Yellow Fever: Dating As An Asian Woman

persephonemag:

From the article:

People with Yellow Fever don’t want to get to know Asian women. In fact, I would venture to say that they don’t care very much about Asian women at all. They are more concerned with the idea of us—  the notion that we are adorable little kawaii girls or demure lotus flowers or geisha-like sexual objects. Their attraction to Asian women relies on stereotypes that turn us into exotic sexual objects instead of real women. Stereotypes turn people like me into things that are measured against a caricature, and they strip me of the individuality that, frankly, I would probably have been more freely assigned if I were white. It is dehumanizing at best to constantly be compared to a stereotype and to have people chasing you not as a person, but as an embodiment of the stereotypes that they use to define you.

Read more at Persephone Magazine.

(Source: persephonemagazine.com, via queensoucouyant)

I never rant like this, but -

reverseracism:

team-caroline:

Seriously?

About the whole brownface/blackface Colton thing?

For one, most of us - including Colton - are way too young to understand the culture and the history involved with blackface makeup. While it was part of an incredibly racist movement back in 1800s, it was done this way simply because there were no black people in theater. If you don’t understand why there weren’t, you should open a history book sometime.

For two, blackface makeup itself has absolutely nothing to do with racism. It’s the connontations behind it. The way blacks were portrayed back then was extremely judgmental and ignorant.

For example; should the elderly be offended if you were to wear a grey wig, walked with a cane or wore a wrinkly mask?

Should anyone famous be offended if you wear their face as a mask? Should women be offended if men were makeup and a dress?

For three, it’s a costume. Plain and simple. Costumes are made to transform you into the likeness of someone else. Skin color isn’t any different from eye color or hair color and if you have to distinguish a difference, maybe you’re the one who’s being racist. 

Apparently it’s not offensive when people color their skin and wear fake hair to portray an animal.

Were any one of you offended by the movie ‘White Chicks’ starring Marlon and Shawn Wayans? 

If Colton Haynes was wearing a Ghandi mask, this wouldn’t be an issue. Or if he was just simply wearing the robe part of the costume, it wouldn’t be an issue. But people are putting motive and maliciousness behind something that may or may not be there. I can assure you that most of us don’t know Colton personally and can’t say whether or not he was committing a racist act.

And like I said before, blackface USED to be a cultural thing and it’s long since died. Was Colton making a production of his costume and portraying Ghandi in a sardonic or cruel way? Doubt it. So still, not as racist as you’d think.

The problem boils down to this: no matter how much of a mixture of ethnicies we have in America, it’s reactions to things like this that keep us set back from racial freedom. Because instead of seeing the amazing, poetic, powerful leader of the people inspiring a costume for someone — we see a white guy painted like an Indian. By those standards, anyone dressing like Arab figure, Greek figure, Roman figure, European figure, Latino/Hispanic figure should also be considered racist.

All that being said, I’m just going to go ahead tell you all that I am a person of color. I’m half white and the other half is a lot of things - if you need a list to gauge how racist I could be, you can just go away. Because it’s not about skin color. You making it about skin color makes it racist. 

Congrats.

The ignorance in this post.

The ignorance…

But seriously I had pretty much started writing out a whole explanation of what is wrong with this until I realised it would be pointless. Anyone who is willing to labour under the belief that Blackface doesn’t continue today, that Blackface was adopted to play Black characters in the absence of Black performers (that almost deserves a separate bullshit gif) or that a costume which evokes Blackface (or Brownface in the case of the Ghandi costume) cannot be racist because it is by nature a costume, anyone who labours under those beliefs is so irrevocably wrong that they are pointless to talk to. Also, can I point out that the side-by-side comparison of Blackface to colouring the skin and wearing fake hair to appear as an animal is pretty offensive in its’ own right. In the historic words of young Michael Jackson:

Now: to all those white people who give a damn if they are racist pieces of shit, let me lay some truth on y’all:

Blackface was racist when it was invented to make White people feel better about assigning a property value onto human life, reducing a person to a commodity, and reducing an entire continent into nothing but a big human Wally World, when they could bring a nigger, a slave, into the theatre without having to sully their hands by educating a Black person or putting one into a situation that might get out of hand. 
Of course, in those days the be-all and end-all of black performance for whites started and ended on the end of a rope. 

Blackface was racist when it continued, as a way to make White people feel better about assigning a judgement onto a person’s skin, assigning varying levels of humanity to people based on just how close they could come to alabaster. To show them how much better they obviously were compared to those niggers that they probably never had to meet face to face.

Blackface was racist when it was a black face behind the Blackface. 

Blackface was racist in 1978 when the Black & White Minstrel Show was one of the most beloved and watched light entertainment series on British television.

Blackface is racist in twenty goddamn twelve because the only way to caricature Kanye West is to evoke the shuckin’ and jivin’? The only way to caricature Kanye West, one of the most flamboyant and recognisable and entertaining creative minds in contemporary music is to fall back on a legacy of dehumanisation?
And for the record, when you reduce a race to a costume, that act of reducing a race to a costume is racist.

