Alyson Le 「The Invisibility of Asian Americans & Gay Asian Men」

Posted on April 27, 2016 commentaires
I came to America in 2004, and I have spent a good 12 years living in San Jose. But never have I seen an Asian president, governor, mayor, or principal in the state of California. Maybe Madison Nguyen will come close to becoming the first and only Asian mayor of San Jose, and she would be the first Vietnamese American to ever hold a seat in government positions.

And as I am writing this,I also found out that there is also a guy named Evan Low who is the mayor of Silicon Valley. He is Chinese American and is the first gay mayor of California. But funny how I have never heard of him until I was googling the history of Asian American mayor(s) in California. Madison Nguyen and him are the only ones that popped up.

My point is: Asian Americans are completely invisible from many aspects of life. When they apply for colleges, people think that they compete against a pool of applicants coming from other groups such as Mexican Americans or African Americans, but they do not. They compete against peers of their own ethnic group. Colleges have decided to pitch Asian Americans against each other for the available spots on the campuses. In my opinion, that is unfair since people should get accepted into the college of their dream base on their academic performances and their community involvement, not their race. But then again, every universities want their campuses to have “diversity.” Therefore, if an Asian kid with a 3.8 GPA and an African kid with a 3.5 GPA is competing for the same spot, the African American kid will surely get it. And please, do not even get me started on what would happen if Hilary Clinton and her policy of affirmative action is put into effect. So if you do not know what is affirmative action, here is a quick rundown: it is a government policy/program designs to help fight injustices against specific groups by giving them special access to education and employment.It is funny how affirmative action suppose to help out the minorities, but in this case, it is not doing justice to Asian American kids. Affirmative action is preventing them from getting their well-deserved spots at the colleges of their dreams, and is giving these spots to less qualified applicants. For more on how affirmative action is working against Asian Americans, check out this article:

Not only are Asian Americans are fighting for a standing in their education opportunities, but in their professional careers and daily lives too. Even after completing their Bachelor degree and pursuing higher education, Asian Americans are least likely to hold a managerial position in their workplace. They also get paid less. When they voice the injustices happening in their communities, nobody would respond or even listen to them. Rarely, any problems occurring will be solved. As time goes by, Asian Americans realize that nobody will listen to their problems, so they learn to live with them instead.

So why am I bringing up this issue, and what does it has to do with anything? Yes, this issue connects to other things, like how invisible gay Asian men are too. In the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community, gay Asian men is like a minority within a minority. When you turn on the TV, you see a gay man but he is white. The image of a gay white man is too common, and that is probably the first thing we thought of when we think of a gay guy. But what about the gay in the Asian population? Sadly, nobody even pay attention to them. Everyone assumes that there is no gay Asian men, but there is. Not all of them wanted to be straight. They just pretend to be straight so they do not have to endure the endless questions from their parents of “how come you are gay?” or “is there any way you can be straight?” So yes, coming out in an Asian family is difficult for these guys, because they already know that their families will not support them being gay. Mostly, their families will shut them out or disown them. To prevent that from happening, these gay men will forever continue to fake their sexuality. Some of them do take it to the extreme by marrying a woman and starting a family with her just to ensure their parents that they are heterosexual.

Being shun by their families is already worse,but gay Asian men are also shun by their peers in the LGBTQ community. In their respective community, they are called rice queens due to their small and slender figures that are similar to that of a woman. In drag queens competitions, members not from other communities would hate on them because they feel like the gay Asian men have a strong advantage over them due to their effeminate features. These features help them to look more “womanly” in drag queen contests, which is why they would win the competitions most of the time.Feeling that these Asian gay men have such a strong advantage over them, other gay men in the LGBTQ community develop a dislike toward them.They start to put the gay Asian men in a special category, and define them as being “different” than everyone else. In doing so, they make out the image that gay Asian men is lowest of the low in the gay community and should not be treated the same like others. This mentality is then passed around and is quickly accepted. In gay pornography, for example, Asian men are given submissive roles where they portray an image of someone that love to be dominated by other men. But the low status attaching to gay Asian men does not stop there. In a relationship, they are believed to be the subordinate one. What is even weirder is that people think that the partner of an Asian man is always a white person. I feel like that is such a cliché. Even in heterosexual relationship, Asians always exaggerate what a nice thing it is to be dating a white guy.This is why it is not surprising to see white men pursuing Asian partners because they see Asian men as exotic and submissive.

So as you can see, there is a lot of issues that Asian Americans as well as gay Asian men are facing throughout their lives. They are constantly shut out and marginalize by either the system or the community. Sadly, these problems that they are experiencing will continue to persist for a long time before any of them will be solved. And in order to solve these problems, people must first acknowledge that they do exist and stop denying that they do not!

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Christina Guo 「Ben Law talks yum-cha, USyd and being Gaysian」

Benjamin Law describes himself in his Twitter profile as: ‘Writer, raconteur & local homosexual’. He doesn’t mention that by ‘writer’, he writes anything. From anthropology journalism exploring the difficulties faced by Asian LGBT people in『Gaysia』(he’s really bad at puns), to a TMI barrage of vagina talk from his mum in『The Family Law』.

If we’re going to use a buzzword like ‘personal brand,’ perhaps his is that he doesn’t quite have one, or perhaps it’s that he unapologetically owns all of his identities. Also, his Twitter game is on point.

It doesn’t matter if you were actually a skinny Asian boy struggling with stilted Cantonese in the 1980s; many of the themes he explores in his writing – the difficulties of finding your place in a world determined to pigeonhole you, the hallmarks of an Aussie upbringing, and all the adventures, fighting, and fierce devotion that accompanies the word ‘family’ – are unmistakably universal and sometimes painfully, sometimes brilliantly relatable.

After asking Ben some fun questions on camera and really confusing him with a request to laugh without smiling, I spoke with him about writing and representation at the intersection between being Queer and Asian.

Q: When you were doing research amongst the Asian LGBT* community for your book『Gaysia』, did you encounter any parallels or differences between the attitudes of communities in Asia and the immigrant community in Australia?

A: Yeah, they’re very, very parallel. Not to make huge generalisations, but I think the pressure to marry is a huge thing that’s present in Asian cultures and something that Asian kids feel. I think the other thing is your obligations to your family and especially to your parents; that sense of filial piety that is literally quite a foreign concept to a lot of non-Asian people as well. I think if you’re Chinese-Australian, or you’re Filipino-Australian and Malaysian-Australian, I think a lot of your culture is from your family and their roots.

Q: Have you encountered unique obstacles that immigrant kids or children from that background encounter in trying to communicate with their family about LGBT* issues?

