The End of History and the Last Asian Man

Who's in the foreground, and what's the story?

A Canadian-Chinese Work of Orientalist White-Worshipping Glory

Orientalists–you people are everywhere.  Here I am, getting set in writing my piece for the Thymos Book Project, and you Orientalist Mofo’s have to lob another one in my direction.  I guess the upside is that you’re providing a good lead-in to my introduction of the Thymos Book Project–which will come as soon as I’m done with my first draft.  I’m sorry, but I’m not going to let your issues interfere with my work.

David Carradine Dead

David Carradine

David Carradine

This is shocking.  Wow.  Out of nowhere. 

David Carradine was the actor assigned to the leading character in the TV show Kung Fu, a role that Bruce Lee invented but was denied since he, ironically, wasn’t White.  Since those days, David Carradine, with his slow moving Tai Chi, created a faux-Asian image that Americans bought like crazy.  Being White helped launch and solidify his career as a leading role and figure in Orientalist Asian American culture, most recently in Tarantino’s Kill Bill films.

"What Color is That Baby?"

Bob Herbert writes a poignant Op-Ed about media coverage and race in today’s NY Times.

“What color is that baby?” he asked.

A tremendous silence fell over the room. Everyone understood what he meant. If the baby was white, the chances were much better that the story was worth big play. It might be something to get excited about.

This is the concept of Orientalism in a nutshell.  People have certain ideas of what races are supposed to be, what people of certain races are supposed to act like, and how we should feel about people depending on what race they are.  People are supposed to feel sad when White people get murdered.  They don’t extend the same empathy if the victims are Black, Latino, or Asian.   Those stories get cut before they’re even written.