Photographer Takashi Yasui captures the mystique of Kyoto

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Japan is captured in spellbinding fashion by photographer Takashi Yasui in this photo series. Training his lens on well-known sights such as the Fushimi Inari and Kiyomizudera shrines, Arashiyama bamboo forest, and Gion geisha district of Kyoto, the founder of the RECO photography collective portrays them in new light and a heightened artistic sensitivity to the country’s undeniable mystique.

My name is Takashi Yasui, I’m 35 years old, and live in Osaka, Japan. Basically, I take photos in Kyoto so I call myself a “Kyoto Photographer.”  About five years ago, when my niece was born, I started taking family portraits; that’s how I got into photography.

About 4 years ago I installed “Instagram”on my iPhone and began to follow photographers from all over the world. This had a big impact on me: I met a lo of Instagrammers in Japan, leaned about photography, how to shoot, how to edit, how to find a location, composition, perspective, and things like that. Recently, I met few talented photographers from the US, Canada,  and France, and was exposed to their take on shooting. It really helped me to grow as a photographer. Now, photography is a more of a pleasure, it is a passion for me.

I’m shooting with Fujifilm X-T10, X-M1 with XF14mmF2.8 R, XF35mmF1.4 R. Editing with Lightroom, using VSCOfilm presets.

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It was a great year for Asian-American women on television

 

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We’re finally getting past all those geisha and ninja stereotypes.

Asian-American women, and women in general, have long faced the woes of horrible storylines or just plain missing from shows. This messy writing or lack of diversity on the small screen stems from the absence of minorities and women in the writers’ room.

But in 2014, we’ve seen some inspiring portrayals of Asian-American women on television that have brought dimension to ladies who are often turned into flat tropes. We still need more of these types of characters, but thankfully we’re inching toward better representation.

Headliners: 

Lucy Liu proves that Asian-American women can be leading ladies without being a stereotype. Liu is one of the most recognizable Asian-American actresses in Hollywood, known for her roles on Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill: Vol. 1, two movies that tokenized her race. But Liu currently co-stars as Dr. Joan Watson in Elementary, a modern take on Sherlock Holmes, alongside Jonny Lee Miller.

Watson is incredibly intelligent and capable, but not without flaws. She was once a surgeon, but accidentally killed a patient. Unable to trust herself, she let her medical license expire, and eventually becomes Holmes’ detective apprentice. She’s sexy, she’s smart, she makes mistakes — in short, she’s a human being.

She has her demons, but she doesn’t let anyone make her decisions for her. She’s an interesting main character who just so happens to be Asian.

More than just casting:

Television is also making progress with writing storylines centering around Asian culture. MTV’s Teen Wolf, a teenage-supernatural drama with a dark side, may be the best example. This year, the series introduced Kira Yukimura and her family.

Portrayed by Arden Cho, Kira shows that there are many ways to be Asian — in her case, Korean-Japanese. She’s also a kitsune, a mythical fox spirit with the ability to absorb electricity, plus some deadly skills with a katana.

Furthermore, Kira’s powers and one main storyline of Teen Wolf‘s third season are deeply rooted in the Japanese internment camps of the 1940s, a smear on America’s history that’s often overlooked. The mistreatment of Japanese people during World War II is a part of many Asian-Americans’ identity and experience in the United States. Integrating this part of the past into the show is an effort to bring underrepresented history to wider audiences.

Funny and flirty:

Asian-American women can be sexual and go on tons of dates. The Mindy Project features Mindy Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, a spunky OB-GYN who makes her way through a cavalcade of flings before settling down with fellow doctor Danny Castellano in the show’s latest season. While Kaling is Indian-American and might not have the same experiences as a Korean-American, she still falls under the Asian-American umbrella.

The Fox comedy is filled with sex and intimacy, showing that Asian-American women can be vocal when it comes to the bedroom. Mindy knows what she wants, when she wants it and if she doesn’t want it (as in the episode about anal sex).

The Mindy Project also flips the script on the typical dating storyline. Usually it’s a white protagonist who goes on dates with a pretty homogeneously white lineup, until bam, there’s one diverse hottie who “makes up” for being the only one (ahem, Girls). In Kaling’s show, we see her dating a crop of primarily white dudes, showing that she’s as much in control of her dating destiny as anyone else.

