Blacks and Asians: Revisiting Racial Formations
Volume 3, Number 3
Transforming Ethnic Studies
Tokyo Bound: African Americans and Japan Confront White Supremacy
Yellow Power: The Formation of Asian-American Nationalism in the Age of Black Power, 1966-1975
Jeffery O.G. Ogbar
East of the Sun (West of the Moon): Islam, the Ahmadis, and African America
Linking African and Asian in Passing and Passage: The Pagoda and the True History of Paradise
B-Boys and Bass Girls: Sex, Style, and Mobility in Indian American Youth Culture
Sunaina Marr Maira
Building the Antiracist, Anti-Imperalist United Front: Theory and Practice from the L.A. Strategy Center and Bus Riders Union
Adding: ‘Left or Right of the Color Line: Asian Americans and the Racial Justice Movement’ from ChangeLab
Ah yes. This thing.
Slanty eyes? Check.
Nón lá knock-off? Check.
Buck teeth? Check.
Engrish? “OKAY FERRAS, LET’S ROCK DA JOINT.”
Reference to fortune cookies? Check.
Mock Chinese? “Shanghai-HongKong-Egg-Foo-Young, Fortune Cookie Always Wrong! Hehehe, dat a hot one.” BIG check.
I mean, I always knew this part of the Aristocats was extremely racist, but when you lay out all the different pejorative Asian tropes, it’s AMAZING how much they crammed into a three-minute musical number.
Pho season. (: #food #foodporn #asian
(Fresh reblog for playdateswiththebuxomsecretaries)
But yes! Here I am dropping knowledge, Asian style! Skills for life AND the zombie apocalypse!
(Thank you, dormeats!)
roll each piece into a ball and let rise for another 10 minutes
roll out each ball into a large disk
don’t worry if it looks more like a pacman ghost. nobody will know ;)
put ~ 1-2 teaspoons of filling in the middle. i over-stuffed this one!
pleat and pinch making sure the seal is tight. check out those sick crimping skills!
place each bun on its own foil or parchment square.
into the steamer! ….if the seal isn’t good, they open up in the steamer
i got the hang of it eventually! serve with soy sauce or plum sauce to balance out the doughy taste of the wrapper. here is the recipe i used for reference:
2684. Homemade Steamed Buns. Whoa, a fantastic picture recipe to make in the dorms. Thank you for the mouthwatering pictures!
Al Leong is one sexy beast who towers over Hollywood!
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Spam and Pineapple Spring Rolls with Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce
- For the Sweet and Sour Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
- 1 medium clove garlic, finely chopped (about 1 teaspoon)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
- For the Spring Rolls
- 1 can of Spam
- 1 small fresh pineapple
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
- 12 square spring roll wrappers, thawed
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- About 1 quart peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
For the Sweet and Sour Sauce: combine the water and cornstarch in a small bowl and set aside. Combine the pineapple juice, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan over moderately high heat and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Stir the cornstarch slurry into the saucepan, decrease the heat to low and simmer until the sauce thickens, 3-5 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature before serving. The sauce will continue to thicken a bit more as it cools.
For the Spring Rolls: Slice the Spam into 6 equal pieces about 1/2-inch thick each, then cut each slice in half to yield 12 equal pieces.
Peel and core the pineapple and slice the pineapple to yield 12 equal pieces that are each roughly the same size as the Spam slices (about 1/2-inch thick, 1/2-inch wide, 4-inches long). You will only need about half the pineapple pieces. Reserve the other half to serve with the spring rolls.
Dip one side of the pineapple slices into the toasted sesame seeds and set aside.
Place 1 spring roll wrapper on a clean, dry work surface so that one corner of the wrapper is pointing at you (positioned like a diamond, rather than a square). Place a Spam slice, a sesame-coated pineapple slice, and some of the sliced green onions just under the midpoint of the diamond, closest to the corner pointing at you.
