Brian Hioe 「Interview: ‘taipeilove* – The Documentary’」

Posted on December 27, 2017 commentaires
Lucie Liu. Photo credit: Lucie Liu

Lucie Liu is the director of 「taipeilove* – The Documentary」, an upcoming documentary on the marriage equality movement in Taiwan. The following interview was conducted by New Bloom editor Brian Hioe on December 19th in Taipei. 「taipeilove*」 can be followed on Facebook and Instagram.

Brian Hioe: First, could you introduce yourself and you ended up in Taiwan?

Lucie Liu: My name is Lucie Liu. The first time I came to Taiwan was last year, because I was doing an internship at the Goethe Institute in the cultural department. That’s how I met a lot of people from film festivals and from the creative field. I kind of fell in love with Taiwan and I realized I needed to come back. That’s my story.

I’m a political scientist. During my studies I was constantly involved in theatre or short film productions. I finished my degree and wanted to combine both of the fields. I am currently freelancing in the press department in a political foundation and a theatre in Berlin.

BH: How did the film, 「taipeilove*」, start?

LL: 「taipeilove*」 started with an idea. Last year, I was in a pride parade. I saw a drag queen wearing the Japanese flag, so basically it was completely white, with a red circle. Him and his friends were open, dancing, happy, kissing, and I thought, “Yeah. That’s really nice. That’s how it’s supposed to be.” But then I had starting doing some follow-up research on the entire topic and how openly gay and lesbian you can be in an Asian society. There are so many differences in the different countries.

Taiwan kind of took this revolutionary leap of faith, so I thought I should look into that. I basically really wanted to go back to Taiwan. So I wrote the script in March 2017 and I got funded. That’s how I came here.

BH: Can you also talk a bit about what the film is about? What have been some of the challenges with regards to filming?

LL: I’m following two protagonists, one young lesbian girl who is 26 and a gay couple, who are both 45. I’m going to tell their story and I’m framing it with voices from authorities, experts, and activists, as well as put it up against the outside culture, to kind of set a frame. Those people, as from the frame, make it possible for what my protagonists can actually do right now. This includes Chi Chia-Wei, Yu Mei-Nu, Jennifer Lu, and Wayne from the Tongzhi Hotline. This list is constantly expanding.

I’m not sure what the challenges would be! It’s a lot of work, but I can’t really put my finger on the challenges, because it’s surprising how open my interviewees and everyone involved in the process is about it. The independent film scene here is very welcoming and supportive. Maybe it’s because I’m the first German to cover that topic in a documentary. Everyone has been pretty open I haven’t had any backlash.

It’s just a lot of work, because it’s just me, in terms of the production. I have to keep everything together. I have a team of six people: A cameraman, two sound people, two editors, and me. I also have a social media manager, who was originally the friend of a mutual friend in Berlin. He studied communications and helps me maintain my social media presence on Facebook and Instagram.

BH: What do you hope to accomplish with the documentary when it’s released? Do you hope to spread word about Taiwan? To raise awareness of general issues regarding marriage equality in Asia?

LL: It’s mostly about raising awareness and acceptance. It’s very sad that Taiwan doesn’t get acknowledged internationally in the way that it should, because its taking this very important step which would make it the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. I want to raise awareness how lesbian and gay people still suffer from repression. I mean, we live in 21st century! Taiwan is such a positive example. Of course people here still have to face problems due to religion, culture and tradition. But I have faith in the idea that legalising same-sex marriage will eventually lead to a raising equality in society and speed up structural changes. That’s why Taiwan needs to be portrayed.

I want to take 「taipeilove*」 to film festivals, educational screenings at universities and maybe a broadcasting company. Basically I want to share what’s happening here with the other side of the planet (mostly Europe and America) with people actually paying attention to it, and people realizing that what’s happening here is revolutionary.

BH: How do you hope to address issues regarding Taiwan, for example, in terms of contextualizing it in the rest of Asia and where LGBTQ are in other countries?

LL: I’m hoping it has a positive on other Asian countries and how they decide on their marriage equality issues. But documentary is still a form of art. So I also want to explain to other people using this visual medium what is going on here. I hope that it leads to effects in Asia, but I don’t know if that’s possible. Exposure-wise, however, I’m targeting the market outside of Asia, such as the European market and the American market.

BH: Do you see the film as having to do you with your identity in any way?

LL: Absolutely! My dad is Chinese and my mom is German. I always perceived my German side to be very progressive, since I was socialized in Germany. But now my Asian side is doing something incredible and I want to do justice to that and acknowledge it. It, too, is a part of me being here and being very happy here and having the ability to make a home in Taiwan. This is the first Asian place I would truly consider part of my home.

In this way, it’s also a personal project on my own identity and being happy in this place. As well as realizing that both countries are working on something incredible. In Germany, same-sex marriage got legalized on October 1st. I was at the second same-sex wedding and it was incredibly emotional. Everyone was like, “This is a historic moment!” And I want people to have the same thing in Taiwan.

I honestly don’t understand why people are so reluctant on the issue and hesitant to jump into cold water and do it, as a step forward to universal human rights, which everyone should take. We’re in the 21st century, why are we still talking about if gays or lesbians should have the same rights? It’s quite regressive. I don’t understand it.

BH: Do you have any thoughts on when you will finish the film? I imagine that will affect the outcome of the film, given the two year timeline to legalize marriage equality. That may affect your film.

LL: I’m aiming for July 2018.

BH: In that respect, do you intend to cover any of the issues regarding pushback against gay marriage from Christian groups? The sudden appearance of those groups have been something that has surprised people in the past few years.

LL: I don’t want to give those people a platform, because I think they simply shouldn’t get one. You can’t take human rights away from other people, and I don’t support that. As such, I won’t give them any kind of a visual platform.

But I talk to family members of my protagonists. Through them, the hesitation and traditional and religious implications get drawn out pretty nicely. So I use the invisible source as a way to visualize that it’s very difficult for some. I don’t want to include any demonstrations from radical Christians because this is not what my movie is about.

BH: Are there any key points you think people should look for in your movie?

LL: I think one of my key points was speaking to Chi Chia-Wei. He’s been fighting for marriage equality longer than thirty years now. He’s an incredible personality. I think it’s unbelievable that he’s been fighting for that so long.

In our interview, we asked him why he wouldn’t give up. He said, “I have zero expectations, but most of the time, it just works out.” [Laughs] I think those are words to live by. Sharing his story is very emotional.

I’m also a very big fan of our protagonist, Sarah. She’s very natural in front of the camera. And she really let us in, in sharing her life with us. That’s absolutely something to look forward to.

BH: What else would you like to say to readers in closing, regarding what you hope to accomplish with your film, and what they should expect from it?

