Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat

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I’d never seen this before. Or heard of it, but then I tend not to have my finger on the pulse, of anything, really.

This is Tombili, Istandbul’s most famous cat who’s passed on now. Isn’t it great that he got a sculpture just for being so cute and super chill.

Read about Tombili here.

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daphnelee.org

Yesterday I paid for my own domain name.

daphnelee.org functions as a landing page and I’m hoping that it will, in time, be what pops up when people google my name or any of the work, projects etc I have done and/or am involved in.

Like my columns Tots to Teens and Localise.

Like this site as well as my book blog Head Shoulders Knees & Toes and my editing and writing services site OneRedPencil.

Like the Scholastic Asian Book Award and Scholastic Picture Book Award, initiatives I helped set up to promote the creation of children’s books with Asian content.

I’ve been experiencing lots of changes lately, and there are more changes to come. I think they mean good things are just around the corner.

‘Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something’s coming, something good,
if I can wait!
Something’s coming, I don’t know what it is,
but it is
gonna be great!’

~ ‘Something’s Coming’ from West Side Story

Thanks but No Thanks

My Twitter account got a new follower today:

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Needless to say I won’t be following back.

 

Save yourself, feed Africans

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‘She has no running water, no makeup, no clothes but the ones she herself has sewn, and no strict diet to follow – her figure is kept flawless because she is in a constant state of malnutrition. ‘

This and other send-ups of the “white saviour” trope are on Barbie Savior’s Instagram page.  The entries are hilarious, but also horrifying – because of they reflect the reality of widespread attitudes towards communities in Africa and Asia.

If you haven’t yet, you have to read this excerpt from Louise Linton’s memoir about how her gap year (spent saving Africa) turned into a nightmare, and also this brilliant send-up of her book.

But lies and satire aside, here’s Teju Cole‘s well-considered argument against ‘the white saviour industrial complex’.