Jaime Woo 「Asian Society Beyond the Ethnic Aisle」

Posted on June 26, 2013 commentaires
On Asian sexuality, solidarity between racial minorities, and the subversive promotion of Kevin Kwan’s『Crazy Rich Asians』.

“As my father always says, the only way to get these ang mor kow sai to respect you is to smack them in the face with your tua lun zhiao money until they get on their knees.” – Charlie Wu,『Crazy Rich Asians』(Kevin Kwan, 2013)

I. King For A Day
There are two kinds of gay party hosts: those who welcome add-ons graciously, and those who air-kiss their friends and then only the tag-alongs they want to fuck. At a birthday party a friend dragged me to, I received little more than a half-introduction to the back of the guest of honour’s head.

I stationed myself by the vodka and the cantaloupe and honeydew chunks. After ninety minutes, having demolished anything edible, I sunk into the couch waiting for my friend. We were to split cab fare. Then a man struck up a conversation.

I hadn’t noticed him before, but he was different from the other guests. First of all, he was gorgeous. A Brazilian swimmer. He was closer in age to me than to the puffy-faced white 40-somethings, and he wore a cashmere sweater that breathlessly clung to him.

After being mostly ignored all night, he was a salve. He found my being a writer interesting. He spoke English well but wanted to improve, and suggested we meet up for a lesson. He grabbed my phone to enter his number.

And then: “You know,” he said, “I don’t normally find Asians attractive, but I really like you.” You could pinpoint the moment my face froze into mild horror, Ralph Wiggum after Valentine’s Day.

Was this a compliment? It was obviously intended as a compliment. He looked at me like it was a compliment. “I really like you.” That would have been enough, right? No need to qualify the statement, just as there’s never a need to say someone looks good for their age. “You look great… for sixty.” Lovely. I’m thrilled you’re not a pile of bones yet, champ!

In one sense, this made me a pioneer. I could break – or bang? – new ground. But, is being king of shit mountain actually an honour?

II. A McDonald’s In Savannah
As a child, the last week of August was reserved for a visit to Disney World.

My vacation memories consist of nabbing signatures from cartoon characters, watching horror movies on VHS with my mom, and a particular trip to McDonald’s while en route. Our family had a minivan and the 2,062-kilometre drive would take a day and a half with an overnight stay, usually at a sketchy motel outside Charlotte. The adults would line the floor with towels before letting us enter the room.

One of the best parts of the drive was anticipating the stop for McDonald’s along the way. We ate a lot of Western food at home, but any opportunity to eat those thin, salty French fries felt like a particular reward.

We stopped at one outside Savannah; a nice thing about giant chains is the familiarity of the restaurants. Everything looked like the franchise we had in Markham, and we marched in, all in a row. I guess in the early ‘90s, a parade of Chinese – even Canadianized ones – was a rarity in the south: upon seeing us, the patrons froze in place, stiff as the animatronics in the Hall of Presidents.

Back home, I had learned of the dodo bird and its sad extinction. My classmates and I would chatter about what we would do if we could see one in person. Under those big golden arches, in the temple of Ronald McDonald, I got a sense of how that might feel – for the dodo bird, that is.

Whenever I revisit this memory, a funny thing happens: all I can see are the reactions of the black families. Even at that young age, I knew why our family was a spectacle, but I felt betrayed by the gawking. After all, weren’t they minorities too?

Already, I saw the world as whites and non-whites, and naturally that meant black and yellow people were on the same team. And you just don’t do that to teammates, right?

III. Margaret Cho and『Crazy Rich Asians』
In 1994, 「All-American Girl」 aired on the television network ABC.

「Girl」 was the first prime-time show in North America to focus on an Asian family featuring an Asian cast. As a pre-teen, I didn’t fully recognize its significance, but I still knew it was a big deal. Other than on the Chinese channels, people who looked like me didn’t appear on television.

Not to overstate the impact of media, of course, but our relationship to race is experiential: the more diversity we encounter, the better we’re equipped to dispel the Otherness that divides. An estimated three million Chinese live in America, a mere million more than Canada despite having 11 times the population. For many, their primary (if any) exposure to Asians would be through the media.

On the gay hookup app Grindr, there are users who signify disinterest in men of South and East Asian descent by writing “no curry” and “no rice.” The invisibility of Asians means they don’t show up as romantic leads or become porn rock-stars. They’re reduced to food.