A: My parents are probably a little bit open minded in their own way; I think Dad wanted to be an artist at one stage, Mum is a pretty open-minded generally and riles against tradition a lot of the time. But seeing my cousins, whether they’re Australian or Hong Kong and their sexuality being the huge, huge deal at the centre of the relationship with their parents, that’s not something that’s going to go away. I grew up in Queensland. Homosexuality was illegal there until 1990. That wasn’t that long ago, many parents still struggle to accept their child’s sexuality when they come out as queer. The problem with a lot of Asian backgrounds is that lack of conversation. That lack of vocabulary is a huge challenge for a lot of families.

Q: Do you have any advice for kids facing family pressures to do certain degrees, who are interested in the creative or media industry?

A: If we’re talking about the media, I think it’s pretty amazing that we’ve got a lot of faces on Australian screens that we definitely didn’t have growing up. When I was growing up, there was Elizabeth Chong on 「Good Morning Australia」, there was Lee Lin Chin on 「SBS News」 and Cindy Pan on 「Sex Life」. Now, with Adam Liaw on TV, with Ronnie Chiang and Lawrence Leung as comedians, there’s a lot of Asian-Australian writers. I think that’s really, really important. The way I know that is that people tell me and my fellow Asian-Australians who work in the media that they’re really relieved because, for a really long time, their faces weren’t on screen. I think if you’re an actor, the odds are probably still stacked against you because our television landscape is still quite monocultural but, at the same time, we’re seeing those faces emerge on screen. Hopefully something like 「The Family Law」 has done its bit in terms of putting Asian-Australian faces at the centre of the screen.

Q: On that topic, could you share your thoughts on the importance of representation and why it’s important to see people of your race on screen?

A: Yeah, there’s a really good quote by Pulitzer Prize winner, Junot Diaz that goes:

“You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There's this idea that monsters don't have reflections in a mirror. And what I've always thought isn't that monsters don't have reflections in a mirror. It's that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.”

And it’s true. It goes for two ways with me – not seeing any representation of queer people on television that wasn’t outrageously camp or one-dimensional, I think that’s really damaging. You don’t know what you could possibly be besides a one-dimensional joke. Similarly, seeing an absence of non-white faces in general, you don’t really feel like you’re legitimate within your broader society. And even more broadly speaking, when you’re not exploring images of your country and the social makeup of how it actually is, that’s not a really great exercise in terms of showing your face to world either.

Here, I asked Ben some silly questions on camera but got nothing less than advice I will carry with me for the rest of my life:

Christina Guo 「Ben Law talks yum-cha, USyd and being Gaysian」 - posted on April 26, 2016.

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Eul Basa 「13 Struggles Of Being The Token Asian Friend」

Posted on April 25, 2016 commentaires
It’s not fun.

Tokenization. Anyone can fall victim to it, regardless of your race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Popular culture has made the concept of the “token friend” somewhat a societal norm; but just because it’s become relatively commonplace in our society today, doesn’t mean it’s okay.

Calling someone a “token friend” is almost like implying that that person should act in a way that is in line with someone else’s stereotypical idea of their culture.

Being tokenized sucks, whether you’re a “token black friend,” a “token gay friend” or a “token asian friend.” Below are 13 struggles of the third type.

P.S. Obviously not all friends of Asians that are guilty of these things (but if you are... that’s a shame):

1. Your friends rely on you to help them with their math homework (even if you aren’t good at math).
But when it comes to English homework they don’t go anywhere near you.

2. Your friends assume that you’re an expert at everything Asian.
“Is Japan in China”
“What’s the chemical composition of rice”
“Who invented the chopstick”
“You’re Asian you should know these things”

3. Your friends don’t know the difference between Asian ethnicities.
Friend: You’re like Chinese right
You: No I’m Japanese
Friend: Same thing

4. Your friends think Asian itself is an ethnicity.
It’s like saying Caucasian is an ethnicity. It just isn’t.

5. Your friends have used the sentence formula “you’re ____ for an Asian” on you.
Especially with the word “pretty” in the blank.

6. Your friends make remarks about Asians but they think it’s okay because they’re friends with you.
“Asians can’t drive”
“All Asians know karate”
“Asians all look the same”
“It’s okay I can say this I have Asian friends”

7. Your friends never fail to comment on your “Asian glow” when you drink.
“Wow you’re soooooo red right now”
“What’s wrong with you”
“Are you okay”

8. Your friends assume your biggest ambition in life is to become a doctor.
And they laugh at any Asians who say they’re aspiring actors. “Good luck in Hollywood”

9. Your friends assume you’re ballin’.
But also question whether your LV bag is fake.

10. Your friends always ask about your school lunches.
*looks terrified* “What is that”
“Is that Peking duck”
“Omg rice is your fav isn’t it”

11. Your friends think you speak all Asian languages and expect you to translate overheard conversations.
Random Person: *speaking Indonesian*
Friend: What’s she saying
You: I’m Vietnamese
Friend: Exactly you should know

12. Your friends assume you can read Chinese characters.
Fun fact: Not all Asians are Chinese

13. Your friends think you’re only into other Asians.
Friend: How about that guy *nudges head in direction of a passing Asian*
You: Eh, not really my type
Friend: But he’s Asian

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Hi, I’m Eul. I have a Biology degree from the University of Waterloo. Somehow I ended up as the Content Strategist for Narcity Media. I write stuff but I’m no journalist. I dabble in a lot of things. My best friend is a fluffy pup that thinks it’s human. 80’s remixes of contemporary songs are my guilty pleasure. My aesthetic is a wet slice of bread in a pink bathtub. You probably won’t get my sense of humour. Creative people inspire me.

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Keith Chow 「Why Won’t Hollywood Cast Asian Actors?」

Posted on April 22, 2016 commentaires
HERE’S an understatement: It isn’t easy being an Asian-American actor in Hollywood. Despite some progress made on the small screen – thanks, 「Fresh Off the Boat」! – a majority of roles that are offered to Asian-Americans are limited to stereotypes that wouldn’t look out of place in an ’80s John Hughes comedy.

This problem is even worse when roles that originated as Asian characters end up going to white actors. Unfortunately, these casting decisions are not a relic of Hollywood’s past, like Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of I. Y. Yunioshi in 「Breakfast at Tiffany’s」, but continue right up to the present.

Last week Disney and Marvel Studios released the trailer for 「Doctor Strange」, an adaptation of the Marvel comic. After exhausting every “white man finds enlightenment in the Orient” trope in less than two minutes, the trailer presents Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, a Tibetan male mystic in the comics. Though her casting was no secret, there was something unsettling about the sight of Ms. Swinton’s clean-shaven head and “mystical” Asian garments. It recalled jarring memories of David Carradine from 「Kung Fu」, the 1970s television series that, coincidentally, was itself a whitewashed version of a Bruce Lee concept.

