Rachel Cook 「Gay Asian and Proud」

Posted on July 24, 2012 commentaires
Reproduction d’un article issu de site australien, Gay News Network, concernant le racisme vis à vis des asiatiques (au sens large) sur les sites de rencontre gays.

Two issues ago MCV ran a story titled 「No Rice, No Curry」 by comedian/writer Scott Brennan. The article was about racism on gay male dating sites and it garnered a lot of response. In a follow up to that story, Rachel Cook spoke to three members of Gay Asian Proud about their experiences of racism in the gay community, how it plays out and what they think needs to be done about it.

“People would say I wouldn’t have sex with an Asian, they’re dirty,” Azza says of his time in Sydney’s gay clubs. “I’m going back ten or so years ago, but I’m very aware that it still happens now.”

Azza was born in the Philippines and came to Australia when he was six years old. His family settled in Sydney and he moved to Melbourne four years ago to overcome the negative impact racism in Sydney’s gay club scene had had on him. It was in Melbourne that he joined Gay Asian Proud (GAP), a social group for gay men from Asian backgrounds, their partners and friends.

“I wanted to be part of a group that embraces my cultural identity,” Azza says. “I was quite damaged from the racism I experienced and I’d use reverse racism.”

As part of that “reverse racism” Azza chose not to have sex with white men even if he was attracted to them. He also chose not to have any white, gay male friends. And while he says that has changed for him now, he is still concerned about the exclusionary terms used on gay male dating sites such as “no Asians, no Indians”.

“I understand people have preferences in terms of sexual tastes, however I disagree how people express that. If someone says they prefer Caucasians that’s fine, but if I see ‘no Asians no curry no rice’ it still takes me back. It’s not a devastating experience for me any more, because over my years of journey coming out as an Asian gay man I know that not everyone is racist. But I’d like to see more open discussion about this. I’d like to see a forum and talk about what’s the difference between racism and sexual tastes, and how should we express that.”

Arjun, who is from India and studying in Australia, read Scott Brennan’s story with interest. His response to it was based “on an ethical understanding of what prejudice essentially means”:

“On a public network, such public statements are in fact racist because, like all other racist statements in other walks of life, they generate a sense of negativity about a particular community,” Arjun says.

Arjun's experience of reading the exclusionary prerequisites on dating sites sees him questioning whether he would want to explore the gay male dating scene in Australia.

“There have been various references online to the prevalent use of these prejudicial statements on people's dating profiles, and it does make one apprehensive about the prospect of dating here. It is difficult and demoralising to find yourself confronting, in the process of discovering a new city, a world of assumptions about you that are based entirely on conjecture and generalised ideas that belie your individuality.”

GAP convenor Budi Sudarto says gay Asian men are still dealing with the same issues of alienation and stigmatisation as they were when the group first started in the late 1990s.

“Racism is still a part of it and it is an ongoing issue,” Budi says. “It’s also about self esteem and how to establish themselves as a gay Asian man in Australia, in a white dominated gay culture.”

Like Azza and Arjun, Budi says the effect of seeing stipulations such as “no Asians” on people’s online profiles is demoralising.

“You absolutely feel rejected,” Budi says. “There is no way to escape that feeling. It affirms that we are still not accepted [and] that we are still being excluded based on our race.”

Some of the online comments on Scott Brennan’s story were from people who believe it is not a matter of racism when someone specifies ‘no Asians’, it is simply a matter of preference; however, according to Budi, “just because it’s a preference doesn’t mean that it is not racist”.

“People have difficulties accepting that this is racist because no one likes to be called racist,” he says. “Not many people are able to think analytically about how race influences their preference if their preference has been influenced by racial stereotypes and the creation of gay Asian men as being less masculine, or effeminate, or only wanting one thing from white men and that’s a visa. How much of that has influenced someone’s personal preference?”

While it’s obvious that some gay men feel comfortable expressing their lack of desire for Asian men on online dating sites, when that level of anonymity is removed it is a different story. “I think it is probably different in the clubs, because I imagine someone would find it difficult to say to someone’s face, ‘Sorry, no Asians’,” Budi says. “But online there is a barrier maybe that makes some people feel that they can express that.

“However, a lot of gay Asian men when they are in a club feel that when they like someone, and it doesn’t matter what race that person is, there is a thought of, ‘Is that person going to find me attractive and how much of my race is going to influence that?’. Race is there in the background.”

The influence of these issues on gay Asian men’s self-esteem cannot be ignored and Budi believes the only way to start addressing them is by challenging people’s assumptions and questioning why it is in gay culture that white men are still positioned as the most attractive race.

