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When Worlds Collide, Dreams Are Made: Gabby Douglas And Her Coach Liang Chow

August 3rd, 2012 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

[via RAMA on Facebook]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

July 6th, 2012 | 1 comment | Posted by jasmine

Baby pandas! Baby pandas! Baby pandas! On a slide! [YouTube via Jezebel]

July 2 was No Shame Day, which was started by The Siwe Project’s founder Bassey Ikpi to promote support of mental health care and encourage people to to seek treatment. Many folks (including Jen) took to social media to share stories and show support. [The Siwe Project]

This is critical for Asian Americans, as a recent study has shown that Asian Americans tend to shun treatment for mental health issues. That same study also revealed that Asian American teenage girls have the highest rate of depression across race and gender. [PsychCentral]

Much to my chagrin (and H-Town native Jen’s delight), Jeremy Lin may be on the verge of signing a 4-year, $31 million dollar deal with the Houston Rockets. As a limited free agent playing with the Knicks, Jeremy may yet see a matching offer from his team. [ESPN]

The average age of China’s women’s gymnastics team for the 2012 Olympics is 19.5, which seems positively ancient compared to the 2008 squad of supposed 16 year olds. [The Atlantic Wire]

Lia Neal became only the second African American woman to make a U.S. Olympic swim team last weekend. Her 4th place finish in the 100m final at the Olympic trials earned her a spot on the 400m relay team. A native of New York (holla!), Lia is of African-American and Chinese descent. [WP - thanks, Rome!]

China has lifted a ban preventing lesbians Continue reading Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

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Gymnast and Gay Go Together Like Ramma Lamma Lamma Ka Dinga Da Dinga Dong

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

A lot of you who are new to DISGRASIAN have been clicking over for Olympics “coverage” (I use that term oh-so-loosely), and mostly to find out who on the U.S. men’s gymnastics team is gay. Now, Diana and I pride ourselves on having excellent gaydar–we’re Asian chicks, after all, and most of our BFF’s are gay–but we ain’t the Gay Census Bureau. Nevertheless, we want you horny newbies to feel at home, so I give you this photo (from the real Gay Census Bureau, Towleroad):

Feel better?

Then there are those of you who have come to our site looking for nipples. And, you know, we do write about nipples a fair amount. Crotches, too. Shit, why do you think my parents spent all that dough sending me to an Ivy League school?? But for those of you who’ve come here to ogle, say, the nipples of a 16 year-old Olympic athlete, i.e. a child, we give you this:



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August 11th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Gymnasts have it tough in the hair department. Their first priority is to keep that shit out of their faces in order to do all of those crazy circus moves. Hence, the gymnasty hair trends that won’t die.

Like the infantilizing Goody StayPut barrette:

Not to mention that iconic symbol of 90′s fug and suburban mom fatigue, the scrunchie.

The worst hairstyle of the sport on the women’s side has got to be the man-cut. 33 year-old gymnast Oksana Chusovitina–formerly of Russia, Uzbekistan, and now Germany–has this unfortunate ‘do, which I fear detracts from the awesomeness of her story.

The men’s side of things is even more dismal, with most male gymnasts opting for a short, clean cut. Snooze! I’m still waiting for a dashing, hirsute, Bjorn Borg-type to crash the international gymnastics scene. But until then…

Everyone’s talking about China and Japan in men’s gymnastics this Olympics because they’re both favorites for team gold, finishing one-two in the qualifying round. China won gold in 2000 and Japan took it in 2004, and their current teams are led by Yang Wei and Hiroyuki Tomita, respectively, veterans of those winning teams. But what happens when these two go, er, head-to-head?

Do you prefer Yang Wei’s spiky fauxhawk or Hiroyuki Tomita’s mop top?

Now y’all don’t get all nationalistic on this one like my grandmother would (she pretty much hates everything Japanese after living through the Occupation). It’s only hair, people.