A few days later, DreamWorks and Paramount provided a glimpse of Scarlett Johansson as the cyborg Motoko Kusanagi in their adaptation of the Japanese anime classic 「Ghost in the Shell」. The image coincided with reports that producers considered using digital tools to make Ms. Johansson look more Asian – basically, yellowface for the digital age.

This one-two punch of white actors playing Asian characters showed how invisible Asian-Americans continue to be in Hollywood. (Not to be left out of the whitewashing news, Lionsgate also revealed the first images of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, another originally Asian character, in its gritty 「Power Rangers」 reboot.)

Why is the erasure of Asians still an acceptable practice in Hollywood? It’s not that people don’t notice: Just last year, Emma Stone played a Chinese-Hawaiian character named Allison Ng in Cameron Crowe’s critically derided 「Aloha」. While that film incited similar outrage (and tepid box office interest), no national conversation about racist casting policies took place.

Obviously, Asian-Americans are not the only victims of Hollywood’s continuing penchant for whitewashing. Films like 「Pan」 and 「The Lone Ranger」 featured white actors playing Native Americans, while 「Gods of Egypt」 and 「Exodus: Gods and Kings」 continue the long tradition of Caucasians playing Egyptians.

In all these cases, the filmmakers fall back on the same tired arguments. Often, they insist that movies with minorities in lead roles are gambles. When doing press for 「Exodus」, the director Ridley Scott said: “I can’t mount a film of this budget” and announce that “my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such.”

When the screenwriter Max Landis took to YouTube to explain the 「Ghost in the Shell」 casting, he used a similar argument. “There are no A-list female Asian celebrities right now on an international level,” he said, admonishing viewers for “not understanding how the industry works.”

Mr. Landis’s argument closely tracks a statement by the screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. In a leaked email exchange with studio heads, he complained about the difficulty of adapting『Flash Boys』, Michael Lewis’s book about the Wall Street executive Bradley Katsuyama, because “there aren’t any Asian movie stars.”

Hollywood seems untroubled by these arguments. It’s not about race, they say; the only color they see is green: The reason Asian-American actors are not cast to front these films is because not any of them have a box office track record.

But they’re wrong. If minorities are box office risks, what accounts for the success of the 「Fast and Furious」 franchise, which presented a broadly diverse team, behind and in front of the camera? Over seven movies it has grossed nearly $4 billion worldwide. In fact, a recent study by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that films with diverse leads not only resulted in higher box office numbers but also higher returns of investment for studios and producers.

And Hollywood’s argument is circular: If Asian-Americans – and other minority actors more broadly – are not even allowed to be in a movie, how can they build the necessary box office clout in the first place? To make matters worse, instead of trying to use their lofty positions in the industry to push for change, Hollywood players like Mr. Landis and Mr. Sorkin take the easy, cynical path.

Even a modest hit like the 「Harold and Kumar」 trilogy, starring John Cho and Kal Penn, was able to quadruple its production budget after box office and home media sales. Meanwhile, films with white stars fail at the box office all the time. Chris Hemsworth, who stars in this weekend’s 「Huntsman」 sequel, has had many more box office flops than successes, yet he is considered a bankable movie star.

Such facts reveal Hollywood’s dirty little secret. Economics has nothing to do with racist casting policies. Films in which the leads have been whitewashed have all failed mightily at the box office. Inserting white leads had no demonstrable effect on the numbers. So why is that still conventional thinking in Hollywood?

For years, audiences have essentially boycotted these films, yet studios keep making them. Let’s hope Hollywood eventually listens.

Keith Chow is the founder of the pop culture website The Nerds of Color and an editor of the Asian-American comics anthologies『Secret Identities』and『Shattered』.

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A version of this op-ed appears in print on April 23, 2016, on page A19 of the New York edition with the headline: Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Asian Actors.

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Heezy Yang 「Here’s Why I Walked Around Seoul Dressed As Drag Queen ‘Hurricane Kimchi’」

Posted on April 13, 2016 commentaires
Day one of stepping into Seoul wearing high heels. In front of Seoul City Hall Plaza.

As you can tell by the title, this post is about gay drag queen Hurricane Kimchi and Seoul. Gay, drag queen, Hurricane Kimchi, Seoul – these are words that describe me. I am gay, and at times I am a drag queen who goes by the name Hurricane Kimchi. I was born and raised in Seoul. I assume you know that Seoul is Korea’s capital, but I will tell you a bit more about the city.

I am a man that likes men, therefore referred to as gay. The concept of drag exists within gay culture – but it is still quite strange and new in Korea. To describe it in the easiest way, an example of a drag queen is the male lead dressed up as a woman in the movie 「Hedwig and the Angry Inch」. Gay men usually dress up as women for performances, but drag queen culture involves more than just dress up; drag queens apply exaggerated makeup, add their own extravagant style to express their individuality, and create their own characters. There are countless types of drag queens, such as effeminate drag queens, masculine drag queens with mustaches, and quirky drag queens in Lady Gaga-like costumes. The categories and styles of drag queens are endless.

Gay men give their drag queen characters names. My drag name is “Hurricane Kimchi.”

In Korea, people say that it is impossible to live confidently and happily after coming out as a sexual minority. However, as I was raised by a father who was an artist and a mother who was quite progressive, I was always accepted, supported, and loved for who I am, including my sexual orientation. Of course, the process of accepting and loving myself as a sexual minority amidst Korean culture and informing my family about this fact was extremely difficult, but I got there, and I’m doing well.

Yet I know how lucky I was. There are many people around me who participate in activities or rallies for human rights and sexual minorities. So naturally I have seen sexual minorities with various experiences, and I have heard a lot of stories. Based on my experience, in today’s Korean society, the majority of sexual minorities are unable to live happy, dignified lives. Nor are they able to come out – they live the majority of their lives hiding their true selves. I’ve even seen some people take their own lives. There are also many young people out there who are forced to wander between homeless shelters and their friends’ homes after telling their family about their sexual orientation (or after being outed).

I asked myself several questions. Is there anything I can do for these people? Of course I make donations to provide financial help. Yet looking at the big picture, wouldn’t bringing about change in society be the most positive solution? A few days after I asked myself these questions, I threw myself into the middle of Seoul. And I did it in high heels.

I donned my Hurricane Kimchi style – high heels, makeup, wig – and decided to roam the streets of Seoul. Some people would call this a street performance (I’ll refer to this as a performance from now on), and others would call it a one-man protest. Whatever you want to call it, there are two things I am trying to achieve. First, I want to prove that sexual minorities exist in Korea, that they can exist anywhere, and finally, that they have the right to a dignified existence. Second, I wanted to let other sexual minorities know – the frustrated and lonely people who are hiding their sexual orientation – that they are not alone; that there are others fighting for the advancement of rights for sexual minorities.

