Hollywood Roundup XXIII

Bull S01E05: Afropean female with European father is the girlfriend to an European male, Latina maid, Afropean homosexual male is planning to date an European male.

vlcsnap-2016-10-27-22h05m58s122Quantico S02E02: First non-token East Asian male character, heterosexualized Latino male (upper chest nudity [x2], thinks he is God’s gift to females), heterosexualized European male (romantic with Parrish, upper chest nudity), S02E03: Continued heterosexualization of the Euro-Latino male, S02E04: European male upper chest nudity, focus on Euro-Latino, European and Chinese male bodies, predictably right after sexualizing the Chinese male, it is insinuated that he’s a suicidal homosexual in denial hiding behind fervent Catholicism.

Star Trek Beyond (2016): Heterosexualization of European male (upper chest nudity [x2], relationship with green alien female), East Asian male heterosexualization (kissing European female) predictably derailed by subsequent East Asian feminization (homosexual couple with girl child).

Criminal Minds S01E05: Afropean female flirts with Afropean male while two European females giggle in lust, S01E07: Afropean doesn’t want children but will “stick to practising”, European female with former Afropean husband, S02E10: Arab terrorist, when terrorist claims that his family was bombed, Euro-American male refers to it a “stray bombing” (because anti-US terrorists have no valid reason to be angry), more information on the bombing is said to have been blamed on Hezbollah but the Egyptian government labelled it a US-Israeli stray bombing, anti-capitalist arguments are made into the illogical ramblings of a terrorist, S01E16: European female gawks at Nordic male, indigenous American episode with a proud Apache warrior, S01E18: European female states that were she not a lesbian, she would sex an aged European male, Eurasian plays male Korean detective, European female kisses geeky Nordic male, Afropean male likes European female, S01E19: Homosexual Mexican male, bisexual homosexual male, Mexican male murderer dresses as a woman, S01E21: Saudi terrorist/rapist, Afropean male and Latina flirt with each other, European male and Afropean female CIA operatives having an affair, S01E22: Afropean male heterosexualization (upper chest nudity, easily picks up Afropean female), while in Jamaica, an European female is instantly attracted to European male, S02E16: European male has two Afropean girlfriends, S02E19: East Asian female medical doctor, S02E20: Ukrainian crime syndicate, S03E01: Afropean male forensic pathologist, S03E08: European male described as “smoking hot”, Latina prostitute, S03E11: Heterosexualized Nordic male (girlfriend, upper chest nudity), S03E12: Irish mobster, S03E14: European male and female in a relationship, criminal-minds-s03e17S03E17: European female propositions Euro-Latino male for sex, European female agent in relationship with European male, Latina detective sexually desires Afropean agent.

Thin Blue Line (UK): S01E01: European male officer likes Indian female officer, S01E02: Indian female officer wants to sex European male firefighter, S01E03: European male wants to sex Indian officer, S02E05: English town desperately
wants investment from some East Asian country i.e. economic perilism, S02E06: heterosexualized European male (cocky, kisses European female, upper chest nudity, is a MI6 spy).

Bracken’s World (1970) S02E11: European male and East Asian girlfriend.

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Hollywood Roundup XXII

Lethal Weapon S01E01: Heterosexualized European male (policeman, pregnant Latina wife, not scared of bullets, able to shoot a vehicle at a long distance, upper chest nudity, navy seal war hero, easy beats up two men with guns), Afropean male heterosexualization (Afropean wife willing to perform felattio, 3 children, policeman), Afro-Euro buddy trope, heterosexualized dead Latino male (former seal, wife and son, works in security).

Van Helsing S01E01: European male heterosexualization (upper chest nudity, violence, military profession), Afropean female forensic pathologist, S01E02: Afropean male medical doctor.

Chicago Med S02E01: Afropean male medical doctor and African medical doctor who is a so-called “Orthodox Jew”.

Grey’s Anatomy S13E01: Afropean female doctor was hot on one European male doctor and is now hot on another European male doctor, Afropean male doctor has child with European female doctor.

