Here’s OC Meme #2 - I got tagged by gulmontjonty

Name of your OC: Anemos Seelund aka Nemmy aka Little Lord Nemmington

One Picture You Like Best of Your OC’s FC: This is Richard Henry, a kakapo partially responsible for saving the species, which was once thought extinct. He was found on one island, and a pocket of them was found on another – he was brought in to add genetic diversity to the group and make them more viable as a longer-term population. I’ve used a picture with a human here to show just how big they are. The kakapo is clearly the RL version of the orokeets and I chose Richard Henry because his markings, especially the yellow face, match Nemmy’s fairly well.

As you can see, these are sizable birds. I think sometimes people think there’s a little canary following Aurhia around, but she’s short so he’s knee-high on her.

Photo Attribution: By Errol Nye, National Kakapo Team, DOC. Uploaded by Ppgardne at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Two headcanons that you have for your OC that you never told anyone:

1. Nemmy can’t speak orokeet. He’s only ever known people speaking Basic, and the thoughts that pass between him and Aurhiamama are in Basic. But his voice box doesn’t allow him to form Basic words, so his squeaking is as close as he can get to speaking in Basic and would be unintelligible to another orokeet.

2. Because of Aurhia’s accidental tampering, Nemmy actually shares a small amount of her force connection and he can draw on it when he’s overly scared to protect himself. What little Light Side remains to her comes entirely from him.

Three things that your OC likes doing in their free time:

1. Two words: Angry. Jawas.

2. The akk-dog puppy has grown to be about the same size as Nemmy now, and the two of them tear around Aurhia’s home on Nar Shaddaa

3. He hunts big bugs and small lizards. Tatooine is his favorite hunting ground.

Two things your OC regrets:

Nemmy lives in the now. He’s extremely intelligent, but he’s still a child and still mostly bound by concepts his brain is complex enough to handle. Maybe when he’s 80 he’ll have regrets but right now he’s too young to know what those are.

Two phobias your OC has:

1. Not quite a phobia, but he’s scared of fireworks

2. Losing his Aurhiamama

I tagged people on the other post, but as always, if you want to do this and haven’t been tagged yet, consider yourself tagged.

If you’re interested in knowing more about kakapos, I urge you to visit and make a donation to help save the species!

illuminateyourtomorrow asked:

Hi! I had no idea what yellow facing was until I saw your post about it. It was informative, though Im sort of confused. I'd always considered the interest in Asian culture & dress to be a really good thing. Being made fun of so many time for my "little Asian eyes" in school, I consider it a good thing when westerners appreciate the appearance of an East Asian. I think the best way to combat racism is to have others interested in different cultures. I just thought I'd share my opinion, thanks!

People might be interested in pieces of our cultures and the idea of us, but they’ll never actually care about us as individuals. They only see Asian cultures as something they can exploit to make themselves seem more interesting. We become costumes and party themes and pieces of a backdrop to an exotic destination that exists for the sole purpose of enlightening a white westerner. Don’t mistake appropriation for appreciation.


CBS Flexes It’s White Privilege: #HIMYM Cast in Yellow Face, By Danielle Miller

Since many have been so scrutinized for their red face depictions it seems Hollywood needed a new focus for attention.  The easiest way to gain attention quickly is through shock value; we see this daily with tabloids and Reality TV. It seems television executives have become aware of how offending racial groups quickly brings names to the spotlight.

While name dropping and attention from audiences may give Hollywood the instant gratification it seeks, they need to realize that resorting to red/yellow/black face for relevance is only giving them negative attention.

You would think with the slew of appropriation and the backlash in the past few years that everyone would have learned their lesson. All the supposedly heartfelt and good intentioned apologies have been created to assuage those who react to the offenses. However, we still see the reckless appropriation and stereotypical depictions continue and the apologies become more inauthentic, predictable and redundant.

An apology means nothing if the actions which caused harm continue. With actions perpetuated it becomes obvious that perpetuators believe they can do anything as long as they can write up another generic apology. Again I will stress the significance of holding perpetuators accountable for their actions and no longer being satisfied with another generic apology.

These patterns reveal that these depictions are no longer a mistake, but ways to subconsciously uphold oppressive power structures. While many point out that there are bigger issues, they fail to recognize that the bigger issues are trivialized and silenced when stereotyped depictions are used to represent a racial group rather than true stories and depictions.

