"Shit white guys say to Asian girls"

I really don’t think we’re going to end racism by joking about it. Like i’m glad that the white liberals feel like they are less racist because they can joke about people who are more explicitly racist but that actually does nothing to help people of color
Iwasaki was one of several geisha author Arthur Golden interviewed while researching his novel Memoirs of a Geisha. According to Iwasaki, she agreed to speak with Golden on the condition that her involvement would be kept confidential, but Golden revealed her identity by mentioning her name in the book’s acknowledgments as well as several national interviews. After Memoirs was published, Iwasaki received criticism and even death threats for violating the traditional geisha code of silence. Iwasaki felt betrayed by Golden’s use of information she considered confidential, as well as the way he twisted reality. She denounced Memoirs of a Geisha as being an inaccurate depiction of the life of a geisha. Iwasaki was particularly offended by the novel’s portrayal of geiko engaging in ritualized prostitution. For example, in the novel the main character Sayuri’s virginity (called mizuage in the novel) is auctioned off to the highest bidder. Iwasaki stated that not only did this never happen to her, but that no such custom ever existed in Gion.
Part of Iwasaki’s displeasure with Memoirs may have been because the character Sayuri seems obviously modeled on Iwasaki, with many of the book’s main characters and events having parallels in Iwasaki’s life. These people and experiences are often portrayed negatively in Memoirs, even when their real-life counterparts were positive for Iwasaki. Iwasaki later gave public interviews citing that many established geiko criticized her interview with Arthur Golden, causing a rupture with the geisha tradition of secrecy to the outside world. Furthermore, Iwasaki has mentioned that she had lost some friends and relationships due to the scandal of her being known due to the book, along with certain inconsistencies and fallacies about Gion which were mentioned in Memoirs of a Geisha.
Iwasaki sued Golden for breach of contract and defamation of character in 2001, which was settled out of court in 2003.
—  Why You Should Stop Romanticizing Memoirs of a Geisha. 
Annie (a pseudonym) is a Chinese-American, straight, female university professor. While she was in graduate school, she found it difficult to receive medical treatment due to the perceived psychiatric condition of simply being Asian and female: “I went to a doctor at the university because I had recurring abdominal pain. The doctor listened to my description, but rather than doing a physical exam, he explained to me that it was normal for Asian women to be anxious and stressed out, and anxiety was probably causing my abdominal pain.” But surprisingly, the doctor didn’t treat the anxiety either. He just said there was nothing he could do.

So now people think any form of racism against Asians is “Orientalism”. Like, no.

Calling us racial slurs, making fun of our accents, etc. is plain old racism.

Calling us “mysterious lotus flower geishas from the far east” or “exotic golden belly dancers from arabian nights” is Orientialism. 

Learn the difference.

Orientalism recognizes the Orient as an antithesis to the West. If the West is advanced, clean, pretty, and sophisticated, then the Orient must be backward, dirty, ugly, and simple. In their book and movie, respectively, Golden and Marshall have planted the colonial seeds that corroborate the Orient as the antithesis of the West. Memoirs of a Geisha reinforces undesirable stereotypes of the Japanese people and culture. When the Orient is engineered by the West and devised as its antithesis, then the Eastern culture will be misrepresented. Golden and Marshall show the Japanese to be silent, stiffly polite individuals, who eat exotic food and slurp noodles. Golden and Marshall also perpetuate stereotypes about geisha as sexually submissive women who aspire to become mistresses, bathe with strange men, rest their necks on special pillows to maintain their hairstyles, play shamisen (musical instrument) made from virgin kittens, and wear facial powder made from a nightingale’s droppings. These misrepresentations reinforce the idea of Japanese culture and geisha as exotic, backward, irrational, dirty, profane, promiscuous, bizarre, and enigmatic. Since Golden’s and Marshall’s target audiences were Westerners, the cultural misrepresentation and misinformation present in Geisha might not have been noticeable to most viewers.
Orientalism & Yellow Peril in 2014: Food & Cars

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Yesterday I had to educate people about the reality of MSG and its deep connection to a half century of racist socialization against Asians.  

You all realize that there are no real adverse reactions?  If you are having headaches and indigestion from knowingly eating MSG, it’s called “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” and it’s the literal connection between how racism can affect people physically and psychologically.  

The National Institute of Health has noted that despite several studies even dating back from the 1960s, there have been no proven connection to these reactions and MSG.