The Night Of S01E01: Nerdy Asian Indian male sexes European female, Afropean male basketballers who don’t care about academic studies, S01E02: European male with African wife and Afropean son, S01E04: elderly European male sexes Afropean female whore.

Animal Kingdom S01E07: European male upper chest nudity [x7], homosexual European male passionately kisses East Asian female, his European brother sexes said East Asian female (Suteara Vaughn), European male and female have sex, S01E08: European male upper chest nudity [x3], S01E09: European male sexes European female, European male sexes Latina married to his brother, S01E10: European male and female have sex.

Racist Michigan Rhymes

Rhymes collected from Michigan State Normal College students in 1914-1915.

Eenie, meeny, miny, mo;
Catch a nigger by the toe;
When he hollers, make him pay
Fifty dollars every day

Chink, chink, Chinaman,
How much are your geese?
Chink, chink, Chinaman,
Fifty cents apiece.
Chink, chink, Chinaman,
That’s too dear.
Chink, chink, Chinaman,
You get out of here.

Did you ever, ever, ever,
In your life, life, life,
See a nigger, nigger, nigger,
Kiss his wife, wife, wife?

I know something I won’t tell,
Three little niggers in a peanut-shell;
One was black, one was blacker,
One was the color of chawin’ tobacker.

Nigger, nigger, never die;
Teapot nose and china eye;
Kinky hair and crooked toes,
That’s the way the nigger goes.

Red, white and blue;
Your mother is a Jew;
Your father is a Dago;
So are you.

SOURCE: Gardner, E. 1918. Some Counting-out Rhymes in Michigan. The Journal of American Folklore 31(122): 521-536.

Repost: The Metamorphosis of Irwin Tang

Growing up Chinese-American in College Station, Irwin Tang experienced the challenge of being a minority among minorities in a small Texas town. After struggling to define his identity, he began to channel his frustrations and confusion into writing, first in the form of hip-hop lyrics and later as journalism and fiction. Tang has written for Asian Week, The Nation, and National Public Radio. He’s also been a longtime political activist, working with César Chávez and the United Farm Workers and leading student political coalitions. In 2000, he published The Texas Aggie Bonfire: Tradition and Tragedy at Texas A&M in response to the 1999 bonfire collapse that killed 12 students. Five years later he self-published How I Became a Black Man and Other Metamorphoses, a collection of autobiographical short stories that explores racism, Asian-American history, and existentialism. A revised edition was published in February. Currently he is working on Asian Texans: Our Histories and Our Lives, which will be published by University of Texas Press.

Recently the Observer spoke with Tang. The following is an excerpt of that conversation.

Texas Observer: In the title story of your book, you describe your struggles growing up as an Asian-American in College Station, struggling to identify yourself when you weren’t black or white. The story describes your metaphorical “metamorphoses” and how you grew to accept and embrace your identity. How do you define yourself now?

Irwin Tang: I am an American, an Asian-American, a Chinese, a Chinese-American, a modern-traditional mash, a multiculture clash … a misplaced yellow man, a slave to desire and consumption, a microbe of the market, and a rebel against every aspect of colony.

TO: What is the most autobiographical story in this collection of short stories?

IT: It is all autobiographical. Every story is based on some very important aspect of my life and my personality. The story about the law student and the gang banger. That has so much to do with my conflict, my sort of moral dilemma being the friend of someone who I thought was doing wrong things, and also, at the same time, my wanting to be that gang banger, that gangster, that’s “Two, One.” “Burials and Upheavals” is straight family history. The other stories are often told in the sort of poetic or frantic or over the top or circuitous and obtuse voice. “Burials and Upheavals” has a much more relaxed tone with just a slight reverence towards my parents and my ancestors, which is so very Chinese of me.

TO: So what was it like growing up as a Chinese-American in College Station?

IT: I think the worst part of it was the constancy of racism, ostracism, harassment, violence, and the complete, utter alienation of what seemed to be the entire world. I was born there, born in downtown Bryan—which is kind of a ghost town now—and lived there my first 22 years.

