Asian women in the media

One of my favorite things about Sense8 is how they don’t stick to stereotypes the media has about Korean, and really all Asian, women. Often media panders to fetishist by making Asian women submissive, accommodating, and meekly flirtatious. But in Sense8, the South Korean character, Sun Bak, is a business women who is damn good at her job and works hard to try and break the glass ceiling. She was also a champion kick boxer in her youth and kept training in the sport as a passion despite her father’s disapproval. And she is also a ride or die bitch who is extremely loyal and truly kind hearted. In the show there are two very strong built guys, a cop and a gangster who aren’t strangers to a fight, as well as two other men who are also in fit shape, but it is Sun who is always at the forefront of the whoop ass. All the men know that if they’re in trouble, Sun is the one they want to come and help them. She isn’t fetishized. She isn’t weak. Alternatively, she isn’t portrayed as some evil kung fu assassin throwing ninja stars and using katanas and other amalgamations of differing Asian cultures that aren’t specifically from Korea, She’s just a woman who enjoys a sport and is able to utilize it to it’s fullest potential. And it shows how intelligent she is to do so. Yet the show also shows how the patriarchy hinders her from reaching her full potential which makes Sun’s story extremely relatable. Basically Sun Bak deserves so much happiness.  (she also really loves her dog)

Originally posted by abadlands

full offence anyone saying that the possibility of cutting li shang out the live-action remake of mulan is okay because “mulan” is about her saving china and being a model female protagonist not about her and shang can come and fight me because asian men are just as important as asian women being represented in the media??? there are children who grew up with li shang as their oNLY representation!! li shang was the son of a captain who wanted to make his father proud, wanted to protect his country and lead a good army for the emperor, and in the end, went against the law to save mulan’s life for his and helped her when she came to the capital to defeat the huns like you’re sitting here and saying that it’s 100% okay to cut that narrative away??? “mulan” wasn’t just about mulan saving china, it was about her rising to the ranks in her army through preservance and struggles, it was about mulan changing the minds around her to shape people that ended up respecting her through and through, as both a man and a woman, and if you take away li shang you’re taking away an integral part of mulan so fuck you, disney, if you go through with this, fuck you.

just in case you guys at Disney forget:

the live action film you are aiming to make in 2017 is based off the CHINESE folk story: Mulan.

Mulan was a CHINESE girl who lived in 6th century CHINA during the Jin dynasty. she ran away from home to join the CHINESE military and fight in a war against the MONGOLIAN huns. During that time, she learnt different CHINESE fighting techniques, travelled across CHINA, fought battels in CHINA and fell in love with the CHINESE army general, Shang. she also saved the CHINESE emperor and all of CHINA from the MONGOLIAN huns.

now that you’ve had a refresher, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE fix the casting for the live action version of Mulan. Hollywood is white enough as it is.

So Tilda Swinton messages Margaret Cho out of the blue (probably looking for an “Asian friend who isn’t offended!!”) and starts whitesplaining to her about how an Asian character being changed into a white woman is “diversity,” as if white women aren’t represented in the media WAY better than Asian men and women.

And Margaret Cho is polite and civil in this awkward, out-of-the-blue conversation with this entitled white woman who is convinced she can do no wrong, but we’re supposed to hate Margaret Cho because she admits that she was really bothered by it afterwards? 

And Tilda leaks the e-mails as if this is another Kim Kardashian/Taylor Swift thing?

Literally all Tilda did was show that Margaret Cho was just tolerating you. Tilda still looks bad to me.

How is this a case of “HOMG TILDA SHOWED UP WITH RECEIPTS!” when the receipts literally tell us exactly what Margaret Cho said happened? How is Margaret Cho in the wrong for being rightfully annoyed by this?

Also why is Tilda pestering Margaret Cho and expecting HER to tell her what’s wrong with whitewashing Doctor Strange? Why can’t she do her own homework, especially when Asian actors like Ming Na Wen and George Takei have been VERY vocal about why they take issue with it?

This whole thing just rubs me the wrong way and I hate how it looks like it’s going to be spun as Margaret Cho just “looking for a fight” or whatever. 

