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"It breaks my heart that few people like Tiana. I’m 26 years old and can remember crying myself to sleep as a child because I had to be Nala to play princess with my friends. She’s beautiful and what young black girls like me needed long, long ago"

waltdisneyconfessions:

"It breaks my heart that few people like Tiana. I’m 26 years old and can remember crying myself to sleep as a child because I had to be Nala to play princess with my friends. She’s beautiful and what young black girls like me needed long, long ago"

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Anonymous said: Hi! I was just wondering if you know of any sites that can help with understanding race while writing? Thank you!

I recommend writingwithcolor

-pik

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zoziemich:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I understand and support the need to diversify the Disney Princess lineup (and Disney characters in general), but I HATE when people use Tiana to silence the Black people who say there needs to be more Black princesses/leading ladies and characters in general. Telling little Black girls "well, at least be glad you have a princess, us [insert underrepresented group here] have no Disney characters" is a really shitty thing to do. (Not to mention Tiana was a frog for the majority of her film.)"

Tiana is for everyone and so are all the princesses regardless of color, I relate to tiana so much and am white, it doesnt matter.

zoziemich:

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I understand and support the need to diversify the Disney Princess lineup (and Disney characters in general), but I HATE when people use Tiana to silence the Black people who say there needs to be more Black princesses/leading ladies and characters in general. Telling little Black girls "well, at least be glad you have a princess, us [insert underrepresented group here] have no Disney characters" is a really shitty thing to do. (Not to mention Tiana was a frog for the majority of her film.)"

Tiana is for everyone and so are all the princesses regardless of color, I relate to tiana so much and am white, it doesnt matter.

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Anonymous said: I based one of the fictional cultures in my setting off of the Ainu people, which are an indigenous ethnic group in Japan. I didn't include every single one of their customs, but I avoided mish mashing it with other Asian cultures. I've seen recommendations that one should try to find resources written by members of the culture to see how they view their culture and problems they see with portrayals of it. But I haven't been able to find anything written by Ainu people online.

writingwithcolor:

ajora:

writingwithcolor:

Sources on Ainu Japanese Culture

It doesn’t necessarily have to be online, though—maybe check out some books at the local library to see if there are firsthand accounts?

Ainu followers, do you have anything to add?

—mod Jess

It’s not necessarily a problem to check out online sources that may or not be written by people of that culture and ethnicity (though you should seek those too); just make sure you’re exploring a variety of sources and check them against each other.

For example if you have a piece of information that’s contrary between sources, you may need to seek even more sources to try to find the more likely truth (that’s where finding sources from those of that group comes in handy).

Also, just from a super quick search on “ainu japan”, I came across this video "Native Ainu in Modern Japan" with modern Ainu people discussing some of their culture. 

Do a thorough search before giving up on finding resources.This might mean going past that first page of Google. Also, vary your keywords.

~Mod Colette

Pick up a book; you can usually get an inter-library loan from your local library. Ainu: Spirit of a Northern People is a very good resource and covers both prehistory, ethnology, and current history over the span of several articles. Our Land Was a Forest is a memoir by Kayano Shigeru, the first Ainu man to join the Japanese Diet, a major force in cultural preservation, and (iirc) founder of several language nest schools. There are several other books that focus more on history, but these are the ones that include a modern context. 

For sources that include Ainu issues winthin a larger international context, Fishman’s Can Threatened Languages Be Saved? includes a chapter on language issues and a discussion on the infamous Nakasone affair (wherein the then-PM proclaimed that Japan was homogenous, which brought about protests from zainichi Korean/Chinese, Ainu, and Ryukyu people. This book contributes to a later paper, Linguapax Asia: A Retrospective Edition of Language and Human Rights Issues, which has a chapter dedicated to current Ainu issues.

Also online: Read Chisato Dubreuil’s The Ainu and Their Culture: A Critical Twenty-First Century Assessment. You can also try reading the Ainu Times

Hope that helps, and good luck to the OP.

This is awesome; thank you!

