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Ever wonder what Filipinos think? Our pals at the National Film Society get to asking in honor of Filipino American Heritage Month. [YouTube]
New York resident Christine Lee is the first Korean American woman ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. [DNAInfo.com]
Could the secret to growth for America in this century be more Asians? [The Atlantic]
Remember last week when we told you about Hong Kong billionaire Cecil Chao, who was offering $65 million to any man who could marry his lesbian daughter Gigi? Of course you do. Now would it surprise you to learn that Sacha Baron Cohen is adapting this story into a movie? [Gawker]
Kind of fascinating, kind of terrifying, Ukrainian teenager Anastasiya Shpagina is a real-life Anime girl. [Huffington Post]
White dude, Asian lady couples are turning up in commercials quite a bit lately, experts explain why this particular interracial pairing gets more play than others. [Washington Post]
Apparently some racist shitheads at the University of Texas in Austin threw bleach-filled balloons at black and Asian students. [ABC News]
This is heart-breaking: while doctors at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, NY insist that 28 year-old Grace Lee, who’s been unable to move or speak since being diagnosed with a brainstem tumor in 2011, wishes to be taken off life support, her parents have a video they claim proves otherwise. [New York Times]
An update to the Grace Lee story: Lee changed her mind over the weekend, and has decided that she does want to continue to live the rest of her life after all. [New York Times]
Filed under: Advertising, Anastasiya Shpagina, Asian American priest, Asian postting, Cecil Chao, Christine Lee, Episcopal Church, Filipino American Heritage Month, Gigi Chao, Hate Crimes, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Interracial Couples, Japanese startups, Japanese tech culture, K-Pop, National Film Society, Sacha Baron Cohen, SungEun Grace Lee, UT Austin
And it seems to be working. Quite well. See what happens when you drop a vending machine that dispenses free Coke–in exchange for a hug–on a university campus in Singapore:
This is all part of Coca-Cola’s “Open Happiness” ad campaign, which will soon be introducing huggable Coke machines throughout Asia. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I probably just need to hug a machine and get some free diabetes in a can to feel better, amirite?
Filed under: Advertising, Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Ad Campaign, Coca-Cola Ad Campaigns, Coca-Cola Ads, Coca-Cola Open Happiness Ad Campaign, Coke, Coke Ad Campaign, Coke Ad Campaigns, Coke Open Happiness Campaign, Drugs Not Hugs, Emotional Machines, Hug It Out, Huggable People, Needy Machines, Singapore, We Are Not A Hugging People, Weird
One year I vacationed in Mexico and spent the entire time in the water, body surfing and boogie boarding. My skin got really dark, which I don’t care about one way or another, though I am afraid of sun damage and skin cancer, in that order. I made one mistake that trip though, and it wasn’t forgetting sunscreen (always, always remember sunscreen). My mistake was going to see my grandmother right after. The first thing she said, once she got over the shock, was “How did you get so dark?!” For the rest of the visit, she introduced me to her friends as “My Granddaughter-Who’s-Normally-Not-This-Dark.”
Light skin is still prized in Asia for a number of reasons that have to do with longstanding notions of race, class, and gender. Good thing then, that there’s a booming market for skin whitening creams, many of them manufactured by Western companies! And good thing the companies who make these creams also make commercials, because quite a few of them–beyond their creepy, disturbing premise–are kinda hilarious.
1. Skin Whitening For Young Girls
There’s this commercial for SkinWhite Teens, produced by Filipino company Splash Corporation, a skin whitening product designed specifically for young girls:
Filed under: Advertising, Advertising in Asia, Asia, Asian Obsession with Light Skin, Badvertising, Beauty Products, Bollywood, China, Class Issues, Dark Skin Bias, Dark Skin Prejudice, India, J, Japan, Korea, Lady Bits, Lady Parts, Oppressive Notions of Beauty, Philippines, Pond's, Skin Bleaching, Skin Color Hierarchy, Skin Lightening, skin whitening, SkinWhite, Vagina Bleaching, Vagina Lightening, Vagina Whitening, Vaginal Bleaching, Vaginal Lightening, Vaginal Whitening
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!