Room to grow: 

The one-dimensional Asian-American character on television shows still exists — take a look at Awkward‘s Ming (Jessica Lu) or Scorpion‘s Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong). Visibility is essential, but stereotyped writing can be dangerous. Fortunately, the Dr. Joan Watsons and Kira Yukimuras are making important progress toward more diverse actors getting multifaceted characters to play.

Other disenfranchised communities are also making their way to the small screen. For these minorities, including Asian-American women, increased visibility might seem slow. But while more, and more accurate, depictions should be a given, we can celebrate what we do have — and continue to fight for diverse inclusion in the shows we love.

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12 Things Never to Say to an Asian Woman

Cosmopolitan: (Jennifer Chen)

 

1. Where are you from?
This is usually followed by an intense stare as the person, most likely a dude, is trying to figure out if I’m Chinese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, or something else “exotic.” When I say New Jersey (the most exotic of the states), this leads to question #2.

2. No, really where are you from?
Let’s get to the point. You want to know where my family is from. Taiwan. Are you happy now? Where are you from? Because I’d really like to know so I can avoid going there.

3. I really like Asian women.
Let’s get married then! Who cares if we have nothing else in common? All that matters is that you love Asian women! Oh, you know who else likes Asian women? Everyone. Because we’re awesome.

4. I need more napkins.
Just because I’m walking by you in a restaurant, don’t assume that I work in that restaurant. Are you shocked to know that not all Asian people work in Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese restaurants? Because it’s true. We don’t all work on your nails, your dry cleaning, and your $15 Asian fusion tacos.

5. I have no idea how to use these things [waving around chopsticks].
Then don’t. Grab a fork and eat those noodles like the non-Asian you are. It’s OK! I’m not judging you. (But secretly I am because chopsticks are the superior utensils.)

6. I just love geishas.
Great! I really love firemen. They’re hot. But if I wanted you to don a fireman’s uniform, ride in a big red truck, and slide down a pole for me, I doubt you would do it. So don’t ask me to dress like a geisha, bow down, bat my eyes, and dance for you. Not gonna happen. Unless you’re an actual fireman.

7. Hi, [insert name of another Asian lady].
Seriously, we don’t all look alike. Learn to tell us apart. If my name is Jennifer Chen, it doesn’t mean I’m related to Annie Chen. John Smith is not related to Helen Smith. We are different people. Unless this is an Orphan Black situation, then we’re all the same people.

8. Konichiwa or Ni Hao Ma.
Stop chasing me around and speaking bad Japanese or broken Chinese. If you stalk me down the street, saying “good morning,” to me in Japanese, then follow me into Staples where I’m buying gel pens, and ask to marry me because you really like Chinese women, then I can’t help you. And your pronunciation is awful, so I suggest you fix that first. You can work on the rest later. Without me. SAYONARA!

9. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M SAYING?
DUDE, I speak better English than you do. Stop shouting and speaking slowly to me as if I’m illiterate. You sound dumb.

10. I hear Chinese people eat dogs.
Yup, it’s true. I’m eating a free-range Labrador Retriever steak with a side of pug bacon right now. Does that gross you out thinking that we eat dogs? You eat animals like pigs who are actually smarter than dogs. Who’s the jerk now? (Free tip: You are!)

11. Can you figure out the tip?
I know you think I’m a wizard at math. (Eye roll.) I got a 45 on my calculus final in high school. That’s barely half right. But sure, let me figure out the bill. I owe zero dollars. Thanks for dinner!

12. You have lovely almond-shaped eyes.
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12. You have lovely almond-shaped eyes.
I love me some Claudia Kishi from The Baby-Sitters Club. She is my spirit animal/imaginary friend. But if I have to read one more time that Claudia or any other Asian woman has “almond-shaped eyes,” I’m going to smack everyone.

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101 scenes of old Japan: A collection of photos taken over a century ago

 

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We previously presented photos once used to promote tourism to Japan over 100 years ago. Now we’d like to show even more glimpses of life in Japan during that time. These photos show people at work, rest, play, and war. Some are black and white, others are meticulously handpainted in full color. There’s a lot of variety in these images but they all construct a bigger picture of what it was like to be here back in the 19th century.

1 – Two Cedars Used as a Gate
The location of this photo is unknown.

Image: Japanese.China

2 – Rikishi
Sumo still looks about the same today.

Image: Japanese.China

3 – Shrine

Image: Japanese.China

4 – Writing

Image: Japanese.China

5 – Street Market

Image: Japanese.China

6 – Young Boy

Image: Japanese.China

7 – Women & Children

Image: Japanese.China

8 – Bushi
Some samurai sparring.

