Monday, July 15, 2013

Asian Stereotypes Are True!


Are Asian Stereotypes true?  That is a question that has become a raging debate between Asians and non-Asians in America.  Comedians always bring up the subject about Asian stereotypes since it makes a great source of comedic material.  However, Asians are often ridiculed for these stereotypes and these labels tend to be a catalyst for other cultures to fully understand the Asian culture.

Asians are Bad Drivers



Asians are known to make the best cars in the world (e.g. Lexus, Nissan, Kia, Hyundai etc.,) but to say that they "can't drive" is a negative stereotype.

I wonder who is test-driving these cars on the company's test track?   It can't be an Asian right?

It's too bad that one Asian driver may have started the negative stereotype with an accident that led a non-Asian to proclaim that all "Asians are bad drivers."  The debate is a hot topic on discussion forums on the internet with Asians and non-Asians arguing whether the stereotype is true or false.  There are even some Asians who agree with the negative label, telling about some of their experiences with friends and family members.  Most of the blistering comments come from non-Asians directed mostly towards Asian females and old drivers.

Insurance companies cannot release information on Asian drivers or any culture and which group is the leading cause of accidents since it is illegal and discriminatory.

Couldn't we just peek at the insurance statistics just to end the debate?

Nah.

This is an argument that won't come to an end soon.  

Asian Men have SMALL DONGS!

(photo by methodshop.com)

The negative stereotype about Asian men having small gentalia is a derogatory label and goes way "below the belt," no pun intended.  This issue is a stigma that plagues all Asian men and is constantly talked about by stand-up comedians and the media.

This is also a hot topic among Asians and non-Asians on the internet!  On most discussion forums, non-Asian women have come to the defense of Asian men.  In one forum, one woman remarked how her ex-Asian boyfriend was bigger than her non-Asian boyfriends.  In contrast, non-Asian men have used their observations in bath houses and gym lockers, as well as Asian porn films, as PROOF of the stereotype.

American women say "size doesn't matter" but American men look at their manhood with a sense of pride if they have a big schlong or become embarrassed if they have small one.

In reality, not all non-Asian males are well-endowed and not all Asian men are small either since studies show that it all depends on a man's height and build.

Statistically speaking, Asian-American and Asian men are getting bigger and taller year after year.

That means . . . well you can figure that out.    

Asians Can't Speak English and Labeled Anti-Social

(Photo by Jess Damen)

America is a land filled with immigrants and Asians are no exception. Years ago, like the Europeans before them, Asians did not speak English and found it difficult fitting-in to the American culture at first.  Being a part of a new culture was difficult, especially for the older generation.  While the younger generation assimilated easily into society and learned the English language, the older generation had a harder time adjusting.

Like all immigrants before them, they were often ridiculed for their accent, their unique looks, and ignorance towards the new culture in America.  Most Americans, who mock these foreigners, obviously forgot about where they came from and the difficulty their families had when they first arrived into America as newcomers.

The U.S. is the most accommodating country in the world for new immigrants.  They have speakers of every dialect or reading material in a certain language to help them.  Unlike most foreign countries, an American would be lost on most international continents if they didn't know the native language.

Most newcomers in America would be dubbed "anti-social" if they find it difficult to settle in.

If only Americans could put themselves in an immigrant's shoes and see how it feels like to be labeled an "outcast."

Asians are CHEAP
            

A vendor in an Asian market. (photo courtesy of epSos.de

What culture doesn't like to have a good deal when buying something?   Every culture is notorious for having shrewd business people in their group.

Who doesn't like to save money on everything you buy?

This trait is not regulated to Asians!

Every culture wants to make money and save money at the same time!

Asians Don't Know Sports But they Know Martial Arts

Asians DO what they do best--martial arts! (Photo by Japanworld.info)

NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin is helping to destroy the myth of the negative Asian stereotype in basketball and in sports in general.  There is a stereotype that Asians are too short and weak to play any sports but the emergence of Lin and other Asians in other sports has changed that perception.

And, no, not every Asian knows martial arts!

