Saturday, February 2, 2008

I was surprised how the list we created in class on friday, and the conversation that ensued, still touched a lot on the topics covered in 'honk,' which was a film released in '97. there's a line where renee taj-p says the ucla student lisa kang was asking the same questions that she was asking when she was lisa's age. It's interesting how 10 years later, i've become lisa's age and i'm still asking the same questions. It seems that as long as there will be 1st, 1.5th, and 2nd generations, there will always be problems with identity and 'not fitting in.'

I was particularly interested by the scene where the two korean rapper guys were juxtaposed with the young women of the ms. chinese america pageant/ball. The guys were saying that the media portrayed Asian men as smaller, weaker, less masculine than men of other races, and "most" of the chinese pageant girls had white boyfriends. I wrote a research paper on asian americans and interracial dating two semesters ago and the attitudes projected in the film (those of the young men and women) are still pretty much the same. Since the time of Long Duck Dong (if you're old enought to remember him), Asians have been appearing more often in popular media and the big screen, but why aren't attitudes about asian sexuality seriously changing? or have they? and i'm just not noticing...

1 comment:

Kenji said...

Do you have any statistics on Interracial marriage?