Do you like… HELLO KITTY?

For this week, I decided to write about a more recent video from one of my favorite Youtuber’s, mychonny’s (John Luc) “Things to Know About Asian Girls”. He is actually from Australia, but I found that this video had themes that were also incredibly relevant to what we’ve been discussing of Asian American culture, while also being presented in a way similar to other Asian American Youtube artists, like pyrobooby. As Henry Jenkins writes in his Nine Propositions Towards a Cultural Theory of Youtube: “YouTube has emerged as the meeting point between a range of different grassroots communities”. And although chonny may be from Australia, the subject of his skit reveals that the same Asian stereotypes surpass just our own cultural boundaries and are further perpetuated by globally consumed sources of media, like Youtube. As different people have come to embrace these forms of online media, they gain perspective and are influenced by each other’s cultures and inevitably emerge with common themes – in this case, stereotypes towards acculturated, Asian women.

Released only a month ago, his video depicts a spectrum of the “types” of Asian females. At one extreme, there’s the “Import”, who would be relatable to your typical assimilated Asian, without any of the characteristics associated with traditional behavior. “They dress up, make up, import model look!” similar to white women. They essentially exist as white-washed and Americanized, they are consumers of superfluous, upper-class, material goods, and basically fit the model of a young, carefree, party girl. At the other end of the spectrum, there are the “F.O.B’s”, who speak with a heavy accent, dress in traditional clothing, act manipulatively, and are simply after providers to pamper – as chonny puts it, the “dumb, rich, white man” who can give them the monaaay. Then in some happy medium, there’s the “Type A” – the average girl, who’s ideally a perfect balance between Asian and white culture – they’re sweet, conservative, and studious. According to chonny, an Average A would proclaim, “Ewww, I want A’s not the D!” when asked what kind of boy she’d want to date.

As a backdrop to his focus on females, Luc depicts how males in general react towards Asian women. While it may be rather vulgar, it reinforces how all Asian women, despite their “type” are perceived as hypersexualized beings. His white impersonation simply boasts of having a big penis, his nerdier, Asian male impersonation is obviously less masculine and has nothing working for him, besides his love for anime and his math joke: “I’m single + you’re Asian, that’s a pretty good equation!”

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