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policymic:

With ‘Fresh Off the Boat’, ABC will air the first Asian-American sitcom in 20 years

The last time an Asian-American family had their own American sitcom was in 1994. The show was Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl and while the Korean-American comedy was poised to be groundbreaking, it didn’t pull the ratings ABC wanted and was canceled after one season. Cho says executives found it to be either “too Asian” or “not Asian enough,” and the sitcom’s premise changed so many times that by the end of its run, it looked nothing like the culture clash family comedy it originally set out to be. 

This fall, an Asian-American TV family will make television history by helming the first Asian-American-focused sitcom since Cho’s one-season show. Fresh Off The Boat, based on the memoir by chef and restaurateur Eddie Huang, takes place in 1990s Orlando and follows the lives of 12-year-old Huang’s Taiwainesse immigrant family, and the culture shock that ensues when they move from Washington D.C. to Florida. The show stars Randall Park (who Veep fans will recognize as Danny Chung) and is a long-overdue win for Asian-American representation in the primetime slot. 

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I got this script…that said, “In anticipation of our conversation, please find the script…written by ‘blah blah’ and starring ‘blah blah’.”

I shit you not, it said, “Please take a look at the role of ‘The Chink’.” You can’t make it up. That’s the name of the character. It’s framed in my office, because I want to always be reminded of what’s out there.

By Maggie Q, actress, in response to a question about encountering racial typecasting.
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huffingtonpost:

Do you think georgetakei hosting Saturday Night Live is a good prank or bad timing?

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UPDATE: Uh oh, Uncle George got you! He is NOT scheduled to host “SNL” any time soon, though all of us at HuffPost Comedy would love it if he did. Maybe one day… until then, April Fools!

So disappointed that this was an April Fools prank!  For the record, after 39 seasons, only one Asian American has ever hosted SNL (that would be Lucy Liu, 14 years ago) so George Takei would have been the second.    As for Asian American cast members?  Zip…

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I’d rather focus on the positive stuff. I got to play this amazing woman who didn’t have to sleep with anyone (not that I would have minded) or act dumb and girlie or fawn all over some guy or be a conniving bitch to get people to notice or respect me, and she didn’t speak broken English or karate chop anyone (not that I would have minded). Nobody called her “dragon lady” or “exotic.” She could shoot a gun and drive that FBI SUV like a champ. And all with the extra added bonus of being Jewish. And when I get messages and thank yous from viewers who dig that or are inspired by that, well, that’s what makes any of this worthwhile or mean anything to me. So thank you for that. I love Beverly Katz. And I loved playing her.    ~Hettienne Park

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Stop asking about how Japanese people in Japan feel about Katy Perry’s performance

d2fang:

I see this all the time when people call out cultural appropriation and racist bullshit in the US or other western countries.

"Oh but look at netizens in Korea, they think it’s cute!"

"Chinese international students at my university don’t even think this is such a big deal."

"Look at these comments from Japanese twitter accounts, they love it!!!!"

"Do people in Malaysia even care? Stop making such a big deal out of this. We blow everything out of proportion."

That. Is. Not. The. Point.

First of all, this is analogous to “my *insert poc* friend thinks it’s okay, so it must be” except you’ve extended it to the entire fucking foreign country. And no, it’s not okay. It is not okay because those individuals don’t even LIVE in the country where this is all occurring. Japanese people from Japan did not grow up watching their parents get made fun of for their accented English. They did not grow up having American classmates scrutinize the breakfast or lunch that they bring from home.

This is not about the international community. This is about the Asian American community here. WE are here. WE have grown up here being bullied by the rest of you for our food, our clothing, and the traditions we attempt to celebrate with our loved ones. WE are the ones who had to feel ashamed of our parents or grandparents for not being “American” enough. WE are the ones who hated our “flat faces” or “slanted” eyes or “smelly” lunch food.

AND THEN. After all that we have attempted to do to reject our culture to become more like you, YOU have the fucking audacity to TAKE what you’ve TAUGHT us to reject, and USE it to raise your NON-Asian self to the next level of approval from your peers. And suddenly, everyone loves what you’ve done with our culture. YOU are the expert, not us. Our culture is so cool. Our culture is so fashionable. But only when it’s not on our hands.

So when Asian Americans are telling you that it’s racist, and you try to trump our words with those from across the seas, shut up. Seriously. Shut up. Our parents when they came here were from across the seas, and you didn’t give a shit about their words when they came here. You did your best to silence them with your hate. My heritage is from across the seas and you had no problem criticizing me for it when I was growing up. So why is it okay for Katy Perry to parade around like that? Especially since there were so many (TOO many) inaccuracies in her portrayal too?

Stop missing the fucking point.

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18mr:

Katy Perry has a disgusting, long history of talking about—and treating—Asians and Native Americans as costumes and props. Last night’s AMA performance was just the most bombastic.
Remember when she told Jimmy Kimmel about her Japanese homestay sister, who she was so obsessed with that she “want[ed] to skin [her] and wear [her] like Versace”?
We’ve had more than enough. Join us to let her know that this is disgusting, dehumanizing, and racist.

18mr:

Katy Perry has a disgusting, long history of talking about—and treating—Asians and Native Americans as costumes and props. Last night’s AMA performance was just the most bombastic.

Remember when she told Jimmy Kimmel about her Japanese homestay sister, who she was so obsessed with that she “want[ed] to skin [her] and wear [her] like Versace”?

We’ve had more than enough. Join us to let her know that this is disgusting, dehumanizing, and racist.

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18mr:

Katy Perry has a disgusting, long history of talking about—and treating—Asians and Native Americans as costumes and props. Last night’s AMA performance was just the most bombastic.
Remember when she told Jimmy Kimmel about her Japanese homestay sister, who she was so obsessed with that she “want[ed] to skin [her] and wear [her] like Versace”?
We’ve had more than enough. Join us to let her know that this is disgusting, dehumanizing, and racist.

18mr:

Katy Perry has a disgusting, long history of talking about—and treating—Asians and Native Americans as costumes and props. Last night’s AMA performance was just the most bombastic.

Remember when she told Jimmy Kimmel about her Japanese homestay sister, who she was so obsessed with that she “want[ed] to skin [her] and wear [her] like Versace”?

We’ve had more than enough. Join us to let her know that this is disgusting, dehumanizing, and racist.