Comedian Jenny Yang’s “Ask an Asian” series takes on ignorant questions 

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Audrey Magazine:

Last month, BuzzFeed Video took to Facebook and wrote, “Please reply in the comments with questions you have for Asians-Americans.”

Needless to say, you wouldn’t believe the amount of racism, stupidity and ignorance that went into some of the questions asked. We expected to end up rolling our eyes a bit, but seemed as if people were being extra creative with their racism and ignorance.

This is why we are especially glad that Jenny Yang is confronting these questions head on and responding with wit and humor. So far, there are two “Ask An Asian” videos up. The first, titled simply “Ask An Asian,” tackles 11 questions out of over 7000 submitted. It’s the “Ask An Asian About Food” video where things start to get hilariously bizarre with questions about chopsticks and whether or not Asians can eat peanut butter.

We hope with the popularity of Buzzfeed and YouTube, everyone out there will learn a thing or two. Judging by most of the 7000 questions that were asked, some people certainly need to. We’re definitely glad it’s Jenny Yang who is dropping the knowledge.

Check out the two videos below:

 

Margaret Cho’s Golden Globes bit accused of racism

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 Huffington Post:

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler didn’t shy away from controversial topics during Sunday’s Golden Globes, but some viewers felt one of their bits went too far. During the broadcast, Fey and Poehler interacted with comedian Margaret Cho, who played the newest member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a North Korean army general. Here she is getting a photo taken with Meryl Streep.

The segments with Cho — which also included the comic speaking with an exaggerated accent — were met with some outrage online. Numerous viewers called the jokes racist, while many critics cited the gags as a show low point.

Oh my gosh, the fake North Korean journalist is back. I’ve decided: This really needs to end,” wrote Emily Orley for BuzzFeed.

That bit with Margaret Cho as the Kim regime’s representative in the Hollywood Foreign Press, which managed a trio of awards-show sins: it was unfunny, racist, and incredibly long,” wrote Vulture’s editors. “Twenty years ago, Cho was the first Asian-American woman to headline her own sitcom — how did we end up here?

Cho has a long relationship with Fey, having played Kim Jong Il on “30 Rock.”

And while online reaction was negative, Fey and Poehler didn’t seem to mind too much during the show. The duo brought Cho back out on stage to end the 72nd annual Golden Globes.

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CBS Sports: NFL player Darnell Dockett refuses to apologize for “racist tweet.”

Darnell Dockett tweeted some offensive stuff over the weekend.

Darnell Dockett‘s Twitter feed is always an adventure. Over the weekend it became an offensive adventure.

As noted by Awful Announcing, Dockett tweeted out what can at best be called an offensively racist joke.

Apple has a new device out for Chinese people. The iOpener.

— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 21, 2013

Unlike many people who make mistakes on Twitter, Dockett had no interest in apologizing, however. He even went so far as to point out that he won’t apologize to someone who expected it.

I promise I won’t….RT @GodFatha702@ddockett @HubbuchNYP I predict that he “fake apologizes” tomorrow. “I am sorry if I offended anyone”

— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 21, 2013

RT @NotRyanYaeger@ddockett sensitive people shouldn’t be allowed to use the internet—– I agree!

— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 21, 2013

It’s one thing to be “sensitive,” it’s another thing to be inappropriate. Dockett’s tweets are clearly a case of the latter.

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CBS Sports: NFL player Darnell Dockett refuses to apologize for “racist tweet.”

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FDNY sends ambulance bill to ‘Unknown Asian’

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NY Post:

The FDNY sent out a demand for payment addressed only to “unknown Asian” after EMS workers filled in sketchy patient information for a $784 ambulance ride.

The bill was sent to the vaguely described individual at The New School’s 2 W. 13th St. building, leaving staffers scratching their heads after the bill was delivered there Tuesday.

I hesitated to open it but then I was like, ‘Well, I could be an unknown Asian,’” said Christine Ahn, 29, who works in the dean’s office at Parsons The New School for Design.

The FDNY — which charges people who require ambulance transport — addressed the mysterious bill to “UNKNOWN ASIAN, 2 W 13TH ST, NEW YORK NY 10011-7902.”

The bill bears the FDNY logo and demands $784.40 for a Nov. 1, 2013 emergency in which the patient was transported from 255 W. 14th St. — the address of an Associated Supermarket — to Beth Israel Medical Center on First Avenue.

The funny thing for us was that there are so many Asians at this school,” said Ahn.

We’ll just go down the hall and ask every Asian student if they needed medical assistance,” joked dean’s office assistant Chris Rivera, 34, who recounted the moment he found the bill in their office mail.

When I saw it said ‘unknown Asian,’ I thought it was racist,” Rivera said. “I showed it to Christine and her supervisor — both of whom happen to be Asian — and Christine thought it was sort of disrespectful and rude.”

Both Rivera and Ahn want answers from the FDNY.

There must be ‘unknown Hispanic’ or ‘unknown African-American’ bills out there,” Rivera said. “What else goes on in that agency?

A FDNY source explained how the bill was generated.

When the female patient was transported at about 3 a.m. on Nov. 1 for a “drug or intoxication” issue, she could not be identified by name but a person accompanying them said the patient lived in a New School dorm so the EMS workers filled out the form with “unknown” for the first name and “Asian” for the last name, the source said.

The form was processed and sent to a fire department billing contractor, which then sent out the oddly-addressed bill.

It’s a clerical or administration error that the bill was sent out,” the source said.

FDNY spokesman Jim Long said changes would be made to address the problem.

We’re speaking to the vendor and we’re asking them not to process bills that have an unknown for the name,” Long told The Post.