Image: Japanese.China

9 – Sumo

Image: Japanese.China

10 – Person of High Rank
This photo was taken by a visiting American.

Image: Japanese.China

11 – Old Man treating Young Woman

Image: Japanese.China

12 – Geisha

Image: Japanese.China

13 – Man with Flowers

Image: Japanese.China

14 – Geisha Doing Hair
With a fake Mt. Fuji in the background.

Image: flickr – Okinawa Soba

15 – End of Edo Period
Taken by Felice Beato.

Image: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

16 – Early Meiji Meal
Even back then, people looked uncomfortable having their photo taken while eating.

Image: Konya Mo Ippai!

17 – Fundoshi & Tattoos

Images: SIRIS

18 – At Home

Image: NKG Fan

19 – Edo Panorama
Felix Beato 1864

Image: Tamanegiya

20 – Haramachida, Tokyo

Image: Atsugi City

21 – Japan 1886

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

22 – Miyagase

Image: Atsugi City

23 – Edo Street

Image: Jugem

24 – Woman Applying Make-Up

Image: Japanese.China

25 – Young Woman

Image: Japanese.China

26 – Ninja
…Oh, sorry it’s just a regular girl

Image: Japanese.China

27 – Entertainers

Image: Japanese.China

28 – City Street

Image: Japanese.China

29 – Back Tattoo

Image: Japanese.China

30 – Family Dinner

Image: Japanese.China

31 – Courier
Felice Beato

Image: Jenny Haniver

32 – Middle-Class Girls
Felice Beato 1865

Image: The Telegraph

33 – Lantern Making
Felice Beato

Image: Garibaldini Bizantini e Decadenti

34 – Four Samurai – 1864

Image: Laputan Logic

35 – Beheading (Felice Beato)
Although judging from the backdrop, it’s staged.

Image: Mentions Obligatoires

36 – Samurai in Western Hat (1860 – 1900)

Image: SIRIS

37 – Merchants (1860)

Image: SIRIS

38 – Temple

Image: LiveInternet.ru

39 – Yasaka Shrine Pagoda

Image: LiveInternet.ru

40 – Straw Raincoats

Image: LiveInternet.ru

41 – Beginning of Mt. Fuji Trail

Image: Atsugi City

42 – Edo in Autumn

Image: Atsugi City

43 – Jinriki (1886)
By Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

44 – Geisha Girl
By Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Rathenitz

Image: Meiji Taisho Showcase

45 – Japanese Woman Carried in Kago
By Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Rathenitz

Image: Wikimedia Commons

46 – Dai Butsu
By Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

47 – Parasol Holding Woman
Baron Raimund von Stillfried 1880

Image: Nautikkon

48 – Cherry Blossoms

Image: American Museum of Photography

50 – Men

Image: flickr – Yves Tennevin

51 – Women

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

52 – Shijo-dori, Kyoto (1886)
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

53 – Streetlight
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

54 – Bridge and Boat

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

55 – Geisha in Winter
Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Image: Wikimedia Commons

56 – Four Standing Warriors

Image: Blog Agog

57 – Woman at Toilette
Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Image: SIRIS

58 – Woman Playing with Baby

Image: SIRIS

59 – Tea House Girls

Image: SIRIS

60 – Portrait of a Woman

Image: LiveInternet.ru

61 – Two Sumo

Image: LiveInternet.ru

62 – Tagonowrabashi
“Tagonoura Bridge”

Image: Flicker – Yves Tennevin

63 – Kinkaku in Mirror Lake 1886

Image: Flickr – Yvers Tennevin

64 – Hakone

Image: Atsugi City

65 – Geisha Contortionist

Image: Meiji Taisho Showcase

66 – Woman Cutting Daikon 1860

Image: SIRIS

67 – Osuwa Temple, Nagasaki 1880

Image: Japanische Fotografie

68 – Cooking

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

69 – Port 1886

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

70 – River

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

71 – Shamisen Player
Adolfo Farsari showing how people rocked out in the 19th century

