I am planning on doing a blog for the final project on the import car scene and how it is associated with issues of race and gender and how Asians have been incorporated into this fad of colorful fast cars that struggle to make it over large speed bumps because they are too low. I noticed that many of the introductions and discussions in class have brought up the topic of modified cars, so I hope this interests many of you. For this blog, I thought it would be interesting to analyze the movie The Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift, observe how Asian women are portrayed (in car shows, magazines, etc.), discuss how the hobby of modifying cars is limited to men, and how racial categories are often created within these communities. It also might be interesting to observe how this scene is portrayed in media (youtube, movies, etc.) which often enforces stereotypes, racism, and sexism. This is just a rough outline of what I think is important to discuss, but not limited to it.
As a side note, I really wanted to do this topic because the import scene has been a part of my life for quite some time and being a woman in this specific subgroup has been an interesting experience. I’m really looking forward to hearing other’s experiences, opinions, and observations on the creation and evolution of this Asian male dominated niche. Please let me know if you are interested. =D