Links for 11/7/21

Kon-Tiki


 

A Brief History Of LA’s Indigenous Tongva People


 

Plastic pollution on course to double by 2030


 

These facts about dunes will blow you away


 

The Death of the Bering Strait Theory


 

The Facebook whistleblower says its algorithms are dangerous. Here’s why.


 

Supreme court, Facebook, Fed: three horsemen of democracy’s apocalypse


 

Halt destruction of nature or risk ‘dead planet’, leading businesses warn


 

Tiki Tatsu-ya Raises the Bar to Islander Heaven


 

‘Shark calling’: locals claim ancient custom threatened by seabed mining


 

WTF Happened In 1971?


 

Temperature change across the planet from 1880 to 2020. The acceleration of global warming in the 21st century is “impressive”


 

Finding, restoring and sharing Australia’s lost surf films


 

55 Bel Air in Honolulu 1967

Links for 5/16/21

Getting Shacked on a Surf Mat


 

4 Tips for Improving Your Noseriding


 

Discourses of Climate Delay


 

Racism 101 Asked And Answered: Mugs, Cocktails And Statues — Is Tiki A Form Of Cultural Appropriation?


 

The Pink Lady was a short-lived painting by Lynne Seemayer on a rock face near Malibu, California in 1966


 

Surfing In The Sixties – Mona Boys


 

Samurais Pop Group (1968)


 

Truckin’ with the crowd – Jeff Belzer at Malibu


 

The Morality of Manipulation


 

Tour Santa Monica’s once-vibrant Black neighborhoods, nearly erased by racism and ‘progress’


 

Video: This Wind-Powered Gigantic Cargo Ship Will Carry 7,000 Cars Across the Atlantic


 

The soundscape of the Anthropocene ocean


 

SOMA Bioworks – Biosporin


 

Cold Water Therapy Trailer


 

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood


 

These Sea Creatures Are Actually Made of Glass

Links for 3/21/21

John Muir in Native America


 

The Anti-Colonial Revolution


 

The Real-Life Gidget Looks Back From 80: “I Lived It All”


 

The History of Female Surfing: a Legacy of Hawaiian Medicine Women, Royalty, Goddesses and More


 

A Tale Of Two Ecosystems: On Bandcamp, Spotify And The Wide-Open Future


 

You Can Now Stay in a Floating Tiki House Off the Florida Keys


 

Sincron 8 Minute De Vis


 

Deluged by floods, America’s ‘oldest city’ struggles to save landmarks from climate crisis


 

This Man Has Spent Quarantine Making Ridiculously Meticulous Miniatures of L.A. Landmarks

Controversial Tiki

I read this stuff about the colonial aspects of polynesian pop with great interest and am on the fence, accepting points of both views. One thought that spontaneously comes to my mind is that Tiki as a religious symbol was replaced with the cross on the islands, decades before people chose it for the design of cocktail mugs. If I abandoned mock south pacific references tomorrow and should I by a twist in the time-room-continuum then end up in the Marquesas wouldn’t I still be an atheist trying to convince them to let go of all religions, which maybe made them easy prey in the first place? Of course I realize that religious symbols are cultural items at the same time, thus relevant to atheists as well.

But what else could be questioned? I would like to make a list of things in the realm of modern Tiki culture and Polynesian pop.

  1. rum based drinks – caribbean origin, colonial slave economies
  2. time of creation mid 20th century – time of imperial militarization of the pacific
  3. floral print fabrics – originated from Japanese print making, marketed to basically white audiences from the go.
  4. island and south east Asian staff – colonial as it gets in western locations
  5. room decorations including tapa cloth and carvings – pacific origins of the design with potential of religious and cultural hurt

In this list item 3 is clearly innocent in my book.

For 1 I think if the rum had to go, shop could be closed down right away. So, how much does the number of tides come and gone since the days of slavery on sugar plantations make a difference?

Item 2 is not valid to me, because as Europeans we don’t make a connection between the pacific islands and WWII until we are made aware of it, which does not happen in our Tiki bars. Meaning to say we explore on our own dime, not the defense budget. So what is a US bar to do? Maybe have no WWII references in favor of Jack London, whalers and .. traders? I mean the theme is not really time based per se, make the best of it!

3 – The aloha shirt is a symbol of labor migration from Asia to the Pacific, not of colonialism.

