We had a conversation about Logan Paul sometime last year. I honestly don’t remember what it was about, other than he did something racially insensitive against (or racist to) Asians, yet some Asian chick decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and dated him anyway. Asian chicks dating racist men who happen to be White? Noooo! Actually, we addressed it recently too. So when I first heard about the latest Logan Paul incident, I shrugged, since we’d already had that conversation. But then one of my Japanese teachers mentioned it. After that Japanese class, I went home and saw Yuta’s video (above). It’s actually much worse than I ever imagined. It also wasn’t just one video. Logan Paul has done lots of videos doing really terrible things in Japan, like dressing up as Pokemon and throwing balls at random people, making fun of people’s religion at a religious temple, and dropping fish on a random taxi. He was basically taking advantage of a passive culture and making peoples’ lives harder. You can see the video above.
The video above is among the funniest I’ve seen.
I guess the “outrage” is over the fact that lots of people think that the woman is the nanny. She’s not. She’s the wife. To paraphrase one of my FB friends said, “it’s an Asian woman married to a White guy–just like around 70% of the people I know!”
(pic of Tila Tequila of the alt-right here.) Interesting article that I saw on FB: Meet the White Nationalist Trying to Ride The Trump Train to Lasting Power. It’s about a White Nationalist named Richard Spencer, and it was written before the election. Spencer was the person who coined the term “alt-right,” and he is widely seen as the founder of the movement. The article describes Spencer’s adulation of Donald Trump before the election. Now that the election is over and Trump has won, Spencer is flying high, talking about ending non-White immigration and turning this country into a European state. But what the people on my FB feed found interesting was that in the recent past, Richard Spencer was into Asian women:
I’ve been checking out the YouTubeiverse, mostly checking out Jvloggers in Japan. It’s pretty cool how many voices are out there. When I hear them talk about Japan, I recognize truth in lots of their remarks about cultural differences. It’s interesting stuff. It’s particularly interesting to hear from jvloggers who have spent years in Japan and have decided to live there permanently. I always wondered what life would be like if I stayed. There was no YouTube when I lived in Japan, so I didn’t get the benefit of hearing all this.
I just saw this IndieGogo campaign. For some reason, I thought that Love Boat was a high school thing, but I guess it does make more sense that it’s a college thing (since probably fewer Taiwanese parents want their kids dating in high school). On the other hand, don’t college relationships work better when kids go to the same college? If you’re go to college in Boston, it would seem pointless to do a program in order to meet a romantic partner from UCLA.
I get hoodwinked so easily. I’m like Charlie Brown to the Asian Female Celebrity Club‘s Lucy. “Kick it, Chuck! I’m not gonna move the football again! You can trust me.” I was originally interested in reading Wan’s book after this discussion, where Pozhal quoted Wan from a CNN article:
“It’s the same formula every time,” she wrote for the Washington Post in 1998. “Young Asian-American heroine confronts culture clash — unyielding Asian parents who won’t let her on the cheerleading squad, a flock of quaint-as-hell relatives, yadda, yadda. Throw in a budding interracial romance, stick a word like ‘moon,’ ‘jade’ or ‘dragon’ in the title, and voila! America’s new literary sensation. Give me a break. I could write an ‘ethnic’ novel in my sleep.”
I first heard about the story while driving in the car and hearing it on the radio: an Australian couple had abandoned their biological baby who had come from a surrogate mother in Thailand because the baby had Down Syndrome. I thought that maybe it was an example of Western exploitation, a case in which rich Western parents had hired a poor Asian surrogate and then jumped at signs of trouble.
As you all know, I’m not a Christian. I’m an atheist, according to Richard Dawkins’s definition. I usually write stuff like this. Before having kids, I swore to myself that I would never teach my kids Christianity after going through what I went through in the church. But I realized that religion, for all the confusion and hypocrisy it brings into our world, also poses good questions about ethics and existence. So I got a book from the library that covered an overview of religions, and my son and I went through the whole book: Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Jainism. We read the whole book. Then I got a “Children’s Bible,” and we began reading a kid’s version of the Jewish Testament.
I remember when we read “Just So” stories in grade school, which were Rudyard Kipling’s specialty. However, in our Asian American world, Asian American women don’t write Just So stories. Many Asian American women write Just Because Essays.