P.s. “half white and the other half is a lot of things” might as well read as “half white, half really really white”

I Smell a Shitshow: Dita Von Teese Dons Yellowface in Burlesque Show "Opium Den"

girljanitor:

Dita Von Teese created an act called Opium Den that is the finale to her show Strip Strip Hooray, the act uses negative two dimensional stereotypes of Asian Women to invoke sex. The act has a mash up of many Asian cultures in the set, music, costume, and movement. Every ‘Sexy Asian Lady’ stereotype (China Doll, Geisha Girl, Dragon Lady) makes an appearance. The music incorporates gongs, koto, and a loop of the stereotypical ‘something or someone Chinese (or more generally Asian) is happening’ riff.

(Racialicious)

UGGGGHHHHHHH.

I have so much no for this.

(via thisisnotjapan)

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white women do not face the phenomenon of exotification, which is something I’ve faced since I was a little girl and it was used as a tool to justify the sexual assaults I would later face in life. white women are never going to be branded sluts and whores from birth. and guess what? they always have the chance to claim that shit and feel empowered.

yes white women are raped, abused, murdered, all of those things. they face rape culture, misogyny, and all of that shit. but that doesn’t change the fact that they are WHITE and that effects their “deprivileged” position as a woman. If we ignore race, we are erasing millions of women of color in the same stroke.

white women are never going to know what it is like to be dehumanized since the day they are born. white women are never going to know what it is like to be called a slut when they are six years old. white women are never going to know what it is like to be branded a sexual deviant the moment they grow their breasts. white women are never denied their virginity.

how often do you hear about white mothers being given twenty years in jail for firing a WARNING SHOT for help as she was being attacked by her abuser?

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cyberterrorist (via hipstermarxist)

(via karnythia)

i really think that weaboos and koreaboos are getting somewhat smarter.

cynique:

so to mask their wea/koreabooness, they use that bastardized “trans-ethnic” identity so they can justify their fetishization of japan and korea.

i mean, it’s just basically a classic middle class white person being bored with their tired ass white life and want some ~*exotic culture*` so they can feel more…well ~*exotic*~.

ugh i hate it. i hate it so much. ngl, i had a weaboo phase too. from 11~13, i was hook-line-and-sinker into ~*japanese culture*~ (it was also tied to my self-hating phase as a black woman). i had chopsticks in my bun, spoke broken japanese, think japan is all about the animanga and video game industry…you know the whole nine yards. i sometimes laugh at it, sometimes feel ashamed of it, etc. it’s a nice story to tell your kids when you’re older, but i also feel really stupid. cause 1) i was disrespecting japanese people 2) fetishized japan 3) bastardize the japanese language 

it’s ultimately wrong and disrespectful and i wish i could apologize 1,000x. thank god i haven’t met any east asian people in my weaboo phase. i would’ve embarrassed myself like woah.

so i could relate to those trans-ethnic folks to a certain point, but i won’t tolerate it at all. it’s pathetic and borderline disgusting. |: 

(via fucknofetishization)

Dear Non-Asian People: Yes, fetishizing Asian people is racist.

lightspeedsound:

Apparently, this is still being debated. But let me outline it for you again:

1.  There’s a history of making “Asians” (as in, “people with dark hair, almond shaped eyes, whose ethnic background comes from one bigass continent) into one homogenous group. This is super racist, because, let’s be real here: despite what you learned in 7th grade geography, Asia is a big ass and diverse CONTINENT. NOT. A. COUNTRY.

2. In fact, if we want to be technical here, “Asia” includes parts of Russia and Turkey. Two countries which are definitely not grouped with the traditional “Asian” category. Why? Because they don’t look like a stereotypical Asian. And also, South east Asians (i.e.: Indians and other desi people) are considered Asian as well. Only, they’re distinguished and not what people automatically think of when they say “Asian.”  Sort of like how Eastern Europeans are considered Europeans but also somehow not. 

3. And while we’re on the topic, what are you fetishizing here? Because, as an Asian woman, I’ve heard really fucking racist/stereotyping “compliments” around three things: 

  • my eyes
  • my skin
  • my hair

And to be frank, saying “Oh hey, I love your eyes. They are so exotic” is no better (and actually, arguably, historically and politically more offensive) than a cis-gendered dude saying “Oh hey, I love your tits. They’re so womanly.” Because, bitch, who are you to define what “womanly” means? 

4. So then there’s also the ideology surrounding Asians and Asian fetishes.  For women, it’s all about “Oh, how submissive and light skinned and exotic, like having my own geisha kung fu princess jasmine harem girl all in one!”  Which is absolutely fucking ridiculous because it is like saying, “Oh yay, I get my own spicy señorita french kissing german milkmaid swedish model all in one!” Bitch. We. Be. Different. 

