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13 April 2011 @ 10:40 pm
roll up, roll up, introduce yourself please  

hullo and welcome to lifeodyssey <3


it's absolutely lovely to have you all here 
and we hope this comm'll be as super fantastic awesome as any comm run by two people who don't know what they're doing can be.

now, i know the comm is very new,
and that me and ren are both so very intimidatingly bad-ass fuck-your-shit-up, 
so it's not surprising that no-one's commenting right now.

so i figured hey, an icebreaker post where everyone introduces themselves will make everything less awkward and quiet, right? riiiight?

SO: BLANKETTY BLANK TIME


My name is __________ and I am __________. Sometimes I like ___________ and ____________, but my favourite thing of all is ____________. I currently live in ______________ and I was born in ___________. I really really hate ____________ and think ____________ is quite possibly the worst thing on the planet. The other thing you desperately need to know about is _____________. If you think you recognise me it's because I usually hang around comms such as __________. I know I am going to _______ this comm because the mods are _________.


as this comm is a space for people to talk about their personal experiences with racism, immigration or the intersection between them freely and without having to worry about allies talking over them, please feel welcome to talk about your own experiences (if you have them) in your intro comment too. in fact, we'd really really love it if you did <3
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M.I.A.caketime on April 13th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
My name is CAKE TIME and I am a stocky Eurasian. Sometimes I like nibbling a raisin (one only, they're so sweet) and eating only one fourth of an apple (too acidic), but my favourite thing of all is CHOCOLATE! I currently live in Switzerland and I was born in the Philippines. I really really hate ants and think ignorance is quite possibly the worst thing on the planet. The other thing you desperately need to know about is my love for snacking, yes I definitely ate the cake. I know I am going to like this comm because the mods are lovely & opinionated from what I've seen.

Pet Peeves:
- people who throw glass on bicycle lanes
- people who straight up ask me if I'm from China (no), Japan then? (no) well, it must be South Korea! (no)
- people who say all Asians look alike or Asians are all so beautiful or that I'm so lucky to be Eurasian 'cause they're just gorgeous
- people who press the "open door" button multiple times even though it's lighting up GREEN

I'm learning how to de-construct my privilege and am looking forward to reading all the great stuff this community has to offer.
dirty gyppo: esmeralda ; redgraspthethorn on April 13th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
o hey lovely to have you here <33333

I know I am going to like this comm because the mods are lovely & opinionated from what I've seen.
:3 d'awwww we love you too, cakey

and wtf people who throw glass on bicycle lanes I DID NOT KNOW PEOPLE DID THAT. omg wtf. why would you even do that. ?????
M.I.A.caketime on April 14th, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)
Maybe 'cause they're drunk, but always because they're anti-social. ): It's super annoying, especially when it's snowing 'cause there's almost no way of knowing if it's white glass or ice. urrrrgh
dirty gyppo: sara ; ughgraspthethorn on April 13th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
i figure if i'm making you do it then i should do it too bc fairness~
My name is heledd rose (but call me one or the other bc "heledd rose" together is a silly name) and I am incredibly fashionable for a 24-y-o who sometimes borrows clothes from their mam.

Sometimes I like eating nothing but strawberries all day and running away from scary dogs on the council estate i live on, but my favourite thing of all is sadly enough, football.

I currently live in a really shitty part of england (staffordshire, lol) and I was born in ~československá socialistická republika (communist czechoslovakia, just outside brno if you rly care).

I really really hate those annoying whingy white people on tumblr who are all "it's not racism it's irony omggg" and I think the hunchback of notre dame sequel (that one where esmeralda has a white son and quasimodo has a white love-interest who's soooo much cooler and better at everything than esmeralda UGH) is quite possibly the worst thing on the planet.

The other thing you desperately need to know about is when i woke up today and saw the number of comm members had jumped from 10 to 50 i was literally like this in astonished glee.

If you think you recognise me it's because I usually hang around comms such as sfd_anon and ontd_feminism.

I know I am going to have to learn to manage this comm because the mods are both kinda incompetent despite our brimming enthusiasm.

Edited at 2011-04-13 11:09 pm (UTC)
dehaywardatidehaywardati on April 14th, 2011 03:57 am (UTC)
My name is dehaywardati and I am introverted and very white soon to be jew. Sometimes I like mixing junior mints and salty popcorn, but my favourite thing of all is Friday Night Lights (the series). I currently live in SF Bay Area and I was born in the same area, too. I really really hate people deciding to use the obvious nickname of my given name with me and think apathy is quite possibly the worst thing on the planet. The other thing you desperately need to know about me is i never remember any of my dreams. If you think you recognise me it's because I usually hang around comms such as jbcs and sfd.

i studied turkish immigration into the eu in grad school, desperately want to fix our own system in the US, and have a bff from 5th grade who is first generation while my family signed the declaration of independence. i love my country, i want it to become what our ideals demand of us.
Kuronekonya!: Palazzo Pianettiharumi on April 14th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
My name is harumi and I'm an unusually tall Asian American girl (5'7"/127cm). I spent the majority of my life in t-shirts and jeans, but "bloomed" when I hit 22 (and got a decent paying job), and am now a complete and utter fashion addict. Clothing, make up, nail art, hair styles, I love it all. Right now I'm getting ready for grad school, so I am jobless and poor again. Woe. What I really, really hate are people who are willfully ignorant, and on top of that, smug and self-satisfied about their ignorance. If you recognize me it's because I usually hang around sf_drama. I know I'm going to love the mods here because I remember them being awesome.