“We need to start talking about this, and maybe it’s a preference because we don’t see any positive representation of ethnic minorities. We don’t see gay Asian men as being hot or even sexual because all of those things are associated with white men. We need to establish the conversation.”

Author: Rachel Cook/Date: July 24, 2012/Source: http://gaynewsnetwork.com.au/feature/gay-asian-and-proud-7956.html
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BEAST 비스트 「Beautiful Night」

Posted on July 22, 2012 commentaires

BEAST 「아름다운 밤이야」【Beautiful Night】- extrait de『Midnight Sun』sorti le 22 juillet 2012.

Pour son cinquième mini-album, BEAST sort une chanson electro dance pop, à moins que ce soit urban dance ? Bref, c'est super efficace ! Bien produit, bien chanté, très dansant, c'est un tube dés la première écoute.
Dans le MV, les garçons se font une p'tite block party à New York (visiblement) avec, pour le coup, des looks bien-bien colorés et pas de chorégraphie, un peu à la BIGBANG quoi. Est-ce réussi ? Hmm... pas sûr, le style street chic est un peu raté et ça maque d'une dose de charisme « virile », si je puis dire. Dongwoon en blond, ça va pas du tout, lui qui est si mignon... Et Hyunseung roux fait super folle ! Mais bon, ça change. Je ne sais pas pourquoi, j'ai toujours cette image d'eux en noir et dans la neige !

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Namcha น้ำชา ชีรณัฐ feat. Southside เซาท์ไซด์ 「Fine Fine Fine」

Posted on July 20, 2012 commentaires

Namcha feat. Southside 「Fine Fine Fine」 - sortie le 20 juillet 2012.

Je ne connaissais pas cette chanteuse, mais j'aime beaucoup ce morceau frais et festif ! Le clip est à l'image du titre et le scénario vaut le détour : après s'être pris la tête avec son (beau) mec dans la file d'attente d'une boîte, Namcha grille tout le monde et fait aussitôt la fofolle avec des figurantes qui traînaient par-là. Ouais, elle comme ça Namcha ! Plus tard, elle va voir son mec, qui a enfin pu rentrer, tout en se frottant contre le mur, mais celui-ci n'est visiblement pas calmé, on le comprend, et il lui dit d'aller se faire foutre. Ah ouais ?! Ok, et Namcha va faire sa chaudasse entre deux gars, puis va illico sur la piste, je sais pas ce qu'elle a pris, mais elle est encore plus hystéro. C'est alors que son mec revient la voir, mais elle en a rien à foutre et retourne voir les Southside qui commence à rapper. Ce qui la fait chier royalement, puisqu'elle repart sur le dancefloor toujours plus excitée ! Faut dire qu'elle a eu la bonne idée de s'habiller tout en fluo, même ses ongles sont jaunes fluo, alors avec la lumière noire, ça le fait ! Youpie !

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Scott Brennan 「No Rice, No Curry」

Posted on July 11, 2012 commentaires
Article publié sur le site australien, Gay News Network, concernant le racisme vis à vis des asiatiques (au sens large) sur les sites de rencontre gays.

If you are a user of any sort of gay dating website or App in Australia, it’s a phrase you’ve undoubtedly come across. “No Asians, No Indians” – or the more poetic “No Rice, No Curry” – seems to be emblazoned across the bottom of many profiles seeking hook ups or relationships. Many see it as a fairly innocuous statement, merely expressing a “preference”, but for many it is a disturbingly racist attitude. Scott Brennan looks at the world of gay male dating sites.

Is it racist? Despite (or because of) our not so squeaky clean historical record, in Australia being labelled “racist” is one of the worst things to be called. Racism is “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement”. But does “individual achievement” extend to sexual attractiveness?

The question that needs to be asked is “When you say “No Asians, No Indians”, what exactly do you mean?” To be honest, I’ve never been given an adequate answer to this question.

Let’s look at Asia. Go on, it’s not that far away. And the “Maps” app on your iPhone is just above the Grindr one. Asia encompasses about 48 separate countries. It’s huge. And let’s not forget that India is one of those countries. (So some might say that adding “No Indians” to “No Asians” is a bit of a tautology.) But the population of those 48 countries encompasses every single “type” imaginable. Tall, short, fat, skinny, muscly, hairy, smooth, with an enormous range of skin, hair and eye colour. Even if we are to take the more traditional definition of “Asian” – that still encompasses everything from the skinniest hairless twink, all the way up to Sumo Wrestlers. And yes, there ARE Asian bears! Also, in India alone there is a huge cross section of appearances with vast variety in skin tone and general colouring. So what does “No Asians” mean? Logically, it can’t be a statement of preference about a particular look or body type. Asia is too huge, and contains too many varied peoples for it to mean that.

