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I don't understand this trend particularly when the majority of
Asian American couples in this country are Asian male and Asian female
pairings. I don't see the media doing this with any other group of
people. Shouldn't Asian Americans who have influence in the media raise
a concern about this? I just don't see this as right when the media
doesn't do this to any other ethnic group or race. Why do they think
that Asian Americans would tolerate these kinds of portrayals to the
extent that they make up a majority of pairings in the media without a
sense of insensitivity and indignation towards Asian Americans as a
whole? I don't have a problem with interracial relationships but when
the media continually prefer to portray Af/Wm pairing as some sort of
normality over Am/Af pairing, Asian Americans should feel a certain
amount of indignation from these kinds of depictions. Also, why is it
that the media rarely if ever at all depict Am/wf pairings particularly
when a portion of Asian interracial relationships are between Asian
males and white females? Isn't there a racist double standard here?
Shouldn't Asian Americans as a whole make a concerted effort to correct
negative portrayals and stereotypical portrayals of their image if for
nothing more than to assert the dignity of Asian people?
A friend sent this to me, so I posted it here:
I've had it. When I go out shopping, I sometimes run across young Asian
women (first-generation born here, I can tell because they often shop
with their mothers) who have no clue on how to dress. It appears that
the goal is to spend as much of daddy's money as possible while making
the whole ensemble as hideous and unflattering as possible. Stiletto
high heels with too-tight blue jeans and a low-cut red blouse that is
two sizes too small. Cowboy boots with miniskirts. Flaming red or green
hair that looks like something from London punk scene circa 1979. Too
much eye makeup. Too much ugly jewelry.
The owner of the business for which I work was born in Taiwan. He has
two daughters that fit right into this mold. Can't somebody do
something? American girls in the same age bracket show a lot more
Around here it's the Chinese and Koreans who dress up when they go out.
It's the Chinese and Koreans who have their kids take piano and singing
lessons. It's the Chinese and Koreans who take ballroom dancing
classes. It's the Chinese and Koreans who wear evening gowns to go to a
Chinese restaurant (are you kidding me?). Often the styles are not
flattering, as they are designed for European bodies. It's like they
came to America, made some money, and now want to 'buy' into Western
culture as fast as possible; but they are trying too hard.
Of course, they always look ridiculous. The "Western culture" they are
trying to adapt to no longer exists! Those ballroom dances are attended
only by Koreans and Chinese! Americans couldn't care less about that
Now the men look just as ridiculous, but in a different way. They wear
cheap polyester blend business suits when smart-dressing Americans
would wear a stylish sports coat and slacks (made of natural fibers),
and when they're not wearing a suit, they sport old-fashioned leisure
wear that nobody wears anymore. It's like they bought their clothes on
a trip in a time machine set for 1972! Where do they even find this
crap? They look so stupid! And where do the men get their hair cut? At
the Three Stooges barber shop?
When I get dressed up to go out, it's not in a business suit. That's
stupid. Business suits are daytime wear, for business. That's why
they're called "business suits". And if it's not tailored, forget it!
It looks even worse! NEVER, EVER wear a business suit in the evening.
NEVER, EVER wear a cheap suit! NEVER, EVER wear a suit that isn't
When I get dressed up, I wear Joseph Abboud and Mondo di Marco slacks
and shirts, and sweaters, and Italian shoes. All natural fabrics.
WHY DOESN'T SOMEBODY TELL THEM HOW RIDICULOUS THEY LOOK?
The Asian understanding of American culture is shallow and insincere.
It's utterly absurd and frankly disturbing. If you want to come here,
fine. If you want to become Americans, fine. But don't insult us by
dressing like caricatures of Americans and participating in activities
we don't care about anymore. America today is about making money and
enjoying life and our freedoms. We care little about "high culture" in
the old-fashioned sense of the term, and when we do we take it with a
relaxed attitude. Sure, I enjoy classical music, but I don't go around
blabbing about it in public with 30 or 40 friends and cousins. That's
another trouble with these Asians: they do everything in groups. They
all look the same and dress the same ridiculous way. I don't think they
really care at all about 'Western culture"; it's just a commodity to
buy or something to wear like anything else.