4.12.2014

LOL, I just thought up something cray

Reasons! The Reasons That We're Here!

"Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take 
responsibility from there." -Gary Snyder


Photo courtesy of Onyxrose

I've been in Korea for eight months now and I still love it. A guy almost ruined Korea for me and I started to question why I was even here. But like they saying goes "one monkey don't stop no show". So the good times are still rolling. And my love for this country and what I have been able to do here is still growing. The love I have for all 910 of my students is probably the number one thing keeping me here. Because I am a black female, I find that their experiences as my students are very different than if I were not a black female or if I wasn't me. I sometimes say things with that so-called "black girl attitude" or I just bust out laughing to the point of crying when they say the most outrageous things. And...I wear braids. Simple enough. Of course, the hair discussion by black women living in Asia has been said and done, so I'm not going to rant on Koreans touching my hair or stopping to comment on it. But I am here to ask a question.
These are the kids that I teach on a weekly basis

My students, especially the females and the youngest male students have been asking about my hair. In Korea braids, no matter what kind they are, are called 래게 머리"Reggae Mori" or Reggae Hair. And when I'm standing next to them or passing out papers I see their hands try to touch my hair. Or they just look at it. One of my 7th grade girls said to me "Teacher, is that all of your hair?" I said no. And she proceeded to ask why do I put extra hair. I tried to explain, but of course she is not a fluent English speaker and explaining my hair to anybody, even to myself is sometimes confusing. So, I told her I would tell her later and she should complete her worksheet. The next week, she said "Teacher you said you will tell how to do your hair". I had forgotten. And we were in the middle of a lesson. So I had to do a quick demonstration of a braid on her head. Then all the girls started braiding their hair. An 8th grade girl said to me "Teacher, your hair is so interesting" I said thank you and told here I would have a different style in two weeks (I'm going to re-braid). She was excited. The 9th grade girls try to sneak a feel. And the boys all say the same thing "Teacher reggae hair, good" with a thumbs up. Some of my 8th grade students below.








Of course hair is not the only thing Korean kids and adults are curious about. A guy who is also a teacher here in Daegu and one of the organizers of the Black History Festival that I talked about before, posted the following on the Brothas and Sistahs of South Korea Facebook page:

"I'm at a boys high school and during evaluations some wrote that they were always curious about black people but I never talked about it. I've done my share of lessons on diversity, but has anyone done a lesson on African-American culture specifically? If so, what exactly did you talk about?"

Some responded by saying let the kids write their questions down on a piece of paper and put in a box and answer questions that way. Others have done presentations on their ever changing hairstyles. Some have done a lesson on different black people in the world. One girl did the question in a box thing and it worked for her:

"-it kept it from being some huge academic thing and instead let it be a sharing thing about HUMANS. HUMAN was a big theme."

So, I wonder whether I should do a mini presentation on HAIR? My students are genuinely curious and I want them to understand my hair, but I really don't want to make a big deal out of it. And I do like being mysterious. However, I don't want these kids to run into the wrong person and then get chastised or ridiculed for not understanding black hair. But is it even that serious?


4.02.2014

MajeOfficial: Africa's Next Top Model


This web channel is going to be the end of me.
Synopsis: Based on Tyra Bank's America's Next Top Model. Oluchi Onweagba's Africa' Next Top Model brings girls from all across the continent for the ultimate competition.
Just consider it a guilty pleasure.


3.30.2014

MajeOfficial: An African City

Synopsis: Five beautiful, successful African ladies return to their home continent and confide about love and life.
View Episode 1 of An African City:


Introducing MajeOfficial

Creator Derek Ofodirinwa was kind enough to reach out to me earlier this month to let me know about his website MajeOfficial. He described it to me as the "Black Independent Netflix", but now that I'm posting it here I realize it's like the Afro/Afro-American counterpart to DramaFever, which makes our humble Narrator a more than fitting home for it.

It's still at a beginning stage, so here's hoping we can help garner enough support for it to gain more momentum.

You know the drill, Narrators. Here's the MajeOfficial thread (link permanently posted above). Indulge and then tell us what you're watching!!!!

3.28.2014

Kenyan Drama: Shuga (2009)

Yes, yes, it co-stars Lupita Nyong'o.
Shuga is a Kenyan television soap opera that was...part of a ground-breaking multimedia campaign to spread the message about responsible sexual behaviour and tolerance. It later became a hit and was aired in 40 different African countries before it was aired internationally in over 70 television stations. It was thought to be a very controversial series by the senior generation of Kenyans because it contained some scenes that contained sexually explicit content. It bagged a Gold award in May 2010 at the World Media Festival in Hamburg, Germany in the Public Relations Health category for its vivid and uncompromising focus on love, emotions and sexual behavior amongst the Kenyan youth.  (Source)
And here's Episode 1!

3.27.2014

The Blasian Narrative

Yes, I know things have been slow and quiet for a while now, and we apologize for all the silence.  But sometimes, when we're silent, we notice some things.

Some of you will notice The Mission Statement is back up.  I didn't think we would ever need to see it back up there, but apparently we do.  A fellow blogger recently talked with me about his past attempt our to join our AMBW blog as a Narrator, and his dismay at being rejected because he's neither an AM nor a BW.

Now, I know why some of you are raising your eyebrows as to why we're even having this conversation; after all, this has always been an AMBW-centric blog and as far as we were concerned, everybody here knew that.

Or so we thought.

Because our name is the Blasian Narrative, the reader in question thought this was an all-comer blog.  And we do apologize for that bit of confusion.  Mind you, there will come a day when our requirements for Narrators will expand and encompass more than AMBW.  But for that day to come, it's important for people to first realize that Blasians are not a monolith.

3.12.2014

Flow Test for February PART 2!!!!

Hey Reader,

So I've grown to thinking that nobody reads my Flow Tests......and I'm perfectly fine with that. Earlier in the week I've realized that I was looking for readers when in all reality the reason I started this project was to track my life for this year. Big things are happening and I just want to express my thoughts. Vulnerable. That's what I'm growing towards. Let's keep going and see what 26 means....

Feb. 19 8:39pm

I’m on the 16th floor. I’m at work. Now on the 5th not doing shit. Working. making money.

Feb. 20 9:03pm

I’m in the basement watching the heat and thunder game.

Feb. 22 5:10

On the red line heading to rehearsal. I’m tired guys.