Take the corner closest to you and roll it up and over the filling, until half of the wrapper remains
Fold the left and right corners of the wrapper over the filling. Using your fingers, or a pastry brush, dab the edges of the wrapper with water, then continue to roll the spring roll toward the final corner at the top. Place the finished spring roll aside, underneath a moist towel, and continue rolling the rest of the spring rolls until all of the filling has been used.
Pour enough oil into a large heavy skillet to reach a depth of 1 inch. Heat the oil over moderately high heat until it reaches a temperature of 350°F on a deep-fry or instant read thermometer. Fry the spring rolls in batches of four, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer the fried spring rolls to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Serve immediately with Sweet and Sour Sauce and any extra sesame-coated pineapple sticks.
Is there not one about the war bonnet?
Bringin’ this back.
Not only because Halloween is coming up, but because the lovely golden-zephyr was gracious to make one about Romani “costumes”!
Remember, as this-is-not-native reminds us, there are endless cute, sexy, funny, even offensive costumes that don’t perpetuate racist stereotypes. There is really no excuse.
Once in a while I do hear ‘Oriental’ as a reference or description to address Asian people (or the region). I suppose I should be the bigger person and not get overly upset by it, after all they may not know that there is a derogatory meaning behind the word.
This little section from a NY Times piece has a good way of explaining the word -
‘“The world ‘Oriental’ is not inherently negative,” said Frank H. Wu, a law professor at Howard University and the author of “Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White” (Basic Books, 2001). While the term oriental has a geographical meaning — eastern — words, especially in a racialized context, carry connotations beyond their literal definitions.’
‘Oriental’ was used back in the 19th Century where the connotations behind the adjective is ‘backwards, subordinate, patriarchal’ along with old stereotypes of women are all geisha girls and men as emasculated.
P.S. It’s okay to use the term to describe a thing, e.g. oriental rugs.
I mean let’s be real here
Most asians I know would have to undergo severe makeup enhancements to look the way white people look in yellowface.
Like look, Shirley Maclaine donned yellowface in this horrific geisha movie way back when:
Like ok, look, this is me, an actual asian woman:
now I’m considered lightskinned for an asian woman, and I’m STILL at least three tones darker. I mean, maybe they were attempting some weird rice paste geisha look but whatever.
Also, my eyes are DEFINITELY considered “chinky” and yet they are not NEARLY AS SLANTED as Shirley Maclaines. Like, the angle is ALL WRONG.
And, check it, my lips are kinda big. Like big lips are also something a lot of asian women have, but like somehow, lips are always made super small.
And, I mean, the biggest difference will always be: the nose.
My nose is a button. A button nose is VERY asian. Somehow white people are more willing to make their skin EVEN PALER when tryna look asian, but will always make their noses…well, really fucking white. always. What the hell.
So like, let’s get to Jim Sturgess.
This is him in yellowface:
this is him normal:
and this is John Cho, an ACTUAL ASIAN actor, doing the same front-on stare:
so like my points about shirley maclaine still stand:
1. John Cho is really motherfucking light skinned. Like seriously, for Asians, it doesn’t look much lighter than this. But he’s STILL NOT AS WHITE AS JIM STURGESS. The undertones are very different. And yet, in a practice called “yellowface,” in a makeup technique designed to make WHITE PEOPLE LOOK LIKE PEOPLE OF A DIFFERENT RACE, yellowface just sort of disregards skin color. Ironic? I think so.
2. And the eyes angle really pisses me off. Like something about Jim Sturgess’s yellowface eyes is just WRONG. It’s not that our eyes necessarily tilt differently (although some asian women, like lucy liu, can get caught at angles where their eye slant is quite extreme). It’s that the eyelids and general shape is flatter. But I promise you: we have motherfucking eyelids. You can look at my picture again for reference. I’m wearing motherfucking eyeshadow on mine. But white people think “Asians have eyes like fucking lizards.”