What does this say about the mainstream, that these issues go viral and yet somehow these events keep occurring? There are many possibilities, but it can be proven that it goes beyond “good intentions” and attempts to “honor” the cultures they steal and make a mockery of.

The Katy Perry performance was one that went viral and all the conversations claimed that she wanted to honor the culture and had good intentions although elements of the performance, and her reaction, and actions of appropriation (past and current) proved otherwise.

In last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother, cast members dressed in yellow face. The video showing this depiction is listed as ”no longer available” on the CBS website.


What would Effie Munro’s daughter Lucy from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Yellow Face” have looked like in adulthood?  And what would have happened to her?

The hard truth is that very few options existed in the 19th century for women of color, and almost none as regarded what we would today call a “career."  Those who worked inside the home were most often domestics or cooks in other people’s households, or else did sewing, crafts, or laundry within their own homes. But Effie Munro’s daughter had tremendous advantages, so let’s consider rather further.  She had a well-traveled white mother who practically merited the term "adventuress,” one with her own money and prospects, and she had a white father pledged to love and protect her.  The family must have faced terrible social pressures, but they were strong and affluent and committed and brave.  So what might have become of her?

Marriage.  Well to do women seldom, let us remember, sought work at all.  One of the most likely lives Lucy would have found is marriage to a prosperous man of color–but remember, Effie married a black gentleman, and her new husband saw no issue with interracial marriage.  Therefore, provided the groom was suitably courageous, kind, and generally awesome, I have no problem believing Effie’s daughter could have married whomever she damn well pleased!

–Education.  Lucy came from two highly intelligent and resourceful parents, and ones with no fear of flouting social convention.  If Effie’s daughter developed an interest in the sciences or the humanities, she would most likely have used the knowledge for teaching, possibly even in a school dedicated to educating people of color.

–Small Business Ownership.  It was extremely uncommon for women to own their own businesses, but it was just barely possible.  Lucy had no need of her own income; however, if she had a love of hospitality, hats, printing, what have you, she could have owned a restaurant, millinery, or small press, for example.

The Arts.  Lucy must have experienced myriad disappointments and snobberies even growing up with such a badass parent and step-parent.  She would have a lot to express, and since money was no object, I personally like to think that she could have chosen to tell her story through music, painting, or some other medium.  This is my headcanon.

–Social Justice.  Times, they were hard in the 19th century, especially for people of color; it would come as no surprise to me if Lucy became a revolutionary, a crusader for civil rights during the early days of the suffragette movement–in fact, if she wasn’t a suffragette, I’ll eat my hat.

Whatever became of Lucy Munro, I hope she had a full and happy life.  Not only were her parents behind her, but so were Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself–a pretty formidable cheer team if I ever saw one.

Gatiss likes to quote a moment in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes story “The Yellow Face”: “Nothing’s happening in the case, and Holmes is moping. Watson eventually persuades him to come out of the house for a walk. And he writes, ‘We rambled about together, in silence for the most part, as befits two men who know each other intimately.’ I’ve never forgotten that.”

Feb. 6, 2014 New York, NY

It had only been 18 days since the cast of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother
appeared in an episode in in yellowface makeup and in stereotypical,
twisted, disrespectful “Asian” costume. The Asian/American community was
rightfully infuriated and took to Twitter, where the hashtag
#HowIMetYourRacism began trending. The producers tweeted “apologies” the
next day.

Eighteen days since HIMYM outraged social media with yellowface and
racist depictions - and just one day into a new month, and one day into
the Lunar New Year - when Saturday Night Live, an even more
widely-watched, long-standing television show featured yellowface in
their offensive opening sketch featuring a “kung fu master” with an
“Asian” accent and wire stunts. This led to another uproar on Twitter,
and the hashtag #SaturdayNightLies was born. That night, approximately
5.4 million people tuned in to SNL’s unapologetic display of White
supremacy and cultural appropriation.

Clearly, White television has not gotten the message. Shows continue to
include ignorant scenes, so audiences continue to laugh. What’s worse is
that this is not the first time SNL had White and White-passing actors
portray East Asian characters decked out in tired, hurtful stereotypes.
To review just a few of the many instances of SNL yellowface in the past
39 years:

1975 - 1979 - Samurai Futaba (John Belushi)
1992 - Arakawa Group (Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman)
1994 - Japanese Game Show (Mike Myers, Janeane Garofalo, Chris Farley,
Alec Baldwin)
2003 - Kim Jong Il (Horatio Sanz)
2009 - 2010 - Hu Jintao (Will Forte)
2012 - Kim Jong Un’s Best Friends (Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen)
2012 - Ordering Sushi (Maya Rudolph)
2012 - Chinese Peasant Laborers (Cecily Strong, Fred Armisen, Nasim Pedrad)
2013 - Kim Jong Un (Bobby Moynihan)

