Posted on December 29, 2012 commentaires

365 「GET ON THE FLOOR」 - sorti le 29 décembre 2012 .

Au milieu de toute cette hallyu, voici un boy group vietnamien (!) recommandé par AZN Paris : 365.
Visuellement, la chorégraphie n'est pas (encore) des plus impressionnantes, la photographie est léchée, les looks sont hyper extravagants, un peu sentai sur les bords, les cheveux décolorés, etc. On sent bien l'influence coréenne. Musicalement, c'est très dance, mais alors dance pouffiasse, ça pourrait aisément être chanté par une drag queen ! Alors est-ce de la merde pour autant ? Objectivement... avouons que oui. Mais c'est un produit très pro, ça semble assez original pour le Vietnam (enfin, on ne connais pas la production musicale de ce coin), alors on apprécie 365, un peu.

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Koji Steven 「8Questions: Keni Styles, Asian American Male Adult Film Star」

Posted on December 28, 2012 commentaires

The first time I heard of Keni Styles, one of the first heterosexual Asian male porn stars in America, I felt pride. Because there was someone out there who was breaking the stereotype that Asian males are sexless, effeminate, weird, and/or all of the above. He was proving that Asian American males could be sexy, great lovers, and desired. And he was doing it in the adult film business of all places!

According to Wikipedia, “Styles has been active in pornographic movies since August 2006. He first found steady work in Eastern Europe, relocating to live in both Prague and Budapest. In January 2010 Styles moved to Los Angeles. He is regarded as the first heterosexual Asian male porn star in American pornography as well as the only active European heterosexual male porn star of Asian origin.”

I had a chance to sit down with Keni and ask him a few questions:

1) I was checking out your Wikipedia page and it said that you were the first heterosexual Asian male porn star in American pornography. That can’t be true, can it? Why do you think that is?

I don’t strictly accept this to be true either, before I came to the States I was already aware of other Asian American males doing their thing out here. The likes of Rick Lee and Hung Low and the legend of Dick Ho were all present before me, as well as loads of popular Asian guys in the gay scene. So to discredit anyone of these guys would be false or misinformation, I feel the main reason for the Keni hype simply comes down to the type of performances. Like it or not the industry is driven by hype and to say I received a fair amount of hype is an understatement. I’ve always tried to play it down and remain humble, the fact remains people only seem to acknowledge the mainstream in porn and little light is shone on gay pornstars, POV, personal website and fetish performers. I just happen to really enjoy sex and I dunno, I wanted to do it with the big names.

2) What is the biggest challenge of being Asian American male in the Adult film industry?

My biggest challenge so far has revolved around my immigration process. The industry has been supportive and patient with me and through a 2 year process they never stopped calling and checking to see when I would be legal again to work after my initial permit expired. The process was character building to say the least, it strained my personal relationships, effected my own outlook on reasons for being here when I have a perfectly good career in Europe and I even lost some hair LOL! I went from earning big bucks and flying the Asian flag let’s say, to barely surviving below the poverty line on a long and drawn out battle to simply be accepted by your government. Through self-belief, good standing and I dunno just sheer blind hope… I finally got in.

3) What is your best/worst experience in the industry?

I believe the best is yet to come and the worst was simply a test. There has really been nothing bad I can say about my industry because from every hardship I have learned to gleam something positive and move forward. My observations are that the type of performer I am and what is considered “normal” here in the States are not one and the same. I have come up through the ranks in Europe and done so many scenes that many out here would never even consider. So since I’ve been here it really has been a delight and enjoyable experience when it comes to my actual work experience. No bad experiences, none. All the new people I meet and the scenarios I end up in just keep getting better.

4) Tell us about your new project, Luckyasianguy.com. (Fair warning, might not be appropriate for work)

