Raffy Ermac 「This Gay Korean-American Comedian Nails the Commonness of White Supremacy」

Posted on January 31, 2017 commentaires

Actor and comic Peter Kim wants you all to that white supremacy is more common than you think.

As part of PBS News Hour’s 「In My Humble Opinion」 segment, gay actor and comedian Peter Kim gives viewers a lesson on the everyday subtleties of white supremacy that he’s faced while living life as a Korean-American man, and how people of color experience the effects of white supremacy more often than people care to think of.

“When you hear the phrase ‘white supremacy,’ what picture comes to your mind? Maybe it’s Adolf Hitler screaming into a microphone. Maybe it’s white-hooded figures marching around a burning cross,” Kim explains. “For me, it’s a lot less dramatic and a lot more commonplace. So, if I may, I would like to offer an updated definition of white supremacy. It’s the idea that white is the ideal, and we are all consciously and subconsciously working to achieve whiteness.”

He later goes on to tell the story about how he was called “almost white” by a fellow actor during an audition, and how that ignorant ideology assumes that the default race in America is white.

The most interesting and relatable take Kim has, though, are his thoughts on the numerous amount of times he’s been asked “Where are you from?” despite the fact that he is from the US. A question he, and other Asian-Americans, often get asked simply because they are not white.

“I have been lucky enough to travel and perform all around this country, and when I get asked the question ‘where are you from?’ I respond ‘Oh, New York.’” Kim recounts. “Most of the time, well-meaning white people get upset and ask ‘You know what I mean. Where are you from-from?’ My boyfriend, who is from Minnesota, whose family has roots in Sweden, never has to explain where he’s ‘from-from.’”

Watch Kim nail the everyday commonness of white supremacy in the video below.


PBS NewsHour 「The white supremacy of being asked where I’m from」 - posted on January 27, 2017.

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Graham Gremore 「This “fabulous husky gaysian” comedian is so over your white supremacy」

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Peter Kim is a Chicago-based comedian and self-described “fabulous husky gaysian” and he has something to say about the subtle tones of white supremacy he is forced to deal with on a near daily basis.

Kim recalls going to an audition where a man complimented him for being “almost white.”

“Me, an Asian-American, being almost white? Meaning what?” Kim asks. “That I’m not black or Latino or any skin complexion darker than white? In saying so, he’s assuming that white people are the default race in this country, that I am almost normal.”

“And this isn’t some ignorant racist,” he adds. “This is a liberal creative person living in Chicago.”

But it doesn’t stop there. Kim says the problem is everywhere.

“You see, this happens to me all the time, even in places I never thought would exist,” he explains. “See, I’m a Korean man who’s also gay. And when I finally came out and downloaded the dating app Grindr–spoiler alert, ain’t nobody dating on Grindr – I was overwhelmed by profiles saying no fems, no fats, no Asians.”

“And I would say to myself, well, that can’t be me, because, according to my mom, I’m not fat, I’m husky.”

And then there is the question he can’t seem to escape no matter where he goes.

“When I get asked the question where are you from, and I respond, ‘Oh, New York,’ most of the time, well-meaning white people get upset and ask, ‘You know what I mean. Where are you from-from?’” Kim says. “My boyfriend, who is from Minnesota, whose family has roots in Sweden, never has to explain where he’s from-from.”

Watch below.


PBS NewsHour 「The white supremacy of being asked where I’m from」 - posted on January 27, 2017.

Author: Graham Gremore/Date: January 31, 2017/Source: https://www.queerty.com/fabulous-husky-gaysian-comedian-white-supremacy-20170131



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Raphäl Yem 「« Aujourd’hui, mes compatriotes asiatiques et moi, on se sent un peu seuls » : la tribune de Raphäl Yem」

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La semaine dernière, des milliers d’internautes étaient choqués en découvrant la petite annonce postée par les équipes de Cauet, à la recherche de Chinois « sachant faire l’accent parfaitement », pour fêter le Nouvel An chinois. Le journaliste et animateur Raphäl Yem, qui officie au micro de Nova, et sur MTV et France Ô, toujours à l’affût de propos racistes anti-asiatiques, s’en est lui aussi offusqué. Nous lui avons donné carte blanche.