In basketball, former Houston Rocket center Yao Ming was an anomaly at 7 foot 6 inch and did well in the NBA before injuries slowed him down and forced him to retire.  Despite Yao's emergence, there was still a belief that Asians could not play the athletic positions of forward and guard in the NBA.  Lin helped change that perception in the 2011-2012 season with the New York Knicks and proved he belonged in the league by averaging 13 pts and 6 assists for Houston during the 2012-2013 regular season.  While there are lingering doubts about his skills, Lin is an important cog of the Houston Rockets.        

The NFL has a few half-blooded Asians like Will Demps, Haruki Nakamura, Hines Ward, and Chris Gocong, and pure-blooded Asians like Tennessee Titans lineman Eugene Amano and former Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Dat Nguyen and former New England Patriots offensive lineman Eugene Chung.  There  are not many Asian football players in the NFL but it takes one player at a time to change the negative perception.

Baseball has the biggest population of Asian players like Yu Darvish (Texas Rangers), Ichiro Suzuki (NY Yankees), Shin Shoo-Choo (Cincinnati Reds), Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), Ryu Hyun-Jin (L.A. Dodgers), just to name a few.  Current Asian players are just as big and tall as their non-Asian counterparts. Years ago, Asians were valued as pitchers but Ichiro changed the perception that an Asian player can play in the skill positions as well.

Asians excel in many other types of sports like boxing, golf, bowling, soccer, and various Olympic sports!

Asians may be few in certain sports but thanks to a change in diet and a positive perception of sports in Asian-American households, they are making great strides to produce the next Michael Jordan or Joe Montana or Mickey Mantle.

Asians eat CATS and DOGS!



Asians in Southeast Asia are notorious for eating domesticated animals such as cats and dogs.  It is an acquired taste for some and isn't strange like other cultures famous for eating muskrat, rabbit, possum, insects, kangaroo, horse, and other animals.

Every culture has an unusual food.

Why should Asian cuisine be treated any different?

Hollywood, The Leader of Asian Stereotypes

Ken Jeong is a fine actor but Hollywood has pegged him into Asian stereotype roles as a "funnyman and buffoon."  (photo by flickeflu.com)  
It is no secret that Hollywood spreads Asian stereotypes with regularity in all their movies and television shows.  Heck, they are infamous for casting non-Asians to play Asians!  They are a major reason why Asian stereotypes have permeated among non-Asians in America.

Many Americans believe these labels and beliefs which are fully "supported" in films and television. Hollywood has found a way to pigeonhole Asian actors into roles that play to these stereotypes.

Can you blame Asian actors, who don't have many roles to choose from, accepting these acting jobs that tend to belittle their Asian heritage?    

Most  Asian actors on film and tv play the stereotypical "funny man or village idiot." In other roles, they are cast as villains.

Despite hearing continued protests from Asian organizations and supporters over the years, Hollywood continues to cast non-Asians as Asians in films/TV and place Asian actors in stereotypical roles.             

ASIAN STEREOTYPES:  Some Compliments!

Despite all the negative stereotypes listed here, we had to include some "good" stereotypes too!

#1 Asians are HARD WORKERS

It's a great compliment that someone labels Asians as hard workers.  That's way better than calling a certain race "lazy and stupid."  However, let's be real here.  Not every Asian is a hard worker, especially in this age of "don't work harder, work smarter."   Believe it or not, there are a few Asian slackers out there.

#2 Asians are GREAT in School

Asians are praised for their studies, which is a good thing.  The Asian-born kids are praised more than the American-born Asians.  However, NOT all Asians are whizzes in academics.  Don't be disappointed if you run into an Asian, who can't solve a math problem to "save his or her life."


#3 Asians are in the Medical Profession

Not every Asian works in the medical profession. There are  Asians working at every corporate level and every industry you can think of.  Yes, Asians have come along way from being gardeners and laborers, and have grown to become bona fide professionals.

#4 Asians are well-educated and have High Incomes

Although Asians make up only 5% of the American population, Pew Research Center found that Asian households have the highest income when compared to other racial groups and deemed the best educated group in the U.S..

When Will Asian Stereotypes End?


A diverse group of young students in America. (photo by timeinc.net)
There is NO formal study to indicate that these negative Asian stereotypes are true or false.  There is no way to gauge that these labels are correct or incorrect since it varies from one person to another.

For every hard-working and successful Asian, there is a lazy and indifferent Asian.  For every highly-educated Asian family, there is a family of Asians at the poverty-level.  The stereotypes vary, with some Asians breaking from the norm.  

Like all immigrants before them, Asians came into the country with nothing.  Some just came with just the clothes on their back.  And, like all immigrants, many worked hard at their jobs so that their children could live a better life.  Others had the entrepreneurial spirit and became successful business owners.

Since the beginning of time, there has always been backlash whenever a new culture arrives in the neighborhood.  HATERS create these stereotypes to put down the "new culture" and that's common for all races who come to America.

Call it America's way of welcoming a new culture.  

Asian stereotypes will never end as long as haters are still around.

Only good and positive people can look past the stereotype and know the real truth and the beauty of the Asian culture.            




Monday, July 8, 2013

Jeremy Lin May Be Out After Dwight Howard Deal!


Jeremy Lin may see his last days in a Houston Rockets uniform when the organization made a move for center Dwight Howard and other players.  The Dwight Howard signing comes at the same time when the team drafted dynamic point guard Isaiah Canaan and re-signed 3 point specialist Francisco Garcia.  Sources indicate that  Lin's tenure with the team may be in jeopardy after a poor 2012-2013 season in which he was replaced during stretches of the regular season by Toney Douglas and eventually by Patrick Beverley in the playoffs.  His performance diminished considerably ever since James Harden was traded to the team.   More often than not, Lin found himself playing "second fiddle" to Harden and became more of a defensive liability rather than an offensive force.

The Howard deal has intensified questions concerning Lin, who signed a 3 year/$25M deal, and his name has been linked to several trade rumors and part of Houston's plan to clear cap space in anticipation of signing the former Laker center to a long-term deal.  Recently, Rockets center Omer Asik was so incensed after hearing his name linked to trade  rumors that he asked Houston to trade him.  Sources said that management has no plans to trade the 7 foot center.

The Rockets see more value in Asik, who had a productive regular season averaging 10 points and 11 rebounds during the regular season.  By comparison, Jeremy Lin had a miserable season averaging 13.1 ppg and 6 assists followed by a terrible performance in the playoffs in which he averaged 4 ppg and 2 assists before bowing out due to injury.

His regular-season performance with the Rockets was nowhere near the level of excitement he created in that one month with the New York Knicks in February 2012 when he became a worldwide sensation.  Lin has turned into a "shell of his former-self" and became a passive player preferring to become a facilitator alongside teammate James Harden.  Gone from his repertoire was the the aggressive shooting-and-driving inside the paint player that was on full-display in Madison Square Garden.  His current game has become turnover-prone and markedly inconsistent, showing flashes of brilliance on only a few occasions.   Many critics suspect that opposing players have "figured him out" and have turned him into an average player at best.    

Jeremy Lin (second from left) sits on the Houston Rockets bench.  (source wikipedia.org)
Bill Ingram on HoopsHype (July 6, 2013) reported from a source that Houston wants to move Jeremy Lin but there is little interest among other teams.

The Houston Rockets have a talented duo in Dwight Howard and James Harden but they are looking for a third superstar to complete their version of the BIG 3.  It seems logical that unloading the combined salaries of Asik and Lin totalling $16M would make sense.  However, Houston sees Asik as a viable backup to Howard and Houston head coach Kevin McHale envisions the two becoming like the "twin towers" of Rockets' past when they had 7 foot Hakeem Olajuwon and 7 foot 4 inch Ralph Sampson playing together in 1983-1987.

The organization has already labeled draftee Canaan as their "point guard of the future."  With the Houston Rockets stocked with point guards, that leaves Jeremy Lin the odd-man out.

Sources:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1695715-after-dwight-howard-rockets-other-deals-writings-on-the-wall-for-jeremy-lin


                

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Asian Film Directors Dominate 2013!

(photo by Wikimedia.org)
Asian film directors led 3 American blockbuster movies and had their biggest year yet in 2013.  Overall, these critically-acclaimed directors helmed 7 films with a variety of genres:  drama, action, horror, and science-fiction.  The year also marked the debut of 2 famed Korean directors, who were both making their first foray into English-language films.  With several notable Asian films making their debut in America, the year was filled with Asian film directors making their mark.

ASIAN FILM DIRECTORS:  Summer Blockbusters!  

Blockbuster films AFTER EARTH directed by M. Night Shyamalan, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION directed Jon M. Chu, and FAST AND FURIOUS 6 directed by Justin Lin, marked the first time in Hollywood history that 3 Asian-American directors would debut their big-budget films in one year!

FAST AND FURIOUS 6 went bonkers at the box-office with $230M domestically and $437M overseas.  Lin has helmed the last 3 films of the FAST AND FURIOUS series (2009, 2011, and 2013), with each film breaking box-office records every time.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION did well at the box-office, finishing with $122M domestically and $249M overseas.  The ensemble film, starring Dwayne THE ROCK Johnson, Channing Tatum, and Byung Hun-Lee, is the just the second in a film franchise that is expected to be highly-successful.

AFTER EARTH may have been a mild disappointment with $57M domestic but the film's $114M earnings overseas turned a profit for the movie starring Will Smith and son Jaden.

Director M. Night Shyamalan (photo by wikimedia.org)

ASIAN FILM DIRECTORS:  Mixed Results    

The Dean of Asian film directors, Ang Lee, started the year off with a bang with LIFE OF PI, winning the Oscar for Best Director at the 2013 Academy Awards.  According to Box Office Mojo, LIFE OF PI not only became a critical success but it also did well at the box-office, bringing in more than $600M worldwide ($124M domestic, $484M overseas).  

The year also marked the debut of critically-acclaimed Korean Director Kim Ji-Woon, who directed his first English-language film, THE LAST STAND, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Released in late January, THE LAST STAND also signaled the return of Schwarzenegger to the big screen.  Despite favorable reviews, the film was a box-office disappointment.  It should be noted that it wasn't a good year overall for action stars Dwayne THE ROCK Johnson (SNITCH), Bruce Willis (A GOOD YEAR TO DIE HARD), and Arnold, who had lower than expected box-office returns.

2013 also saw the debut of famed Korean director Park Chan-wook in the psychological-thriller STOKER.  The independent film starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska was a hit at the Sundance festival earlier in the year.  The critically-acclaimed film had modest success at the box-office when it was released in March.

Bollywood director Ayan Mukerji had a successful debut at the American box-office with his Bollywood film YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI.  The film starring Ranbir Kapoor was ranked #9 among Indian films making their debut in U.S. cinema.  The popularity of Bollywood films keeps growing with no sign of stopping among a fan base consisting of Indian immigrants and Bollywood fans in America.

Director James Wan  (photo by wikimedia.org)
 ASIAN FILM DIRECTORS:  Upcoming Films

Famed horror director James Wan (SAW series, DEAD SILENCE, INSIDIOUS) is expected to have a big year with the release of two horror films:  THE CONJURING (July 19) and INSIDIOUS PART 2 (September 13).

Japanese horror director Takashi Shimizu (Ju-On: The Grudge series and the American versions THE GRUDGE and THE GRUDGE 2) returns to American cinema on August 12 with the supernatural horror film, 7500.

Critically-acclaimed Chinese director Wong Kar Wai is set to release THE GRANDMASTER (August 23), the highly anticipated film on legendary martial arts master Yip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee. The controversial film took 10 years to develop.

Director Ang Lee (photo by wikimedia.org)

A Very Good Year

2013 has been good year for Asian film directors and there is hope that their stock will continue to rise in Hollywood.  The success of these directors is no fluke and can be credited to their considerable talent and hard work.  

As more Asian film directors are entering the American film industry, it is with hope that this becomes the first step to truly diversifying Hollywood.

Check out the trailers of upcoming films:









Sources:

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=1000ae.htm

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=fast6.htm

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=gijoe2.htm



 

 

    

Monday, June 17, 2013

Why the Elimination of Judith Hill May Change THE VOICE!


There is no doubt that professional singer Judith Hill is super talented and has a bright future but her shocking elimination on THE VOICE on Tuesday May 28 raised many questions about why the American public did not vote for her and it may be the reason why a change to the format of the hit show may be inevitable.

