Posts tagged "asian"

The Soapbox: “I Always Felt As If White Girls Thought Less Of Me Because I Was Half-Asian”: There Should Be More Discussion About Elliot Rodger’s Racism

It feels like the entire Internet is having one big argument about Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who murdered six people near the UC Santa Barbara campus before killing himself last Friday. Did he mostly have a problem with misogyny? Did he mostly have a problem with mental illness? Did he mostly have a problem with…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

Don’t #CancelColbert: Stephen Colbert Blasted Over Satirical Tweet About Racism That He Didn’t Even Send

You read a tweet that looks like it's from a celebrity and it says this: "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding Dong Foundation For Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." Pretty racist and disturbing, right? Of course it is. Then you realize that it was tweeted from the Twitter…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2014

“How I Met Your Mother” Puts White Characters In Asian “Yellowface” [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 1/16/14, 11a.m.: Commenters have pointed out to me that there were numerous errors in this post. I apologize for the errors and my ignorance on these differences.   Last night's episode of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother" is under fire for the racist decision to depict three of its white characters in "yellowface"…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2014

Day Above Ground’s “Asian Girlz” Needs No Commentary

May I present to you the most WTF music video ever made for the month of July. Day Above Ground’s “Asian Girlz.” Girlz with a “z” because “s” isn’t gangsta enough. Imagine if 311 and Nickelback had sex. This band would be its gay love child. In the first three seconds, you come to the realizatio…

By: The Blemish / August 5, 2013

Kate Gosselin Makes Fun of Asian People, Despite Having 8 Asian Children

Casual racism is really having a moment these days. The next pseudo-celeb to stick their foot in their mouth is Kate Gosselin, of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" fame. Take a gander at this picture. It's confusing, I know, so let me break it down for you. Kate Gosselin, white woman, mother of eight lovely…

By: Megan Reynolds / June 25, 2013

A Guide For Dealing With Casual Racism

I am biracial, borne of a Taiwanese mother and American father. My features are decidedly not Caucasian, but hard to pin down to one specific category, a tiny frustration that gets at the heart of humans, because subconsciously, we all live to categorize. I deal with a host of questions pertaining to my background from…

By: Megan Reynolds / May 22, 2013

The Soapbox: I Don’t Want Your Yellow Fever

As a kid, I was used to standing out for lots of reasons, like my "Star Wars" obsession or the black eyeliner and vampire chic that made up my high school wardrobe. I never expected my race to be one of those reasons. I grew up as an Asian-American among Asian-Americans, so I certainly wasn’t…

By: Kelly Kanayama / May 10, 2013

Girl Talk: On The Stigma Of Mental Illness In The Asian Community

It was a workday of minor annoyances. Everything at my temp job had gone normally, except for a snippy email from IT and a laminator malfunction that forced me to dig out a half-laminated page with a fork. So why was I crouched in a bathroom stall, hyperventilating, sobbing, and trying not to scream? A…

By: Kelly Kanayama / April 12, 2013

The Soapbox: Fall’s Most Controversial New Show Is “Elementary”

CBS’s new fall show "Elementary" has not even premiered yet, but already nerds everywhere are boycotting it. Why would people write off this modern retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story starring Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller so soon? There are a bunch of (not very good) reasons.

By: Lauren Hunter / September 6, 2012

Something Pleasant Happened, For Once: Jeremy Lin Met With Fired ESPN Headline Writer

Last month, the world imploded (for a little while anyway) when ESPN writer Anthony Frederico penned a headline about Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin with the phrase "chink in the armor." He said he simply meant that Lin had screwed up his winning streak for the Knicks, but was promptly fired amid cries of racism.

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2012

“Linsanity” & Our Squicky Relationship With Asian-American Male Sexuality

Jeremy Lin is not just the basketball player who has launched a thousand bad "Lin" puns — and prompted a refresher course on why the word "chink" is unacceptable for an ESPN headline. His sudden emergence in pop culture has also underscored how strangely acceptable it is in America to make make racial comments about…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 28, 2012

xoJane Blogger Defends ESPN Journalist Fired Over Racist Jeremy Lin Headline

Earlier this week, xoJane's sports blogger Daisy Barringer wrote a piece called "Do We Really Think That ESPN Headline Was Intentionally Racist?" In it, Daisy argued that the ESPN headline writer who penned the "Chink In The Armor" headline -- after the Knicks lost on Saturday night -- might have made an honest mistake whe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 23, 2012

White Girl Films A Video Titled “How To Be Asian” — What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The valuable "don't be racist, especially not on video" lesson taught by the infamous UCLA "Asians need to learn American library manners" video has escaped at least one white chick with a webcam. The website World Star Hip Hop has posted a video of an unnamed girl who explains "how to be Asian" as a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 9, 2011

Girl Talk: Neither A Trophy Nor A Tiger

When I first saw Wendi Deng Murdoch spike that foam-pie-throwing comedian-protestor's head like a volleyball, I giggled with glee. Then I sighed with relief. Here, finally, was a portrayal of an Asian woman I could embrace. No timid China doll or obedient geisha, no mere trophy wife, Deng was the tiger wife, defending her asset…

By: Angela Tung / July 26, 2011

Beauty How To: Tanning for Asians

How to Tan Asian Skin Asian skin tones look great with a little bit of bronze on top. Luckily, you don't have to submit yourself to the sun's UV rays just to get little color. If you've been too nervous to self-tan, you're in good hands. So take the chance and do it right with…

By: Wendy Atterberry / March 5, 2010