« Hello, je recherche 4-5 personnes d’origine chinoise, disponibles pour venir fêter le nouvel an chinois dans l’émission de Cauet demain et faire du karaoké !! Il faudrait que les personnes aient l’accent ou sachent faire l’accent parfaitement !! »


Cette annonce, postée il y a quelques jours sur Facebook dans un groupe de petites annonces n’a rien d’un fake.

Son auteure l’a supprimée le lendemain, sans explication. Peut-être que, satisfaite, elle avait trouvé ses candidats – tout est possible. Peut être que le réseau social mondial de Mark Zuckerberg, de lui-même, trouvant cette annonce chelou, l’a retirée ? – je suis sûr que non. Peut être alors la multiplication des commentaires outrés suscités par l’énormité de ce casting ont eu raison de cette annonce – je penche plutôt pour cette option.


Pour me rassurer et pour ne pas aboyer gratuitement, j’ai personnellement contacté en message privé Eva Rinche, puisqu’il s’agit de cette personne. Eva est stagiaire, c’est une petite main de cette émission de radio animée par Cauet, diffusée sur NRJ, qui se plaît à rappeler sans cesse qu’elle est la première radio musicale de France.

Eva n’a pas publié d’excuses, mais m’a répondu dans l’heure : « Ça a sûrement été mal formulé mais aucun propos raciste ne figurait dans cette publication ». C’est vrai. Maladroit, carrément. Aucun propos raciste... Encore heureux qu’un « chinetok », « niakwé » ou autres friandises citronnées ne se soient pas glissées dans ces quelques lignes « innocentes ».


Mais j’y pense : peut-être d’ailleurs ce post ne vous choque-t-il pas non plus ? Si c’est le cas, en 2017, dans le contexte critique socio-politique dans lequel nous sommes, c’est un problème. En effet, aller spécifiquement chercher des Chinois, qui ont l’accent ou qui savent parfaitement le faire, pour faire un karaoké dans une émission de radio filmée et suivie par des millions de personnes, c’est perpétrer des stéréotypes qui nourrissent au quotidien le racisme. Cela maintient aussi et surtout ceux qu’on désigne comme « chinois » dans une forme d’exotisme, « comme s’ils ne pouvaient pas être des français comme les autres. Et demander à des gens qui n’ont pas d’accent d’en faire un », pour citer l’auteure Rokhaya Diallo, c’est comme se grimer en chinois, imiter ce fameux accent, porter des kimonos, et faire des arts martiaux dans le but de faire rire, en prime. Suivez mon regard... Pour exemple, même sous hypnose, l’équipe d’Arthur a récemment choisi de mettre en scène la chanteuse Priscilla, Andy Cocq et l’hypnotique Messmer en « élèves kung-fu ». « Saluer », « crier », « faire des prises », « en chinois » évidemment, sans oublier de se renverser un bol de riz sur la tête, devant près de 4 millions de téléspectateurs. J’imagine le malaise des sino-familles qui fêtaient ce soir-là le Nouvel An, devant ce sketch de 15 minutes sur TF1, la première chaîne d’Europe.

