Oh my, it’s an update! Spring is here and I figured it was time to update y’all. A lots going on in the world of Eli. Enjoy and thanks in advance for always making the time to watch.

-Eli

The Cult of Skinny Asian Girls

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I’m not sure if I would classify myself as having an eating disorder because I believe that I have a pretty healthy diet from day to day. However, I struggle everyday with constantly feeling insecure about my “broad shoulders” or “big arms” or lack of a “thigh gap.” I often feel like I’m…

Great piece on Asian beauty in America.

Anonymous asked: Hey Eli, fellow qtpoc here and I was wondering if you could offer some advice. My girlfriend is white, and I often find it hard to engage in dialogue with her about whiteness and how that plays out in the dynamics of our relationship. She says a lot of triggering things, but I always brush them off instead of addressing it. Have you ever encountered this issue in your relationship? How should I go about handling this?

Hi fellow QTPOC!

Fortunately, I haven’t experienced triggering moments with my girlfriend. I have had past partners say some triggering things. At the time, I didn’t have the words to say how I felt, nor do I think I was aware of how I truly felt about my Chinese American identity at the time. 

If now, presented with the issue, I would definitely be open and honest about how she made me feel about what she said. I definitely suggest this approach with your girlfriend. Our feelings are very valid, and she needs to know how you feel about certain things. 

Issues about race are super touchy and definitely hard to talk about. I also hate confrontation! With that being said, if you want the relationship to work, you’ll definitely have to talk it out. 

I hope this helps. I am more than willing to talk about this more with you!

-Eli

Laverne Cox, Keynote address, Creating Change 2014

Yes! Yes! Yes!

(Source: brownbodied)

Hanging with my bro Kye at Creating Change! 2014, we’re coming for ya! Big things are about to come!

Hanging with my bro Kye at Creating Change! 2014, we’re coming for ya! Big things are about to come!

Today I am celebrating 2 years on T! It’s been a minute since I’ve updated! So much is happening! :)

-Eli

raewho asked: Once you get this you must share 5 random facts about yourself, then pass this on to 10 of your favorite followers! :)

Well, five facts about me eh?

1. I was born in NYC.

2. My middle name is Fong, my mom’s maiden name which she kept because my mom is one of five girls. Her dad really wanted a son to pass on the name so she kept it. Now it’s my middle name, my brother and sister’s and a couple of my cousins too.

3. I am applying for grad school in St. Louis. If all goes as planned I will be back in school this fall for Social Work.

4. I am obsessed with shoes and hats.

5. I love stupid shows like The OC, Gossip Girl, and Pretty Little Liars.

-Eli

Brothers - documentary of trans men in China

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The full documentary can be viewed online here.

check it out!

This sounds awesome! Put this on my list of movies I need to watch!

sunsethhh asked: I have a question about your top surgery, do you know if Dr. Johnson accepts CareCredit? And how did you pay for it?

Hey there! Unfortunately Dr. Johnson doesn’t accept Care Credit. I ended up charging all of my surgery on my credit card.

-Eli

A great many people familiar with the trans* community may have heard of hijras, a concept of gender that exists within South Asia. A great many usually white trans* people have called hijra’s “trans*” or put them under the trans* label. Regardless of their intention, to take the epistemology of “trans*” and apply it to something like the hijra can be seen as an oppressive or colonising act. The hijra are hijra. That is their name. Unless a hijra specifically identifies as transgender or trans*, applying our own concepts of gender and sexuality constructed within white supremacist cultures to people outside of our epistemological framework is redefining them on our own terms for our own benefit. Another instance of where this occurs is within the American/Canadian indigenous or native concept of two spirit, which is in and of itself an umbrella term for multiple tribal concepts of third or mixed gender roles. The definition not only differs from tribe to tribe, but in many cases applying the white concept of gender toward two spirit people, again, becomes an act of oppression and colonisation. Especially when, without any indigenous or native background, white people adopt the identification mantle of “two spirit”.