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Chink In The Stands, An Asian American Fan’s Notes

I sat down to write about the fallout that’s ensued since ESPN editor Anthony Federico wrote that “Chink In The Armor” headline a little over a week ago, and I ended up with a bunch of stories about myself. In some ways though, I think these notes better articulate my frustration and anger over many of the conversations that have taken place about Jeremy Lin with regard to race than explicit words to that effect would have. Or maybe I just really like talking about myself.

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For most of my life, I’ve been a sports fan. I was born and raised in Texas, so it was mandatory. More to the point, I was born and raised Chinese American in Texas. I couldn’t look like my peers, I couldn’t be accepted as an equal by many of my peers, but I could root for the same teams as my peers. And somewhere deep down, I probably figured that if I could demonstrate the same devotion to the idols of my peers, they would eventually come around to the idea that I wasn’t all that different from them, and perhaps even accept me as one of their own.

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My father arrived in College Station, Texas from Taiwan in 1965 on a student visa. Continue reading Chink In The Stands, An Asian American Fan’s Notes

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This Snapple Ad Pitting An Asian Man vs. A Black Man In A Battle For Superiority While Two White Men Watch Makes Me VERY Uncomfortable

Okay. So lemme get this straight.

The yellow man is (yellow) lemonade, and the black man is (black) tea.

They disagree on which one is superior.

So they duke it out while two white men look on approvingly as spectators?

Is this Snapple ad promoting tea or a race war? Seriously, I can’t tell.

[via Feminist Philosophers]

Thanks, Sara and BB for your thoughts!

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Happy Presidents Day, aka Jeremy Lin Is The New Obama

Ta-Nehisi Coates tweeted last week that Jeremy Lin is “the Barack Obama of the multiverse.”

And comedienne Kristina Wong noted on her Facebook page that Lin is “like 2008 Barack Obama.”

So on this Presidents Day, I give you:

You can make your own Linbamacon here.

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Charice Pays Tribute To Whitney Houston [VIDEO]

Never been a big fan of Charice. Those big pipes just didn’t fit such a little dimply pipsqueak and the whole package gave me a certain vertigo. But she’s grown up a lot, as you can see here:

There’s something chilling about this. Not because it’s so damn good–though that it is–but because Charice is 19 going on 20, the same age as Whitney when she signed with Clive Davis and Arista Records. When I chewed on that fact a little, the phrase “ships passing in the night” popped in my head. I didn’t remember that the phrase originated in a Longfellow poem until I looked it up, but it’s eerily appropriate:

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.

RIP Whitney. Without your voice, there’s darkness, and then silence.

Thank you, @BasseyworldLive

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NY Post Calls Jeremy Lin “AMASIAN,” We’re Gonna Sue

The blogosphere’s abuzz over today’s NY Post headline that declared Jeremy Lin an “AMASIAN” after he hit a game-winning three against the Toronto Raptors last night. Writers are wondering if this is offensive, given the fact that Lin is Asian American, born and raised.

And the answer to this question?

YES. THIS IS TOTALLY OFFENSIVE. WE ARE TOTALLY OFFENDED. HEADS WILL ROLL.

BECAUSE THE NEW YORK POST IS BITING OUR STYLE.

AND TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY, THEY’RE SPELLING “AMAZIAN” WRONG.

Behold, the first entry in the DISGRASIAN Dictionary:

Continue reading NY Post Calls Jeremy Lin “AMASIAN,” We’re Gonna Sue

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#Linsanity, The Valentine’s (Or VaLintine’s) Day Edition: Who Should Be Jeremy Lin’s Basketball Wife?

So Linsanity took, what, all of a week to sweep the nation? Now what?

If Jeremy Lin keeps playing the way he’s been playing, he’s going to have to negotiate a much bigger contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. (Currently, he makes the league minimum.) But that’s for his sports agent to figure out.

And dude needs a place to live, since he’s currently–and adorably–crashing with his older brother Josh, who’s in dentistry school at NYU. But that’s for his real estate agent to figure out. Preferably after his sports agent figures out where Lin will be playing next year.