I didn’t want to appear on the streets of Seoul as Hurricane Kimchi for one day and give up. Nor did I want to be satisfied and say that ‘I’ve done all I can.’ Even though it takes three hours to put my makeup on, and wandering downtown in heels hurts my feet, I was determined to continue for a whole week, with beauty and dignity.

This is what I did for a week:
  • Tuesday, March 29: Seoul City Hall Plaza, Myeongdong (City Hall was the venue for the Queer Culture Festival last year. A Christian group was also holding frequent protests for this festival in the same location.)
  • Wednesday, March 30: Gangnam District
  • Thursday, March 31: Chongsin University (There was an anti-LGBT event in the University assembly hall on the same.)
  • Friday, April 1: Dongdaemoon Design Plaza
  • Saturday, April 2: Party at a club in Hongdae for drag queens and sexual minorities (The Meat Market Seoul)
  • Sunday, April 3: Day off!!!
  • Monday, April 4: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul City Hall Plaza
I mainly carried out my performances in locations that are either highly populated or hold deep meaning. The performances went on for a total of six days. For four of these days, I wandered through downtown on my own. The performances had to take place during the day, not only because it’s easier to see in the daylight, but also because if you hold a performance during lunchtime, many workers would see it on their way out for lunch. Because I did these performances during the day, most of my acquaintances who have jobs or are still in school found it difficult to join me.

However, on March 31, my performance was held fairly late in the afternoon, so I was able meet many acquaintances and human rights activists. On that day, there was an anti-LGBT concert at Chongsin University, which is a Christian University. The controversy had started when the ads for the concert appeared online, portraying being gay as a sin and the cause of AIDS. Many people gathered outside the university to complain about this representation. Among these people, there was my friend and human rights activist Edhi Park, church pastors (there are many churches out there that embrace sexual minorities), and many other people who had been passing by. After a long interruption due to a quarrel with the police, we decided that we would express our opposition to Chongsin University outside the main entrance rather than inside school grounds.

Crime rates are low in Korea, and hate crimes against sexual minorities do not occur often in the streets. As a result, I was able to walk the streets of Seoul dressed in drag. Even so, I felt more confident and safe on the days when I was surrounded by like-minded people. I, Hurricane Kimchi, was not the only one who felt this way. Countless drag queens and sexual minorities did so as well, enjoying performances, music, and dancing together at the Meat Market party.

As the several-day performance was ending, I was physically exhausted, after wearing “killer heels,” makeup that took three hours to apply, and being constantly on the move. I was also mentally exhausted from dealing with security guards, the police, and other opposing forces. If I had asked myself: “Why did I put myself through this?” then I definitely would have been disappointed. However, my conclusion was: “Even though it was hard, I spent a very rewarding time full of meaningful lessons.”

The media often points out that many Asian countries are still very conservative, and that when it comes to LGBT issues, Korea is very far behind. Furthermore, both Koreans themselves and foreigners often claim the following: Legalization of gay marriage, which is already in place in many European countries and the U.S., will take dozens of years in Korea.

However, the Korea that I saw with my own eyes was very different. Even though I was already aware that young people have a more open mind and can accept the problems of sexual minorities, it was hard to predict how people from older generations would react. However, now I somewhat know. There were many people who helped to change my bias against the older generation, including: The lady who accepted my request for a photo and gave me a smile, the man who told me that I was cool and that I should cheer up when a religious person passing by pointed and cursed at me, and the grandfather who gave me a thumbs up as he passed by. If I had stayed home or only went out to gay clubs, I would never have known that there were so many people, young and old, who are open and ready to support sexual minorities.

As much as I’ve learned through this experience, I sincerely hope that this it brings even a little bit of positive change to others, in whatever way possible, whether it be people in Korea or in some other part of the world. I hope that people would talk about Hurricane Kimchi with their families and friends.

Many sexual minorities in Korea claim that Korea is too conservative when it comes to issues with sexual minorities. I want to live in Canada, the U.S. or another foreign country, they say. I want to ask those people if they know how hard people fought and how much blood was shed in order to secure the rights and freedom of sexual minorities in those countries. I definitely can’t, and don’t want to demand that people stay in Korea, fight, and shed blood. However, I do wish to say this: Through my performances, and through sharing what I experienced in those performances, our country is changing, and at this very moment, there are so many people working hard to bring about more positive change.

During the performance period, I uploaded selfies and short videos on Hurricane Kimchi’s Facebook page in real time. I was surprised at the enormous amount of views and comments I received. I was so thankful for all the people that saw my photos and videos and sent me messages of gratitude and support through Facebook, email, text, and even in person. Even though I said I would be out there for a week, there was a point at which I wanted to give up. However, I could not give up because there were so many people watching. I was able to survive a whole week because of all the people that supported me and cheered me on!

I originally started my performance to spread love, and I received love back. I would like to thank everyone who was a part of my week’s program.

You can see all of the videos and pictures taken during my performances on my website, or on Hurricane Kimchi’s Facebook page.

This post first appeared on HuffPost Korea. It has been translated into English and edited for clarity.

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Mathew Rodriguez 「Here's What It’s Like to Be a Gay Asian Guy Looking for a Partner on Grindr」

Posted on April 11, 2016 commentaires

It’s no secret that Grindr can be a very difficult place for people of color. And Grindr presents several challenges for different groups of people. Now, two men have decided to speak about the specific problems that Asians face on the dating app.

Toronto YouTube user Collin Factor brought on his friend Marvin to discuss what it’s like to be gay and Asian on Grindr. Marvin said that he downloaded Grindr after coming out in 2014 and, as his friends predicted, it was not the most welcoming environment.

“I felt really insecure,” he said. “And I was like, ‘Wow, this is what being gay and Asian is like.’ Where do I fit in?”

He added that, when it came to dating his first boyfriend, who was white, he always questioned, “Does he like me because I’m Asian or does he like me because I’m me?”

“I think it’s a problem when people blatantly show it on their profile like, ‘No fats, no femmes, no Asians,’” Marvin continued. “No fats, no femmes, no Asians” is a common saying on gay dating apps and it means just what it sounds like — the user is not interested in talking to people of size, feminine-presenting men or Asian men.

“What is the issue if like, an Asian guy messages you on Grindr?” Collin asked. “It’s like, are you immediately going to be like, ‘Oh no, you’re Asian, I’m not going to like you’? That’s like, kind of like, so strange to me.”

The duo address that Grindr is an app for finding sexual partners and there should be some understanding that people can have sexual preferences. But, there’s also a way to go about it. “I think it’s important to meet someone’s needs,” Marvin says. “I think it becomes a problem when it’s like blatant, like when they put it out there that you don’t wanna talk to Asians.”

Marvin continues, “The whole thing about ‘no Asians’ is because of the idea that ‘Oh, you’re Asian, you must be femme, you must have a small dick.’”

