12.30.2015

Open Thread: Saying Goodbye to the Blasian Narrative (#ShutItDown)

Wow.

I've been rehearsing what I was going to type all day, but now that I'm typing, I'm not even sure how to begin something like this.

I know some of you are waiting on the sequel to BAP's post, but that will not be the case.  Effective February 3rd, 2016 - which would be the Narrative's 6th Birthday - there will be no more Blasian Narrative.  By then our Twitter and Facebook accounts should be closed, and as well as our shop and official website.  Effective immediately, all comments will go into moderation, and this will be the only post accepting comments.  I am, however, willing to leave the AMBW Network intact because, well...videos.

This decision was not made lightly; in fact, I've been quite emotional for much of today, but optimistic.  Believe or not, we accomplished a lot here.  There was no blog quite like ours; we shed light on media and artists most folks didn't even know existed.  In addition to entertainment, we provided insight into Blasian history and sociology.  For over five years, we had a great run and amassed a wide fanbase.  I am thrilled to have met you guys and written with some of you guys, and I hope to still see a lot of you At the Bar, which has been feeling neglected for some time now.

See, I started this Narrative as a safe space for people interested in AMBW, a platform where independent artists could have a voice.  We were but one of many.  After speaking with and reading the work of blogger BAP - a shrewd, insightful, and extremely supportive online friend whom I'm so grateful to have met - I've come to realize that contrary to popular assumption, the biggest obstacle standing in the way of AMBW groups was never race; it's gender.

Women do the heavy lifting; it's a major part of social inequality which only women (and a man here and there) care to address. And since my 2016 resolution for myself and motto for all women (especially women of color) is "Put Thyself First", I want to explore a more woman-centered focus in my blogging.

I noticed that a lot of the AMBW groups are founded and run by women; I've also noticed that many of them often comment about shutting the groups doing or vlogging about why they've left the AMBW community (I myself have withdrawn from all groups save this one).  So I also want to encourage all women who find themselves doing all the work in groups where there are supposed to be male counterparts, to by all means #ShutItDown.  Close up shop, and refocus all that time, innovation, and money onto yourselves, and onto one another.

So...sistas of the Narrative, if you haven't already, I strongly suggest you get to know The Black Girls' Club; my fellow writers and I will be trying to expand that blog, and our Facebook family there is steadily growing.  I will also be spending early January on reorganizing and expanding Middle Child Press which, if you don't know, is a 100% woman-owned and woman-operated independent publishing house for women of color.  Our hope is to one day generate a large and steady enough revenue stream that we can create job opportunities for more women.

In the meantime, feel free to share your favorite memories of the Narrative on this post; I'm interested to see how many of you have been with us since the beginning, and I'm eager to reconnect with you.

This is your girl Ankh...signing off.

30 comments:

  1. Aw, say it isn't so... :(

    Well, I can understand the decision and, for many I know irl, find that 2016 seems to be a big year of change for others, too - all around, new and different things being planned. That said, it feels like it'll be a great time for you and your aspirations as well. I commend you both on the decision and the time and effort put into creating this safe haven. Your dedication is easy to see.

    As for favorite memories, there are too many to count, since I came to your blogs rather late. Nevertheless, I had a great time catching up on your posts; I can't put into words how easy to relate to a lot of what you said is and it was such a breath of free air to find someone else who understood/understands. I think the first article I read on here was the first post of the "Black Women/WoC in Japanese Anime and Manga" series which I came across by chance through a google search after being frustrated by fact that I couldn't seem to find many woc within the genre (I'd only recently, at the time, started to feel that gnawing that eats at you when you get tired of seeing people who look nothing like yourself). That was over two years ago, and you're right, I had never seen such a blog before then, and honestly haven't since.

    I'm so glad I had the chance to spend what time on it that I did. Your words and those of your contributors not only helped me see many topics from a different perspective but inspired me in many ways. The words here are gems that I'll take with me and keep, knowing they'll last a lifetime. Thank you so much for your hard work! :)

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    1. Oh...that post was an instant classic. In fact, I remember it was our top post for several months straight. Back in those days, Cinnamon/Cin/FangirlU would always come out swinging.

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  2. R.I.P. I'm sorry to see this page will be shutting down.

    I remembered the first time coming on here.. I though that it was in 2008 when I did. Ironically, I was just coming from being a long time lurker from a Black Muslim man's website who also was shutting his website down when I was doing some work for my religion class. I was just fooling around on my computer when I just happen to stumble on this blog by accident.

