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Memphis Mayor Fist-Bumps The Dalai Lama And Prevents Not One But Two Epidemics

September 24th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Memphis Mayor Pro Tem Myron Lowery fist-bumped the Dalai Lama Wednesday, when His Holiness was in town to accept an award at the National Civil Rights Museum. According to Lowery, the greeting was pre-approved, and though it was reported that the Dalai Lama had no problem with it, not everyone appreciated the gesture.

So much so that Lowery felt compelled to explain why he gave a pound to the Dalai Lama, over at CNN. Ever since a co-worker came down with the H1N1 virus a few weeks ago, Lowery wrote, hand sanitizer, sleeve-sneezing, and fist-bumping have been his thing.

Unwittingly, by preventing the spread of one epidemic, Lowery also dodged another:

The Prayer Hands Epidemic and a few of its sufferers: Johnny Depp, Wesley Snipes, and Jennifer Garner

And for that, Mayor Lowery, I salute you.

*punches it in*

[CNN: Why I fist-bumped the Dalai Lama]
[DISGRASIAN: What a (Racial) Drag: Buddhist Prayer Hands]
[How to Greet the Dalai Lama]

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June 9th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Reasons why RZA should be an honorary member of the tribe:

  1. He already belongs to a Chinese clan
  2. He’s obsessed with kung fu
  3. He supported Hillary Clinton like so many other Asian-Americans
  4. He loves him some Prayer Hands
  5. A lifelong chess player, he started an online chess website ( last week for fans to simultaneously play and get news about the Wu
  6. Dude is foiiiiiiiiine!


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SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN: The Power of Prayer Hands

May 8th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

On Monday, the International Olympic Committee expanded upon its protest guidelines (Rule 51.3 of the Olympic charter) governing athletes participating in the Summer Games. Rule 51.3 states:

“No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”

The IOC’s addendum elaborated on what qualifies as a protest “demonstration” or “propaganda”:

“…all actions, reactions, attitudes or manifestations of any kind by a person or group of persons, including but not limited to their look, external appearance, clothing, gestures, and written or oral statements.”

In other words, chanting “Free Tibet!” or wearing the Dalai Lama’s Muppet-like mug on a t-shirt will not be permitted. There is, however, a way to circumvent Rule 51.3, if one were so inclined. It’s something that I couldn’t have imagined serving any purpose until now.

International symbol of vague spirituality? Yes.
Annoying Hollywood trend? Affirmative.
Political gesture? Not at first glance.

Who knew that Prayer Hands–pardon the pun–could come in so handy?


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Tax Evasian

April 25th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Overheard in the courtroom Thursday:

“I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance,” Wesley Snipes said, in a prepared apology.

Wesley was sentenced to 3 years in prison yesterday for not filing tax returns from 1999-2001. 3 years is the maximum sentence, and even for someone as annoying as Wesley who defied the law, it seems a little stiff.

Prayer Hands, don’t fail him now!


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Buddhist Prayer Hands, Part II

March 24th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Continuing on in the DISGRASIAN Buddhist Prayer Hands Handbook, we give you rule #6:

Shuri-Kannondo temple’s chief priest, Joei Yoshikuni, with his dog “Conan” in Okinawa

6) If your master is not only your primary food source but also a Buddhist monk, pray with, rather than bite, the hand that feeds you.

Click here for more Conan prayer pix.

Thanks, Jasmine!

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The Meaning of Sophisticasian

March 7th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Sophia Loren visited Kyoto, Japan this week, and instead of busting with the Prayer Hands like other wacktors, she behaved like a real movie star.

Loren wore a fur, flashed her rocks, and said “Konichiwa, bitches!” in flawless Japanese.


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Wesley Snipes Some Prayer Hands

January 16th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Dear Wesley Snipes,

Dude. We get it.

You famously lobbied for an Asian actress (Ming-Na) to play your wife in One Night Stand, then life imitated art and you married Korean painter Nikki Park, and you’ve earned a million colored belts in multiple martial-arts disciplines.

