- Do you use chopsticks or forks?
- Why are your eyes so small?
- Are you bad at driving?
- Something is wrong with my phone. Can you fix it?
- Are you related to Jacky Chan?
- Can you help me with my math homework?
- Is it true? Do you have a small penis?
- Do you have an American name?
- What is your name? Ting? Like the sound you make when you drop chopsticks?
- You speak English so well. Where did you learn it?
- Asians are not discriminated against. All of my doctors are Asian, and the Asian kids in school are the ones getting top honors. It’s the white kids who are disadvantaged.
- Can you recommend a good [Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, sushi, etc.] restaurant?
- Where are you from?” “No, where are you really from?
- You don’t act very Asian.
- You all look alike.
- What kind of Asian are you?
- Can you speak your language?
- Were you a fan of Jeremy Lin?
- Why do you only hang out with Asians? (common interest)
- Do you eat dogs? Really, never?
- Ching Chong Ling Long Ting Tong
- Am I holding these right? (chopsticks)
- Are you related to Chancellor Yang?
- Is it hard for you to tell each other apart?
- Do you know Kung Fu?
- Say my name in your language.
- Are your parents really strict?
- I would let you drive but I would like to get there alive
- Are you a bio, engineer or pre-law major?
- Do you know anyone named Lee?
I was searching through YouTube and happened to come across this vine compilation of things supposedly Asian parents or people do. Interesting enough we see that most of these Vines are pretty relatable, but we see that some just reinforce stereotypes that give false representation for the Asian community. It had reminded me of when I was in high school that all my friends would make jokes about being asian and they brush it off because it’s ok if Asians make jokes of other Asians because we are Asian. We ask ourselves is this really ok? I feel as regardless of whether you’re asian or not, you’re reinforcing representations that aren’t true and why is it ok to keep perpetuating them yourself. I’m all for expressing yourself, but when you make a Vine video of how other races can get girl’s easier than Asian guys while you’re an asian male yourself, this implanted idea of Asians will stay constant.
It’s disappointing to see that these two asians posting vines, don’t understand the consequences of trying to post these vines. Even though they are getting tens of thousands of views, they give this implication that we as an Asian community may be alright with these stereotypes and though some are relatable you end up setting the negative image. We see this progression of independency and expression of different images of Asian Americans thanks to the creation of YouTube and other media sharing websites, but we see that the openness of the internet allows people to post media of anything. I hope that the community sets individuals as this in the right direction and have them understand the validity of what they post and Vlog, vine, or whatever about their own culture or someone else’s culture. Just as the Alexandra Wallace, she had so much backlash from posting her rant against Asians, but why is it that so many of us are ok if another Asian rants about it. As Ono discusses that there are many forms of new mediums for us to express them, but as Asian American actors, filmmakers, or personalities it is our duty to create content that does not misrepresent the Asian community. We’ve already had a history of stereotypical films and shows to thank for that, and we must go in a direction where it represents Asian Americans in a way that doesn’t either sexualize or emasculate us as a community.
Avril Lavigne one of the pop stars that we talked about in class. Her music video Hello Kitty, set in Japan, is using Japanese people as props in her music video. She’s basically using Japanese people’ exoticism to pull people to watch her video. Apparently she really likes Japan since she put up this post about how much she loves Japan. The reason why Avril Lavigne loves Japan so much it’s because it is over loaded with cuteness. Yes! I mean Hello Kitty and Pokemon along with other thing such as K-ON cartoons, Sailor Moon, Rilakkuma plush toys and the most popular social network LINE. LINE itself produced so much hype because of the cute stickers that provide with the messaging application. This is Japan’s way of taking over the world and letting them be seen. Japan has this soft power, “the ability to indirectly influence behavior or interests through cultural or ideological means”, that they can use to take over the world.
This week in Fresh Off the Boat Eddie was introduced to a new friend, Phillip. I thought this episode was pretty racist. I personally think that when the principal of the school call Eddie in to his office and said that he’ll be a leading one of the new students. Eddie automatically assumed that this new student is Asian, and he was right. I thought that the act of placing the Asians together like they know each other is very racist and that they did not even bother asking Phillip, although we later figured out that he was adopted by a Jewish family and he is totally different from Eddie. The racist part was that everyone in the school assume that they’re best friends because they are both Asian, but in reality Asians come from different backgrounds and it should not be assumed. Like the presentation we had in class today, every person is different and every Asian is different.
Unfortunately, this is one of my favorite scenes in Scary Movie 4. The dialogue proceeds as the main character of the parody, a ditzy blonde named Cindy, attempts to gather important information from a nightmare of a Japanese ghost baby dubbed “The Grudge.” If you have ever seen these movies, they will definitely make you scream. The exchange is incredibly offensive and substitutes several Asian car and electronic brands iterated in sequence for Japanese speech. The scene does not perpetuate specific stereotypes, however, but does push for an “ever-foreign oriental” feeling. Not much more can be explained regarding this scene, but I will say that the dialogue is so over-the-top that I think that we can excuse its questionable sense of humor. Enjoy, if you must.
Porter Robinson, one of my favorite EDM artists, released his Japanese/new age inspired album Worlds. The sounds on it were quite a turn from his previous mainstream club hits, especially the song “Flicker.” Listen below for yourself:
It definitely took some getting used to, but after a few listens I realized the effects on it are an interesting and unique form of electronic music! Porter Robinson is a young, waspy guy from North Carolina who took a trip to Japan and used the music he heard to create his new collection, which involved months of meticulous editing including chopping up data from a translator program. The music on it debatably contains some cultural appropriation, but I think he captured the authentic Japanese sound quite well! Enjoy.