A Heavy Hand on the Hunan Heat

Hello folks! Kai here. Some of you may be familiar with my writings, ramblings, and riddlings — especially if you’re the type who prefers to chill on the other side of the tracks where levels of melanin and capsaicin seem to increase in tandem. By which I mean, communities of color and spicy foods are my comfort zones. I’ll be slummin’ it here for a couple weeks, though, crashing on the futon and rifling through the pantry. Let’s see what we can cook up.

When I started blogging in 2004, I didn’t really have a clear idea of what I was going to focus on. I knew I wanted to explore the craft of polemical writing from a subversive Asian American perspective, so I named my blog Zuky, an anglicized version of a word used in karate meaning “hand strike”. At first I started posting online the Iraq anti-war essays I’d been printing as colorful leaflets and plastering in train stations and bus stops in the middle of the night. However, it quickly became apparent that the so-called progressive blogosphere was plagued by a particularly foul, airborn strain of white liberal racism; so I started pointing my linguistic arrows in that direction, and ever since then my writings have been primarily associated with anti-racism and my blog has found a home amid a kind cluster of melanin-rich online offerings.

Last year, I also became one of the founders of a community blog called The Sanctuary, which focuses on immigration and which I’m proud to say received a 2009 National Ethnic Media Award from New America Media in the category of Best Blogger on Ethnic Perspectives. My friend and longtime blogmigo Nezua (who incidentally has also previously done a guest-blogging stint here at Feministe) flew to Atlanta to accept the award on behalf of our crew, and as you can see from the official photo of all the award-winners, one of these recipients is not like the others. Yep, the one wearing shorts and a Felix The Cat hoodie, sitting on the floor — that’s us.

Anyway, this is probably a good moment for me to thank Jill, Lauren, Holly, and the whole Feministe crew for extending the invitation for me to spill my unpredictably seasoned words on this platform. It’s a questionable move as I’m well-known to have a heavy hand on the Hunan heat, but I’ll do my best to balance the flavor profiles I bring to this table. I’m not going to bother rattling off a catalog of personal identifiers at this time because I’m an old-school believer that you will know me by my words and actions in real-time rather than the banners I fly in downtime. Be forewarned that issues of race and immigration will inevitably come up, and if these subjects confound you in any way, well, don’t worry; they’re not supposed to be easy. I’m a 38-year-old dude of color from an immigrant family and these subjects often continue to confound me. So I only ask that you approach my words and thought-forms with open hands, not clenched fists, and we can work on this tangled knot together.

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18 Responses

  1. Miranda
    Miranda July 7, 2009 at 6:22 am |

    Woo! Welcome.

  2. amandaw
    amandaw July 7, 2009 at 8:40 am |

    w00t!

  3. gogojojo
    gogojojo July 7, 2009 at 10:49 am |

    great! look forward to your posts.

  4. Holly
    Holly July 7, 2009 at 1:11 pm |

    Awesome to have you here, Kai! Thanks!

  5. belledame222
    belledame222 July 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm |

    Woo, Kai!!

  6. annaham
    annaham July 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm |

    Looking forward to reading your posts, Kai!

  7. Joan Kelly
    Joan Kelly July 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm |

    Can I rattle off a personal identifier for you?

    “Restaurant-chooser extraordinaire.”

    and yay, to see you any/everywhere. xo

  8. La Lubu
    La Lubu July 7, 2009 at 6:32 pm |

    Looking forward to your posts!

  9. Lisa
    Lisa July 7, 2009 at 7:07 pm |

    I like Kai.
    A lot.

  10. Lauren
    Lauren July 7, 2009 at 9:04 pm |

    Whee!

  11. Lauren
    Lauren July 7, 2009 at 9:05 pm |

    Also:

    Quit your swoonin’, ladies — this is a feminist blog. It’s undignified.

  12. Alison
    Alison July 8, 2009 at 11:31 am |

    welcome!

  13. Deoridhe
    Deoridhe July 8, 2009 at 1:02 pm |

    So I only ask that you approach my words and thought-forms with open hands, not clenched fists, and we can work on this tangled knot together.

    I love how you put that.

    *swoons in rank defience of Lauren’s call for dignity!*

  14. nezua
    nezua July 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm |

    woohoo!

    way to represent for DOC! (dudes of color, por supuesto :)

    lookin fwd to see what you cook up here, ‘mano.

  15. Katie
    Katie July 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm |

    *swoons without dignity*

  16. kyledeb
    kyledeb July 9, 2009 at 8:55 am |

    Looking forward to what Kai comes up with, here. Thanks also to the folks at Feministe for giving him a platform.

  17. Kristin
    Kristin July 10, 2009 at 9:45 am |

    Glad to see you here, Kai. You’ve long been one of my favorite bloggers.

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