The African-Japanese-American beauty was a popular fixture on Season 4 and her path to the finals appeared to be "locked up" before her surprising elimination in the round of 16.  The shocking result caught all the judges and the audience by surprise, which led Hill's mentor and Coach Adam Levine to utter the controversial words, "I hate this country". There is no clear explanation as to why Hill was eliminated but there are reasons which are NOT related to her talent that led to her downfall on THE VOICE.

The once-backup singer to Michael Jackson was a remarkable talent on the show but some critics including Rolling Stone writer Katy Kroll believe that voters may have perceived her "to be too polished and too professional to win THE VOICE."   For some reason, Judith Hill's consistent performances week after week may have actually "turned off" voters, who felt that singers with no professional singing background, were more deserving to win the show.

If Judith Hill's resume was not revealed on THE VOICE, there is a good chance that she would still be on the show based on her singing ability alone.

THE VOICE may be a singing show but it is a popularity contest too and having Judith Hill's professional background being revealed may have led some voters to sympathize with the other singers, who were not fortunate enough to have extensive training like Hill.

The show does allow professional singers to audition on the show no matter what previous record label experience they've had.  The show profiles each contestant and reveals their singing background whether they are an amateur or professional. Although some voters understand that the show has a mix of amateur and professional singers, Judith Hill's elimination was unfortunate and may cause the producers of the show to re-think the mixture of "amateur" and "professional" musicians on THE VOICE.



Should there be a shakeup on THE VOICE to pit amateur versus professional singers on the show?

There should be a change so that voters can understand the clear distinction of WHO is amateur and WHO is professional.  The change in format would result in pitting professional singers against each other in one category and amateurs versus the others in another category.  The final showdown would result in the top amateur singer pitted against the professional.

There should be a criteria allowing professional singers on the show.  No high-profile singer, who had previous chart success at one point in their career, would be allowed on the show.  Backup singers like Judith Hill or singers, who had a record deal with no success, would be allowed in the competition.

There is no question that the talented singer deserved to be in the finale on Monday June 17, which has country singers the Swon Brothers and Danielle Bradbery pitted against pop music artist Michelle Chamuel.  Unfortunately, Judith Hill was deemed "overqualified" to be on THE VOICE.  




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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day, Screwed Up by "Bad Fathers"


Father's Day is the low-key holiday that no one pays much attention to because of all the bad things done by "bad fathers."  According to the annual National Retail Federation survey, Father's Day (at $13.3B) is one the lowest shopping holidays when compared to Easter ($17.2B), Valentine's Day ($18.6B), and Mother's Day ($20.7B).  Thanks to some of the Worst Fathers in History, who have either ended up in jail or committed horrific crimes or abandoned the family, the holiday remains underrated and under-appreciated.  

Sonora Smart Dodd founded the holiday back in 1910 because of her admiration for her father, William Jackson Smart, who raised 6 children as a single dad.  Her dad was definitely a "keeper" because a single man raising 6 children back in the 1800s was unheard of.   It was MEN, who resisting the idea of having such a holiday, until another woman, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, accused Congress in 1957 of "ignoring fathers while honoring mothers."  Years later, Father's Day was officially signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972.

Father's Day is a painful holiday for some, who have either been mistreated or abandoned by their dads.  For some, the memory of a bad childhood fueled by a drunken or abusive father, have caused many to become haunted and tormented by their past.

The holiday may not be a good thing to celebrate, but for those, who have managed to forgive their bad father and managed to "move-on," Father's Day is worth honoring.   Most of these victims have become good and responsible dad themselves, getting away from the legacy that was left by their father.  If there is anything good that a victim can learn from their "bad experience," is to become a better person and better father for their own family.

For the many, who have been brought up by a good father, they are considered extremely lucky and a rare breed in most cases.  It's a "big plus" if someone had both parents raise them.  I had only 9 years with my father when he passed away, but it was 9 quality years.  My mother became a single parent and she had to balance becoming a mother and a father at the same time.



Father's Day should always serve as an inspiration for new and established fathers to appreciate the role of becoming a dad.  It should be a day of reflection, more than anything else.

Oh yeah, if you get a great tie or a big screen television or a tool set, that's an added bonus.

Most important, the holiday is a good time for those, who were victims of a bad father.  This is a time to  bury the past and become the good dad your bad father couldn't be.


