By Rei Tanotsuka, 17 April 2021.
“Racial issues among nations do not surface in normal times, but in wartime, when governments are under extreme psychological stress, racial principles tend to be neglected. So it is easier to say, “Since they’re Asians, why not do it?” Clouds above the Hill: A Historical Novel of the Russo-Japanese War, Volume 2, by Shiba Ryōtarō, Phyllis Birnbaum
Got a YouTube recommendation the other day, yet ANOTHER social experiment meant to highlight that anti Asian racism in the West isn’t really real “real”. Afterall, look at everyone who jumped in to defend the Asian sapling who left his Japanese nursery to branch out in the West…..
Here’s the plot: Asian boy meets middle aged White man while seeking instructions to the nearest Maccas (McDonald’s). The victim (Asian) and perpetrator (White) are in collusion to create a racist encounter, whereby unsuspecting bystanders (who get accosted to give directions), react. What’s the verdict? Noone is racist!
What’s wrong with showcasing this? In times of a low ethnocentric tide, maybe nothing. Now? These videos add ample oxygen to a political conflagration which will leave a demographic scorched! We already have to contend with the issue of Asian visibility (in that we don’t even register on the radar of most Westerner’s consciousness), and now we surreptitiously tell the world that the lootings, maiming and murders of Asians on the news is just hyperbole?
“…….many scientific grantmaking agencies do not consider Asian Americans an at-risk group, says psychologist Vivian Tseng, PhD…….Being invisible is damaging in itself because the way in which you’re suffering goes unseen, largely ignored and overlooked,” says Tseng. And while many groups experience discrimination, the invisibility Asian Americans face is “pernicious on its own and can ultimately cause even more suffering.” Countering stereotypes about Asian Americans
Trying desperately to dismantle another racist stereotype via social experiments designed to defend the egalitarian Western facade, we have a contemporary “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” moment, this time involving a yellow primate, and guess what? Everyone approves of the affable Asian fiance! *The following social experiment was conducted before the hate pandemic.
However, let’s hear from someone who doesn’t do scripts….
The dichotomous nature of Western media pits the issue of Asian racism between one of non-existence, and a diurnal gladiatorial blood bath! For anyone who has anything to do with social media (80% of Australians), this is nothing but an induction course to the world of bi polarity – we simply don’t know WHAT to believe!
Are those social experiments correct? Do we indeed live in a world where everyone who bears witness to racism, will display a level of gallantry akin to Malcolm X in fighting the racist? Afterall, EVERY SINGLE person who ended up in those videos, stood up against the racist and proved to be MORE livid and indignant than the victim himself! Should I now resign from my role as a pro Asian keyboard warrior, don on some fluffy jimjams and hit snooze?
Hell no! THIS is what happens when people are filmed outside of a script!
I’ve often wondered to myself, eversince Instagram hit the screens, how did we suddenly birth a legion of busty 40 inches, sporting 23 inch waists with alien angelic faces? Has nature’s gene pool spontaneously mutated from mousy, pimply, short and stout (or big ‘n’ burly) to Swedish mannequin seemingly overnight?….oh, it’s just APP-netics (app “genetics”)! Every blemish is extirpated, legs are on permanent extension mode, and a gravity defying ass is achieved through a swipe on the touchscreen and not hours at the gym. So too, with trying to prove that Western enlightened values have miraculously incarnated into its citizen body by using these ridiculously doctored, “clandestinely” filmed social experiments.
These days, in lieu of seeing white hoody Mike, stake in one hand and burning cross in the other as a rightful threat, we are now supposed to believe that hooded white jumpsuits are just figure flattering. The stake and burning cross? Mere contributions to a backyard barbie! Should Mike “accidentally” holocaust his Asian neighbours (10 of them in swift succession), he’s just CLUMSY! It ain’t no hate crime unless Mike makes a formal declaration of “It’s true your honour, I deliberately tried to flame grill 10 Chong’s because I HATE ASIANS!”. That’s right, it’s got to be on that level of articulation, or else our deaths don’t configure as anything more than a “bad day’s” musing.
My conjecture is, all the footage where the Japanese kid or Asian fiance (in the above videos) were ignored, shunned or attacked, NEVER made the cut, only the sequences which “confirmed” the bias of the West NOT being racist got shown. Think about it, if the social experiment world was indeed the “real” one, HOW do we get these? *Note, some videos hark back 11 years, a time where Western racism could NOT be assigned to a simple fear of an airborne virus!
Do you need me to give MORE examples or will the 15 suffice? If you need more, just hit me up, I’ve got A LOT MORE on my list…..
So who are our heroes if not…..them?
You know how movies and social media experiments always feature a White knight saving our yellow asses from life’s perils ? Let’s see what happens in the real world……
You mean it’s our OWN BOYS who are defending us? Hold up, isn’t that the job of a Cruise or a Damon? You mean it’s actually a Wang or a Lee who comes through for us? Well I for one, feel duped! I was waiting for the White saviour, only to find out that our HEROES ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE US……I’m gobsmacked!
What a novel idea! Asian saviours for Asian causes! How befitting that the role of the Asian hero is ASIAN and truthfully, it’s always been this way! The Damon’s and Cruise’s were NEVER defending our walls, or penning haikus mourning the ephemeral nature of life. Whether we were planning strategies of warfare, or painting the transient nature of our time through metaphors of cascading sakura’s at the culmination of a battle, it’s was always us, and it will always to be us!
Afterall, we are the one’s who know firsthand the feeling of eclipsing the legendary Beatles, only to be mocked by a batch of Spaniards fit for nothing more sophisticated than dung rolling…….
Only we know the promise of an Eldorado of fair Asian representation in Western media, but to end up in Shaft’s ville, where our share of the pie is a whopping 15% less for work we can do with equal aplomb.
What to “believe”
Don’t believe in anything YOU CAN’T EVINCE in a tangible way for yourself!
Even I, a lowly English teacher in the land of the Rising Sun, was told a White face was inherently more valuable than mine by WHITE PEOPLE, and NOT by the Japanese themselves. This is the BIGGEST crock of shit they’ve ever spun.
I got THE MOST air time in a national commercial advertising English classes for a particular University. Why? Because when Japanese people decide, SANS White Western involvement dictating WHO gets to appear and in what ratio, they deemed A YELLOW FACE, yes MY yellow face, to be MORE VALUABLE in “pulling” in students, than A WHITE MUG! When I opened my own school I DOUBLED to TRIPLED the asking rate of White guys and guess what? I got it! I’m WORTH IT!
The next time anyone tells you the only people who can save you, don’t look like you, or that you aren’t “worth” as much as them, you tell them the FUCK RIGHT OFF!
Their delusion is built on prejudice, build your value system based on TRUTH!