Rob, go with yo bad self
I know we are in the wake of the Kenneth Eng comments, but afterwatching this interview and as a person of African American Ancestry. If any Black Person, or even a White person has done anything like Kenneth Eng describes in his interviews, I apologize for us all from the bottom of my heart. Enjoy the interview.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK4fjMhGn-I
An insightful article ! It's always inspiring to read about the making of an artist.~ Vagabond
Why I Hate PicklesBy McFancy, Goddess of the GalaxyFirst let me say that I have been blackballed and have received death threats because I’m intelligent enough to speak the truth. But these threats have served only to strengthen my resolve. I know the truth and speak it because I am Goddess of the Galaxy. Chee chee kee kee lum drum doe… Forgive me. Sometimes I must think aloud in my native Goddess tongue just to release some of the pressure in my expansive, enormous brain, something many of you addle-pates wouldn’t understand. Yet, I digress.I ask you: What vegetable in its right mind would allow itself to bathe in a vinegar brine solution until it is soft and knobby? Would an eggplant? I promise you it would not. This gorgeous purple-black vegetable would rise up in defiance and mangle any hairy-knuckled fist that dared drop it in a vat of vinegar. Can we say this of the cucumber? Most certainly we cannot. Pickles are imposters and cannot be trusted. They pass themselves off as some great American table fare, but when I attended an outing recently, the only pickle on the entire buffet was caught Frenching the onions, another proof that pickles are weak-willed and amoral and cannot be trusted. Yet every fat farmer, every whining pregnant woman, every sandwich-eating freak in America would be at your throat with a straight razor if you were to speak out against the pious pickle.You may not believe what I’m about to tell you, but I am Goddess of the Galaxy and do not lie. Every word I speak is the truth. I entered an eatery of very high repute, deciding, for the sake of a good meal, to dress up and play by the rules like the rest of the trained monkeys. I listened as the Maitre’d prattled off the special of the evening for the couple at the next table, “Tamarind Eggplant with Roasted Garlic and Mango.” To my delight, they were serving eggplant, the most glorious of all gourds. Yet the half-witted woman sitting at the next table muttered, “Humph, Eggplant is awful; it’s one dish I’ve never liked.” I was astonished and immediately altered my decision to play by the rules. If this woman was allowed to speak her mind, with only a forgiving chuckle from the patsy in the waist apron, then I would as well.When the Maitre’d approached my table and gave me his half-assed, pompous “Good evening,” I responded with a question: “Why do you serve warty mutants with your delicatessen dishes?” He raised his brows; “Begging your pardon, mademoiselle?” Since he suddenly had a loss of hearing, I spoke loudly enough for all. “Mutant Cucumbers! Pickles! Why do you serve them? They’re nothing more than green vinegar turds, chilled and quartered.” I was immediately ordered to restrain myself while the other guests sat dumbfounded (or were they just dumb…I can’t recall). But why must I restrain myself when the cow at the next table is permitted to rail accusations? Am I any different? Are my concerns any less valid? Obviously, the answer to both questions is yes because I was asked to leave. “Just go quietly, or we’ll have you removed.” I sauntered out, slow and deliberate in my righteous indignation, intent on bumping everything with my lovely goddess hips as I passed. You wouldn’t believe the verbal abuse I suffered with other diners calling me a crazy bitch.I know it is hard to believe that such injustices occur in the Land of the Free Speech, but it is all true. Even some of my friends have become sellouts. The other day, a friend asked me to meet her for dinner under the guise of catching up on old times. Out of the blue she said, “We, your friends, are concerned about you. You’re out of control. Furthermore, eggplant is actually a fruit and it, too, is often pickled just like cucumbers, and beets, and eggs…” I clasped my hands over my ears, refusing to listen to the damnable lies. It’s bad enough when strangers look upon my candor with disdain, but when supposed friends, those of my own kind, view me as recalcitrant and try to brainwash me, then I know for sure that America is going to hell in a hand-me-down. Again, I apologize. The words you people must look up in the dictionary, like recalcitrant, are words I use everyday. I will try to remember to whom I’m addressing this and keep it simple.Although some of my friends have turned on me, there are a faithful few who have joined with me in agreement, who share my same supreme views. I know that many of you who are reading this would like to silence me while you yourselves continue to speak freely. This is because you are pantywaists and are intimidated by my unparalleled brilliance. But I will never be silent, and whether you like it or not, you, and you, and you… you’re gonna hear me.P.S. If the language of this article is too difficult, you might want to consider another article I wrote last year. It was written for a group of politicians (or were they village idiots…I can’t recall). Anyway, the language is juvenile and the style is very elementary. It is entitled: "Why I Hate Eggplant". For the record, I am also a published author of the book "Why I Hate Free Speech".