My main focus is on east Asian cultures, specifically China, Japan, and Taiwan, since I have roots to all three of those countries. My parents are first generation immigrants, fairly traditional, so it's been a struggle. I'm really glad there's a space so we can vent.
M.I.A.caketime on April 14th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
5'7" is 170. :D And the rest of my family's also 170 (but I think hope my sister's 168). I got to be a stumpy 164. *grumble*
Kuronekonya!: Ottobeuren Basilikaharumi on April 14th, 2011 07:22 am (UTC)
Aw crap, I messed up the numbers. I meant 172. OTL My mom's 167. The rest of the people in my family are boys, and they're all at least 180, but the littlest is still 10 so we'll see. But he's already 5'3".
M.I.A.caketime on April 14th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
I was 5'4" by the time I was 13. ;_; Guess who didn't grow. But at least I'm not really tiny, so I'm ok with that. I'm the smallest by far in the extended family except for my two grandmothers. I (lovingly) blame my Swiss grandma, she's very small (but my grandad was 2m so I was hoping some of it would rub off of me, no such luck).

Being tall must be lots of fun. I have problems putting baggage up in airplanes, so that's no fun.
Mother is god in the eyes of a child.angelofdeath275 on April 14th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
My name is Angie and I am a 20 yr old shy black woman. My favourite thing of all is FOOD AND VIDEO GAMES :D. I'm someone who love trying new food, then forever has a usual item they get at a restaurant until I have a friend who buys something else. I love playing video games because I guess its how I escape the world. I was born and raised in Minnesota and while I was born in the winter, I its my most hated season. I really really hate having to deal with white people because every moment I have to hold back on what I want to say, and I really hate that.

The other thing you desperately need to know about is that when I comment, I tend to leave words out....its a problem for me, like I'll seriously imagine words on the computer screen, then when I hit "Post Comment", its not there DD: What I'm thinking tends to not matching up with what i'm typing.

If you think you recognise me it's because I usually hang around comms such as sf_drama, or ontd_p Occasionaly I comment at ontd_f and egl, but I mainly read whats on those comms. I know I am going to like this comm because the mods are not white, and I like what they say on other comms :D
Walrusmakeme_moo on April 14th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
My name is Wally and I am a 20-year-old white girl, born and raised in the US. I'm shy and a lurker by nature, and have a confusing relationship with my gender expression. My favorite things of all are live music and traveling... Right now all of my traveling is to Canada to see my boyfriend, who immigrated there in 1998. I really really hate being told to smile, and get angry when friends say misogynist things to me now just to get a rise. If you think you recognize me, which is doubtful, it's because I am attempting (and mostly failing) to delurk at sf_d and ontd_f. I know I am going to enjoy reading this comm because the mods and many of the members are pretty awesome in the other comms I frequent.
Kurozawa Aoiya // Kurozawa Hazukicrossmirage on April 15th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
My name is Crossmirage and I'm Malaysian-Chinese. I absolutely ADORE cats, metal and giant robots, but my favourite thing of all is art. I want to move to America or Canada. I really really hate hypocrites and think being lonely is quite possibly the worst thing on the planet.

The other thing you desperately need to know about is that I am taking art commissions to fund my dreams!

If you think you recognise me it's because I usually hang around comms such as smartsnark and sf_d. I know I am going to like this comm because everyone's friendly here.
full of fireapricotflower on April 15th, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
hello! I just found out about this community, and am v. excited!

My name is uh, apricot, or Zoe. Sometimes I like music and coconut ice cream, but my favourite thing of all is to procrastinate on writing my thesis. I currently live in Canada and I was born in a small island in the north atlantic ocean, that I would LOVE to talk about, but it's really really small, so if I give out too much personal information it's really easy to figure out who I am, so I try not to do it too much, but at the same time, I hate that I can't be open about it, so I go back and forth. I really really hate people that turn their music up too loud on their crappy headphones so I hear their crappy music on the bus and think grad school is quite possibly the worst thing on the planet. The other thing you desperately need to know about is that I'm in that weird transitional phase between being an "immigrant" and not. I'm on a student visa and haven't decided whether I'll stay or where I'll move next. Also, I'm white, and have massive amounts of privilege in terms of where I freely move and be treated like an honoured guest. I try to be aware of that, but fully accept call-outs and try to keep to myself when the discussion is around not-mine issues. If you think you recognise me it's because I usually hang around comms such as ontd_f. I know I am going to enjoy this comm because the mods are rad.
dirty gyppo: sara ; ughgraspthethorn on April 17th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
hiii <3