My luckyasianguy.com project came about when I was at a point of resignation. I knew I had opened the door for more Asian men to represent themselves in the adult biz and yet I just didn’t know how I could assist. Ever since my early days back in ’06 I received hundreds of email about getting in porn and why not more Asians etc. I think my simplistic view on life just rubbed many up the wrong way and I came across as dismissive. So facing the reality of perhaps never working in the States again I decided to convert my original plan. Originally it was a personal website that was all about me and my “lucky” journey, now I wanted to do into a huge Asian guy talent search where I could personally introduce and assist wanna-be Asian males to get their dicks into porn and that hopefully would be my answer to the endless emails and calls for advice. I collected a huge library of my own scenes, just me banging hot porn chicks and of course I would have been happy with just that. However, now having taken time to go back to the drawing board, I’ll still use all my stuff to give my members value for money. However the main focus is now on the reality based episodes that involve one prospect at a time, meeting the guys, introducing them to the process and testing protocols for safe sex in the porn biz and then taking them on set, meeting the girls and finally, doing their very first porn scenes! Various different scenarios, lots of sex tips and advice thrown in for good measure and a real opportunity to be seen and recognized for their talents. Kinda like a Keni seal of approval, I happen to know almost all the directors, agents and many of the girls in the business that could make a new stud’s transition effortless and very enjoyable. I think a huge part of developing great porn performers comes with mindset and attitude to sex as well as understanding of the technicalities of production. So I am aiming to give all my lucky Asian guys the tools they need to go forth and succeed, and even if they don’t make it, I’ll step in and finish the job. It’s raw and educational and entertaining all in one. I wouldn’t trust anyone else to do this because of the scope for ridicule and further damaging of our Asian pride, so creating a relaxed and enjoyable experience is my number one concern in my porn stud breeding ground lol. For the viewer there are also so many break through insights that can benefit guys as lovers at home and in turn I think my small effort will help change a much bigger picture when it comes to negative outlook on Asian male sexuality and more so Asian male self-awareness and confidence. I’m really trying my best to make this project be my sole legacy to the porn industry.

6) Do you have any advice for Asian/Asian American males?

Yes. Self-belief is the key to everything that IS, in your reality. Whatever life you live and goals you aspire to, achieving them simply lies within, in your commitment to your own self-belief. I am tired of hearing about all the plight and suffering, do not resonate with what it is you do not want. The idea that the world is against Asian men because of race is simply that, an idea. It is only made reality through those who choose to believe. Calm down, I am not in denial about racism, I am simply dismissing it from my experience. Trust me, I know that at times this seems so farfetched from your current situation and whatever it be that is blocking you from happiness and success. However, simply believe in what you want. Your time is now and whatever it is you aspire to is well within your grasp, work hard, honest and authentic to one’s self and enjoy the fruits of real self-expression. Free from all ethnic boundaries. Peace out!

To find out more about Keni, visit his website, follow him on Twitter, or Tumblr, or watch some of his videos on YouTube. (Fair warning, some of the content on these pages might not be appropriate for work.)

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Long Yang Club 「Le nouveau Gay Tea Dance !」

Posted on December 16, 2012 commentaires

Retour du Long Yang Club, dimanche 16 décembre 2012, à partir de 18h, pour un gay tea dance (!) au Cud, payant pour l'occasion (?!). « GAY TEA DANCE [...] son Tribal & Tech House [...] DRESS CODE = RED / ROUGE », le flyer... Ouah ! Ça fait légèrement peur, mais bon, le Long Yang Club, même si on en parle peu sur ce blog, est une association asiatique gay « conviviale » historique à Paris, la seule qui subsiste à ce jour, la seule ! Alors respect ! Et puis, il en faut pour tous les goûts, n'est-ce pas !

Long Yang Club 「Le nouveau Gay Tea Dance !」 - posté le 14 décembre 2012.

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Awkwafina 「Peggy Bundy」

Posted on December 13, 2012 commentaires
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Jimmy Nguyen 「Why We Need More LGBT Racial Minority Role Models」

Posted on December 04, 2012 commentaires
I don’t see many people like me in the media. I am gay and a racial minority (and, oh yeah, an immigrant to the U.S.). When I turn on the TV, go to a movie or read the news, I rarely see any LGBT racial minority stars. That’s why it was so powerful in October when HuffPost Gay Voices published a list of 「The Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons」. Luminaries like George Takei and Margaret Cho headlined the crop of 54 gaysians. Somehow, my name managed to make the roster. But the greater honor was what happened next: After seeing me on the list, two young gay Asians sought me out for advice. That reminded me of why the world needs more LGBT racial minorities as role models.

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I saw no gay role models, let alone LGBT Asian icons. Today we live in a time when LGBT people have rising prominence in media, the arts, politics, business and other fields. But most gay and lesbian celebrities are white: Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, Suze Orman, Neil Patrick Harris and Anderson Cooper. Fictional gay characters also tend to be Caucasian: The entire main cast of gays and lesbians from 「Queer as Folk」, Will and Jack on 「Will & Grace」, and couple Cameron and Mitchell on 「Modern Family」. We’re so appreciative of this rising gay prominence that it’s easy to forget those representations do not reflect the full racial diversity of the LGBT community. (Of course, it’s doubly challenging to get cast for media projects if a performer is a racial minority and gay.)

