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February 27th, 2007


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2007.0227.1053::A Being Yellow Roundup
A few notable stories from Angry Asian Man

A marketing firm, SnapDragon, has released Ten Things Every Brand Should Know About Asian-American Youth. Of particular note:
The 15 minutes of seemingly benign American Idol fame for William Hung had a surprisingly negative effect on Asian-American students. There's a feeling that Hung perpetuated the worst stereotypes about Asian people and gave non-Asians permission to indulge in two years of racial stereotyping and mocking.
To which I say, NO DUH.

I didn't watch the Oscars, but the announcer indicated that Best Adapted Screenplay winner The Departed was based on a Japanese movie. Bzzt! Infernal Affairs (with Andy Lau from House of Flying Daggers) is a Chinese movie. Yes, I know we all look alike, you uninformed, ignorant round-eye.

The New York Daily News reports on a Chinese students' participation in the recent NYU College Republicans' 'Find The Illegal Immigrant' stunt. The piece recounts some of the troubling history of Chinese immmigration in America:
As early as 1850, when there were only 600 Chinese in California, that state began to adopt discriminatory laws aimed at taxing the newcomers more than other foreigners in order to drive them from the gold fields.

As the Chinese population grew, white labor leaders and politicians began to target them as a new immigrant menace.

On Sept. 29, 1854, in the powerful New York Tribune, Horace Greeley, the paper's legendary publisher and staunch abolitionist, called the new Chinese "uncivilized, unclean and filthy beyond all conception." The men, Greeley wrote, "were lustful and sensual," while every Chinese female was a "prostitute of the basest order."

Two months after Greeley's article, the California Supreme Court overturned the conviction of George Hall, a white man who had murdered a Chinese miner named Ling Sing.

The higher court ruled that the testimony of three Chinese witnesses to the murder was not admissible because Chinese, like blacks and Native Americans, could not testify against a white person.

In the court's opinion, Chief Justice Hugh Murray called the Chinese "a race of people whom nature has marked as inferior, and who are incapable of progress or intellectual development beyond a certain point ... between whom and ourselves nature has placed an impassable difference."

There followed decades of nationwide anti-immigrant hysteria aimed at the Chinese, with Congress finally bowing to the pressure and passing the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

It was the beginning of America's use of immigration policies to promote racial prejudice.

For the next 60 years, until the outbreak of World War II, virtually all Chinese were banned from entering the United States.
Beau Sia, an Asian poet, posted an open letter to all the rosie o'donnells in response to her defense and half-hearted apology of her own 'ching-chong' remarks on The View. O'Donnell, after viewing the piece, has apparently taken his message to heart and sincerely apologized, all the racist, sexist, and ignorant shitcocks on YouTube, notwithstanding.

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murielle::2007.02.27.06:02 pm
[User Picture]I can't honestly say I gave Hung's (from AI) heritage much thought. To me he was just another talentless loonie, the only significant difference being he actually did something with his talentless self. Having seen an interview or two, he seems like a genuinely nice guy, but I still wouldn't listen to him sing.

Never believe anything the Oscar announcers say, they're all idiots, there to comment on the dresses and the stars. I know I enjoy show much more with the sound turned off.

Over the years I've read a lot about discrimination in America. Seems to me that almost every ethnic group, except a few, were targeted. I haven't followed immagration laws, though. Thank goodness, for the most part, western society is waking up to its ignorance.

Tried to read the "open letter". Unfortunately, for me, it was on video. I don't have any sound on my computer right now so missed it. (Wonder if they'll every have closed caps on the internet?) But, I hope he told her off. I can't stand O'Donnell, since being on The View she's said the most hateful things. She's an ignorant lout. I even wrote to Barbara Walters after she made those disparaging remarks that prompted the "open letter" asking that she get rid of O'Donnell. Rosie's controversy brings in viewers and as long as she does that she's got a job. What she doesn't have is my time. I no longer watch The View.
thepeopleseason::2007.02.27.10:21 pm
[User Picture]I can't honestly say I gave Hung's (from AI) heritage much thought. To me he was just another talentless loonie, the only significant difference being he actually did something with his talentless self. Having seen an interview or two, he seems like a genuinely nice guy, but I still wouldn't listen to him sing.

Granted, I think many people just took Hung at face value. His buck-toothed, emasculated rendition of "She Bangs," however, serves as huge fodder for the more ignorant among us to perpetuate the common Asian male stereotypes.

Tried to read the "open letter". Unfortunately, for me, it was on video. I don't have any sound on my computer right now so missed it. (Wonder if they'll every have closed caps on the internet?) But, I hope he told her off.

He didn't. He was actually quite diplomatic about his words, and it got through to her. While I find O'Donnell and her persona particularly loathsome, her taking responsibility for her words and actions makes me forgive her in that respect.
murielle::2007.02.27.10:29 pm
[User Picture]You're right. If she sincerely takes responsability for saying something so unbelievably ignorant then we have to respect that. I still won't watch her though. My time is important to me. Why watch Rosie when you can watch Oprah, Charlie Rose or the news?!
ellenore::2007.02.28.12:51 am
[User Picture]Apparently, when my friend was going to OU, some Native American students disrupted a game of "Find the illegal immigrant" by trying to round up the white people and tag them out. Supposedly, it was pretty cool. :)

Also:

Asian-American youth are secret fans of "easy listening" adult
contemporary music. Lite FM is a hidden passion


Really?
thepeopleseason::2007.02.28.01:23 am
[User Picture]Asian-American youth are secret fans of "easy listening" adult
contemporary music. Lite FM is a hidden passion

Really?


I don't understand young people. Silly young Asians.


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