    You promised us that we wouldn't find anther website like this and you're right,I didn't. I remembered looking at this site and it said about talking about AMBW situations. I didn't always know what AMBW meant(though I should have) until I came on here. When people think of mixed unions,most times it's B/W not B/non-Black women and some people are may not be aware that there are some Asian men/Black women who date and marry.

    With the Blasiannarrative blog, you got entertained and educated. I agree with SC, there are too many things on here to count but if I had to say what a couple of them were, it would be about some of you guys travels in Asia and other parts of the world(just read about Amaya's travel/work to Saudi Arabia), about wanting more POC on TV and the history of Asia, Africa and the history of AMBW.

    I just mentioned about Blasiannarrative educating people..which the predominate thing I love about this blog.You talk about AMBW not only from a union stanpoint,but as historical one. You discussed about AMBW's during the times where nobody expected for them and other mixed couples to get together( like my great grands), then talked about Asian and African/ African-American history, places to go etc. I've been on AMBW/IR blogs where they only want to center around just the romantic love, putting down their community to " unify " people or in one very recent blog I visited, the author just downed the whole continent of Africa without never going there herself because of the politics that is taking place in one of the countries there and if you're not a White male , no other race of men are good enough for Black women. At least with this one, people can't talk about their likes/dislikes about something and they have actually experienced it. I tend to listen to folks that have "been there and don't that."

    Though BN will be a blog of the past, I 'm glad that you do have the At The Bar and The Black Girls Club. I will be lurking on those blogs.

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  3. i've been following this blog for the past two years, maybe three. i hate to see it go but i respect your decision. i check for updates on this blog as well as The Black Girls Club and At The Bar for any new updates and have gotten a few friends to come and visit as well. although i don't always comment on the articles i read, i want to say i love and appreciate all of the work and dedication you've put into your content (as well as the contributors and frequent commenters/fellow readers). i have noticed that it's mostly women that have taken the lead with sites/forums like this, so i understand the want and need to shift the focus. i hope more men like Ranier step up and help fill in the gap. one of my favorite(s) articles was the one on Rain (my only favorite K-pop musician) as well the GI Babies. you always have such interesting, thought provoking topics and i find we are of the same mind quite a bit. i look forward to your other endeavors and i will continue check, every day, The Black Girls Club and At The Bar. i will do my best to comment more frequently as well. thank you (and the other writers as well) for all the time and effort spent on Blasian Narrative. Looks like i have until February to catch up on old posts!

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    1. one of my favorite(s) articles was the one on Rain (my only favorite K-pop musician)

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      In all of their high-minded privilege, these people seem to forget that this particular Asian man didn’t grow up in a country that treats him like a second-class citizen. They brush aside the fact that in Korea, he’s the majority, and therefore, doesn’t see white as an automatic default. To their neverending chagrin, this Asian man ain't bowing and scraping, shuckin’ and jivin’, skinnin’ and grinnin', or all around coonin' like a proper POC is supposed to do." ~ Cinnamon/Cin/FangirlU, "The Asian Man Won't Stay in His Place"

      Good times!!!

      As for the GI Babies, was it this one? This was from the early months on the blog, but I keep feeling like we've had others since....

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    2. TheSecretNinja2001January 3, 2016 at 7:47 PM

      Yes! it was that one! it's both of those articles! excellent work! i loved reading those, granted reading "Japan and African Americans: Postwar Brown Babies" made me very sad, but reading things like that are so important.

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  4. My all time favorite is the Bamenada story of why there aren't any Asians there do to them trying corner the Puff Puff trade. I told that story to all my fam because I couldn't stop laughing. That story is my all time favorite, but I have read many awesome articles on here. Thank you for all the work you have put in and I am so glad the other blogs remain. Thanks for everything K. I will definitely be at the other two blogs. I always check At the Bar first lol. Happy New Year and good luck for the future.

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    1. That story was also one of my faves and shed light on the recolonization goining on on the continent. I'm really going to miss this blog. I've lurked, lol'd, and learned for almost 3 years now. I tripped over y'all coming from YT of all places and what I found was excellent writing and passionate discussion of culture, relationships and how they intersect. Thank you for your work and best of luck as you transition into something different.

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  5. I echo the above comments and thank you for your service, for sharing your thoughts, and for spending your time on something worthwhile and positive. I thank you not just as an Asian man but as a member of society at large. This honest self reflection of yours and consequent adjustment in course is a good thing, and I respect it. It's why you have so many fans and appreciators. I wish you good fortune and success in what you do next and in your life.