LL: I’m this young woman from Germany with an idea and a vision, right? I’m half-Asian and half-German. What I realize is that this is such an incredible topic to me and I’m very passionate about it. I would like the world to see this, to realize that this is history in the making right now.

Because of that, I really hope that my movie gets exposure and that people can see what this incredible place is doing right now, what Taiwan is doing right now. I also need to stress this: Join forces and support each other, rather than taking each other down. Join forces when it comes to the rights of lesbians and gays or anyone else in the LGBTQI spectrum.

Brian Hioe
Editor
Brian Hioe was one of the founding editors of New Bloom. He is a freelance writer on social movements and politics, occasional translator, and currently a Democracy and Human Rights Service Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. A New York native and Taiwanese-American, he has an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and graduated from New York University with majors in History, East Asian Studies, and English Literature.

丘琦欣,創建破土的編輯之一,專於撰寫社會運動和政治的自由作家偶而亦從事翻譯工作。他是出生於紐約的台裔美人。他自哥倫比亞大學畢業,是亞洲語言及文化科系的碩士,同時擁有紐約大學的歷史,東亞研究及英文文學三項學士學位。

Author: Brian Hioe/Date: December 27, 2017/Source: https://newbloommag.net/2017/12/27/interview-taipeilove/




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Zio Baritaux 「‘Nancy’ is a podcast for queer people of color」

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Photography Amy Pearl

Hosts Kathy Tu and Tobin Low share pivotal LGBTQI+ stories on their heartfelt show.

Kathy Tu and Tobin Low sound like a lot of other podcast hosts: They’re curious, witty, and instantly likable. It seems like they’re like two best friends having a conversation because, well, they are. But unlike most podcasters – who, with some notable exceptions, tend to be straight and white – the 「Nancy」 hosts are “super queer.” “Oh, and by the way, we’re both Asian,” Kathy says at the end of the preview for season one. “You thought you were listening to white people this whole time,” Tobin laughs, “and that’s on you.” That clip set the stage for the provocative first season of 「Nancy」, a production of WNYC Studios, which started with their own coming out stories, and included episodes on the queerness of the Harry Potter franchise and the usefulness of The L World for discussing Trump’s trans military ban and being out at work. But whether amusing or emotional, 「Nancy」 is an essential listen. Each episode is an honest portrait of people on the LGBTQI+ spectrum and their myriad experiences. “Inclusiveness is something we talked about at the very beginning,” Kathy and Tobin explain in the following interview. “[We wanted] to try to include as many different voices into the show as possible.”

How did the two of you meet? How did you decide to make a podcast together?

Kathy: We met at a radio bootcamp called the Transom Story Workshop, where we spent every day for about two months working on radio stories.

Tobin: And after the workshop was over, we both went home to our respective coasts, but we knew we wanted to work together. So, I reached out about doing a podcast featuring queer stories, and Kathy was into it!

Why did you choose 「Nancy」 as the title? Was it a way to reclaim that word?

Tobin: Absolutely. We wanted to reclaim this word that was used in the past as a slur against gay men. And if you’re in the know, then you know what this word used to mean and what we’re trying to do. And if you don’t, then maybe it’s sort of intriguing and fun so that you’ll check out the show.

Why start the podcast with your own coming out stories?

Kathy: Our show started at coming out so our listeners can get to know us a little better, and then we moved on from there.

Toward the end of that episode, Kathy, it seemed your mom made some progress. But then, in the follow-up, it seemed like she fell back: “I just wish you would be... be normal,” she said. Why was it important to re-visit that conversation with your mom? Is it important to show that coming out can be a process rather than a one-time conversation?

Kathy: I think I’m always going to be curious what kind of progress my mom has made, even if it’s very little progress. It’s important for people to know that coming out can be a long process, and I guess I use my own relationship with my mom as a way to show people that. I don’t know that my mom regressed as much as I am coming around to understanding what she’s trying to tell me. Coming out this many times to my mom has shown me that there are just some fundamental concepts that we each hold that the other will possibly never understand. For my mom, it’s the concept of what’s “normal” in society. For me, I can see what she means by that, but I don’t care about what’s considered “normal” in society and I’m happy to be outside of it. And unfortunately, that’s where my mom and I will always miss each other.

How important is inclusiveness to you? Do you worry about leaving someone out?

Kathy: Inclusiveness is something we talked about at the very beginning. We didn’t want to just make a queer show, we wanted to make a queer show for people of color. We’re both East Asian, and it made sense to us to try to include as many different voices into the show as possible. We’re always thinking about gender, orientation, race, class, location, etc. when we look at a story.

Tobin, what episode have you most related to?

Tobin: I did an episode to start Season 2 about my own body issues, which is something I still have trouble talking about openly. What ultimately made that episode feel very special was folks reaching out to talk about how that episode resonated with them, and how they had very similar experiences with growing up overweight or feeling unattractive. I also related to a more recent episode we did that featured a story by Lewis Wallace about his relationship with his grandmother. That story really digs into what it means to be a queer person with family that doesn’t necessarily “get it.” I have people within my family who are still on that journey towards understanding me, so to hear Lewis talk so candidly about it was really moving.

Can you explain the 「Ring of Keys」 episode a little, and why you think it was your most popular episode?

Tobin: So if you’re unfamiliar, the queer graphic artist Alison Bechdel wrote this amazing graphic novel called『Fun Home』, which later got turned into a Broadway musical. In both the book and the musical, there’s a moment where young Alison Bechdel sees an adult queer woman who is wearing a ring of keys on her belt loop and it’s like a bolt of lightning. She can suddenly envision who she is meant to be as an adult. So the story on our show was about a woman named Sarah Lu who tracked down her own 「Ring of Keys」 person, a woman named Maura Koutoujian. And they ended up having this really beautiful conversation about the influence Maura had on Sara, and how she was an inspiration without even knowing it.

Kathy: I think what hit people so hard is that moment of recognition that can feel like a lifeline. Growing up queer can be difficult, and there are moments like the one described in the story that help you make it through. We heard from so many people who heard the story and wanted to talk about the people in their lives who helped them figure it all out. It was one of those stories that seemed to open people up to sharing.

Where did the 「Out at Work」 idea come from?

Kathy: We wanted to do a project that really featured our listeners in the show, and the thing that we landed on is that everyone has to do work, but not everyone has the ability to be out at work. So we wanted our listeners to tell us to what degree they were out at work, and what obstacles they come up against. And it was interesting to see that there was a real spectrum in the ways people are out at work. Everyone’s situation is different and the way they choose to be out is unique.

Tobin: I think we also wanted to address a couple misconceptions that people have about being out at work, the first being that it’s just a matter of being out or not. Like Kathy said, there’s a whole spectrum of experiences that we wanted to highlight on the show. The other reality we wanted to talk about is how our protections as queer folks in the workplace are a patchwork, and in a lot of cases, very tenuous.