5. And also, let’s be real here: If your “fascination with Asian culture” basically means “I watch a lot of anime and masturbate to hentai and wish I I had a cute schoolgirl/effeminate school boy of my own to tie up,” you don’t have a fascination with Asian culture. I mean, for one, there IS NO homogenous Asian culture. For two, even if there was, there is no way that fucking Sailor Moon would be a cultural relic of said ethnic group. I am sorry, it is hilarious, but there is no way you can tell me that it’s somehow a gateway into the mysterious and exotic world of the Orient. 

6. That last sentence was sarcasm, by the way. Never ever use any of the adjectives I just listed above unless you want to get bitchslapped. No, not roundhouse kicked. We Asians reserve that shit for bigger issues.

7.  And Asian culture isn’t just sushi or kung pao chicken or Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Like I said, saying “Asian Culture” is like saying “European culture.” What the fuck does that even mean?  Then again, maybe this is a bad analogy for Americans. I’m pretty sure that we’ve been conditioned to believe that every single European ever will speak fluent English in a French or British accent. Always. 

8.  That being said: fetishization is objectification.  It’s putting an ENTIRE ETHNIC GROUP (which, by the way, shouldn’t even be grouped together in the first place because IT REPRESENTS A HUGE ASS CONTINENT OF DIVERSE PEOPLE WITH DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS) into one tiny little box and saying, “I like you because of my preconceived notions about what your culture and appearance should be.  I find it sexually exciting that you have a list of characteristics which are not only inaccurate, but also steeped in racism and oppression.”  

…So, long story short: Even if you think you’re flattering me, if you have an Asian fetish, YOU. ARE. BEING. RACIST.

If you are not part of said ethnic group: there is no such thing as a positive racial stereotype.  

can someone explain this to me btw?

dolgematki:

Why is the Mystical Non-White (or Non-Compliant) Woman ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS either

  1. a sweet, innocent child of nature whose sensuality is not repressed by civilization and its rules OR
  2. the exotic temptress whose sexual appetite knows no bounds and who cannot be raped because she IS sex and not in fact human OR
  3. a wise old hag with mystical knowledge of all OR
  4. an almighty matriarch who runs the world (i.e. the one the world runs on) and does not need rights, personality, or sleep OR
  5. ALLADIS! At the same time! It doesn’t even have to make sense!

Please. Help a girl out.

(via moniquill)

afternoonsnoozebutton:

drvy:


“Me love you long time” came into prominence with Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” (from 1987) as a Vietnamese prostitute tries to pick up Matthew Modine’s character with broken English. The phrase was then popularly picked up by 2 Live Crew in the song “Me So Horny.” “It’s so many different kinds of slurs in one,” comedian Margaret Cho said. “It’s instantly putting you in the position of being a foreigner, an outsider and a sexual stereotype. It’s an all-in-one combo.”
~naturallaw for yahoo questions

The popularization by Mariah Carey’s ‘Love You Long Time,’ Fergie’s ‘London Bridge,’ and Nicki Minaj’s ““Muahhhh me love you long time like I’m asian” demonstrates how this exotification of Asian/A.American women is constantly recycled in the media, perpetuated by celebrities to obtain the hyper-sexualized image needed to make it big, especially if you ain’t got the talent.

And let’s not forget that the Black Eyed Peas also did a song called “Love You Long Time.” The chorus showcased the band’s traditional lyric genius: 

Boy I’ll let you love me let you love me long timeBoy I’ll let you love me let you love me long timeBoy I’ll let you love me let you love me long timeBoy I’ll let you love me let you love me long timeIn the velvet lounge

Can we also just take a second and look at Nicki Minaj’s geisha/samurai getups?

afternoonsnoozebutton:

drvy:

Me love you long time” came into prominence with Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” (from 1987) as a Vietnamese prostitute tries to pick up Matthew Modine’s character with broken English. The phrase was then popularly picked up by 2 Live Crew in the song “Me So Horny.”

“It’s so many different kinds of slurs in one,” comedian Margaret Cho said. “It’s instantly putting you in the position of being a foreigner, an outsider and a sexual stereotype. It’s an all-in-one combo.”

~naturallaw for yahoo questions

The popularization by Mariah Carey’s ‘Love You Long Time,’ Fergie’s ‘London Bridge,’ and Nicki Minaj’s ““Muahhhh me love you long time like I’m asian” demonstrates how this exotification of Asian/A.American women is constantly recycled in the media, perpetuated by celebrities to obtain the hyper-sexualized image needed to make it big, especially if you ain’t got the talent.

And let’s not forget that the Black Eyed Peas also did a song called “Love You Long Time.” The chorus showcased the band’s traditional lyric genius: 

Boy I’ll let you love me let you love me long time
Boy I’ll let you love me let you love me long time
Boy I’ll let you love me let you love me long time
Boy I’ll let you love me let you love me long time
In the velvet lounge

Can we also just take a second and look at Nicki Minaj’s geisha/samurai getups?

Anti-Feminism Through Exotification: A Comparative Analysis of The Ballad of Mulan and Disney’s Mulan

lightspeedsound:

A paper I wrote a while back on Disney’s Mulan, vs. the Original Ballad of Mulan. I think it’s pretty cool. Sources are cited at the end of the paper, if you want to read more. I recommend it.

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