Haynaku1: For the white feminist professor who told me I was “ghettoizing” myself by studying Asian American Literature
Melinda Luisa de Jesús
it rankles me
“don’t ghettoize yourself—
that!” she purred,
agreement and gratitude,
eager to educate,
and replicate. But
had other ideas.
1 Haynaku is a tercet-based poetic form created by Filipina American poet Eileen Tabios.
3 ‘"Little Brown Brother" was a term used by Americans to refer to Filipinos. The term was coined by William Howard Taft, the first American Governor-General of the Philippines (1901-1904) and later the 27th President of the United States. The term was not originally intended to be derogatory, nor an ethnic slur; instead, in the words of historian Creighton Miller, it is a reflection of "paternalist racism", shared also by Theodore Roosevelt.’ https://www.nps.gov/prsf/learn/historyculture/the-philippine-war-suppressing-an-insurrection.htm
Melinda Luisa de Jesús: "I am Chair and Associate Professor of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts where I teach and write about girl culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States. I edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory, the first anthology of Filipina/American Feminisms (Routledge 2005). My writing has appeared in Completely Mixed Up, Approaches to Teaching Multicultural Comics, Ethnic Literary Traditions in Children’s Literature, Challenging Homophobia, The Lion and the Unicorn, MELUS and Meridians. In 2017 I published 5 chapbooks of political poetry with Locofo Chaps.
"I am a mezzo-soprano, a mom, an Aquarian, and admit an obsession with Hello Kitty. For more info: http://peminist.com."