Sum Ting Wong V

Parts I here, II here, III here and IV here

ALPHABETICAL LISTING (I-L)

Japanese Story (2003): Sue Brooks’ recent Japanese Story joins an array of prominent Australian films from the last 3 decades in which Asian characters are ‘sacrificed’ for the sake of the white protagonists’ emotional fulfillment. The film does very little to shift prevailing cultural stereotypes about the Japanese. The character Hiro (Gotaro Tsunashima) functions merely as a cipher for Sandy’s (Toni Collette) own process of self-discovery, and he is conveniently eliminated once he has served his purpose. The film continues a long tradition in Australian cinema whereby Asian characters are denied autonomy as characters (Khoo 2004).

JAG (2003): From imdb, “A young Marine pilot, who is also a Vietnamese refugee from the fall of Saigon, comes under suspicion of taking part in human trafficking, along with his wife, who is also from Vietnam.”

Just Shoot Me (1997-2003): Was watching Just Shoot Me last night. Without getting into the episode’s details, Nina’s skanky wild granddaughter was making out with some Asian dude at a restaurant. Observing this, Nina says to someone on the phone, “She’s busy. Having Chinese.” What’s up with that? A freakin’ at the Chinese man’s expense. At first I thought, whoa, Asian man is getting some play with a hot white girl. But alas, they brought in an Asian guy just for the sake of one stupid line. That’s racist! [angryasianman].

The King and I: “A “classic” Hollywood musical movie originally released in 1956 and starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner. Kerr plays Anna Leonowens, a widowed British teacher hired to teach English to the children of King Mongkut of Siam, played by Brynner – who is white. In the process of teaching English to the heirs Anna also “enlightens” the King with modern (read: Western) philosophies and values. The casting of a white actor to play the role of an Asian king and the stereotyping of and condescensions towards Asians would have been perhaps excused for the original film as a product of its time, had it not been for the fact that an animated remake of the same title by Disney and a sequel, “Anna and the King” (starring Jodie Foster and Yun-Fat Chow), were both released in 1999 to continue the stereotyping of Asians. Both releases received rather poor reviews by the critics, but particularly the animated version which flopped.” [link unknown].

King of the Hill (1997-2010): Laotian father gives his daughter a boy’s name because he wanted a boy.

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects (1989): Japanese businessmen frequent bars for sex with prostitutes. Japanese males molest Japanese females on trains and a Japanese businessman gropes two European females (Kashiwabara 1996).

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998): Elderly Chinese man confesses to sleeping with his wife’s sister.

The Lover (1991): Tony Leung Ka Fai stars as a weak, effeminate, Chinese playboy pining for the love of a white teenager (Jane March) in French colonial Vietnam. Based on the novel by Margueritte Duras. The credits bill Leung as “The Chinaman.” One love scene features the girl’s thoughts in voiceover as she describes her lover’s body as being devoid of any signs of masculinity (except for “the sex”). [ModelMinority forum review].

Las Vegas (2004): S01E15, Eurasian Ian Anthony Dale plays the cocky Jonathan Tam, who wants to have sex with a certain European female. He is tricked into being handcuffed to a bed and then stripped naked. Thinking that he is in for sex, the female leaves him as a present for a large, European prostitute named Sandy.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2002): In S01E06, a man mentions Asian businessmen coming to America and using prostitutes.

Law & Order (1994): S05E03, shows economically powerful Asian men who use their money to buy and abuse white women…..The plot revolves around a blonde American who has killed her Japanese male boss, Mr. Hiyashi. Her defense is that she had been forced into prostitution and physically abused at his hands, and therefore had acted in self-defense (Kashiwabara 1996).

Law & Order (2004): S14E22, A Japanese woman is gunned down. Her husband, also Japanese, reports to police that the perp was an African-American male. It turns out that it was a conspiracy that involves the Yakuza. The script also portrays Asian-Americans as being racist towards African-Americans [ModelMinority forum review].

Lie to Me (2009): S01E04, the Korean ambassador’s son is to marry a Nordic-American woman (Phoebe). He gets shot in the wedding. It is revealed that he has a gambling problem and that Phoebe’s  previous husband was the shooter.

Lost (2004-2010): ABC’s “Lost” perpetuates different forms of Asian stereotypes, according to Yu. In a recent episode, a non-English speaking Korean couple has marital problems. The husband is portrayed as a domineering, angry and abusive man who tries to control his submissive, dutiful but fearful wife. He yells and she cries throughout the episode. The depiction of the Asian men as abusive, callous wife beaters is prominently displayed in “Lost.” Furthermore, the stereotype of Asian females as submissive, obedient beings permeates other media forms (Kim 2006).

SOURCES:

Kashiwabara, A. 1996. Vanishing Son: The Appearance, Disappearance, and Assimilation of the Asian-American Man in American Mainstream Media. Senior Honors Thesis in Political Science, UC Berkeley. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/Amydoc.html [accessed: 2013-07-24].

