western asian women

anonymous asked:

As an Asian, I believe Koreans are so different around non Asians is because we asians are really dainty, short, and have soft feminine features, we're also nicer and slimmer. They're so different because Westerners are bigger(weight wise), taller, not as soft, and the girls don't have feminine features. That's most likely the reason why.

There is so much yikes going on in this ask…I don’t know where to start….

-Admin Kim 

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

Why BTS Winning a BBMA is More Than That

On Sunday 21st May in Las Vegas, Bangtan Sonyeondan (meaning Bulletproof Boyscouts, abbreviated to BTS) made history as the first Asian act, let alone the first K – Pop act, to win an accredited Billboard Music Award. Although it was a stepping stone for them, it was a giant leap in the right direction for Asians in general.

BTS – meaning to be bulletproof against the prejudices and oppressions against youths – is a seven-member boy band from a small company in South Korea. Being a small company in a competitive industry meant that BTS had to overcome their own obstacles from keyboard warriors in their home country. It was partly due to the lingering stereotype against hip hop artists who became idols, seen as going against “true hip hop”. However, it was also due to the limited resources the company were able to allocated to the group for their promotions in comparison to power houses such as YG, SM or JYP. Said companies – also known as the “big three” – have consistently debuted artists who have succeeded and bought in money, so for a company that was in debt yet still had a group that succeeded both domestically and internationally meant that they faced a lot of criticisms.

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Sorry, but Rachel Rostad is wrong about Cho Chang.

LOL, I love how I got unfollowed for calling out Tumblr’s precious Rachel Rostad and her rant on Cho Chang as being inaccurate and racist in its erasure of non-American Chinese (American-centrism FTW!)

Even though I’m hardly the first person of Chinese origin - or even the first person who’s actually linguistically familiar with Chinese - to say her video is inaccurate and racist (or even that Cho Chang can actually be a Chinese name)

But, naming aside, there is so much wrong with her poem it’s really hard to know where to begin.

I mean, I’m glad that she was looking forward to seeing an Asian (I really struggle to remember that “Asian” means racially very different things in a US and UK context) character in Harry Potter, but… “I no speak Engrish?” “Asian fetishisation?” Turning Asian women into a “tragic fetish” in which they kill themselves? What, because Cho cried a lot over a boyfriend who died in horrible circumstances?

(Let’s just remind ourselves that Cho didn’t kill herself, so the “tragic fetish” point Rostad makes is moot. And she speaks perfect English, too, so the “I no speak Engrish” point Rostad makes is, frankly, moot. Not to mention a racist Japanese stereotype rather than a Chinese one - but accuracy isn’t Rostad’s strong point, as I already mentioned.)

Granted, Rowling could have done a lot better in her treatment of Cho - and it’s certainly unfortunate that she chose a non-white girl to “contrast Ginny’s character and make her look stronger” - but I don’t think it was racism, I think Rowling was just unnecessarily unsympathetic to Cho’s crying over what was actually quite a tragic event - a sort of very British attitude of “oh get over it and pull yourself together” that many Brits take towards prolonged crying, and I think Cho would have got the same treatment if she was white.

Why? Because as far as I can tell (from both my own experience as a part-Chinese and from every other British-born Chinese I know or have met/read about) we’re NOT subjected to the “submissive giggling Asian geisha” racist stereotype that I hear US Asians are. Does it exist in the UK? Probably. I’m just more familiar with the “you all speak in a shouty language” and “you all run a Chinese takeaway” stereotypes. But hey.

Also, Cho wasn’t the weak submissive type Rostad has made her out to be. SHE FIGHTS IN DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY, FOR FUCK’S SAKE. We know from what Neville says in Book 7 and the little news Harry gets about Ginny that members who stand up to Snape’s regime risk torture and are often subjected to torture. We don’t hear what Cho’s up to, because the books are from Harry’s POV and Harry’s not in touch with her, but I don’t doubt that she runs the same risks and experiences. That takes guts. That takes bravery. That takes someone who’s not a “tragic fetish stereotype”. Has Rachel Rostad even read the fucking books?

And way before that, she stops crying so much and dates someone new. She and Harry, as far as I can tell, have no hard feelings upon breaking up. But no, Harry dating her is evidence of his “Asian fetishisation” (even though there’s nothing in the books to suggest that, and Rowling doesn’t even fetishise Cho in her writing of her) and “yellow fever”, terms I have literally never heard of before joining Tumblr. As I said, race issues in Britain ARE NOT the same as in the US - our racial makeup isn’t even similar, for a start. And mixed-race relationships are so commonplace in the UK, both in the media and our most populous city, that no-one really remarks on it. I imagine Harry Potter’s Britain reflects that.

