Angry Asian Man sets the scene
: "The Bagley Wright Theatre in Seattle is currently staging Gilbert & Sullivan's 'classic' comic opera The Mikado, which has historically required actors to perform roles in yellowface, and a bunch of shitty made up stereotypes for comic effect. This version is no different, with all forty Japanese characters played by white actors.".
The Seattle Times weighs in with a negative op-ed.
The Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan society had a response to the Times Op Ed: "I get it because as a black woman I am often confronted by issues of racism and sexism, be it blatant, subtle, institutionalized, or perceived. I too have reacted in a knee-jerk fashion. I believe when confronted with these issues I have always dug a little deeper, checked other sources, and did some research on my own before taking action.
Given what I, and the Society have been through in the last few days, I hope to God that my actions were indeed merited. The idea that I may have caused the kind of damage that we are experiencing to some other organization, individual or institution because I took a head long rush to judgment based on a headline, or an opinion piece, and regarded those things as fact sickens me to my soul."
posted by josher71
on Jul 18, 2014 -
Why I Stay Closeted In Asia (SLBF)
I denied it, as my father and sister begged me to.
posted by yeoz
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I couldn't exaggerate to you how much my mother's face lit up, or how much I wanted, for a shameful second, for my lie to be true. I began to tell her a story, got into the groove, told it with what could be called pizzazz, or maybe just mercy. A monthlong fling with a Korean girl became a year ("I liked her; she had a cocaine problem"). Immediately she laughed with relief.
"I wouldn't know how to deal if you were, you know, that" she said.
Each bite brought a delicate balance between pleasure and pain—deliciously peppery flavor, bought at the price of having your mouth feel like you’d swallowed fire. But the pain was a good pain, somehow. It forced you to slow down and experience each bite, and that’s a rare experience these days. No one mindlessly gobbles Sichuan hot pot, simply because it’s physically impossible to do so without powerful anesthetic.
posted by Trurl
on Apr 13, 2012 -
('Canada’s only national weekly current affairs magazine') publishes an annual edition ranking Canadian universities. In this year’s issue, with strong showings of Asian student populations at the top schools, an article asks, whether Canadian universities are “Too Asian”? [more inside]
posted by typewriter
on Nov 11, 2010 -
David Brooks, Social Psychologist,
Mark Liberman at Language Log looks at the science behind David Brook's latest column
in which he claims there is a fundamental differences between the thought processes of individuals in Asian "collectivist" societies and Western "individualist" ones. (via
posted by afu
on Aug 14, 2008 -
"Today there is no eggroll..."
As posted at jewschool
, your best source for hip heeb hype,
Asian restaurants across [Israel]detante went on a one-day spring roll strike on Tuesday in protest over government plans to rid kitchens of foreign chefs, and said sushi and noodles would be the next items off the menu. [more inside]
posted by ericbop
on Feb 13, 2008 -
Start drawing! The Asia drawing portal. Drawings from Asia, drawing by Asians.
It's hot out, so crack open a cold drink, keep yourself inside and click through a great portal of art from the near and far east. Stay a while, and browse by category, by country, and revel in a large list of inspirations and resources. I've enjoyed reading about Sanjay Patel, the artist behind GheeHappy
and Hindu mythology in cartoon form, an amazing array of CG artists from Thailand
, the odd dichotomy of urban culture and ultra-slick anime from Korea
, and puzzled over an array of meticulous resources like this Hair gallery
posted by boo_radley
on Jul 7, 2007 -
"Michael Lohman is sick"
read the email to students in MAT 308: Theory of Games, explaining why the Princeton mathematics graduate student had not yet graded their homework. Not sick as in "flu"-sick, but sick as in "squirting his bodily fluids into unsuspecting women's drinks and cutting off locks of their hair for unspeakable acts involving mittens"-sick. And not just any women, but exclusively Asian women. An extreme case, to be sure, but the Western"otaku"
(and often having much success
with) Asian women is a quite familiar and often disturbing
trope for those of us who have spent much time among the disaffected English majors
, anime fans, martial artists, dirty old men
, and various other Asiaphiles. Yet decidedly non-nerdy folks
have expressed a definite preference for Asian women
as well. Where
does this preference (which certainly goes
) come from? As such interracial couplings increase
, should we even try to distinguish relationships based on "Suzie Wong"
stereotypes or even outright economic exploitation,
and relationships that are somehow more "acceptable?" Or will non-Asian guys with Asian girls constantly be forced to prove it's not just a case of "Yellow Fever?"
posted by banishedimmortal
on Apr 13, 2005 -
"We're Asian and Pacific Islander Americans 'living on the rim,' where our diverse cultures and the everyday American lifestyle become one...Whether we're sipping green tea or enjoying a Big Mac® sandwich, we're helping make the magic mix called America become even richer. And McDonald's is right there with us, everyday!" Learn more at i-am-asian.com
posted by punishinglemur
on May 7, 2004 -
As the remake
opens in Japan
, a rash of remakes of Asian horror movies seems to be winding its way through Hollywood. Not only has Hideo Nakata's latest movie, Honogurai mizu no soko kara (Dark Water)
, been optioned, the inevitable remake of Ringu 2
will occur, and the Hong Kong The Sixth Sense
-esque The Eye
has also been picked up for the Hollywood process.
While it's nothing new to remake
classic Japanese movies
, this latest wave brings a lot of new questions. Is it near-impossible for the US to create horror movies that aren't increasingly self
? How long is it before we get remakes of Audition
, Battle Royale
, and Suicide Club
? And will we eventually end up with a horror movie in the style of Fa talai jone
, a Thailand Western influenced by Hollywood Westerns
which were influenced by Japanese Samurai movies
posted by Katemonkey
on Nov 5, 2002 -
Superstition ain't the way.
A new study
confirms that you can actually be scared to death. They found a 13% increase in cardiac related deaths of Chinese and Japanese Americans on the fourth day of each month. In Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese, the pronounciation of the word 'four' (shi) is the same
as the word for death. So be careful where you aim those fireworks the next 4th of July.
posted by euphorb
on Jan 11, 2002 -