Lena Ringstrom 「Asian American Silence in the LGBT Community in the 1970’s-1990’s」

Posted on May 31, 2013 commentaires
The LGBT and Civil Rights Movements Come into the Public Sphere Why is this true? Why does silence persist, even today?

The LGBT and Civil Tights Movements Come into the Public Sphere
- 1969 Stonewall Riots
In the 60’s, police raids against gay-friendly bars were common; in the Mafia-owned Stonewall Inn, a riot ensued where many gay people were arrested without cause. This sparked the national gay rights movement.

- 1979 March on Washington
Before the march, “few gay organizations were not dominated by white males.” It was after this March that Asian Americans finally gained momentum in becoming the leaders of various gay groups, even if this turned out to be short lived.

Why is this true?
Why does silence persist, even today?
For one, queer Asian Americans are a “minority within a minority” (Takagi, 430) because the LGBT community as well as Asian Americans are stigmatized in American society. Being stigmatized as both Asian and LGBT is referred to as “double jeopardy.”

LGBT Asian Americans face discrimination for both aspects of their identity.

Stigmatization of Asian American Gay Men
In a 1983 survey, gay Japanese American men, even those who were highly educated and politically active in their communities, overwhelmingly abstained from participating in political activities pertaining to either minority group.

This partially due to the representation of Asian Americans in the media; they are typically represented either as being asexual, feminine, submissive or “nerdy.”

Rice Queens
According to an article on Asian American Sexualities by Daniel Tsang, the name “Rice Queens” characterizes the way Asian men are seen in the gay community.
“Exoticized and eroticized, gay Asian males are nonetheless considered a ‘quaint’ specialty... Given the mainstream definition of beauty in this society, Asians, gay or straight, are constantly reminded that we cannot hope to meet such standards.”

Asian Men in Pornography
Sum Yung Mahn – only notable Asian to qualify as a gay porn star. His tapes are distributed through a company in San Francisco – 90% of the buyers are white men.
Terms of entry into this world are dictated by the perceived demands of an intended audience: what do white men want?
Case: 「Below the Belt」. The Asian male, who is listed in the credits as “the Oriental boy,” is always submissive; not an act of pleasure, but one of submission. Plays a karate dojo – dominant as a teacher, but in sex, there is a role reversal and the student dominates the sensei.
Even when Mahn acts as the dominant sexual partner in other films, the camera emphasizes the enjoyment of the white sub rather than Mahn himself.

The portrayal of sex through pornography speaks to power relations between Asians and Caucasians.. Sum Yung Mahn exists only for the pleasure of others – teaches those who want to learn, pleases those who want to be pleased.

This stereotypical and very common portrayal impacts the way the gay community sees Asian men, and also the way Asian men see themselves:
~ According to Richard Fung, a scholar on the subject, “often gay Asian men find it difficult to see each other beyond the terms of platonic friendship or competition, to consider other Asian man as lovers.”

Double Jeopardy and Miss Saigon
『The Heat is on Miss Saigon Coalition』by Yoko Yoshikawa represents an example of when gay and lesbian Asian Americans were ignored and then silenced by white gays and lesbians.

Miss Saigon also ties into the representation of Asian Americans as submissive and effeminate. The protest of Miss Saigon was due in part because of this misrepresentation and because the play was used as a fundraiser for a Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a law organization for gay and lesbian rights, and New York City’s Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center.

The organizations that ran these fundraisers perpetuated in this misrepresentation and excluded Asian Americans from the their communities by doing this. The protest lead to Lamda vowing “to be more sensitive regarding issues that affect people of color” (188 Yoshikawa). The coalition that formed to respond to the fundraiser eventually just fizzled out and became silent.

SILENCING from the General Public
- Dana Takagi says in her article, 「Maiden Voyage」, in the『Amerasia journal』, that race can be seen, but sexuality cannot.
“While both [sexuality and race] can be said to be socially constructed, the former are performed, acted out, and produced, often in individual routines, whereas the latter tends to be more obviously ‘written’ on the body and negotiated by political groups.” (432)

In other words, one can “hide” one’s homosexuality, but cannot “hide” their Asian lineage.
- Therefore, silence is seen as an “adaptive mechanism to a racially discriminatory society rather than an intrinsic part of Asian American culture.” (433)

- Rick Paris et al. in Communion - A Collaboration on AIDS (Asian American Sexualities)
~ Discusses that author Joel B Tan helped establish the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team in Los Angeles, finding out the personal struggles to AIDS prevention within Asian American Communities
~ Discovered that AIDS crisis is riddled with complexities
i. Sexuality, death, substance abuse, and homosexuality are taboo subjects in many Asian cultures; (201)
ii. Organized movements and mobilization against AIDS have been extremely difficult for Asian Americans, as “Asians” and especially gay “Asians” do not share a common culture, history, or language. Unable to discuss these issues amongst each other, it makes handling the issues alone more difficult.