This is a call to action for all Asian/Americans and allies in NYC to
gather in protest outside of SNL studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on
Saturday, February 15th, at 10pm, before the live taping of the show.
With special involvement of #NotYourAsianSidekick, we will gather
outside the NBC Studios marquee on the 49th Street side of the building,
between 5th and 6th Avenues. Bring your rage, let’s come together to
demand the respect we deserve, and that SNL acknowledge their racism and
do the following:

1. An on-air apology for 39 years of yellowface, and a promise to never
do it again.
2. Required race & cultural sensitivity training for all staff involved
in SNL production

Asian people across the world are fed up with being portrayed in
degrading and delegitimizing ways. Racism and cultural appropriation for
the sake of comedy is not comedy. Our cultures are not for people to
appropriate and butcher at their convenience for the purpose of
“cultural appreciation.” Our images are not for the face of our
oppressor to wear as a costume. Our voices are not for native English
speakers to imitate and mock—they are ours and we will be heard.

Communications Desk

Modern Day Minstrel Show

AUSTRALIA - How is crap like this still acceptable? Cue white people with their usual remarks of ‘it’s just a joke, the world’s gone PC, etc’ - sorry, but you don’t get to mock, pervert and dehumanise minorities and their culture and expect them to be okay with it. Sadly to this day yellow face is fair game, and shit like this continues.

Yellow Face and Orientalism in the Media: Controlling What it Means to be Asian

Written and compiled by Hannah Le

Yellow Face isn’t just the mere inauthenticity and a failure of aesthetics of white people dressing up, wearing make up, trying to be Asian, and/or playing the roles of Asians.  No, it’s definitely more insidious and problematic than that.  It is systematic racism and discrimination, refusing to hire Asians or forcing them to play as villains, or when they receive a major role, it is typically a stereotypical one (i.e., martial arts, ‘wise man’, 'dragon lady’, etc).  It simulates a crude idea of what 'Asians’ look like, all the while perpetuating terrible stereotypes, controlling what it means to be Asian whether it’s in person, on the stage, or on screen.  

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.  

I’m not even going to try to bother with getting too in-depth about the obvious cultural appropriation, and ethnocentrism.  I’m not going to go into Yellow Face on stage, in whitewashing (too much), in Europe, nor will I take the time to go through political caricatures of Asians throughout history.  [Not that it’s less important or there’s a lack of evidence.]  These following examples and history checks should do enough for now in getting my point across.  (Please find a friend in Google if you really want to educate yourself though!  Thank you!)

So, why did Yellowface occur?  Was there a shortage of Asian people to play these Asian roles during the times this practice was most rampant (19th and 20th century)?

Meet Sessue Hayakawa (Born 1889-Death 1973), the first Asian American leading actor.  He was one of the highest paid actors of his time.  His talents were definitely recognized by Paramount Pictures and was even considered a sex icon.  But despite all of this, he still met discrimination and racism everywhere he went.  He was always forced to either play “the exotic villain” or “the exotic lover.”  He waited for his turn to be casted as a hero of color, but it never came.

This is Anna May Wong (1905-1961).  During the 1920s-1930s, Anna was given many different roles as a contracted Paramount Pictures actress, but they were always either as a “dragon lady” or a “butterfly lady.”  Despite all of that, she was still a household name and was considered a fashion icon.

She was the top contender for the leading role of O-Lan, a Chinese heroine for the movie The Good Earth (1937) by MGM, but that role was later given to Luise Rainer (definitely not Asian).  MGM went to her and tried to give her another role for a film called Lotus, but it meant that she had to be the villain again, so she turned it down and left for Europe for more opportunities and eventually went back to Paramount Pictures.

Say hello to Philip Ahn (1905-1973).  For the film, Anything Goes, Ahn was initially rejected by the director, Lewis Milestone, because–I shit you not, he said this to Philip Ahn–he thought Philip’s “English was too good for the part.”  During World War II, Philip Ahn was often forced to play roles of Japanese villains.  He even received death threats because people thought he was actually Japanese.