What do you hope will happen or change because of this podcast?

Kathy: From the beginning, my goal for the podcast has been to make people feel less alone and seen. It’s tiring to constantly be othered by society, and I hope those people can find a home in our show, or to find community in our listeners. We’re here to tell stories, elevate voices, and build community. And hopefully, someone will find a home with us.

Tobin: I’ve always hoped that people listening to the podcast would feel like they were hanging out with friends. We’re always trying to be as authentic as possible on the show, and that means being real with the emotional range of how friends talk. Maybe one minute you’re laughing, and then suddenly you’re in an emotional place. I think that’s how a lot of people are with their closest friends, and if we can capture that authenticity on the show, then we’ve really accomplished something.

Author: Zio Baritaux/Date: December 27, 2017/Source: https://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/7xexkx/nancy-is-a-podcast-for-queer-people-of-color


Kathy Tu
Official Website: http://www.kathytu.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_ktu

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Jessica Prois 「When You’re Queer And Undocumented, The DACA Stakes Are Higher」

Posted on December 18, 2017 commentaires
“For a lot of us, going back to our home countries isn’t an option because of our queerness.”

Courtesy Tony Choi

When Tony Choi was in high school, his friends would ask him why he didn’t drive. He would evade the question with what he thought was the only plausible defense: He cared deeply about global warming, he told them. Twelve years later, he laughs at his attempt at that moral argument, which was simply a cover-up for the fact that he’s an undocumented immigrant and had no way of getting an ID.

“I learned to really hide myself,” Choi, who’s from Seoul, South Korea, and lives in New York, told HuffPost. “It definitely didn’t feel good. It made me scared. My sister would say, ‘If you stand out too much, they’ll take you away.’”

These memories came back to Choi, now 28, on Tuesday, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump was nixing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, ending protections for some 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors. The program, originally enacted under former President Barack Obama and now in Congress’ hands, shielded young people from deportation and allowed them to work in the country legally.

Besides being undocumented, Choi is also gay. He points out there is more at stake for people who could be forced to go back to a country that isn’t big on LGBTQ rights. He notes that military service is compulsory in South Korea for men – and the military penal code prohibits consensual same-sex acts.

“For a lot of us, going back to our home countries isn’t an option because of our queerness.”

“For a lot of us, going back to our home countries isn’t an option because of our queerness,” he said. “If I were to go to Korea, I would have to do the two-year mandatory service in the military, and the law prohibits sodomy.”

Choi came to the U.S. from Seoul when he was 8 years old. His parents’ lumber business had folded due to the global financial crisis, he said. They lived in Hawaii for a year and eventually moved to Bergen County, New Jersey. His father worked construction jobs and his mother worked as a restaurant server and in a nail salon.

He remembers specific anecdotes that highlighted the fact he was undocumented, though he said he didn’t understand it at the time. He couldn’t cross the border to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls during a family trip in fifth grade. And when it was time to take the PSAT and he asked his mother for his Social Security number, she simply told him he didn’t have one.

As Choi got older, his parents divorced and his mother suffered arthritis from her nail technician work. She’s also a breast cancer survivor, which meant she couldn’t work for a sustained period of their family’s life in the U.S.

Before DACA, Choi could only work cash-under-the-table jobs, and he earned $5 an hour at a sushi takeout restaurant after college. He contributed what he could to his mom, who was reliant on her children’s salaries.

“Even if I don’t get deported, I’m worried I’ll be relegated to living that kind of life again,” Choi said.

Currently, his mother hasn’t quite accepted the potential consequences of Tuesday’s decision.

“My mom says, ‘They wouldn’t do this to you.’ She cited examples of Trump saying he was sympathetic to our plight,” Choi told HuffPost. “I say Trump didn’t even have the courage to say he was rescinding DACA. He sent a surrogate – he sent Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. Trump’s not with us.”

Undocumented And Queer At College In Kentucky
Choi entered college in 2008 at a small school in Kentucky called Berea College. He received full tuition coverage as part of a pilot program for undocumented students.

He said he felt grateful and enjoyed his time but felt like he was living a really singular experience without a community of other Asians, and it was extremely isolating. Fear took a toll on his mental health.

“I heard about immigration raids. It started giving me nightmares,” he said. “I grew up in Korea. Now I’m in Kentucky, where there weren’t other Asians like me. I would have panic attacks and nightmares about ICE raiding my door.”

He said he finally started opening up to school leaders and friends, asking for help and also spreading awareness about what he was facing.

“What I didn’t realize I was doing was organizing,” he said. “I was essentially the first immigrant rights organizer at my school.”

He said he connected with other immigrant groups in Kentucky after that and really “came out” as undocumented in 2011 at a conference in Memphis.

Choi now works as a social media manager for 18 Million Rising, an Asian-American/Pacific Islander activism community. Prior to that, he was an organizer with the Women’s March. He points out that issues related to immigration, queer, women and minority rights are all related, and that more people should be aware of that.

“A lot of times when people think about immigration, there’s a stereotypical immigrant in their minds,” he said. “There are undocumented folks from all corners of the planet living in the U.S. We don’t follow the exact same story. We’re not here for all the same reasons. But we’re fighting the common fight. We’re struggling all together.”

Asians Fastest Growing Undocumented Group
While the pool of DACA applications is made mostly of youth from Latin American countries, Asian-Americans account for about 11 percent of those eligible for the immigration program. Within that group, fewer than 30 percent of eligible Asian applicants apply.

Those able to apply before Tuesday’s decision included undocumented minors who were brought to the U.S. before their 16th birthday and met another set of guidelines related to education and criminal background, among other requirements. In 2016, Asian countries – namely South Korea, China, India and the Philippines – were among the top 10 countries of origin for DACA-eligible populations.

Yet Asians don’t speak out much about it. As an activist, Choi is attuned to the many reasons why. He pointed out there’s a litany of factors.

“Asian nonprofits might not be as good at outreach, even though there are organizations doing wonderful work,” he said. “Resources are often not being pooled into Asian groups. We’re isolated. We haven’t come to terms with the fact that immigration is our issue. There’s also always been a sense of shame.”

Undocumented Asian immigrants are now outpacing Mexicans in many areas of the country, with Chinese, South Koreans and Indians among the fastest growing segments.

Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation, told HuffPost that there is little infrastructure in terms of resources, nonprofits and politicians in place to help Asians navigate the process. She cited nonprofit National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, which made DACA one of its primary issues and educated the Korean community on applying, as a type of organization that other Asian ethnicities would benefit from but might not have access to.

