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medievalpoc:

barbotrobot submitted to medievalpoc:

FRAGRANT CONCUBINE ALERT!!!

From the link:

Chinese Government Tries to Quell Unrest with an Animated Princess

Uighers are an ethnic minority in western China, largely Muslim, who have been protesting the Chinese government for its discriminatory policies against them over the past several years. Now the Chinese government hopes to appease the protesters with a bizarre princess story.

Historically, China has been ruled by the dominant Han ethnicity. But in the country’s western regions, there are many Islamic groups with a different ethnic heritage — their ancestors likely came from various parts of the middle east over 1500 years ago, and they have been uneasily assimilated into Chinese society ever since. In the early twentieth century, Soviet leaders dubbed these many different groups “Uighurs,” naming them after a vanished tribal society that once aided the Chinese in quelling the deadly rebellion of the short-lived Yan Empire during the middle ages.

Writing in the New York Times, Edward Wong explains the backstory of how the animated tale of Princess Fragrant came to be made:

Now there is 10-year-old Princess Fragrant, with her girlish braids, embroidered red dress and flowing silk head scarf.

She is the Han vision of a Disney princess transplanted to Xinjiang. Animators in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen are creating a 104-episode cartoon series loosely based on a historical Qing Dynasty imperial consort, the Fragrant Concubine, a Uighur woman who is shrouded in myth. Working under contract with the government of the oasis city of Kashgar, the site of occasional violent episodes, these animators have said their aim is to paint a portrait of ethnic harmony and paper over bloody conflicts in Xinjiang.

The plot of the series, which is expected to be broadcast in 15-minute-long episodes over two seasons, follows the adventures of Princess Fragrant, her brother and their ethnic Han and Kazakh friends as they travel across Xinjiang to rescue the princess’s father from the clutches of a greedy Western explorer.

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….interesting.

Read more about Xiang Fei (Fragrant Concubine) at Medievalpoc

medievalpoc:

In case you missed it, from this submission.
What counts as “a problem”? And for whom?
Dear Musée d’Aquitaine, I see your placard and raise you this placard from the Swedish Historical Museum:
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medievalpoc:

In case you missed it, from this submission.

What counts as “a problem”? And for whom?

Dear Musée d’Aquitaine, I see your placard and raise you this placard from the Swedish Historical Museum:

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Unforgiven: A Highlander fic

mizkit:

So a while ago, Medieval POC, the website/tumblr I feel is the actual purpose of the Internet existing, posted this picture:

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and requested immortal vampire fic. I was all like “VAMPIRE WUT NO HIGHLANDER OBVS!” and she said that would do too.

And then I, er, had an idea….

Pocket Guide to some of the claims Tumblr blog medievalpoc IS and IS NOT making

airyairyquitecontrary:

medievalpoc is NOT claiming:

  • that in mediaeval Europe, there were lots of people of colour everywhere
  • that perceptions of race have always been the same, everywhere
  • that fantasy and historical fiction and games should focus exclusively on people of colour, no…

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medievalpoc:

lrthreads submitted to medievalpoc:

So I’ve been looking through a bunch of my art books lately as part of a book downsizing effort.  I stumbled across this painting in one of them (Painters of Reality, which is online and searchable here) and thought it might be of interest to the readership here, because of the woman in the center.  I’m not sure if this is actually the right kind of thing for this blog, and sadly I am not able to offer any info other than that the artist is Giacomo Ceruti and that the painting is thought to be from the 1720s.

"Are our ways of teaching students to ask some questions always correlative with our ways of teaching them not to ask - indeed, to be unconscious of - others? Does the educational system exist in order to promulgate knowledge, or is its main function rather to universalize a society’s tacit agreement about what it has decided it does not and cannot know?"

Barbara Johnson, “Teaching Ignorance: L’Ecole des femmes,” Yale French Studies 63 (1982), p. 173

twistedrecesses submitted to medievalpoc:

Saw this quote and thought of your blog and mission.

(via medievalpoc)

lostinurbanism:

"Chiraq Does Not Exist" via Shonan_Naminori
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lostinurbanism:

"Chiraq Does Not Exist" via Shonan_Naminori

blacklivesmatter:

Trayvon Martin. Marissa Alexander. Oscar Grant. Justice for all! #blacklivesmatter 
Art Collaboration by Mazatl / Dignidad Rebelde 
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blacklivesmatter:

Trayvon Martin. Marissa Alexander. Oscar Grant. Justice for all! #blacklivesmatter 

Art Collaboration by Mazatl / Dignidad Rebelde 

lostinurbanism:

"Black Bodies Disappearing is Not Magic. It’s a Crime" via Boomboxed_ (Instagram)
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lostinurbanism:

"Black Bodies Disappearing is Not Magic. It’s a Crime" via Boomboxed_ (Instagram)