Beyond the entertainment and media world, the story is similar. In politics and business, gay and lesbian leaders are predominantly Caucasian. Sadly, this is even true within our own LGBT nonprofit groups. In 2008 only 4 percent of executive directors of LGBT organizations were people of color; that figure comes from the Pipeline Project, a group formed to develop LGBT leaders who reflect our multicultural, multiethnic community. It is a far cry from the 36 percent of the U.S. population who self-identify as a racial minority.

Celebrities, icons and leaders are important. They inspire and influence people of all ages — especially young minds. Certainly, LGBT youth of any race can be inspired by Barney Frank and Rachel Maddow. But it is a simple human truth that seeing a successful person who looks like you can provide even more powerful inspiration.

Two young men reminded me of this lesson after The Huffington Post published its list of influential LGBT Asians. First, in early November, I got the following email from a young man in Southern California. (He asked me not to identify his real name, so I’ll call him “Peter.”)

Dear Jimmy,

I recently started following you after reading “The Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons” by JR Tungol on HuffPost Gay Voices... And I have to say that you are amazing and an inspiration and hope!

As a young gay closeted Vietnamese male... Would you give me some advice on coming out to my “old school parents?” How did you come out to your family?


A Young Gay Closeted Vietnamese Male

I was immediately touched because I was once that guy — young, gay, closeted, Vietnamese and unsure of how to come out to parents from “old school” Asia.

I composed a long response to Peter, empathizing how Vietnamese culture, language barriers and parental expectations may make it extra-difficult to come out. I explained that I waited far too long, until my 30s, to tell my own parents. I also revealed what I learned: By not giving my parents enough credit, I cheated myself out of a closer relationship with them than years of being the academic golden boy ever created.

Peter thanked me and even asked for some career advice, because he’d just graduated from college. He then posted my entire response on his anonymous blog so that other people could see my advice. Peter does not yet have enough confidence to come out to his parents, but I hope he does soon.

More recently, a 22-year-old gay man in Indonesia emailed me. (I’ll call him “Tom.”) Tom wrote that he feels isolated, with no friends, and he has not come out to anyone. He asked, “What does real life mean if there is no one you love?” and wondered, “Will I get my true love someday?”

My heart broke when reading this plea for help — because Tom’s challenges as a gay man in Indonesia will likely be even more difficult than if he lived in the U.S. While I could not guarantee that he would find true love anytime soon, I gave Tom much of the same advice that I gave to Peter in Southern California. Most of all I encouraged him to come out to trusted friends and family when he felt it was safe.

As much as I was trying to give advice, I also learned something valuable: Visibility of LGBT racial minorities matters. Those two young gay Asian men tracked me down across email cyberspace because they saw me on The Huffington Post list. While they could have sought advice from anyone, I could speak to them with added credibility because I share their Asian background. For every Peter and Tom, how many more gay Asian youngsters out there want help from an Asian mentor? And how many LGBT people from other racial groups want role models who look like them?

That’s why the world needs more LGBT racial minority role models. Every day, gay and lesbian people of color are ascending in their professional fields. We need to support their continuing efforts to break through historic ceilings. When they succeed, we need to give them greater visibility. Media outlets can help by more frequently recognizing achievements made by LGBT racial minorities.

As a kid, I saw a media landscape devoid of any gays or lesbians, and certainly no LGBT racial minorities. For today’s youngsters, whether they live in Southern California or Indonesia, I hope their view will become far more colorful.

Follow Jimmy Nguyen on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jimmywinmedia

Author: Jimmy Nguyen/Date: December 04, 2012/Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jimmy-nguyen/lgbt-minorities_b_2239139.html

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bEEdEEgEE feat. Lovefoxxx 「Flowers」

Posted on December 02, 2012 commentaires

bEEdEEgEE feat. Lovefoxxx 「Flowers」 - from『SUM / ONE』released on December 02, 2013.

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「Glee — Thanksgiving」

Posted on December 01, 2012 commentaires

À l'occasion de leurs fameux sectionals (jamais trop bien compris), 「Glee」 s'attaque au phénomènal 「Gangnam Style」 de PSY ! Et c'est Tina Cohen-Chang, interprété par Jenna Ushkowitz, qui s'y colle. Une vraie performance pour l'actrice, car bien qu'elle soit née à Séoul avant d'être adoptée, elle ne parle pas le coréen.