One image that really haunted me and haunts the stories in the book—even though a lot of the stories are funny—is the image of the noose that was hung on the tree in my front yard when I was 12 years old.

I also grew up in the small, tight Chinese community in College Station. It was constantly growing during my time there. My father was the second Chinese professor at A&M, and it just grew from there. But there were very few kids; there were mostly graduate students and professors. When I was growing up, the vast majority of kids were black or white. I was the only Chinese kid in my class, so I would deal with the taunts and stuff. One of the things I always noticed—maybe in middle school—was that the black kids weren’t picking on me. So my identification with black culture began in sort of a very negative sense—in the sense that I liked the black kids because they weren’t trying to beat me up; they weren’t ganging up on me. Once in a while, one of them might stand up for me, and so I was very open to black culture. It didn’t seem weird to me that—as my sister had put it—I had become one of the “brothers” in high school. But it seemed weird to other people.

TO: What do you think has been the biggest breakthrough for Asian-Americans in American media?

IT: The biggest breakthrough? That’s really hard to say. The sad part of it is that America has a history of separating Asian-American men and women. The greatest breakthroughs for Asian-Americans in the media have all been for Asian-American women; they’re much more easily accepted by the American public. The greatest breakthroughs would be like The Joy Luck Club, both the book and the movie, where it’s all about Asian-American women, mothers and daughters, with white men and negative portrayals of Asian-American men.

I would tell people to go see movies that really capture our humanity. Go see two recent releases, which might be considered breakthroughs. Go see Americanese. And Lane Nishikawa just made a movie about the Japanese-American 42nd regiment and combat team, Only the Brave. Those two movies are very different from anything that has been made for the mainstream. Better Luck Tomorrow also, I guess. Those are all extremely recent movies. But of course there’s more in literature, but it’s predominantly Asian-American women. American publishers feel a lot more comfortable with [Asian-American women writers] because they know that Amy Tan was a great commodity. You know, even though Chang-Rae Lee, who’s a man, might be a great writer or Ha Jin might be a great writer, they’re not as sure of a thing as Amy Tan.

TO: Why did you establish your publishing company, the It Works?

IT: I established it first in the year 2000 when I published a book about the Texas A&M bonfire. I didn’t want to write a book about the bonfire. I wanted to publish other people’s essays about the bonfire, but I realized after researching and starting to write that I had a book on my hands, and it’s probably the most honest book ever written about Texas A&M because it incorporates both the reverence for the Aggie Spirit and the actual history of Texas A&M and some of the more disturbing aspects of the culture at A&M.

The reason why it’s called the “it works” is because “it” is the most generic thing that there is, and the most American thing that there is, is “it,” a pronoun possibly meaning anything. And “it” is also my initials (laughs).

TO: You’re also doing a book, Asian Texans: Our Histories and Our Lives.

IT: It’s a history of Asian-Americans in Texas, and it’s being published by the University of Texas Press. It will be out between 2007 and 2008. I’m the principal author and editor; there are other writers who contributed chapters to the book. It’s a straight-up history, but it stresses the voices and lives of certain individual Asian-Americans, or Asian Texans rather, and it’s just a fascinating, fascinating history because our history is so closely intertwined with the African-Americans and especially the Mexicans and Mexican-Americans of Texas and war and all sorts of wild events. The Chinese were willing to do all sorts of stuff to survive in this nation. Just in those first few decades, I don’t know how many thousands or tens of thousands died violently—either killed or as a result of their working conditions. The Japanese were sending the boys off to fight World War II for the United States, even as they themselves were being interned in prison camps. There’s so many moving stories because so many people had to go through so much. Even my parents, when they first moved to College Station back in 1967, there were people writing letters to the editor because of the growing Chinese population, [telling us] that we should all take our sperm back to China, so I imagine that this was the attitude that so many Asians encountered when they came to Texas, the first ones especially. Unusually, one of the first places around which the Chinese settled in Texas, was just north of College Station, in Robertson County. It’s where the very first large groups of Chinese settled because they worked on the railroads, and they ended up settling within the black community in Robertson County, back in the 1870s.

