Pan Jinlian [潘金蓮] is a protagonist in the Chinese classic novel Jin Ping Mei (The Plum in the Golden Vase), and a minor character in the Water Margin, another classic. A well-known figure in Chinese culture, she represents the quintessential adulterous wife, and has become the patron goddess of brothels and prostitutes.
Pan Jinlian was the wife of Wu Dalang, whose younger brother, Wu Song, eventually became one of the major marsh rebels and a most memorable hero. While Wu Song was a handsome, stout and tall young man, Wu Dalong was an unsightly dwarf, making a living by peddling bread. Pan Jinlian, young, beautiful and graceful, was always jeered by neighbors as “a flower planted in a cow’s dung.”
Pan, dissatisfied with her marriage, has an extramarital affair with Ximen Qing, a handsome womanizer in town. Wu Dalang learns of the affair, but Pan and Ximen murder him by adding poison to his food. They bribe the coroner to conceal the true cause of his death. Wu Song grows suspicious of his brother’s death and carries out his own investigations to eventually discover the truth. Wu Song takes the law into his own hands in revenging his brother after his failure to bring the case to a corrupt court: he slays Pan Jinlian and her lover.
Me: sometimes people are clearly treating poc like dogs.
People: omg that’s not true, and we don’t mean it; and if you feel that way, it’s not our fault because we can’t help it, because unless we ask every poc we meet about why they aren’t white there’s no way we can learn about people who aren’t white and their non-white cultures because google and youtube is only available for poc.
:0 What roles do the Eastern bros have? Or is that a little surprise for the future ;) ?
oh god yes thank you, ok, so while the frame story is a super cliche undercover cop drama, it wouldnt be an eastern promises mafia au if the bulk of the narrative didnt rest on the eastern criminal underground. once america infiltrates the vory v zakone and befriends finland/poland/lithuania, he finds himself digging into a decade-long cold case (which france, england’s ex-partner, quit the force over and joined the press for) which ends up reuniting a lot of folks and unraveling some serious bad blood
♔ the far east ♔ three families (china, japan, and south korea) that specialize in contraband, extortion, and high-level government corruption. don’t fuck with them; only they get to fuck each other up. oh, hong kong is a spoiled heir who is probably (totally) england’s snitch/dealer
♔ the near east ♔ a rag tag group of ex-criminals who moonlight as a trauma clean-up crew after retiring from a life of hard crime. they know everyone and everyone knows them, and everyone owes them favours (turkey has the bulgarians by the balls and greece was italian muscle). now, they mostly fuck around on the antiquity black market and gamble on weekends with the nordics (who run a bail bond agency, because, yes, this is also a prison au)
♔ the east ♔ america’s (initial) target. russia, belarus, and ukraine are royalty and untouchable after forcing the asians into an alliance. america starts getting in deep when he befriends poland (tattoo artist), lithuania (informant-advisor), and finland (low-level associate drifter), and tries to play hero. poland and lithuania just want out of this life, but finland’s the dark horse and nobody knows what the fuck he’s gunning for
I’m gonna talk about the dinner table scene during ‘Terms of Embarrassment’ that hit me in my diasporic Asian American feels so hard that I couldn’t even see it coming. Celia’s reaction to seeing food using her mother’s old recipes on the table… the silence and inability for her to put the emotions around loss into words. Food is such an essential part of Asian American experience and identity and they managed to get that in the scene. Lauren Tom’s acting in this scene had so much nuance and depth, I was speechless. This show gets at such deep level of an Asian American experience and it’s so subtle too that I’m sure I can only see it through my own Asian American lens.
I’d never thought I’d see food that seemed so obscure to my family normalized onscreen on a Disney Channel show and not just a joke about exotic food. If you told me that when I was a kid I probably wouldn’t have believed it was possible. (Also, did they confirm that Celia speaks Cantonese? Because yes 🙌🏼)
I know they casted the show colorblind and Andi is supposed to relate to “any kid” coming from the interviews out there with the kid cast. But there’s no doubt in my mind that this is an Asian American story and I’m so glad kids get to see this on screen.