Fucking white women, man…

I’m tired of feeling worthless,

I’m tired of feeling unattractive by every race including my own,

I’m tired of the all the negativity that comes with me being an Black Woman,

I’m tired of being label ghetto and ratchet or labeled as acting white,

I’m tired of allowing myself to enjoy things that hurt me or are against me (e.i. fashion, khh, kpop and media)

I’m tired of feeling unwanted by absolutely everybody,

I’m tired of being viewed as a sexual object by every race included my own,

I’m tired of the statistic that keep telling me that I will never get married or that no one wants to marry me,

I’m tired of the men that help perpetuate this statistic,

I’m tired of hearing that men particularly black men wanting a woman of another race with a “black” woman’s body -_-

I’m tired of all the physical features that I have being made fun of yet being glorified when they’re on someone who doesn’t look like me, 

I’m tired of being called an angry black woman when I call people out on it, 

I’m tired of people trying to make black women feeling like we all have to look like beyonce, nicki or rihanna to be considered beautiful ,

I’m tired of the misrepresentation of black women in the media all over the world,

I’m tired of the lack of “REAL” representation of black women in the media all over the world,

I’m tired of being the most unwanted/undesirable woman in the world yet the most fetishized,

I’m tired of feeling like I’m beneath everyone else, Like I’m not even a person but an object  meant to be fetishized, exploited, and appropriated, 

I’m just tired….

Enough is enough

Just Love Me

I’ve made the conscious decision not to mess up with anyone who is not team black girls/team melanin. I need to be around people who will up left me and tell me that they love me on a regular basis not people who are working against me.

Things brown/south asian tumblr will probably never address:

Antiblackness that actually involves the input of black south
asians & black people in general

Ignoring the fact that South Asia is comprised of 8
countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, India, Maldives,
and Sri Lanka.

Lack or complete ignorance of north east indian culture and

Cultural hegemony India tends to have over representing South Asia

Discussion of caste which doesn’t reduce it down to an old practice that doesn’t actively shape an individual’s life in a variety of ways that are not exclusive to socioeconomic struggles.

How the discussion of the South Asian diaspora focuses
mainly on those living in the West.


Steve McCurry making a name for himself off of the
exploitation and exotification of South Asian faces and bodies (see: Sharbat Gula: known globally merely as “The Afghan Girl”

Ignorance of the issues Adivasi peoples face across South

Exploitation of the bodies of South Asian women for
surrogacy by Westerners.

Savarna appropriation of Avarna arts redeeming it anew with
culture now that it’s been mutilated by forward castes. (ie: Appropriation of Sadir into modern day Bharatnatyam)

The creation of good and bad brown/south asian dichotomy in the West Post 9/11 (ie: Indian peoples are characterized/seen as intelligent spiritual peaceful people while Pakistani and Afghani peoples are characterized/seen as violent terrorists or oppressed women who are labeled under islamophobic terms such as “radical muslim”

The lack of discussion about the South Asian diaspora in the
Caribbean and South America.

Discrimination against Black African students living in
South Asia.

Portrayal of Hinduism & Buddhism as peaceful religions while Islam is portrayed as violent and backwards.

Complete ignorance or writing off of Southern & Northeast Indian cultures by North Indians and Northern South Asians alike as not being authentically Indian or only discussing it when talking about the different regions of India.


How Bollywood has stolen, appropriated, and made racist
caricatures of Indians and Non-Indians who are not Savarna North Indians. (See: Chennai Express, blackface meant to represent native Hawaiian peoples seen in the Hawa Hawai song in Mr. India, Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen, etc)

Misogyny and sexual violence against Dalit women.

Erasure of brown skin in South Asian media, replacing brown skinned South Asian women with extremely light skinned South Asian or white women calling them the ideal faces of South Asian womanhood and beauty.

Feel free to add to this


19 Asian Actresses on Major U.S. Cable Network Shows

Arden Cho (Korean) as Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf 

Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (Korean) as Lily Tucker-Pritchett on Modern Family

Archie Panjabi (Sindhi) as Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife

Chloe Bennet (Chinese and Jewish) as Skye on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Grace Park (Korean) as Kono Kalakaua on Hawaii Five-0

Hannah Simone (Indian and German/Italian/Greek) as Cece Parekh on New Girl

Jamie Chung (Korean) as Mulan on Once Upon a Time

Jenna Ushkowitz (Korean) as Tina Cohen-Chang on Glee

Jessica Lu (Chinese and Japanese) as Ming Huang on Awkward.

