Check Out Beautificasian!

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Check Out Beautificasian!

Beautificasian is a critical blog that centers on the standards of beauty in America and Asia and how Asian American and Asian women are undergoing body modifications in order to adhere to the pressures of acculturation and/or assimilation. For the purposes of this blog we will define body modifications as any measures taken to alter one’s appearance which can include things such as plastic surgery, cosmetics, and eyelid tape. Our main focus questions why Asian American and Asian women find the need to alter their bodies simply to “fit in” and what means are they taking to do so. These days, societal expectations pressures Asian American and Asian women to conform to the “white” ideals of beauty (big eyes, double eyelids, high cheek bones, etc). This, in turn, causes many Asian American and Asian women to endure rigorous processes, such as applying a plethora amount of makeup, placing scotch tape on their eyelids and even submitting to plastic surgery, in order to achieve the hegemonic idea that “white” is beautiful.

Our blog as three authors, Meha, Sarah and Kimberly, all from different cultural backgrounds, this therefore consists of varying opinions and personal experiences from three different female perspectives. For example, a member of our group is guilty of attempting these “body modifications” and has even thought about getting plastic surgery to achieve this “ideal beauty.” As female Americans, we have all experienced the pressures of beautifying oneself in order to live up to society’s expectations. Thus, each of us can relate to this issue and contribute our own personal inputs.

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I decided to make my solo blog, Get Trolled, about Asian Americans in the world of League of Legends  and in the context of other popular, online games, as the MOBA community is one I love and know well. Gamer or not, you might have been aware of recent happenings in the past few weeks – like eSports becoming federally recognized as real, professional athletics or of all the hate given to an all-female League of Legends team that was one contributor to its eventual disbanding. As an Asian dominated, Internet phenomenon – with its own troublesome misrepresentations – it’s important to consider the social implications and influences of the eSports community upon our new generation of gamers. With 32 million active League of Legends players, 60% of whom are in college, online gaming is definitely a relevant topic of youth culture!

So enjoy! Hopefully if you don’t already, it might entice you to give these games a try. And if you do play – League or SMITE, in particular – hit me up with your IGN c:

Sportsnation unite!

What’s good guys and gals? If you’re into sports and athletes, take a look at my blog! I promise you a bunch of (failed) puns!

http://asianamericansports.wordpress.com/

In it, I have presented various Asian American Athletes that I believe were or still are the most prominent. With their impressive feats and awe- inspiring abilities, they have gained international praise and support. Their immense success is magnified as they were able to bypass the typical Asian stereotypes of being un-athletic. But no matter how impressive their accomplishments were, they still faced racial issues and stereotypes. Even though we live in a much less prejudiced world, racial bias is still very prevalent.

Take a break and check out my solo endeavor! I’d appreciate it a bunch!

Examples for a Cultural Theory of Asian Am YouTube

In case we don’t get to these during our final class, here are a couple examples of participatory culture and Youtube as the meeting point of commercial mass media, grass roots and activist groups, and community-based media makers. Hopefully we’ll have time to discuss these tomorrow!

Original Apple Macintosh 1984 Superbowl commercial:

The reappropriated and remixed Obama ad prior to the 2008 Democratic Primaries:

And an example of Asian American grassroots community action on Youtube, the 18Million Rising “(Don’t) Vote” PSA that features many familiar Asian Am Youtube and Internet celebrities.

Let me know if you guys can think of additional examples!

626

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Sorry for the late post guys, I thought I posted my blog along time ago, but it was still sitting on my computer screen “sending”. The Fung Brothers, Andrew Fung and David Fung, are Asian American rappers and comedians on youtube. Their youtube channel right now consists of contents that include a lot of what the Asian American Youth are into. Like in this video “626”, an area in the San Gabriel Valley where the life of second generation Asian Americans thrive, The Fung Brothers promote many restaurants or cafes Asian Americans go to as a culture.

The cultures of Asian American Youth in America is very different from the cultures of Asian Youth from Asian. In this film by The Fung Brothers, we can get a sense of the traditional Asian Culture incorporated in the modern Americanized Asian Culture. This song not only promotes a lot of delicious restaurants in the “626” but also the unknown life of Asian Americans that people tend to overlook. As a minority group, The Fung Brothers are quite successful at commercializing the Asian American Culture in America, with fifty two thousand subscribers and millions of views on their videos.