“This was their constant push,” she said. “There was a lot of education and making sure people were not afraid. They engaged people for a sustained period.”

How Defending DACA Has Created New LGBTQ Leaders
“You see more queer people taking up leadership positions. We face marginalization in multiple corners – there’s only so many times before you speak out.”

For DACA recipients, ending the program would mean they are now at risk of not being able to work in the U.S. and could face deportation, but LGBTQ DACA recipients also face the prospect of going to countries that may not be as tolerant.

Sharita Gruberg, an associate director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress, told HuffPost it’s not only deportation that presents a threat – immigrants also face dangers while being detained. LGBTQ individuals are more than two times as likely than the general population to be sexually assaulted in confinement, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

“We’ve been documenting the horrific abuse LGBTQ people face in immigration detention since 2013 and conditions have only worsened under Trump,” Gruberg said.

Choi said that because of these threats, new leadership has arisen out of necessity – and that the LGBTQ community has really stepped up. “We’re all pretty devastated,” he said. “At the same time you see more queer people taking up leadership positions. We face marginalization in multiple corners – there’s only so many times before you speak out.”

Choi ultimately remains undeterred and he knows he has to continue to help leading a movement.

“It’s always a factor looming in the back of my mind. If I were to go back to Korea, what would I do? How would I fit in?” he said. “But I am determined to stay because this is my home.”



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Frankie Dunn 「Mac Demarco and King Krule help EYEDRESS through his separation anxiety」

Posted on December 11, 2017 commentaires

Watch how in his new video.

27-year-old musician EYEDRESS is very cool. Born in the Philippines, raised in the US, and now back in Manila, after a stint playing in a local jazz band, the multi-instrumentalist has found his own spaced out genre-mashing solo sound. With a synth-led EP already out on XL, his well-named 2017 album『Manila Ice』soundtracks his ever-evolving homelife well as the political situation in his hometown. Recorded in his home studio around the birth of his first child, EYEDRESS (DIY king) writes, sings, plays and raps the whole thing himself.

Good news for existing and potential new fans: today we’re happy to share with you the video for what we believe to be the highlight of『Manila Ice』. A love song disguised as a trippy nighttime adventure, 「SEPARATION ANXIETY」 is a documentation of EYEDRESS’s life on tour away from his family. London's calling and boy does it look fun.

“I filmed everything during my tour in the UK this November,” EYEDRESS told『i-D』in an email. “We were staying with my friend Sonny who directed a music video of mine that should come out early next year. I asked him if I could borrow his camcorder so I could film during my tour and he agreed. I filmed a bit of it on his camera then eventually I bought a tape camera for a hundred quid off of gumtree from this sweet Jamaican man who met me while I was in line at the Supreme store!”

“The video is basically just me and my bandmate Julius smoking up and hanging out. One night at my gig at Omeara in London, I fell asleep in the green room and when I woke up, my friend King Krule was there along with his mate Rago who plays in his band. We also filmed some bits with my label mate MIKE and his homies. We played a gig together that night then afterwards saw my bud Mac Demarco in the crowd and we kicked it with him. The video kind of ends with us at the Mac Demarco concert in the Coronet.”


EYEDRESS 「SEPARATION ANXIETY」 - from『Manila Ice』released on June 02, 2017.

Author: Frankie Dunn/Date: December 11, 2017/Source: https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/pazaa7/mac-demarco-king-krule-eyedress



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Aaron Gettinger 「‘Falling For Angels’ Explores Asian Men Leaving Gay Racism Behind」

Posted on December 08, 2017 commentaires

Asian men falling in love and discovering themselves – outside of the idealized white stereotype.

Blessed with an abundance of Art Deco architecture and excellent access to mass transit, Koreatown is one of the hottest and most densely populated neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Though it endured the 1992 riots, “With the influence of three generations of Korean and Latino immigrants, these once-mean streets have become a picturesque and prosperous 「Blade Runner」-ish warren of ethnic culinary hot spots imbued with an East-meets-West sense of fun,” gushed a 2015『New York Times』travel feature.

It’s the setting for this week’s episode of 「Falling For Angels」, a new series that explores intersectionality and gay love in Los Angeles.

(WATCH: 「Falling For Angels: Koreatown」)


Steven Liang 「Falling For Angels: Koreatown」 - released on December 08, 2017.

Koreatown stars Ty Chen as Kevin, Dale Song as Gino and Jennifer Yun as Lisa

Kevin, a young Taiwanese-American, who grew up in a traditionally white American neighborhood begins to have a different understanding of his heritage after meeting the much older, Gino, an adopted Korean-American...

I hasten to call the opening scene depicting an app-spurred hookup “refreshingly honest” because there aren’t many popular depictions of this activity to begin with. It is neither intimate nor glamorous, but it is immediate, hot and, initially, relatively anonymous. One partner will not let the other kiss him. “Did it get messy?” the bottom asks, spurred by the top’s post-release reaction. No: The condom broke. “You have nothing to worry about,” says the top. “I’m clean.” A pause, then, “The Cedars-Sinai emergency room has PEP. I’ll call you an Uber.” The top offers to accompany the bottom, who is apparently not on PrEP. The bottom declines his offer and leaves.

In out, in out.

Except Kevin (Ty Chen) left his keys with Gino (Dale Song). They meet at a karaoke bar to hand them over, and Gino convinces Kevin, fresh from the hospital and nervous, to have a drink on him. It turns out that Kevin has stumbled into a meeting of Gino’s monthly “Korean adoptee support group” and that Gino is set to leave L.A. in six hours to find his birth parents in Seoul. Kevin, a Taiwanese-American, keeps obtusely mentioning the novelty of him hanging out in an all-Asian environment.

This is the episode’s crux. Gino sought out a Korean-American community to connect with his racial identity. Writer Steven J. Kung based the episode on the time he spent walking Koreatown’s streets with an adopted friend who did just this: “He played lacrosse. He grew up in Boston and has that accent. When he went to L.A., he felt like he wanted to get in touch with Korean culture, and the way he accomplished that was going into Koreatown and just being.”

Kevin, on the other hand, was raised in an all-white neighborhood and, as a result of being bullied, minimized his racial identity. He continues to do so, but he speaks Mandarin, a result of having parents who enrolled him in Chinese school, and visits Taiwan with them every few years. “I never had that,” says Gino. “It started turning into this aching pit.”

This is a meditation on how gay Asian men live in the United States. Gino won’t kiss for fear of attachment or doesn’t send face pics, but who’s to say Kevin would have come over had he known his trade was Asian? The bit of tit-for-tat reading the men do of each other is impeccably written and acted. There is much to be said about racist anti-Asian sentiment among gay men – who among us has not seen a Grindr profile bluntly stating, “No fems, no fats, no Asians”? Even though Gino and Kevin live out their racial heritage differently, this is reality every time an app is opened.

