AZN 「Men Edition」

Posted on November 30, 2013 commentaires

La soirée AZN aura lieu le samedi 30 novembre au Toro! Pour l'occasion, on nous promet « un focus sur les mecs et Boys Band d'Asie », plutôt risqué, le public semble préférer les groupes féminins... mais aussi « Gay Pop, Girly et Kpop », soit à peu près la même chose que d'habitude ! On est rassuré ! Le véritable attrait de cette édition sera en fait une place à gagner pour le concert des INFINITE à Paris !

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「fais-le pour moi」

Posted on November 28, 2013 commentaires
Affiche vue hier, dans le XVIème arrondissement de Paris.

On apprécie la campagne d'affichage de la Mairie de Paris pour l'European HIV testing week (la semaine européenne du dépistage du VIH, du 22 au 29 novembre 2013), et particulièrement cette affiche réalisée par les élèves de l'EPSAA, qui nous présente un (très) beau mec asiatique, bien dans sa peau (puisqu'il sourit), actif sexuellement (et visiblement SSR only !) et engagé dans la lutte contre le sida. Bref, c'est une image positive de l'homme asiatique, en anglais on dirait même : Husband Material !

Plus d'infos :
HIV testing week: European HIV testing week
Sida Info Service
Mairie de Paris
EPSAA - École Professionnelle Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques et d'Architecture
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Maaya Kobayashi 「LGBT People in Japanese Mass Media」

Posted on November 26, 2013 commentaires
The media coverage of LGBT people is increasing in contemporary Japanese society. Today, a variety of TV programs feature queer celebrities who grow in popularity among mainstream Japanese people. This seems to represent Japan’s reputation for its tolerant attitude towards diversity regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. However, some critics (e.g. Hoffart, 2008) complain that such sexual minorities in the media are overtly stereotyped to entertain straight public, creating a misunderstanding among the majority people. While there has been an increase in the number of media representation of gay and transgender individuals, it can cause a negative effect on Japanese people’s attitudes towards LGBT people. Therefore, it is important to have true representation of sexual minorities and to facilitate media education in order to mitigate the effects of media on the mainstream Japanese people.

There has been a significant increase in the coverage of LGBT people in Japanese media. Many of these popular celebrities who appear on television daily are known as “onee”, a loose term which encompasses all the groups of cross-dressers, transsexuals and gay individuals. Sanb1137 (2013) characterised onee by “very feminine way to act and talk, sexually aggressive and make many body touches, talkative and react hysterically when they are emotionally high, and often times they are in artistic and ‘feminine’ occupation such as hair artist, nail artist or dancer.” Examples of such gay personalities include Ai Haruna (male-to-female transsexual), Matsuko Deluxe (cross-dresser), and Tanoshingo (gay comedian) (Okelana, 2011). There are also some heterosexual entertainers who pretend to be homosexual to increase their profile. For example, Razor Ramon HG (Hard Gay) is a comedian who is dressed in leather outfit and always thrusting his hip to parody gay people (Watanabe, 2012).TV programs that are centred on gay individuals are increasing as well. For instance, a Nippon TV show 「Onee-Mans」 (Sister-men) casted only onee celebrities who shared their beauty techniques such as makeup, fashion and cooking to help women become a more attractive person (Hoffart, 2011; Yamamoto, 2013). This program was a turning point for many gay celebrities as they have gained more attention from the public, and the word onee has become a buzzword among the mainstream Japanese people (Goto, 2011). In this way, the number of queer celebrities, predominantly gay and transgender individuals, is increasing in the Japanese media.

The media representation of LGBT figures influences Japanese people’s attitude towards sexual minorities. Despite a growing number of queer celebrities seems to suggest Japan’s friendliness to a variety of sexual orientations and gender identities, most of these famous LGBT people are often limited to onee characters who are presented as overtly feminine in their behaviours and in the way they talk (Hongo, 2008). Furthermore, gay personalities, in many TV shows, are often portrayed as flamboyant and comical characters, who are constantly ridiculed by dominant heterosexual people (Makino, 2010; Shoushi, 2008). These images create a stereotype among Japanese people that all gay men act in the way that the media represent or ‘idealise’ sexual minorities (Watanabe, 2012). For example, a TV show 「Naruhodo High School」 (Akimoto, 2011) casted gay personalities whose reactions to several stimuli (e.g. electric-shock pen) were judged if they conformed to how ‘a real woman’ would respond. If they displayed any masculine demeanours, they were labelled as a ‘fake onee’, and thus, considered ‘non-gay’ individuals in Japanese definition (Brazor, 2012). This kind of TV programs which focus on a stereotype that the society tends to put on gays is abundant in Japanese media. Such portrayals reinforce a misunderstanding that gay people are generally one dimension: feminine, flamboyant, comical, weird, and deviant, thereby marginalising those who do not possess these personas into ‘invisibility’ (Mclleland, 2000; Nakagawa, 2010; Oklena, 2011; Shoushi, 2008;) . In fact, Kamikawa, a transgender politician, said “There is a huge gap between what people see in the media and what they hear from actual people... I don’t think those programs help to promote understandings of the diversity of sexuality” (Hoffart, 2011). This evidently suggests that although stereotypes may hold some truth in certain individuals of gay community, they cannot represent the whole gay population. For these reasons, the media portrayal of LGBT figures has an immense impact on how sexual minorities are viewed