When people claim that they have negative bodily reactions to MSG and consume it unknowingly, nothing happens except that they enjoy a savory meal.  MSG is meant to be a form of salt and preservative that enhances a food’s already savory flavor.  It was originally discovered by the Japanese and the flavor it gave off was labeled “umami.”  I’ve had it almost all my life.  And I’m sure you’ve even had it most of your life too, and you just didn’t know it.  Even if you had been avoiding Asian food due to a fallacious fear of MSG, I know you probably still had it.

Oooh, yes.  Yakisoba. (Japanese)

I love tom kha. (Thai)

Salivating for bibimbap. (Korean)

Heck yes to dim sum! (Chinese)

Mmm, pho! (Vietnamese)

100% here for Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese)

banh xeo! (Vietnamese)

Sushi, oooh, girl. (Japanese)

These are some foods that normally have MSG in them and if you’re too busy being racist and/or having a weak, close minded palate, then it’s more food for me to enjoy. (Not targeting you if you’re one of the extremely few people in the entire world who is majorly allergic to MSG or have some other condition that prevents you from eating Asian foods.)

The number of actual people who are really allergic to MSG is so minuscule, but based on the widespread of people who claim that we all have to be careful of Asian foods because of MSG and its unclean and unhealthy nature, I would think otherwise too.  But every international and national food safety institution will tell you it’s bullshit. 

That doesn’t stop large movements and petitions that exist today with a goal to make sure MSG is banned from the United States.  You’ll also notice, if you do the research, that it’s all white people backing these petitions.

The majority of Japanese people eat MSG every day with their meals, and they’re recorded as people with the greatest longevity in the world.

This ridiculous phenomenon with MSG and Asian food is a result of decades of Orientalism and Yellow Peril.

Orientalism: It’s a dichotomy created by the ‘West,’ it builds a view of the ‘East’ along with many elements of this culture that becomes obscured and exotic. Making a whole group of people seen as something monolithic, creating an erasure of actual identities. (See: YELLOW FACE AND ORIENTALISM IN THE MEDIA: CONTROLLING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ASIAN)

Yellow Peril (or Yellow Terror): When the term originally was given birth, it was specifically regarding the Japanese military expansion then broadened to include all Asian groups.  I mean, even though this term came out in the early 19th century, we still see it in today’s media.  One prominent example would be in the movie Red Dawn (2012), white people vs. Asian occupation.

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(Notice how all the good doers in this particular film  [and the majority of films] are white.  I also know several of the Asian extras that were in the movie.  They’ll defend the film and their involvement in it, but they also got a pretty good deal out of perpetuating a long time racist notion of Asian people.)

History has shown us real life applications of what Yellow Peril looked like when the West created devilish caricatures of Asian people as people of cheap labor, dirty, opium addicts, etc.

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Over the years, the phrase grew into being used to describe the fear that Asians would take over western jobs and wages and way of life. (Sounds familiar, right?)

Orientalism others Asian people and makes their culture monolithic in a western perspective of exoticism.  At the same time Yellow Peril promotes fear of Asian culture & people. These concepts are practiced even today when people around us continue perpetuating the idea that Asian products, while exotic, are dirty and inferior and will completely destroy American jobs and way of life.

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The notion of the “terrorist” does not simply delegitimate violence by non-state actors that threaten a particular state; rather, it is embedded in the framework of liberal politics. Terror is “an epistemological object” defined by modernity and attributed to the “nonmodern” and “nonliberal.” The U.S.-led War on Terror is based on these assumptions and embedded in a binary framework: a state that does not promote terror fighting a network of non-state actors who inflict terror. Because terrorists do not resemble a “conventional enemy” and can presumably blend into the citizenry, they must be contained by cultural as well as military tactics of repression. Counterinsurgency thus has a cultural front that rests on racialized understandings of populations. Practices of state terror are often justified by distinctions between premodern and modern subjects, “civilized” people who deserve “rights” versus those who are evicted from the modern political community. These distinctions form the core of imperial thinking about “loyal” citizen-subjects and “enemy aliens” and have a long history in the United States, as evident in the vilification, deportation, and incarceration of targeted groups during the Palmer Raids of 1919-1920, the internment of Japanese Americans in World War ?, and the Red Scare of the cold war era. Thus, the disciplining practices of the War on Terror extend well before the events of 9/11 and the Patriot Act: the profiling of Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians in the United States is not exceptional but is shaped by U.S. interests in consolidating its hegemony after the cold war.