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FDNY sends ambulance bill to ‘Unknown Asian’

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Teens fire racist Twitter attacks on singer/songwriter Lorde and her Asian boyfriend

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Freshly Grammy-nominated artist and cooler teen than you ever were, Lorde, is currently copping lots of shit online for having an Asian boyfriend. Here’s the depressing context: Lorde apparently called One Direction and Justin Bieber ugly (she didn’t), and now Directioners and Beliebers have united via racism to target O’Connor’s 24-year-old boyfriend, James Lowe, and simultaneously bring down my already very little faith in humanity.

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Lorde gets all the props. So far she has gone against all the rules of pop star media training to criticise the industry for its gross misogyny; slammed Selena Gomez’ Come and Get it song for generally being the very opposite of feminism; and even stepped up to Tyler, The Creator when he laughed at her.

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The Banality of Televised Anti-Chinese Racism

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The Atlantic: Last week’s episode of Holland’s Got Talent featured a 30-year-old Chinese-born contestant named Xiao Wang, a PhD candidate who moonlights as an opera singer. Xiao was on hand to sing “La donna e mobile,” an aria from Verdi’s Rigoletto, and performed beautifully.

However, one of the talent judges on the show, a Dutch singer named Cornelis Willem Heuckeroth, used the segment as an opportunity to mock Xiao’s Chinese-ness.

Here were a few of Heuckeroth’s comments:

Which number are you singing? Number 39 with rice?

This is the best Chinese I’ve had in weeks, and it’s not takeaway!

He looks like a waiter from a Chinese restaurant.”

This is the best Chinese person I’ve ever seen, and he’s not even a delivery boy.”

Hueckeroth, who for some reason goes by the name “Gordon,” also called Xiao’s performance a “surplise.”

The other two panelists on the show both looked embarrassed by Gordon’s remarks; one, an American named Dan Karaty, even told him that he’s “really not supposed to say things like that.

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The incident came after a controversy last month from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the ABC late-night show, in which Kimmel convened a panel of children for a mock discussion of current events. At one point, Kimmel asked the kids what the U.S. should do about its debt to China.

Kill everyone in China,” said a 6-year-old boy, to which Kimmel replied: “OK, that’s an interesting idea.”

The segment triggered an immediate reaction: Chinese and Chinese-American groups picketed outside ABC studios and even petitioned the White House; subsequently, while both Kimmel and the network have apologized, the anger has not yet entirely subsided.

In fact, the reaction to the Kimmel gaffe has been so strong that it has even triggered a counter-reaction from those who believe that the Chinese groups overreacted. Anthony Tao, a Chinese-American writer and principal author of Beijing Cream, an excellent blog, wrote:

A serious question, fellow Chinese community members: what kind of joke—something actually funny—with the word “China” or “Chinese” in it would you consider acceptable? Where’s the line that, if not crossed, won’t make you go signing an online petition as if anyone** thinks killing all Chinese people is actually a good idea?

I understand Anthony’s logic, but disagree with his point here; obviously, even the most paranoid, jingoistic Chinese person knows that the United States harbors very few people (much less children!) who hold mass-murdering fantasies about China. I’d guess that just about everyone in China realizes that the humor (or attempted humor) of the segment was just how outrageous the boy’s comment was, as well as Kimmel’s deadpan reaction.

But the reality is—and the incident on Dutch TV confirms this—that offensive references to Chinese people remain common in popular culture. A doctoral student who sings opera on the side is casually mocked for his racial similarity to Chinese immigrants who work in restaurants. A boy calling on everyone in a country to be killed is just an innocent, amusing comment from a little rugrat. And it isn’t just China, either: In September, a CNBC host in employed a mocking Indian accent to discuss the value of the rupee, India‘s currency. So it goes.

In March, my colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an op-ed in The New York Times discussing an incident in which the African-American actor Forest Whitaker was stopped and frisked in a Manhattan deli by the owner, who didn’t recognize him and suspected him of shoplifting. Once the owner recognized Whitaker, he was mortified—because he didn’t consider himself a racist. Wrote Ta-Nehisi:

The idea that racism lives in the heart of particularly evil individuals, as opposed to the heart of a democratic society, is reinforcing to anyone who might, from time to time, find their tongue sprinting ahead of their discretion.

That applies in the case of anti-Chinese racism, too: It isn’t just that the Dutch TV personality is a jerk (though, frankly, he seems to be), or that Jimmy Kimmel and his producers are particularly insensitive (they might be, though having watched the show I doubt it). It’s that we still live in a society where these sentiments still arise, and that these “slip-ups” occur with numbing regularity.

These events have real consequences, too, in how Chinese people see the United States. Consider this poll conducted by the Chinese news broadcaster Phoenix TV about the Kimmel incident, which was helpfully translated by ChinaSmack. When asked whether they believed they believed “the ‘kill everyone in China’ remark said by the 6-year-old child on the television program was by chance,” a large majority (62 percent) said that “this is the negative consequences borne by the long-term dissemination of the notion of a Chinese threat/menace on public platforms at all levels of American society.”

Elsewhere in the poll, nearly a third of respondents believed that “America’s media and education are currently slipping toward extreme anti-China sentiments.” 83 percent of the respondents believed that the American media owed China and Chinese people an apology; hence, it isn’t particularly surprising that ABC and Kimmel went ahead and did so.

Kimmel’s termination—or Heuckeworth’s—won’t ensure that anti-Chinese racism will go away. But the point in calling for them isn’t to provide a proportional solution to a discrete problem. It’s to raise awareness that this issue—both in the U.S. and around the world—is worse than most people realize.

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