Monday, April 21, 2008

Tai Mai Shu - Chinese Freestyle Rap

I'm sure many of you have heard of Tai Mai Shu. Unfortunately I couldn't find any information on who created this character and the songs and what the motivation was behind it all, but it is seems these songs were made really just for the sake of comedy. In the end, it still embodies many of the stereotypes and racist remarks made about Asian Americans. Take a look at some of these videos:

One other interesting and related show I saw the other day was MTV's True Life: I'm the Black Sheep. Shawn, one of the kids filmed for the show, is Indian and wants to pursue a music career in the hip-hop industry. Initially, his parents, who are very academically oriented, are strictly opposed to his dreams and would rather he focus on his SATs and college applications. After he is let down by a disappointing gig the night before his SATs, he starts to think that maybe his parents are right. However, his heart is still set on getting a record deal and when his parents see all the hard work he put into it, they come to respect his ambitions. In the end, Shawn and his parents come to understand each other and respect each others wishes. It's a very interesting show and unconventionally Asian. Check it out if you get a chance.

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