TO: How long have you been working on this book?

IT: Since 2002.

TO: What’s the most compelling information you’ve discovered about the history of Asians in Texans?

IT: In light of the current immigration debate, one of the most compelling aspects of Asian-Texan history has to do with the immigration of Asians into and through Texas after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Because of anti-Asian immigration legislation, Asians were the first (and for many decades the only) illegal immigrants of the United States. The Border Patrol was formed to stop Asian immigrants, and the Department of Labor deported Asians caught without residence papers. As a result of this, the El Paso Chinatown became one of the most important Chinatowns in the nation, as illegal Asian immigrants crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States and attempted to hide at first in the El Paso Chinatown.

From El Paso, the immigrants would often hop on a box car to other places in the nation. El Paso was most likely the most important stop on what was known by immigration officials as the Asian “underground railroad.” Many of these early Asian immigrants—almost all were men—married Mexican and Mexican-American women. Similarly, many of the very first Chinese railroad workers in Texas married African-American women. And so these very early biracial communities were formed. A biracial young woman named Herlinda Wong Chew helped about 200 Chinese-Mexicans escape from Pancho Villa and into El Paso during the Mexican Revolution. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Chinese were treated terribly in Mexico. When the Mexican Revolution began, the Chinese were natural scapegoats. Hundreds of Chinese—and even their Mexican wives—were killed by the revolutionaries.

Some of them helped U.S. General John J. Pershing hunt in vain for Pancho Villa, and they tried to return to the United States with Pershing. But they were at first blocked at the border because of the Chinese Exclusion Act. With the help of General Pershing, these Chinese, who became known as the Pershing Chinese, were allowed into the United States. They worked for years for the U.S. Army until Congress passed what was essentially the first political asylum law in U.S. history. The Pershing Chinese settled in San Antonio, El Paso, and Houston, found Chinese, Mexican, and white wives, and established grocery stores and restaurants.

TO: What has influenced you to focus on Asian-American issues in your writing? What are your goals as a fiction writer and as a journalist?

IT: As a writer of nonfiction, I like to seek out what has not been written; I like to write what hasn’t been written. And there’s such a huge sort of void when it comes to Asian-Americans. There is so much that has not been written about our history, about our lives, about our points of view, our humanity. It’s like a big pile of gold sitting there. It’s also extremely compelling to me because the stories of immigrants and their children are always exciting. Sometimes you can’t not write about something—like when Shaquille O’Neal was taunting Yao Ming with those racial taunts and no one was saying anything, no one was writing anything about it.

I tried to get the Los Angeles Times, AP, Sports Illustrated, all these people to write about this, and no one would—they didn’t think it was a story. So, I had to write it, and luckily it became a compelling story within the sports culture, and as a result, the sports culture in America has changed in its attitude toward Asian-Americans. You know, since then when Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said that the Cowboys had “Jap” plays, meaning “sneaky” plays, he was immediately censured by the mass media, whereas before the Shaq incident, that sort of thing would have just been accepted.

Former Observer intern Sofia Resnick is a freelance writer based in Austin. To learn more about Irwin Tang, visit http://www.irwinbooks.com.

[ https://www.texasobserver.org/2251-the-metamorphosis-of-irwin-tang/ ]

Hollywood Roundup XXI

quantico-s02e01 quantico-s02e01-1Quantico S01E01: Afropean US president and European wife, European and Afropean male kissing, multiple muscled European male upper chest nudity, one East Asian male (not as muscled), one muscled Afropean male, one muscled Euro-Latino male, Euro-Latino male lusts after Afropean female.

Superstore S02E01: Afropean male in wheelchair plans to sex an European female six times but only six times so as to teach her a lesson in transgender acceptance (oversexed Afro stereotype).