Dear Cable Overlord,
I’ll be honest, I’m still kinda pissed at you for making me break up all those years ago with my Mac-like TiVo and forcing me into a marriage with your PC-like fake-TiVo-that-doesn’t-have-a-catchy-name. I miss those cute noises my TiVo used to make, even that weird bonk it issued when I pushed the wrong button or what have you. But you’ve given me the MLB, NFL, and NBA packages, and Friday Night Lights six months ahead of everyone else and now Damages, so, really, I’ve had little cause to complain since.
But this, DirecTV’s “The Whale” ad starring Dat Phan, winner of the first Last Comic Standing? This blows.
- You’re clearly ripping off Ken Jeong’s Mr. Chow from The Hangover movies.
- While I love me some Ken Jeong almost any day of the week, Mr. Chow is basically awful and your rip-off is worse.
- An Asian accent isn’t a stand-in for funny.
- Wait, was this ad supposed to be funny? I’m assuming because you hired a comedian, the answer is yes. But I can’t tell. Seriously, I can’t tell.
- Let’s assume this ad was supposed to be funny. Jokes about an Asian person being small are played and unfunny. So I guess you weren’t trying to be funny? See that? Now I’m confused, which is never a good thing in advertising.
But, hey, listen. If you finally get that new and improved DirecTV TiVo DVR out this year that you’ve been teasing me with for the last three, I may find it in my heart to forgive.
Your begrudging cable serf,
Filed under: Advertising, Asian Accents, Asian American Comedians, Bad Ads, Cable Providers, Dat Phan, Dat Phan Last Comic Standing, DirecTV, DirecTV The Whale Ad, FAIL, Overlords, TiVo, Unfunny Stuff
So, there’s this Facebook app called “Asianate Yourself,” where you can make yourself Asian, which some people find offensive, especially since the app was created by a Hong Kong-based soy sauce company that should know better, but as people who came into this world already “Asianated,” can we just say that we totally get it?
I mean, if people wanna be us, I can’t blame them. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right?
That said, the Asianate app sucks balls. For one thing, there’s nothing “Urban Asian” about sumo. Actually I have to admit that I don’t even know what “Urban Asian” means. Is that, like, as opposed to “Jungle Asian,” like Diana (yes, I know this is a slur but Diana’s owning it so maybe you should too)? Or is “Urban” the roundabout way of saying “Morbidly Obese” when applied to Asians, the way it’s the roundabout way of saying “Black” when applied to African-Americans?
And that’s the other thing. Why would you Asianate yourself right into Body Dysmorphic Disorder? Asianated people can’t deal with that shit. None of our Asianated aunties–who’d be the first to tell us at our family reunions we’ve gotten fat–would approve.
What they would approve of, however, is Asianating yourself into…
Our boyfriend Daniel Dae Kim!
Filed under: Advertising, Amoy Asianate Yourself Facebook App, Amoy Food Limited, Asianasian, Asianate Yourself Facebook App, Asianation, Bad Advertising, Bad Marketing Campaigns, Be Like Us, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Daniel Dae Kim, Daniel Henney, Daniel Liu, DDK, Disgrasian Social Media, Disgrasian Technology, Facebook Apps, Hot Asian Men, Racial Drag, Sumo Wrestlers, Sumo Wrestling
I realize this ad featuring AOTW Apolo Ohno is supposed to be selling you on that nighttime, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head, fever, so you can rest medicine-induced sleep coma Nyquil is so famous for…
But all I see is a serious case of O-Face. You know what I’m talkin’ about…Oh!
Filed under: "O" Faces, 2010 Winter Olympics, Advertising, Amazians, Apolo Anton Ohno, Apolo Ohno, Apolo Ohno Nyquil Ad, Mixed People, O-Face, Office Space, Unfortunate Ads, Vancouver Olympics, Vancouver Winter Olympics
HOLY CALVINS, BATMAN!!!
Filed under: Advertising, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Underwear, Gangbangs, Hidetoshi Nakata, Hot Asian Men, Hot Bodies, Marky Mark, So Fine, Underwear, Weird American Behavior Adopted by the Japanese, Yay, Yummers
It is clear to me that you didn’t actually say the quote that has been attributed to you on this Ellen show advert. Look at those earrings. You’re from Massapequa!! Girl, you definitely did not say one word of that mess.
They should have typcast you more properly with a phrase like, “Wazzzup my Ellen bitches!” or “Damn, that Ellen shit is fierce. Word.” or “That Ellen really rolls my egg, y’all.”