Les clichés sont des croyances entretenues, à propos de différents groupes de personnes. Des clichés sur les Noirs, les Antillais, les Juifs, les Arabes, les Roms, les femmes, les Turcs, les personnes LGBT, les personnes en situation de handicap... Le citoyen que je suis les a vivement dénoncés. Sans discrimination. Sans regarder la couleur, la langue, le physique, le genre. Aujourd’hui, mes compatriotes asiatiques et moi, on se sent un peu seuls. Car oui, je suis ce citoyen du monde, d’origine cambodgienne. Plus jeune, j’ai subi les moqueries, les vannes, les insultes, du fait de mes yeux, perçus “bridés”, de ma couleur, perçue “jaune”, de mes prétendus talents génétiques sur le karaté, le judo, voire le sumo. Voilà de quoi vous tanner le cuir, le cerveau, les convictions anti-racistes. L’idée de cette tribune n’est pas de se plaindre, de dire qu’on ne peut plus rire de rien. Mais de souligner le fait qu’encore aujourd’hui, malgré toutes les marches, les plans, les lois, les films, les émissions, les livres, les cours, les rencontres, les crimes racistes, on peut encore faire comme si de rien n’était. Parce qu’on est maladroit, parce qu’il n’y a rien de mal à se moquer des Chinois. Ouais, même s’il s’agit de Japonais, Thaïlandais, Vietnamiens ou un truc dans le genre – nan, parce qu’ils se ressemblent tous, que c’est pareil. Même s’ils sont Français. Il y a quelques mois, Zhang Chaolin mourait tabassé dans les rues d’Aubervilliers. Ces jeunes agresseurs voulaient lui voler sa sacoche, « parce que les Chinois, ils ne se déplacent qu’avec du cash ». Un autre cliché. Mortel. Et pourtant, rien de raciste dans le wording, non ?


Ah oui, j’ai presque oublié de vous souhaiter une belle année du coq ! Faisons un karaoké pour fêter ça, surtout si vous avez l’accent ou que vous savez le faire parfaitement. Il y aura peut être même du chien à manger. Ah celui-là, on n’en avait pas encore parlé, alors voilà. Ah, non :D , j’allais oublier le smiley.





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Kaitlin Reilly 「Ross Butler Talks ‘Riverdale’ & How He's Breaking Asian Stereotypes」

Posted on January 26, 2017 commentaires
Photo: Michael Becker

If you’re a fan of teen TV, you’ve likely already seen Ross Butler’s face. The 26-year-old actor has had arcs on Disney Channel’s 「K.C. Undercover」, ABC Family’s 「Chasing Life」, and, most recently, MTV’s 「Teen Wolf」. His latest role is a comic-book legend – but not of the superhero variety. Butler appears as an updated version of Reggie Mantle on 「Riverdale」, The CW’s neo-noir take on the world of Archie Comics.

Reggie, a football player and Archie’s rival and frenemy in the comics, is the kind of jock who’s jerky attitude is obligatory in any good teen drama. However, it’s Butler’s casting that is breaking barriers. In addition to teasing some intel about 「Riverdale」 and his upcoming Netflix series 「Thirteen Reasons Why」, Butler, who is Asian-American, spoke to Refinery29 about how he’s tried to fight Asian stereotypes during his years in Hollywood.

What can you reveal about Reggie’s relationship with Archie this season?

“There’s definitely a rivalry between the two. It stays true to the comics in that sense, in that they’re friends but they are butting heads all the time. [Reggie] is always pranking everyone in the group, I’m hating on them, they’re hating on me... It’s a camaraderie that is staying true to the comics. We’re keeping it more real – I’m not playing pranks by throwing a pie in [Archie’s] face... We’re butting heads literally on the football field. It’s a timeless rivalry that fans [of the comics] will enjoy and new fans will be able to connect with.”

Did you read the comics before auditioning for the show?

“I wasn’t an avid reader [of Archie Comics], but I was familiar with them. It was an interesting contrast to see how this new script and new story line compares to the super-famous, family-friendly version of Archie. [There’s] a dark underbelly in this series."

There’s a lack of Asian representation on TV, which is slowly changing. As an Asian-American actor, have you faced any particular challenges?

