E-Board Member and Vol.1 Alumni
Born: Oakland, CA
Raised: Honolulu, HI
Currently: Atlanta Georgia
Marlon hails from the 808 State, a group of tiny islands in the Pacific also known as Hawai`i *shaka*. Growing up in such a culturally diverse place, it was easy to develop cross-cultural interests. Particularly, he has had a longtime fascination with the music of different nations, and as a musician himself, his goal is to bring people of different walks of life together through harmony. During his leisure time, Marlon likes to write music, swim, enjoy the outdoors, and try different kinds of beers. He’s also quite a big sports fan.
By Marlon and Julian Booker
Love your enemy, for love is the only thing that can drive out hate.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day, we celebrate and honor his legacy by sharing our Docu-Theatre premiere with our family and community.
“Loving your enemy” was, of course, a leading principle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His belief was to love so intensely that hate could not bear to linger any longer. Hate would only beget hate, and only a persistent, passionate love would be able to drive hate away. A change of heart through love is the only way to effect real change, and the mission of Blasian Narratives is to do this by uniting all communities through various Blasian experiences. Mixed-race people are given a unique circumstance that allows them to navigate multiple social spaces at once. Because of this dual community network mixed people can be advocates, not just allies, of these communities. This can result in spreading love and spotlighting the commonalities amongst both racial groups.
Blasian Narratives seeks to invoke social change by telling the stories of mixed-race individuals. These stories show the diverse range of people across seemingly polar racial categories —Black and Asian — and challenge common presumptions about people based on aesthetic rather than character. By using the mixed-race experience (specifically the Blasian identity in particular) the concept of race can be deconstructed and reveal the raw commonalities that all people share, as well as the erroneous, superficial standards to which one can or cannot be accepted into a racial category or group.
Blasian Narratives premieres today online for a limited time. Visit www.blasianproject.org for more information on the project and follow us on Facebook (Blasian Narratives), Instagram and Twitter (@blasianproject).