Monthly Archives: December 2011

Black and white and red all over

I find the subject of racism intriguing. No, really. How can one person look at another, and decide everything about them just by the colour of their skin? I like to think that racism is a lesser issue in Canada than it is in America, but perhaps that’s naïve.

It needs to be said that racism is not limited to a white person hating on someone else because of their race – it’s the discrimination of any race by any race. White on black. Black on Asian. Indian on Indian.

I feel like racism would lessen somewhat if we stopped defining ourselves with race. Isn’t defining oneself as a black person a label in itself?

I have noticed the trend in novels lately to defy the “is black/is white” norms by leaving the labels out altogether. Veronica Roth’s “Divergent,” for example, does not describe the protagonist’s friend Christina as a black girl, but rather “tall, with dark brown skin… Pretty.” She is a girl. With dark skin. They’re attributes, not a definition.

If a person wants to identify themselves with a culture, that’s completely different. Being Cantonese-Canadian is different than saying “he is Asian.”

I dunno. I’m mostly just rambling. Though I have to wonder – when will we stop being a bunch of races and become just a bunch of people?

On that note… have a Happy New Year, all! What are your New Year’s Eve plans? I will be Sing Star-ing at a house party with a new makeup look. Can’t wait!


It IS a Wonderful Life!

As this season has been rather un-Christmas-like (aka un-Amanda-like) I’m heading to my friends’ place tonight to watch a few of our favourite holiday films. And in preparation/celebration of that, I thought I’d share with you my videos from last year, detailing my top ten holiday specials of all time!

Part one:

 

Part two:

 

These vids are from a YouTube channel project that I participated in with my two awesome cousins, Leanne and Jennifer. We each posted a video a week for nearly a year and a half! I actually very much miss vlogging. I’ll probably post old vids (and maybe, eventually, new ones) from time to time.

What are your favourite Christmas specials?


Returning with snow

Hello, world.

I know that it’s been a while since I’ve posted. It’s been a long few weeks. There’s been some family tragedy and some professional uncertainty and some personal hardships to overcome all at once. But, what’s life without a little bit of black pepper in the spread? It can’t all be salt. Or sugar. (I don’t like pepper much and to be honest, I don’t suppose I like salt much either. Now you know.)

The positive outcome of everything is the inspiration I have been charged with. Between witnessing (and battling) loss and being in the presence of several creative individuals, I feel the incessant need to create right now. While I was away, I purchased my very first Moleskin (crazy, right?), started a new knitting project and took part in some seasonal festiveness. (Normally, I’m very much Miss. Christmas, but this year I’m finding it hard to get into the season.)

I just encountered a beautifully-written blog post by writer Sean Ferrell that I need to share. It’s your basic light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel advice, but so much more. I’d have to say that it is fitting for anyone out there who works within a creative field. Or, perhaps, anyone at all.

I hope that the awesomeness of December is treating everyone wonderfully! We have some beautiful snow and mild weather right now; one could not ask for more. I have a good chunk of my Christmas shopping finished – how is yours coming along?

Peace!