I chose is of a 228 memorial in my father in law’s hometown of Chiayi. theoffingmag.com/fiction/no-one…
This is deeply personal for our household because @MrProfChanda’s family survived the White Terror, sometimes with enormous personal sacrifice. Uncles went into hiding; language was hidden at home. It is no wonder we bonded early on over a shared hatred for colonialism.
On a *somewhat* lighter note, my bond w/my spouse's Taiwanese identity is so strong that someone once thought I was Taiwanese and chewed me out for doing a talk about Black people during Black history month instead of focusing on Asian American issues.
1. Don't do this
2. Even if I was a non-Black Taiwanese person (AND YOU CAN BE BOTH, ACTUALLY), it would have been fine for me to talk about Black Lives Matter ANY TIME, but especially during Black History Month. We are allowed to show solidarity with each other and make room for each other.
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