Cho herself is not immune to this standard of beauty. Years after the show – which tanked under the pressure of trying to represent everything to everyone – she was a guest on a radio show where the male host asked her what she would do if she “woke up tomorrow and you were beautiful?” Stunned, she asked him to clarify.

“What if you woke up tomorrow and you were blonde, and you had blue eyes, and you were 5’11”, and you weighed 100 pounds, and you were beautiful? What would you do?” he asked.

In her aptly named standup tour 「Beautiful」, she related the story. “I felt sorry for him, because if that’s the only kind of person you think is beautiful, you must not see very much beauty at all in the world.” I wonder if more Lucy Lius, BD Wongs, and Daniel Dae Kims could make a difference.

I thought the same thing after finishing Kevin Kwan’s new novel,『Crazy Rich Asians』. The book is an easy beach read about a celebrity wedding set in the extravagant world of super-rich Chinese high society – the women sniff at men worth only a few hundred million – and the politics and power struggles within the dynastic clans. What I find more fascinating, however, is its promotion.

Amazingly, the book with its Asian cast isn’t being slotted in the ethnic aisle alongside the coconut milk and corn tortillas. The book is being positioned as a blockbuster. There are pop-up shops and a『Vogue』excerpt. In the promotional material, it is compared to『Downton Abbey』and『The Devil Wears Prada』. Sure, maybe it’ll still find itself king of shit mountain and get gawked at in a Savannah McDonald’s, but it heralds the change to come.

Asian models are storming the catwalks – of the top 15 women listed on industry site Models.com, three have Eastern heritages. Korean pop appears destined to crossover. Yes, sure, Psy was gimmicky, but he’s just part of the first wave, along with 2NE1 and SNSD. And, the Momofuku empire is storming the culinary scene, whipping food lovers into a frenzy over its inventiveness: Paula Deen it ain’t. It feels like a cavalry I had never expected – nor necessarily thought I needed – is suddenly on its way.

In the DVD commentary for 「All-American Girl」, Cho confesses she doesn’t think another show about an Asian American family will happen again. Now, more than ever, I can absolutely believe that she is wrong.

Jaime Woo is a Canadian writer, game designer, and festival director. His book,『Meet Grindr』, was released in February 2013.
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Author: Jaime Woo/Date: June 26, 2013/Source: http://hazlitt.net/feature/asian-society-beyond-ethnic-aisle




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Les Romanesques レ・ロマネスク 「Tsu-ta-wa-ré-ré-ré」

Posted on June 23, 2013 commentaires

Les Romanesques 「Tsu-ta-wa-ré-ré-ré」【伝わレレレ】- sorti en juin 2013.

Nouveau clip décalé et kitsch du duo japonais Les Romanesques, célèbres en France pour leur apparition dans 「La France a un icroyable talent」 ! Hi hi hi !

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Don Jaucian「Is the Philippines ready for a gay love team?」

Posted on June 22, 2013 commentaires
Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo & Victor Basa. Photo by Rxandy Capinpin. Produced by David Milan. Grooming by Patrick Alcober and Hanna Pecho of Shu Uemura.

MANILA, Philippines - Gay relationships on TV and film always fall down a slippery slope. Hordes of “indie” films have whittled homosexuality into its most banal and visceral forms, so we’re forced to turn to other reliable sources for a more sobered portrayal of the dynamics of a gay relationship.

Enter GMA-7’s 「My Husband’s Lover」, a teleserye that serves up a different kind of gay drama. The fact that its title presents a problematic scenario adds to the pressure that the show is facing. But what makes 「My Husband’s Lover」 unique is its central struggle — that of a wife witnessing the disintegration of her marriage with her closeted gay husband, whose failure to come to terms with his homosexuality gives Filipinos a venue to discuss pressing LGBT issues.

This show also takes a risk by casting “hunky” actors as its leads. At the central conflict we have Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo playing Vincent and Eric, star-crossed lovers whose relationship begins as high school sweethearts. Victor Basa, meanwhile, plays a supporting character David, Vincent’s confidant and former lover. Tom, Dennis, and Victor are all aware of the pressures and expectations about the show.

“There’s a lot of pressure because you don’t want a caricature of a person,” says Victor. “It’s a drama, not a comedy. You don’t want your audience to feel a disconnect. If it’s not truthful, what’s the use of what we’re doing? Hindi makakaabot yung message sa mga tao if it’s very shallow. We take our work seriously.”