Maggie Q (Vietnamese and Irish/Polish) as Nikita on Nikita

Michaela Conlin (Chinese and Irish) as Angela Montenegro on Bones

Mindy Kaling (Tamil and Bengali) as Mindy Lahiri on The Mindy Project

Ming-Na Wen (Chinese) as Melinda May on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Parminder Nagra (Indian) as Meera Malik on The Blacklist

Reshma Shetty (Indian) as Divya Katdare on Royal Pains

Sandra Oh (Korean) as Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy

Shay Mitchell (Filipina and Scottish/Irish) as Emily Fields on Pretty Little Liars

Tania Gunadi (Indonesian) as Private Park on Enlisted

Yunjin Kim (Korean) as Karen Kim on Mistresses 

This was made in response to an anon we recently got who asked,

(Image reads - anonymous asked wocinsolidarity: We all know Lucy Liu is an industry favorite but do you know of any other Eastern Asia (or Asia in general) woc actresses?)

So rather then do a laundry list, I thought it would be cool to compile a photoset of someof the Asian actresses currently on television shows that aren’t Lucy Liu (though we do love us some Joan Watson). I asked around, and made this list based on my own TV watching and suggestions from people I know. So A) I don’t actually know if all of these shows are good or not and B) if one of your faves is missing it wasn’t done maliciously. 

*Disclaimers: All images used were found on Google. We do not own or claim to own any of these photos. All information about ethnic identity was found from Wikipedia, so let us know if anything is incorrect! 

Also: Sorry for how bad the quality of the photoset is. 

Edit: also I’m so sorry I clearly can’t count, this is only 19! 

To all the people commenting that is 19 and an adult in regards to

Where the hell were you when there was bunnyribbit discourse? I’ve gotten 5 page dissertations on why Lucio is too old for That to ship and Lucio romantically is skeezy and problematic. That Lucio would be preying on her (also this is Lucio we’re talking about too, the only preying he’s be doing is if someone asked him to do an impression of a preying mantis). But now Sombra’s out and’s magically an adult? Don’t get me wrong, I agree with you. can make her own choices and if you want her to be with Sombra go ahead. I’m just a little suspicious on why “ is an adult and can choose who she wants”  idea is suddenly coming in droves.

I mean, I try to not think about the fact that Black men are often banned from being paired White/Asian women in the media because Black men are often portrayed as thugs, savages, and “players” and they couldn’t possibly be paired with the Pure White Woman™ and the Meek and Shy Asian Woman.™ And even worse all those stereotypes I just listed are terrible for all parties above. Also my family is in show businesses. My mother has come  home after overhearing an outrageous comment about how this black male character would be “too intense” to be a white female character’s love interest (ain’t that a trip?). So in comes and Lucio who talk to each other like they’re equals and enjoy each other’s talents. And it’s a biracial pairing with both as POC? I instantly called up FedEx for next day shipping, bruh.

“But is a PoC biracial ship and lgbtqa!” You’ll probably message in my inbox. Again, that’s friggin awesome. But that fact the you pick and choose battles and ignore people getting shamed for liking Bunnyribbit and then turning around and defending Som.Va makes me give you the side eye. And yes, its a female/male ship. I say f/m because it is not a hetro-ship because I headcanon Lucio as bisexual and as demisexual. *holds your face close to mine* But even if they were both straight, a biracial PoC couple is underrepresented in the media and needs representation. *lets go of your face*

So we know it ain’t age when you guys weren’t speaking up because Sombra is whopping 11 years older than, while Lucio is 7 years older. So then what was it?

