Craig Takeuchi 「VIFF 2011: Gay Asian films explore world of prostitution」

Posted on September 29, 2011 commentaires
Ho Vinh Khoa & Luong Manh Hai on 「Lost In Paradise」 directed by Vu Ngoc Dang (2011)

Quite a number of queer-interest films at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival (which kicks off today, in case you missed the memo) hail from Asia as part of the Dragons and Tigers program. Since LGBT communities are gaining ground in countries there, we’ll inevitably see more and more media representations of gay life emerge from them.

Prostitution happens to be a common thread in three out of VIFF’s four Asian queer-interest selections this year. (The exception is Japan’s 「Our Future」, about a tomboyish girl who is bullied at school for being too masculine.)

Vincent Sandoval 「Señorita」 Movie Trailer HD - October 09, 2010.

In the Filipino thriller 「Señorita」, for example, a transgender surrogate mother and upscale hooker moves to a smalltown where she gets caught up in the politics surrounding an imminent election.

But far from glamorizing the business, making it appear sexy, or sugarcoating things, two of the films keep a particularly fixed eye on the consequences and complications of working in the sex trade.

Ngoc Dang Vu 「Lost In Paradise」 (2011) Movie Trailer TIFF - posted on September 01, 2011.

「Lost in Paradise」 (which has its first screening tonight) breaks new ground as one of the first Vietnamese films to depict gay life in Ho Chi Minh City as its primary subject matter.

In the film, a handsome, inexperienced youth, Khoi, moves to the city, and is swiftly taken advantage of by two gay conmen. One of them, Lam, takes pity on him, and even falls for him.

While the film veers towards material that may seem well-trodden to fans of international queer cinema, and saccharine and romantic content (such as a mute mentally handicapped man who raises a duckling) gets cloying, it does keep things realistic when it comes to the hardships of being gay in the city.

The story makes much of the emotional impact of prostitution on personal relationships. Lam’s prostitution rapidly becomes a point of contention between the pair that threatens their intimacy. Meanwhile, abuse (including a female prostitute with an abusive couple as pimps), gay-bashings, and other forms of violence circle them as well. And it makes it clear that it’s not a world that’s easy to get out of once you’re in it.

Kim Kyung Mook 「Stateless Things」 ENG Trailer - posted on November 30, 2011.

「Stateless Things」 from South Korea takes an even rawer, more grim look at the lives of two young men, one living in affluence, the other barely scraping by. But both are trapped in unhappy lives.

One is an illegal North Korean immigrant named Jun, who tries to find whatever work he can, including an abusive gas station owner. The other is Hyeon, who lives in an upscale apartment thanks to his sugar daddy – a married businessman. Both wind up in prostitution, the first out of desperation, the other out of boredom and rebellion.

Jun’s first sexual experience with a john is captured in detail, and his revulsion is heightened by his precarious situation (he lacks official papers and could be deported if caught), his need to survive, and the numerous struggles he faces along the way.

The film isn’t necessarily about the Korean gay scene as it is a drama about two characters living in difficult situations who resort to male prostitution.

Needless to say, these films aren’t for audiences seeking uplifting or encouraging depictions of gay life. Nonetheless, they do provide a revealing look at the challenges and pitfalls in the unrelenting world of prostitution and street life.

Check the VIFF website for screening times and details.

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Craig Takeuchi

The urban beastie otherwise known as Craig Takeuchi is a UBC BA (art history/film studies) and MFA (Creative Writing program, with a screenplay thesis) graduate who has had his fiction and non-fiction work published in numerous local and national publications. He's covered a wide range of topics in film, ranging from Hollywood and Bollywood to Canadian content, as well as travel, food, the arts, and LGBT issues. He has also overseen the Straight's annual Summer in the City and Best of Vancouver issues. Also behind the scenes, he has contributed ideas for articles in numerous other sections and has also helped to address diversity issues in editorial coverage by the Straight.

Author: Craig Takeuchi/Date: September 29, 2011/Source:

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Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. 「“Mr. Wong’s Dong Emporium”: Racism and the Gay Community」

Posted on September 28, 2011 commentaires
Gay people love to talk about the diversity of our “community.” But sometimes our actions fail to measure up to our words.

Recently, the queer Asian community in New York City was outraged by plans for a new gay party to be called 「Mr. Wong’s Dong Emporium」. The event, conceived by Joey Izrael and the gay rapper Cazwell, was advertised using highly offensive language and stereotypes about Asian Americans, including a “Sum Hung Boys erotic dance troupe" and a “Happy Ending massage den.”

To add insult to injury, when members of the queer Asian community spoke up and objected to this party, many non-Asian gay men dismissed these concerns by saying that it was just campy fun and that we needed to “lighten up.”

