Chinky or Not Chinky: Asians as ‘Slopes’


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?


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


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.


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


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:



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:


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.


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


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


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.”


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:

Chinky or Not Chinky: She Loves “Chinese” Food

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Here in the YOMYOMF office, we’ve been spending most of today diligently working watching and re-watching this new music video by Alison Gold entitled “Chinese food”. It’s her ode to all things Chinese and culinary, which of course includes Japanese geishas, “WTF sort of nonsense is this” subtitles and rainbow flying pandas:

Chinky or Not Chinky: FOX’s ‘Dads’

You’ve probably already heard about FOX’s new sitcom Dads, which premiered tonight and the flak it’s been getting for allegedly being racist, sexist and not funny. And yes, a chunk of the show’s attempted humor is directed at Asians. But now that the first episode has actually aired and the American audience has had the chance to watch it, is it as offensive as we’ve heard? Chinky or not chinky?


For those who can’t bring themselves to actually sit through the show, the series centers around two friends/colleagues (played by Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi) and their comically dysfunctional relationships with their eccentric fathers. We are also introduced to their co-worker played by Brenda Song.

In the pilot, we learn that in order to win over a group of Chinese investors, Green and Ribisi convince Song to dress up like “a sexy Asian schoolgirl” and, of course, all the while, the Asian jokes fly quick and fast from the boys’ first reaction to seeing Song in the schoolgirl outfit (“Hello Kitty”) to the difference between white and Asian parents (“My dad beat me with a math book until I was 16.”).

Showdown in Little Tokyo: Chinks vs. Japs

On Friday July 26, 2013, in Little Tokyo, attorney Karen Gee, director Stanley Yung, writer Koji Steven Sakai and I finally met with the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition represented by attorney Dan Mayeda, MANAA’s Guy Aoki and actor/director Aki Aleong regarding our movie CHINK. I remember that it was particularly a curious place to meet—a small dressing room in the rear of the East West Players building where I could see myself reflected in several angles in the surrounding mirrors, reminiscent of Bruce Lee’s climatic fight scene in Enter the Dragon.

First, the “coalition” was not even unanimous in their complaint against the titling of our feature CHINK as Visual Communications, one of the seven members, has “recused” itself from the letter that started it all. Visual Communications did not only world premiere the feature at their annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival but also gave Jason Tobin the Best Actor Award for portraying the titular character. Besides, Visual Communication also advocates for artistic freedom.