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Does writing have a gender?



Someone posted this comment in halfasians:



http://www.livejournal.com/community/halfasians/502785.html?view=5005569#t5005569



"The owner of the website http://www.realhapas.com has an obvious chip on his shoulder, so take the info there with a grain of salt...and don't take his anger at part-asians that use the term "hapa" personally. :) I can understand his feelings a little though, considering it's not from our heritage at all, but most definitely belongs to his."




First of all... uh... I'm female and uh secondly... I'm one eighth Chinese (as well as three eighths Hawaiian.) I really don't understand how the woman thought that I was male. Do I write like a male? *LOL* More importantly... does writing have a gender? :O



Well I was nice about it. I just stated:


"Sorry for the confusion... but 1) it's a she and 2) she's also one eighth Chinese (Canton.)"


But this makes me wonder, "Does writing have a gender?" Just a thought.

Also I really really REALLY miss aku palu. Ugh... and it makes me wonder... when will I be able to have aku palu again? Well thinking about aku palu makes me salivate. I miss it so much. Boohoohoooo.




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k_may_li
Nov. 19th, 2005 06:39 am (UTC)
Ah, you believe I wrote without considering the implications...but I did not. :) Allow me to explain. Writing does not have a gender. Indeed, I wondered about the website owner's gender before I even wrote my reply. I browsed realhapas.com for a clue, an owner name in the code...all I found was "Copyright ©2004 - 2005 by The Hawaiian Foundation Inc." No gender clues there. Lacking the necessary information, here's what I wrote, before I edited it:

"The owner of the website realhapas.com has an obvious chip on his/her shoulder, so take the info there with a grain of salt...and don't take his/her anger at part-asians that use the term "hapa" personally. :) I can understand his/her feelings a little though, considering it's not from our heritage at all, but most definitely belongs to his/hers."

I looked at it for a while. Bulky sentence...hard to read...my old English prof would kill me for turning in a paragraph like that. Quote: "I really don't understand how the woman thought that I was male." Response: I didn't. I searched your website for the information, and none was forthcoming. My paragraph was unreadable as it was, so I fell back on an old English professor's advice...when the gender of an author is unknown, because the phrase "the author" cannot be used in every instance, default to the male gender when referencing ownership.

I can understand that you assumed my writing was without thought as to your gender...but that could not be further from the truth. Again, I hope you were not offended by my personal opinion of the somewhat sharp tone of your website, and I'm glad that you and I definitely concur that the word "hapa" should not be used by part-asian/part-non-Hawaiians to refer to themselves. I hope more come to view the term as incorrectly used, as we do, in the future. :)
kevmille
Nov. 19th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
I heard the author of this website stoled the content from an Amerasian website. Just rumors... :-)

Justing Kidding!!!
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