There need to be changes in media portrayals and education in Japanese society to improve life for LGBT people. Such changes are necessary to minimize the negative influence of mass media on public perception of sexual minorities. First is to have accurate representation of LGBT people in media. Because many of gay celebrities are portrayed only as feminine and comical characters, it is necessary to have a media landscape that reflects diversity of gay communities to avoid stereotypes (Leach, 2012). Furthermore, there is a significant lack of lesbians and bisexual individuals presented on Japanese television (Larkin, 2006). Thus, media should play an educational role in raising public awareness of LGBT people in the mainstream Japanese society (Fukue, 2011). Second is to educate people about how media exploits gay men in a stereotypical fashion for its advertisement. As media tends to over-exaggerate queer identities to maintain viewer’s attention, they tend to feminize individuals to represent gay characters, which shapes people’s perception of LGBT people (Jones & Gelb, 2006). Thus, it is vital for the public to understand the unrealistic presentation of sexual minorities, and to become more critical about the messages generated by the Japanese mass media. In this way, accurate media presentation and education are important measures to lessen the media impact on the majority people.

In conclusion, there is a growing popularity of LGBT celebrities in Japanese mass media. Many of these famous people are often gay and transgender personalities who are portrayed as overtly feminine and comical individuals, solidifying a stereotype among the majority people that all gay men have this persona. Thus, it is important for the media to have true representation of LGBT people, and to facilitate media education in order to combat the media influence on public perception of sexual minorities. In this way, the mass media plays an important role in shaping people’s attitudes towards LGBT people in Japan.


Author: Maaya Kobayashi/Date: November 26, 2013/Source:

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Sebastian Castro 「Youre Gay」

Posted on November 16, 2013 commentaires

Sebastian Castro 「Bubble」 - extrait【S.E.B.】released on November 16, 2013.

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Justin Huang 「Sticky Situations: Why Don't Hot Asians Want Each Other?」

Posted on November 15, 2013 commentaires
Press “play” and read along with me!

Whenever I come across a hot Asian couple — as in a couple that consists of two attractive people of full Asian descent — it’s akin to witnessing a solar eclipse. It doesn’t happen much, at least not in my L.A. bubble, but it’s always a pleasant surprise.

Now, before I get any further, please allow me to clarify my usage of the term “hot Asian.” It is usually heard in the context of Western ethnocentric bullshit, as if it is a shocking thing for an Asian person to be deemed “hot,” and hence a noteworthy distinction needs to be made. In this context it becomes the equivalent of saying, “You are hot for an Asian person.” It’s one of the most backhanded and racist compliments you can say to an Asian person, so don’t do it anymore. Just say, “You’re hot.” Period. Don’t be Ja’mie King.

But that said, there are indeed many hot people within the Asian races (as there are hot people in every race), and upon closer inspection, many of these hot Asians don’t seem to want each other. Why is that?

I live in Westwood, right next to UCLA (which stands for “U C Lotsa Asians”). Walking to the gym every day, I notice that the campus seems to be coupling grounds for one particular type of interracial pair: the white person and the “hot Asian.” This is by far the most common interracial couple that I see in California.

Now, is this wrong? Of course it isn’t. Love between consenting adults is always beautiful, and it should be celebrated in all its forms. No one should ever feel ashamed for loving someone, regardless of gender or color. Besides, “hapa” (meaning “half Asian, half white”) people tend to be ridiculously attractive, so it’s (probably) not an offense against nature.

Personally, I grew up with white uncles and hapa cousins, and I like miscegenation in general. If everyone reproduced with each other until we were all the same lovely shade of brown, the world would be a better place, I guarantee it.

But this is still a trend worth overanalyzing. So let’s overanalyze.

Gay culture, of course, has a lot of snarky fun with this phenomenon. A “rice queen” is a white gay man who has a strong proclivity for gay men of Asian descent. A “potato queen” is a gay Asian man who returns this exclusive attraction to his white admirers. But my favorite label has to be “sticky rice,” a hilarious title for a gay Asian man who only dates other Asian men. Sticky rice is the forbidden carb of rice queens.

As for me? I like to say I’m “jasmine rice”: not exclusively sticky, and happy to mingle with everyone else on the dinner plate. In fact, I prefer not to date rice queens or sticky rice because I like people who are open-minded in general, regardless of whether or not it falls in my favor. In my book, equal-opportunity sexploitation is the way to go.

But it is rare for me to be mutually attracted to another Asian man. I’ll approach an Asian hottie in WeHo only to be interjected by his white boyfriend — who is rarely as hot, it’s worth mentioning (or that might just be my sour grapes).

