Congratulations are in order for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his new wife, Priscilla Chan! Yes, the latter may have been Zuckerberg’s longtime girlfriend but she has now officially joined the ranks of other Asian trophy wives like Wendi Deng, Julie Chen and Soon-yi! She may be accomplished in her own right, after finishing Harvard, med school and enduring an Oscar-award winning film about her anti-social boyfriend (where the only role remotely close to hers was crazy Brenda Song) but let’s wish her the best because she’s basically set for life and you will never be. May you and Mark have a happy life together and never experience the scandal of changing your relationship to “it’s complicated” on Facebook. XOXOXO
I haven’t been paying attention to anything about The Carrie Diaries, the CW’s new series about Carrie Bradshaw before the Sex and the City years (which I like to refer to as the B.C.E.–Before Cosmo Era) but look! The trailer is out! And look! There are NON-WHITE PEOPLE IN IT.
Seriously, you guys. How is it possible that a series like Girls, which was deemed to be the most honest, real and down-to-earth portrayal of young women, couldn’t even show off a single minority in their trailer, yet this teen dramedy, destined to be the least honest, most outrageous and materialistic portrayal of young women (as a precursor to all that SATC has doomed us with) in the same city (at least, the tri-state area), manages to show off more than one non-Caucasian girl?
Brand ambassador Ashton Kutcher debuted a new video for Popchips where he dresses up in different characters for a dating service. And yes, one of those men is Indian. The Washington Post reports that the campaign directs people to a Facebook app, where friends can play matchmaker for each other. (And while stuffing their faces with Popchips, right?)
But let’s back up for a bit.
What do normal college freshmen do? Probably try to drink and sleep around as much as possible. What does Berkeley freshman Derek Low do? Build what is probably the most awesomest dorm room ever. Check out BRAD (Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Room) where features like lights, music and curtains are automated to work through motion sensors, voice commands and even an iPad app. There’s even an Emergency Party Mode in case studying for finals becomes too stressful!
Derek, you are my new hero so I hope you take my suggestions on how to upgrade your room into Brad 2.0 (or Brad 2S, since you’re clearly an Apple fan). How about:
- Shag carpeting
- Automated “scrunchie on the door” feature so you don’t have to interrupt a heavy make-out session to make sure your roommate doesn’t barge in on you two (or three).
- A robot maid.
- Absolutely NO webcams. SERIOUSLY. (Remember what happened to this guy?)
After my last post on HBO’s Girls, I was still willing to still give the series a shot. Except now I’m realizing something even worse–these writers really have no clue why people are upset over the lack of minority representation in their New York based show. Amazing.
Let me just say that I’m not surprised that a lot of people are drinking the haterade when it comes to this show. Anything that’s deemed hipster-ish with witty humor, a Modcloth wardrobe and critical acclaim is never consumed easily by the masses (see: people’s responses to Wes Anderson’s latest trailer for Moonrise Kingdom). I also agree that a lot of the backlash against the show is misogynistic: television is a male-dominated media, yet we still find reasons to not celebrate an original, female oriented series and instead call it what Two and a Half Men’s creator, Lee Aronsohn, said, “peak vagina on television, the point of labia saturation.”
But here’s the problem. The writers behind Girls really don’t understand why this lack of representation, especially for young women of color, is a valid issue. They’re clueless.
Editors Note 1/31/2013: The YouTube videos embedded have been swapped out with different clips since the original videos are no longer available. –Joz
There’s a lot of hype around Lena Dunham’s new HBO series, Girls. And I refuse to be a part of it. (Please note that due to my hypocritical nature, this means I’ll probably be drinking the Kool-Aid starting April 15th.) Why, you ask. But her indie film, Tiny Furniture, was critically acclaimed! And this will be such a realistic and hilarious and honest portrayal of young cosmopolitan women in the 21st century, unlike Sex and the City! They even tweet on the show. And you know what I say? White girl problems.
So I’ve never eaten kkultarae (Korean court cake) before but this video of very charismatic street vendor showing German tourists how he makes it (by pulling a lump of honey into 16,000 honey strings) is adorable enough to make me want to fly over to South Korea so I can stuff my face with the dessert. That is, until I realized this was a whole schtick for…well…tourists.
Dammit, cute Korean boys! Stop messing with my heart!
It looks like the New York Times is hopping on our bandwagon of the interracial dating debate with their recent article about how Asian American couples are brought together by their shared cultural values. (You can yawn now.) While the article cites the increase in overall interracial marriages, it also brings up a new study that reveals how more Asian Americans are marrying people of the same race due to the growing number of immigrants from across the Pacific.
…A surge in immigration from Asia over the last three decades has greatly increased the number of eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, giving young people many more options among Asian-Americans. It has also inspired a resurgence of interest in language and ancestral traditions among some newlyweds.
Yay! So the reason why all those Asian women hook up with white guys is not because of their disdain of Asian American masculinity but because that there weren’t enough of them around? Who knew! I kid. Seriously. SERIOUSLY.
We’ve heard it all before: Asian Americans complaining about the immense pressure put on by their parents to attend Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale. We should all study harder, ace the SATs and excel in extracurricular activities to pad our college applications so we can fulfill their dreams of being a part of these prestigious universities. While I don’t condone a stressful lifestyle for high school students, I do believe that there are times when our parents are looking out for our best interest–and this is one of them.
Indonesia’s first documented smoking baby, Ardi Rizal, may have quit smoking but there’s a new eight-year-old taking his place. ITN covered the story of Adi Ilham, who smokes 25 cigarettes a day in a country and has dropped out of school because there’s no smoking allowed there. He also drinks coffee! The short report covers the necessity for the government to establish regulations and age limits on buying tobacco but I can’t stop gazing at the tired, jaded and slightly glazed over look on his face. How sad. Let this be a lesson for you kids out there (under the age of eight). Don’t smoke or you’ll end up like this other kid! And for those of you over the age of eight…Yeah, I’ve got nothing.
Make sure that tissue box is handy before you watch “Pendulum,” an anime by a Japanese comedian named Tekken. Yeah, Tekken. That’s not the point this post. The point of this post is to remind you that time is ticking, there’s no turning back and you better appreciate and treat all the people in your life well because sooner or later, you’re going to regret all of it.
(This may or may not be a message to the significant other in my life.)
Want to be just like Jeremy Lin? Um…then study hard, go to Harvard and be really good at basketball. Or you can just do the secret handshake he does on court with Landry Fields. Meanwhile, we’ll be working on our own online tutorial of how to do the secret 8Asians handshake.
And this concludes our Jeremy Lin coverage for the week. You’re welcome.