「Falling For Angels」 is a show about queer people of color living in the whiteness-idealizing LGBT community in a multi-ethnic city. Its half-hour run time and anthology structure encourages impressionistic storytelling, and the plots are nothing new. What is new and important is that the characters are queer men of color living out situations that only queer men of color experience – experiences that can alternatively wound, bring joy, or inspire understanding. Gino speaks of learning to love himself when he looked into the eyes of his first Asian boyfriend – they looked like his own. “Well, now you know why I wanted to kiss you,” replies Kevin.

“One of the reasons I was really interested in this script is because it conveys Asian American men as attractive – not only to other races but to each other,” said director Steven Liang.

Ultimately, this episode reminds us of one of the better things that can result from a one-off hookup: A genuine connection, however brief. A reminder that you are not alone. Healing.



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HyunA 현아 「Lip & Hip」

Posted on December 04, 2017 commentaires

HyunA 「Lip & Hip」 - released on December 04, 2017.





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Kimberly Yam 「‘Hotties’ Calendar Destroys Stereotypes About ‘Undesirable’ Asian Men」

Posted on November 20, 2017 commentaires
Lewis Tan. Photo by Michael Blank.

The calendar is a “nod to the fact that Asian men are now sometimes featured inside the magazines, but still rarely on the cover.”

A new calendar portrays Asian men in a way that they’re rarely seen.

Writer Ada Tseng reached out to a number of Asian men, ranging from actors to media professionals, and got them to pose as magazine cover models for her annual 「Haikus For Hotties」 calendar.

Though readers get a healthy dose of eye candy, Tseng ultimately wants to show that Asian guys deserve to be on covers – regardless of what the entertainment industry might think.

The calendars are a “nod to the fact that Asian men are now sometimes featured inside the magazines, but still rarely on the cover,” Tseng told HuffPost in an email.

The project features big names including 「Into the Badlands」 and 「Iron Fist」 star Lewis Tan, 「The Walking Dead」 actor Sunkrish Bala, and Kevin Wang, fashion editor of『GQ』Taiwan. Along with the steamy photos that were edited into magazine covers, each image is accompanied by a haiku about the respective model. The calendar is currently available for pre-order and will be officially released on Nov. 29 at a panel featuring many of the models.

「Haikus For Hotties」 might be a super fun, lighthearted project, but the larger message behind it is one that Hollywood needs to hear. The shock and praise surrounding the recent『Entertainment Weekly』cover featuring 「Crazy Rich Asians」 stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding showed how uncommon it is to see Asians splashed across magazines, Tseng said. People of Asian descent commented on how momentous the cover felt to them, with many saying the image felt like proof that Asians have a chance in Hollywood.

And though the cover may not have felt like a big deal to some, it’s this symbolism that speaks volumes, Tseng said.

“In some ways, it feels very old-school, since everyone reads things online now, but it represents an old-school prestige and legitimacy,” Tseng said.

But the underrepresentation of Asians goes beyond just magazine covers. The group made up less than 6 percent of speaking characters in Hollywood films from 2007-2016, according to a 2017 USC Annenberg study. Asian men especially still have a difficult time being seen as desirable or worthy of leading roles – something that Aziz Ansari has spoken out about in the past. Earlier this year, Steve Harvey even laughed at the idea that anyone would be attracted to an Asian man.

And that’s why Tan said the project was important to him.

“I normally wouldn’t have much interest in being a part of a calendar, but I feel very strongly about the message behind this and thought it would be a fun way to add to the narrative we are pursuing of ending stereotypes and false imagery of the Asian American man,” he told HuffPost in an email.

The 30-year-old actor was applauded back in March for his performance in Netflix’s 「Iron Fist」 as well as his criticism of the series’ decision to cast a white actor as the lead in the series, which has undeniably Asian elements. When it comes to Hollywood, Tan told HuffPost that it’s crucial to speak out and challenge the status quo.

“These things take time. That is why having these conversations is so important, [as well as] using your talent or gifts to create something that will oppose these old stigmas and inspire the changes we want to see,” he said. “Times have changed and Hollywood will have to change too if they want to stay relevant and make money ... I believe in the next few years we will see much more POC in leading roles, magazine covers and much more.”

Indeed, research shows that diverse movie casts bring in profit, outperforming white ones at “every budget level.” But diversity doesn’t just matter when it comes to money – on-screen representation affects how we see ourselves. For people of color who aren’t often seen in media, they could question whether they’re truly valued in society, Ana-Christina Ramón, assistant director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, previously told HuffPost.

Tan mentioned to HuffPost that he’s witnessed the power of representation himself.

“I have seen it firsthand and spoke to kids and teens at events like Comic-Con and heard their personal stories of how being unrepresented has made them feel,” he told HuffPost. “Moments like this have had a tremendous effect on me and inspired me even more to be the best influence possible, to push the boundaries of my own art.”

Tseng said that she hopes the calendar will not only get people to make a conscious effort to include more diverse voices in media, but also push others to support Asians in the entertainment industry.

“I hope that people are inspired to look up every one of the creative folks on the calendar to learn about their work,” Tseng said.

Kevin Wang. Photo by An Rong Xu. Ilram Choi. Photo by Nick Sutjongdro.
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Attitude 「Race and masculinity: How backward stereotypes continue to shape my experience of the gay scene」

Posted on November 17, 2017 commentaires

London rugby player Chris Kang opens up about his experiences as part of our ‘Masculinity Month.’

This article first appeared in『Attitude』issue 290, December 2017.

Gay men of colour often find other people make sweeping assumptions about their masculinity based purely on ethnicity. In our new issue – available to download and in shops now – we spoke to gay men from a number of different backgrounds in an effort to see just how this behaviour impacts their lives.

Here, rugby player Chris Kang debunks some stereotypes about being gay and Asian. Read his story below...


My experiences as a gay Asian male might not be reflected by the rest of my gaysian brethren. Part of this, I think, is down to the fact that my general “look” is fairly atypical: I’ve got a pretty heavy, muscular build and can grow a fairly bushy beard, so people don’t usually think of me as “Asian” in the traditional sense.

That being said, I haven’t been immune to other people’s stereotyping and preconceptions.

I can’t say for certain what people might think about me when they see my “Asian-ness.” The days of blatant “no fats, no femmes, no Asians” are, thankfully, much rarer. But, all those unreturned taps/woofs/messages, instant blocks or listless conversations my gay, visible minority friends and I have experienced still give the sense that perhaps the sentiment hasn’t completely gone away. If anything, I suspect technology has just made it easier to filter, swipe left and ignore.