3. ALSO, the NOSE. What the FUCK is that? When I said “Button nose” I didn’t mean “We have no bridge for our nose.” Because that’s EXACTLY what they did to Jim Sturgess. Like they LITERALLY ERASED HIS BRIDGE with makeup and prosthetics. Look at John Cho’s nose, ok? Yes, it’s generally flatter and wider BUT THE BRIDGE IS THERE. And generally, asian men have more of a bridge than asian women (at least, if we’re talking east asian men. It’s a thing. A lot of girls grow up wishing they had their dad’s nose.)
5. And also, can we just talk about how shitty that hair is? Like it’s dyed, or it’s a wig (I’m not a wig expert so I’m not sure). Either way, yellowface hair tends to get weirdly shiny and plastic-y. Like they take the fact that Asian hair is generally awesome and turn it into Barbie. Look at John Cho’s hair. Does it look that stiff to you? Yeah…NO.
SO HERE’S MY OVERALL POINT ON YELLOWFACE AND GETTING WHITE ACTORS TO PLAY ASIAN CHARACTERS:
IT DOESN’T WORK IN ANY SENSE.
IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE.
IT IS NONSENSICAL.
BECAUSE YELLOWFACE NOT AN ACCURATE PORTRAYAL OF (EAST) ASIAN LOOKS.
AND BECAUSE THERE ARE ASIAN ACTORS OUT THERE WHO COULD DO JUST AS GOOD OF A JOB.
AND WOULDN’T REQUIRE FAKE-ASS MAKEUP.
THAT SHIT IS NOT REALISTIC.
THAT SHIT IS GROSS, RACIST, AND BASED ON A LOT OF INCORRECT ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT ASIAN PEOPLE.
What about you fuck off.
Have you seen the way Americans treat live stock, the way we cram animals into small barns and factories. The way we kill them, pigs are killed in extremely inhumane ways. Chickens die off of disease because of the poor health conditions of those factories. Don’t throw stones from your glass view of the world.
How about I’m desensitized to animal cruelty because historically Asians have been treated like subhuman animals, eh?
How about there’s this thing called famine, and the Vietnam War, and World War II, and third world poverty, and the Korean War, and the Communist revolution, and a couple of fucking tsunamis which basically meant OH LOOK THERE IS NO FOOD LET ME EAT WHATEVER I CAN SCROUNGE BECAUSE FUCK YOU, IT’S NOT LIKE THEY HAVE TOFURKY IN WAR ZONES.
How about what the fuck is this shit about eating dogs being cruel. Fuck you. What about motherfucking pate, eh?
How about you need to shut the fuck up and do your research before getting on your white vegan soapbox and bitching about other cultures you know nothing about.
And how about WHAT THE FUCK “ASIANS DON’T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF REGARD FOR LIFE” WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN BECAUSE I SURE AS HELL HOPE YOU DON’T MEAN THE FACT THAT STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE MEANS FEEDING OUR CHILDREN WITH WHATEVER IS AVAILABLE BECAUSE GODDAMN, THAT SOUNDS PRETTY RESPECTFUL OF LIFE TO ME.
It’s your boy XtremeCaffeine, dropping some elite skills on you, how to open up a drinking coconut!
Here I am, dropping education, sharing those brown people skills.
Also I kinda rip a coconut open with my bare hands. That’s not weird, is it?
On why a non-Asian person saying “Asian women are hot” and me saying “I am Asian-American” are two very different things.
1. If a non-Asian person says “All Asian women are hot” they are making a stereotypical generalization based on the historic homogenization of Asian appearance. I.e.: All Asians look alike, meaning short, skinny, pale skinned, and black hair. This is wrong. Not all people from Asia look like this. It’s also rooted in weird Western exoticism of Asian women, because we’re all so “delicate” like “lotus flowers.”
2. If I describe myself as Asian-American, it’s because I find it an accurate representation of my ethnic/cultural background. Quite frankly, I have family that is located in SEVERAL different countries in Asia. I may be ethnically Chinese, but most of my family was born in the Philippines. I also have ties to Malaysia and Singapore. I, however, am an American citizen. If one can identify as Chinese-American because of being ethnically Chinese, but an American citizen (and by the way: American is NOT a synonym for “white”), then I think one should be able to identify as Chinese-Filipin@ etc. Given my pan-Asian background (and, really? the sheer amount of languages I grew up exposed to is ridiculous), I prefer the term “Asian-American.”
