By Rei Tanotsuka, 19 June 2019
What do all these beautiful women have in common besides possibly an unhealthy obsession with shoes and Instagram food pics?
If you said they are all Western Asian Women, you get one point!
If you said they all exclusively or mainly date White guys, you get another point.
If you said, they are all Western Asian Women who date White guys and pretentiously claim they are advocates for Asian empowerment and broader Asian representation, you get the free trip to Hawaii, a demo model Prius and a voucher for ten servings of BUBBLE TEA!! Yeah! Congrats. Break out the champers….you’re about to go on a trip!
Ever wondered why so many Western harvested Asian women seem to prefer White men but pass it off as just ‘attraction’? Funny how they can telepathically emote attraction to someone they don’t know, have not even seen, by simply stamping a ‘White Guys only’ docket on their OkCupid menu, sorry, profile.
If they happen to see the same discriminating behaviour by say, a white guy, stating ‘White lasses only’, you can bet yo yellow/brown/white/black ass,that she’s going quibble about the racism and audacity of said white guy.
So, let’s take that trip with yours truly and tackle this whole phenomenon with the utmost honesty you will ever be called on to muster.
Like I always say, the only thing that I refuse to do now, is sugar coat reality. I’ll take the bitter capsule every time. Why? Because I only get one shot at this thing called life and I will be damned if I spend it playing a hero on a green screen.
I’m going to go outside and when I fall, I will bleed. At least the feeling will be real despite it not being pretty……..
Let’s start the story at the beginning – Yellow Peril
An important name you should know is Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German Emperor who believed his dream of symbolic Asian motifs such as dragons and Buddhas, prophesied a future Europe overrun by Eastern barbarians.
This colourful nomenclature – Yellow Peril, later took on many incarnations especially in the Anglophone Western nations. Just in case there are any Japanese readers who asininely think that Yellow Peril only referred to the Chinese (something that Japanese people are wont to do), here’s a morsel from the ethnocentric novel, The Yellow Danger, 1898, by M P Shiel.
This is the opening description of the protagonist, Dr Yen How, supposedly modelled on Dr Sun Yat- Sen, the first leader of the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party of China).
“There was something brooding, meditative, in the meaning of his long eyes; and there was a brown, and dark, and specially dirty shade in the yellow tan of his skin. He was not really a Chinaman – or rather, he was that, and more. He was the son of a Japanese father by a Chinese woman. He combined these antagonistic races into one man. In Dr Yen How was the East.”
Dr Yen How was the prototype for the arch villainous Asian – clever, sanctimonious and venal with a heart made from anthracite. Dr Fu Manchu was the progeny of Yen How.
White eyes on the yellow canvas
Another contributor to the conflagration of the Asian stature is the cartoonist George Frederick Keller. He was responsible for the above depiction of Asians which make Trump, even with his anti China rhetoric, look like a Sino loving muppet.
Keller had no qualms in painting all Asians with the same brush, using rodents as his solitary source of inspiration. The insipid cartoonist not only didn’t gain notoriety, he helped spawn The Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882. This Act put a decade long moratorium on Chinese immigration to the United States.
Note: Not only did Keller enjoy the rodent – Asian parallel, in the above cartoon he even borrowed inspiration from Udo J Keppler’s Standard Oil Octopus! Keppler’s portrayal of the stranglehold of Standard Oil on the American Congress and heavy industries, Keller now attributed to the Chinese putting their tentacles in every facet of labour leaving the White folk unemployed. Sounds quite contemporary, no?
But that was waaaaay long ago right?
In 2010, Australia decided to pay tribute to our nation’s best sniper in the Gallipoli war. Billy Sing was a trooper in the 5th Light Horse Regiment and became Australia’s most commended assassin.
Billy Sing was biracial, a son to a Shanghainese father and English mother. When the Australian mini series was made, not only was Billy a pure blooded caucasian , so was his CHINESE DAD!
Josh Davis, the son of the director, prised the plum role of Billy and the Chinese White dad role was dished out to Tony Bonner. When called out about this blatant distortion and whitewashing of a biracial Australian legend, Davis the director, claimed that there were ZERO ASIAN men in Australia who could have played the role of the dad…..I suppose that answer was reiterated in the forth coming questions regarding a biracial actor for the character of Billy.
Here’s the clincher, the ultimate line we use when we just want to vanquish a hero who is not of the white lineage:
“Asking Tony to play it as Chinese would not only have been racist and demeaning. It was also financially irrelevant — we could not have afforded the make-up,” he said. “Whatever his genetic background, his culture was Australian. To me, he’s very representative of every Australian whose parents were not born here.”
Yep, you read it correctly, the director said that as long as the story is Australian, then an actor of any race should be able to carry it off.
So to all my Asian Australian brothers and sisters, remember to audition for future roles in historical dramas paying tribute to Bob Hawke, Dorothy Hill, Nicole Kidman and Croc Dundee. You won’t even be asked to wear White face because THE STORY IS YOURS.
To read more, click here – Billy Sing
Come on, everyone knows Straya is racist but not Hollywood!!!
