Douglas Kim recently released this very well-done video on his experiences as an Asian American. While I side-eye some of the scenes, such as the car scene with the Asian girl and the white guy, Doug and I have talked about his intentions and the stereotype that follows that romantic pairing.
The lyrics “I’m pissed off but I’m too polite when Asian girls all want a guy who’s white” piss ME off, since we’ve discussed on Tumblr the horrible horrible misogyny and sexism in the Asian community when it comes to interracial relationships. I still disagree with Doug on him using this line and that scene when there were so many other issues and things he could have put in.
Here are his annotations for the video:
Annotations (in order of appearance):
0:22 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-ra…
0:29 - http://nymag.com/news/features/asian-…
0:39 - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001…
1:24 - http://www.quora.com/Interracial-Dati…
1:49 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNuyDZ…
2:02 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7…
2:11 - http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/1…
2:33 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonatha…
3:11 - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/opi…
3:25 - http://blog.angryasianman.com/
4:03 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02…
Doug also wrote a blog post on the making of this video, I’ve chosen an excerpt:
I recently talked with a female Asian friend of mine who told me what offends her most about “yellow fever” that some white Americans have. They would say, “What’s wrong with having a preference of someone you’re attracted to? How is that different from being attracted to blondes or brunettes?” She told me that when guys are attracted to her for being Asian, they’ve already put some sort of image of what they think she is on her, they’ve put her in a box. Their interests in her are purely self serving, in order to fulfill their preferences and desires. I think we both agree that there isn’t a problem with whites being attracted to Asians, but when it is exclusively being attracted to their Asianness, it becomes creepy. We both want our humanness to be recognized underneath our Asianness.
Seems like he’s got a good head on his shoulders, he’s very talented, and he put together a great video. I just wish it didn’t have that scene or that line in it. What are your thoughts? Is Doug a Youtuber who “gets it”?
“I Am NOT Your Model Minority” Campaign pt. 2
By the SPACES APSA Community Retention Program at UCSD
Attend the “I Am NOT Your Model Minority” Workshop in Tuesday, January 15th, 2013. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/531357673548751/?fref=ts
That is,White racism is a pathology looking for a place to land, sadism in search of a story. — George Lipsitz
Being interpreted as cute or sexy, and yet still dehumanized, results in harassment and assault that is considered “flattery” rather than what it is — racist.
“I repeat: these stereotypes are dangerous. Reducing Asian women into a sexual object is not funny, it is not flattering. It is perilous. We can see this when Asian women are subject to race-targeted sexual violence. The racist nature of the crimes go unrecognized and unpunished, as if there is nothing wrong with choosing a rape victim because she is Asian.
But in rapes and sexual assaults targeting Asian women, I can find no instance of prosecutors or police bringing “hate crime” charges. It seems our society frowns on the rape itself, but accepts the racial motivation behind it. Mainstream society simply is blind to this type of racism. Indeed, the Spokane police detective handling the case wrote in an email to me: “It was felt that there was no hate involved instead he [the lead rapist] was very infatuated with the Japanese race.” (sic).”
That the stereotype was “positive” or “negative” makes no difference to the victim.
Our favorite musician needs some help!
Jason Chu is rap-battling with Andy Milonakis and needs your support! Show your love by watching, “liking”, and sharing this video!
I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Model Minority (Andrew Fung, David Fung, and Jason Chu) while at the OCA Convention!
If you haven’t heard of Model Minority, they’re responsible for some of the illest beats and tracks to emerge from the Asian American community. Check em out, listen to their tracks, share their videos!
NEW SPOKEN WORD VIDEO! “Colorblind” - a response to racism in film, media, and theater.
Please Like & Share with your friends!
Being colorblind (“Racism doesn’t exist, I only see PEOPLE!) is a form of racism.
Check out this sick spoken word poem by one of the most talented and awesome people I know (Jason Chu of Model Minority) about how the La Jolla Playhouse only cast 2 Asian Americans in a play….set in ancient China.
Just because you don’t put us on the stage/screen/radio/headlines doesn’t mean we don’t exist.