Everyday Hybridity

Dr Paul O'Connor
Anthropology/Sociology/Cultural Studies/
Hong Kong/Ethnicity/
Skateboarding/Everyday Life

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  1. Can’t Keep Calm
#projectminoritee is a new project from Dhiraj Gurung that aims to highlight the ongoing marginalisation of ethnic minorities in the territory. The focus being, ‘can’t keep calm’ as a play on the ‘keep calm’ slogan.
There is an increasing demand for these t-shirts to show solidarity with overlooked groups in the territory. Those interested can message me for more info.

    Can’t Keep Calm

    #projectminoritee is a new project from Dhiraj Gurung that aims to highlight the ongoing marginalisation of ethnic minorities in the territory. The focus being, ‘can’t keep calm’ as a play on the ‘keep calm’ slogan.

    There is an increasing demand for these t-shirts to show solidarity with overlooked groups in the territory. Those interested can message me for more info.

     
     
  2. Skateboard Philanthropy - Etnies give out shoes to Homeless in LA

    Over the last decade there has been a surge in skateboard philanthropy, from Skateistan, A-Skate and Board Rescue. In the skate media today is news of skate shoe company Etnies giving out free shoes to 2,000 homeless people as part of Easter goodwill. This is by no means a new activity, it is something that Etnies have been doing since 1998 (More here)

    It also provides a contrast to the issue that skateboarders often encounter homeless people as they skate and use void places of the city. This is a dynamic that has been represented in countless skate videos and magazines. Put simply, skateboarders and the homeless spend a lot of time on the streets, but they also share varying experiences of exclusion. Bad representations of skateboarders are thus challenges by philanthropy, being a force for inclusion both people in need and skateboarders themselves.

    A further development of this inclusion emerging from Nebraska where 'Skate for Change' has seen skateboarders taken time to give simple supplies to homeless people, and to also importantly acknowledge them. Mike Smith urges ‘Skate for Change’ to be a force for skaters to make an impact in the community, not simply by helping the homeless, but by cleaning up, fixing things, and connecting with people. 

     

     
     
  3. A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings.
Today the news of the death of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez aged 87. As tribute I include a link to one of his short stories. ‘A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings’, an evocative tale that serves as an exquisite introduction to magical realism. Credit for the picture above from Nick Peneranda’s blog here. 
The title of the text serves also as a metaphor for the author who’s influence and inspiration has been vast. Follow this link for the news and obituary from the Guardian.

    A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings.

    Today the news of the death of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez aged 87. As tribute I include a link to one of his short stories. A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings’, an evocative tale that serves as an exquisite introduction to magical realism. Credit for the picture above from Nick Peneranda’s blog here

    The title of the text serves also as a metaphor for the author who’s influence and inspiration has been vast. Follow this link for the news and obituary from the Guardian.

     
     
  4. Hong Kong,
ArtPause

    Hong Kong,

    ArtPause

     
     
  5. "Anyone with the capacity to own in an era when the returns exceed those of wages and output will quickly become disproportionately and progressively richer. The incentive is to be a rentier rather than a risk-taker: witness the explosion of buy-to-let. Our companies and our rich don’t need to back frontier innovation or even invest to produce: they just need to harvest their returns and tax breaks, tax shelters and compound interest will do the rest."
     
     
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  7. descrofton:

Two nuns. Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

    descrofton:

    Two nuns. Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

     
     
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  9. Classic Albums, Paintings of London, and Paintings of World Cities  Through Google Street View - The Guardian

    This provides a rather unique way to look at how places change, and to imagine iconic images in their contemporary everyday surroundings.

     
     
  10. "Ideally, then, one would achieve both mental health and a commitment to equality if one embraced precarity as the condition of being and belonging."
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    Lauren Berlant - Cruel Optimism, pg 194.

    Embrace Precarity