 
     
 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Asian Actor Criticizes Hollywood for Being "Racist!"

Famed Hong Kong actor Andy Lau  recently criticized Hollywood for being "racist." (photo from wikipedia)

Hollywood took a big blow to the chin from one of Asia's top actors, Hong Kong's Andy Lau when the box-office star labeled America's film industry as being filled with "racial discrimination."  According to Asianpopnews.com, the famed actor made the criticism on May 20 at the Cannes Film Festival when asked about landing a role in a Hollywood film in which he responded that he was "not interested" and that Tinsel town "wants to tap into the Chinese market and does not respect Chinese actors."

Andy Lau Questions Hollywood's Integrity




Andy Lau's assertion may be correct that Hollywood wants a piece of the "Chinese Entertainment Market" and are willing to include Chinese/Asian actors but to a certain extent.  Lau may have directed his comment towards the blockbuster hit "Iron Man 3" which was partly filmed in China and a Chinese-American collaboration between China's DMG Entertainment and U.S.-based Marvel Pictures.  Before its release in early May,  the Chinese and Asian media were excited about Chinese actors Fan Bingbing and Wang Xueqi being featured in the well-known franchise.

The film was made into two versions: the Chinese version for Chinese audiences and the International version for audiences outside of China.  The Bingbing and Xueqi scenes and other scenes filmed in China were included in the Chinese version of IM3 while the international version was heavily edited, cutting out key scenes involving the actors and other Chinese content much to the dismay of film critics and international audiences.  The finished international product resulted in Bingbing's scenes being cut out and Xueqi's scenes were reduced to 10 seconds of screen time.

According to Hollywood Reporter (April 25, 2013), Chinese bloggers and the media were upset with the international version for its deleted content and the reduced screen time of Xueqi and Bingbing.  Asian audiences, who watched the international cut, claimed "false advertising" by the film's trailer which touted the appearance of two of China's popular actors.  Many critics believe that the insertion of Bingbing and Xueqi in "Iron Man 3" were "token roles" and meant to please DMG and Chinese film regulators.

After the IM3 fiasco, Chinese film regulators are now on the lookout for "fake co-productions" and for films  not exhibiting "enough Chinese content."

Hollywood: Asian Stereotypes


"Elementary" star Lucy Liu also criticized Hollywood in her recent interview with Net-A-Porter magazine.  (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

The Hollywood film industry has been roundly criticized for its missteps using Caucasian/non-Asian actors for playing "Asian roles" in such recent films as "Cloud Atlas" (2012), "The Last Airbender" (2010) and in "Dragonball Revolution" (2009).   The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) blasted "Cloud Atlas" for the "poorly done Asian eye prosthetics to make Caucasian men look Asian."   MANAA President Guy Aoki was amazed that the film's Caucasian actors Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, and James D'Arcy were cast as "Asian actors."

Prominent Asian actors have been regulated to supporting roles rather than in lead roles in major Hollywood films with the belief that they cannot carry an American film in a starring role. Asian actors are commonly portrayed as "the villain" or "comic relief" or martial artist or sidekick/subservient to a Caucasian/non-Asian actor.

Overall, Asian actors have been "boxed in" to portray the Asian stereotype of being "buffoons and village idiots" or cast as foreigners with thick accents on television and film. Rarely do they have the opportunity to star in major American films and be portrayed as "sex symbols" or in strong dominant roles.  

Asian-American actress Lucy Liu talked candidly about "racism in Hollywood" in a recent interview with Net-A-Porter magazine.  She criticized Hollywood for giving her "Asian stereotype" roles in the beginning of her career.  She's been cast as a "martial artist" in "Charlie's Angels" and "Kill Bill," and as a prostitute linked to the Chinese mafia in "Payback."

Amazingly, her current role in the television show "Elementary" defied all logic when she was cast as "Watson" which is a male character in the Sherlock Holmes crime-drama. The brave casting decision by producers Carl Beverly and Rob Doherty initially brought protest by some, who questioned the choice of Liu.  Many perceived the protest against Liu as being "sexist" because of her gender and for being "racist" since she is of Chinese-American descent.   Nevertheless, "Elementary" is a hit show on CBS and Lucy Liu has been hailed as a "pioneer" by the Asian-American community.  .