After all that, the next thing Lin ought to figure out is who his “And One” will be. Because nothing–apart from a lot of sparkly man-jewelry–says “I’ve arrived” in the NBA quite like a Basketball Wife, a boo to cheer you on when everyone else is, well, booing your sorry ass. And since it happens to be the holiday of bitterness, loneliness, cliched expressions of affection, flawed diamonds, deli flowers, teddy bears that give you allergies, cheap boxes of chocolates, and crying yourself to sleep, er, LOVE, I’ve taken it upon myself to be Jeremy’s matchmaker. (And, yes, my ten percent cut can totally come in the form of courtside seats.)

JAMIE CHUNG

Like it or not, at the moment, Jamie is arguably the most famous young Asian American Continue reading #Linsanity, The Valentine’s (Or VaLintine’s) Day Edition: Who Should Be Jeremy Lin’s Basketball Wife?

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Pete Hoekstra’s Racist Campaign Ad Outtakes [SPOOF]

Two Wongs make a right! Sorry, I couldn’t resist. (Besides I am a “Wong” even though I spell it “Wang” so y’all can suck my wang if you don’t like it.) Here’s another spoof of Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl ad starring a lady Wong, this time courtesy of the divine Ms. Kristina:

Can I get a slow-clap from all my Angelenos for THIS: “Oh, I thought we were in Runyon Canyon”?

[Kristina Wong official website]
[Funny Or Die's Spoof Of That Horrible Hoekstra Ad]

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Funny Or Die’s Spoof Of That Horrible Hoekstra Ad

Controversial Racist Pete Hoekstra Ad – watch more funny videos

That Ali Wong is pretty adorbs. Does this mean I have to start watching Are You There, Chelsea?, where Wong plays Laura Prepon’s–i.e. the Chelsea Handler character’s–BFF? I’m not sure I can handle that. My only takeaway from watching Handler is that she’s the King Midas of comedy, only everything she touches turns into a hacky racist joke that people somehow excuse because she’s a woman who says “cunt” a lot.

Anyone seen the show? What do y’all think?

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DISGRASIAN OF THE SUPER BOWL! Pete Hoekstra’s Racist, Anti-Chinese, “We Take Your Jobs” Ad

Soooo much happened during the Super Bowl. And, no, I don’t mean with the football. That was a lot of low-scoring farting around, too many lame field goals, a last-second Hail Mary not-so-full-of-grace, and supermodel Gisele Bundchen being delightfully, pettily un-super while cameras captured the whole thing. The game itself kinda felt like a bad drunken hook-up with a dude you’re not that attracted to that just won’t end. (Not that I know anything about that. Ahem.)

What I’m really talking about of course is this crazy racist campaign ad that aired in Michigan during the game for U.S. Senate hopeful Pete Hoekstra (R), directed by the same guy who got Christine O’Donnell to publicly confess, “I’m not a witch”:

The ad for Hoekstra–a hot mess of Vietnamese mise-en-scène standing in for China, California Girl-speak poorly disguised as bad Engrish, and some requisite chinky background music–managed to piss off Dems and Republicans alike with its creepy, unabashed Fear of a Yellow Planet storyline. (Though everyone’s favorite race-contrarian Michelle Malkin didn’t seem to mind it. But this is the same person who defended the internment, so, you know.)

And let’s not overlook the website that goes along with the ad! It makes the TV spot look Continue reading DISGRASIAN OF THE SUPER BOWL! Pete Hoekstra’s Racist, Anti-Chinese, “We Take Your Jobs” Ad

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Addicted To This GIF: MIA Giving 111.3 Million People The Finger

I just can’t get enough of this.

[The New Yorker: MIA Shouldn't Have Apologized]

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David Choe Inspiring A Generation Of Asian Kids To Ditch Pre-Med For Art

Hardass Asian Parents, take note.

You can be an artist, and still rule at the maths. That’s true, at least, in the case of Korean American graffiti artist David Choe, who painted the walls of Facebook’s first corporate headquarters back in 2005. Instead of taking cash for his work, Choe chose to be paid in Facebook stock, even though he thought Facebook was “ridiculous and pointless” at the time. (This was his right brain talking. His left brain, meanwhile, was ignoring the right brain as it crunched the numbers.) As Facebook prepares to go public at a valuation between $75 and $100 billion, Choe’s stock will reportedly be worth $200 million.

Now that Choe no longer has to rely on art to pay the bills, he’s free to pursue his real dream…of becoming a doctor!

[NYT: From Founders to Decorators, Facebook Riches]

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