As with any form of racism, there’s no question that a lot of the prejudice directed at gaysians expresses itself in the expectation that we’ll somehow be more feminine and, as a result, in assumptions about our preferred sexual role. Although I can’t recall meeting anyone who has assumed I’m passive on account of my race, I have met plenty of gaysians who have been stereotyped.

I think the root of the problem is the gay community’s concept of masculinity, and what it means to be “masculine.” It’s certainly something with which I’ve always struggled. Growing up playing sports you get used to a certain definition of masculinity and what it takes “to be a man” – tough, stoic and guarded with your emotions. The sentiment is reinforced coming from a traditional Asian (Korean, in my case) family.

However, I think it’s great to see that society and the gay community is coming around to a point where how you speak, dress or look doesn’t define the sort of man you are. But I’m not naïve. We’re heading in the right direction but I still feel that for many gay men there is some underlying need to adopt and, in turn, desire to see, traditional masculine traits in their partners.

I’m not saying this is right or acceptable, and at times I have been guilty of thinking the same.

But playing for The Kings Cross Steelers (the world’s first gay and inclusive rugby club, based in London) has helped me to evolve my conceptions of masculinity. I have seen 10st twinks fearlessly take down 18st hulking props, only to see both then dress up in drag at club socials. It’s a beautiful thing to watch, and in my opinion equally as attractive and “masculine.”

I’ve always believed that the gay experience is pretty universal – regardless of our nationality, race or upbringing – so I would never argue that Asian gays have a monopoly on being hard done by.

But I don’t let myself get bogged down in other people’s bad energy, ignorance and hang-ups, and my fellow gaysians shouldn’t either. Being masculine is really about confidence, and that transcends any sort of racial or physical attributes. Living by that belief is truly interesting and sexy.

The December issue of『Attitude』is out now – buy in print, subscribe or download.



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Red Velvet 레드벨벳 「Peek-A-Boo」

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Red Velvet 「Peek-A-Boo」 - from『Perfect Velvet』released on November 17, 2017.



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EXID 이엑스아이디 「DDD」

Posted on November 06, 2017 commentaires

EXID 「DDD」【덜덜덜】- from『Full Moon』released on November 06, 2017.


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Elyssa Goodman 「Joel Kim Booster’s Tough Journey from Closeted Gay Kid to ‘Model Minority’」

Posted on October 21, 2017 commentaires

The writer and comedian’s quick rise to success only came when he learned to parse the thorniest questions – like what it means to be gay, Asian and raised by Evangelicals.

“Today I accidentally pulled my dick out a couple steps too soon before I made it to the urinal, and this other guy who works in the office with me full-on saw my penis and it was a horrible moment for both of us,” says comedian Joel Kim Booster. His dark black hair peeks out from the top of a backwards baseball cap, and he looks at me from behind dark eyes and chiseled cheekbones, wearing ripped jeans with a short-sleeve red flannel shirt. Sometimes there’s a guy who’s so excited to pee, he laughs, “he couldn’t even wait until he got to the urinal to do it” – and this time it was him.

It’s not unlike Booster to step outside of himself to see the comedy in everything; that’s how he turned comedy from a regular cathartic and creative outlet into a full-time career. “The way I process is finding that comedic angle,” Booster says. He’s spent his career to date processing what he calls his own “identity dysphoria,” being a Korean adoptee raised by a white evangelical Christian family who were initially challenged when he first came out as gay. His comedy ruminates on some of the thorniest curveballs of intersectional politics: What does it mean to be both gay and, once upon a time, evangelically Christian? To be Asian with a white family? To be Asian in the gay community? To be a gay comic in an industry that’s mostly straight? They’re questions he mines to relatable, hilarious effect, and will anchor his Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents special, airing tonight at midnight on the channel.


Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents: Joel Kim Booster 「Growing Up Homeschooled」 - posted on October 18, 2017.

“If you have a strong enough point of view or comedic voice, you’re able to just explain to someone that your parents didn’t talk to you for a year and a half. Everything is comedy and it’s just a matter of taking a step back and disassociating for a moment,” he says, whether it’s a big trauma or a tiny slice of total mortification that happens by accident, as it did at the urinal the day I met with him.

Booster started doing comedy in Chicago six and a half years ago. He moved to New York in 2014 and gave himself four years to make it or find something else to do. It took two. By June 2016, he had made his late-night standup debut on Conan, and by the end of that year he sold Birthright, a television show based on his experiences as a gay Korean adoptee raised by white evangelical Christian parents, to FOX. Though the series is no longer in development there, it has been picked up by a to-be-announced network.

His debut album,Model Minority, also comes out November 3. But there’s always the question of what’s next. “The goal was never fame,” Booster says. “I always wanted to just be a working comedian, but now that I’m a working comedian, I don’t really know what the next step is because saying ‘I want to be famous’ is so gross,” he laughs.

Booster was adopted from South Korea and raised in Plainfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Until his senior year of high school, he was homeschooled, an active participant in Christian youth groups who dreamed of one day becoming a youth pastor. Driven by a desire to do theatre, Booster asked his parents to send him to public school. Within a month, he was cast in the school play and came out to classmates but not his family. In truth, Booster had known he was gay from about age four – he jokes that he knew he was gay before he knew he was Asian – but had been trying to repress those urges, praying for God to change him. Ultimately he began to accept himself, but believed for a long time that he’d be going to hell.

When Booster was 17, his parents read his journal and found lists of male sexual conquests. It didn’t go well for either side. Tension became so high at home that he moved out – he wasn’t kicked out, but also wasn’t exactly asked to stay. He ended up sleeping on couches at different friends’ houses, ultimately ending up at the home of a girl from choir he didn’t know very well at the time. But they became best friends and he lived with her and her family for the rest of high school; her family even help put him through college.

Booster didn’t talk to his parents again until he was in college, but the time away was healing. He says their relationship is both “great” and “as good as it could be” now. While he’s been able to use stories from this time as fodder for his stand up, it wasn’t something he realized he could do until much later.

“I still remember where I was when I heard 「Tig Notaro: Live」, because it was the first time I had heard material that was so personal,” he said – material that “transcended tragedy, not maudlin mock storytelling of ‘there needs to be a lesson.’”

Booster moved to Chicago after college to be a writer and actor. As an actor, though, Booster tired of the roles he was offered – in one year, for example, he went in for “Chinese Food Delivery Boy” five times. The comedian Beth Stelling suggested he write his own material, and he hasn’t stopped since.

Booster says in college he began by writing predominantly about white heterosexual couples because he found it easier to do than to parse out the threads of his own identity. “Once I figured that out and I started to talk about myself more, stand up has really been a therapy in a way of that untangling process,” he says. But he processes with an intelligence, brashness, and distinctive comedic insight that are among the reasons for his continued success. As he said in his Conan set, “It was difficult for me growing up in [Plainfield] because I don’t meet a lot of cultural expectations of what an Asian person ‘should be’ in this country: I’m terrible at math, I don’t know karate, my dick is huge.”

