By Greg Watanabe Regarding the #cancelColbert kerfuffle. So, there’s two things: The first being the sketch itself, which is about the Washington Redskins’ owner creating the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation” to mitigate the pr damage from having such a fucked up name. In the segment Colbert uses the following joke: “Folks, this move by Dan Snyder inspires me, because my show has frequently come under attack for having a so-called offensive mascot, my beloved [...] Continue »
By Timothy Fong I would prefer to resolve disagreements with mutually respectful dialogue. But when that fails, I’ll take fear. On Thursday, the Colbert Report did a skit where the punchline was “I am willing to show the Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” The editor of the show’s Twitter account then tweeted the joke. In response, Suey Park, a writer and activist instigated the [...] Continue »
In 2011, when news struck of the quake and tsunami, I remember watching in horror as video footage began broadcasting on NHK. As it turned out, the quake was just a precursor to more horrific disasters to come. The tsunami wiped out countless lives and cities. Then the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant nuclear reactor incident(s) escalated to be a Level 7 crisis rating– the highest since Chernobyl. Beyond the headlines and coverage, racist Tweets emerged [...] Continue »
This piece was written for the youth participants and alumni of the Taiwanese American Foundation (TAF), the oldest summer conference serving people of Taiwanese heritage. It was originally published at the TAF website and has been republished here with permission. photo credit: davidreid via photopin cc By Ho Chie Tsai The first time I listened to a presentation about the
8Asians is an official media partner of this project. The Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC) is proud to present our national #APIVoices YouTube Video Contest! This is YOUR chance to share a topic that you feel is relevant to the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community, and challenge the stereotype that social issues do not affect APIs. Select video submissions will be posted to the OACC YouTube page. WHAT: Create a video that describes an issue [...] Continue »
By Sean Miura In high school I had a crush on this girl. She was funny and bubbly and outgoing. I was serious and self deprecating and reclusive. Perfect match. 15 year old Sean had no idea how the whole dating thing worked (likewise 25 year old Sean has no idea how the whole dating thing works) but he did know from Asian dramas that the best way to ask someone out is not to [...] Continue »
A couple of months ago, I moved from Los Angeles to the northwestern part of Connecticut for my new job. I had never lived in a small town with about 95 percent Caucasians before. Honestly, I had more culture shock here than when I first came to Los Angeles from China. However, I was mentally prepared to confront some racial and cultural ignorance before I came here. In L.A., a Caucasian friend of mine from [...] Continue »
Recently the NYTimes ran a piece celebrating a significant milestone in North American Western Hollywood TV; two of the strongest and most interesting female leads are being played by Asian-American actresses; Maggie Q as Nikita and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson on Elementary. *throws confetti* However celebratory this milestone may be, the following quote almost strips it away: “… the truth is that they resonate with two of the most common sets of images [...] Continue »
Just in time for the holidays, the return of a favorite 8Asians topic: dating Asian women. Are You Interested, one of the largest Facebook-based dating apps, “analyzed over 2.4 million interactions among its current user base in the United States to discover the likelihood of users to respond to other users based on race.” The data showed that Asian women are the most preferred by all men except Asian men – who prefer Hispanic women. [...] Continue »
Last spring, I went on a trip to North Cali to research for my book series about Chinese in the American Old West. For fun, my brother and I did a fight video with a filmmaker friend of ours iMakeDumbFilms, and here was the result. After we had our fun, I considered the Asian stereotypes that we reinforced: All Asians know kung fu. Asians wear and do Asiany things all the time. Nevermind that my [...] Continue »
Halloween is a time for candy and costumes. It’s also a time for us to talk about when someone’s costume has crossed the line. (See Moye’s timeless posts about offensive Halloween costumes and her ever-popular suggestions for costumes for Asian Americans: 2010 edition and 2011 edition) Our own senior contributor, John, joined KPCC’s AirTalk’s Larry Mantle to talk about the subject. It’s not uncommon during Halloween for people to dress up like a Geisha, a [...] Continue »
By Lianne Lin I lived in Taiwan (Taipei and Taichung) for three years, and though I had an amazing time, I experienced a more harmful type of racism there than I ever have in my home country. Born and raised in America, I would occasionally get teased or put down for being Asian, which was definitely damaging to the ego. However, that could not compare to the devastation of being turned down for job after [...] Continue »
Paulus Magus: Liberals like to look for reasons to be offended. It's hot they find purpose in life. – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Paulus Magus: Asians produce a type of melanin called phaeomelanin. Phaemelanin is yellow. Just as white people are not ivory, but peachy-to-bronze, so Asians are not crayola... – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Azus: From a Chinese perspective, the term 'yellow' was actually self-imposed when Westerners, primarily European, were carving out spheres of influence across the country. The Chinese... – Why Are Asians Yellow?