    With love and admiration,
    BAP Blogger

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    1. Oh, you...if only we'd met a few years sooner.

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  6. As I said on my FB page, this site is one of the most insightful blogs I've seen on topics related to AMBW relations among other topics. I loved that there was so much thoughtfulness put into what you guys write and enjoyed the community here. This blog inspired me to write myself. I really enjoyed what I read here and am sad to see this site go. But I'm glad to hear that you'll still have an internet presence though and I'm looking forward to seeing the expansion of your other projects!

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    1. This blog inspired me to write myself.

      Really??? I never knew that. You would've made an excellent Narrator, my dear.

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  7. Aww...I was looking at the comment section and realized that there was a new blog post.
    It's sad to see this blog go, and the website too, even if I understand your decision. And it's a really smart one. Men will keep it going indeed.

    Thank you all for everything, the BN, and your other blogs too. I'm not American but I found out about a lot of topics and different perspectives and chatted with great people here. I think I first came on this blog around 2013, maye before. Sadly I didn't have much to say but really enjoyed the discussions.

    As for my favorite posts, I guess I'm like M, all the ones on blasian history, black women travelling in Asia, your expériences and opinions in America (all bloggers) and posts on Kpop (for the wtfquery and the comments). I really like the diversity of the bloggers, the content. Too bad the juicy videos are gone (lmao) but I'll be re-reading the interviews to keep an eye on those promising artists and support them, as well as re-read the posts I barely or didn't read (those before 2012-2013) yet.

    Happy New year everyone!!
    I would have loved this blog to have more commenters on a regular basis but it is what it is. I think your other blogs are great too, and I'll keep visiting them.

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    1. And thank you! You were very helpful with understanding Monsieur Nov, as I recall.

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  8. Thank you for all of the good times! You and the contributors have inspired me, taught me, and been great people! I have learned a lot about myself, the world, and what is capable if I look outside the box and attack life with vigor. I will continue to visit the 'At the Bar' blog as well as read any and all novels/fanfiction.

    Once again thanks for the good times. :)

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  9. This blog was amazing! So by "Shut it down" does this mean the site will be deleted entirely? Or do you mean the blog will just no longer be active, but we will still be able to read through the archives? Even though there may be no new posts, this blog is STILL an invaluable resource. I discovered SO many new artists, TV shows and Youtubers that I would have NEVER known about. I came to this blog while Googling "Black Anime Characters" and came across one of your most famous posts. I feel like if the blog is deleted from the internet, there will be a void in the AMBW community because unlike other blogs that focus solely on the relationship aspects, there is SO much to learn about culture and history. To this day, I go back through the archives if I want to remember a certain artist or world event of some sore. In fact, I've been MIA for a few months and have so many amazing posts I want to catch up on.

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    1. I want to leave it up as an archive. Six years of work is too much to just delete.

      ...It's bad enough Blogspot made us give up our AMBW porn....

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    2. I just wanted to make sure I was reading the original post correctly: The reason you are shutting it down is because you've seen too many AMBW blogs/forums/sites, etc. run by Black women and you didn't see enough Asian men taking on the mantle? If that is the case, that makes total sense and I support that decision 100%. I'm just REALLY glad you are leaving the site up for archival purposes and not deleting it completely. This site is so productive, educational and more forward-thinking than most sites I've come across.

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  10. I'm so sad, I don't know what to say...
    😢😢😢

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    1. Oh, Beca. Beca, Beca, Beca...you know this isn't the end, right?

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  11. Even though I have been a major lurker I am going to miss this blog. You introduced me to so many TV shows, movies and history. Funny enough I originally came across the Narrative while searching for information on Ninja Assassin. I am sure that whatever your new ventures are they will be a success.

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    1. It's a shame we didn't get to know you better.

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  12. I'm not quite sure what to say, so I suppose I'll keep it short.

    I've enjoyed reading this blog over the years and later contributing to it both during my time in Taiwan and after I left. I'm glad the archives will still be up for people to enjoy and learn about the several topics covered here.

    Although we're just under two weeks into the new year, the changes in my life are coming in thick and fast. Exciting and new things are on the horizon for myself, and others who were involved with the Narrative, I imagine. I will be putting in quite a bit of effort into my blog, so you can follow me there.

    It's been good, ya'll!

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  13. This was a surprise but I believe Ankh made the best decision. I have fond memories from my times as a narrator here and I'm forever grateful for this website connecting me to amazing women.

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