Some of you may have noticed that my blogging has been more sporadic as of lately. Unfortunately, this is a trend that will probably continue in the near future as I’m trying to re-prioritize my offline life. So if you’re checking here everyday for the comments, please continue to do so. If not, subscribe with Google Reader. And yes, even though my blogging may be less frequent, please feel free to continue sending me articles. I really do enjoy getting that feedback.
Thanks to Linda and JY for sending the most recent cover article for NY Mag: Paper Tigers: What happens to all the Asian-American overachievers when the test-taking ends? It looks like at least one major publication is milking the Tiger Mom meme for all it’s worth. And they did so by publishing the most self-pitying, narcissistic article written by an Asian male that they could find. Wesley Yang, the author of the article, interviews all kinds of Asian men and somehow uses their experience to determine that he’s totally superior to the rest of us. He even interviews the Asian Playboy, and treats PUA as a serious form of empowerment. Jeff Yang summarizes the article well on his blog Original Spin.
I’ll let you all read and decide, but here are some questions/statements:
1. Why do so many Asian dude writers like to combat invisibility by publishing naked pictures of themselves? Check out the pic above, and check out this book. Maybe it’s because I myself am a hetero dude, but I totally find it unhelpful.
2. PUA seems to be becoming our movement, whether we like it or not. I’m just shocked that so few people can see through to the misogyny, lying, and general fakery. White people see it as the joke that it is, while Asian dudes clamor as if it’s the Holy Grail. Talk about crawling for other people’s scraps.
3. As we’ve said on this blog before, people look inward and think they’re nice guys, but sometimes it’s because they let their egos run wild. That was my thought while reading how the author was going crazy over some ego-stroking by a white female friend. The key to overcoming alienation isn’t to look inward; it’s to look outward.
I think we need to be future-oriented, and outward-oriented. Self-introspection has its merits, but it’s easy to overdo it. I can’t say that I disagree with everything Wesley Yang says, but the general direction of the inquiry, in my opinion, is less helpful than it could be.
Anyway, sound off.