On Yellow Fever (again!)

I’ve tried to write this blog several times but my anger gets the best of me and I end up typing out rage influenced hate letters to people who piss me off. Like the people who are searching “mail order asian wifes” (not wives, but wifes) and then coming to my blog because I wrote about Debbie Lum’s web series “They’re All So Beautiful” which centers around “yellow fever” and “asian fetish”. (however, I’m quite glad they’re coming to my blog. I just wish I could see their disappointment when they start reading!)

Now that I’ve got that out of the way, I really want to write my two cents about this failure of a video, “Asian Girlz” by Day Above Ground.  (BTW–the band so graciously took the video down and recorded a whole new song about the American dream. Give me a break.)

We all understand that it’s racist, they make it obvious. I can only assume they know they made a huge error when they went to lengths to defend their song by saying that “it’s not meant to be racist” and “how could it be racist? we’re multicultural!”

Outside of the overt racism in this video the lyrics alone are violent and perpetuate rape culture. The band has made the claim that the video is supposed to be satirical. But I would like to point out that satire often goes hand and in hand with irony and humor. There is nothing humorous about rape culture when it is rooted in white supremacy, Orientalism, and colonialism. One cannot put out something, call it satire and ignore the legacy of Asian women who have been subjected to white supremacist male sexual violence. Dehumanizing people isn’t ironic, satirical, or humorous.

Come on sit on my lap (right here baby)

Or we’ll send you back

And you age so well

I can barely tell

17 or 23? 

Baby doesn’t matter to me

Congratulations to you Day Above Ground, you have successfully contributed to the masses of Orientalist based media that continues to misrepresent the lived experience of Asian women.  As Edward Said coined the term, simply put Orientalism is a way of looking at the “East” through a Western lens as backwards or distorted, this often happens in art and literature. “Asian Girlz” is a perfect example of this.

The best thing to come from Day Above Ground putting out some racist and sexually violent bull crap they call music are the reactions.

Check out Kristina Wong and her take down of Levy Tran and Day Above Ground

Also, these twitter reactions are the best.

Lastly, Joe Anselm does a Q & A and proves he has no idea what satire is and is thus using it as a crutch.

 

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it’s FRIIIIDAY

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Happy (almost) Weekend lovelies! I’m excited to be back in Chicago after a week in the middle of nowhere Indiana. I don’t have any rigid plans for the weekend other than continuing to apply for jobs and enjoy the last month of summer. I rather enjoy taking it slow on weekends and having the ability to soak it all in. What about you? Any fun plans this weekend? 

To start your weekend off right here are some links I want to share with you:

One of my favorite Feminist Tumblrs

These charred corn crepes look AMAZING

Some pretty cool, thought provoking summer reads 

The very worst thing on the internet right now

I’m totally obsessed with Orange is the New Black

You all should be reading Virgie Tovar’s Blog

and finally:

A RECIPE FOR THAI ICED TEA (i’m excited)

Have a great weekend all!

it’s FRIDAY.

I hope that when you read my all my caps yelling, you imagine Oprah yelling. I am also sitting in a very cold cafe as I write this and I’m imagining Oprah yelling, “IT’S FREEEEEZING IN HERE”.

So, like every other blogger out there I’m turning Friday into a great link round-up. It will be filled with things to entertain you while you avoid actual work on a Friday.

+The New Girl and Feminism. I’ll take it!

+Jimmy Kimmel and some dum-dums at Coachella. This interview is totes the best.

+Science vs. Dove: The “Science” behind the Dove ad that has gone viral.

+Beer Battered Fried Olives. Self-Explanatory.

+Oakland and Gentrification. It’s complicated.

+Food Critic Pug. COME ON!

on being a women and gender studies major

according to my eager colleagues in my program at SFSU, graduation is in just a mere 7 weeks (!!!!)

this terrifies and excites me all at the same time.

i’m terrified because i have no idea what i’m going to do post-grad, and also because college has been my life for the past eight years.

i’m excited because higher education has ruled my life for eight years, and i’m ready for a break.

i have been in and out of higher education for eight years, attending four different colleges, and creating relationships with folks that i truly believe will change our world.

the one consistent factor about a majority of my education has been my major: women and gender studies. the major that will fuck up your world lens, make you question everything, and force you to become an even bigger asshole than you might already be. the major has been my constant  throughout every bump in road in my life.

here are the reasons why i love and loath the major:

-it’s interdisciplinary. or multidisciplinary. or whatever. its everything. philosophy. ethnic studies. social justice studies. political science. feminist studies. economics. fucking science. and i get to learn all about it through a feminist lens. so thank whoever for that.

-it’s challenging. in every way. in academia. in life outside of the classroom. in your relationship with your long time boyfriend. in the food you eat.

-you meet the most amazing people, from all walks of life, with the most brilliant outlooks on shit, with the strongest voices that carry for miles and miles. for reals, you all need to be one the lookout for these amazing folks. (there will a nice long bog about these folks)

-there is so much talk about privilege in our discourse that people often get carried away and don’t recognize their own.

-i have no sense of humor, whatsoever. i’m pretty sure i did before majoring in WGS but i’m okay without it now.

I’m really grateful for my time as a WGS major and all of the people that I have met. (and even the cynicism.)