4 – it has been mentioned elsewhere that this is providing jobs for these people, and this is a horrible way of seeing it, since that argument is normally used for legitimizing atrocities like arms and fossil fuel engine manufacturing, or overseas low wage work.

The room decorations 5 – if done properly and not comically, will help with the escapism. Which, as I understand the discourse right now, is not being considered a bad thing. One could consult indigenous or anthropologist people to make sure the decor is fine for the use in a cocktail bar.

I leave out music. All good music is pulling from places near and far, combining and making new connections. This is why I didn’t realize a problem earlier because I only ever saw and heard the enriching aspects of cultural cross pollination.

There is an Elephant in the Tiki Bar

I just realized there’s the valid discourse going on about Tiki from a cultural appropiation view. If the term was to be replaced in pop culture I would just take pacifica rather than tropical, because tropical is much too unspecific geographically and thus doesn’t connect as directly as it should.

Here’s a quote from Samuel Jimenez that I sure will subscribe to:
“The drinks genre itself is rooted in colonialism and imperialism. To me, there’s no way around it. To me, non-appropriative tiki doesn’t exist. It’s not a thing. It can’t be a thing. But I’ll be a 100 percent honest—for the Pacific Islands, for Oceania, for Pasifika, the problems that we face in this world are greater than tiki. Our islands may cease to exist in the next 10, 20, 50, 100 years. Our cultures, our languages, our islands may be lost to climate change. We may not have homes to return to. The diaspora continues to lose aspects of culture year by year, moment by moment. So to me, even when I talk to people about tiki and when I try to educate people on our islands and our land and our people and our culture, if I’m being 100 percent honest, I’m like, “You guys can keep tiki if you want tiki,” but recognize that the cultures that you’ve taken a lot of inspiration from—if that’s what you want to call it—cultures that you’ve taken a lot from to create this aesthetic have modern issues that are seriously threatening the future of our people.”

Find more links on the discussion at Pasifika Project.

Amusement Piers in the Santa Monica Bay

Swingin’ at the Steel Pier LP cover
 

Most of these are about Pacific Ocean Park.

Movie: Night Tide at NWR (Santa Monica Pier)

Photos: Remembering Pacific Ocean Park

Movie segement: Pacific Ocean Park scene from Herman’s Hermits 1966 comedy movie “Hold On!”

TV segment: Lost Los Angeles “The Invaders” Pacific Ocean Park 1968 Classic Television

10 photos from L.A.’s long-gone Pacific Ocean Park, a day out by the sea you’ll never enjoy

Presentation: Throwback Thursdays – Pacific Ocean Park Pier / Presented by Christopher Merritt & Domenic Priore

Music video: Nancy Sinatra Who Will Buy

Vintage documentary: Part 1 – Santa Monica and Pacific Ocean Park (1959)

Home movies: Baby Boomers Tribute “Let Me Live Again” Pacific Ocean Park 1958-1967 So Cal Santa Monica

Ronnie Jay and Friends – P.O.P. Pier mid 1970s

 

related:

Four Abandoned SoCal Amusement Parks With Creepy Pasts

Enchanted Village

Links for 8/16/20

The plastic we use unthinkingly every day is killing our planet – and slowly but surely killing us


 

Wandrè – L’artista della chitarra elettrica


 

Short Series Co. Ft Dylan Cox__long Version


 

The Roots Of Ska: From Tennessee, Through Jamaica To The Best of British


 

The Big Green Lie


 

Chongolio


 

Transforming Vintage Cars to Electric


 

Permalink Hank B. Marvin interview – July 23, 2019 (NAMM.org – Oral Histories series)


 

Water


 

High on a Cool Wave (1968)


 

Brilliant Corners: Papua New Guinea, Chapter One

Links for 3/15/20

Glazzies Real Horror Show


 

Mystico… Part II


 

Misirlou – from Klezmer to Surf Guitar


 

The Time for Multi-Storey Skateparks Is Now


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When the Icecap Is Melting Somewhere, Ocean Level Rises Somewhere Else


 

Gato Heroi Operator x Robin Kegel


 

Faced with segregation, black artists sold their work from their cars. They became known as the ‘Highwaymen’


 

Mini Moai


 

Video on Vimeo


 

Silver Skaters: the rise of skateboarding in California – in pictures