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August 11th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Raj Bhavsar

Hails from: Houston, TX

Occupation: Olympic gymnast

Known for: Failing to make the U.S. Olympic Men’s Gymnastics Team not once, but twice; being named an alternate for the 2004 Games in Athens and having to watch the men’s team win silver from the stands; almost quitting the sport after that painful experience; being named an alternate this year, only to be promoted less than two weeks before the Olympics when Paul Hamm dropped out due to injuries; turning in solid performances in the qualifying round to help the men make the team finals, which will be held on Tuesday; sporting unreasonably big guns for such a small–5’3″, 118 lbs.–dude.

Another reason to root for Raj? He’s a native Houstoniasian. And the trippy thing about that is he’s a product of the Cypress Academy of Gymnastics (like teammate Jonathan Horton), which is not only smack-dab in the middle of Jen’s hometown, it’s where she took gymnastics as a kid. Oh, and that’s where she broke her hymen on the balance beam, too, but, uh, that’s a story for another time. Go Raj! Reprzent!

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July 28th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Liang Chow

Hails from: Beijing

Occupation: Head coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team

Known for: Along with his wife Liwen Zhuang, coaching top U.S. powerhouse Shawn Johnson, who calls Chow her “second dad,” to greatness; making his protege part-Asian (“I have the precision and technique people admire in the Chinese and the power that’s typical of American gymnasts. It makes me stand out,” she’s said); bouncing back from the devastating floods in Iowa (Chow now resides in West Des Moines), which badly damaged his gym; being a member of the Chinese bronze medal-winning team at the 1989 World Championships.

Unlike most Hardass Gymnastics Coaches, Coach Chow can often be seen smiling and laughing on the sidelines. And now that he’s returning to his hometown as head coach of the women’s team with the all-around gold medal favorite in Johnson, he has plenty more to smile about.


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I Am 14 Going On 16, Innocent and Naive

July 28th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Chinese gymnast He Kexin

Thanks in large part to our Hardass Parents, Asians looove a headstart. I was potty-trained and walking at 11 months and talking in complete sentences by age 2 (I also, apparently, had a serious boyfriend in preschool); I learned to add and subtract at 3 and picked up geometry and algebra around 8 or 9. I thought I was pretty hot shit in the child development-department until I met Diana, who learned to read at 2, started kindergarten at 3, graduated high school at 16, and had a real job by age 20. (Bitch!)

I was reminded of the value Asians place on precociousness when I read today that two female Chinese gymnasts may be too young to compete in the Olympics (the minimum age is 16). Chinese officials were quick to say that the gymnasts, He Kexin and Jiang Yuyuan, are both 16, despite online records that list their age as 14. Even more curious is the fact that China’s government-run newspaper, the China Daily, ran a story in May heralding the arrival of “14-year-old newcomer” He Kexin, a gold medal favorite in the uneven bars.

But it was only after reading He’s Wikipedia page, which says that the eensy-beensy gymnast:

  • Has already won two World Cup titles on the uneven bars this year
  • Is “one of the few gymnasts in the world to score over 17.00 under the current Code of Points”
  • Has one of the highest difficulty scores in the world in the uneven bars

…that I started to wonder. Given that most gymnasts are considered “old” at 18 and younger girls tend to compete better and do the most outrageous tricks because they have no sense of failure or mortality (Nadia Comaneci was 14 when she scored the first perfect 10 at the ’76 Games), I gotta think that THOSE GIRLS ARE SO TOTALLY NOT 16. At some point, the ambivalence creeps in, you don’t think you’re such hot shit anymore, and, of course, you want to get laid. Maybe that explains why I was better at geometry at 8 than I was at 14?


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

Name: Kevin Tan

Hails from: Fremont, CA

Occupation: Olympic gymnast/rings specialist

Why He’s a Babe: Cuz the 26 year-old gymnast of Chinese descent is 100% USDA prime beefcake. And because his muscles have muscles. And because of that, Tan is able to do sick tricks on the rings–widely considered the most difficult men’s event–like this inverted cross:

And that’s just downright gymnasty!


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Let’s Wrestle

January 2nd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

We lifted this Japanese female wrestling video from our dear friend Akira’s web page. It’s equal parts gymnastics, swing-dancing, stage-diving, and bitchfighting. It is, in a word, awesome. Dig the little girl in the Iron Maiden tee.

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