Vegans of Color

Because we don’t have the luxury of being single-issue

Critical Race Theory and Food Studies Research Group Listserv September 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 10:39 am

I am doing my PhD research and simply can’t find what I need. So, I decided to start a research group listserv that I hope will benefit those of us interested in intersections of food and race/ethnicity… but from a critical race and/or critical whiteness and/or critical race feminist and/or decolonial theory analyses. Please spread the word to scholars that you think would benefit from this.

What it’s about: We would be exchanging information, brainstorming ideas, posing questions about where to find resources, posting announcements about funding, books, jobs. Post conference announcements, new URLs that focus on the topics this listserv addresses. You get the drift. :-)

I will be paying special attention to providing academic/scholarly information about available vegetarian, raw food, and vegan literature.

http://groups.google.com/group/critical-race-theory-and-food-studies-research is the site to go to and join. I also want to start a new journal with the same title, and would need to apply for funding. Thus far, I can’t seem to find any journals on this subject that are “peer-reviewed.”

 

Twlight and Vegetarian Vampires? New Philosophy book… September 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 11:22 pm

Has anyone ever seen Twlight? If so, I am wondering about this book. Has anyone read it? I have never watched Twilight, but I know it’s incredibly popular. See the book below? I just ran across it on while searching for books.

Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality

On Amazon.com, the product description reads as:

Product Description
The first look at the philosophy behind Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling Twilight series

Bella and Edward, and their family and friends, have faced countless dangers and philosophical dilemmas in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels. This book is the first to explore them, drawing on the wisdom of philosophical heavyweights to answer essential questions such as: What do the struggles of “vegetarian” vampires who control their biological urge for human blood say about free will? Are vampires morally absolved if they kill only animals and not people? From a feminist perspective, is Edward a romantic hero or is he just a stalker? Is Jacob “better” for Bella than Edward? (source: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0470484233?ie=UTF8&tag=sistvegawebs-20&link_code=as3&camp=211189&creative=373489&creativeASIN=0470484233)

Vegetarian vampires? Interesting….

 

Sistah Vegan Book Release Update September 19, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 10:30 am

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to update folk and let them know that my book,

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Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak is now available for pre-order.

I am very excited about this, as it’s been nearly 4.5 years since its inception.

Best,

Breeze

 

Frugality/Simple Living/Low-Impact Blogs From A Vegan Perspective? September 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — johanna @ 1:08 pm

Lately I’ve been going back to reading a lot of blogs devoted to various aspects of frugality/simple living/voluntary simplicity, etc. There’s some overlap there sometimes with decluttering-type blogs too. Anyway, one thing that has always frustrated me is that a lot of these blogs are coming from a right-wing perspective (I stopped reading one well-known frugality blog after the blogger made some comments that were both anti-immigrant & bought into the “welfare frauds” myth).

Another thing that frustrates me is that many of the ones that don’t do this still are focused on, say, raising chickens both as a frugality measure & as a way to cope with Peak Oil.

Does anyone have any blogs to recommend that talk about reducing consumption from a perspective that doesn’t simply suggest we should kill animals ourselves instead of letting corporations do it for us? And additionally that isn’t saturated in racism, sexism (a lot of these blogs seem to glorify women staying at home — many of these bloggers are women — in a way that isn’t just “women should be able to stay home if they want & should be able to work outside the home if they want”), etc. as well?

One could argue that, given that it is often possible to eat more cheaply on a vegan diet (& do so more sustainably) that many vegan blogs would fit into this category, yes — but I’m interested in not so much vegan blogs that occasionally talk about other frugality/consumption issues, but frugality blogs that start from a perspective that doesn’t see killing animals as the obvious answer.

 

Week 2: Update on Vegans in the USA and Race/Ethnic Identification September 4, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 12:26 am

Hello everyone,

Below are the latest results of my survey. 917 people have responded thus far. My favorite write-in is number 49:

“If it is personal choice and not ancestry I choose Red, White, & Blue American.”

Followed by number 47:

“Asian/Asian American is not only insulting, it’s inaccurate. Looking at the geography of Asia, it’s pretty obvious that there’s no racial, ethnic commonality accross all of Asia, so this is an idiotic classification and inadequate. I’m Indian”

