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Wanna Know What Diana Will Be Doing In 50 Years…

June 8th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Diana

…besides writing her 53,271st DISGRASIAN post? Probably cheering, like the fine ladies (average age: 66) of Japan Pom Pom:




I PRAY that the Japan Pom Pom squad still exists in fifty years, and they that will accept a clumsy/mildly overweight (I expect to eat many, many, many boxes of Kyochon fried chicken over the next few decades) Vietnamese American girl into their awesomely glittery clique… although Jen would probably argue that I’m already an old lady with a wig collection, pair of broken-in poms, fondness for sparkly outfits, and mean high kick—so why not just try out now?

Hunh. I just might. And if they won’t have me, maybe I’ll just go out for old lady drill team.

See Japan Pom Pom’s moves here.

[via OMG Blog]
[Reuters: Cheering On An Aging Japan]

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BABEWATCH: 5 NFL Cheerleader Hotties

September 22nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

We’ll be the first ones to say that there’s something slightly creepy about grown women being cheerleaders. It’s a little bit like grown women wanting to be princesses–yes, we’re talking to you, Bridezillas–like indulging a girlhood fantasy way past its sell-by date.

That said, cheerleading, at least the face of it, has changed a lot since we were kids. Cheerleading squads, especially in professional sports, have become increasingly more diverse. In the NFL, it’s rare these days to see an all-white squad, and about one-third of the teams have at least one Asian cheerleader. (My Cowboys, however, do not. Boo, Jerry Jones. Boo.) And because football and cheerleading are national birthrights, this is progress. It’s like people are finally starting to see that Asian is American, too.

To celebrate this change, we present to you our Top 5 NFL Cheerleader Draft Picks (click on their names to see more photos and full bios):

DUYEN
Houston Texans
“I love any type of curry, whether it’s Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese or Indian.”
ALICIA
Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite books? “Anything by Haruki Murakami.”
KAORUKO HORIIKE
Denver Broncos
Holds a degree in Economics from Rikkyo University (Japan).

TOMOKO KOJIMA
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Decided to become an NFL cheerleader in 1994, when she attended a preseason game in San Diego as an exchange student from Japan.
TIFFANY
San Diego Chargers
Immigrated to Southern California from Taiwan at the age of 7.

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SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN: China’s 200,000 New Cheerleaders

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

Just when you were beginning to believe that our trade relations with China were totally one-sided–with America buying up all the crap that’s made in China and never vice-versa–here’s an example of China importing our doo:

Yeah, that’s right. CHINESE CHEERLEADERS. Since June, 200,000 Chinese volunteers have been training to be cheerleaders in preparation for the Olympic games. The New England Patriot Cheerleaders were even brought in to assist–why the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders were bypassed, I don’t know–and probably had something to do with producing the ELITE SQUAD you just witnessed in the video (no, I’m not kidding).

Which reminds me. When I was growing up, my Dad used to threatened to disown me if I so much as thought about becoming a cheerleader, and I used to think he was such a fucking Hardass Asian Buzzkill for that, but now I GET IT. I totally get it.

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