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Today is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, and in his honor, the Black students’ union sent out an email summing up MLK’s life, politics and legacy, along with a reminder of what we students can do. The email was sent to the Black students’ union email listserv and the Latino students’ union listserv.
But not to the Asian students’ union listserv.
Why the resistance to including Asians as people
“You’re clearly not white and encounter tons of ignorance from that circumstance, but you’re still more socially accepted than black and latino group due to “positive stereotypes” (bullshit IMO) and thus receive better access to resources i.e. health care, education. “
As an Asian American, I will have to slightly disagree with that statement, that Asians are more “socially acceptably.” It is not the people who are socially acceptable, it is our products.
By products I mean our food, history, mythology, culture, our martial arts, and dare I say it, the “exotic” nature of all that and more. Our products eventually became fetishized for most white people to consume and mold into their society.
In media, the Asian people are just as shafted and pigeon holed into the typecast roles that a white consumer society established for them, and if an Asian isn’t emulating any of those “positive stereotypes,” (ie if you don’t know kung fu, if you’re not nerd or geek smart, if you are not an Asian female that can be hypersexualized into an exotic trophy for the white man to win), you are denied opportunities and privileges just like anyone else of color.
Anyways, yeah wtf Asians are too of color and we love MLK as much as anyone does.
By Jade Cho
I can’t help but feel a little hurt when I meet API women who say they only go for white guys. There’s nothing wrong with our Euro American brethren – but underlying the phrase “white guys are soo hot” I always hear “Asian guys are soo unattractive.” Dating preferences are individual, most times influenced by personal history. But there’s no doubt there’s very little love for API men in the mainstream media, something I think ultimately feeds into the way we women perceive them in real life. If you’ve never met an Asian guy you’re attracted to and the media just tells you they’re effeminate geeks or creepy, scheming villains, you’re never gonna think an Asian guy could be hot, period.
So, especially in a year where Ken-Jeong-in-The-Hangover caricatures are becomingpopular, it is never a bad time to give some love to real, powerful, complex API men who are anything but emasculated stereotypes – and who are often far under the mainstream’s radar. Three of these men have been on constant replay in my library this week, so it is a pleasure for me to use this week’s Perspective to profile some of my favorite MCs:
1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Amiel Maquilan. Musically known as Summer Breeze. I’m 23 years old and from South San Francisco, CA.
2) What got you into singing, playing the guitar, and vlogging on YouTube?
I started playing guitar and singing back in my junior year of high school. I started because I wanted to write a song for my high school crush. Ever since then, I continued my musical hobby and turned it into a music career. I started my YouTube channel and everything started to take off from there.
By: Kenny Kim Hoang
Not too long ago, the presence of Asian Americans in media was closely nonexistent. Besides stereotypical, one-dimensional characters, there was a lack of everyday you-and-me representation. In the hands of the mainstream, the dynamics and complexities of an Asian American was absent. However, what was missing was found elsewhere.
Nearly 7 years since it’s creation, with the help of YouTube, everyone has the access to publicly do their own thing. Comedy bits, music covers, flash mobs, freestyle recordings, choreographed routines, video responses, do it yourself videos, and the like. Some people use the tube for leisure’s sake, some others try to promote their gig, the possibilities are endless.
To know that a person has this wealth of control and say in what they do, it’s sort of liberating. Free from the confines of the mainstream; YouTube has been a great source for people to do what they do best, rep people.
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