Rutham Lee discusses queer theory and anti-racism education in the classroom
~ “frequently when race and sexuality are mentioned simultaneously in these respective spaces the conversation shuts down, generating awkward silences and unresolved tensions” (Reader, Lee, 191)

Why can they be discussed independently but not together? NOT mutually exclusive
~ she mentions that she became accustomed to taking race-based classes with people of brown, black, and yellow skin but it was the moment that she took a queer course and suddenly encountered almost entirely white people that she couldn’t help but feel an “internalized phobia/mantra of ‘queer - white’” (192)

Men = wimpy asexual nerds, gangsters, etc;
Women = hypersexual, exotic & evil, passive victims bound sex enslavement
~ “Stereotypes are centered on the normalization of heterosexuality and function to justify historically racist, exclusionary immigration policies and policing practices” (195)

Responses to Coming Out Among Family and Friends
- Takagi says in her 「Maiden Voyage」 article that Asian Americans live a double life attempting to maintain both of their cultures (i.e., gay and Asian American), but they are never able to successfully combine them.
~ “It is the act of deliberately bringing these worlds closer together that seems unthinkable;” it’s a cultural strain. Wyn Young laughs at the idea of combining his family life with his boyfriend, saying that he couldn’t imagine a conversation such as the following occurring over dinner at the dinner table: ‘Hey, Ma. I’m sleeping with a sixty-year-old white guy who’s got three kids, and would you please pass the soy sauce?’” (433)

- Alice Hom in『Stories From the Homefront』– (Asian American Sexualities) discussed stories of Asian mothers who refused to accept the sexuality of their lesbian daughters.
~ Speaking about the Korean community, Liz Lee said that parents felt that, “As long as they’re [the gays] not in their house, not in their life, they accept it perfectly.” (45) “They say nature made a mistake. They didn’t think it was anybody’s choice or anybody’s preference.”

~ In Hawaiian Asian culture, “... they look down on those gays and lesbians, they make fun of them... It seems as if it is an abnormal thing. The lesbian is not as prominent as the gays.” They call her a tomboy because she’s very athletic and well built.” (40)

2000 to Present:
Current studies have shown that not much has changed regarding the intersectionality of LGBT Asian Americans.

While there have been efforts to expand the LGBT movement to be more inclusive of people of color, the failures to do so have hindered the movement as a whole.

According to the results of a 2004 East Coast regional study, LGBT Asian Americans continue to feel underrepresented and discriminated against in both the Asian American community and the LGBT community.

Tommy Tseng’s 2011 analysis of Chinese -speaking Americans’ attitudes towards the LGBT community indicated that many of those interviewed associated the LGBT identity with gender nonconformity.

When parents were asked if they would accept an LGBT child, many admitted that while they would eventually accept them, they would first attempt to “correct” them.

They mentioned a concern that they would be labeled as ineffective parents and be the target of ridicule within the Asian American community.

In Conclusion
Why is the LGBT movement so silent and stigmatized within Asian American communities?

1 - Social stigma within Asian American communities; in heteronormative Asian American society, families and communities view the subject of sexuality as taboo.

2 - Portrayal of Asian Americans in the media as sexless, or falling into predetermined sex roles, deters Asian Americans from putting themselves in the spotlight

3 - The “double jeopardy” of being both LGBT and of Asian descent pressures Asian American people to repress their sexuality in the face of stigma on two fronts.

Group Member Responsibilities:
Each group member researched and compiled sources, contributed to the Google doc, and organized the Prezi. We didn’t particularly divide up jobs – everyone mainly followed the above tasks, with some members focusing more on the initial research, while others typed up more of the Prezi content and located interesting images to add to the Prezi.

Alexa Cheng – 「On Being Asian and Gay in Straight America」. modelminority.com
Alice Hom, Dana Takagi, Daniel C. Tsang, Rick Paris et al., Russell Leong – 「Asian American Sexualities」
David L. Eng – 「Out Here and Over There: Queerness and Diaspora in Asian American Studies」
Link Springer Article – 「Lifestyles and Identity Maintenance among Gay Japanese American Males」. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF01082992
Rainbow History Project. http://www.rainbowhistory.org/html/mow79.html
Richard Fung – 「Looking for my Penis: The Eroticized Asian in Gay Video Porn」
Rutham Lee – 「Queer Theory and Anti-Racism Education, (Reader excerpt)
Tommy Tseng – 「Understanding Anti-LGBT Bias: An Analysis of Chinese-Speaking Americans’ Attitudes Toward LGBT People」 in Southern California. http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k78405&pageid=icb.page414494
Yoko Yoshikawa –『Miss Saigon Coalition』, (Reader excerpt)

Author: Lena Ringstrom/Date: May 31, 2013/Source: https://prezi.com/eqby2ly7zohw/asian-american-silence-in-the-lgbt-community/

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Sunny Gurumayum 「13 Things You Need To Know About Your Gay Asian Friend」

Posted on May 30, 2013 commentaires
1. He shaves.
No one is born with flawless porcelain skin. We all got flaws and body hair. Maybe some are “hair free” but others have to go get the job done. Hello waxing!
And his Facebook profile picture, yes its Photoshoped.

2. He does not always have to wear a bow tie.
Okay, I get that he is super cute when he dresses up but once a while it is okay for you to support him wearing a tie. He will still manage to look great. Trust me.

3. He does not eat cats.
No, he does not eat snakes, dogs or copper wires. Get real people.

4. He does not understand what “chong ching pong pong” means.
He speaks English also Russian, French, Indian and other. He does not understand alien languages. He isn’t a Martian.

5. He is not a potato queen.
Maybe he likes Indian men, maybe blacks or maybe he is a “sticky rice.” Maybe he likes anyone who has a dick. Just because you saw him stalking your hot white friend online does not mean all he likes are white men. Hitler was white; no one will want to do him. I am just saying.