Fortunately, the Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY) refused to be silent. GAPIMNY published an open letter to the party promoters explaining why this party was so offensive to the queer Asian community.

To their credit, the promoters apologized and changed the name and theme of the party. Whether or not this becomes a teaching moment for the broader LGBT community remains to be seen, however.

As an openly gay Asian-American man, I often feel like a stranger in my own queer nation. A number of news articles in recent years have documented the widespread racism against Asians in the gay party scene, as well as in gay cyberspace.

The 「Dong Emporium」 incident is just one of many racist incidents that have angered the queer Asian community over the years. Twenty years ago, in the spring of 1991, the queer Asian community protested a New York City fundraiser by Lambda Legal that was held at the Broadway musical 「Miss Saigon」, which had used white people in yellowface to play Asian roles.

In 2000, queer Asians were enraged by a Hotlanta circuit party that featured a “Year of the Dragon” theme and used offensive Asian stereotypes like a “china doll” pageant competition, a “fried rice” dance party, and an “ancient Chinese secret: boxers or briefs” event. Around the same time, there was a post on a circuit party website that complained about being “harassed by tons of creepy Asians” and only being into people with “eyelids and real noses.”

In 2004,『Details』Magazine published an article called 「Gay or Asian?」 that made fun of Asian and gay men by using stereotypical language such as, “Whether you’re into shrimp balls or shaved balls, entering the dragon requires imperial taste.” In response, the queer Asian community held a protest in front of the New York City offices of『Details』.

We’re tired of constantly seeing racist phrases like, “No fats, femmes, or Asians,” or, “Asians, prease reave me arone,” in dating or hook-up sites like Manhunt or Grindr. Whenever queer Asians challenge these phrases as unnecessary and dehumanizing to an entire race of people, we’re told that sexual attraction is just a preference and that we should “get over it.”

And we’re angry at the fact that there is not a single person of Asian descent -- or of African descent, for that matter -- in this year’s『Out』Magazine Power 50 list. Considering that Asians constitute over 60 percent of the world’s population, the complete absence of any queer Asians on this list is more than a little problematic.

It’s hard being a queer person in a predominantly straight and non-transgender world. It’s twice as hard, however, to be a queer person of color. Not only are we often reviled by our ethnic communities of origin, but we’re also frequently rendered invisible by the predominantly white LGBT community.

It is my hope that our LGBT sisters and brothers will come to realize that queer Asians are an integral part of the gay community, and not just outsiders to be exploited for entertainment or humor’s sake. In fact, we’ve been a part of this community since before the Stonewall riots, when the queer Asian American activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya courageously participated in one of the first public protests for homophile rights in the mid-1960s.

It is time that we honor all of the colors in the rainbow flag, not just with our words, but also with our actions.

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Brown Eyed Girls 브라운 아이드 걸스 「Sixth Sense」

Posted on September 23, 2011 commentaires

Brown Eyed Girls 「Sixth Sense」 - sorti en 23 septembre 2011.

Après une longue attente, les BEG sont de retour sexy et fierce comme elles savent le faire ! Le clip est impeccable, Narsha est "beyoncénesquement" sublime, mais l’absence de gimmick chorégraphique efficace nous laisse un peu sur notre faim, et enfin, pourquoi est-ce si disco?!

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Frankmusik feat. Far East Movement 「Do It In The AM」


Frankmusik feat. Far East Movement 「Do It In The AM」 - released on September 23, 2011.

Les Far East Movement en featuring sur 「Do It In The AM」 de Frankmusik, qui pourrait être un tube, mais peut-être un peu trop passe-partout pour y parvenir. Pour ne rien arranger, le clip est encore plus quelconque, c’est dommage, avec tout cet asian swag, y’avait de quoi faire !

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Super Junior 슈퍼주니어 「A-Cha」

Posted on September 19, 2011 commentaires

Super Junior 「A-Cha」 - sorti le 19 septembre 2011.

Voici la chanson titre du repackage de 「Mr. Simple」. Rien, mais alors rien de neuf à l'horizon. On a une vilaine impression de déjà vu, sauf que ce qu'on a déjà vu était mieux ! Cet extrait a tout juste le mérite d'être un peu plus écoutable que le précédent. Non, finalement, le refrain est sympa ! Et pourtant l'album contient une collaboration avec f(x), ce qui aurait pu donner un truc sympa.

Ci-dessous : deux dance versions, la première n'a vraiment aucun intérêt à moins de vouloir se mettre dans la peau d'un nain, malheureusement atteint de la maladie de Parkinson, mais au champs de vision hyper-large !

Super Junior 「A-Cha」 (Dance ver.1).

