Examining Agency in Racial Preferences and Endorsements of Negative Stereotypes Across Sexualities (Part 1)

(10 min read) An article by Tria Chang recently surfaced on the Huffington Post, where she expresses her frustrations and disappointment with the prevalence of white male-Asian female relationships and how they are rooted in fetishization, violence, and colonization¹. In it, she details her experiences with being romantically involved with non-Asian men (though it would…

[JttW #41] “Tribalism”

By Sen Tien On topical news, we talk about Yuja Wang and the Igudesman Joo duo's show The Clone and the difference between satire and just terrible racist jokes. Additionally, we touch on how some have adopted dog whistles of "tribalism". NYT Article on The Clone: https://nyti.ms/2Ec5djw Joe Wong on the Late Show: https://youtu.be/36v9GSOFMFc https://youtu.be/vyTYzCEdNZg…

[JttW #39] Aquaman & Hammer Attack Murders

By Sen Tien We discuss the pseudo-whitewashing of Ludi Lin's character, Murk, in Aquaman and the news about the Hammer Attack Murders in Chinese buffet in Brooklyn which killed Fufai Pun and Kheong Ng-Thang and has left Tsz Mat Pung in critical condition. We touch on the relationship between direct, cultural / symbolic, and systemic violence.…

Oculus (Part 1)

Holding an Ontological Mirror Up to The Model Minority (16 min read) “Dokkaebi are legendary creatures from Korean mythology and folklore.  Dokkaebi, also known as Korean goblins, possess extraordinary powers and abilities that are used to interact with humans, at times playing tricks on them and at times helping them.  Most Korean legends have Dokkaebi…

The Interstitial Zone (Part 1)

What Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic, and the Esoteric Can Teach Asian America About Love (14 min read) in·ter·stice /inˈtərstəs/ noun 1.  an intervening space, especially a very small one. WORLD OF DIS-ENCHANTMENT “My son, do not despair; there was once a grain of sand that lamented that it was no more than a neglected atom…

My Fellow Asian-Americans, Dare to Be Avant-Garde (Part 1)

An Essay on Art, Science, Literature, Philosophy, and the Psychopathology of Asian America (14 min read)   “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” — Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People FROM BESPOKE TO BROKE TO…

Rediscovering Asian American Identity Through Combat Art

(14 min read) “What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?” — Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man When I first started delving into online Asian Diaspora spaces this year, one word I constantly saw thrown around was “self-hate,”…