Hard work

All three of them work hard to steer their portrayals away from how we usually see gays on TV — which is typically the loud, parlorista comedy bar homosexual. Tom approached his character with a more emotional bent, seeing that the usual nuances of a gay man do not necessarily define how a character is. “I wanted to focus more on the emotions of Vincent’s character kasi yung takot ko ayaw kong maging cartoon siya eh, or a caricature, that it will be offensive,” explains Tom.

“Mahirap paniwalaan yung mga lalakeng umaarte na bading,” Dennis, meanwhile, says. “Kailangan ipakita mo rin yung best mo. Maganda na naniniwala yung mga tao, siguro dahil we believe in what we do.”

Victor’s David is the sound of reason between the three of them. He’s helplessly fallen in love with Vincent before. He knows that Vincent’s marriage to Lally is a sham, that he was just forced to marry her because he got her pregnant: a one-way ticket to hide his true identity in the folds of a happy marriage. But as Vincent tries to burrow himself even more in his lie of a heterosexual life, his marriage slowly goes in shambles, with Lally gradually uncovering her husband’s hidden life: a photo of Eric hidden in a picture frame beside the bed, late, lonely nights, and the growing distance between them.

「My Husband’s Lover」 gives us the macho gay man tangled in the typical web of emotional and familial struggle of a typical gay man. With every homophobe we encounter on the show (such as Vincent’s dad who threatens gay men by pulling out his gun because he wants gyms and golf clubs homo-free), we have Chanda Romero as Eric’s supportive mom, the kind of person that every gay man and woman should have as their Sherpa up the mountain of gayness. We get one cliché after another in the show and we only hope that these clichés are present so it could be bulldozed and dismissed.

LGBT reception

LGBT advocates have praised 「My Husband’s Lover」 for the risk that it takes in telling such a story on free TV. Ron de Vera of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHO) outlines the key points that the show got right:

“From an advocacy perspective, it is good that the portrayal of ‘gays’ departs from the stereotypical loud cross-dressing effeminate male (which is technically a transgender). Hopefully, with a little more push, this will help educate the general public about the distinction between gays and transgenders,” he says.

There’s also the situation that brought Eric and Vincent’s together. Ron says, “I like that the two gay characters are/were in a relationship based on emotional bonds and not economic dependence. It shows that masculine men can actually be attracted to other men (regardless of gender expression) without financial compensation.”

But the catch is that, again, from the show’s title, the gay relationship is the antagonist of the show. If Eric and Vincent end up together, it might portray gay men as homewreckers, something that isn’t intrinsic in all homosexuals. And whatever the ending is, as Ron puts is, the gays lose.

“I’m actually kind of worried about how it will end because both scenarios (that I can think of right now) will put gays in a bad light. On one hand, if the married couple ends up staying together, the gay lover will turn out to be the loser. It will send the message that gays can choose to be straight and stay with their ‘chosen wives’ and ‘chosen lives,’ and gay lovers have no hope in life (boohoo). On the other hand, if gay husband leaves his wife and runs away with gay lover, then the message will be, that gays are homewreckers (more boohoo),” Ron explains.

Ray of light

「My Husband’s Lover」 could very well be a new chapter in the LGBT advocacy. It can show bigots and closed-minded people how gay men and women aren’t lustful, sex maniacs or low lives. But all this posturing and pontificating could eventually lead to propaganda where homosexuality can be “cured” by marriage, starting a family, and overcoming “lustful tendencies.”

But all this withstanding, the show is about love. And love knows no gender, as we are told. Love is the heart pounding at its core and all those who tune in, whether they are straight, transgender, bi or gay, are pinning their hopes on the show for a realistic portrayal of how it is to be in love; to understand how it’s like to love in a world where everything is at stake. In the process, the show could become a dialogue on LGBT issues, transforming the platform as a different and more accessible way to reach more people.

“We’ll just see if it’s a tragic love story or a happy ending,” says Tom.

「My Husband’s Lover」 airs weeknights after Mundo Mo’y Akin on GMA-7. Tweet the author @donutjaucian.



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Kumisolo クミソロ feat. Ricky Hollywood 「Chapardeuse」

Posted on June 20, 2013 commentaires


Kumisolo sera en concert au Punk Paradise à Paris le 20 juin 2013, et le lendemain aux Trois Baudets pour la Fête de la Musique.
L'occasion de présenter son nouvel EP『La Femme Japonaise』, un morceau pop-electro tout mignon, du Elli et Jacno avec l'accent japonais, cuteness overload, et, oui, c'est branchouille, mais on adore.


