Drake did the above spoof of Manny Pacquiao singing Let it Go on the ESPY awards show. I personally thought it was funny and was not at all offended. As this Buzzfeed article points out, some Filipinos agree with me while others thought it was racist. The comments on the above video also divide along these lines. What do you all think? Is it a case of brown-face that insults all Filipinos or just satire? [...] Continue »
When I was undergraduate at Princeton during the last century, instituting an Asian American Studies (AAS) program was a focus of the university’s Asian American Students Association. After decades of effort by many students, Alumni, and professors, Princeton University finally has an official program in AAS. Beth Lew-Williams will join the faculty to teach a course on Asian American history in the spring of 2015. While the long period of time it took to get [...] Continue »
If you live in the Bay Area or in other urban areas, you may notice that periodically, advertisements go up for a “Shen Yun Performing Arts.” These usually have a picture of a Chinese woman doing some sort of traditional dance like the ones shown (the image shown shown here is not from Shen Yun, though). Sometimes people will be handing out flyers or cards advertising these performance in various public places. Having known nothing [...] Continue »
Leland Yee has been arrested on a number of corruption charges and dropped out of the California Secretary of State race, but 323,000 people managed to do what is pictured here as of the most recent count of California’s primary election held on June 3, 2014. It was too late to remove his name from ballots by the time he dropped out, but Yee still managed to get 9.6% of the vote as of June [...] Continue »
Despite Asian Americans complaining about being treated badly politically with bills like SCA5, they simply haven’t been turning out to vote. This analysis of Census Data from the Pew Research Center says that over time, Asian American turnout is about 33% lower than whites percent and Blacks by 25%, at the same level as Hispanics. The trend since 1990 seems to be steadily be getting worse. The most commonly cited reason for not voting: “too [...] Continue »
The theme of “Indian kids as spelling bee champions” seems to have a higher profile lately, especially with the recent movie Bad Words. This Toyota commercial includes an Indian kid showing off his spelling talents. The father is apparently played by a Hispanic guy (no data on the mom). The family is ambiguously ethnic and can pass for Indian or Hispanic. I wonder if we will see more of that kind of casting, where Hispanics [...] Continue »
While I had read that misogyny and a sense of entitlement were motivations of Elliot Rodger, the man who killed six people and then himself near Santa Barbara, I didn’t realize that anti-Asian hate was another one until I saw this post from the BigWOWO. Rodger stabbed three Asians, two of whom were his roommates. His mother was Asian, but he seemed to despise full-blooded Asians, especially when he saw Asian males were talking to [...] Continue »
An Asian guy rarely gets the girl in a TV commercial, but two of them each getting a girl? And in the same commercial? And the girls are white too? Not your typical TV commercial, but although I should add that I am not tempted to eat this product.
While 8asians has covered Asian Americans and college admissions over the years, a recent article from the data services company Priceonomics takes a data driven approach to summarize the arguments in the debate whether elite colleges discriminate against Asian American in admissions. This article does a decent job of trying to look at both sides. It brought out some points that I hadn’t thought about, although I think it missed a number of key points [...] Continue »
After almost 10 years of playing in community, NJB, AAU, and school leagues, Number Two Son dropped out of organized basketball for good this year. When I saw this article asking why there are very few Asian American division I college basketball players, my experiences with Number Two Son have given me insights why I think that’s the case. The article says that basketball seems to have “relatively few obvious barriers to entry” and hints [...] Continue »
7 year old Baylor Frederickson needs a bone marrow transplant. If he was purely from one Asian group, it would be hard enough, but since one of his parents is not Asian, it’s even more difficult to find a match. I found this article (and others) that says some Asian ethnic groups naturally have that extra difficulty because of a long history of racial mixing. Filipinos fall into this category, and I can see how [...] Continue »
I noticed this commercial because it has many of my favorite (or perhaps least favorite) Asian American stereotypes: Nerdy Asian technical guy White guy in charge Asian guy awkward with white women The Asian guy is surprised when his cheesy line actually gets a reaction. Not appropriate behavior in the workplace, though. I do have to confess that I did laugh at that “fell from heaven” line. Enjoy! Or perhaps, not enjoy.
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