Image: Wikimedia Commons

72 – Nagasaki Harbor
Felice Beato

Image: Renaissance Japan

73 – Girl and a paper door

Image: Flickr – Okinawa Soba

74 – Taking a Meiji Rest

Image: Japanese.China

75 – Out for a Walk

Image: Jenny Haniver

76 – Three Women and a Parasol

Image: SIRIS

77 – Konkonchiki

Image: SIRIS

78 – Pilgrim Going up Fujiyama
Yeah, people were easier to fool back then

Image: SIRIS

79 – Five Men in Armor
I don’t know why, but the archer on the right looks exceptionally badass

Image: SIRIS

80 – Wedding? 1886

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

81 – Two Women

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

82 – Samurai & Retainers Seated

Image: SIRIS

83 – Man in a Bath

Image: SIRIS

84 – Three Men with Bows and Arrows

Image: SIRIS

85 – High Ranking Man with Fan 1865

Image: SIRIS

86 – Mogi Road from Nagasaki

Image: Japanische Fotografie

87 – Otonetoge
“Otonoge” is a mountain pass where you can view Mt. Fuji.

Image: American Museum of Photography

88 – Three Women in Kimono
Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Image: The Age

89 – Street Children

Image: Un Voyage au Japon

90 – Yushoin Masoleum
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

91 – Tennoji, Osaka 1885
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

92 – House Interior
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

93 – Japanese Gentleman in Western Garb
Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Image: Wikipedia

94 – Plants for Sale 1886
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Tokyo Green Space

95 – A Nobleman and his Retinue

Image: American Museum of Photgraphy

96 – Wrestlers 1886
Adolfo Farsari

Image: Wikipedia

97 – Ueno Mountain 1879
Baron Raimund von Stillfried

Image: JCII

98 – Prostitutes of Nectarine #9Yokohama

Image: Flickr – Okinawa Soba

99 – People on a Boat

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

100 – Harajuku Garden

Image: Atsugi City

101 – Parasol Maker

Image: Flickr – Yves Tennevin

When possible, the photos were attributed to their original photgrapher. You’ve probably noticed that the bulk of them were taken by Adolfo FarsariBaron Raimund von Stillfried, and Felice Beato. If you would like to enjoy more glimpses of a far away Japan, please look more into the works of these three people. Thanks for viewing!

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A-pop! Top 10 stories of 2013 : The best, and the best of the worst, of last year’s Asian pop media moments

With 2014 underway, it’s the perfect time to take a moment and reflect on 2013’s biggest hits and misses in pop culture. It’s been an interesting year, which saw Asian Americans breaking ground in new ways in pop media, as well as some spectacularly offensive moments from celebrities and teenagers alike. Let’s look back!

10. Kristen Kish of “Top Chef”

If you’re a reality show fanatic, then you may remember that chef Kristen Kish won this year’s season of the competitive cooking reality show “Top Chef.” Kish, who is a Korean American adoptee, was the first Asian American female winner on the show. Kish’s prize included $125,000, and she spent a portion of it on a trip to Korea to discover and connect with her homeland for the first time.

Kish’s run on “Top Chef” took place in Seattle, which featured episodes in numerous well-known restaurants in the Emerald City, making her tenure on the show and subsequent win more memorable for local viewers (and this column’s readers).

9. “Life of Pi” at the Academy Awards

Although the 2014 award season is just around the corner, I’d like to return to this past season and call out director Ang Lee’s win during the 85th Academy Awards earlier this year. Lee, who is Taiwanese American, took home an Oscar for Best Director for the adventure drama film “The Life of Pi.” Lee is also known for his directorial efforts on “Brokeback Mountain” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

In addition to Lee’s Oscar award, “The Life of Pi” was nominated for a total of 11 awards, and took home more Academy Awards than any other film nominated for 2013. The film also starred Indian actors Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, and Adil Hussain.

8. Katy Perry goes geisha

During this year’s American Music Awards, mega pop star Katy Perry performed her hit single “Unconditionally” live against a geisha-inspired backdrop, which included Perry and her backup dancers sporting kimonos, oil-paper umbrellas, and pale make-up.

Perry’s use of Oriental imagery was annoying because it continued to perpetuate the stereotype that Asian women make for submissive, docile, and doting lovers. The worst part is that Perry doesn’t seem to understand what is offensive about her use of these images. She saw the performance as an homage to Japanese culture. How typical.

Unfortunately, music award shows are hotbeds for offensive racial images and slurs. I don’t think this is a trend that will go away in 2014, but can we at least hope that some celebrities will have more awareness about these things?

