The Social Network and Asian American representation

I finally saw the Social Network last night, after months of waiting for it to get to RedBox.  I was going to do a review and was expecting to be upset by portrayals…but honestly, I had no reaction at all.  Didn’t think it was negative, didn’t think it was positive, didn’t have any view whatsoever.

Brenda Song was decent in her role, but it was a very small role.  I’ve honestly known many crazier Asian women, so the whole bed burning theme seemed rather tame.  I’m trying to think of something deep to say right now, but I’m coming up short.   Hmm.  Okay…

…I’ve seen depictions of crazy Asian women who like White men, but I haven’t seen depictions of crazy White men who like Asian women, which happens in real life too.  Could it be that it’s just a little more dangerous to talk about?  Like, for example, the fact that it’s kinda socially okay to joke about Elin Nordgren smashing Tiger’s car, but it’s not okay to talk about Nicolas Cage getting physical with his Korean American wife?  I wonder if there’s a feminist angle to this portrayal disparity.

Alright, it’s not good when you’re bored by your own post, so people are going to probably ask if Brenda Song is AFCC.  She’s dating Trace Cyrus, older brother of Miley Cyrus.  Man, talk about Ching Chong Ling Long Ting Tong.  In the movie, Song was stalking Eduardo Savarin with her cell phone.  Hopefully she wasn’t doing it from the library.

But really, there’s not much else to say, do, or become activist about regarding the trend among Hollywood actors and actresses.  Seriously speaking, actors and actresses often serve as respresentatives, but much of the strategic work takes place behind the scenes by movie executives, writers, producers, and the like.  And equally important are people like you and me, who live, share, think, and represent in our own lives.  Don’t underestimate your own importance.  :)

8 thoughts on “The Social Network and Asian American representation

  1. ” I’ve honestly known many crazier Asian women, so the whole bed burning theme seemed rather tame.”

    Ha! OK, you’re cracking me up!

  2. “But really, there’s not much else to say, do, or become activist about regarding the trend among Hollywood actors and actresses. Seriously speaking, actors and actresses often serve as respresentatives”

    As an AM, I never thought of AFs in the media or anywhere to be a representative for me. In my experience AM and AF interests are too divergent to be lumped into one group. I think it is OK for any other ethnic group but for Asians, the gender distinction needs to be made.

  3. Alright, it’s not good when you’re bored by your own post, so people are going to probably ask if Brenda Song is AFCC. She’s dating Trace Cyrus, older brother of Miley Cyrus.

    Ew, really? Blech.

  4. They must have interesting family gatherings.

    I wonder if that’s when Miley busts out her “chink eye” salute to make Brenda feel welcome.

  5. Yes!

    Also, I was feeling a bit left out since it seemed I was the only one in the AA blogosphere who hadn’t posted on this movie. I watched it and had no reaction.

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