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If You’re A 28 Year-Old Chinese Dude, Now’s The Time For Crimin’

March 3rd, 2011 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

Researchers have discovered that the world’s most “typical face” looks like this:

It’s the face of a 28 year-old Han Chinese man–a composite made from 190,000 photos–based on the fact that 28 is the median age of the world’s population, Han Chinese is the largest ethnic group globally, and men outnumber women. Currently, there are 9 million 28 year-old Han Chinese men in the world.

This may sound suspiciously like a sorta scientific way of saying all Asians look alike, but there’s an upshot!

If you look even a little bit like the dude in the photo, now would be a great time for a career change.

[Yahoo! News: The most typical face on the planet]

Thanks, Josh!

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‘The Last Airbender’ May Be The Worst Movie Of All Time Which Means There May Be Such A Thing As Karma

July 2nd, 2010 | 17 comments | Posted by Jen

Did I invoke “karma” in the title of this post because M. Night Shyamalan, director of The Last Airbender, is Indian? Sure. But given how, in the 24 hours since the movie’s opened, it’s already being heralded as quite possibly The Worst Movie Ever, he may not be for long, as soon people will be forming long lines not to see his latest cinematic debacle but, instead, to take away his Indian card, his Asian card, his DGA card, his WGA card, his AmEx card, and– why stop there?–even his SUBWAY® card, if he’s into that sort of thing, and something tells me that if white bread’s involved, he is.

Having already pissed off his brethren by casting white actors in the movie’s lead Asian roles, not getting why that was such a big deal, and hiding behind terms like “culturally diverse” and “multicultural” without understanding how his casting decisions actually ran contrary to those principles, Shyamalan’s now managed to get himself disowned by pretty much the rest of universe. Here are a few excerpts from the public drubbing The Last Airbender‘s received so far:

“The dearth of racially appropriate casting in the U.S. simply means that fewer Asians were humiliated by appearing in what is surely the worst botch of a fantasy epic since Ralph Bakshi’s animated desecration of The Lord of the Rings back in 1978. The actors who didn’t get to be in The Last Airbender are like the passengers who arrived too late to catch the final flight of the Hindenburg.”–Richard Corliss, TIME, ‘The Last Airbender: Worst Movie Epic Ever?’

“…the best way to watch ‘The Last Airbender’ is probably with Continue reading ‘The Last Airbender’ May Be The Worst Movie Of All Time Which Means There May Be Such A Thing As Karma

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Good News For Asian Drivers Everywhere (Almost)

June 3rd, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

Good news for Asian drivers: We aren’t the worst!

Everything in this pic is a joke, except for the tees (available here)

According to a new survey, New Yorkers are.*

*New York Asian drivers…you’re SOL. If it makes you feel better, we Californiasians aren’t far behind you. But let’s focus on the positive, work together, rebrand the hell outta this phenomenon, and make Bad New York Drivers the new meme, K?

[HuffPo: New Yorkers Named Worst Drivers In The Country; Kansas Has The Best]

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File under Dubious Distinctions: India Is #1

October 14th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

India is #1 in Asia! Woohoo! Raise the roof!!!

Are those minarets I see, or are you just happy to see me?

#1 in spamming, that is (and #7 in the world). It’s estimated that 80% of emails sent from India are spam, and since most spam seems to be about enhancing one’s penis, I can only conclude that the second-most populous nation in the world just really really really wants you to turn your dick into a pleasure stick.


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Just Cuz It’s Chinese, Don’t Mean It’s Pretty

June 23rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

JEN: Hey, did you hear about the World’s Ugliest Dog contest? It happened over the weekend.

DIANA: Who would enter their dog in that contest? That’s so mean.

JEN: Right? I mean, what’s the point of having a dog if you don’t think it’s the shit in every way?

DIANA: I heard the dog who won was a Chinese-crested or something.

JEN: What’s a Chinese-crested? How can something Chinese be ugly? I have a hard time believing that.

DIANA: I bet you do. That’s why I hate showing you this…

Gus, the World’s Ugliest Dog

JEN: Holy key-rap, that dog is heinous.

DIANA: It’s butt, dude. So butt.


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June 18th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Today, animal rights wacktivist group PETA named Chinese diva and actress Faye Wong (Chungking Express, 2046) Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Woman.




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