Kumisolo feat. Ricky Hollywood 「Chapardeuse」 - extrait de『La Femme Japonaise』sorti le 17 juin 2013.
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Yung Lean feat. Thaiboy Digital 「Racks On Racks」

Posted on June 17, 2013 commentaires

Yung Lean feat. Thaiboy Digital 「Racks On Racks」 - posted on June 17, 2013.

beat made by Keyboard Kid 206.
*STREET VIDEO*

video made by @bladeecity
shoutouts to gravity boys, #sadlife2003, keyboard kid, gtb, bladeemusic, emotionaldroptop.



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Rinko Kikuchi 菊地凛子『NexT』

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On l'a déjà posté sur Facebook, mais on le refait ici : la belle Rinko Kikuchi fait la couverture du『NexT』de juin 2013 ! Sur le site de『Libé』: le making-of a été réalisé par Walter Films, là : http://next.liberation.fr/cinema/2013/06/07/rinko-kikuchi-tropicanattitude_906916.

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Long Yang Club 「BIRTHDAY by BOAT」

Posted on June 08, 2013 commentaires


Le Long Yang Club de Paris fêtera son vingtième anniversaire le samedi 8 juin 2013, et comme le flyer le fait si subtilement remarquer, ce sera... sur une péniche ! Au programme : croisière, buffet et party.

Plus d'info :
http://www.longyangclub.fr/
http://www.20ans.longyangclub.fr/
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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ 「Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Telebi John」

Posted on June 07, 2013 commentaires


Nolife diffusera vendredi 7 juin à 19h45 「Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Telebi John」, un programme visiblement très décalé avec l'icône de d'Harajuku et ambassadrice de Shibuya (véridique !) qui cartonne actuellement au Japon !

À voir également : le dossier de Tracks du 20 avril 2013 consacré à la chanteuse et le bonus web là :
http://www.arte.tv/fr/la-chanteuse-kyary-pamyu-pamyu-est-le-peche-mignon-de-la-generation-kikoolol/7415820,CmC=7415926.html.

Plus d'infos :
http://online.nolife-tv.com/emission/#!/38181/kyary-pamyu-pamyu-telebi-john
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MBLAQ 엠블랙 「Smoky Girl」

Posted on June 04, 2013 commentaires


Ça faisait longtemps qu'on n'avait pas parlé des MBLAQ, faut dire qu'on appréciait moyen leur dernier trip latino. Mais avec 「Smoky Girl」 issu de leur cinquième mini-album,『SEXY BEAT』, the sexy is back ! Mais un sexy un peu plus racé que celui de 「Y」, qui nous avait quand même bien fait saigner du nez avec sa scène de douche. Non-non-non, cette fois, les garçons se la jouent chic, musicalement autant que visuellement. Les voix sont moins geignardes, le beat plus életronique (plus sexy beat ah ah!), un son plus urbain à la Ne-yo (on sait, ce n'est pas une super référence !).


MBLAQ 「Smoky Girl」【스모키걸】- extrait de『SEXY BEAT』sorti le 4 juin 2013.

Le clip commence en noir et blanc — chic —, les garçons en costard noir ou blanc — re-chic — se trémousse dans un dressing ou un club tout blanc et à moitié vide et une cruche renverse son cocktail — moins chic. Visiblement ça suffit à déclencher les sprinklers qui aspergent tout le monde de peinture fluo, ce qui est du plus bel effet avec la lumière noire. Dripping, dripping, dripping... Très vu, mais toujours efficace. Suivant le même concept, les photos teaser remplissent leur office en éveillant la curiosité, avec leur look glam, les garçons sont méconnaissables.

  



  
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EXO 엑소 「Wolf」

Posted on June 03, 2013 commentaires


Voici le retour tant attendu de EXO ! Pour le coup, ils sortent le single tous ensemble, et nous, on adore quand ils sont à douze, parce que ça rime avec ? Non, on ne fera pas cette blague de mauvais goût. Pour 「Wolf」, un morceau bien dubstep, les garçons se transforment en loups-garous et hurlent comme Shakira dans 「She Wolf」, on est jamais trop littéral !


EXO 「Wolf」【늑대와 미녀】(Korean Version) - extrait de『XOXO (Kiss & Hug)』sorti le 3 juin 2013.


EXO 「Wolf」【狼与美女】(Chinese Version) - extrait de『XOXO (Kiss & Hug)』sorti le 3 juin 2013.

Pour le concept photo de l'album à venir, les garçons incarnent des écoliers trop mignons, pas très original mais de quoi alimenter certains fantasmes(○゜ε^○)!

        

     

  

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