MacGyver S01E01 (2016): Heterosexualized Nordic male (sexes Nordic female, upper chest nudity, flirts with girlfriend), 3 shouting Arab males with guns … shot dead, Eurasian female with European surname, East Asian male baddie, token Afropean male sidekick to Nordic male, Euro male dated Euro female, Chinese ex-military baddie plans to detonate biological weapon to kill millions in San Francisco, Chinese baddie is blown to bits, Afropean sidekick lusts after European female (i.e Afropean male is heterosexualized but subordinate to Nordic male aka Nordic = alpha male, Afropean = beta male).

high-maintenence-s01e01High Maintenance S01E01: Effeminate African male, muscular Afropean male with Latina girlfriend who breaks up with him.

Designated Survivor S01E02: Eurasian female with European male partner, Arabs and ‘Asian’ Indians profiled in the aftermath of a terrorist bombing.

Hollywood Roundup XX

Suite Life of Zach and Cody (2005-2007) – Paris Tilton’s (Brenda Song) boyfriend is Hebrewpean lifeguard Lance Fishman (played by Hebrewpean Aaron Musicant).

Bonanza S01E09: Little Joe lusts after Native girl princess Sarah, elderly Ben Carwright beats up a younger Englishman in a fist fight (transl: Europeans become superior when Americanized), S02E34: drunken, elderly, Euro-American male Mr. Hill (Sam Hill’s father) while trying to impress a prostitute, insinuates that on his travels to ‘the Orient’ he met a Polynesian/Melanesian princess who vigorously sexed him.

Without a Trace S01E13: Afropean male Chet Collins was married to an Asian female and his son was kidnapped. There is an Afropean-East Asian child adoption issue where European males kidnap Afropean-East Asian children to sell them for adoption to Afropean-East couples. Two Afropean male-East Asian female couples are shown even though such pairing are extremely rare.

Star Trek (2009): Indian male Captain Robau (Faran Tahir) is killed by aliens (dead token – no character development), newly appointed captain George Kirk sacrifices himself to save his spaceship even though seconds before his wife gave birth (the brave, logical, self-sacrificing European saviour), James Kirk (played by a Hebrewpean) as a pre-adolescent child drives a car off a cliff just for an adrenaline rush (the free, rebellious, independent-minded, not afraid of danger or consequences European male), even the half (European) human/Vulcan male Spock is independent and not afraid of consequences when he spurns acceptance to the Vulcan Science Academy, Kirk wants to sex an Afropean female and picks a fight with three European males and one East Asian male over said Afropean (sexually suave, proud, self assured, violent European masculinity), Kirk is said to be very intelligent, Kirk sexes green female alien with scenes of upper chest nudity (sexually potent and confident European male), Afropean female catches Kirk in an affair yet is only playfully disgusted with him (non-European females and even alien ones, desperately desire European penis), token chinks and niggers scattered throughout movie to give the illusion that the future will be equitable to everyone inclusive of aliens, even when sick, Kirk tries to pick up females, Afro-Latina Uhura kisses and comforts Spock, Kirk violently challenges Captain Spock’s authority (independent European male motif), European and European/Vulcan males save Earth from destruction. Hebrew affirmative action: Chris Pine, Leonard Nimoy, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder, Jacob Kogan, J. Abrams (dir), Alex Kurtzman (prod), Damon Lindelof (prod).

Bull S01E01: Alyssa Yang sexes homosexual European male (Brandon Peters), she ends up dead on a beach. Brandon’s girlfriend is Hebrewpean but he’s in a relationship with her Hebrewpean father. Jason Bull (name implies sexual proficiency and unbridled strength) is a cocky, intelligent European male PhD psychologist previously married to a Latina, homosexual Afropean male stylist, Alyssa was a straight A student (model minority) and drug dealer (beware those sneaky chinks). Steven Spielberg (executive producer), S01E02: Dr. Bull has 3 psychology PhDs, East Asian female Mary was married to European Ken Fowler who was having an affair with a Nordic female (notice that East Asian female trend).