Hollywood Heading in the Wrong Direction 


(photo by Wikipedia)
         

It is troubling how Hollywood has transformed from being a diverse community starting from the silent era in the early 20th Century when Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa was a beloved star to being painted today as an industry steeped in racism towards Asians.   Despite mass criticism from Asian organizations, non-Asian organizations, and the media, Hollywood continues to cast Caucasian/non-Asian actors in roles meant for Asians or characters of color and place Asian actors in secondary roles filled with Asian stereotypes.

So far, no one has stepped forward to defend Hollywood for their inept decisions and casting choices.  No one has responded to Andy Lau either.

Perhaps, Mr. Lau, was telling the truth.

Sources: 

http://asianpopnews.com/andy-lau-says-no-to-hollywood/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/iron-man-3-criticized-scaling-446541

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cloud-atlas-asian-actors-yellow-face-MANAA-383070

http://www.xojane.com/entertainment/lucy-liu-talks-racism-in-hollywood



  

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bradley Cooper is "Asian," Lives with his Mom!

Bradley Cooper  (photo courtesy of Michelle Wright)

Bradley Cooper is "Asian" and living with his Mom!  The fact that the 38 year-old Italian-Irish-American actor was living with his mother was big news in the U.S. and around the world but it wasn't surprising news in Asia or to Asian-Americans, who live with their elders. In the eyes of many Westerners,  the actor's living arrangement is unusual but it is perfectly normal in the Asian world.

Bradley Cooper is "Asian":  A Necessary Living Arrangement

Just a week ago, Cooper admitted to Details magazine that he lived with his Mother Gloria.  It was an arrangement that was necessary because of the death of his Father 2 years ago and they moved in together for "support reasons."   She doesn't live on a compound or in a guest house but in the bedroom next to his.

Suddenly, Bradley Cooper becomes more of an endearing guy than ever before.  You hear so many stars having strained relationships with their parents but for Cooper to "take care" of his Mom makes him a "great guy" among Asians and other races, who take care of their elders.

For Asians, living with your parents or extended family is common in the U.S., in Asia, and around the world.  They have strong and close family ties, so living among grandparents, uncles and aunties, and other family is not unusual.  There is a strong sense of responsibility for Asian children to care for their parents when they get older.  Living together is not only the right thing for most Asian young adults to do but it makes economic sense based on the current financial climate.

These are some of the factors why Asians live with their elders:

  • No place to live yet since real estate market not affordable in their area
  • Close to family
  • Don't want to live alone
  • Parents "brainwash" them not to leave
  • Parents are rich and the kids are taking advantage living with them
  • They got no place to go




Bradley Cooper is "Asian":  Living Together With Elders Has Drawbacks

Living together doesn't come without drawbacks.  Today, some Asian children complain about the lack of freedom, the inability to forge their own identity, and how the elders become manipulative towards their situation.  Many complain about the burden of caring for the elders and are overcome with guilt when they leave the family.

More Asian children are leaving the family, choosing to live on their own.  The separation of the family unit has caused some social problems within some families who have no one to take care of the parents.  With some households having low birthrates, there is a growing problem of families having no children to care for the elderly.

Since 1999, the Asian elderly population has been increasing in nursing homes in the U.S. according to beforeitsnews.com..  The news doesn't come as a surprise since many Asian families are faced with the hardship and burden of caring for the elderly and are turning to nursing homes for help. In what was seen as a "last resort" for most Asian families has become an indispensable option today.



Living With Your Family is NOT for Everyone

Living with your family is NOT for everyone, no matter what race you are.  For hunky actor Bradley Cooper, the arrangement with his Mom may either appeal or scare his prospective girlfriend(s).  Asian men and women often complain about how their living situations with their families have "scared off" girlfriends and boyfriends.

No matter, the living arrangement with the elders is a package and, in most cases, non-negotiable.  That's why I believe Bradley Cooper is "Asian" and he has the luckiest Mom in the world.

Sources: 

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2012/07/more-hispanic-minority-elderly-going-in-to-nursing-homes-2396970.html

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/04/why-bradley-cooper-lives-with-his-mom/