There are many things to be proud of. For me, one of those is backing and helping fellow bloggers, authors, and artists. It doesn’t matter how you decide to help; the thing is that you end up helping projects that align with you. Helping others to realize their projects helps in having more diversity on shelves and screens. Think about it this way: mainstream won’t listen to you unless you’ve changed the game. To change it, you have to create something or help someone else do so.
I like to use Kickstarter and Patreon for that. There are tons of projects waiting for someone to lay eyes on them. True, not everything will tune with you. However, be assured that you’ll find something you’ll like. And, who knows? Maybe, one day, you’ll be the one asking for help to see your project out there in the wild.
When I saw this project I couldn’t stop myself to back it up. It is about Japanese War Brides, who, after the WWII married american soldiers and went to the US without knowing about the culture of their husbands. They landed on a country where most of people regarded them as enemies. Their cultural ways were at odds with the american ones. Now, three daughters, of three Japanese War Brides, are creating a film about them.
This is a unique opportunity to preserve the memory of these women, their experiences and a piece of history. This is also very valuable from an anthropological point of view. Why dis these women go to a place they did not really know? Why did they go a place with no Japanese-American communities? How were their lives? Unlike other immigrant groups, these women had no existing support networks, and they had to do everything, in a way, “alone”.
If you are interested in Japanese culture, WWII history and anthropology, this might be a very interesting project to fund and follow. Check it out here.
Valor is a comic anthology with fairy tales plenty of female heroines. Tales have been re-imagined or scripted from zero. The aim is to re-imagine or create brand new stories that are centered in strong leading female characters.
I found this project thrilling, and I decided to back it up (you have time till August 31, 2014). What got me in was not only the artwork, but the potential and the trend that it shows up. It focuses on female leading figures, it re-imagines fairy tales and creates new ones for nowadays audience.
These are not superhero comics, but fairy tale comics based on fairy tales. We are used to listen to traditional fairy tales with different types of female characters. In many instances, female characters are the ones who need the help of male characters. Here, however, females take the lead.
Matika Wilbur launched her Project 562 to photograph every federally recognized Tribe in the US (566). I found this project in Kickstarter by chance and I decided to back it up because iti s a great way to record a reality of every Tribal Nation in the US through photography. A really nice project that can be a window for anthropologist studies as well.
This is an ongoing project that, I personally find, amazing. You can get news about its project here. If you happen to be in the US you can have the opportunity to attend one of the exhibitions, or be able to, perhaps, meet with the phographer.
Matika sold everything she had and hit the road, and she’s been on the road taking pictures ever since. Her efforts might open the heart toward recognizing US indigenous communities, and open their customs to the rest of the world as well.
The book Matika is making does not only contain photographs but also untold histories from Apaches, Swhinomish, Northern Cheyenne, Lumbee, and other Tribes.
If you want to know more about this project, please visit Matika’s blog.
Around two months ago I found, through Amazon, a cool book digital shop: Better World Books. They are bringing literacy around the world. The cool thing is, every time you buy a book, they donate a book to someone else. So far, I got 16 second-hand books. Some are pristine, others are almost new, and others have some wear on it. But they are so cheap (including international postage)! Academic books are cheap too. Till now, I had to buy very expensive books. I had no choice because I needed them for a book I am writing. However, they opened a great door for me. 🙂
I am a heavy reader. When I say heavy, means “heavy”. I read a lot! I like different topics, and I like to provide my writings with a minimum of bibliography (which means that I have read the book, and that I have it sitting on one of my shelves). In Japan books were quite cheap. In Spain they are terribly expensive. In UK they are expensive too, but since there are lots of second-hand books you can get real jewels around :p But Better World Books makes things even better: every time I get one book, another goes somewhere, and literacy is spread around the world. Which is awesome!