7.  Clichés on “Dads”

Several media outlets and blogs reported on the blatant, racist humor found in the FOX sitcom “Dads.” The freshman sitcom, which features Asian American actresses Brenda Song and Vanessa Lachey as leads, generated controversy when the show’s pilot showcased Song appearing in a skimpy “Sailor Moon” outfit as a joke.

Although the controversy first came to light in September, the show survived its initial negative response, and has since been picked up for a full season. I’ve actually watched a few episodes of “Dads,” and I don’t find it funny or original at all. I’m surprised it has made it as far as it has. Still, 2014 has just begun — it’ll be interesting to see whether this show survives past its first season or not.

6. Hayao Miyazaki’s imminent retirement

Famed Japanese Academy Award-winning director and animator Hayao Miyazaki made waves in 2013 when he announced his imminent plans for retirement. Miyazaki, who has become synonymous with the Japanese anime industry, is revered for his acclaimed animated films, such as “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “Spirited Away.”

Miyazaki cited his need to rest among primary reasons for his retirement, as well as a desire to pursue other projects outside of animation. Though his retirement is not yet official, Miyazaki’s latest film “The Wind Rises” will see a limited U.S. release in early 2014, so his work is not disappearing from us quite yet!

5. Roger Ebert’s death

The world bid adieu to famed film critic and journalist Roger Ebert in April 2013, who passed away after an 11-year battle with cancer. Ebert is revered in Asian American cinema circles for his public defense of the indie film “Better Luck Tomorrow” at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002. “Better Luck Tomorrow” was director Justin Lin’s debut film, and is considered a cult classic in independent Asian American film. Ebert’s public defense put the movie on the radar of major studios, and also widened the distribution of Asian American films to new audiences.

Ebert was a true supporter and friend to Asian American filmmakers, actors, and audiences alike, as he understood the importance for multifaceted representations of minorities in American media. Roger Ebert, you will be dearly missed.

4. Chinese food goes viral

One of the most popular YouTube videos in 2013 was the inane music video for “Chinese Food,” a pop song performed by unknown teenager Alison Gold. The video observes Gold craving and singing about Chinese food, which is illustrated through fellow teens dressed as geishas, cliché Oriental music, and an adult man in a panda suit. You know, just the usual hallmarks of Chinese cuisine and culture.

Apparently, mimicking geishas was a trendy choice in offensive Oriental imagery this year. I don’t think anybody actually enjoyed this song, but it was one of those ridiculous car wrecks that nobody could avert their eyes from, giving the song its unpredicted popularity. The song even charted on the Billboard Hot 100, and spawned a prequel music video that explains the origins of Gold’s love for Chinese food. Don’t watch it. Seriously.

3. Miss America: Nina Davuluri

America finally saw its first Asian American queen during the 2014 Miss America pageant when Indian American Nina Davuluri took home the title during this year’s competition. But despite the fact that Davuluri was born in America, detractors lambasted the pageant organization for awarding the crown to someone who allegedly wasn’t American, simply based on her race and skin color.

Davuluri brushed the negative commentary aside, however, and refocused the conversation on her then-future plans for her reign. Haters aside, Davuluri’s crowning is monumental because it’s not every day you get to see an Asian woman take home the crown in a mainstream beauty pageant. No matter your stance on beauty pageants, I think we can agree that representation in all facets of mass media is important.

2. Reflecting on the “Fast and the Furious” franchise

This year saw both happy and sad news from the “Fast and the Furious” movie franchise. The sixth installment — titled “Fast & Furious 6” — is the most popular installment to date, and opened this past May amid much fan anticipation. “Fast & Furious 6” was also the third highest-grossing film worldwide in 2013.

Director Justin Lin was one of the franchise’s most prolific directors, having directed four installments of the films, including the recent sixth one. In 2013, Lin announced that he would no longer direct the films due to the demanding and overlapping production schedules of the sixth and seventh films. Director James Wan took over for the seventh film.

More recently, lead actor Paul Walker’s unexpected and tragic death sent the franchise’s future into question.

The seventh installment, which had been on a holiday break at the time of Walker’s death, was delayed for a few weeks to allow filmmakers to rework the script. The seventh film is currently slated for release in spring 2015.

1. High drama in hi-tech: Google gets scandalous

There was a point in 2013 where you couldn’t consume news online without catching a glimpse of the unfolding scandal out of Silicon Valley. In the midst of Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s divorce from former wife Anne Wojcicki, a rumor erupted that the power couple split when Brin began a new relationship with Google Glass marketing manager Amanda Rosenberg. Rosenberg is of Asian descent.