My main point being this:Asians and Asian Americans need to shut their goddamn pie holes and step up to the plate and show other Americans that they're allowed into the game on their own merits.Stop demanding that the people already in the game to go out of their way for your "right" to be there. Fight for what you want rather than begging like an upstart 9 year old.Yes, I'm an Asian guy and I find the community to be as pathetic as anything I've ever witnessed on God's green Earth. I was once a proud Asian American but once I witnessed how the community acts, I've decided I want nothing to do with it.I'm still proud of who I am but no longer will I get sucked into the trap of "staying true to who I am" and "telling people how it is."Asian Americans have "Homer Simpsoned" their way to equal rights. That metophor was used when Homer Simpson gained something by sheer accident when something negative was inevitable.IE: Saving a basketball from going out of bounds which leads to the discovery of a 20 dollar bill in the stands.In our case, the only reason why there are more Asians in media is because media and companies are being proactive in including Asians because they think it will help them sell products, not because Asians spoke with their financial clout.
The last line should read:I'm surprised the Asian community HASN'T died off in this country yet, to be frank.
I've been stating, for the longest time, that I believe America's media machine is causing massive amounts of psychological influence and needs to be considered a priority when it comes to fighting for racial equality.My boss always confided in me that as soon as someone has a certain type of image attached to him/her, it is extremely hard to shake no matter how hard they try. I've been a hard worker for the same company for 3 years. I could slack off and no one will ever notice because I have the aura of work ethnic around me. However, if someone is lazy but changes into a hard worker, people will still perceive him as lazy.Image, once negative, is extremely hard to shake and that's why I find it extremely perplexing why Asians, Asian men specifically, don't make fighting harmful stereotypes in media a top priority.Companies spend billons of dollars a year to make sure they have a great image and departments dedicated to public relations. Is our image of Asian men worth any less?There is proof of how the public consumes this type of image politics. A magazine, on car ratings, released a report on vehicle reliability. What was interesting was the effect of brand labels and how they are perceived with the consuming public.They found the South Korean brand, Hyundai, to rank very low in quality during it's first few years (rank 17) but has since climbed to rank 4. Additionally, Mercedes Benz, which is trademarked with quality, has dropped down to near the bottom of the list near Dodge.What's interesting to note is that Mercedes Benz sales have done very well while Hyundai is still lagging behind. Why? It's because society has been turned to recognize certain qualities with certain individuals.Mercedes' cars could be roving deathtraps but they'd still fly off the shelves but Hyundai will still trail behind because their image has been tarnished by a bad start.Time will change things but it takes years, even decades.If we had a complete 180 right *now*, it would take decades for people to view Asian men as normal people. That's a fact.Not only that, the Asian community still has other problems that stupid Asians don't care to acknowledge such as the interracial dating ratio, intra-Asian strife, selfishness, etc.I'm surprised the Asian community has died off in this country yet to be frank.
Asians - in my opinion, will NEVER collaborate when it comes to money and the well beings of grandeur. Now this is not to say that my views are superficial, but judgment rules. The only way you see Asians stick together is at some Asian community (ie: Chinatown) because it is a necessity for them and not an option. First off - starting with the women (any age, MOST but not all), they have no loyalty whatsoever for supporting the men of their kind. They are pathetic when it comes to climbing the ladder to western society. They will interbreed and disavow their roots and will plod the hands that once fed them. Inside every married Asian woman is ready to come out as the one described above.Now for the men – I worked with a lot of them and many are smart and willing to take any step to succeed, but the problem lies deep, they are too reserved in the non-Asian community, but at the same time will kill within their society to be recognized as the “model minority” - hence Asian community. As far as the whole Asian group effort, assembly, or whatever you might want to call it, I don’t see an alliance in the immediate future, within their own or outside their population - if ever.
This is awesome! Thanks Kenneth Eng for paving the way for this much needed dialog! Yeahhhhh!
Thanks for the comment Johnathan. However, I beg to disagree. I think you did a great job of getting your point accross.
