A Hyphenated Existence: Refusing Foreclosure

As they ask, “But what are you?”

“Now if I was speaking to you on the phone, I would never have thought…”

And so begins an attempt to reclaim… but reclaim what?
An identity that you don’t know the identity of?

Who am I to me? Who am I to you? The confusion resurfaces.

by: Samantha Cheng

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As Toni Morrison writes: “Deep within the word “American” is its association with white… American means white, and Africanist people struggle to make the term applicable to themselves with ethnicity and hyphen after hyphen after hyphen” (Morrison 1992: 46-47)

And if Africanist Americans, what about being Canadian? And Asian?
Wo shi huayi zhongguo Jianada ren.

As they ask, “But what are you?”

“Now if I was speaking to you on the phone, I would never have thought…”

And so begins an attempt to reclaim… but reclaim what?
An identity that you don’t know the identity of?

Who am I to me? Who am I to you? The confusion resurfaces.

This land is my land/This land is not my land

My arms are flung out to the east and the west.

If meaning is constituted through binary hierarchical differences, what do you become if you are slipping through the cracks, neither one nor the other?

Suddenly inauthentic on both parts, according to both sides.
Tossed back and forth, rejected on all fronts.
Stretching both ways, dancing on the shifting line,
A strange creature caught in the strange light of transgression, of interpellation.

A transition, not a conclusion.

Maybe I am more of a mix than I once thought.
These strange roots, this heritage, this so-called culture that ties us down as much as we struggle against it.
And when we stop, stare on in wonder, amazed that this, this, in embracing it, is the only way we stand at all.
How we stood at all in the first place.
How we stand when we find our way up from kneeling, buried in the clay and mud.

Our resistance?
There is hope after all – after all, there is always hope.
Beyond the black and white, the day and night
There will always be the grey, the dawn, the dusk, twilight.

The creation of limits and labels necessitates the transgression of said limits.vancouver from above

#LoveIsColourful Crowdfunding Campaign – supporting LoveIntersections.com & Our City of Colours!

Sometimes it can feel like our society is defined by our differences rather than our common values that bind us.

We can change that by connecting people to diverse stories of love – the stories of all of us.

We all know love has the power to transcend borders.

We’re a small team of dedicated volunteers and we just launched a powerful multimedia public awareness campaign to bring our stories to life —  To amplify the good in all of us and heal the divide.

Will you join us?

Our public awareness campaign will reach tens of thousands of people but we need your help.

For every visibility poster we are connecting you to diverse stories of love in 30+ languages across the world. We have already made 15 posters, 3 videos, and 3 film festival screenings. This visibility campaign is going viral!

It’s now time to help us expand our reach and share more diverse stories of love all around the world.

Please be a part of healing the divide now.

By supporting our visibility campaign, you are enabling us to create 30 more visibility posters with the potential to reach tens of thousands of people around the world. BOOM!

These posters are part of something huge – A powerful multi-media campaign including powerful videos and film festivals screenings!

Please support our #LoveIsColourful Campaign so that we can continue this public awareness campaign next year!

https://crowdgift.ca/love-is-colourful

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‘Hayfa’ – A Queer Palestinian-Lebanese-Canadian story

Hayfa shares her journey coming out to her Palestinian-Lebanese family, and how her mom became an ally. Hayfa talks about the impact of historical trauma – histories of violence and genocide – and how she came to understand where her parents came from…the love her parents have for their children’s future.

Hayfa shares her journey coming out to her Palestinian-Lebanese family, and how her mom became an ally. Hayfa talks about the impact of historical trauma – histories of violence and genocide – and how she came to understand where her parents came from…the love her parents have for their children’s future.

Love Intersections and Our City of Colours is crowdfunding until Nov 13th to raise $5000 towards next years Visibility Campaign! We want to make more videos like this, to share the stories of queer folks of diverse backgrounds. Please support us by donating!
https://crowdgift.ca/love-is-colourful

Launching the 2015 Visibility Campaign!

The Visibility Campaign hopes to increase the visibility of queer people of colour, including people
from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. This year’s campaign has different movie poster themes, and some of them are currently being displayed in bus shelter ads across Vancouver!

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 8.54.09 PMLove Intersections is excited to be partnering with Our City of Colours on their 2015 Visibility Campaign!

The Visibility Campaign hopes to increase the visibility of queer people of colour, including people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. This year’s campaign has different movie poster themes, and some of them are currently being displayed in bus shelter ads across Vancouver!

Love Intersections has also teamed up with Our City of Colours to share stories through video of people walking different experiences in the queer community.  We will be rolling out these video’s in the next few months, so be sure to stay tuned!

The posters are currently also being displayed at Heartwood Community Cafe at 317 East Broadway, Vancouver BC, Unceded Coast Salish Territories.

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Love Intersections is an Official Selection at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival!

“On Being Chinese, Culture, & Identity” will be premiering at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival Nov 5 – 8, 2015, at Vancity Theatre in Vancouver.

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 6.40.29 PMOur film, “On Being Chinese, Culture, & Identity” recently competed in the Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s Red Pocket Challenge, where we won second place!

“On Being Chinese, Culture, & Identity” will be premiering at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival Nov 5 – 8, 2015, at Vancity Theatre in Vancouver.

We hope to see you there!

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 6.48.59 PM(David holding our second place trophy #MoneyCat)

‘Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits’

We are very excited to finally be able to release the short film “Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits”, that premiered last night at the 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival this year, at the Bright Eyes, Queer Hearts youth shorts program.

Last night, we premiered “Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits”, at the 2015 Vancouver Queer Film Festival this year, at the Bright Eyes, Queer Hearts youth shorts program!

Regalia: Pride on Two Spirits from David Ng on Vimeo.

Big thank you to our team member and friend, Duane Stewart, who shares his story as a First Nations queer person, who identifies as “Two Spirited”.  Duane talks about the importance of culture in his life, and his journey coming out to his family!

Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits OFFICIAL TRAILER

Check out the official trailer to our Love Intersections film, Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits. We are excited to premiere this film at the 27th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival this summer!

Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits is the story of Duane R Stewart-Grant, a proud Two Spirited youth of Haisla and Nuu-chah-nulth nation. Duane’s journey is one of beauty and acceptance, and in his words we find spirit, culture, teachings, family, and love.

In kindness:

PeerNetBC

Vancouver Foundation

Hello Cool World

Our City of Colours

Momentum Media Productions

Mike Dangeli

The Git Hayetsk Dancers

Music:
“Ivory (a triptych)”
by jaspertine
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Creative Commons
Attribution Noncommercial (3.0)

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Girlhood lessons in womanism

  https://soundcloud.com/loveintersections/nomonde-mxhalisa-girlhood-lessons-in-womanism

My niece and I have been talking about #blacklivesmatter and #sayhername and it has been intense. I get so scared for her when I think about the hate still to come her way and I want desperately to arm her against that future hurt but I also want to keep that joyful gleam in her eye for as long as possible. It’s got me thinking about how I learnt my feminism and nobody ever told or taught me about feminism. I learnt that potent power and resistance at my mother’s knee. I learnt it in the fierce stories – some fiction and some fact – that my grandmother told, the bruises and tears my aunts hid, and the ways all of these women remained triumphant through pains I have never felt. I hope that my gorgeous girl child sees the example the women in her life are living. I hope she recognises our mistakes and celebrates our joys and I hope that those lessons steele her for the bruising times ahead. Love, pride and solidarity.

– Nomonde Mxhalisa

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Photo credit: Nomonde Mxhalisa

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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