Although this short film further encourages some Asian Stereotypes such as, the old, shrunken Asian male figure and the lack of masculinity, it also encourages the Americanized Asian culture in America. In contrast to popular belief, this six minutes of youtube is actually an accurate depiction of the life of an Asian American Youth, for I was once a repeated consumer in the “626”. Minorities tend to not have the best reputation in America, like the many stereotypes of Latinos and African Americans; however, because of many Youtubers like the Fung Brothers, the perception of Asian Americans have changed, as they are more known for Boba and food.

My Mom is a Fob

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FOB (“fresh off the boat”) is used to describe foreigner Asians who have not quite assimilated to American culture. It is often used by non-Asians to describe Asians and also by Asians to describe other Asians. According to asian-central.coma fob characterizes the following:

  •  You were not born in America
  •  You know who Edison, Jay Chou, Ayu, or G.O.D. are. In fact, you have seen them at Atlantic City or Las Vegas recently
  • You speak your native language fluently and so do all your friends
  • You do not have any non-Asian friends
  • Your parents do not speak any English
  • When you speak English, you like to make everything plural
  • You get extremely good grades in school
  • You cannot dance
  • Your fashion sense comes from whatever country you’re from and you incorporate nothing from American fashion into your wardrobe

mymomisafob.com is an online blog and submission page about the funny things that fobby moms say or do. The website is a playful approach to the passive-aggressive, stubborn, “tiger mother” stereotype that Asian moms face (or embody). It is about the mothers who characterize Asian Central’s definition of a fob, use umbrellas and arm sleeves to block the sun, leave mispelt email messages to say hello among others. The website has become a place to find solace in the fact that there are nosy, loud, and endearingly fobby mothers in the world like our own. While scrolling through the site, one can find videos, pictures, voicemails, and screenshots of emails, texts, and dialogues that unintentionally give off a good laugh. Many of the submitters are second generation Asian Americans with foreign-born and raised immigrant parents. MMIAF was begun by 2 Asian American girls who wanted to start a blog documenting their mothers’ hilarity.

Although the word “fob” is sometimes used with a negative connotation, the blog does not intend to use it in a derogatory sense. This comes into conflict with Asian American’s ongoing problem of being stereotyped as the unassimilated foreigner in American media. By sharing their mothers’ foreign qualities to the web, aren’t the submitters contributing to their problem? I believe that the Asian American children who submit to the blog are unintentionally perpetuating their alien stereotype because each post confirms how Asians can be foreign, clueless, funny, etc. However, their intentions lie in sharing the unconditional misspelled love with the rest of the second generation Asian American community.

As Lisa Nakamura states, Asian Americans make up a large majority of the internet’s users. They are powerusers because they are acknowledged as an online force and because the web is an outlet for “resistant cultural practices that allow Asian Americans to both use and produce cyberspace” (263). The users of MMIAF are not necessarily creating a resistant culture against common stereotypes, but they do utilize the cyberspace to produce and share their own content. The lack of Asian American productions in mainstream media encourages them to find other channels of production and communication such as blogs and Youtube. MMIAF allows for interactivity, in which the submitters can question identity while building discursive community in ways that static media cannot (264). People on the blog can share their own stories or comment on others. The interactions on the site sometimes lead to deeper discussions and debates about racial identity and generational differences, though the blog is hearty for the most part.

Asian Secrets

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Just Kidding Films is a popular channel that creates a comedic take on a multitude of subjects. They also talk about trending news and common stereotypes in a comedic way. One of their primary goals is to promote Asian American culture and raise awareness through youtube videos. Bart Kwan for example, has his own channel with a focus on fitness that clearly debunks the stereotype that Asians are not masculine.

In this video, various common stereotypes are “answered” as to why they are true. Rather than explicitly debunk the stereotype, they create a ridiculous scenario as to why Asians are what they are so to make them unbelievable and laugh the stereotype off. This goes back to a class topic about Asians perceived ad alien. Even though Asians are depicted as the model minority, Asians are still seen as the outsider compared to other minorities such as African Americans or Hispanic Americans. At the introduction of the video, Joe starts by saying he is sick of Asian stereotypes and that he has to share the secrets. This frustration of being asked the same questions and having an assumed impression of is relatable to many Asians and coincides with the fact that Asians are perceived as aliens.