Yuck of the day: Avril Lavigne’s new “Hello Kitty” video. With lyrics like
Hello Kitty, hello Kitty
Hello Kitty, you’re so pretty
Hello Kitty, hello Kitty
Hello Kitty, you’re so silly
Mina sako arigato! Kawaii! [x2]
one can barely stomach the song, but then add the video (full of “cute” things, east Asian back up dancers, candy, and toys) and I’m just completely done.
CAN YOU NOT
First and foremost, thanks to Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Yang and composer/lyricist Timothy Huang for bringing this to attention.
Alexis Fishman, at first sight, seems like a perfectly average woman. She graduated in 2004 from a performing arts school in Western Australia and went on to pursue a career in the arts, now ‘based permanently in New York’, as per her official website. Her performer’s page is professional, her website is tastefully metropolitan, and the posts on her personal Facebook give no indication of strange or deviant social behavior. She is, in essence, the typical young woman trying to make a name for herself in the performing arts industry. Why, then, has she created a Facebook profile dedicated solely to the enthusiastic spread of what amounts to racist garbage? Internet, meet Arexis Fongman.
What a disgusting human being. You can give her a piece of your mind here.
University at Buffalo’s Improv team performs using a skit they call “Chinese movie”. Apparently these are the rules:
"The two onstage actors ask the audience for a location. Once a setting has been selected, the scene can begin. The onstage actors speak in a fabricated language. Feel free to make it sound European, Asian, Polynesian, or completely imaginary.
After each actor speaks their line of gibberish, the performers standing by will translate each line. The actors onstage might rage or whisper or sing out in their strange language, but it is the translators who decide exactly what’s being said.”
Racist or not racist?
Let them know at https://facebook.com/pages/UB-Improv/
Mamazede pointed out this seriously vile and disgusting “comedian” Tracey Ullman who has a sketch comedy show called State of The Union. In it, she constantly uses brownface, blackface, and yellowface. She gets away with it, gets praised for it, and is lauded as a comedic genius. Here are some other examples of her bigotry:
A PSA from the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association:
We don’t care if you feel Jeremy Lin doesn’t play well enough to be a 2013 All-Star. We don’t even care if you’re just bizarrely passionate about Volvo commercials.
But we do care about racism.
And for the record, these kinds of Tweets are not okay.
Not today, not ever.
Before the glossy magazine covers and marriage proposals from “Linsane” fans, Jeremy Lin was a quiet NBA journeyman, so unknown to the public eye, the New York Knicks’ security guards didn’t recognize him well enough to let him into the arena. For months, in a grind that would wear anyone down, Jeremy struggled to hold onto a roster spot in the sport he grew up loving. Days from being cut by the third consecutive basketball team, no one could have ever predicted what was going to happen next. The unassuming Harvard alum would take us on one of the wildest rides in sports history as fans all around the world began to take notice.
What began as a film project to document the life of an overlooked NBA walk-on became our all-access pass to one of the unlikeliest stories ever to be told. We have gained exclusive footage with friends, family, teammates, pastors, and Jeremy himself, from home videos of a young Jeremy taking it to the hoop, his personal reflections as he struggled through stints in the NBA D-League, that Christmas day when he was cut by the Rockets, to when he joined the Knicks with a coach he had yet to speak to and a playbook he hadn’t even seen. We traveled with him to Asia to explore his family roots and interviewed him about his hopes and aspirations in the NBA.
We have had the exclusive permission to document Jeremy’s personal life for several years now, capturing never-before-seen footage of him at the highest and lowest points in his basketball career. An intimate portrayal of a rising hero fighting unbeatable odds, it is our joy to share Jeremy Lin’s story with you now.
I don’t know if I want to cry or laugh.
BBC has a website to teach kids primary languages, such as French, Spanish, and Chinese. Of course, they all need costumes to show off their culture, right? While the French-teaching kid wears a beret and the Spanish-teaching one wears a sombrero…..
A BOWL OF RICE?
NOT EVEN A RICE HAT.
You can check it out for yourself at http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primarylanguages/