-Breezie

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# Response Date Response Text
1 Aug 26, 2009 10:04 PM Irish-Filipina
2 Aug 26, 2009 10:07 PM Afro-Latina Black woman of Puerto Rican descent but for your stats, if i had to choose, i’d prefer black vs. latina.
3 Aug 26, 2009 10:14 PM I do not racially identify because I have absolutely no reason to. My DNA points to European ancestry, but I don’t have any attachments aside from DNA to my ethnic heritage. Therefore, I am simply a US citizen who inherited mutated skin genetics.
4 Aug 26, 2009 10:14 PM biracial
5 Aug 27, 2009 12:01 AM Questions like this are VERY uncomfortable for me to answer. If I had to pick one of these it would be “Latina”, but I am very atypical in my Hispanic-ness. Culturally I was raised Hispanic (in the USA), but as an adult I really am not part of the Hispanic community at all and don’t relate to any other Hispanic-Americans, especially not in NYC. I also look Chinese-ish, and my mother is European descended and Puerto Rican-born. Unlike you, I just can’t really find any ethnicity to identify as.
6 Aug 27, 2009 12:02 AM Questions like this are VERY uncomfortable for me to answer. If I had to pick one of these it would be “Latina”, but I am very atypical in my Hispanic-ness. Culturally I was raised Hispanic (in the USA), but as an adult I really am not part of the Hispanic community at all and don’t relate to any other Hispanic-Americans, especially not in NYC. I also look Chinese-ish, and my mother is European descended and Puerto Rican-born. Unlike you, I just can’t really find any ethnicity to identify as.
7 Aug 27, 2009 12:54 AM We are all a mix really! I’m ┬╝ Finnish which is not Celtic or Germanic or Slavic but Finno-Ugric….& I’m 1/32 Cherokee!
8 Aug 27, 2009 1:10 AM South Asian (East Indian) American
9 Aug 27, 2009 1:34 PM Indian
10 Aug 27, 2009 3:34 PM I identify as white, but I am about 1/8 native american
11 Aug 27, 2009 4:03 PM Azkenazi/ Eastern European Jew
12 Aug 27, 2009 4:44 PM south asian
13 Aug 27, 2009 6:28 PM white and latina
14 Aug 27, 2009 7:25 PM I am a biracial Korean/Caucasian, but because my mother is an adoptee I consider myself more acculturated to whiteness (e.g. I grew up being treated “white”).
15 Aug 27, 2009 8:19 PM Middle Eastern and White European Descended
16 Aug 27, 2009 8:58 PM South Asian
17 Aug 27, 2009 9:03 PM Middle Eastern AND European
18 Aug 27, 2009 9:04 PM human race (the US census considers me white. I don’t identify with that though.)
19 Aug 27, 2009 9:44 PM plus about an 1/8th Cherokee
20 Aug 27, 2009 9:52 PM White and Middle Eastern
21 Aug 27, 2009 9:54 PM Ashkenazic Jewish
22 Aug 27, 2009 11:18 PM Chicano/a is how I self identify, though I accept Latino/a
23 Aug 27, 2009 11:42 PM Indian, South Asian
24 Aug 28, 2009 12:23 AM 3/4 white, 1/4 mexican
25 Aug 28, 2009 4:16 AM I am Irish and Potawatomi
26 Aug 28, 2009 1:08 PM Jewish
27 Aug 28, 2009 6:22 PM Mostly European and some Native American
28 Aug 28, 2009 7:05 PM Armenian
29 Aug 29, 2009 5:49 AM Chicana
30 Aug 29, 2009 10:07 AM portuguese
31 Aug 29, 2009 5:28 PM Born and raised in South Africa.Citizen of that country.
32 Aug 29, 2009 6:23 PM jewish
33 Aug 30, 2009 7:22 AM Jewish
34 Aug 30, 2009 4:53 PM korean/caucasian
35 Aug 30, 2009 6:03 PM Black/Asian American (Thai)
36 Aug 30, 2009 6:38 PM Asian but of Indian descent (yes, India is in Asia)
37 Aug 30, 2009 7:49 PM I’m European-descended, from Spain, though I have found that being from Spain sometimes means that you can list yourself as hispanic on official US documents, such as when you’re applying for financial aid, etc.
38 Aug 30, 2009 8:14 PM Spanish/Mexican American…not Latina
39 Aug 31, 2009 1:52 AM & Jewish, identify as white
40 Aug 31, 2009 5:05 AM Latina and White
41 Aug 31, 2009 6:24 PM Jewish
42 Aug 31, 2009 6:48 PM I am biracial (black and white). The multi-racial category doesnt indicate which racial/cultural influences have shaped who I am. So multiracial is less informative. Usually I just choose Black to makes sure that Black people are represented even though I occasionally pass for white.
43 Aug 31, 2009 7:31 PM white/hispanic
44 Aug 31, 2009 8:50 PM Jewish of Eastern European descent, which, outside of New York City is NOT considered white (just ask the KKK, you you’re of Jewish heritage, you’re not white)
45 Aug 31, 2009 10:37 PM South Asian (Indian-American)
46 Sep 1, 2009 1:00 AM ‘other’
47 Sep 1, 2009 1:21 AM Asian/Asian American is not only insulting, it’s inaccurate. Looking at the geography of Asia, it’s pretty obvious that there’s no racial, ethnic commonality accross all of Asia, so this is an idiotic classification and inadequate. I’m Indian
48 Sep 1, 2009 1:28 AM African Jamaican and African American
49 Sep 1, 2009 5:38 PM If it is personal choice and not ancestry I choose Red, White, & Blue American.
50 Sep 1, 2009 8:17 PM Irish/Native American
51 Sep 2, 2009 1:15 AM Jewish
52 Sep 2, 2009 1:41 PM hispanic
53 Sep 2, 2009 2:07 PM I am mostly white but also some Cherokee.
54 Sep 2, 2009 5:05 PM 25% itailan,25% cuban and 50% American?
55 Sep 2, 2009 7:53 PM Indian
56 Sep 3, 2009 4:36 AM Dominican/Jewish
57 Sep 3, 2009 5:05 PM with 1/32 Cherokee
 

 
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