6. It is not always small.
Not all Asian guys have small penises. It depends. Some are big, like really big.

7. He does not know martial arts sex.
Whatever that means! Sigh.

8. He poses way too much.
In front of the camera, bathroom mirror or the rear view mirror, you have seen him trying to pull off the puppy face. Just accept the fact and move on. There is nothing much you can do about it. It is in his innate nature.

9. He does not give a fuck about K-pop.
He honestly doesn’t.

10. He won’t go shopping with you in Chinatown.
Yes, you got that right sister. He isn’t doing it anymore.

He is sick and tired of bargaining the prices down for you. He also has something called “self fucking respect”.

11. Scared of his mother.
Every Asian guy (orientation doesn’t really matter) is shit scared of their mothers. This is just a fact.

12. No, he is definitely not going as Pikachu with you at Comic-Con.

13. He will make the best drag queen ever.
He can look better that your girlfriend any day and you know that. Also ladies, if your Asian gay best friend ever tells you he want to be a drag queen, well honey... keep your boyfriend away, very far away.

Sunny Gurumayum
#an Indian with an American dream #fashion #cheese #a brother #a son #a lover # a human being you can follow me on...
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100% 백퍼센트 「Want U Back」

Posted on May 23, 2013 commentaires

100% 「Want U Back」 - from『Real 100%』released on May 23, 2013.

100% 「Want U Back」 (Dance vers.) - from『Real 100%』released on May 23, 2013.

Un clip dans lequel les garçons n'hésitent pas à tomber la chemise, 100% hot !

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VIXX 빅스 「Hyde」

Posted on May 20, 2013 commentaires

VIXX 「Hyde」【하이드】- from 『Hyde』released on May 20, 2013.

Retour de VIXX avec leur premier mini-album :『Hyde』! Musicalement, c’est efficace : une pop rythmée bien produite au refrain accrocheur, sans être original, ça s’écoute bien. L’univers du clip est tout aussi sombre que celui de leur précédent titre, 「I’m Ready To Get Hurt (On and On)」, voire plus. Dans leur château grouillant de vilaines bébêtes, paumés dans la forêt, les garçons luttent contre leur nature démoniaque en s’enlaçant les uns des autres. C’est la choré. Puis, maquillés comme des méchants de sentai, ils agressent une pauvre fille qui passait par là, avant de déployer leurs ailes... noires. Ah, on aime quand y’a un scénario, c’est beau !

Que font six garçons nus, dans la forêt, la nuit ?

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Terence Koh『L'Officiel Art』

Posted on May 18, 2013 commentaires

L'artiste canadien, Terence Koh, notre fameux Asian Punk Boy, fait la couverture du numéro de mai 2013 de『L'Officiel Art』en compagnie de Marina Abramović. L'occasion de revoir l'apparition de cette dernière dans le 「Terence Koh Show」 :

Terence Koh feat. Marina Abramović (copines comme cochonnes) Terence Koh Show - Marina Abramović Interview Terence Koh Show」 - posted on March 12, 2009.
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Posted on May 17, 2013 commentaires

On a loupé la dernière, ne manquons pas celle-ci :
« AZN ce VENDREDI 17 MAI @ TORO (à partir de minuit, entrée gratuite, gay & friendly, gay-pop & k-pop)
Modèle Ricky Tang (reçu en gogo et performer @ AZN en 2008). Photo (c) Sandro Bross. Flyer par Damon. »
(Oui, c'est un vulgaire copié/collé !)

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SHINHWA 신화 「This Love」

Posted on May 16, 2013 commentaires

SHINHWA 「This Love」 - from『THE CLASSIC』released on May 16, 2013.

Shinhwa, connu comme étant le plus ancien boy group encore actif en Corée du sud, sort son onzième album (!). Premier extrait, 「This Love」 est un titre dance pop très banal, qui ressemble à n'importe quelle chanson américaine estivale. Ce qu'on retient plutôt : c'est la chorégraphie sexy qui n'est pas sans rappeler, à moindre mesure, celles de Kazaky (le fameux groupe de gogos gays ukrainiens). En effet, avec leurs poses voguing et leurs mouvements d'épaules et de hanches, les garçons n'hésitent pas à jouer de leur corps et dansent un peu comme des filles ! Après tout, pourquoi ne pourraient-ils pas aussi remuer leurs petits culs ? Une tendance parmi les boy groups sud-coréen qui se précise actuellement, et qu'on apprécie particulièrement ! D'une certaine manière, on peut dire que la K-pop étend les frontières du sex-appeal masculin !

Est-ce qu'on vous a dit qu'on adorait la choré ?

Bitch we're FABULOUUUS!
Say whaaaat?!
Bich i'm the fairest of y'all!

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Christine Kim 「Kim Jho Kwang Soo, Gay South Korean Film Director, To Marry In Effort To Pry Open Closet」

Posted on May 15, 2013 commentaires

SEOUL, May 15 (Reuters) - A gay South Korean film director is set to symbolically marry his long-term partner, saying he aims to pry open the closet in this conservative Asian country where homosexuality is still taboo and gays have been subjected to hate crimes.

