weird asian

Something cringey I’ve noticed while re-watching my favorite sitcoms is the “other-ization” of minorities by simply using their ethnicity as a modifier. “It must’ve been that Indian food; oh it was the weird Korean place; oh it’s the weird Chinese brand.”

I think it can be totally cool to embrace and poke fun at relatable things about our myriad of cultures. But if the joke is just “say an ethnic name and that’s the joke,” that’s a cheap stab at the exotic and scary stereotype of “the other.”

I’ve seen this ethnic other-ized punchline in nearly every sitcom: Parks & Rec, Friends, Seinfeld, Brooklyn 99, The Office, Arrested Development. I love many of these sitcoms—but I cringe at the sudden exclusionary humor, especially about “weird Asian stuff.”

Asian punchline humor always has been low-hanging fruit and easy-mode for “comedy” writers because it will never see protest and seems harmless. Too many Asian-Americans follow along, just happy for the representation at all, and always in fear of looking like “we’re not team players.”

The next time you watch any sitcom, be on the look-out for random Asian/foreigner/exotic punchline. Sometimes it really is funny and I laugh too. But it’s also lazy writing, alienating, and reminds me as an Asian-American that I will always be seen as a second class invisible non-being.

Korean Drama Recommendations/Fangirling:

So! A friend of mine on FB asked me late last night for Korean drama recommendations. She’s never watched kdramas before, so without intending to I just vomited up brief feels, synopses, and titles for her from which to choose. These titles were only the ones that immediately came to mind off the top of my head. Seeing as how I assume some of you adorable follower-humans might enjoy kdramas too, I thought I’d share. Most likely you diehards (pun not intended) out there have already seen these, but here’s some dramas to throw in your face anyway! Since it’s my thing, I’m going to go by genre; so all will have romance as either a main plot line or as a subplot. Brace yourself for the d'awws!

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If you’re in the mood for a serious, beautiful, powerhouse of a drama with adult themes (ie adultery but not really…long story), dreams and money, sacrificing your true self for security to forsake happiness, and of COURSE sex and pianos, then you need to watch Secret Love Affair. It is hot and intense and has an open ended interpretation for a finale that will leave you stunned and happy.

I mean, damn, guys…come on just LOOK at this sexiness!

Plus it’s just a damn good drama all around. So watch it.

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If you’re looking for something that walks the line between comedy and paranormal, you NEED to see The Master’s Sun. Its heroine is an hilariously adorable girl who can see ghosts, and the hero is a skeptic who, when the female lead touches, makes poltergeists disappear. It’s probably one of the best dramas that incorporates creepy horror with perfect comedy!

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If you’re looking for something a bit different, you HAVE to watch Arang and the Magistrate. Same concept as The Master’s Sun, except the female lead is dead and a ghost, the setting is ancient Korea, and there’s gods, goddesses, action, magic, and evil political dudes. Plus the male lead is hilariously apathetic, and the female lead is a badass who kicks ass as a dead girl! It’s funny and dark and heartfelt and will leave you with all of the heart eyes! Plus it has the cutest ending that ever cuted itself.

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If you’re looking for something strictly comedy and a bit silly, with moments of seriousness and more cute than you could shake a stick at, you need King of High School. Take an 18 year old high school guy and make him pose as his older brother as a prestigious CEO in a company that a dowdy, 30 year old over-looked heroine works at and you talk about some of the CUTEST comedy you’ve ever witnessed in your freakin’ life!

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If you’re looking for something hella melodramatic and intense, go with Secret Love. Heroine is engaged to a guy who gets involved in a hit-and-run that kills a girl, and the heroine takes the fall for her fiance. Turns out the victim was the pregnant girlfriend of the male lead. The drama explores the idea of falling in love with someone, even as you hate them. Suffice to say, IT IS INTENSE, and a bit nuts of a drama, but it will leaving you feeling all of your emotions and then some.

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If you want some time travel in your drama diet, go with Queen In Hyun’s Man. Hero is an ancient Korean scholar who finds himself traveling to the future, where he meets the female lead, an aspiring actress who lands the role of the Queen from our hero’s time period. Comedy, cuteness, angst, and adorableness ensues. And smexy kisses. OH MY GOD THE SMEXY KISSES!

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Keeping in the same vain as the historical theme, Sungkyunkwan Scandal is adorable and perfect! Set in ancient Korea, in order to protect her family our female lead disguises herself as a boy to get into a university of sorts that only permits men. Cue “male lead finds himself attracted to a boy despite him not being gay” theme and much hilarious ensues. Ignoring the gay panic is a must, but if you can it’s so entertaining and will leave you so damn amused!

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And, last but not least, keeping with the gay-panic theme, Coffee Prince. Coffee Prince is probably one of the best kdramas ever, and it’s basically the same premise as Sungkyunkwan Scandal; female lead lands a job in an all-male working environment to support her family. The only real difference is that in Coffee Prince, our heroine opens and closes the drama as a very tom boyish, masculine girl. She’s never subscribed to gender roles, so it makes her character far more interesting. There’s angst and cute and smexy kisses and great characters and everything you could ever want in a drama!

Fan Bing Bing absolutely killing it and looking like an immaculate goddess at the Met Gala, meanwhile nearly everyone else entirely missed the theme memo.

dva’s bunny icon being used as a feminist symbol in women’s marches in korea is the best possible outcome and also a great fuck you to the grotesque dudebros who have been overly-sexualizing her from day 1 just bc she’s their manic pixie gamer girl/appeals to their weird asian fetish

dva doesnt belong to men

i think it’s time for people who prefer drake or hana to get the option to tell liam about it, and it’s not because i don’t like him and i’m tired of the forced scenes with him (but that too tbh xD) but mainly because i don’t want the ending of book 2 like: 
liam: we can finally be together, my queen!!
mc: about that… i forgot to mention i realized i don’t love you, and actually i’m in love with your best friend!! 
liam: oh… cool :’D 

it’s really not fair and i feel like the worst person every time he invites mc to those secret dates and she’s like “i’ll think about it” but she NEVER GOES BC SHE’S HAVING FUN WITH DRAKE akfkahghg h e l p