“This is something that has been a core [part] of me as an actor, ever since I [became one]. We’re a very underrepresented population in Hollywood, but we are the majority population of the world. It’s a weird dichotomy that we have here. It’s starting to get better and we are starting to see more Asians in roles, but we’re not seeing a lot of Asians playing roles [that are] not specifically written for Asians. So when I first started out, I was being sent on auditions for ‘the geek,’ ‘the techie.’ Let’s be honest guys, I don’t look like a techie [laughs].”

“I told my agents, ‘Don’t send me out for [roles written for Asian actors].’ For a while, I didn’t get any auditions, or I’d get very few... But then I started to pick up momentum and started booking roles that weren’t [necessarily written for] Asian actors. For 「K.C. Undercover」, my role wasn’t written for an Asian actor, and I was the only Asian in the audition room. That’s a trend I see today, when I go out for non-Asian roles: I’ll be one of the only Asian people in the room, if not the only one.”

Now you play a football player!

“When I was a kid, there wasn’t an Asian-American Ryan Gosling, or an Asian-American Robert Downey Jr. that you would look up to... Now, [on 「Riverdale」] I play kind of a jerky football player, and on 「Thirteen Reasons Why」 I play a nice basketball player who does a bad thing, and on 「Teen Wolf」 I played a lacrosse player. Asians can be athletic, we don’t have to fit into this image that [the media] has for [us]. Booking these roles that aren’t necessarily [for Asian actors] is something I’m proud of and, hopefully, will keep doing.”

Can you tease a little bit about your character in Netflix’s 「Thirteen Reasons Why」?

“I play Zach Dempsey, who is a basketball player, one of the jocks... He’s a guy’s guy, he fits in with all the guys, he’s one of the bros. What I’ll say about him is that he isn’t what you expect him to be. He is a jock, but he has a depth to him that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with a jock that hangs out in the popular group. He isn’t as smart as the other kids, but he has a sensitive side to him. How that ties in... you guys will have to see.”

「Thirteen Reasons Why」 is based on Jay Asher’s book – is your character in the novel?

“He was in the book briefly... what they did with the book is that they used it as a foundation to build a whole story around. [The Netflix series] does stay true to the book, but it adds so much more to it. They give a lot more backstory... We have 13 episodes to tell the story and flesh out all of the characters.”

Any dream book or other adaptations you would want to star in?

“Anything by [『American Gods』author] Neil Gaiman... He’s my favorite author and he’s a genius when it comes to mythology. His characters are so unique. I don’t watch a lot of [anime], but there’s this one – 「Cowboy BeBop」, it’s so good!... And anything 「Dragon Ball Z」.”

Author: Kaitlin Reilly/Date: January 26, 2017/Source: http://www.refinery29.com/2017/01/136906/riverdale-reggie-mantle-ross-butler-interview




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Kane Diep, Izzy Francke & Kirsten King 「Asian-Americans Re-Created Famous Vanity Fair Magazine Covers And It Was Beautiful」

Posted on January 24, 2017 commentaires
You’re not alone.

We’ve all seen the Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair, gracing magazine stands since 1995:

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However, we haven’t seen a lot of Asian-American representation on these covers. So some BuzzFeed staff decided to come together and create one of the iconic covers themselves.


BuzzFeedVideo 「Asian-Americans Re-create Iconic Magazine Covers」 - posted on January 24, 2017

A lot of them spoke about the fact that this opportunity gave them a chance to show representation and be the role models that they didn’t have growing up:

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The experience was amazing, and the result was... GORGEOUS:

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And while these people have never been on an actual Vanity Fair cover, that certainly doesn’t mean they aren’t worthy of it. Check out their individual accomplishments and pictures below:

1. Ashly Perez
27, Development Partner

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
Three seasons of 「You Do You」. We made intentional choices to normalize representation versus calling it out. I wanted to tell happy, silly stories about gay characters that weren’t so heavy.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「Weird Things Girls Do When They’re Alone」, 22 million YouTube views.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
As a queer Cuban, Korean, Filipina woman, I don’t see myself represented in a multifaceted way. I hope to keep telling stories that represent the intersections of my life.
2. Justin Tan
28, Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
I’m most proud of the 「Who’s Your Bro」 trailer series, because I was 10 pounds lighter when those videos were made.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「Americans Try Canadian Snacks」, 14 million YouTube views, which was my second BF video. It was all downhill from there.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
The sequel to 「When You See Your Friend’s Penis」... 「When You See Your Friend’s Penis, AGAIN」.
3. Safiya Nygaard
24, Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
Ladylike! Freddie and I started producing Ladylike videos a year ago, and since then it’s grown to be a powerhouse show. I love working with all the girls on the team.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「Women Go Without Period Products for a Day」, with 4.2 million YouTube views in 7 days.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
More in-depth investigations and on-the-street interviews! More than just us tryin’ stuff but has another layer or two.
4. Ryan Bergara
26, Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「The BuzzFeed Unsolved」 series has a lot of my personality injected into it. It’s been one of the most fun yet challenging creative endeavors I’ve ever taken on.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「The Bizarre Death of Elisa Lam」, 12.2 million YouTube views.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
I hope I can continue to make series that entertain, inform, and get people excited about the digital space in media.
5. Michelle Khare
24, Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「People of Color Re-Create Iconic Movie Posters」 was one of the first stylized videos we’ve done addressing the disparity of representation in Hollywood.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
They’re about porn and masturbation... I don’t really want to talk about it. Lol!

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Inspire more young women to go after their dreams, even if they don’t see people like themselves in the fields they’re interested in.
6. Jared Sosa
33, Creative Director

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「23 Ways to Get Over Your Crush」. It’s a sweet and silly video that no one saw coming where I sang in a YouTube video within the video.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「Breakup Sex」, 20 million YouTube views. Proud it engaged our audience emotionally.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
I want to make sci-fi with robots. Robots are the new zombies.
7. Jennifer Ruggirello
23, Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「Women Learn to Skateboard for 30 Days」 fulfilled a childhood dream. 「Japanese-Americans Visit a WW2 Incarceration Camp」 was for my grandparents.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「What Plus-Size Clothing Looks Like on Plus-Size Women」. 11 million YouTube views.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
More scripted pieces. We need more queer women on the internet. Especially queer women who make out, aren’t white, and don’t die.
8. Kane Diep
27, Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「Children of Asian Immigrants Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made」, which touched immigrant families who’ve had shared struggles. And my scripted series 「#Dustane」, based on my own relationship.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「When You Can’t Do Salads」, 38 million Facebook views and 300k shares.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Be Shonda Rhimes and launch scripted shows with diverse casts, compelling stories, and complex relationships.
9. Niki Ang
23, Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「In the Closet」. We created a safe space for our queer audiences by featuring people from across the spectrum, having conversations not easily found online, and celebrating intersectionality.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「Women Go Braless for a Week」, 12.5 million YouTube views.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Create content where Asian people and queer people learn about their cultures and heritage, and can connect with their roots.
10. Robin Broadfoot
28, Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「10 Truths Eurasians Know Too Well」. I explored my identity crisis, being Eurasian and growing up in Hong Kong, and the feeling of not fitting in anywhere.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「Healthy Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad」, 153 million Facebook views, and 3 million shares. One of the top videos on Tasty.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Diving into more scripted content. I’ve always had a passion for movies, watching one or two a day. It’s my religion. It’s magic to me.
11. Maggie Jung
24, Junior Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「A Surprise Proposal」, the biggest project I’ve ever produced! It was so fulfilling to create such a beautiful story/experience for such an important part of someone’s life, and to share it with our viewers was amazing.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「DIY Cat Tent」, 68 million Facebook views. It was really cool to hear that my best friend’s roommates in New York made a cat tent after watching the video.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
I would love to work on crazy cool VR projects, multimedia, platform-bending stuff, and tell stories that inspire and entertain people!
12. Annie Jeong
24, Junior Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「We Tried Extreme Climbing!」. Test Friends was a series I loved before coming to Buzzfeed and I’m still so glad I got the opportunity to produce an episode.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「People Try the Fire Noodle Challenge」, 5.5 million views on YouTube and 10 million views on Facebook. I ran around the studio lugging around a monopod and a tub of ramen.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
More content about Asian identity and health/nutrition!
13. Kevin J. Nguyen
23, Junior Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「Asian-Americans Get Photoshopped Onto Blockbuster Movie Posters」. Asian-Americans still struggle to get proper representation. This video addressed this issue and hopefully let others know they’re not alone.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「People Get Transformed Into Tim Burton-Inspired Characters」, 2.6 million YouTube views.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Make more content on the intersection between the Asian-American experience and masculinity.
14. Rachel Kang
24, Junior Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「If People Acted Like Korean Drama Characters」. It was the first video I wrote, directed, cast, edited, produced, and shot offsite. I’d never watched Kdramas until writing, and I got SO obsessed.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「How Many Snapchat Tricks Do You Know?」. 100k Facebook shares and it was the highest-performing video on BuzzFeed Snapchat Discover as of May 2016.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
My goal is to make people laugh and feel less alone.
15. Steven Lim
26, Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「Worth It」, a food and travel show comparing one item of food at three different price points. I’m proud of it because it’s a series that anybody can relate to and enjoy.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「$11 Steak Vs. $306 Steak」, 15 million YouTube views.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Make impactful content that highlights what it’s like to be Asian-American.
16. Tiffany Lo
29, Senior Manager