Originally posted by theprincess-1994

Reframing a story so that a white man saves an Asian woman will always be racist and fetishistic, because it plays into the stereotype that Asian women are submissive, frail, obedient, demure, and “damsels in distress”. This stereotype has roots in colonialism and imperialism. It is why white men love fetishizing and sexualizing Asian women so much when they aren’t desexualizing the ones they find unattractive. Please do not support any movies or narratives that utilize this kind of writing. 

anonymous asked:

What do you think about Hasan Minhaj? I think he is funny and he does not seem like a fuckboy either since his wife is Indian too. Better than Aziz imo

I think all south asian men have work to do but I think hasan fulfills his intentions more / shows that he actually respects south asian women more than any of the other desi guys in media. 

pretty tired of seeing this hair trope on Asian characters

EDIT: here’s an insightful look into this trope from divallon 

to reiterate, this is not necessarily a bad trope or stereotype 

it is overused in Western media and East-Asian women deserve more variety and better representation than this 

as shoorm put it it’s not the literal hairstyle that’s offensive, that’s not the point

it’s the subtleties that this trope carries, it’s about how race-specific this trope is

I have one major criticism of X-men: Apocalypse and it’s how obvious the mistreatment of women of color was in the film. Psylocke had all of like 5 lines in the movie, Storm had even less lines and she took forever to decide to help the X-men and Jubilee is literally barely in the movie. The X-men franchise has never really treated their characters of color right but X-men apocalypse’s treatment was appalling especially when it had so much potential. Just think about it, a movie, which features 3 women of color in starring roles, two of which are asian american women, that is almost unheared in a hollywood that seems to only whitewash asian roles.

I hate those arguments about how johnlock (BBC Sherlock) is more “revolutionary” than joanlock (Elementary) because they dismiss joanlock as “the same old shit” for being a “straight” relationship vs johnlock’s “gay” relationship and completely ignore that Joan is a WOC and an interracial “straight” relationship is different from a romance between a white woman and a white man.

East Asian women in (what society sees as) man/woman relationships in media is very different from white man/woman relationships. Many of these romances fetishize EA women and rely on racist tropes or turn them into racist caricatures through the “dragon lady” or “submissive doll” stereotypes.

Joan Watson is not (from what I’ve noticed anyway) like this. The friendship between her and Holmes doesn’t make her into less of a person and a potential romance between them isn’t going to do that either. 

A complex friendship between an East Asian woman and a white man where the East Asian woman is not fetishized is rare. You can’t dismiss joanlock for not being “revolutionary” when EA women have very few opportunities to see ourselves in any sort of relationship on screen where we are not dehumanized/sexualized/etc.

Yeah, m/m relationships in media are important. But you can’t call a ship between two underdeveloped white male characters “revolutionary” while dismissing a non-fetishistic relationship between a Chinese woman and her best friend as “the same old shit”.

anonymous asked:

What's wrong with being mixed with white?

I didn’t say there was something wrong with being mixed with White. That whole post was just about poking fun at the concept of people who fetishize Asian girls, and expect them all to fit one limited standard. If you don’t already know, eurocentric beauty standards have plagued the world. SOMETIMES the people who fetishize Asian girls/women mixed with White, are actually just people looking for “watered down” versions of straight cis White women, or watered down versions of Asian women. Someone “exotic”, but not too “exotic”. This is not me, personally, calling Asian women mixed with White, watered down versions of monoracial people, but I’m just referring to the way certain people look at it. For example, Asian women with lighter skin, bigger/light eyes, smaller/pointier noses are often put on a pedestal, compared to Asian women who look stereotypically monoracial. In Hollywood, and in a lot of Asian media, half White Asian girls are more sought after than monoracial Asian girls. They are looked at as the “safe choice” in Hollywood, they are examples of what White people define as diversity, by allowing someone mixed with White play a full Asian character. I being a Filipina who was born in the US, grew up so excited to eventually watch “Filipino tv”…only to find nobody that really looked like me. Many of these celebrities in the Philippines, are living on mostly SUNNY ISLANDS, yet have the skin color of snow…A lot of this has to do with being half White. Or because they have lightened their skin. Or they’ve chosen to stay out of the sun. My point is, even though there is nothing wrong with being mixed with White, yall do have privilege. And like I said, you are often seen as the “safe” choice, when a person aims to date an Asian girl. I also recognize that not every fetishizer favors White beauty standards when it comes to Asian girls. Lol Look how long-winded this reply was. Rambling for days. The reason I wrote the line “that aren’t mixed with White”, was because it sort of challenges people who claim they have a “thing for Asians”.