Rebecca, I deeply apologize if my comments offended you in any way. I wasn't trying to hurt you are anyone else. I do now realize how Eng's comments negatively affected some members of the Asian community. However, I suppose my comment was fueled by anger, and yes a touch of disenfranchisement when it comes to what I and many other blacks have experienced.In my time, I have frequented many Asian-owned businesses in black communities. Sadly, I must be honest and say that I have been discriminated against. That's why I said, we have had questions.On the other hand, I have had the privilege of befriending some awesome folks who just happen to be of Asian descent -- one of which, is Japanese. He and I met in the Middle East. We became fast friends. At some point during the course of our friendship I happened to mention that I always wanted to go to Japan, and that I might want to take up residence there for a while. He looked me straight in my eyes and told me to only go there to visit, but not to try to stay there because I would have a hard time renting an apartment because I am black. Now, I cared an awful lot for this friend of mine, and I know he cared a great deal for me as well. He was trying to spare my feelings because he knew I had no idea of the racism there.Yes Rebecca, we could talk for hours about the quiet racism between blacks and Asians. I hate it! I hate that anyone is judged by the color of their skin or their ethnicity. It's sick! It's stupid! It's futile! But nonetheless, it does happen. Blacks do need to come together better as a race. Blacks do need to develop a stronger marketplace presence. This is not to take away from anyone else, but the only way to truly develop unity with anyone else is to develop unity within ourselves.I like what I have heard several Asians say lately, that they know racism exists within their community-- especially racism against blacks. However, this is the wonderful part about it, Rebecca, we don't have to resort to becoming ostriches by burying our heads in politically correct sand while our huge bodies are standing out for the whole world to see. Even though Eng's message was tactless, it still brought about a massive wave of dialog between blacks and Asians on an issue that does indeed exist. I don't know about you, but I thank him for that. We can address this matter as it is. We CAN tackle it head on, by continuing to develop honest, open communication about this subject and come to a better understanding for our future. It's like G.I. Joe says, “Knowing it is half the battle.” I suppose the other half is up to us.
I would like to invite Asians who are interested in intellectual dialouge with African Americans on subjects that matter. Instead of having preconcieved notions and ill stereotypes of the mind, let solvesome of the with a first hand chat. Come join us at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Considering Kenneth Eng grew up in such a cosmopolitan city as New York and went to such august institutions as NYU, its hard to believe he has such views as he does. But he does and I think there are some good reasons:- he does not know how to look at all the available facts (after I sent him a simple inquiry of whether he'd like to answer a few questions for my blog, he sent me a nasty reply, assuming I was white)- the research he does do apparently is done to support the views he already has, without any consideration for facts that may change his original theory/opinion.I've had bad experiences with people of other races and even with members of my own, possibly even more so because I am Filipino, married to a black man. But bad experiences are no excuse for faulty logic, thinking and intolerance. After all, as the saying goes, what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger.
What makes me sad about this whole thing is that it really signifies how far AsianWeek has dropped in the quality of its publication. There was a time when AsianWeek was providing decent coverage on issues of national and regional importance to Asian Americans. I actually used AsianWeek a lot as a resource in my undergrad academic research and for some other professional writing I've done relating to Asian American communities.In regards to the current controversy, I am not as upset at Kenneth Eng (who is clearly a troubled individual) as I am with Samson Wong and the Fangs who have steadily eroded any credibility AsianWeek might have once had.
She has a strong voice, not common with Asianshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kal6gysSgJA&mode=related&search=
can he make it in the UShttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5FSPlxCYHI&mode=related&search=
You do not see this everyday, a brotha dancing to Japanese hip hophttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In0bn2c0Q6s
Why Asian Americans have virtually failed at becoming popular musicians?Norah Jones is Asian.So is Sanjaya Malakar.