Say “yellow fever” to any Brit, and they’ll probably think you’re talking about the tropical disease you get from mosquitoes. The only time I personally have encountered “Asian fetishisation” was when I was living in China, and a white American man tried to chat me up thinking I was a local (promptly losing interest when he realised I wasn’t, and that I wasn’t impressed). I don’t know of any Chinese person who’s encountered it in the UK - maybe it does exist, I don’t want to say a definitive “no” without proof; but if it does then I’m sure it takes a different form to the version I’ve been reading about from Asian-Americans in the feminist sphere. Because, you know, different racial issues/stereotypes, different national characters.

Personally, I don’t think anyone has the right to judge a mixed-race relationship without actually knowing anything about their relationship, and I find the automatic assumption by some sections on Tumblr (and in this case, Rachel Rostad) that a white man dating an Asian woman automatically has to be fetishising her, or seeing/treating her as some sort of giggling submissive slave, really offensive. (Out of all the East Asian / White British mixed relationships I know, and I know quite a few, NONE OF THEM are like that.) We Western Asian women have far more agency and intelligence than that, for fuck’s sake - don’t patronise us.

I think Rostad’s poem of seeing negative racial stereotypes against Chinese girls that aren’t really there (how the hell is Cho Chang being in “the clever house” of Ravenclaw a bad thing? Even after she proves to be competent (she learns how to do the patronus before Hermione does) and sporty (she’s clearly good at Quidditch - and sports are NOT something your stereotypical Asian family values; “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” was right in that regard) and brave (she helps fight the Death Eaters in Dumbledore’s Army)?) were more about her, and less about Cho - and less about actually doing her research on Chinese names, culture, or even the possible dynamics of Chinese/White inter-racial relationships in Britain. I find that appalling, because we are literally being misrepresented by someone who doesn’t fucking know what she’s talking about.

And that’s even leaving aside that she’s a Korean-American who knows nothing about being Chinese, let alone being Chinese in Britain. But Tumblr takes her word for it, because, hey, she looks Asian, she must know what she’s talking about!

Sorry to rant, but this has actually been upsetting me for days.

Since entering college, I have been consistently categorized by race when it comes to academic performance, sex and dating. My friends joke that I must be smart because I’m Asian. I’ve been the “Asian” girlfriend. I’ve been the “token Asian” hook-up. Men have asked if my vagina is slanted. I’ve overheard guys being encouraged to try sleeping with me because “sex with an Asian girl changes your life.” And guys who genuinely like me are accused of having an “Asian” fetish.

It should be as simple as: “I think Asian girls are pretty. Some guys like blondes or redheads. What’s the difference?”

Logically, there shouldn’t be a difference, but there is. There’s nothing racist about being attracted to certain physical traits - but defining the motivation of attraction is very difficult. Drawing an analogy between the variable features of Caucasian women and an entire race oversimplifies the issue. The history behind the infatuation with Asian women started with the colonization of Asia, and the image of the exotic and submissive mistress is an old-world stereotype that still lives on today.

In western culture, Asian women are associated with sex to the point of absurdity. The only social identities formed are based on sex: the mysterious and gentle Geisha girl or the fierce, dragon-lady temptress…

…These sexualized images stress the Asian trophy, the object, the sex toy. Of course, women of every race are featured in pornography, but we rarely see Asian women outside of sexual roles in mass media. Unlike many of the other negative stereotypes associated with race, the one that follows Asian women is tricky because sex is the dominant association, and American pop-culture is all about sex, sex and more sex.

It perpetuates the image of Asian women in an exclusively sexual light…that image includes me.