The scandal made such waves that celebrity magazine “People” even made it one of its cover stories, and published a photo of an Asian girl, who was mistakenly identified as Rosenberg. Their gaffe caused uproar in the media, which was made especially ironic given that magazine editors and interns could have, well, Googled and fact checked the photo to verify that it was actually one of Rosenberg.

Still, all the commotion from this high-profile love triangle makes this my top pop culture story for 2013. The tech industry never fails to surprise!

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2013: The Year Of Cultural Appropriation All Around

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Here are some of this year’s most offensive towards Asians, Asian Americans and Asian culture:

1. Katy Perry: The time she assumed dressing up Geisha was a good idea.

Katy Perry: The time she assumed dressing up Geisha was a good idea.

At this year’s American Music Awards, Katy Perry performed in a Geisha fan-fare only this isn’t a reason to reward her for “cultural appreciation”.

It was a blatant display of cultural appropriation on a mainstream platform that largely leaves out Asians as a whole. Asian background dancers are seen to cake on more make-up to look more Asians. Media reviews of the performance questioned the outraged that poured from Perry’s performance – comparing it to the highly controversial Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMAs. This is not appropriation olympics. Pop stars need to retrain their urge to use people of color and our culture from their onstage antics.

2. Jimmy Kimmel: The time is he used a kid to suggest Chinese genocide

Jimmy Kimmel: The time is he used a kid to suggest Chinese genocide

In October, Jimmy Kimmel featured adorable little people to discuss the government shutdown and how to pay back the trillions bazillions dollars of debt to China. With a little Asian girl in sight while sipping on American flag juice boxes, the floppy-haired white six year old boy proclaimed “Kill everyone in China”. I’m not a mind reader but I’m pretty sure that little girl expression means “WTF?!”

3. Halloween: All Tricks and No Treats

Halloween: All Tricks and No Treats

Oct. 31st is usually a gut-wrenching time of the year for people of color. Imagine all that’s sacred and custom to your culture can be made into a costume or accessory priced at $29.99. This year, in particular, the offenders stripped down human dignity to WTF! levels. Do not ever assume it is okay.

>>>Three white guys dressed up as Asiana Airlines flight attendants killed in the July crash in SFO. Adding insult to fatal injuries, the falsely reported racist names are visibly seen in this distasteful photo-op. This is among the worst of the worst. Google “racist costumes” and there is no short supply.

4. Asian Girlz Song: Written by a Racist Band (Yes, Racist)

Asian Girlz Song: Written by a Racist Band (Yes, Racist)

I know what some are thinking, “who doesn’t love asian girls with a z”. But really, writing a song titled “Asian Girlz” and featuring obscene lyrics like “I love your creamy yellow thighs / Ooh your slanted eyes” are never ever acceptable. Seriously. And featuring a willing Asian girl that fits into a white man’s stereotype of exotic asian women does make it less racist. This song dropped on all Asian women like a ton of bricks in August. The band behind this racist song denied any wrong doing and the girl in the music video gave an empty apology. Now, who is going to write a real song about loving and respecting asian girls with a z?

5. Miss New America: Can’t Touch This

Miss New America: Can't Touch This

In September, Nina Davuluri won Miss America – the first winner of Indian heritage. Her triumph set ablaze a revelation that Asian woman too can be crowned on national television (the Runner-Up Crystal Lee is also Asian). Except, not all Americans understood this graciously. Covert and overt racists poured out of the woodwork on twitter to shame the new Miss America and mistook her as “Arab” which then triggered more xenophobia.

One tweet read: “If you’re #Miss America you should have to be American”. Another read “Asian or Indian are you kiddin this is america omg”.

Supporters and haters can follow Nina Davuluri on her official twitter handle@MissAmerica

6. There’s much more cultural appropriation and racism this year but no buzzfeed post can capture it all, can it?! Let’s look ahead to 2014

There's much more cultural appropriation and racism this year but no buzzfeed post can capture it all, can it?! Let's look ahead to 2014

Asian Pacific Islander movers and shakers nationwide are confronting racism and collaborating across communities to address this ongoing problem. Here are some people and sources to follow, work together and fight with:

1. #NotYourAsianSideKick founded by Suey Park
2. Angry Asian Man
3. Rinku Sen and Color Lines
4. Bao Phi
5. CultureStr/ke

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