Kim Jho Kwang Soo announced plans to marry his partner of nine years on Wednesday, becoming the first South Korean show business personality to do so and only the second to ever come out. The other, an actor, now says he regrets his decision.

“We wanted to convey the message that all sexual minorities should be given rights equally in a beautiful way,” the 49-year-old Kim told a news conference in the South Korean capital of Seoul as he sat next to his partner, Kim Seung Hwan.

The two then kissed in an unprecedented display of affection for a same-sex couple in Korea, where traditional Confucian and Christian values remain strong.

Kim has directed a handful of films that were well received by domestic audiences and came out in 2005 during a screening for one of them. When not producing movies, he works for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) rights advocacy.

The two will marry on Sept 7, a symbolic move since Korea remains far from legalising same-sex unions despite a wave of such approval in Europe and the United States. On Tuesday, Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to allow them.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Korea, but like elsewhere in Asia the pressure to marry someone of the opposite sex to continue the family blood line is strong and leads many to hide their homosexuality.

In 2000, actor Hong Seok Cheon became the first celebrity in this idol-obsessed culture to come out. But work dried up and he has since said he regretted the move. Kim has been subject to less social opprobrium due to his role behind the camera rather than in front of it, but Korean gays doubted the announcement of his marriage would do much.

“I support his personal choice, but I don’t think it’ll change anything,” said Yu Sang Geun, a 25-year-old gay Seoul student and activist with Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights in Korea, the nation’s largest LGBT rights group.

“South Koreans’ understanding of gays is very stunted,” said Yu. “Kim’s decision could be the foundation of more things to come, but there is so much to do regarding gay rights.”

Gays and lesbians in South Korea have been subject to hate crimes. A gay man was sprayed with hydrochloric acid in 2008 by a friend, while one of Yu’s acquaintances was raped while doing his compulsory military service.

Some South Korean lawmakers have pushed the country to adopt a comprehensive anti-discrimination law that would embrace gay rights, but amendments have foundered due to conservative Christian legislators who oppose recognition.

(Editing by David Chance, Elaine Lies and Michael Perry)

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Tristesse Contemporaine 「Waiting」

Posted on May 13, 2013 commentaires

Tristesse Contemporaine 「Waiting」 - from『Woodwork』released on May 13, 2013.

Video credits : Andy Warhol, Burger, New York, taken from the film 「66 Scenes From America」. Directed by Jørgen Leth.

Leo Hellden, Narumi Hérisson & Malik

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JR Tungol 「Daniel Magazine: Redefining the Gay Asian Male」

Posted on May 11, 2013 commentaires
In 2007, after five years of service in the U.S. military, Christopher Villanueva left his base in Los Angeles and returned to his adopted hometown of Savannah, Ga. As the son of a military father, he was used to moving from one place to another, but he spent most of his youth in the conservative South, where there were hardly any openly gay individuals, he said.

His parents are both immigrants from the Philippines, and like most Filipinos, he grew up in a conservative and devout Catholic family. All these factors kept him in the closet. It was his hope that joining the Marines would make him a man like his father and help him overcome his homosexuality.

Yet “don’t ask, don’t tell” only made Villanueva’s internal struggles much worse and drove him further into the closet in fear that he would get discharged. But when he left the military, unfulfilled, and moved back in Georgia, he met Daniel, an openly gay Asian man who inspired him and helped him come out of the closet last year.

Meeting somebody who was just like him — gay and Asian — was exactly what Villanueva needed, because he could not fully relate to the openly gay, white American narrative that was often told. He was frustrated with LGBT media and its lack of coverage of the queer Asian community. He felt that if LGBT outlets covered the community at all, the stories painted a picture of a stereotypically effeminate, passive Asian male.

And that’s what drove Villanueva to start working onDanielMagazine, which will be the U.S.’s only gay Asian male-targeted lifestyle publication, launching its inaugural issue on Nov. 14, with George Takei as the focus of the cover story.

“We definitely want to be a beacon for hope for the gay Asian community,” Villanueva said. “We want to be present in the conversation and have something that’s there to represent [the queer Asian] voice.”

I spoke with Villanueva about the queer Asian experience, his hopes for the magazine and George Takei, a champion of the publication.

JR Tungol: Tell me about the gay Asian experience. What makes the coming-out experience different from that of others who are not Asian?

Christopher Villanueva: There’s definitely an extra layer that’s often ignored in the LGBT community. When we have parents who come here and we live here in the States, we can’t as easily come out, because of the cultural layer, and that’s the difference that may not be present in white families or black families. Even when we come out to our family, we also think, "How do we come out to our relatives, our cousins who are overseas? Do we not speak about it when we’re with our extended families?” There’s that extra layer that doesn’t get addressed.

Tungol: But how exactly is the narrative ignored in LGBT media?

Villanueva: Well, to ask somebody to come out who is gay and Asian and say, “Don’t worry about it; just come out,” they’re not thinking about that extra layer that’s been a part of our lives form the moment when we’re born. They don’t take that into consideration. Sure, I can get my parents to accept me, but what about my culture to accept me? And it’s not addressed, and that’s what we want to bring to the forefront and let individuals know that you don’t have to choose between your race or sexuality.

Tungol: And that’s whatDanielMagazine is all about?

