This week in links: Humanitarianism, travel essays, and whitewashing in Hollywood and Thedas

  • Jae Jones at highlights the legacy of Clara McBride, a Black woman that founded Hale House, a safe haven for “unwanted children and children who were born addicted to drugs.”
  • Adrienne LaFrance’s article criticiques a New York Time’s travel essay, unironically called “The Hawaii Cure,” by discussing the white colonialist, patronising view that is uncritically prevalent in both travel essays and white perceptions of Hawaii.
  • Four Japanese actresses discuss whitewashing in Hollywood, including how white feminists tend to turn away from race to portray a naive vision of one unique experience of womanhood, as in Atsuku Okatsuka’s surmise:

    When white feminists don’t know what to say about race, they go for the feminist thing. That’s what happened with the Women’s March. When women of color were like, “Will you be there, though, for the next march, when the next black kid gets shot? Will you be there when women of color need you?” they were like, “Wasn’t it great for women all around?”

  • Tanya D’s blog post discusses representation of people and colour and the myth of historical accuracy in the fantasy RPG series Dragon Age

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