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Acing the Rainbow Bechdel
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 14th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well...

>> Be very careful in defining "Jewish" as people of color. As much as Jews claim to be a race, culture, tradition, AND religion, in itself it covers a broad range of spectrums. <<

The concept "people of color" varies depending on who you ask, because it's a superset made up of multiple subsets. Ask a black person: they'll probably say Jews are not people of color. Ask a Ku Klux Klan member: k*k*s and n*gg*rs are in the same group. And Jews themselves seem to vary on that issue; I'm not sure if that's random or if it divides along major geographical or ideological lines.

So I just consider the superset to have fuzzy, shifting boundaries.
thesilentpoet From: thesilentpoet Date: January 14th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

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I'd say both geographical and ideological, honestly. In personal experience, I experienced it more idealogically when visting Israel, I experience it more geographically in the U.S. But then not many people understand the idealogical differences of Judaism if not Jewish. Honestly, I'm not sure if Jews do. *wry grin*

Of course the Kaifeng/Chinese Jews sort of spin both on their heads. China was a very popular destination for those Jews escaping the Holocaust, and pockets of the culture does still exist, although in many cases it's dwindled due to inter-marriage. (Side note: I feel like this needs to find its way into Silk Road Allies, somehow.)

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 14th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

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>> But then not many people understand the idealogical differences of Judaism if not Jewish. Honestly, I'm not sure if Jews do. *wry grin* <<

I have a slight familiarity with it, enough to look it up if I need more detail for something. *chuckle* I remember the kerfluffle over the ordination of women as rabbis and the addition of an orange to the seder plate that some of them picked up as a result.

>> (Side note: I feel like this needs to find its way into Silk Road Allies, somehow.) <<

That would be awesome! Well, we've got that one poem about rescued artworks; this would make a good companion piece to that. Clearly there was an exit route from Italy to China. So alter-China may have wound up with even more Jews than historic-China did.
thesilentpoet From: thesilentpoet Date: January 14th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

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If you should ask...

As part of the currently-going Poetry for the Masses, I have written the poem 'Lost Jews'. When Nixon opened the China Trade, he hoped to find the lost paintings, he certainly did not expect to find lost Jews.

This poem ties into the Silk Road Allies' verse. Poetry for the Masses is a pay-what-you-will.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 14th, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Woohoo! I love that line in the sample. That is brilliant.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 18th, 2013 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)

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Thank you! I have listed this on the Silk Road Allies page, and in a post about poetry from my prompts.
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