So let’s do some maths. As I said before, Asia is huge! It’s the largest and most populated continent on the planet. It has 3.9 billion people in it. 3.9 Billion! So, let’s say half of them are men. That’s 1.95 billion men. At a conservative estimate, let’s say that 10% of those men are gay. That leaves us with 195 million gay men. That’s like a gazillion Saturday nights at The Peel, at full capacity, plus drag queens (which may or may not be a terrifying thought, depending on your proclivities). So for someone to write “No Asians”, are they really saying that out of 195 million gay men, they will not find a single one even remotely attractive, simply because of the country they come from? We’ve already established the staggering breadth of ‘looks’ that all of these countries cover. So if it’s not the ‘look’ or ‘type’ of the person that matters, then what is it? Can you see why I’m confused?

If the only reason that you’re not going to find someone attractive is their race, is it really that far out of the realm of possibility that that attitude may just be a little racist? I’ve tried to discuss this many times with people who have these things written on their profile. Mostly the reaction is one of anger. I’ve got a lot of “I have Asian friends, so don’t tell me that I’m racist”. My answer is always this – “That’s fine. You may not personally be racist. But can’t you see that writing “No Asians” may be considered a slightly racist statement?”

There are several websites, and even a Facebook group on this very topic. Looking through the comments on these sites makes for very interesting reading. It got me thinking about what it must be like to be of Asian descent and to constantly see phrases on profiles that basically say, “I haven’t actually seen you or met you, but I’m not going to like you”. This must be terribly demoralising. How can you not take that sort of statement personally?

Xenophobia is running rampant through this country at the moment. One need only look at the headlines to see the fear and loathing of people from other countries – particularly if they are arriving on boats. We, as the gay community, don’t need to buy into all of that. We have traditionally been a marginalised community that needs to be a bit more open and considerate to those who are also marginalised. I’m not saying that all people who write “No Asians” on their profiles are racist. I’m just saying that maybe we haven’t had a really good think about what it means and how it makes other members of our community feel. I think Kurt Vonnegut said it best. "There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind."

Auteur : Scott Brennan/Date : 11 juillet 2012/Source : http://gaynewsnetwork.com.au/feature/ft-national/no-rice-no-curry-7601.html
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PSY 싸이 「Gangnam Style」

Posted on July 07, 2012 commentaires

Comment passer à côté de PSY et son 「Gangnam Style」, qui fait tant de buzz sur internet, et même que『Libé』en parle ?! Le succès est tel, qu'une suite serait envisagée. Le morceau fait un peu penser au 「Ça M’énerve」 d’Helmut Fritz, oui bon... Mais le clip est hilarant, PSY est quand même super bien looké, et surtout, la choré est vraiment incroyable, c'est la danse de l’été ! Cerise sur le gâteau, HyunA des 4Minute, qui avait elle-même fait beaucoup parler de son 「Bubble Pop」, se prête gracieusement au 「Gangnam Style」 !

PSY 「Gangnam Style」 - released on July 07, 2012.

Le featuring de HyunA a visiblement bien plu, puisqu'elle partage non seulement la danse, mais également le chant, de la seconde édition du morceau :

PSY feat. HyunA 「Gangnam Style」 - released on August 22, 2012.

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2NE1 투애니원 「I Love You」

Posted on July 05, 2012 commentaires

2NE1 「I Love You」 - sorti le 5 juillet 2012.

Après 「Hate You」, les 2NE1 nous sortent 「I Love You」, une ballade très dance super efficace. Dans le clip, elles gagnent en glamour sans pour autant renoncer à leur look aiguisé.

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Tomohisa Yamashita 山下智久 「Love Chase」

Posted on July 04, 2012 commentaires

Tomohisa Yamashita 「Love Chase」 - sorti le 4 juillet 2012.

Yamapi revient avec sa belle mèche et ce morceau qui sert de générique de fin au dessin animé bizarre sur la bouffe, que je ne connais pas, 「Toriko」. Dans le clip à l'esthétique léchée, Yamapi courtise une jeune fille très bien coiffée égalemnt, se multiplie, et se livre à une choré super approximative, c'est un peu ridicule, mais c'est ça qu'on adore !

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Super Junior 슈퍼주니어 「Sexy, Free & Single」

Posted on July 01, 2012 commentaires

Super Junior 「Sexy, Free & Single」 - sorti le 1er juillet 2012.

Retour donc des Super Junior avec un clip pas original du tout : les garçons remuent dans des décors froids et synthétiques. Pour ce qui est de la chanson, même si la production est pas mal du tout, on retrouve vite le style habituel des garçons, est-ce dommage ? On peut dire que oui, car les premières mesures du morceau présageaient du bon et du nouveau.

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