—  Rose Hansen- Exploring the Sexualization of Asian Women

that really popular #blackpoweryellowperil post talking about how Asian women and black women are on “opposite sides of the spectrum” has a lot of strong points but part of it doesn’t sit well with me because it kind of implies all Asian women are fetishized in the ~*demure little lotus flower*~ way, which a huge number of us are, and it is fucking dehumanizing and racist and never flattering BUT there are thousands of south and southeast Asian women who do not meet the stereotypical western ideal for Asian women and we’re compared to monkeys for being dark skinned or having body types that aren’t super skinny and petite. That post doesn’t necessarily relate to us.

there are two sides of the fetish: those who are fetishized and those who are deemed too ugly to be fetishized and therefore classified as “not Asian enough” by repulsive white people. Both are horrible but I feel like that post completely erases the latter, those fat dark non able bodied Asian girls who have their own separate struggles.

anonymous asked:

"Cultures that endorse modesty and cultures that endorse hypersexualization are the *same* thing. Both define female sexuality by how it relates to the male gaze. In both cases the female body exists as an ornament either to be kept carefully hidden or put on display. Neither is an empowering feminist achievement." you DO realize that men are also told to be modest or are sexualized just as much as women, right? This isn't a fucking "male gaze" thing, jesus christ.

Do you realise that quote wasn’t about “men are NEVER sexualised” but was about the blatant hypocrisy of how Western feminists treat us non-Western women and that your comment basically completely missed the point because you were so intent on being outraged that I “excluded” men. In the first place, I’m no stranger to the fact that men can be sexualised and abused. I have read cases of male rape victims, cases of boys and men who were molested and raped by the people they should have been able to trust. Recently in class, we debated the limitations of the present rape law and whether it does enough to protect male and transgender victims.

That is a very important conversation to have but I have no time for you derailing a specific and real issue. I.e Western feminists seeing Muslim women with a veil and yelling how self-oppressed they are when they don’t even know anything about the religion, plus failing to completely realise that the society in the West treats women as ornaments too, just in the opposite way. Western women speaking over Asian women, seeing their lifestyle as the epitome of liberty, as saviours to liberate us, instead as equals who learn from each other- and therefore completely distorting and misunderstanding our issues.

It’s funny you tell me men are as “sexualised” and told to be as “modest” as women. Men can be sexualised but in MY own experience, in the culture I grew up in, it’s women who were particularly sexualised and modesty was prized. That’s why my great-great grandmother had bound feet that permanently crippled her because according to fucked up Chinese beauty standards, that’s “beautiful”. Because there was a fetish for women with such tiny feet, who would be dependent on their male family members. I went to a pretty conservative religious school. They went on and on about how “ladies should not yell, should not shout” and harassed me time and again for my hair being too messy (due to its natural texture) and not as “prim and proper” as a lady should look, picked on girls who dared to wear a slightly more fanciful earring as “failing to be modest”, said those whose skirts showed a bit of knee were “shameless”, Women are both sexualised and expected to be passive agents precisely because Chinese culture was greatly influenced by the patriarchal ideas of Confucianism. 

If men are sexualised as much as women and expected to be modest, you tell me why in all of Chinese history only one woman ruled as emperor in her own right? And on the other hand, d’you know how many concubines and consorts one emperor had? Don’t tell me men are sexualised as much as women are, please. Power fantasies =/= different from sexualisation.

Men can be sexualised =/= they are the ones being sexualised most of the time. Men face their own distinctly different issues and stereotypes, like being thought of as incapable of being emotional, expected to be “tough” all the time etc.

Men and women, as well as people of all other genders, face real issues and I’m honestly disappointed you took it this way instead of recognising that a) this post wasn’t even about saying “ONLY women are sexualised” but the issues with Western feminism and its saviour complex towards non-Western women b) failing to realise that parallel conversations can be had c) just because one post isn’t about men =/= dismissing male issues.

Zootopia looks like a great movie but It seems a little more confusing than it needs to be. Remember this movie is about institutionalized prejudice, which is already a little complicated for the child audience. Now I haven’t seen the movie but I’ve seen all the trailers and read all the spoilers and it seems like the movie never picks a side. It discusses stereotypes by showing how different species of animals are oppressed by being stereotyped. Except that would mean EVERY animal species is a racial minority.
Nick the fox is oppressed because he’s a predator, at the top of the food chain, so other animals consider him dangerous and sneaky a clear allegory for how black/Muslim men are treated

Then there’s Judy the bunny who is oppressed because she’s a prey animal. Other animals consider her to be cute and not much else, small and weak and fragile, and carrot-obsessed. This might be an analogy for how western Asian women are oppressed, fetish-ized, seen as submissive, cute, anime waifus.

