I am a freelance writer, Entertainment Section Editor/Staff Writer at Mochi Magazine, + the Living Justice Editor at Diverging Mag. You can find me on sites like Romper, Mom.com, + Mochi Magazine.
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Many of us are aware of explicit prejudices and attitudes prevalent toward certain groups and are actively trying to be allies by raising more tolerant kids, perhaps by educating them about racism, reading them books about race and diversity and modeling inclusive behavior.
However, we may not realize how our implicit biases — even in babies — affect our understanding, interpretation, behavior, and choices. Here we offer some suggestions on how to address unconscious bias in your children.
Two years ago, a shiny K-pop boy band with scathing hip-hop bangers and vulnerable pop songs helped me save myself. On the brink of 40, I was married with four children, living the suburban bilingual homeschooling stay-at-home dream I thought I wanted. And yet, I was ready to burn it all down and walk away from the people I love most in the world. Then along came BTS.
There is so much to learn about social justice. Even if you’re not just starting on this journey, it can feel as if you’re taking a sip from a fire hose. Truthfully, there are so many incisive and powerful influencers on Instagram, the difficulty wasn’t finding social justice influencers – it was narrowing them down to a paltry dozen.
For those of us influencers who want to learn more about LGBTQIA+ stories, histories, and issues, it can feel as if there is too much information and we don’t know where to start.
One super easy way to learn is to diversify your feed and include LGBTQIA+ influencers in your social media scrolling. You’re on there anyway, right? Might as well get educated.
Sometimes, through circumstances beyond our control – and quite frankly, usually through our own ignorance (willful or otherwise) – we are confronted with the necessity of taking down content from our channels because of problematic viewpoints or source materials. It happens.
More than ever, influencers are using their online presence to make positive change and stand up for what they believe in. Unfortunately, the ease with which we can share our beliefs also makes it easier for people to harass and abuse us online – oftentimes, from the very audience that loved us when we only spoke about the topics they deemed appropriate.
For many of us, when we hear the term “diversity,” we immediately think of race – and even then, it is only in terms of Black and White. And while increasing the representation of Black people is very important, to limit diversity to only that measurement is to miss the larger point about representation.
Before vampires and tragic romances, there were wholesome movies starring teens doing regular teen things: taking the SAT and having epic summers, for example. Actor Leonardo Nam can tell us all about that, because those movies were exactly how he broke into Hollywood.
Whether you’ve read the books or not, you’re probably familiar with the impact Claudia Kishi had on Asian Americans who grew up reading “The Baby-Sitters Club.” She’s been the subject of a short doc, a comic, a podcast episode, as well as a series of tongue-in-cheek “remixed” book covers.
NSFW episode! Was Agust D’s daechwita, daebak or not?
We welcome back the MandarinMama, Virgina, as we discuss her all-time bias, SUGA. Please observe the particularly explicit content of this episode.
Links to things we discussed:
DKDK TV: youtu.be/JayEtmyXVpo
Korean rappers react: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQswIMPGi…&feature=youtu.be