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
I don’t have one favorite video, but I’m proud of leading the teams responsible for Tasty, Nifty, and Goodful. Collectively, the three Facebook pages have over 105 million page likes.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「3 Easy Breakfasts You Can Make in a Mug」, 2.2 million shares and 72 million views.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
I’m an avid traveler. Would love making travel videos! Maybe food-travel videos?
17. Ray Pajar
28, Junior Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「DIY Cat Planters」. This was the project that made me feel like I was really part of the Nifty team during my residency.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「Concrete Garden Hands」, 130 million Facebook views and over 2 million shares.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Continuing to inspire people to make things. Showing people they can create anything they put their minds to.
18. Carol Tan
25, Creative Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「Things That Are Better With Icing」. One of my first branded scripts, and I am thankful to have the team’s trust to be the catalyst behind a production that called for five gallons of icing.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「How to Grow Vegetables From Kitchen Scraps」, 151 million views and 4 million shares. I’m so happy it did well, because plants are so resilient and full of surprises.
19. Christopher Lam
24, Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「Weird Things Straight/Gay BFFs Talk About」 was my first video. It was simple to shoot and edit, but visibility as a queer person of color was powerful.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「Native Americans Try On ‘Indian’ Halloween Costumes」, 14 million views and 100k shares.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Giving more trans people a platform. They’re still met with so much discrimination and violence. I would like to be an ally to them however I can.
20. Hitomi Aihara
31, Junior Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
I’m proud of all the videos I’ve made, viral or not. Making videos for three teams (Tasty, Tasty Japan, and Nifty) allows me to tap into different creative views while experimenting with what I visually like.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Bake」, 37 million Facebook Views and 912k shares.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
I love nature. The ocean, the mountains, and the outdoors. I want to reach people with the same passions.
21. Tiger Souvannakoumane
26, Junior Video Producer

What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「Asian Americans Try to Speak Their Native Language」. I was able to tackle my own insecurities with language and inspire others to speak about theirs.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「How to Remove Rust Naturally」. 100 million Facebook views and 1.9 million shares.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Blend identity and social impact with the practically of DIY. I’m excited to use DIY as a vehicle to create impact and transcend barriers.
22. Rie Tange McClenny
Junior Producer
What video or series are you most proud of making at BuzzFeed?
「Animal-Shaped Egg 4 Ways」. My mom used to make rabbit-shaped boiled eggs – it was my favorite thing in my lunchboxes.