Villanueva: Yes.Danielis a lifestyle magazine for the strong, driven, gay Asian male who’s inspiring and encouraging in the life that he lives and the work that he does. That’s how we define a “Daniel.” And the magazine is named after someone I met who is very comfortable in his skin. It was just the way he carried himself and his words that spoke to me: “Chris, you really need to just embrace who you are and stop trying to conform to belong.” With his encouragement he really helped me be the man that I am today.

Tungol: What are your hopes for the magazine?

Villanueva: We want to be able to bridge the conversation with other communities who don’t know about us, not just the LGBT community but also within the straight community that doesn’t necessarily understand us. And we really just need an outlet to share the diversity of the queer Asian narrative, and I hopeDanielMagazine is here to stay for years to come. That’s my hope for it.

Tungol: What’s the response been from the community since you've announced this project?

Villanueva: It’s been absolutely amazing. So many individuals are embracing it, and they have very many high hopes for it.

Tungol: Does that include some famous gay Asians? Who can we expect to see featured in the magazine?

Villanueva: I’m excited to say that George Takei will be our cover and feature story in our inaugural issue. He definitely was the number-one person I wanted to feature. He really is that strong individual who embraces himself as gay and embraces himself as Asian and is also able to bridge the divide between the gay community and the straight community, especially with his social media presence. I’m sure there are millions and millions who follow George who are not gay. And that’s a goal of ours too. We want to make sure that our content is palatable for not just the target audience but for others outside of it. And we feel that George is a perfect example of that.

Tungol: Any words to the skeptics out there who may say thatDanielMagazine is too niche and that there’s no place for it?

Villanueva: We have to start our work at some point. If that kid in the Midwest can see this and be inspired by our magazine and say, “I love who I am, and I’m going to keep moving forward,” that’s what makes this project worth it, despite the critics. I used to be that guy who was looking for inspiration, saying, “There’s got to be something more to life, and I need someone to be a voice for me, because I’m not strong enough right now.” And that’s whatDanielMagazine is going to be here for.

To learn more aboutDanielMagazine and how you can support this project, visit its Facebook page and Kickstarter campaign.DanielMagazine is a semiannual print magazine with a fall/winter and spring/summer issue. Danielmagazine.com will launch on Dec. 1.

Follow JR Tungol on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jratungol

JR Tungol
NYC-based media professional
JR is a journalist based in New York City who used to work as an engineer in Detroit, where he's originally from. A Midwesterner at heart, having lived in Chicago before the Big Apple, JR graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and now interns for HuffPost Gay Voices, a news outlet he read constantly and admired before working there. (You've got to follow your passions!) In his spare time, JR enjoys reading, spending time on the couch watching Netflix, schlepping around the city (trying to be social) and being Filipino. Follow JR on Twitter @jratungol.

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Lucy Liu 「À visage découvert」

Posted on May 09, 2013 commentaires
À l'occasion, de son retour au petit écran dans la série 「Elementary」, je reproduis l'entretien de Lucy Liu avec Tiffany Bakker paru sur NET-A-PORTER.COM (en anglais et en français !), dans lequel elle aborde notamment le thème du racisme à Hollywood.
Lucy Liu a manqué de passer à côté de sa carrière pour faire plaisir à ses parents, et au vu des stéréotypes raciaux. Elle parle avec Tiffany Bakker de préjudices, de jouer un rôle d’homme et de sa quête de l’amour.

Si les parents de Lucy Liu avaient eu le dernier mot, elle ne serait jamais devenue actrice. « Ils voulaient que j’aie un métier défini dans un bureau », dit-elle. Heureusement, elle bénéficiait du soutien d’un autre membre de sa famille. Elle pense même lui devoir sa carrière. « Mon frère, John, m’a accueillie chez lui. Il n’y avait pas de cuisine, juste une chambre – je dormais par terre, lui et son colocataire dans un lit superposé, dit-elle. Il a remboursé mes factures de carte de crédit quand j’étais à la fac. Sans lui, je ne serais pas [actrice]. »
Vêtue d’un pantalon et d’un t-shirt, son mantra mode est : « Si ce n’est pas confortable, je n’en veux pas. J’aime les pièces au look versatile. » L’actrice inspecte la splendeur de Central Park, étalée sous nos yeux depuis la fenêtre de sa suite avec terrasse de l’hôtel Carlyle de l’Upper East Side new-yorkais. Elle s’exclame avec admiration : « Tout est tellement silencieux ici. » Fille d’immigrés chinois, elle a grandi dans le quartier animé du Queens à New York et admet avoir été frustrée du manque de soutien de ses parents. Ils étaient très éduqués mais ont dû accepter des jobs ingrats dans leur nouveau pays. Ses parents n’ont pas eu la vie facile et ne voulaient pas qu’il en soit de même pour elle. « Après leurs difficultés, ils voulaient que les miennes soient différentes des leurs, des difficultés qu’ils pouvaient comprendre – elle est à la fac, c’est pas facile, mais elle deviendra docteur ou banquier. Ça, ils pouvaient comprendre. »
En personne, Lucy Liu ne fait pas ses 44 ans (elle remercie ses « bons gènes asiatiques »). Sur le grand écran, elle est parfois intimidante, incarnant des personnages qui n’ont pas froid aux yeux – Ling Woo dans 「Ally McBeal」, O-Ren Ishii dans 「Kill Bill」 de Tarantino et Alex Munday dans la saga 「Charlie’s Angels」. Dans la vraie vie, elle ne pourrait pas être plus différente, paraissant même un peu vulnérable et sur la défensive. Ou alors elle est timide. « Je n’aime pas être au centre de l’attention », confirme-t-elle.