Khoo. Olivia. 2004. The sacrificial Asian in Australian film. Real/Time 59: 15. http://realtimearts.net/article/issue59/7336 [accessed: 2013-07-08].

Kim, Leland. 2005. Media Criticism: Local Paper Covers Asian Americans Positively, But Negative Stereotypes Persist In Mainstream Media. The Cardinal Inquirer. http://web.archive.org/web/20060902182633/http://inquirer.stanford.edu/Fall2004/ldkim/Stereotypes.html

Is race coded by DNA?

As per my comments/discussion here: Thabiti on the Myth of Race:

  • DNA of and by itself is an objective reality, it exists whether we believe it or not.
  • The use of DNA codes to affirm an argument for the existence of races is interpretive.
  • DNA is not code, DNA contains code.
  • DNA refers to a particular molecular structural configuration of certain combinatory atomic sequences which afford various functionality to an organism.
  • Said functionality can lead to the interpretation of information contained or coded by the DNA sequence.

Thus,

  • DNA => objective
  • Codes contained in DNA’s structure => interpretive.

For a hopefully clearer example, let us imagine that human X was fully sequenced.

  • This sequence is objective.
  • However, no one can deduce X’s mental character because this is not fully coded in the sequence (to some extent the sequence may indicate IQ potential for instance)
  • The sequence does not code for race.
  • The sequence codes for functionality which produces an appropriate physical structure [conditioned by multiple variables such as environment, natural mutation and chance], some parts of which can then be interpreted as indicative of ‘race.’

Someone who thus says:

Information “codes” are not interpretive. If you believe don’t that (sic), then there is no objective reality possible to you, ….

is conflating form (DNA structure) with function (the effect of DNA information). And when they state that:

Race, like it or not, exists. It goes all the way to the genes. An Anthropologist can examine the bones and tell the race of the dead person. There are many documented differences among the races and it is stupid to ignore them or claim they don’t exist.

they are incorrect about the scope of anthropological application and also about race in genetics. Races may exist as an explanatory concept which is validated (to some extent) by genetic data and the interpretation of said data (the data being derived from function).

However, this does not mean that race is an objective reality, only that one interpretation (the concept of race) of an objective reality (DNA structure) has useful application.

So is race coded by DNA? Conceptually, it is a possibility but objectively it is not.

Given the fickle nature of definitions of ‘race’ and the changing nature of genetics with respect to available knowledge, it may be best to think of race only as a possibly useful descriptive concept but with multiple limitations in applicability.

Penile Anthropometry by Country

small_penisPenile length and girth variation by country, no analysis or guarantee (go to primary sources for yourself), HERE [updates pending]

More Chinese studies (in Chinese) HERE

Update 2013-07-13: A new self-reported study on US men has been published and the comments seem to indicate that some US men are not too happy about being judged by the size of their ‘jewels.’

Sum Ting Wong IV

Parts I here, II here and III here

ALPHABETICAL LISTING (G-H)

Girls of the White Orchid (1983): The supposedly true story of the Yakuza coercing European women to be their sex slaves, complete with attempted rape scene

Gleaming the Cube (1989): The East Asian male adopted brother of a European male is murdered and his East Asian girlfriend falls in love with the European brother

The Goddess of 1967: Rose Byrne plays a blind Australian girl who convinces an eccentric Japanese man to travel across the country with her in search of her father … the sex scene between the 2 characters is rendered as a site of ‘connection’, with Byrne ‘on top.’ Cross-cultural exchange and understanding is made to be heterosexually resolvable, but only through a reconfiguration of gender relations applied to a hierarchy of race [Khoo (2004)]

Green Berets: Viet Cong are portrayed as rapists with irrepressible sexual habits [Cho et al. (2001)]

Glee: Eurasian coach Tanaka wants to marry a European female who is herself in love with a married European male

Grey’s Anatomy: East Asian man’s European wife is pregnant and dying of cancer. She elects to deliver her baby and die.

Heroes: Japanese male likes Japanese female and she likes him back. However, he is a time-traveler and their romance can never be as she lives in feudal Japan and he in the present.

Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959): A Japanese architect has a brief affair with a French actress but they are both haunted by the effects of war in their respective countries

SOURCES:

Cho, Cindy., Hsiao, James., Hsu, Andy., and Bea Wang. 2001. Yellow Myths on the Silver Screen. Westerners in Asia: War Narratives.  http://web.archive.org/web/20080328152750/http://web.mit.edu/21h.153j/www/aacinema/ [accessed: 2013-07-08].

Khoo. Olivia. 2004. The sacrificial Asian in Australian film. Real/Time 59: 15. http://realtimearts.net/article/issue59/7336 [accessed: 2013-07-08].