Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Gets A New Asian Wife!

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

The Carrie Diaries Trailer Proves That Minorities Do Exist In New York

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?

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Is Ashton Kutcher’s Popchips Commercial Racist?

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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.

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Are The Writers Of HBO’s Girls Just Clueless?

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.

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HBO’s Girls Reminds Us That The Only Ones Who Matter Are White

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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.

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Asian American Couples Come Together Over Cultural Similarities

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.

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Why Ivy League Schools Are Better For Asians

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.

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