Glee 「Gangnam Style」

Le site Kaede + Jun souligne le fait qu'une chanson entièrement chantée en coréen puisse être diffusée sur un network national.
What’s impressive is that not only do the students sing the song entirely in Korean to the crowds, but that it’s on this show, broadcasted to all of America, without any subtitles or any pretext. It just assumes you know the song and who sang it, and what country it originated from. No subtitles, no explanation. Just a little joke here and there (“Let’s review this one more time. Maybe we’ll be the 500 millionth viewer.”) but otherwise, you’re supposed to know the song and the dance.
Bon, c'est peut-être oublier que PSY à fait le tour des télévisions américaines et s'est même produit aux American Music Awards 2012. Le (bon) site Critictoo se montre beaucoup plus circonspect et dit à ce propos : « La reprise n’est ni excellente ni inspirée, mais merci à Tina de faire l’asiatique de service pour ce qui devrait être son seul lead de la saison. » Sarcastique, mais loin d'être faux !
On comprend mieux l'allusion à la lecture de 「“Do I Look Korean?”– Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz and ‘Gangnam Style’」 sur Melanin Media Maven. L'auteur y critique les auteurs de 「Glee」 et leur manière d'utiliser (ou pas) leur(s) personnage(s) asiatique(s) :

« [...] Elle sait pourquoi elle a été choisie pour chanter cette chanson. C'est parce qu'elle est le choix le moins controversé. Elle est asiatique. Elle est née en Corée du sud. Et dans le monde de 「Glee」, c'est suffisant. Le show est toujours soumis aux invectives pour tous types de choses, et c'est ainsi qu'il se couvre. [...]

Les auteurs de 「Glee」 n'ont jamais été capables d'écrire pour les femmes de couleur sans se reposer sur le contexte culturel ou ethnique de l'actrice. (Il est intéressant de noter qu'un autre personnage, Mike Chang (Harry Shum Jr., ndt) a été confirmé comme étant américain-chinois et a même bénéficié d'une backstory, tandis qu'il n'en a jamais été le cas pour Cohen-Chang, un des personnages principaux) Ushkowitz est une artiste de Broadway accomplie, pourtant son personnage a toujours été réduit à son apparence. Sa relation aux autres également, et Tina a reçu plusieurs surnoms au fil des saisons comme "Asian Horror Movie", "Harujuku Girl" ou juste "Asian". [...]

Je devrais me corriger ; les auteurs de 「Glee」 sont incapables d'écrire pour les gens de couleur, point. Chinois, coréen, japonais, c'est la classification sommaire des asiatiques dans le monde de 「Glee」, et vous devez aller où vous pouvez. Vous savez quoi, messieurs les auteurs ? C'est plus complexe que ça.

Bravo à Ushkowitz pour vraiment essayer de faire de son mieux avec une chanson et une langue qu'elle avait une semaine pour apprendre. Il est contrariant que le show l'ait clairement utilisée pour sauver son postérieur culturellement ignorant, pourtant je frissonne à l'idée de ce qui serait arrivé s'ils ne l'avaient pas fait. »
[...] She knows why she was chosen to sing this particular song. It’s because she was the least controversial choice to do so. She is Asian. She is South Korean by birth. And in Glee-world that’s good enough. Glee comes under fire for things all the time, and here’s where it has covered its bases. [...]

The writers of Glee are perpetually unable to write for women of color without falling back on whatever the actress’ cultural or ethnic background may be. (It’s interesting to note that another character, Mike Chang has been confirmed as being Chinese-American, and even received a backstory, while main player Cohen-Chang never did.) Ushkowitz is an accomplished Broadway performer, yet her character’s identity has always been wrapped up in her appearance. This characterization rings with others as well, and many of the characters coined nicknames for Tina over the seasons that include "Asian Horror Movie", "Harujuku Girl" and just "Asian". For the record, ‘harujuku’ is a word actually related to Japanese culture. [...]

I should correct myself; the writers of Glee are unable to write for people of color, period. Chinese, Korean, Japanese, it’s all given the broad point-blank classification of Asian in Glee-world, and you must fit where you can. Guess what, writers? It’s more complex than that.

Kudos to Ushkowitz for really trying to do her best with a song and language that she had one week to learn. It’s upsetting that Glee clearly used her to save their culturally-uninformed behinds, yet I shudder to think what would have become of it all had they not.
Voilà, sorry pour la traduction littérale !

Outre le tube planétaire, on entend également 「Fantastic Baby」 de BIGBANG (!), mais en musique de fond, durant les entraînements de danse. That's offensive!
Enfin, rien à voir, mais parmi les nombreux guests de l'épisode (i-e Sarah Jessica Parker et les anciens), on notera la présence de Shangela, vue dans 「RuPaul's Drag Race」 !
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