Bizarrement, elle parle d’elle au pluriel en employant le « nous » collectif. Non pas comme si elle parlait d’elle-même à la troisième personne, mais plutôt dans le sens où elle perçoit sa carrière comme une collaboration avec son manager et ses assistants. Elle ponctue la conversation avec des « nous essayons de faire des rôles qui ne sont pas uniquement réservés aux asiatiques », « nous essayons de ne pas être prévisibles ». C’est un peu déstabilisant, mais va de pair avec son envie de ne pas être au centre de l’attention. Car malgré sa carrière très médiatisée, elle a su rester mystérieuse. Pas un scandale, et une vie vraiment privée. (Elle dit avoir une vie « ennuyeuse pour les tabloïds ».)
On lui a prêté quelques relations sentimentales ces dernières années (en 2010, elle était avec le financier milliardaire, Noam Gottesman), mais son statut actuel est un peu flou, pour elle y-compris. « C’est un peu compliqué en ce moment, dit-elle en riant. Un grand point d’interrogation. J’aimerais pouvoir vous répondre, mais moi-même je ne sais pas ! » Elle dit vouloir des enfants, mais « ce n’est pas encore arrivé », et ajoute qu’elle le fera peut-être seule.
Lucy Liu est fière de sa réussite, mais trouve frustrant que certains ne la voient que dans des rôles « d’action » : « J’aimerais qu’on ne me voie pas juste comme la fille asiatique qui casse la figure à tout le monde, ou alors la fille sans émotion. Les gens imaginent Julia Roberts ou Sandra Bullock dans une comédie romantique – pas moi. Il y a aussi les questions de race, “elle est trop asiatique” ou “elle est trop américaine”. Je perds à tous les coups. C’est bizarre. Soit vous n’êtes pas assez asiatique, soit pas assez américaine, c’est frustrant. »
Elle n’aime pas jouer la carte du racisme, mais admet qu’elle a « dû faire du forcing pour être prise au sérieux ». « Je ne peux pas dire que le racisme n’existe pas. Ce n’est pas facile tous les jours. [Une carrière d’actrice] est un choix difficile. »
Dans ses derniers rôles, elle fait tomber les barrières : dans la série télé CBS, 「Elementary」, une nouvelle version de Sherlock Holmes, elle joue un Dr Watson au féminin. Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) y est légèrement autiste, un ex-junkie travaillant pour le NYPD. « C’était un vrai challenge », L’histoire est si connue, il faut la conserver tout en guidant le public vers une nouvelle interprétation. »

Au cours de sa carrière débutée il y a 22 ans, Lucy a alterné entre le cinéma et la télévision, acceptant les projets qui l’inspirent. Demandez-lui quels étaient ses rôles favoris et sa réponse est 「Slevin」 et 「Watching The Detectives」, deux films que, selon elle, « peu de gens ont vus ». « Les deux sont importants pour moi car je n’ai pas eu à faire de l’action ou du karaté. Le jeu d’acteur venait avant tout, et avec eux j’ai pu me faire les muscles, façon de parler. », dit-elle en souriant.
Sur ce, Lucy Liu doit partir, mal à l’aise d’avoir passé tout ce temps à parler d’elle. Elle veut se démaquiller et peut-être faire un peu de peinture. Alors qu’elle se dirige vers la porte, elle marque une pause le temps de me faire une accolade. C’est un geste à la fois inattendu, honnête et chaleureux, tout comme elle. admet-elle.
Le texte en anglais :
True Colors

A successful movie career almost didn’t happen for Lucy Liu, as she fought against her parents’ wishes and racial stereotypes. She talks to Tiffany Bakker about prejudice, taking on a man’s role and her search for love

If it had been left to Lucy Liu's parents, she would never have become an actor. “They wanted me to have a nine-to-five job with a title,” she explains. Luckily, someone else in her family was more supportive – and is the person Liu still credits with having the most influence on her career. “My brother, John, let me stay in his apartment. There was no kitchen, it was just a room, and I slept on the floor with him, while his roommate was on a bunk bed,” she remembers. “He also paid off my credit card from college. Without him, I don't think I could have taken [acting] on.”
Dressed down in pants and a T-shirt – Liu's mantra is: “If it's not comfortable, I don't want to wear it. I like pieces you can make downtown or uptown,” – the actress surveys the natural grandeur of Central Park laid out before us from the window of a lavish penthouse suite high up at The Carlyle hotel on the Upper East Side. “Everything is so quiet up here,” she says in awe. Growing up in the bustling New York borough of Queens, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, she admits to being frustrated by her parents' initial lack of support. They were highly educated, forced to do menial jobs in their new country. Her parents struggled, she explains, and they didn't want the same for her. “After their struggle, they just really wanted to see me struggle in a different way, in a more obvious way, maybe something they could understand – she's at college struggling, but then she will be a banker or a doctor. They understood that.”
In the flesh, Liu looks younger than her 44 years (something she attributes to “good Asian genes”). On screen she can be intimidating – known for her take-no-prisoners, straight-talking personas in roles such as Ling Woo in 「Ally McBeal」, O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino's 「Kill Bill」 and Alex Munday in the 「Charlie's Angels」 franchise. Off-screen she is worlds apart, in truth appearing somewhat vulnerable and even a little defensive, though it may just be shyness. “I'm not good with attention,” she confirms.