Asian men in general face a host of stereotypes about their masculinity: that they’re not athletic, they’re not desirable and they can’t be as successful as white men. But on apps like Grindr, that prejudice can be even more intense — and it can be right in your pocket. Whether you’re a person of color, a transgender man or some other person that’s not what’s deemed societally perfect, it can be a jungle out there.

Watch the full video below.

Collin Factor 「NOT INTO ASIANS」 - posted on April 03, 2016.

A discussion of life as GAY ASIAN men in the year 2016. From breaking social stereotypes, dealing with excessive fetishism, and facing constant racism within the Gay Community. There was a lot to discuss.

Marvin's Snapchat:

Mathew Rodriguez is a Staff Writer at Mic. He is a queer Latino New Yorker who enjoys female rappers, 「Buffy The Vampire Slayer」 and Flannery O’Connor. He is a former editor at and he is working on a memoir about his father, HIV and heroin on New York City’s Lower East Side. Email him at
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H&M World Recycle Week feat. M.I.A. 「Rewear It」


H&M World Recycle Week feat. M.I.A. 「Rewear It」 - released on April 11, 2016.

Join H&M and M.I.A. for a celebration of sustainable style, culminating in World Recycle Week from 18-24 April.
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Sarah Lindig 「Jason Wu Weds Longtime Partner Before a Very Fashionable Crowd」

Posted on April 09, 2016 commentaires

The chic set flocked to Mexico for the designer's nuptials.

Jason Wu is off the market!

This weekend, the designer married his longtime boyfriend, Gustavo Rangel (also the label’s chief financial officer).The couple, who first met on New Year’s Eve in 2005, tied the knot at the Hotel Esencia in Tulum, Mexico. As could only be expected, the soirée and the guest list were both insanely chic.

Among those in attendance were Diane Kruger, model Constance Jablonski, jewelry designer Jennifer Fisher, blogger Bryanboy, plus notable style stars and industry friends Sofia Sanchez de Betak, Caroline Issa, Anya Ziourova, and Jane Keltner de Valle.

A quick scan of the photos tagged with #RangelWu on Instagram and it’s clear this was a celebration of the ages. Pre-wedding highlights included an excursion to the Mayan ruins, piñatas, tacos, beachside lounging and several shirtless men:

The beautiful ceremony took place against an idyllic backdrop of lush palms and cerulean skies. The groomsmen wore Stubbs and Wootton black velvet loafers embroidered with the words “The End,” guests were dressed to the nines, and Wu and Rangel were the picture of newlywed bliss.

The dinner that followed featured stunning white tablescapes, accented with colorful Chinese fans. Wu and Rangel cutting the cake together was arguably the most adorable moment ever.

And then there was the reception – where the real party started, and where we can safely assume copious amounts of tequila were imbibed. Waiters were nearly-naked, Wu was spinning tracks behind the DJ booth, and guests were being tossed in the air and jumping into the pool fully clothed.

Hey, when you’re getting married in Mexico, this is probably the best way to do it. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Author: Sarah Lindig/Date: April 09, 2016/Source:

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Joyce Nishioka 「Young, Gay, and APA」

Posted on April 08, 2016 commentaires
Asian Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) frequently face a double or even triple jeopardy – being targets of prejudice and discrimination because of their ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. The following is an article entitled 「Young, Gay, and APA」, originally published in the July 17, 1999 issue of『AsianWeek』Magazine, written by Joyce Nishioka. It captures many of the obstacles and challenges that LGBT Asian Americans go through as they search for acceptance and happiness with the multiple forms of their personal identities.

Double Jeopardy
Nineteen-year-old Eric Aquino remembers a day not that long ago when he kneeled down to tie his shoe during P.E. class. He looked up to find a boy towering over him, saying, “That’s where you belong” and making a comment about oral sex. “People teased me because they perceived me as a gay, fag queer,” he remembers. “What could I do but ignore it? One thing I always did was ignore it.”

While feelings of rejection and questions about “being normal” haunt most adolescents, they often hit harder at those who are minorities, either racial or sexual. And too often, those are the kids who get the least support. A 1989 study from the Department of Health and Human Services found that a gay teen who comes out to his or her parents faced about a 50-50 chance of being rejected and 1 in 4 had to leave home. Ten years later, a study in 「The Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine」 found that gay and bisexual teens are more than three times as likely to attempt suicide as other youths.

Surveys indicate that 80 percent of gay students do not feel safe in schools, and one poll by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed 1 in 13 high school students had been attacked or harassed because they were perceived to be homosexual. Nationwide, 18 percent of all gay students are physically injured to the point they require medical treatment, and they are seven times as likely as their straight peers to be threatened with a weapon at school, according to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

Protecting homosexual Asian teens from discrimination requires double-duty measures, advocates say. Ofie Virtucio, a coordinator for AQUA, San Francisco’s only citywide organization for gay Asian American teenagers (now known as the API Wellness Center), maintains that they are especially likely to be closeted and ignored. “Asians are the model minorities,” she says, describing a common stereotype. “They can’t be gay or at risk; they don’t commit suicide or self-mutilate.” In reality, Kim says, “There are many API youths in the California public school system who are gay or perceived as being gay and face angry discrimination and harassment. And there is nothing to adequately protect them.”

As Kwok and thousands of others might attest, to be young, gay and APA is to simultaneously confront the ugly specters of barriers and discrimination that come with being gay in America and those that come with being Asian in America. “With the anti-Asian sentiment, students are harassed more for being Asian because it’s more visible than sexuality.” says San Francisco school district counselor Crystal Jang.

The Closet is a Lonely Place to Live
“People don’t think there are API gays and lesbians,” Virtucio says. “There is hardly any research, and no money goes to them.” Consequently, no one knows precisely how many of San Francisco’s Asian American children are gay. But if the often quoted figure of 10 percent of a population holds, the figure could exceed 1,300 in the public junior high and high schools alone. Asian American students, says Jang, account for about 90 percent of the kids she sees through the district’s Support Services for Sexual Minorities Youth Program. Though there are more support groups for gay youths than ever before, Virtucio said many Asian American teens find it difficult to fit in. Nor do they have any role models. This decade’s most noted gays and lesbians – actresses Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche, Ambassador James Hormel and former Wisconsin congressman Steve Gunderson, Migden and Kuehl – are all white, and so is society’s perception of gay America.