Alright already. You love us. You really love us. Apparently you spend so much time in your wife’s native Korea that you consider it your second home (we just hope you’re paying your taxes there unlike, uh, nevermind). But please don’t take your outsized love for our peeps and cultures to this level, it’s really beneath you:

You do understand that you’re going to trial for fraud, right Wesley?

that bracelet gives me hives,

Source Source Source Source
Thanks Greenie!

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No No, No Johnny No

January 8th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Johnny Depp at the Tokyo premiere of Sweeney Todd


I still want to love you, but you’re making things very difficult.

we get it you’re a spiritual person sheesh,


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New Year’s Resolasians

January 4th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Like many of you, DISGRASIAN made New Year’s Resolutions for ’08. Some of these resolutions are diet-related, about cutting back our consumption of certain things. Some are about getting rid of bad relationships. Some are focused on eliminating negative thoughts. They’re probably just like yours in one way or another, only we call them New Year’s Resolasians. Of course, resolasians, like resolutions, are meant to be broken, and ours are kinda contingent upon other people, but keep your fingers crossed for us, anyway, will ya?

No more Buddhist Prayer Hands.

No more Fisting.

No more Mutasians.

No more Bad Fuck Charms.

No more Disgrestaurants.

No more Chinysteria.

No more Engrish as “news”.

No more Gongbangin’.

No more Racial Drag.

No more Samurites.

No more White Hooker Boots.

No more Nipple Slipples.

No more Wacky Japs.

No more Nukes.

No more Drive-Bis.

Have a great ’08 everyone!

A newer better DISGRASIAN

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Prayer Hands Are So 2007

December 17th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Speaking of Prayer Hands, the Dalai Lama just completed an 11-day trip to Italy, during which His Holiness met with fellow Nobel peace laureates like Mikhail Gorbachev and Lech Walesa in Rome.

And thus, a new zzZen trend is born…the ill-fitting, foam visor! I expect these to be in every Hollywood goodie bag come “award season” and on the peace-lovin’ noggins of Richard “How Did a Hamster Get Up in” Gere and Sharon “Her Sliverness” Stone in no time.


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September 27th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

In an update on the scary shit going down in Myanmar after tens of thousands of Buddhist monks took to the streets for the last month to support democracy, the U.S. announced today that we are imposing economic sanctions against senior officials in Myanmar’s ruling junta.

“This whole deal down in My-ann-marr really burmas me out.”

Even China, after cockblocking a UN Security Council call for sanctions yesterday, asked for “calm” and “restraint” from the Myanmar government today. As usual, China’s steppin’ up to the plate for the greater good of nobody humanity.

Meanwhile, earlier this morning, Myanmar soldiers raided several Buddhists monasteries and nine people were killed on the second day of the goverment’s crackdown.

For once, DISGRASIAN hopes that Prayer Hands will make a difference.

Click here to learn how you can make a difference, too.

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Outwit. Outplay. Outchink.

September 20th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

I just got done watching the TV Guide Channel’s Survivor: Ka-China Preview and thought I’d give y’all a rundown about what to expect this season, which begins tonight on CBS. Here is a partial clip from the hourlong preview:

By my rather lackadaisical count, in the preview alone, there were:

  • 13 shots of pagodas/buddhist temples
  • 12 shots of Buddhist monks
  • 10 sounds of gongs
  • 7 shots of/references to dragons
  • 5 usages of the words “mysterious” or “exotic” to describe China
  • 3 shots of terra cotta soldiers
  • 2 shots of raised red lanterns
  • 1 opium pipe refashioned into a pen, which castmembers will use to vote each other off

Oh, and too many shots of Prayer Hands to count, enough to make my Chinese mama cry.

Now here are the peeps that I predict I’ll be rooting for this season.

We’ve got 20 year-old “Frosti” on the left, a half-Japanese, half-Russian Parkour stud (which means he can acrobatically flip and twist off walls and shit), and James, the Lafayette, LA, 3rd-generation gravedigger in the center, with the sickest bod you’ve ever seen, and last, but not least, Todd, the gay Mormon flight attendant.

Let the chinky-ass games begin!



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