Other Asian actors/actresses: Barbara Jean Wong, Fely Franquelli, Benson Fong, Chester Gan, Honorable Wu, Kam Tong, Keye Luke, Layne Tom Jr., Maurice Liu, Philip Ahn, Richard Loo, Lotus Long, Rudy Robles, Suzanna Kim, Teru Shimada, Willie Fung, Victor Sen Yung, Toshia Mori and Wing Foo.  

Merle Oberon can also be added to the list, although she was part white/part Asian.  She had to lie about her origins and applied whitening make up to pass as fully white.  Other Asian actors and actresses: Jack Soo, Pat Morita, Mako, Bruce Lee, Lucy Liu, Margaret Cho, B.D. Wong, Amy Hill, Jennie Kwan, Masi Oka, James Lee, Ming Na, Daniel Dae Kim, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Charlyne Yi, Miyoshi Umeki, Shin Koyamada, John Cho, Brenda Song, and George Takei.  Click on this link to see a hundred more.  

After going through the list, ask yourself why the majority of the actors and actresses here are either in some martial arts movies or some other stereotypical crap? 

TL;DR this section: There definitely wasn’t a shortage of Asian American actors and actresses.  And there still isn’t.

Very Few Examples (of Very Many) of Yellowface in History:

Nil Ashter as General Yen from The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

What Nils Ashter really looked like:

Harold Huber as Ito Takimura in Little Tokyo, USA (1942)
Interestingly enough, everyone who was a “bad guy” in this was portrayed as Japanese.  Even more interesting, this was around the same time Japanese Internment Camps were happening.

What Harold Huber really looked like:

Katharine Hepburn as Jade Tan in in Dragon Seed (1944)

Katharine Hepburn just a few years after Dragon Seed:

Jennifer Jones as Dr. Han Suyin in Love is a Many Splendored-Thing (1955)

Another interesting concept found in this movie. “BEING WITH ASIAN WOMEN IS SO HOT AND EXOTIC. LET’S FETISHIZE THE SHIT OUT OF THEM.” Yup.

What Jennifer Jones actually looks like:

John Wayne as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror (1956)

John Wayne, y'all:

Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Mickey Rooney at that time:

Joel Grey as Chiun (Kung Fu Master, everyone–on the left) in Remo Williams (1985)

What Joel Grey really looked like:

Other cases I haven’t really taken the time to cover: Charlie Chan Series
(Actors who played as Charlie Chan from 1931-1981: Warner Oland, Sidney Toler, Roland Winters, Peter Ustinov) Fu Manchu, Madame Butterfly, The Teahouse of the August Moon, Shanghai Express, The Manchurian Candidate, Sayonara, Mr. Moto Series, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, Short Circuit (1986 & 1988), The Party, Gunga Din, Broken Blossoms, The Year of Living Dangerously, etc.

I mean, I guess you could say, “But those movies were decades ago!”

Alex Borstein as Ms. Swan

Nicholas Cage as Fu Manchu (2007)
(Other actors who played the role of Fu Manchu starting from the 1920s up 'til now: H. Agar Lyons, Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Harry Brannon, Christopher Lee, and Peter Sellers)

Christopher Walken as Feng (2007)

Rob Schneider as Asian Minister in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007)

M. Night’s The Last Airbender (2010)
Well, the show was based on Asian and Inuit culture.  But just look at the casting.  The three protagonists are all light skinned while Zuko (played by Dev Patel in the movie) is dark skinned, and by default in this movie, the bad guy.  Someone please just remake this movie.  Please. 

British Actor, Jim Sturgess, (rocking bad eye prosthetics) playing as a Korean in Cloud Atlas (2012)

Sherlock Holmes was a man who seldom took exercise for exercise’s sake. Few men were capable of greater muscular effort, and he was undoubtedly one of the finest boxers of his weight that I have ever seen; but he looked upon aimless bodily exertion as a waste of energy, and he seldom bestirred himself save when there was some professional object to be served. Then he was absolutely untiring and indefatigable.
—  The Adventure of the Yellow Face
Yellowface TW

Commentary on the casting for Mr. Wu (1927) from Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words, a documentary on the life and career of Anna May Wong:

“Renée Adorée, who was considered a major Hollywood beauty at the time, she performs as a "yellowface”–a white actress who has her eyes pasted back, her hair done up in Chinese style, dressed in a chipao, and is alleged to be Chinese. In fact, she looks nothing like a Chinese woman. Next to her is Anna May–who is now 22 years old, authentically Chinese, overwhelmingly beautiful; a woman of immense talents, but who has to play a secondary role.“

Screenshot also from Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words (2013)