Bizarrely, Liu refers to herself in the collective “we”. Not as though she's talking about herself in the third person, rather that, between her agent, her manager and assistants, she sees her career as a group effort. She peppers conversation with “we try to do things that aren't specifically Asian roles”, “we strive toward something that's not as obvious”. It's a little odd (especially for an actor), but plays into how Liu likes to shift attention from herself.
For despite her high-profile career, she has remained something of an enigma. There has never been the slightest sniff of scandal, her private life kept, well, private. (She says she doesn't do anything “interesting” in tabloid terms.)
Liu has been linked to various men over the years (most recently, in 2010, she was said to be dating billionaire financier Noam Gottesman), but currently her relationship status seems a little foggy, even to the actress. “It's a mixed bag right now,” she laughs. “It's a giant question mark for me, as well. I wish I could answer – I wish I knew the answer myself!” In the past she has talked of wanting kids, but says: “It just hasn't happened yet,” adding that she might do it alone at some point.
Liu is proud of her achievements, but admits she gets annoyed when people can't – or won't – think of her outside of that “action” box: “I wish people wouldn't just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion. People see Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me. You add race to it, and it became, 'Well, she's too Asian', or, ‘She's too American’. I kind of got pushed out of both categories. It's a very strange place to be. You're not Asian enough and then you're not American enough, so it gets really frustrating.”

Liu's wary of playing the racism card, but admits that she had to “push a lot just to get in the room”. “I can't say that there is no racism – there's definitely something there that's not easy, which makes [an acting career] much more difficult.”
In her latest role, she's breaking down barriers in a different way: in the CBS television series, 「Elementary」, the most recent reboot of Sherlock Holmes, she plays a female Dr Watson. This time around, Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is a slightly Aspergic, recovering drug addict, working for the NYPD. “It was a challenge,” admits Liu. “It's so steeped in history, you want to keep that temperature, but acclimatise people to something new you're shifting them towards.”

During her 22-year career, Liu has moved between television and movies, taking on projects that inspire her. Ask her to reflect on her favorite roles and her answer is 「Lucky Number Slevin」 and 「Watching The Detectives」, two movies she admits “not many people” have seen. “Both are special to me because I didn't have to do any kind of action or karate kicks. It was just about the acting, and I was able to stretch my muscles in them,” she smiles. “Well, figuratively, anyway.”
With that, Liu is off, uncomfortable with the amount of time she has spent talking about herself. She's keen to get the day's makeup off and maybe do some painting. As she heads for the door, she pauses to give me a long hug. It's completely unexpected, but honest and warm, much like Lucy Liu.

Auteur : Tiffany Bakker/Date : 9 mai 2013/Source : http://www.net-a-porter.com/magazine/194/8
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2PM 투피엠 「A.D.T.O.Y.」

Posted on May 06, 2013 commentaires
2PM nous avait bien « teasé » avec leur teaser :

2PM『Grown』 trailer - release on May 06, 2013.

Et le clip de 「A.D.T.O.Y.」 (All Day I Think Of You) ne déçoit pas. Les garçons s’y caressent les fesses en poussant des petits cris suraigües, pas très acrobatique mais très sexy, et classe même, car c’est en noir et blanc !

2PM 「A.D.T.O.Y.」【하.니.뿐.】- from『Grown』release on May 06, 2013.

Junho nous apprend l’auto-érotisme seul...
... ou en groupe.
Nichkhun fait sa tepu.
Wooyoung jouit !

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Sherrie Li 「How 'Gaysian' Filmmaker Quentin Lee Defies Hollywood Stereotypes」

Posted on May 04, 2013 commentaires

Melly Lee, The many faces of Quentin Lee

Quentin Lee has been called a "Gaysian" filmmaker, representing two significant minorities in the industry. He both exemplifies and defies Asian stereotypes, impressively obtaining degrees from three top universities but then dedicating himself to the arts instead of the sciences. And through a series of defining moments -- often coinciding with the first day of school -- Lee has become a prolific writer-producer-director, with four of his films, old and new, coming to L.A. screens this month.

Born in Hong Kong in 1971, Lee knew, from the age of twelve, that he wanted to come to America and attend UCLA's film school, but it took a while to get there. He started making his first films with his parents' camera when he was thirteen. When his father realized that Lee was serious about pursuing the arts, his only major concern was that he didn't have the contacts to help Lee get a leg up in the industry -- not the reaction one would expect from a culture that stereotypically pushes its children to become doctors, lawyers or businessmen.

At the time, Lee was just grappling with the issue of how to get to America in the first place. But when Lee was fifteen, the family moved to Montréal "because Hong Kong was turning over to China in 1997 and there was huge panic in the 80s," he says. "Because, in the 80s, China was very Communist and repressive, so everybody in that generation [was] planning to immigrate to Australia, Canada or [the] U.S."

