Category Archives: Daniel Fan

From the Post-Colonial Peanut Gallery: “Aloha”

Film review by Daniel Fan “Aloha:” a traditional Hawaiian word which is used both as a greeting and a send off.  And now, it’s a mid-sized romantic-comedy starring a pretty much all-white cast. Aloha is the story of Brian Gilcrest … Continue reading

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Revenge of the Rickshaw Rally by Daniel Fan

In the summer of 2004, LifeWay Publishing released “Rickshaw Rally: Racing to the Son,” a vacation bible school curriculum that was saturated with stereotypical images of Asians, mixing of different cultural heritages, and in general, a heaping pile of racism … Continue reading

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Three Questions to ask of any Social Justice Narrative by Daniel Fan

Do you Do Do Justice?* Has anyone ever pitched you a social justice initiative, and after the conclusion you thought “Something doesn’t feel right about this, but I don’t know what it is”? Maybe your instincts were right, but you … Continue reading

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From the Postcolonial Peanut Gallery: Disney’s The Lone Ranger and the Disappearing Indian by Daniel Fan

A second pillar of white supremacy is the logic of genocide. This logic holds that indigenous peoples must disappear. In fact, they must always be disappearing, in order to allow non-indigenous peoples rightful claim over this land. Through this logic … Continue reading

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The Life of the Land is Lost in Translation by Daniel Fan

On January 16, 1893, 162 American sailors and Marines sallied forth from the USS Boston and took up positions around American installations in Honolulu.  Without firing a shot, this intervention changed the history of the Hawaiian people forever.  In the … Continue reading

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Farewell, Uncle Richard

In Heaven a circle of grass Tread down by the prayers of dancers. Around it A ring of drums the smell of burning sage. A light breeze and a warm sun. “And now We’re gonna sing an honor song For … Continue reading

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Dear Santa, from Daniel Fan

Dear Santa, Hi again. It’s me, Daniel. I figured I’d write early just in case my letter got lost or you saw my list and decided to procrastinate a couple weeks before starting (honestly, that’s what I would do). Oh, … Continue reading

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