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Yellowface  strikes back, or Size matters (not)?

“Size matters not…Look at me. Judge me by size, do you?” Master Yoda

On 28 Nov 2013, something utterly unoriginal — and supremely bad idea      (thank you for compliment, XiN magazine!) — took p…lace during one of      those talent shows on Dutch television. The name is Xiao Wang, pronounced Xiao One, hence the eloquent Master Yoda saying.
Let’s take a look at the video fragment:


Next I would like to invite you to go through the systematic bias that controls the depiction of Asians in popular culture. A quick overview of  some stereotypes and caricatures.
***When Asian immigrants first arrived in the West, especially the United      States, they were welcomed as cheap labor. But after the California gold      rush brought a flood of Asian immigrants to California, the cheap Asian      labor began to be seen as a threat. What began as neutral or amusing      stereotypical caricatures of Asians soon took on more negative      connotations.
Coolie- The “Coolie” stereotype originated with Chinese laborers  in the 1850s as a means of preventing Chinese from entering the skilled  trades. The lowest-paying unskilled jobs were called “coolie labor”      or “nigger work.”
Yellow Peril -The “Yellow Peril” or pollutant stereotype began to      take hold in 1890s California. Asians were viewed as alien and a threat to  wage-earners, and a movement began that had the goal of making California racially pure.
Deviant -The “Deviant” stereotype was a response to the movement of Asians from common labor to household servants, laundrymen, and operators of opium dens, and the importation of women for prostitution.
Dragon Lady -Asian women have often been portrayed as cunning “Dragon Ladies” — aggressive or opportunistic sexual beings or predatory  gold diggers. Non-threatening stereotypes include servile Lotus Blossoms,  China dolls, and Geisha girls.
Gook- The “Gook” stereotype originated with the US Military      during the Korean War as a generic term for Asians, and became more popular during the Vietnam War. A gook is an invisible and powerful enemy  with superhuman endurance and ability to absorb punishment.
Model Minority -The “Model Minority” stereotype originated in      the 1950s as a representation of successful assimilation of Asians that was contrasted with the less successful assimilation of Blacks and Hispanics.***source: yellowface.com

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julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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  1. Dear Julie—
    This is a very thought-provoking subject. I’m sensitive to these “microagressions” by being married to a woman of Taiwanese birth. Specifically, she’s of Hakka descent, but experienced bias there as being less pure than the Han who came over from China in 1949. (She also speaks Taiwanese, Mandarin, and Shanghainese. And English.)
    Microagressions are those everyday insults, indignities and demeaning messages sent to people of color by well-intentioned white people who aren’t aware of the messages being sent to them, according to Dr. Derald Wing Sue, PhD. Although we’ve lived on the east coast of the United States for almost 50 years, I’m still confounded with a certain microagression when we talk to a doctor, auto mechanic or sales clerk.
    My watch-for is when my wife asks her question and he/she turns to give me the answer. I point to my wife and say, “She has the question. Explain to her,” which becomes socially awkward.
    Is Judy’s accent difficult to a provincial American’s ears? Is it because she’s a woman? Or worse, is it because she’s non-white? Today, waiting to make a purchase at the supermarket, an elderly white man asked her if she celebrated Christmas in China. “Oh, yes, all the time,” she answered charitably.
    Dr. Sue and his team are developing a theory and classification system to describe and measure the phenomenon to help people of color understand what’s going on and perhaps to educate white people as well, he says.
    “It’s a monumental task to get white people to realize that they are delivering microagressions, because it’s scary to them,” he contends. “It assails their self-image of being good, moral, decent human beings to realize that maybe at an unconscious level they have biased thoughts, attitudes and feelings that harm people of color.” [The above two paragraphs are taken from a paper published by the American Psychological Assn. (http://www.apa.org/monitor/2009/02/microaggression.aspx)
    Is there a simple way to evolve above microagressions? Probably, when people experience other ethnicities and races in close relationships as friends. Probably, when the numbers balance out to obliterate the term “minority.” And probably, when ethnic classifications blur through interracial marriages, relationships and births.
    The election of an African-American as a U.S. President has led some people to declare we’ve finally entered a post-racial culture. This is a nice sentiment, but I don’t believe we’re at that point yet. Still, I smiled when my very white quarter Amer-Asian granddaughter at Temple University asked us to take her shopping because “Some white kid stole my soy sauce bottle.”
    Wishing you every success in your work with XiN magazine!
    Walt Giersbach
    Manchester, NJ

  2. Ah. Well. Yeah. An ass makes an ass out of himself in public. The victim of his assery, embarrassed for his host and blinded by megawatt studio lighting, lets it slide. Racism is a very obvious brand of assery, jumping as it does to the most obvious and physical and visible of characteristics, and assery, in whatever form it may take both in public and in private, may not go without remark. His fellow judge admonishes him, obviously embarrassed and probably nervous about the coming fallout. The ass needs to stand up and take the hit, admit he was an ass, and stop being one.

    The end.

  3. Racism Literally Costs America $2 Trillion…Ready to Stop Payment?
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