On Lee's first day of high school in Canada, he was not given much time to adjust, as he was shuttled into a bus with the other private school students for a Shakespeare festival in Stratford, Connecticut. "I could barely speak English," he says. "But in retrospect, I really appreciated that trip because I saw seven, eight Shakespeare plays [and] I have no idea what they were about. But then I went back and studied Hamlet...[and] Shakespeare became a really strong influence in terms of my academic studies." Which was to be expected, as Lee went on to UC Berkeley as an English major, opting not to pursue film studies -- a weaker program at the time. And there, he ended up taking a class from Janet Adelman, the leading scholar on Shakespeare and feminism.

But Shakespeare wasn't the only thing Lee learned at Berkeley. "Berkeley taught me how to fight...how to work the system within the system," he says. By some fluke, possibly due to a late payment from his parents, Lee went to pick up his class schedule during freshman year (before the days of online course registrations) and saw that it was blank. This meant he had to crash every class. And Lee, discovering that all breadth-requirement courses gave graduating seniors priority, instead decided to take all the upper division courses first.

But Lee's proudest academic accomplishment at Berkeley was probably arguing all the way to the highest powers that be to get out of Subject A, a required English course series -- a feat that has ultimately served as practice for Lee's present dealings in successful, independent filmmaking.

Like many people, Lee also really found his identity while in college. "When I came out, it was more about political activism," he says. "You went to protests. We did all these things, and that's how I met all my friends in the beginning. My junior year I was very, very gay, because I just came out. My senior year, I became very Asian American."

After graduating Berkeley, Lee didn't get into UCLA right away. It was only after completing his M.A. in English at Yale -- no biggie -- was Lee finally able to attend his dream school. Having been waitlisted, Lee found out he'd gotten in...on his first day at USC. He and another student ended up swapping places.

At UCLA he met Justin Lin -- now the director of four of the 「Fast and Furious」 sequels -- and they made their first feature, 「Flow」, a non-autobiographical story that shows a gay, Asian filmmaker and a collection of shorts he makes.

"What's interesting about a person of color doing [the] arts -- Asian-American or whatever -- people think it's autobiography," Lee says, "and 「Flow」 was trying to subvert that."

To make the film, Lee borrowed equipment from UCLA under the guise of making his thesis project. Instead, 「Flow」 entered the festival circuit and garnered largely positive reviews. So when his professors asked to see his thesis project, Lee told them that he shot very personal footage of him and his ex-boyfriend having sex and wasn't completely comfortable showing it. And that was the end of that. "The best gift out of UCLA...was learning...that I could make a movie with my own hands from scratch," he says. "And no one can stop you."

「Flow」 and 「Drift」, another one of Lee's earlier works, will be part of the Outfest/UCLA Legacy Project Screening Series. 「Drift」 portrays the possible paths screenwriter Ryan's (played by Reggie Lee) relationship with his boyfriend of three years could take after he meets the younger Leo.

The two new projects from Lee, 「Chink」 (as producer) and 「White Frog」 (as director), are drastically different. The former is already stirring up controversy on Facebook with its inflammatory title. Lee stands by the choice.

"If you look at Django Unchained, there are a million 'niggers' in the movie. But the whole idea is, coming from a literary criticism background, you have to distinguish between using a word in a representation of means versus a word as a fighting word. And obviously, I've made all these Asian American movies. I'm definitely not throwing this thing out there just to piss people off."

At one point, the title Model Minority was floated around, but Lily Mariye made a film of the same name, so it was back to 「Chink」. And it is a better fit for this story of a self-hating Asian man who goes on a killing spree -- his victims primarily Asians.

Meanwhile, 「White Frog」 is a sweeter, more mainstream film that explores a different aspect of Asian American life. It tells the tale of Nick (Booboo Stewart), a freshman with Asperger's, who is taken under the wings of his older brother Chaz's (Harry Shum Jr.) friends after his brother's death, and discovers that Chaz had been too afraid to come out so as to not disrupt his "perfect" family. It also stars more well-known actors, including BD Wong, Kelly Hu and Tyler Posey. In addition, the cast is composed of a variety of ethnicities, which Lee finds to be a more accurate portrayal of our reality.

Not surprisingly, one interview question Lee says he gets is: "Are you going to keep making gay films?" To which, Lee counters, "Do you consider Brokeback Mountain to be a gay film? ... It just depends on how you look at the film... If a film doesn't cross over, they ghettoize you. 'Oh, it's that Asian American film. Or, 'It's that gay film.' But from a maker's point of view, I don't necessarily set out to make a gay story or an Asian American story even though there are Asian American characters in it. We just set out to make a good movie."

And Lee's upcoming projects reflect this, as they have neither overtly Asian American or gay themes. There's Full Ride, "a multicultural homage to The Breakfast Club," and Rigor Mortis, a "Silence of the Lambs meets Zombie" film that Lee originally developed for the Asian market but is now rewriting as an American horror film.

But in the meantime, you can catch 「Chink」, 「White Frog」, 「Flow」 and 「Drift」 throughout the month of May. 「Chink」 will be premiering at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival today, May 4, at 9:30 p.m. at the Directors Guild of America. 「White Frog」 will run at the TCL Chinese and Playhouse 7 starting May 10. And UCLA will host An Evening with Quentin Lee, showing 「Drift」 and 「Flow」, at its Billy Wilder Theater on May 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Auteur : Sherrie Li/Date : 4 mai 2013/Sources : http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2013/05/quentin_lee_drift_flow.php
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Awkwafina 「Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margaritas)」

Posted on May 02, 2013 commentaires
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