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Comments on: Decolonial Aesthesis: From Singapore, to Cambridge, to Duke University http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/ Just another WordPress site Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:50:40 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 By: Against Decolonial Aesthesis, or In Defence of the End of History | a tiny diamond http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/#comment-13669 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:50:40 +0000 http://waltermignolo.com/?p=926#comment-13669 […] is an essay that has been making the rounds on my Facebook’s News Feed some time back, and recently it […]

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By: Island I adore | Lil Blue Bottle http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/#comment-13658 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 23:54:23 +0000 http://waltermignolo.com/?p=926#comment-13658 […] read this article a friend posted on FB lately, and it evoked quite a few emotions as I read it late at night. As it […]

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By: Decolonial Aesthesis – Why will your ignorance of the fish knife cut so deep? | THINK http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/#comment-13656 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:03:37 +0000 http://waltermignolo.com/?p=926#comment-13656 […] response to [Walter Mignolo] Decolonial Aesthesis: From Singapore, To Cambridge, To Duke University This entry was posted in […]

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By: lei http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/#comment-13249 Sun, 01 Jun 2014 10:40:57 +0000 http://waltermignolo.com/?p=926#comment-13249 yes, the ideal situation for someone who has recognized the post-colonial cultural dilemma is for them to reject the “brand” altogether, and possibly reject the language of the colonial masters – english, or spanish, or french – and do things in a different way. But such tasks are often not something an 18 year old would consider, and even if they do consider it, to require them to give up everything they’ve had, including idea of a prestigious “UK education” and possibly the language that they’re most fluent in; to do these, and abide by not only a different set of rules but a different mode of existence altogether – therein lies the extraordinary difficulty. Only someone with a singular facility of will can take that leap. Furthermore even after they do, to be able to sustain it, to be able to explain to those around you the reasons behind why you’re doing what you’re doing- it is all very tiresome and demoralizing. Imagine saying that the reason why you want to study in Peking University instead of Cambridge is because of a rejection of post colonial sensibility to your parents who might not even understand post-colonialism? With such a move, bridges would have to be burned. The very fact that we are not dealing with a concrete problem, but one of sensibility, makes it much harder to solve.

And by the time one discovers the post-colonial issue after their “english” education, they’ve already entrenched themselves so deep into that culture that to extricate themselves would mean sacrificing an arm or a limb. First world problems really, but it’s a real problem to many people, one that implicates their perspectives on issues and their self-identity, including for myself.

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By: walter http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/#comment-13207 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 03:20:16 +0000 http://waltermignolo.com/?p=926#comment-13207 I tend to think that reinforce conservative values disguised by the spectacular splendor of technology. You focus so much in technology that you forget, and that is the point of technology, about values and goals. Technology becomes an end in itself, and it is not longer a medium.

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By: walter http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/#comment-13206 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 03:17:48 +0000 http://waltermignolo.com/?p=926#comment-13206 Thanks you for the link, interesting article on museums!

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By: Colonialism – "Modernity is someone saying to you, look we have made you better. And you believing it" | itsmepamarla http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/#comment-13199 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:42:15 +0000 http://waltermignolo.com/?p=926#comment-13199 […] are the students who go to America and Europe to study and learn to think the way they do. I love this article. It made me think of everything above. I’d like to stop here to let you read it now, […]

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By: Matching Museums to a New Reality | Museum in a Bottle http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/#comment-13191 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:44:16 +0000 http://waltermignolo.com/?p=926#comment-13191 […] Cairns’s latest post about power and technology in museums, I’ve been reading and rereading this article about power and culture or culture as […]

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By: Do new technologies democratise museum collections, or reinforce conservative values? | museum geek http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/#comment-13173 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:41:04 +0000 http://waltermignolo.com/?p=926#comment-13173 […] or only considered through the framework that the ‘legitimate’ culture makes possible. (This is a lovely piece that explores some of these issues.) Power reinforces that which is already […]

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By: Really? http://waltermignolo.com/decolonial-aesthesis-from-singapore-to-cambridge-to-duke-university/#comment-3313 Sun, 01 Sep 2013 16:42:33 +0000 http://waltermignolo.com/?p=926#comment-3313 1. There is no basis to claim that Michelle has “overt racism towards Asian(s) men.” Just because a woman marries someone outside of her own race does not mean she is racist towards the men of her own race.

2. “She will have half-white kids, who will deny they have ANY Asian blood.” In my personal experience, my half white and half Asian friends have never denied their Asian heritage. They have, however, expressed their struggles with fully belonging to a culture and their frustrations with trying to teeter between two cultures. I think that a mixed person can (although, I admit, may not always) embrace and celebrate both parts of their heritage.
Perhaps your experiences with biracial friends have been different?

3. You accuse her of hypocrisy. However, we have no knowledge of her thought process behind giving up her Singaporean citizenship, and how much do we know of her to confidently assert her hypocrisy? Even if we were to go ahead and assume she is “wearing a fake veil,” that does not mean that what she said in the letter is not true or invalid. (Tu quoque fallacy: a logical fallacy that attempts to discredit the opponent’s position by asserting the opponent’s failure to act consistently in accordance with that position; although the person being attacked might indeed be acting inconsistently, this does NOT invalidate their argument. Ex: A smoker telling you smoking is bad for you. It’s true that smoking is bad for you, even though this information came from a smoker.)

Overall, I found Michelle’s letter to be very insightful.

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