What is your highest-performing video at BuzzFeed?
「Animal-Shaped Egg 4 Ways」. 346k shares and 31 million views on Tasty.

What do you hope to make that you haven’t done?
Bringing my mom from Japan to the Tasty kitchen in LA and cook together!

By Kane Diep (BuzzFeed Motion Pictures Staff), Izzy Francke (BuzzFeed Motion Pictures Staff) & Kirsten King (BuzzFeed Staff)

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Gurvan Kristanadjaja 「Pourquoi le racisme anti-asiatique est-il sous-estimé en France ?」

Posted on January 21, 2017 commentaires
Mai Lam Nguyen-Conan, spécialiste des enjeux de diversité et d'interculturalité, livre des éléments d'analyse du racisme anti-asiatique.

Si le sketch de Gad Elmaleh et Kev Adams a fait polémique, il a aussi fait émerger des questionnements. Au cours de leur spectacle 「Tout est possible」, ils se sont mis en scène, grimant des Asiatiques et lançant des blagues considérées par beaucoup comme racistes. Plusieurs intervenants, invités par la journaliste Rokhaya Diallo, tenteront de répondre ce samedi au 104 à Paris à la question : 「Asiatiques en France : éternels invisibles ?」 Mai Lam Nguyen-Conan est l’une des intervenantes de ce débat. D’origine Vietnamienne, spécialiste des enjeux de diversité et d’interculturalité, elle répond à nos questions.

Vous êtes l’auteure de『Français je vous ai tant aimés : L’impossible intégration ?』dans lequel vous interrogez votre identité et votre relation avec la France en tant qu’Asiatique. Quelle était votre démarche ?

J’ai écrit un récit sur l’intégration, la relation avec la France du point de vue d’un Asiatique. Les Asiatiques sont souvent vus comme les meilleurs élèves de l’intégration, pourtant ils ne sont jamais vraiment intégrés. Ils sont dans un entre-deux : entre les minorités et les Français d’origine. Ça tient aussi à la culture de certains pays desquels ils sont originaires, la Chine ou le Vietnam par exemple. Lorsqu’ils arrivent en France, l’enfant apprend le français, parfois, comme moi, dans la douleur.

Je suis arrivée à 7 ans et j’ai été arrachée à ma famille : j’étais placée dans une famille d’accueil pour apprendre le français la semaine et je rentrais chez mes parents le week-end. Ça a fonctionné, toute la famille a un accent sauf moi, mais c’était un apprentissage difficile. À la maison, les parents parlaient vietnamien, et c’était le sacrifice de l’intégration. Chez beaucoup de parents asiatiques, les familles ont conservé la langue à la maison, et ça a forcé les enfants très jeunes à faire l’aller-retour entre les deux cultures. Il a fallu que je retourne au Vietnam et que j’y travaille six ans pour m’y sentir bien et pour que je me sente Française au retour. Ça a fait partie de ma quête identitaire.

Pourquoi le racisme anti-asiatique est-il sous-estimé en France ?

J’aurais tendance à dire que le militantisme n’est pas dans notre culture. Lors de la polémique sur le sketch de Gad Elmaleh et Kev Adams, combien d’Asiatiques ont trouvé que c’était raciste ? Beaucoup. Combien ont été outrés ? Moins probablement. Et combien vont vouloir attaquer les humoristes ? Beaucoup moins. C’est lié, dans les cultures confucianistes et taoïstes, à l’éducation. Quand j’ai écrit mon livre, il a fallu que je lutte avec mon autocensure et ma famille était horrifiée de savoir que je prenais la parole. Chez les gens plus jeunes, la nouvelle génération, élevée avec une culture 100% occidentale, ce sera sans doute différent, eux vont vouloir prendre la tribune et peut-être que c’est aussi bien.

