Over Seas Fame

November 27, 2005

Included in the story are some California natives who are making it big in movies and TV in Singapore and Hong Kong. The reporter also interviewed some South Asian American musicians who are finding more success in the UK than in America. Even though they live right here, their music is somehow more appealing when it is released in the UK, and then find its way back to America, rather than being released initially here in the States. This begs the question, do Asian Americans fits in more in Asia (and to some degree the UK) than America? And if so, is it simply based on the fact that we look more like more people over there? It is a numbers game?

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Melissa Hung

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Melissa Hung is the founding editor of Hyphen. She was the editor in chief for the magazine's first five years and went on to serve in many other leadership roles on the staff and board for more than a decade. She is a writer and freelance journalist. Her essays and reported stories have appeared in NPR, Vogue, Pacific Standard, Longreads, and Catapult, among others. A native Texan, she lives in California. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Hollywood has a biased perception of Asians and willfully perpetuates negative stereotypes. Look at African-Americans. They have made some progress but at the end of the day what has materially changed? One can spend their whole life trying to be the 1st to do this or that in the U.S. but it can be done in Asia right away. Same thing holds true outside of Hollywood in non-entertainment fields. Why not be in Asia where one can dictate his/her own path?
I guess "dictating his/her own path" is really a questions of what do you want your path to be. Is it better to work against the biases in one's own country of go back to where someone says you came from? It's basically the same as moving to a different job market because your skills have a match there. It happens all the time within this country and is basically accepted practice in specialized fields such as academia or technology. By going into an image-dependent career like modeling or entertainment, one has to realize that visual perception is as important as work experience. Personally, I have no qualms with anyone who goes to Asia to find success- if I felt confident I could live on the gigs I get there, I would be on a plane and planning to buy a place in Singapore right now.
On the theme of finding success in Asia, does anyone know if there has been an article about Dashan on this blog/magazine? Also, will I get email notification if anyone responds to this post? I feel like I am pissing in the wind here!
Wow. Doing some more searching, maybe Dashan did not find monetary success in Asia! http://members.aol.com/lumabner/china/Dashan.htmStill pissing in the wind. Also I dont know how to post a url properly.
Program on the emergence of civilization."14 species of large animals capable of domesitcation in the history of mankind.13 from Europe, Asia and northern Africa.None from the sub-Saharan African continent. "Favor.And disfavor.They point out Africans’ failed attempts to domesticate the elephant and zebra, the latter being an animal they illustrate that had utmost importance for it's applicability in transformation from a hunting/gathering to agrarian-based civilization.The roots of racism are not of this earth.Austrailia, aboriginals:::No domesticable animals.The North American continent had none. Now 99% of that population is gone.AIDS in Africa.Organizational Heirarchy/Levels of positioning.Heirarchical order, from top to bottom:1. MUCK - perhaps have experienced multiple universal contractions (have seen multiple big bangs), creator of the artificial intelligence humans ignorantly refer to as "god"2. Perhaps some mid-level alien management3. Evil/disfavored aliens - runs day-to-day operations here and perhaps elsewhereTerrestrial management/positioning:4. Chinese/egyptians - this may be separated into the eastern and western worlds5. Romans -6. Mafia - the real-world 20th century interface that constantly turns over generationally so as to reinforce the widely-held notion of mortality7. Jews, corporation, women, politician - Evidence exisits to suggest mafia management over all these groups.Movies foreshadowing catastrophy1985 James Bond View to a Kill 1989 San Francisco Loma Prieta earthquake.Our society gives clues to the system in place. We all have heard the saying "He has more money than god." There is also an episode of the Simpsons where god meets Homer and says "I'm too old and rich for this."This is the system on earth because this is the system everywhere.20 cent/hour Chinese labor, 50 cents for material.An $80 sweater costs less than a dollar; homage, tribute kicked upstairs vindicates the creative accounting.I don't want to suggest the upper eschelons are evil and good is the fringe. But these individuals become wealthy exploiting those they hurt.They have made it abundantly clear that doing business with evil (disfavored) won't help people. They say only good would have the ear, since evil is struggling for survival, and therefore only the favored could help.The clues are there which companies are favored and which are disfavored, but they conceal it very hard because it is so crucial.I offer an example of historical proportions:::People point to Walmart and cry "anti-union".Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family's problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.Unions serve to empower.Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an enviornment where there are fewer hurdles.Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people's belief that Walmart is evil in a subsegment of the indistry dominated by the middle and lower classes.Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.The middle class is being deceived. They are being misled into the unfavored, and subsequently will have no assistance from their purchases with corporate america.I believe the coining of the term "Uncle Sam" was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton and WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.Amercia is a country of castoffs, rejects. Italy sent its criminals, malcontents.Between the thrones, the klans and kindred, they "decided" who they didn't want and acted, creating discontent and/or starvation.The u.s. is full of disfavored rejects. It is the reason for the myriad of problems not found in European countries. As far as the Rockafellers and other industrialists of the 19th century go, I suspect these aren't their real names. I suspect they were chosen to go and head this new empire.Royalty is the right way to organize a society. Dictatorships and monarchies are a reflection of the antient's hierarchical organization.Positions go to those who have favor with the rulers, as opposed to being elected.Elections bring a false sense of how the world is. Democracy misleads people.Which is why the disfavored rejects were sent to the shores of America::To keep them on the wrong path.Jews maim the body formed in the image of "god", and inflicted circumsision upon all other white people, as well as the evil that is Jesus Christ.I think about how Jews (were used to) created homosexuality among Slavics, retribution for the Holocaust.Then I think of the Catholic Church and its troubles.What connection is here between Jews and the Catholic church???If it is their sinister motives that’s behind the evil that is Jesus Christ are they being used at all?Perhaps it is them who are pulling strings.Their centuries of slavery in Egypt proves their disfavor.The Jew leaders decided to prey on the up-and-coming Europeans to try to fix their problems with the ruling elite, a recurring aspect of the elite's methodology.Jews were ostracised for a reason.Jesus Christ is a religious figure of evil. The seperatist churches formed so they could still capture the rest of the white people, keeping them worshipping the wrong god.And now they do it to people of color, Latinos and Asians, after centuries of preying upon them.Since Buddism doesn't recongnize a god, the calls are never heard, and Chinese representation is instead selected by the thrones.Budda was the Asian's Jesus Christ::: bad for the people. "They came up at the same time for a reason."Simpson's foreshadowing::Helloween IV special, Flanders is Satan. "Last one you ever suspect.""You'll see lots of nuns where you're going:::hell!!!" St. Wigham, Helloween VI, missionary work, destroying cultures.Over and over, the Simpsons was a source of education and enlightenment, a target of ridicule by the system which wishes to conceal its secrets.The advent of the modern Christmas was a brilliant move:::it creates a vested interest among those who would prefer the Church of Evil be destroyed::::As goes the Catholic Church so goes the majority of annual retail sales.The similarities between the names "Santa" and Satan" are no coincidence.I believe Islam is the one true religion, and those misled christians who attack "god"'s most favored people will pay dearly one day.
wow. Totally not on topic, but whatever. With that perspective, I feel much less crazy than usual.
deadmike, you can post using HTML tags to make links. as to getting emails, i think you have to leave your email to get an email notification.
Perhaps I need to leave my blogger url? My email is already here. I think I will wait to do it so I don't get strange essays posted to my blog (although that would I got one more visitor, bringing my total to 3!)