FYI: The Chinese community has a social event planned for this month in Long Island, New York.:Asian-American Cultural Festival of Long Island, New York --Building Bridges & Promoting Awareness & Appreciation for Cultural Diversity.Sunday, March 11, 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Student Activities Center.If you have any questions, contact Wang Center, Stonybrook University at 631-632-4400, and ask for my friend SUNITA MUKHI, an Indian, who is the Director of Asian-American programs at Stonybrook University, Long Island. Each month she hosts several very interesting programs.1:00–5:00 p.m.Free Admission. All are welcome.Multi-Cultural Booths with Crafts, Live Music, Literature, Costumes. Small Group Performances/Lectures. Tea Ceremony and Cultural Displays by the Tzu Chi Foundation. Children’s Live Interactive Show5:00–9:00 p.m.Reserved Tickets: $20Presentation of AwardsClassical Performances by Asian ArtistsDelicious Asian Fusion Buffet DinnerSpectacular Raffle DrawingFor more information Download flier:http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/wang/AACultural%20FestivalFlier.doc.pdf.Jaya Kamlani
An Update:Hello Everyone,The 5-day forum I was referring to where Americans of all races and colors will come together is the USSF Forum, to be held from June 27 – July 1, 2007. Each year it is held in a different country. This year it is being held in Atlanta, USA. It is the first time it is being held in the U.S. Last year it was held in Venezuela, and attended by over 100,000 people. The Forum has a very wide agenda to address various issues important to the Americans. Organizations signing up for the forum will bring their own large tents and set it up on the grounds to hold discussions or give presentations. I assume that means making arrangements for the chairs for the tent as well. Asian-Americans, for example, could set up a tent to discuss race-relations, or select a subject from the wide array of topics suggested on the website.From the menu displayed at the top of the website www.ussf2007.org select “FAQ” option (Frequently Asked Questions). You will read why the South, and why Atlanta was chosen as the city to host the first USSF conference in the U.S. Why? Because it is the birthplace of Reverend Martin Luther King and the Civil Right Movement.When you select the “News” option from the Menu, you will find various articles worth reading. One of them explains that the African-Americans want to open a dialogue with the Mexicans because undocumented Mexican workers in the U.S have been taking away their jobs in the south. On the “News” index page, you will also find an article “Bringing it back home…” written by Eric Tang, an Asian-American from New York, who is involved with the USSF effort. Eric declares, “The Social Forum process is not so much about putting aside differences, as it is about placing them at the center—of bringing whole movements and whole selves to the table…” Perhaps the Asian-American leaders would like to get in touch with him for his views on USSF participation and the proposal submission process.The “Materials,” option from the Menu guides you through the proposal submission process, how to plan for it, how to register, who should attend the 5-day seminar to be held from June 27 – July 1, 2007.Given below is the response I received from my friend Alice Lovelace, National Lead Staff Organizer of the USSF Forum. She has a Masters in “Conflict Resolution,” is a social activist and known in the African-American community. If you select the “Contacts” option from the website Menu, you will find her name and other contact names with their pertinent information. Also read “About USSF” and Home page for more details on the social forum. I hope the USSF Conference can provide a platform for the Asian community to connect with the African-Americans and find ways on how we can all work together in the future.Jaya Kamlani*****************************************************************Jaya,The social forum is self organized. This means we do not organize any sessions, organizations that will attend the social forum submit proposals for programs and as long as they are in line with the social forum principles, they are accepted.If you have a group that will be attending the social forum they can submit this proposal. You do not need anyone’s permission or approval.In terms of getting involved in programming for the USSF, the process for getting a program on the schedule includes:You must register as an organization: registration for organizations is on a sliding scale—you can register up to three people from your organization for one fee between $125-$300. You may register as many people as you wish.Once you register, you can submit proposals for programs.Please visit the website to view the call for submissions.www.ussf2007.orgI hope this is useful.AlicePosted by Jaya Kamlani
Keep these articles coming. I can;t wait for the next Mr. Hyphen event!
stephen chow would NOT make a good bruce lee. thing is, bruce lee is well known as an icon, and often, ignorant people use bruce lee in racial comments. stephen chow is not exactly the model for asian men that will break any stereotypes, as he is a rather, scrawny, small guy, not particularly attractive. he has established himself in the media here (as well as in asia!) as a wildly comedic actor (he's hilarious) so it will be hard to take him seriously as bruce lee. it just sounds like a joke to me. the man who portrays bruce lee should be one with a more serious, dignified air. stephen chow just has a silly vibe to him. and plus--people don't usually harp on this because of lee's famously large mop hair--but lee was rather handsome, and had a great athletic yet slim build. stephen chow...i am a fan of him, but he is not the most handsome man on this planet, and is rather scrawny...if you get my drift. when will we see strapping young handsome asian men in the american media to undo the damage done by william hung?
"Not to surprised": "We've always assumed that Asians felt superior to us, now we know that our suspicions on that premise are correct – thanks for bringing that issue to light to not only your Asian counterparts, but also, to the world"and "Your prejudice is deeper than you think. Asians, as a whole, especially those of Chinese and Japanese descent, have a superiority complex about every race – even over some Asians, like Cambodians, Filipinos, and other Asian groups that aren't either light complected enough, or industrious enough in their eyes."yet you say: "Judge people not as a collective race, color or creed. Size everyone up individually." In your two earlier statements, I feel as if you were lumping me into one big mass of Asians ("Asians as a whole...")--both American and on the entire continent of Asia, yet you ask Kenneth to size everyone up individually.The reason why people in the Asian American community are upset is that they feel that what Kenneth Eng said does not speak for them. I am upset that you have categorically placed me along with him.I don't think that Kenneth denies he is prejudiced, nor is he Buddhist, nor (I don't think) is he a kung fu practitioner. (All I can tell is that he likes dragons!) From what he has said, he is a racist because of the racist comments he's received. If black Americans have "always assumed that Asians felt superior to us," then what are your thoughts on this?
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