Billy Sing? That’s so 2010!…….Can we please talk about something recent?? (Eye roll…).
Ghost in the Shell…….2017. ScaJo…..as Motoko Kusangi….really? Yes.
According to Ms Johansson, her character who goes by the name of MOTOKO KUSANGI is “a human brain in an entirely machine body, she is essentially identity-less”. Click here to read article – Ghost in the Shell
Like wow, really……..if a Japanese comic with a main character who is Japanese, is set in Japan with Japanese themes running though the plot is STILL IDENTITY – LESS, please DEFINE IDENTITY.
The Scajo rebuttal to critics who accuse her of whitewashing, cripples the ever slight chance that I may have had, of downing a sweet aperitif before the Asian identity gets torn from limb to limb and devoured by the megalomaniacs of the West, who will not only openly poach creativity from Asians but boldly claim it was not even ASIAN!
I wonder what would happen if Asians did that?…..oh, that’s right, we get accused of IP ‘theft’ even if technological transfer requirements are written in the contractual agreements signed by Western corporations to do business in the lands of the posterity of Fu Manchus.
In the 80’s, Japan was slapped with the Plaza Accord and Super 301 of the 1974 Trade Practices Act. Now China is sanctioned, put on an Entity List and like Japan in the 80’s, subjected to wanton, rancorous propaganda.
The West has such high double standards.
Ah,come on Rei, movies are entertainment. Talk about something serious! (Eye roll……)
Harvard. Serious enough for you?
In 2014, Asian American students accused Harvard of showing bias towards students of Asian descent. Click here to read a version of the story – Havard
Instead of using only objective measures such as academic scores which will render Harvard a meritocratic University, it decided to also use arbitrary measures based on personal ratings. You know qualities that are important in say, a Miss Universe pageant – likeability, courage….the ability to swallow all the projections of the doltish questioning panel. How does one measure courage…..in an interview….with no calamity in sight?
The justification this time is “diversity” and not deliberate sabotage to keep the Asian quotient in Harvard at a bare minimum. Oh, I get it. We need diversity in areas which Asians dominate but we don’t need Asians to be visible in the media…because….of…diversity….? I am confused but I guess it’s just me.
Wait wait wait, you want more??? Sheesh, you insatiable skeptics of Yellow Peril, you!
Rei, surely you can’t find Asian discrimination in fields we professionally excel at…..can you?
Sorry, I can.
An analysis done on America’s San Francisco Bay Area using data collected from the years 2007-2015 found no meaningful upward mobility for minorities.
White women however increased management representation by 5% from 2007 – 2015, going from 12% to 17%. Asians, Blacks and Hispanics had roughly the same chance of landing an executive position, a chance that is colloquially referred to as BUCKLEY’S, by professional analysts.
“ By 2015, despite being outnumbered by Asian men and women in the entry-level professional workforce, white men and women were twice as likely as Asians to become executives and held almost 3x the number of executive jobs.” THE ILLUSION OF ASIAN SUCCESS: Ascend Scant Progress for Minorities in Cracking the Glass Ceiling from 2007–2015
This report used the EPI (Executive Parity Index) measure to ascertain executive representation of each racial group in the technology industry.
EPI is measured by using the percentage of executives in each racial group, divided by the total percentage of professionals of each racial group in the industry. For example if there were 80% Black professionals and 30% of them were executives, then we would get an EPI score of .375.
An EPI score of 1, means that the executive positions held are in proportion to the total number of professionals in the respective industry.
Asians got an EPI score of .53 meaning that Asians in executive positions were under represented by 47%. In other words, a white person is twice as likely to end up being an executive than an Asian.
Fair Enough…but…. there’s no discrimination when it comes to really important issues right…..RIGHT???
Internet is for cat videos and porn you say, if Asians were spectacularly creative and innovative enough to solve real problems, they would receive ample recognition…..surely. Probably not.
Solar Panel Tech
Almost 2 decades ago, Mitsubishi Japan made a virtual prediction of solar cells which assesses an integrated system from the resources to products. The design was based on 3 scales of production at 10 MW, 1 GW and 100 GW. The findings concluded an advantage in economies of scale between the 10 MW to 1 GW range.
This virtual design was a collaboration project between industries and Tokyo University. This finding was presented at an MIT academic conference (psst, this means a gathering of heaps of smart people) and it was IGNORED.
Subsequently a decade later, MIT published a report on solar cells with basically the same finding except for the energy payback time. MIT predicted 3 years if they were used in Boston, but the Japanese report, a decade EARLIER predicted an energy pay back time of 2 years if solar panels were installed in Tokyo.
Hiroshi Komiyama, author of Beyond the Limits to Growth says,
“….Japanese make more of the results published by researchers in the United States and Europe than these latter really deserve.”
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So …….when are we going to get to the ladies??
Weaving the tapestry to form a complete picture is de rigueur to understanding why certain weapons are utilised to impact perceptions. If we don’t go back to the origins, the conclusion we reach will most likely be flawed or outright erroneous. Now that I have whetted your appetite, you ready for the main course?
Click here for part 2 for why Western Asian women are both the victim and the perpetrator. click here to read Part 3