Super Junior 「A-Cha」 (Dance ver.2).
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Posted on September 17, 2011 commentaires

Visiblement AZN a eu un certain succès à la Scream Club, puisque la soirée sera y de retour le 17 septembre 2011. Arriver bien avant 1h muni d'un flyer/pass et prévoir une tenue légère car ce sera hot hot hot.

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「Artistes chinois à Paris」

Posted on September 09, 2011 commentaires
Du 9 septembre au 31 décembre 2011, le musée Cernuschi présente les travaux d'「Artistes chinois à Paris」 (euh... oui donc !), "1920-1958: from Lin Fengmian to Zao Wou-ki". Pas contemporain du tout donc, mais la proposition peut être intéressante car elle nous montre l'influence de l'Europe sur la création chinoise de l'époque (à l'image du fameux orientalisme dont raffole nos mamie !).

Chang Shuhong (1905-1995), 「portrait de Shana」, 1935 ©Shana Chang, Pékin
Photographie ©RMN musée Guimet, Paris. Benjamin Soligny/Raphaël Chipault.

En parallèle, au parc Monceau : 「Seconde nature」, créations de Wang Keping, Ma Desheng, Chan Kai-yuen, Ru Xiaofan, Shen Yuan, Huang Yongping.

「Les oeuvres chinoises du Parc Monceau」
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Tadayoshi Okura 大倉忠義 『AnAn』

Posted on September 07, 2011 commentaires

C'est le mignon Tadayoshi Okura qui donne de sa personne pour le numéro 1772 spécial sexe du magazine『AnAn』(août 2011). On ne connaissait pas ce jeune acteur issu de l'écurie Johnny's Entertainment, qui, pour l'occasion, aurait travaillé dur pendant un mois avec un coach sportif afin d'être au mieux de sa forme. Pari gagné !




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Yayoi Kusama 草間 彌生 au Centre Pompidou !

Posted on September 05, 2011 commentaires
En cette période de rentrée scolaire, le centre Pompidou ne se prend pas trop la tête en mettant le Japon à l'honneur avec deux évènements :
- du 23 septembre au 3 octobre 2011 : 「Tokyo Graphic Passeport」, dans le cadre des 「Rendez-vous du Forum」. Exposition, colloque, workshops & portfolio de sept graphistes japonais : Hideki Inaba, Shun Kawakami (ARTLESS), Masayoshi Kodaira, Yugo Nakamura, Mamoru Kano (WOW), Seiichi Hishikawa (Drawing and Manual inc.), Ryoji Tanaka (Semitransparent), plus les travaux de groovisions, Hideki Nakajima, TycoonGraphics, Katsunori Aoki, Takeshi Hamada, Ohgushi, Yasushi Fujimoto, Issei Kitagawa, Chie Morimoto, Naoki Sato, Kazunari Hattori, Atsuki Kikuchi, Koichiro Tanaka aka Projector.
- et du 10 octobre 2011 au 9 janvier 2012 : première rétrospective française de Yayoi Kusama ! Hyper-célèbre pour son obsession des pois, à 82 ans, elle est toujours vivante et toujours active, ce qui fait probablement d'elle l'artiste japonaise la plus populaire en France (voire dans le monde !?) actuellement. Bref, c'est l'expo à ne pas manquer.

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Sowelu ソエル 「Let ME Lead U」

Posted on September 01, 2011 commentaires
Sowelu 「Let ME Lead U」 - extrait de『Let me...』24 sorti le août 2011.

Sowelu fait sa "Britney bitch", on adore, mais elle a quand même une drôle de bouche, vous trouvez pas ? Côté son, c'est bien mieux réussi !

『Let me... ♂盤 (for MEN)』

『Let me... ♀盤 (for WOMEN)』

Rhôoo bé Sowelu bouffe comme une grosse cochonne !
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Meisa Kuroki 黒木メイサ 「Wired Life」


Meisa Kuroki 黒木 「Wired Life」 - sorti le 31 août 2011.

Cette année Meisa Kuroki a bien travaillé : un nouvel album, modèle pour UNIQLO, actrice dans les dramas 「Jiu」 et 「Shiawase ni Narou yo」, enfin, elle collabore au fameux anime qui fait parler de lui, 「Blue Exorcist」, en interprétant le générique de fin (que Namie Amuro aurait pas chier dessus).

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U-Kiss 유키스 「Neverland」

U-Kiss 「Neverland」 - sorti le 1er septembre 2011.

Un premier extrait qui tourne rapidement à la pop dance bourrine (aïe mes oreilles !) pour 2nd album des U-Kiss, toujours aussi peu gracieux pour ce qui est de la danse, mais toujours aussi aguicheurs pour le reste, hawt !

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