“They can’t go to programs for queer gay youths when no one speaks their language,” Virtucio says. “How can they be understood when they talk about their close-knit family they can never come out to? They need to see people like them. Even if it’s just serving rice, they need something familiar so they could [relate] and feel like they could be part of this community,” says Virtucio, who touts her four-year-old group as “a channel to come out.” In the summer, 20 to 30 teens – half of whom are immigrants – go to AQUA’s weekly drop-in sessions. Though the group initially attracted mostly college-age men, most of its members today are younger, and half are female. At a recent get-together, the girls seemed much less vocal than boys, and though several young men agreed to be interviewed, no girls did. Jang explains that girls are more likely than boys to refrain from expressing their sexuality, possibly because of the shame they think they may bring on themselves and their families. One girl, she recalled, fell in love with her godsister and wanted to tell her, but she was afraid that if she did, everyone in Chinatown would find out.

For both genders, though, coming out to family and friends is a huge issue, one that Virtucio says cannot be put off indefinitely. “Parents want to know,” she said, adding that many AQUA members have told her that they suspected that their parents knew about their sexuality long before their children would admit it to themselves. Mothers, she said, might ask daughters questions like, “Why to you dress that way? Wear a skirt.” Or they might tell their sons, “Don’t walk like that.” At the same time, she said, cultural pressures to put the family first or to hide one’s feelings often convince Asian and Asian American youth to internalize their sexuality. Each family member often is expected to fill an explicit role. For example, she explained, a Filipina, particularly the first-born daughter, “is supposed to take care of the family, and get married and have kids.” A first-born Chinese son, she added, “can never be gay. He is supposed to extend the family name.”

Desmond Kwok says his parents accept his sexual orientation – though they don’t necessarily support him emotionally. He acknowledges an ongoing “starvation for love” that he blames on his parents. Both have been distant, he says, especially his father, a businessman who lives in Chicago. Kwok says he found support for coming out not from his family, but from a gang he was in two years ago. “They were really cool with it, and it boosted my confidence in the whole coming-out process,” he said. “They’d say, ‘If someone has a grudge against you for being gay, we’re there for you. We’ll kick their asses.’”

Now, Kwok dates “older” Asian and Asian American men – at least 19 – because few come out before then, he says. He admits that he has tried to find boyfriends over the Internet, at bars and cafes, “the worst places to meet a good boyfriend.” A graduate of the School of the Arts, a magnet academy, Kwok said he intends to continue his work as an advocate for gay Asian and Asian American teens. Yet even now he cannot rid “the feeling of being alone – being around people who really love you, but still knowing they are heterosexual. They’ll be with their girlfriends or boyfriends, and here I am all alone, sitting around, boo-hoo, no boyfriend.”

‘Straight’ Into Isolation, ‘Out’ Into Happiness
Eric Aquino never had such peer support growing up in Vallejo, Calif., and especially in junior high school. “I felt alone,” Aquino said. He avoided his locker, where the popular kids hung out, and instead took long, circuitous paths to classes to dodge their cruel comments. “A good day for me was being able to walk down the hall without having anyone ask, ‘Are you gay? Do you suck dick?’” His grades fell. “I would be late to class and wouldn’t bring my books,” he explained. “I couldn’t concentrate. I looked at the clock until it was 3 o’clock and time to go.”

Aquino’s high school years were both the happiest and one of the most depressing times of his life. He joined marching band and had friends for the first time, but he also started feeling that he was, in fact, gay. “Friends were important to me because I never had any, but they didn’t know me for what I was,” he said. Aquino thought perhaps he should wait until he was 18 to come out, so that if his parents rejected him, he could run away. He also considered living in the closet and spent much of his time thinking of ways to keep his secret. “I thought of different alternatives, other options. Like, I’ll get married and have kids, [then divorce] and be a single parent, and my parents would just think I never found love again.”

Ofie Virtucio, 21, can relate to the feeling of isolation. “Maybe it’s the feeling where you know you’re Asian but sometimes in situations you’re embarrassed to be,” she said. “That’s where I was for a long time. Of course I was lonely.” When she was 13 and still in the Philippines, she recalls, her mother asked her, “‘Tomboy ca ba? – are you gay?’ She looked me in the eyes; she was worried,” Virtucio said. “I said, ‘No!’” She wishes that her mom had replied, “Whatever you are, it’s OK. I still love you, Ofie.” Two years later, the family came to the United States. “I had to be white in a month,” she recalled. “When I started talking, I had an American accent that I could use, so I could make friends,” she said. “During senior year, I was in denial being Filipino and didn’t talk about being gay. Most importantly, I had to get friends. I had to get to know what America is all about. I had to survive.”

She recalled: “I was trying to be straight but didn’t want to have sex. I didn’t want a man’s penis in me.” Though she had a boyfriend in high school, she secretly had crushes on girls, especially the teenage lesbians who were “out.” At the same time, she recalls, she “couldn’t relate. They were more ‘we’re-here-we’re-queer...’ I knew I was gay, but I thought, ‘I’m not like that.’ It made me think I could never be like that.” So, she said, “When my friends would talk about cute guys, I would jump into the conversation. I thought, ‘OK, I have to do this right now,’ so I’d say things like, ‘Oh, he’s so cute.’ Then when I would go home, I’d be like ... oh,” said Virtucio, covering her eyes with her palms. “It hurts. It really, really hurts.”

Virtucio finally acknowledged her sexuality during her college years, “the happiest time in my life.” At age 18, she found her first girlfriend and experienced her first kiss, but it took many more years before she felt truly comfortable about being a lesbian. “I knew it was going to be a hard life,” she said. “I thought, ‘How am I going to tell my siblings? How am I going to get a job? Am I going to be constrained to having only gay friends? What are people going to think of me?’ I thought people would know now – just because I know I’m gay – that they’ll just see it.”

Virtucio never had the opportunity to come out to her mother, who passed away when she was 15. But in college, she did tell her father. She remembers he was in the garden watering plants when he asked her, out of the blue, whether her girlfriend was more than a friend. Startled, Virtucio says she denied it, but later that day, she opened the door to his bedroom and said it was true. They took a walk on the beach after that. “He told me whatever made me happy was fine,” Virtucio recalls. “My father used to be mean to my mom, pot-bellied, chauvinistic,” she says. “But for some reason he found it in his heart to understand. That moment was amazing for me. I thought if my dad could understand, I really don’t care what the world thinks. I’m just going to be the person I am.”

Author Citation
Copyright © 1999 by Joyce Nishioka『AsianWeek』Magazine. Reprinted in accordance with Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976.

Suggested reference: Nishioka, Joyce and『AsianWeek』Magazine. 1999. 「Young, Gay, and APA」 Asian-Nation: The Landscape of Asian America. (April 8, 2016).

