Anonymous asked: So you would take offense if someone dressed as your culture?
well, dude, i’m korean so i’m betting they’re clueless and would just dress as PSY.
but in all seriousness: yeah, it’s pretty offensive when some random-ass lily white child (or grown woman………) decides they can hand pick the “neat” parts of anyone’s culture and run with them. especially when they try to justify it (pro tip: if you’re white, you actually don’t get to decide what the rest of us can consider racist/offensive/etc. shocker, yeah?) you don’t have a right to anyone else’s clothes, names, traditions, etc. sorry you guys feel so entitled, but NOPE. didn’t anyone’s mother teach them not to take what wasn’t offered?
Jim Sturgess Is a Tool
After some thought, I came to the following conclusion: Jim Sturgess is a tool.
Shocking revelation, right?
But I mean it in a slightly different sense than you might initially think.
Jim could be a perfectly nice guy. He could be kind to his friends, he probably loves his family. He probably makes other jokes that people think are funny and don’t hurt anyone at all.
But he’s a tool in a direct sense, because through some combination of talent, hard work, and luck, he has become the go-to Hollywood guy to play Asian men. Before someone thinks to call John Cho, Dante Basco, Kunal Nayyar, or Archie Kao, Jim gets the first speed dial. Whether it’s replacing a real-life Asian American with a white guy or showing that Asian folks are really just reincarnated white dudes with awful prosthetic slant-eyes, Sturgess is your man.
He is the perfect tool for Hollywood to tell stories about fascinating, exotic Asian cultures without the inconvenience of having to actually cast an Asian man in any but the most demeaning of roles. He’s the perfect tool to cement the notion that American culture is perfectly complete sans anything resembling a real, flesh-and-blood Asian male.
The film industry will cast Asian women, if they stick to their place as romantic interests or exotic geishas or all-look-same submissive clones.
But if a role comes up for an Asian man that’s not a gutless eunuch or an abusive patriarch, then Jim cracks out the makeup kit. And we go back to the Hollywood of 1937.
For Jim, it’s a joke about froyo.
Anonymous asked: Why aren't more Asians offended by people adopting their culture if it's as wrong as you claim?
for starters, i’d venture to guess that not ALL asians are offended because you guys like to pick and choose the cultures that you find aesthetically pleasing by whatever weird-ass standards you have, and whole entire ethnic groups are thereby left out of this garbage. not that you’d realize that, since most people still think we’re all the same (and this “adoption” of cultures doesn’t help that, btw.)
but to answer your question: um, actually, a lot of us are pretty offended by white people (mis)appropriating our cultures. sometimes, go figure, we’re just too busy worrying about the random ass white dudes on the street asking us if we’ll “love them long time” or calling us all lucy liu and trying to look up our skirts to sit there and call out every last ignorant cracker on their fuckery. if you want examples of said offended asians aside from my occasional rants, GOOGLE THAT SHIT and educate yourself, it’s not my job and this is not a social justice blog. also, that’s super cute how you guys think of it as “adopting” like you’re doing something nice or proactive, when in fact you’re just taking shit that doesn’t belong to you and bastardizing or fetishizing it.
p.s., the one thing asians collectively do is laugh at all of the people making asses of themselves in that manner.