This brand of personal yet absurdist humor has earned him praise not just from publications likeEsquire,Brooklyn Magazine, andPaper, but from fellow comedians. “When you see somebody who’s telling jokes that you didn’t think you were ever going to get to see onstage, when you see a part of yourself reflected that you didn’t know you wanted to see reflected, it’s magical,” says comedian Guy Branum, host of TruTV’s 「Talk Show the Game Show. “Joel is just... really honest and fiercely positive in a way that thrills me. It makes me so happy because that’s a guy who’s had a life... He is the fucking heroine of his own story.”

Now, Booster says, he feels like he’s achieved a certain stability in understanding his identity. He can change course and move in a different direction, one that’s “outrageously dumb,” as he puts it, but in a good way – more of that signature self-reflective Joel Kim absurdity, but as it pertains to worlds outside of himself, especially the magical and the mythological, a world where horses are 9/11 truthers and Elmira Gulch is the true feminist hero of 「The Wizard of Oz.

And as he begins to develop the next segment of his career, a greater fame continues to loom, whether he wants it or not. “Everybody a little bit wants to be famous. I’ll settle for working and making a living and having health insurance. I guess I want to be – this is said tongue firmly planted in my cheek – but I want to be a fucking legend,” he laughs. “I don’t want to just have my name said, I want it to be etched in fucking stone.”

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Jérémy Patinier 「Témoignages : ils en ont marre des clichés sur les gays asiatiques」

Posted on October 19, 2017 commentaires
Tien

Sans chercher à faire une hiérarchie entre les discriminations, force est de constater que les clichés envers les garçons asiatiques sont les plus partagés... et acceptés. Ceux que nous avons rencontrés nous ont expliqué qu’ils se sentaient globalement « les plus mal aimés » de la communauté gay.

Entre les « NO ASIAT » sur les applis et la quasi inexistence de représentation culturelle et d’incarnation gay asiatique en France, difficile de se sentir vraiment « aimé », sauf par les garçons qui les fétichisent à outrance.

« On se permet des choses avec un garçon asiatique que l’on ne se permettrait pas avec un autre. Un jour dans une soirée quelqu’un a dit : “oh un Asiat, trop mignon” en parlant de moi », nous explique un garçon qui souhaite rester anonyme. Le racisme commence en traitant différemment une personne en fonction de son physique, son origine ou sa couleur de peau. Serait-il venu à l’esprit de la personne de dire « Oh un Noir, trop chou ? ». Pas si sûr. « D’un Asiatique, on pense qu’il n’y aura pas de répondant », ajoute-t-il. Car dans l’imaginaire collectif, l’Asiatique serait l’antithèse de la virilité. On les pense inoffensifs, imberbes, efféminés, passifs (au sens large), soumis, etc. Si certains le sont, et n’ont pas à être jugés pour cela, pourquoi généraliser ? Le sentiment d’exclusion vient de la récurrence de ces valeurs, qui plus est chargées d’un jugement très négatif. Ils ne sont bien sûr pas unanimement passifs ou soumis, inoffensifs, efféminés ou imberbes, mais nous collons notre vision de la masculinité et de la féminité, notre modèle de virilité, sur leurs physiques. Et cette différenciation apporte avec elle une hiérarchisation. Et la misogynie à l’œuvre vient les considérer comme globalement inférieurs.


MTV News 「The Weird History of Asian Sex Stereotypes | Decoded」 - posted on May 25, 2016.

Simon (ci-dessous), vit à Nantes avec son amoureux et ses chats. Il nous raconte son parcours avec les garçons :

Je viens de St Brieuc dans les tréfonds des Côtes d’Armor, être gay n’était pas facile. Ça a pris le dessus sur le fait qu’être asiat là-bas n’était pas forcément sympa tout les jours non plus... En arrivant sur Nantes, il y a 10 ans, je pensais naïvement que ça allait changer et que j’allais pouvoir redémarrer une nouvelle vie. On peut s’affirmer librement sans être dévisagé par la première personne croisée dans la rue... Mais je me suis vite rendu compte que le milieu gay, le vrai, celui qui te permet d’exister, n’était pas si sympa que sur le papier. Déjà pour les LGBT comme pour les autres, on pense que la Chine et le reste de l’Asie, c’est pareil. Donc forcément, si je suis asiatique : je parle chinois... ou japonais... C’EST PAREEEEEEIL ! Aujourd’hui, je suis en couple, mais avant, dès qu’un mec me plaisait un peu, je n’étais pas assez viril pour lui. On me disait : « Vous les Asiats vous avez des traits très féminins », « vous n’avez pas de poils » et « vous avez des petites bites ». Ces phrases, je les ai entendues des dizaines de fois ! Pire : « Je ne fais pas dans l’Asiat » ou « Désolé, mais Jackie Chan, c’est pas mon kiff »... La communauté gay semble principalement obnubilée par un stéréotype de mec « musclé et poilu ». On cantonne ceux qui n’y ressemblent pas à d’autres fantasmes. Parfois, au contraire, j’étais un fantasme de « bukkake », je devais « kiffer les chatouilles et les odeurs ». Ma vie, aux yeux de beaucoup de gens se résumait à la catégorie « asian » de pornhub. En plus je fais du drag donc je devenais souvent la katoï thaïlandaise (fille trans)... Ce qui est triste, c’est que j’entends encore les même vannes par des gays de 30 ans que celles des collégiens de 12 ans de St Brieuc...

Simon

« NO ASIAN »
Dans les descriptions des profils de rencontres, le « NO FAT, NO FEM, NO ASIAN » est une réalité. Mais Olivier pense que ces « critères excluants ne sont que la partie émergée de l’iceberg » :

C’est la manière d’exprimer un racisme sous couvert de préférences personnelles. Comme c’est un « goût » subjectif, ce n’est pas attaquable pour eux. Quand on discute un peu avec ces personnes-là, qui affichent des « pas de Noirs/Arabes/Asiats... », on tombe dans des généralités qui « justifient » ce refus racialisé. Parce qu’ils auraient eu une mauvaise expérience avec UN mec, ils décident de ne plus accepter d’en fréquenter d’autres. Ça paraîtrait totalement absurde de dire en France « j’ai eu une mauvaise expérience avec un Blanc, donc je ne les fréquente plus », mais dans le cas inverse, le discours est décomplexé.