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waltdisneyconfessions:

"Ursula always made me feel very confident about my body. She was big and badass, and never apologized for it"

waltdisneyconfessions:

"Ursula always made me feel very confident about my body. She was big and badass, and never apologized for it"

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waltdisneyconfessions:

"I understand and support the need to diversify the Disney Princess lineup (and Disney characters in general), but I HATE when people use Tiana to silence the Black people who say there needs to be more Black princesses/leading ladies and characters in general. Telling little Black girls "well, at least be glad you have a princess, us [insert underrepresented group here] have no Disney characters" is a really shitty thing to do. (Not to mention Tiana was a frog for the majority of her film.)"

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I understand and support the need to diversify the Disney Princess lineup (and Disney characters in general), but I HATE when people use Tiana to silence the Black people who say there needs to be more Black princesses/leading ladies and characters in general. Telling little Black girls "well, at least be glad you have a princess, us [insert underrepresented group here] have no Disney characters" is a really shitty thing to do. (Not to mention Tiana was a frog for the majority of her film.)"

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Anonymous said: Id like to add, Aladdin wasnt in the original 1001 Nights. A white orientalist (Antoine Galland) basically misinterpreted the story after hearing it from a Syrian storyteller, and inserted his own inaccurate version into 1001 Nights in the 1700s. The reason his version took place in China was because he wanted to make it seem more ~exotic~. Dude didnt know shit about China and assumed that all non-white civilizations are Muslim. & because he took it from a Syrian storyteller, Im assuming that an

older version (which actually takes place in the middle east) exists. Im js, bc middle eastern scholars will often exclude Aladdin when teaching about 1001 Nights. theyd rather not include a Europeanized story I guess. I find it funny though, even when Disney tries to do stories with POC, they still take the stories that are whitewashed and misinterpreted by European orientalists + colonizers (Aladdin and Pocahontas, basically), as opposed to original stories from the POV of people of color

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Anonymous said: Is it problematic that Disney racebent Aladdin? Since the original story was a middle eastern tale that took place in China..

Mmmm…before I answer your question, I’m gonna have to provide a little backstory…

Disney wasn’t the first to racebend Aladdin, and in fact, despite the tale taking place in China, even in the original story the setting felt a lot more to the Middle East than China. Characters all had Middle Eastern names, they were Muslim as opposed to Buddhist, and the monarch described doesn’t sound much at all like a Chinese emperor. So…it’s a bit tricky, really; even though the original story was set in China, the teller made China sound more like the Middle East. And eventually people just sorta forgot about the setting and figured it was SUPPOSED to be the Middle East.

There are many adaptations of Aladdin that pre-date Disney’s, and I have yet to find any that actually take place in China. They’re all switched to a Middle Eastern setting too.

Now, does that mean Disney should be let off the hook for it? Hmmm, not necessarily. They should have done their research better, yes, and yes Aladdin does have problematic issues, but…I’m not wholly sure Disney setting it in the Middle East instead of China is quite one of them. (Of course I would have loved to see Disney set it in China, though.)

That being said, allow me to direct followers to one adaptation that DID keep the Chinese setting, and actually improve on it by making it actually look and feel like China; the animated Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child version.

- K

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waltdisneyconfessions:

"I understand and support the need to diversify the Disney Princess lineup (and Disney characters in general), but I HATE when people use Tiana to silence the Black people who say there needs to be more Black princesses/leading ladies and characters in general. Telling little Black girls "well, at least be glad you have a princess, us [insert underrepresented group here] have no Disney characters" is a really shitty thing to do. (Not to mention Tiana was a frog for the majority of her film.)"

waltdisneyconfessions:

"I understand and support the need to diversify the Disney Princess lineup (and Disney characters in general), but I HATE when people use Tiana to silence the Black people who say there needs to be more Black princesses/leading ladies and characters in general. Telling little Black girls "well, at least be glad you have a princess, us [insert underrepresented group here] have no Disney characters" is a really shitty thing to do. (Not to mention Tiana was a frog for the majority of her film.)"

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