sorry you can't talk about where you're from, bb, that must be really frustrating for you. glad to have you here tho, hope u enjoy your stay~ haha

the mods are rad.
TRUTH.
kxphilega on April 17th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
My name is xphilega and I am an American woman living in Morocco. Sometimes I like reading and cooking, but my favourite thing of all is taking people out of their comfort zones. I currently live in Rabat, Morocco and I was born in NC, USA. I really really hate drama and think willful ignorance is quite possibly the worst thing on the planet. The other thing you desperately need to know about is my fiance is Moroccan/Arab/Muslim and currently going through the immigration process to go to the US with me. If you think you recognise me it's because I usually hang around comms such as tqc, c_s.
dirty gyppo: esmeralda ; redgraspthethorn on April 17th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
:O you missed out the last sentence !!!!

how dare you escape my completely-transparent attempts to get compliments from you all




(hi, nice to have you here, lol)
kxphilega on April 17th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
LOL... I don't know any of the mods at all, from anywhere, and didn't want to start out as a horrible brown-noser... so.. :) I will say that the mods/creators of the community kick ass in general just for making the community. :) How's that?
dirty gyppo: quasi ; flowersgraspthethorn on April 17th, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
much better, hahaha <3

btw please feel more than welcome to post any news articles about immigration in the area you live, or any original content about your experiences moving to morocco / your boyfriend trying to emigrate to america. i'm very aware of just how europe + america -centric the content in this comm has been so far, and i really don't want the rest of the world to feel left out or anything :c
kxphilega on April 17th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
I may end up posting original content now. Immigration is huge for me right now in my life. Things that are particularly interesting or pertinent to me:

- The double-standard in Morocco: the frustration with European racism with North African immigration to Southern Europe, but also the racism that sub-Saharan African immigrants face while they come to Morocco. It's fascinating and disturbing all at once. Bring in the dynamics of a privileged white woman (myself) "illegally" living and working in Morocco but with the full support of the Moroccan government and it's... interesting. Strange.

- The immigration process itself, particularly our story with a K1 visa application (fiance visa). It's hard and not hard at the same time. Fraud countries (Morocco is notorious for fraud) are horrible to Moroccans trying to immigrate abroad, but it's also because they have seen people treated horribly by Moroccans in search of a green card. Where is the balance, I wonder?

Also, if you do sponsor someone to come over, even if it was fraud and the US Citizen didn't know, the USC is still responsible legally for up to 10 years if the fiance/sponsoree applies for government benefits. It's... sad. A necessary evil? I don't know...

- Racism against Muslims/Arabs in the US... need I say more? Also, people thinking that I am stupid/vulnerable/ about to become an "oppressed woman" for bringing my fiance to the US.

I'll wait a bit until I feel more comfortable posting here.... but trust me. I will! Our visa interview will be in 2-3 months...
The person whodancesontrains on April 17th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
My name is Tree and I am a queer Desi. Sometimes I like eating jalebi and drinking tea, but my favourite thing of all is having enough money to live on comfortably. I currently live in Brighton, England and I was born in London. I really really hate people who think anti-ism activism isn't needed anymore and think straight white men are quite possibly the worst thing on the planet. The other thing you desperately need to know about me is I am a depressed shut-in with social anxiety lolololol.

If you think you recognise me it's because I usually hang around comms such as sfd, sfd_anon and ontd_f (I also used to be called ms_treesap). I know I am going to love this comm because the mods are not going to threaten to punch in the faces or break the fingers of ~uppity WoC~.
dirty gyppo: esmeralda ; redgraspthethorn on April 18th, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
I know I am going to love this comm because the mods are not going to threaten to punch in the faces or break the fingers of ~uppity WoC~.

lmao, ilusfm <3
gaspardgroupiegaspardgroupie on April 18th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Argh, this is really late. I do enjoy talking about myself tho, so:

My name is gaspardgroupie and I am 21 years old. Sometimes I like going for walks and visiting museums, but my favourite thing of all is reading whilst eating a peanut butter sandwich, heh. I currently live in England (I was born here). I really really hate any type of injustice and think being unwilling to learn is quite possibly the worst thing on the planet. The other thing you desperately need to know about is that I'm usually reluctant to talk about my background and I like solitude (I grew up in a big family in a tight knit community, lol). If you think you recognise me it's because I usually hang around comms such as sf_d or ontd_f - I don't hang around many other big communities. I know I am going to love/appreciate this comm because the mods are awesome and lovely.
dirty gyppo: esmeralda ; redgraspthethorn on April 18th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
IT IS NEVER TOO LATE <33333333