Author: Joyce Nishioka/Date: April 08, 2016/Source:

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Philip 「Chloe Bennet is the Asian American Superhero that We Need」

Posted on April 05, 2016 commentaires

I know there were some Asian Americans who had issues with 「Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.」 star Chloe Bennet (who is hapa) when she had talked about how changing her name from Chloe Wang to the more Anglo-sounding Bennet helped get her more work in Hollywood. If you were one of those people, Bennet’s recent interview with『The Daily Beast』should shed light on her reasons for that decision:

“Oh, the first audition I went on after I changed my name, I got booked,” Bennet tells The Daily Beast, in an interview timed to Marvel’s Women of Power month. “So that’s a pretty clear little snippet of how Hollywood works.”

That audition was for the role of Hailey, an office assistant on ABC’s 「Nashville」. That same year, Bennet was cast as the lead in Marvel’s first cinematic universe TV show, the Joss Whedon-created S.H.I.E.L.D. Over three seasons, Skye, a headstrong young “hacktivist” who gets recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. and eventually discovers her real identity, the half-Inhuman Daisy Johnson (aka Quake), has evolved into what is still a rarity on TV: a superhero who happens to be both female and Asian-American.

“I wish people talked about that more,” Bennet says. “I don’t know if it’s good or bad, but when Supergirl came out, people were like, ‘This is the only superhero on TV that’s a female!’ And I was like, ‘Hold on! I’m pretty sure Daisy’s been here.’ And I also happen to be half-Chinese and I’m so proud of that.”

“I want to be clear because some of my Asian-American fans seem to think I did that [changed last names] because I didn’t want to known as Chinese, but it’s so the opposite,” she adds. “I just wanted to be known as me and let my personality define who I was, rather than my ethnicity.”

The more I’ve learned about Bennet, the more I’ve admired her out-spokenness. She’s always been honest and proud about her Asian American heritage (she took the name “Bennet” for her Chinese father) and she isn’t shy about telling it like it is – as when she’s asked about the casting of a non-Asian actor for the lead role in Marvel’s Netflix series 「Iron Fist」:

“I actually saw that [casting] news and I can’t lie, I was a little [disappointed],” she says, before breaking into laughter again. “I love Marvel, but…”

“I know they want to stay true to their characters but, you know, every female character in Marvel comics also has, like, triple-Z-sized boobs,” she reasons. “So if they cast actors based on the way characters look on the page, I don’t think even Scarlett Johansson – well, maybe Scarlett Johansson – would be in the movies.”

To read the rest of the interview, go to『The Daily Beast』: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennet: Why I Stopped Using My Chinese Last Name

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Melissa Leon 「Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Chloe Bennet: Why I Stopped Using My Chinese Last Name」


TV’s only Asian-American superhero opens up about the need for representation onscreen – and why her band of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents totally belong in Marvel’s movies.

Four years ago, 「Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.」 star Chloe Bennet was known professionally as Chloe Wang, aspiring actress and teenage dabbler in Shanghai pop stardom. In the states, however, Hollywood casting agents were less than welcoming.

At least until she changed her last name.

“Oh, the first audition I went on after I changed my name, I got booked,” Bennet tells『The Daily Beast』, in an interview timed to Marvel’s Women of Power month. “So that’s a pretty clear little snippet of how Hollywood works.”

That audition was for the role of Hailey, an office assistant on ABC’s 「Nashville」. That same year, Bennet was cast as the lead in Marvel’s first cinematic universe TV show, the Joss Whedon-created S.H.I.E.L.D. Over three seasons, Skye, a headstrong young “hacktivist” who gets recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. and eventually discovers her real identity, the half-Inhuman Daisy Johnson (aka Quake), has evolved into what is still a rarity on TV: a superhero who happens to be both female and Asian-American.

“I wish people talked about that more,” Bennet says. “I don't know if it’s good or bad, but when 「Supergirl」 came out, people were like, ‘This is the only superhero on TV that’s a female!’ And I was like, ‘Hold on! I’m pretty sure Daisy’s been here.’ And I also happen to be half-Chinese and I’m so proud of that.”

“I want to be clear because some of my Asian-American fans seem to think I did that [changed last names] because I didn’t want to known as Chinese, but it’s so the opposite,” she adds. “I just wanted to be known as me and let my personality define who I was, rather than my ethnicity.”

Bennet – who is loud and funny and blunt in conversation – then launches into her S.H.I.E.L.D. audition story, told with a mixture of endearing self-loathing and pride.

“When we were down to seven girls [up for the role of Skye], it was this completely diverse group of girls I was up against. And it was really about who was right for the part,” she says. “We were testing and we came out of the room and I was up next and Joss Whedon was there and said, ‘Hi.’ I got kind of nervous and looked at him. He just looked really tired. And I was like, ‘You look like shit’ – this right before I went in for my last audition.

“He started laughing and was like, ‘Well, I am tired,’” she says, groaning at the memory. “And I was like, ‘I mean, you look tired in a good way, like you’re really busy! And accomplished!’ It was so Skye Season 1 that I think he was like, ‘Yup, that’s her.’”

Because of Marvel’s “cinematic universe” design, 「S.H.I.E.L.D.」 takes place during the events of the comic book movie franchise’s big-screen exploits – meaning that whatever havoc the Avengers wreak in their city-smashing adventures has real-world consequences for the show’s on-the-ground S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

When 「Captain America: The Winter Soldier」 revealed that the evil Nazi organization HYDRA had been embedded within S.H.I.E.L.D. since shortly after World War II, the show, whose entire first season built up to the events of 「Winter Soldier」, took that and ran with it, spinning out two seasons of intrigue.

But while Marvel’s movies often affect the show, 「S.H.I.E.L.D.」’s narrative rarely bears weight on the big-budget blockbusters – even when the stories it’s telling should. In the upcoming 「Captain America: Civil War」, for example, Marvel’s superheroes choose whether to submit to official government oversight, a measure (called the Sokovia Accords, the onscreen version of the comic books’ Superhero Registration Act) pushed on them by a United Nations panel.

Incorporating 「S.H.I.E.L.D.」’s ongoing Inhumans storyline would actually raise the stakes of the movie: The presence of hundreds if not thousands of undiscovered Inhumans (people with the ability to develop superpowers) would give governments extra incentive to push the Sokovia Accords on all superhumans. Recent interviews with 「Civil War」 directors Joe and Anthony Russo, however, indicate the directing duo are entirely unconcerned with what’s going on in the world of 「S.H.I.E.L.D.」.

“I think we’re all on the same page besides them,” Bennet says, sighing at the missed opportunity. “But they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do, and I’m really happy with our little show. We’ve been dealing with the topic of 「Civil War」 for a while now – at least, Daisy has. She’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent but also a human and she’s completely torn.”

If Bennet had her way, of course, 「Civil War」 would bring certain S.H.I.E.L.D.-specific changes to the Marvel universe: “I would like us to be put in the movie,” she laughs. “That would make sense. I would like the Avengers to find out that Agent Coulson’s still alive. And Daisy’s incredibly powerful. I think you’ll see toward the end of the season her strength as a character and a leader, and her power as a superhero really expands – I’m just saying, the Avengers could use our help, if they just asked.”

