neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,

Tuesday so far

I got sleepy around 1:00 a.m.  I'm not sure when I actually got to sleep, but it took a while.  I woke at 10:00 a.m.

Dad and I went to a Home Depot, and then to a grocery store.  We got another echinacea.  I took pictures of that and the tiger lilies.  Today there was a tiger swallowtail on the tiger lilies.

I did laundry.

I did a serious post on Tumblr, reblogging one from Letters from Titan.  I argued that Tumblr could be educational.  I actually have learned a lot from Biyuti about Filipin@ culture and history, and from various people about genderqueerness.  Most of the books I had read before had been by FtM guys.  Biyuti reblogs a lot from and about trans women of color.  Weeds blogs about autism and disability in general.  I'm not sure how I ended up following a couple of other blogs written by autistic people, but it was probably because of Weeds.  I didn't even post about how much I had learned about disability through the Internet.  I had done tons of independent reading of print books about disability previously, but still.

In a draft, I wrote about having taken an African-American history course, and how there was a lot more to race relations than that.  Again I've learned more from Biyuti and various people they quote, about Asians and Pacific Islanders and Indigenous people in North America.  My non-Internet reading about the Philippines is limited to the book about the Philippine-American War that I recently read, and what I learned in a World War II history course.  I need to read some things about peaceful times, too, and culture.  Also, I would like to learn some of the recipes for meals that Biyuti and friends reblog pictures of.  I took a couple of Thai cooking courses.  I can learn.

I'm thinking again of Biyuti reblogging someone saying something like that three (.003?) percent of characters on American TV are Asian, and most of them are on Glee.  I wish I'd saved that quote, so I could know for sure.  I don't remember exactly what the percentage was, but it was low.  I talked with Biyuti about how I have textbooks on African-American Vernacular English.  My first dialect is Standard American English, but I have to be careful not to fall into AAVE when I'm surrounded by people speaking it, since I know it.  I have been called on that.  "Listen to that accent you got going."

I thought about that for the prompt I put up about the Harlem Renaissance.  I went to a couple of performances in [southeastern Pennsylvania town] that were recitals of Paul Laurence Dunbar's dialect poetry, with costumed portrayals of characters.  In canon, Mercedes spoke a few lines of AAVE in the first couple episodes of the show, but since then it's been almost completely Standard American English.  Santana speaks lines of AAVE occasionally, and it's glaring.  Her first dialect of English is Standard American English.  I recently figured out that it was glaring to me partly because she was doing it wrong.  "We's be goin' to Breadstix" isn't the right grammar.  I think "We be" would be more correct, but I'd have to look it up.  There are Hispanic immigrants who learn AAVE as their first dialect of English, but that's not Santana's case.  They get more prejudice for speaking a non-privileged dialect.  I knew a Latina girl who went to Chester High School who learned AAVE as her first English dialect.  I'm sure she wasn't the only Latin@ in Chester who had.

Langston Hughes wrote some of his poetry using AAVE, and Zora Neale Hurston wrote books with people in various places in the U.S. and Caribbean relating folktales.  1920s AAVE is out there.  It just needs to be carefully used in modern fiction.  It was certainly spoken in Harlem then, like it's spoken around the U.S. now.  There are 1930s (WPA?) recordings of former slaves telling about their lives.  Those recordings were transcribed.  The information is there.
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