Trumpism: A new old religion

In the early Twentieth Century, French sociologist Emile Durkheim broke open the category of religion by separating it from a divine origin and relocating its source in human life itself. Contextualized by his anthropological study of Aboriginal religion, Durkheim’s groundbreaking The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, published in 1912, defined religion as “a unified system of beliefs […]

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What About Latoya? – On the Spectacle of the Other in Nicole Arbour’s “Dear Black People”

The commodification of Otherness has been so successful because it is offered as a new delight, more intense, more satisfying than normal ways of doing and feeling. Within commodity culture, ethnicity becomes spice, seasoning that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture. – bell hooks, “Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance” […]

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7 Witch Sightings in Contemporary White Cultural Production

As Ruth Frankenburg makes clear in “The Social Construction of Whiteness: White Women, Race Matters,” whiteness is not empty of content.[1] I share the following resources as a means of highlighting some of the content of white cultural production that has roots in precolonial European cultures through the archetype of the witch. These pieces were created […]

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Anachronistic Political Strategy: Korean History Textbook Correction, An Unlaughable Comedy

I had a chance to catch up with a very good friend recently and one issue triggered our friendly conversation into a serious one when I brought up news of Korean government’s dealing on Korean history textbooks for middle/high schools. The Korean Presidential Residence, Cheongwadae (which translates to Blue House) and the right-wing conservatives are […]

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Halloween

There are tons of videos and articles out now about racist costumes. Between appropriation, outright blackface (or yellowface or redface), playing on stereotypes and assumptions, and/or just being clueless I think this time of year actually allows for some very nuanced conversations about racism and appropriation. I thought I would show some of my favorites […]

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Cruel Transformation

I run with young adults and colleges students at my ministerial site where 1st Korean immigrants and students studying abroad gather. Many of students at my church come from South Korea and they are mostly privileged. Often times many of them return to their homes during the summer and they spend their long summer in […]

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