Marvel’s TV universe, in the meantime, continues to expand, with street-level heroes like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist getting their own Netflix shows. With the latter series’s casting announcement – revealing that 「Game of Thrones」 actor Finn Jones will be taking on the role of Danny Rand – a familiar refrain decrying the MCU’s lack of diversity reverberated across the Internet again.

When asked if she was among the thousands calling for the traditionally white Danny Rand – a kung fu master – to be played by an Asian actor, Bennet answers without missing a beat.

“One hundred percent. I actually saw that [casting] news and I can’t lie, I was a little [disappointed],” she says, before breaking into laughter again. “I love Marvel, but...”

“I know they want to stay true to their characters but, you know, every female character in Marvel comics also has, like, triple-Z-sized boobs,” she reasons. “So if they cast actors based on the way characters look on the page, I don’t think even Scarlett Johansson – well, maybe Scarlett Johansson – would be in the movies.”

As for Marvel’s ever-expanding movie arm – which will feature its first character of color in a stand-alone film in 2018’s 「Black Panther」 – Bennet maintains there’s room for improvement there as well.

“I think they could do better,” she says. “You know, there are a lot of white guys named Chris. But I think they will, because it’s important. It’s the right thing to do. Marvel’s a smart company and I think they will represent their fans from around the world. They can take note from the way we’re going on the show, ’cause we’re doing a pretty good job.”

In terms of gender dynamics, Bennet points out that “90 percent of the rescuing” done in 「S.H.I.E.L.D.」 is by female characters and “90 percent” of the stunts are performed by women actors as well, including herself. Still, she’s anxiously awaiting her character Daisy’s introduction as a playable character in the Marvel mobile game Contest of Champions in the fall, for the sake of watching Quake in action minus the actual stunt work.

“I’m so stoked. My brother is so jealous,” she laughs. “I’m really excited to get to do all these stunts without actually getting hurt. I’m currently covered in bruises.”

Bruises never stopped a badass lady from rescuing those in need, of course. “[Our characters] don’t need any rescuing from men,” Bennet says. “We can handle ourselves very well, thank you.”

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Xin Seha 신세하 「Timeline」

Posted on April 04, 2016 commentaires

Xin Seha 「Timeline」【티를 내】- released on April 04, 2016.

Directed by N’Ouir

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Erin Chew 「Why do Gay WHITE Men say NO to Asian Men?」

As Asian women, we are at no shortage of WHITE men wanting to friend us on Facebook or following us on Instagram and Twitter. Many are actually quite bold and will send you a love note or a message thinking that it will capture your heart. And this is not restricted to just the world of cyberspace. Go into any club, pub or party venue and sure enough you will see WHITE men wanting to buy you a drink or take you to somewhere a little more private.

Wong Fu Productions 「Yellow Fever (2006) - Re-Release Official」 - posted on January 28, 2010.

Now I am not going to go into the theory behind yellow fever (the other side of sexual racism), and of course it does not apply to every WHITE guy, but one thing is for sure, there are no shortages of WHITE men who desire the company and intimacy of an Asian woman. But where this can become a problem for us Asian women, because we feel creeped out by WHITE men, gawking, staring and even approaching us, an opposite phenomenon is happening in the gay world.

It seems that in the world of gay dating, there are no qualms about being a sexual racist. Just take a look at the dating apps such as Tinder or Grindr. WHITE gay men are more than happy to set their requirements, and most of it is extremely racist. How is it acceptable to state No Rice, No Spice, No Asians or No Chopstick or curry. Does it not occur to gay WHITE men, that to make these types of idiotic blanket statements is extremely discriminatory? Or are they just so daft because they feel white privilege will allow them to say as they please? Whatever the reason, it is unacceptable and disgusting at all levels.

Talking to some of my Asian brothers, most have resigned to the idea that sexual racism has gone on for too long and there is no point in really calling this out. And apparently, if you do call them out, these WHITE gay men will deny they are being racist, but that Asians are not their preference. How absurd is it, that defining your sexual requirements on racial lines does not make you racist. As a straight Asian woman who is subjected to the yellow fever phenomenon, I can’t imagine how demoralising this type of sexual racism is towards Asian men, and how helpless this situation is.

So the irony here is that the gay community still faces extreme discrimination and marginalisation at a mainstream level, but within themselves they feel its okay to be a sexual racist. How does this advance the cause when it is WHITE gay men driving the car and using the superiority to make others feel bad? I don’t think this sexual racism is as bad in the lesbian and transgender circles, but I definitely know that our Asian brothers deal with a lot of shit from WHITE men.

But when we talk about sexual racism, straight Asian women and gay Asian men experience this at different levels. Where the demure, petite and sweet Asian woman is desirable for straight WHITE men, an Asian man becomes the scum at the bottom of the barrel for WHITE men. Two contrasting definitions of sexual racism but both can be just as bad as the other. Within the straight world, we have recently just seen the Subway man, Jared Fogle get arrested for his pedophilic craving for teenage Asian women, and within the gay world, we constantly hear stories of Asian men being rejected or being subjected to sexual violence.

It is a wonder why these dating apps have allowed this bullshit to go on for so long. It is to a point where it is almost not worth the fight, because it has been accepted as a norm or a preference. But I think maybe the tides are changing slowly. Doing a quick search online I found various blog and websites dedicated to calling out and name and shame these WHITE racists. Where this is a passive approach it seems to be a movement which is growing.

Also, it seems that finally Grindr has kind of caught on to this issue, and are putting in some controls to stamp out this racism. They plan to put in filters to allow the user to see what they want to see therefore eliminating the need to be offensive. But this is just a filter and it does not stop the racism which will and still exists. Talking to my Asian brothers, the only way to combat this is to raise our voices and call this out at a mainstream level, and demanding changes and more education that saying No Asians or No rice, no spice, is not a preference but is pure and simple RACISM.

So to all the WHITE gay men, who still feel superior after reading this, let me ask you this:

Is it too much to ask to not be a racist? Why can’t you just define attraction and love to the physique, emotion and feelings? Why even go on a pathetic rampage against our Asian brothers? Does it make you feel good and give you a sense of superiority to treat our Asian brothers this way? Maybe it does, and maybe it feeds your ego, but I am going to issue you all a warning because that is how I roll, so please listen carefully.....

If You Offend my Asian Brothers, You Offend All Asians Everywhere, and we will find you and we will re-educate you, till you recognise what you are doing is RACIST.

OnisionSpeaks 「Why Are Asians Rejected By LGBT? (Gay Men Saying "No Asians")」 - posted on May 28, 2015.

Author: Erin Chew/Date: April 04, 2016/Source:

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