3. Which means all the people bitching about how I’m a hypocrite for pointing out the incorrect usage of the word “Asian” for “Asian fetish” can STFU, right now.
The only problem with Gangnam Style going viral…
And, there are probably other problems some could point out. But these are my particular problems with it.
Let me ask you this: What is the difference between any other K-pop video and “Gangnam Style”?
While other K-pop male idols are handsome (or pretty), sexy, and generally viewed as objects of desire by their fans, Psy, while different for the K-pop industry, perfectly fits into one of the only acceptable images of Asian men in the media. Asian men in American/Western media are either small and nerdy, good martial artists, or goofy caricatures. While Psy is being funny on purpose, and his goofiness is for Korean people to laugh at the ways of their own people, understanding that it is just a spoof (and because the male image in Korean media is typically completely opposite of this, and Psy, in that case, is a breath of fresh air), the fact that it’s become popular overseas makes me question the reasoning.
I kept seeing the titles of articles saying things like “Wacky Asian music video” and “weird Korean video.” The reason the video is popular, to me, seems like people are laughing AT Psy more than laughing with him. It’s funny because he’s “Wacky” and “foreign”. Music videos that are much like Western music videos, filled with beautiful, talented people doing normal things like clubbing (“High High” by GD&TOP, “Hands Up” by 2PM) could never become popular in the West. No one gives fucks when Asians actually do (and no disrespect to Psy) “good” music, similar to the music most Westerners already consume. (And don’t write me about how you only listen to indie rock bands and interpretive jazz or some shit. Popular music is popular for a reason.)
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” works because it effectively plays into the stereotypes already in place in America. Korea isn’t a 1st world country filled with normal people just like you. It’s “wacky Asia!!lolz!” and of course, because “Gangnam Style” gives them their “lol look at foreign people being foreign” dose, it can spread and go viral.
A serious undertaking by a Korean musician? Yes, K-pop has an ever-growing international presence, and yes, some Westerners do like it. But tell me the first criticism every K-pop artist since the beginning of time gets. They’re “trying to be like [insert whatever popular celebrity]! whack, lame, whatever.” (Technically, even Psy get’s LMFAO comparisons, when he’s been out, and doing the same thing, since 2001, way before LMFAO even formed. But whatever.)
I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times. K-pop’s main problem is the race of the people performing it. If you gave 99% of K-pop songs to Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga, translated to English, those very same songs would be number 1 on Billboard for weeks. (And don’t argue about the level of excellence of the song. Most of the songs on my Hot 100 station suck. But they’re still Hot 100 hits. Popular and good are two different things.) THE REASON K-POP CAN’T SUCCEED IN AMERICA IS BECAUSE THEY’RE ASIAN. And, let’s face it, Americans only want to see Asians either being a badass fighter like Bruce Lee, or being a silly caricature like Ken Jeong. Asians being sexy, cool, and just like fucking white people omgz? Americans will never accept that. Let’s. Be. Honest. (I in no way mean to insinuate that Asians want to be like white people. Just that white people don’t want to believe that Asians do similar shit. Asians can only be “wacky” cuz omgz we’re so foreign and wacky and draw silly squiggles to communicate and eat with sticks and wear kimonos omgz.)
That’s my only problem with Gangnam Style going viral. It’s not getting popular because people think Psy is so talented and brilliant and want to support a great artist. It’s getting popular because “lolz silly Chinese people!” I can’t tell you the amount of stupid white boy comments on those articles.
“LOLz so all Korean men are fat and ugly and all the wimmenz r hawt so I can go 2 Corea and dates all the wimmenz and save them frum thur fat n ugly menz lulz!” No. Just no. You fucking shit. There is just so much wrong with that thought process, I can’t even begin to argue against it.
I’ll end rant before I go on forever.