Granted, I myself have been seen with my own share of non-Asian men, and there is heavy judgment from some sticky-rice Asians, as if I’m betraying my own race by opening my Great Wall to outsiders, particularly if the guy is white. In the meanest of contexts, to be labeled a “potato queen” is to be a self-hater, and to be a “rice queen” is to be a fetishist. It’s rather unfair. I won’t go so far to say that it’s a lose-lose situation, because everyone in it is still getting laid.

But there is a certain uncomfortable undertone to all of this, and I need to ask it: Do hot Asians feel like they have to “graduate” to white people?

I’d prefer not to think so. What if there’s just a naturally common attraction between Asians and whites? Is that so wrong? When I come across a hot interracial Asian/white couple, my first thought is that I want to join in, not that they’re betraying their own races.

We can even approach it from an aesthetic viewpoint. In fashion, interior design, art, and even food plating, we are encouraged to match separates and to embrace juxtapositions of different colors and shapes. Why not do that with race and romance?

But of course it isn’t that simple. When I first came out, my most liberal cousin Karen (who is notably one half of a hot Asian couple) told me that I should strongly consider dating only other Asian men. When I asked her why, she told me that there are certain cultural barriers when it comes to dating outside one’s race. And that’s completely fair and valid.

But that’s probably the point, isn’t it? Because maybe the complications of an interracial relationship are what make them attractive: a rebellion against societal expectations, a “fuck you” to status quo. Maybe it’s even a status symbol: “I’m so baller than I’m dating this hot person who isn’t my own race, and what are you going to do about it?”

I’ll never forget this: I was in San Francisco several years ago (S.F., by the way, is where gay boys go to get interracial), and I was talking to a hot Asian guy who definitely wasn’t interested in me. Instead, his eyes wandered to a handsome white boy who was clearly trying to figure out if we were sticky rice. The two locked eyes and exchanged a knowing look.

Later that night I was having a cigarette outside when the two of them stumbled out, rip-roaring drunk. The white boy had his hand in the Asian guy’s back pocket. As they strode past me, the hot Asian, for the briefest of seconds, turned my way and smiled. It wasn’t an unfriendly smile, exactly, not cruel or condescending. I pondered over it as they climbed into a taxi together, and as they disappeared up the hill it struck me: His smile was a smile of triumph.

And I couldn’t help it: It turned me on.

This essay also appears on I AM YELLOW PERIL, a sociosexual blog about the intersections of race and sexuality.

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Jocelyn Wang 「8$: ‘Daniel Magazine,’ Redefining the Gay Asian Male」

Posted on November 10, 2013 commentaires

『Daniel Magazine』「KICKSTARTER PROMO」 - publié le 9 novembre 2013.

8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.)


Christopher Vee


Kickstarter project:『Daniel Magazine』: A new publication for the strong, driven gay Asian male launching nationally in print and internationally on web.


Deadline to contribute is Wednesday Nov 13, 12:10am PST.

WHY: Why is it important?

The gay society, specifically the gay Asian community, is in dire need of some identity. The gay Asian community is littered with stereotypes, no visible role models, no identity, and subject to a lot of prejudices. It’s important that leaders within our community are highlighted to encourage people within and outside of the gay Asian community to acknowledge the strength of the gay Asian community. There are over 18 million Asians in America and it’s safe to say there’s a healthy amount of gays within that demographic. This community will only grow with time and now is the perfect time to embrace the moment.

Why Daniel as a name for the magazine?

We define a “Daniel” as a strong, driven gay Asian male that inspires and encourages through the work that he does and the life that he lives. Giving the magazine a human name instead of an adjective or verb brings the magazine to life with its own identity. By giving the magazine a human name, we’re able to mold it with qualities and characteristics as if it were a human being. Daniel is set to have it’s own personality, it’s own drive, it’s own life. Words such as ambitious, strong, driven, intelligent are all reflected in this magazine. By also giving it a name, we stand out from other magazines as well. We will also create the “Daniel” name as a title to be coveted. Who will be the next Daniel? Who is next edition’s Daniel? Each Daniel will be a person who we see as a gay Asian gentleman that embodies the qualities of an outstanding individual.

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Yoko Ono 小野 洋子 Plastic Ono Band 「Bad Dancer」

Posted on November 04, 2013 commentaires

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band 「Bad Dancer」 - réalisé par Ben Dickinson extrait de『Take Me to the Land of Hell』sorti le 4 novembre 2013.

Oui, le clip de 「Bad Dancer」 est aussi mauvais que la chanson, le titre l'annonce après tout. Pourtant, Yoko Ono s'en fout, et danse n'importe comment dans son mini-short, en s'entourant de gens hype (Ad Rock & Mike D, Ani Taj & Dance Cartel, Greg Saunier, Heems, Ira Glass, Josh Fox, Justin Vivian Bond, Questlove, Reggie Watts, Roberta Flack, Yuka Honda & Miho Hatori) ! Est-elle une vieille vampire suçant l'énergie créative des petits jeunes (à l'instar de Madonna) ? Peut-être bien. Elle semble surtout, et comme toujours, faire un bras d'honneur aux conventions, et faire exactement ce qu'elle veut. C'est ça la magie de Yoko Ono : elle peut faire n'importe quoi, c'est toujours super cool !

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