Now don’t get me wrong different races can be oppressed in different ways, but There needs to be an ‘oppressive’ race, a species, or class, of animal that’s at the top, maybe resented by less privileged races of animals but overall holds the majority of authority and representation

But you can’t DO that if you establish that predator mammals AND prey mammals are both oppressed racial minorities. Now don’t get me wrong, minorities do hold prejudices against each other, but there’s still an 'authority’ race that fuels the prejudice and pits minorities against each other, trying to foster an attitude of “yeah I may be (insert minority here) but at least I’m not (insert different minority here) lol those guys are the worst,”

If they’re trying to make an accurate analogy there needs to be an animal or animal class that’s equivalent to white people. But I don’t know how they’re going to do that if the two big animal classes are Prey and Predator, but it’s clearly established that BOTH are treated as racial minorities and face equal prejudice.

I’m watching a documentary in class about companies helping western men “choose” asian women for marriage. They literally have files and videos and qualities of these women recorded for western men to pick. While some other students are saying it’s so sweet and whatnot, i wanna jump up and say ASIAN WOMEN ARE NOT FREAKING COMMODITIES WHEN WILL PEOPLE UNDERSTAND

squirrelofdoom  asked:

Hey Kim, first of all I really respect you as a person and as an artist. But I really have to ask: How can you, in one post, argue against sending girls home from school for the way they dress, and in another condemn a girl for dressing in a way and style that did not originate from her own culture? I don't want to attack you in any way, but don't you feel that is kind of hypocritical?

Fair question! I can see how it might seem odd out of context! Lemme explain:

In the post about the girl getting sent home, it’s happening because the unfair double standards that people have towards women’s bodies, compared to men’s. Girls’ bodies are often over-sexualised. There have been multiple cases floating around, of girls being sent home from school because of what they’re wearing, when what they’re wearing is actually perfectly appropriate for school, with the claim being that it’s distracting the boys and men around them. If boys are distracted by seeing the slightest bit of skin on a girl. It’s them who have the problem. This is a sexism issue. A misogyny issue. I’m sure you’re on board with that bit!

The other post you’re referencing was about cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is taking aspects of another culture, and adapting them into your own.
While this, at face value seems great, (who wouldn’t want cultural diversity, with cultures developing to adapt and mimic each other, right?)  it’s sometimes done distastefully in the eyes of the original culture. Because often, the symbolic value of whatever traits are being mimicked, is completely missed. The most obvious, and easy to understand examples of this, include the appropriation of native american headdresses. In many native tribes, the feathers and face paint symbolised a level of honour, which was earned over years through good and honourable deeds. With major spiritual significance. Wearing one for the fun of it, belittles this tradition, especially given the white, western attitude to native americans today, and the history between these two groups. The oppressors, are taking the style and design from the oppressed, with no regard for its history or symbolism. It’s easy to not see this at first. I know I was definitely guilty of cultural appropriation before I understood it.
Another example, is the bindi. Some people have sometimes appropriated this as a fashion statement. But for its original wearers, the bindi has a cultural significance, and in a world where minority racial groups are marginalised in daily life, the aspects of their culture that are symbolic, or hold history, become a representation of a shared understanding, and a shared struggle. A white person can adopt any of these fashions, and still maintain their position of privilege, while a person from these cultures would still be marginalised for it.

Cultural appropriation also reinforces stereotypes. In the post you referred to, this was the problem. In Western society, Asian women in particular, are objectified in a unique way, and often fetishised. Avril Lavigne’s music video is an extreme example of this. There are plenty of articles that can explain it far better than me. The quote: “a shallow and lazy Western take on a complex area of popular culture.” sums it up fairly well. There are varying opinions on what can be classed as cultural appropriation, and what can’t. But it’s not up to the dominant group to decide. That’s kind of the point.

So It’s not that the girl should be shamed out of wearing what she’s chosen to wear. It’s just that often, without realising, people can disrespect the very cultures that they’re trying to pay homage to. As a white person, she is in a position of privilege, and has to be aware of the effects of her actions when coming from white person. And that is something people need to be educated on. Which is what it seemed like the man in that photoset was trying to do!

Sorry if I’ve just spewed out a load of information you already knew, or just missed the point of your question! Hope that clears some stuff up though.

I’m no expert on cultural appropriation, and I’m probably still unknowingly guilty of misunderstanding it, and perpetuating a lot of problems. It’s about listening and learning. So feel free to argue anything you disagree about. And if anyone’s reading this and wants to add or correct something, go for it! But I hope that’s cleared up any confusion you had about why I seemed hypocritical! :)