On a tendance à penser que les Asiatiques sont finalement assez peu représentés dans la sphère publique, proportionnellement à leur nombre en France. Ce manque de relais explique-t-il le racisme dont ils sont victimes ?

Le racisme anti-asiatique est finalement assez proche de l’antisémitisme. L’idée qu’ils sont « partout », alors que leur logique est finalement celle de l’autonomie économique. Beaucoup de jeunes dans leur carrière vont privilégier l’indépendance et la liberté plutôt qu’une carrière politique par exemple. Si les Asiatiques ouvrent beaucoup de commerces, ce n’est pas culturel, c’est avant tout qu’il y a des aides de la communauté.

Après le décès d’un couturier chinois, Chaolin Zhang, à Aubervilliers en août dernier et le sketch de Kev Adams et Gad Elmaleh, beaucoup d’Asiatiques se sont exprimés. Constatez-vous un progrès ?

Je ne suis pas sûre que l’on puisse constater de progrès dans le domaine de la lutte antiraciste. Aujourd’hui, il y a une certaine hypocrisie dans la lutte antiraciste. On pense que les victimes ne peuvent pas être racistes elles-mêmes. Mais nous avons tous des préjugés sur plein d’autres personnes à longueur de temps. La question est donc de savoir, est-ce qu’on peut chacun arrêter de faire des réflexions sur les gros, les blonds, les roux ?

Comment lutter plus efficacement ?

Nous avons le choix de lutter contre le racisme anti-asiatique comme le font les Américains. Mais je ne souhaite pas personnellement que la lutte se retrouve derrière la ligne de couleur avec, de fait, une division de la société. Est-ce qu’il n’y a qu’une seule manière de lutter contre le racisme, qui serait la façon dont l’ont fait les Africains-Américains ? Ne peut-on pas le faire différemment, en luttant contre le racisme dans sa globalité ?

Le danger est de communautariser les racismes, de pointer du doigt les responsables, c’est-à-dire les « méchants blancs français », et les gentils sont les autres. Dans cette dichotomie entre les Blancs et les non-Blancs, les Asiatiques ne s’y retrouvent pas, justement parce qu’ils sont dans un entre-deux. J’ai peur d’un glissement vers cela. Mais ce sera en fait la nouvelle génération qui décidera. Et peut-être qu’elle choisira de faire face à ça en se regroupant derrière la ligne de couleur.



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Jenna Guillaume & Javier Moreno 「25 Beautiful Asian Men Who Will Make You Thirsty AF」

Posted on January 19, 2017 commentaires
Hollywood, pay attention.

1. Godfrey Gao, who is literal perfection.

2. David Lim, who should always be shirtless.

3. Harry Shum Jr and all his ~skills~.

4. Dev Patel, who longbottomed so hard.

5. Vincent Rodriguez III, who just caused the word "hunk" to be revived.

6. Sendhil Ramamurthy, whose abs are real heroes.

7. The dapper AF John Cho.

8. T.O.P., who looks dashing as a brunette and blond.

9. Ki Hong Lee, who looks great both dirty and clean.

10. Steven Yeun, whose gorgeous face needs to be back on TV ASAP.

11. Conrad Ricamora, who rocks glasses but also looks great with a naked... face.

12. Total babe Chris Pang.

13. Literally every member of 2PM.

14. Rahul Kohli and his perfect hair.

15. The fit and flawless Hideo Muraoka.

16. Bob Morley, who looks good even after an apocalypse.

17. Zayn Malik, who just keeps getting hotter.

18. The perfect Daniel Henney.

19. Eugene Yang, the Try Guy you would die for.

20. Choi Si-won, man of many ~talents~.

21. Jordan Rodrigues and his beautiful man bun.

22. Gorgeous model Scott Neslage.

23. The spectacular Rick Yune.

24. Ludi Lin, who looks good all the damn time.

25. And the always-mesmerising Vidyut Jamwal.

This post has been updated to include some guys we missed the first time (hey, Eugene!).




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