Il est quand même assez frappant de voir qu’une communauté qui a été victime des préjugés, des fantasmes les plus grotesques sur son mode de vie, sa sociabilité, sa sexualité, reproduit exactement les mêmes mécanismes sur d’autres groupes discriminés. Et si on disait plutôt ce qu’on aime, et pas ce qu’on aime moins ? On peut être poli et respectueux, on est tous là pour la même chose.

Bien sûr, comme pour chaque groupe, ils ont leurs « admirateurs », qu’on appelle même les « rice queens ». Mais l’exclusivité est aussi un fétichisme, comme l’exclusion systématique. « En tant qu’individu on veut se sentir une personne, pas juste ‘un Asiat’ », nous expliquait le même jeune homme qui désire rester anonyme. La récurrence et la violence du rejet font que certains garçons d’origine asiatique vont intégrer cette discrimination : « Si on me jette en permanence, je vais aller vers que ceux qui aiment les Asiats même s’ils ne me plaisent pas. Je vais aussi m’installer dans le cliché par opportunité et par simplicité pour me proposer sur le marché de l’amour. Jusqu’où on intègre ces clichés et jusqu’où on les valide ? À force, est-ce qu’on ne se ferme pas nous-même à être ceci parce qu’on nous renvoie cette image ? Quand est-ce que l’on se permet d’être autre chose que ce à quoi on nous assigne ? », ajoutait-il.

Par exemple, il est assez notable de constater qu’en Europe il se développe une détestation des Asiatiques par les Asiatiques eux même. « Ce serait comme coucher avec un frère », se disent certains. Il est aussi rare de voir ceux que l’on appelle en Asie des « sticky rice queens » (deux Asiatiques ensemble). Comme s’ils étaient tous interchangeables. Souvent, eux-mêmes pensent qu’il faut « un viril » (même un Blanc « folle » sera éventuellement considéré comme tel) pour les compléter. « On est plus qu’un Asiatique pour certains, même plus un être doué de subtilité, qui a des désirs d’expérience ou des plaisirs variables selon celui qu’il a en face ».

Ce sont ces clichés intégrés qu’a appris à déconstruire Tien (ci-dessus), 26 ans, qui vit Paris. Il nous raconte :

J’ai été adopté par une famille française. À 22 ans, j’ai décidé sur un coup de tête de retourner en Asie, au Vietnam où je suis né ainsi qu’en Thaïlande où j’ai travaillé, et je me considère aussi bien Viet qu’un peu Thaï aujourd’hui. J’ai donc une expérience des deux milieux gays, ici et là-bas, et des Blancs d’ici et des Blancs de là-bas. À Paris, j’ai souvent eu l’impression qu’on m’écoutait un peu moins dans un groupe mixte, que je devais surjouer un peu celui qui parle fort. Au collège, j’étais efféminé ET gay, on m’appelait « la Chinoise ». Comme si tout les Asiatiques était Chinois. Asiatiques, Noirs ou Arabes, chaque « origine » vit une discrimination différente je crois. Nous, on est niés. Regardez, c’est comme à la télé : aucun asiatique, ou presque.

Bangkok est connue pour être une ville chaude, souvent les Blancs qui visitent l’Asie n’ont plus de limites. Plusieurs fois, certains m’ont touché le cul dans la rue gay, comme ça, à 21h. Ou on m’a caressé les cheveux d’une façon très condescendante, alors que ça ne se fait pas en Asie de toucher la tête. Parfois ils croient te parler gentiment mais ils te parlent comme à un chien. Le sentiment anti-blanc est en train de se développer là-bas... À force d’être aussi présomptueux...

Quand on me voit avec des amis blancs un peu plus vieux, on pense tout de suite que je suis une pute qui en veut à leur l’argent. Bah non... Je n’aime que les Asiats ! Je ne suis plus une « potato queen » (un Asiatique qui n’aiment que les Blancs, ndlr) depuis que je suis allé vivre en Asie. Et si vous vous demandez « comment on fait », et bien on n’est pas tous passifs ! Comme les Blancs en fait !

Les initiatives pour contrer les clichés fleurissent. Les hommes asiatiques sont représentés en objets du désir (en juillet dernier, les photographes Idris + Tony frappaient fort sur models.com avec 「Rise Of The Asian Male Supermodel」 ou le calendrier 「Haikus On Hotties」...) mais au-delà de l’érotisation, c’est également la culture queer asiatique qui nous arrive petit à petit et permet de changer nos regards sur les modèles que nous avons intégrés. La Semaine LGBT chinoise, organisée à Paris depuis 2015, tente aussi de remédier à cet océan de clichés.


Matt Antell 「It’s Asian Men」 Trailer - posted on November 14, 2016.

Peu de personnalités LGBT asiatiques émergent en France, à l’image du monde, où l’humoriste bisexuelle Margaret Cho, le comédien gay de 「Star Trek」, Georges Takei, l’activiste Dan Choi ou la drag queen Kim Chi sont les très peu nombreux représentants d’une diversité qui profite à tous.



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Curtis M. Wong 「Queer Asians Reveal How They’d Come Out To Immigrant Parents In A Perfect World」

Posted on October 16, 2017 commentaires
A new film reminds families they “don’t have to choose between loving their children and being faithful to their culture or to their religion.”


Patrick G. Lee 「Unspoken: Asian Americans on Coming Out to Immigrant Parents」 - posted on October 11, 2017.

Six LGBTQ Asian Americans share what they’d say to their parents in a world without language and cultural barriers in this poignant short film.

Released on National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), 「Unspoken: Asian Americans On Coming Out To Immigrant Parents」 aims to remind families that “they don’t have to choose between loving their children and being faithful to their culture or to their religion,” filmmaker Patrick G. Lee told HuffPost.

The nearly seven-minute film’s subjects don’t hold back in the clip, reading heartfelt letters they’ve written to their families. Their experiences are incredibly diverse. “I know I promised you that I would be straight, but I’m sorry to say that I cannot be,” one man, identified only as Kevin, says in the clip. “And God knows I tried after all of that.” Later, a trans individual named Sen explains, “I hope you can understand that I chose to stay alive as a fem, but I do not choose the hardships that come with it.”

Lee, who is of Korean descent said the film is for “all of us who remember growing up and feeling weird or different from everyone else.” The idea for the project came about after the Chicago native came out to his own family as queer this summer, but realized the cultural divide between him and his immigrant parents prevented him from opening up as much as he wanted to.

Hence, the documentarian is hopeful that LGBTQ Asian Americans will see themselves as “resilient” and “valued” after watching his film. He’s also at work on a 25-minute version of the film that will expand on the theme and be screened at Asian American community events across the country.

“Our hope is to show immigrant parents of LGBTQ kids that they don’t have to choose between loving their children and being faithful to their culture or to their religion,” he told HuffPost. “We want to show our families that unconditional love is possible.”

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