Incumbent Mayor’s campaign mailer accuses Vietnamese American candidate for being a communist

Ah, Little Saigon politics. According to the OC Weekly, Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater’s campaign has sent the most laughable mailer ever, attacking opponent Bao Nguyen.

Pandering to the Vietnamese voter base has been way simple for a long time. In danger of losing your election? Just say he’s a commie! Or you hate commies more than he does!

And here’s the latest example from Little Saigon: an attack mailer targeted at Garden Grove mayoral candidate (and current school trustee) Bao Nguyen paid for by a committee tied to the city’s mayor, Bruce Broadwater. The smear campaign mailer is in Vietnamese, in the Garden Grove/Westminster area, which has the largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam:

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Chinky or Not Chinky: Racist Brownface Filipina Maid Commercial?

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It was just a few weeks ago when a children’s textbook in Hong Kong was teaching kids that being Filipino meant being a domestic worker and now we have this: a TV ad for Malaysia’s Hong Leong Bank Insurance running in Hong Kong that stars a Chinese actor in “brown” face playing a Filipina maid named Maria.

A “Super Awesome” Surprise

I went for the vinyl, I stayed for the awesomeness.

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The Oakland Museum of California is having an exhibit on vinyl records, so naturally I had to go and compare my collection to theirs.  That show turned out to be a bit of a bust for me, but right next to it, ten steps away in another wing of the building, was a show I hadn’t heard of:

Super Awesome: The Art of Giant Robot.

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Chinky or Not Chinky: Asians as ‘Slopes’

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So TV show Top Gear has come under fire recently for referring to an Asian person as a “slope” in their Burma special. For those unfamiliar with the term “slope” in this context, Urban Dictionary defines it as thus:

Vietnam-era charlie. Any asian resembeling one of the ‘reds’.

There are so many slopes at the library!

On the heels of this brouhaha, the show’s executive producer Andy Wilman issued this “apology” today:

Am I The Only One Who Hears A Gong Sound When I See This Ad?

Um….so, uh, I’m sure a huge global company like Sprint must have whole departments dedicated to, uh, y’know cultural sensitivity and stuff…and not to be too touchy or anything…but uh…really?

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I get it: Sprint took two words – friends and family – and mashed them up.  Friend + Family = Framily.  Cute, catchy, I get it.  I do.

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Heck, I’ve mashed up words myself: brisk walk + run = brun.  Sing + talk = salk.  hungry + grouchy = houchy.

But none of them evoke, well, uh, let’s just call it, a sensibility from earlier decades.

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Chinky or Not Chinky: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Goes Slap Happy Oriental-Style

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I don’t regularly watch the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, but I was curious about tonight’s episode after I saw reactions like the following on social media:

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Chinky or Not Chinky: Mindy Kaling’s ‘Elle’ Cover

You may have heard that Mindy Kaling is one of the TV stars gracing the cover of Elle Magazine. While having a woman of color who is not a size zero on the cover of a major fashion magazine would normally be cause for joy, in this case, it’s not without controversy. Check out Kaling alongside her fellow Elle covergirls and see if you can spot what’s getting some folks worked up:

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Yup, while her white colleagues all get the full-body color treatment, Kaling is cropped and in black-and-white leading to some critics calling racism.

As for Kaling herself? She seems fine with the cover (see tweet below), but that hasn’t stopped others from pointing out that we should still be upset even if Kaling is not.

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Chinky or Not Chinky: Katy Perry Goes Geisha at the AMAs

So Katy Perry went full geisha during her performance of “Unconditionally” which opened tonight’s American Music Awards.

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As far as I can tell, there’s nothing “Japanese-y” about the song (well, unless loving someone unconditionally=me luv you long time), but that’s no reason not to stage an elaborate number complete with a bonsai garden set, geisha-inspired moves, Japanese fans, cherry blossoms and even geisha Katy Perry spontaneously combusting in a fireball at the climax because, damnit, that’s what geishas do! Only thing missing is a pack of Harajuku girls following Perry around (or any real Japanese people as far as I can tell).

New Study Shows AM/WF Couples Are Highest Earners Amongst Interracial Relationships

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According to Business Insider, This Is The Highest Earning Type of Interracial Couple. Asian couples, including mixed couples with either an Asian husband or wife, dominated the combined earnings in 2010, out-earning other mixed couples by $10,000, according to The Rise of Intermarriage study by the Pew Research Center. Mixed couples make on average of $71,000 and “pure couples,” as in AM/AF couples make $62,000, almost $10k less!

According to the study: “The earning differences of couples reflect the general pattern of income disparity among families of different racial and ethnic background in the U.S. In 2009, the median family income was $75,027 for Asians, $62,545 for whites, $39,730 for Hispanics, and $38,409 for black families.” 

Racist License Plate from the Aloha State

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Even though Hawaii’s population is predominately Asian and Pacific Islander, you can still run into racist bullshit like this. Really? I have a feeling the owner of this vehicle is either a white guy with an Asian fetish or an Asian with an idiotic complex. And yeah, I get irony, but this ain’t irony. This is just stupidity. Either way, this person is a moron.

Chinky or Not Chinky: Kill Everyone in China Edition

Back on October 16, Jimmy Kimmel aired one of his regular segments on his late night talk show titled “Kid’s Table” where the host asked a group of children questions about current events. When asked how the United States might handle its growing debt to China, one of the kids responded that we should “kill everyone in China.”

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Not surprisingly, some Asian Americans expressed offense at this piece leading to Kimmel and ABC/Disney (which produces and distributes the show) to apologize. You’d think that would be the end of things, but apparently, it’s not. This past weekend, Chinese American organizations protested in multiple cities around the country including 1,000 people who came out to ABC Studios in Burbank to make their displeasure known.

Originally I had no plans to blog about this topic, but I think the escalation of this issue raises an interesting question of when exactly enough is enough. Before I go any further, here’s the offending segment if you haven’t seen it yet: