Just one final post to thank you guys for a great summer session! I really enjoyed having all of you in my class. You each contributed in very valuable ways. I wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you all again. I also encourage you all to keep in touch!
And if anyone is interested in pursuing interests in the Asian Am pop culture scenes, here are a few opportunities that I came across today:
AT&T and ISAtv short film pitch contest with Wong Fu Prod., John Chu, and Freddie Wong
Hyphen Magazine Erotic Fiction Contest (entries due Sept. 9):
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!
A recent music video that pays homage to Asian and Asian American food by the Fung Brothers. My favorite part: “What do you mean I’m being patriarchal? Oh… I mean, I can cook.”
The associated apparel line is also quite clever: http://shop.akufuncture.com/
I heard some commentary about C-dub’s shirt during the movie, and for those interested, here is a link to Black Lava, an Asian American web store that sells that shirt and related projects. This site is particularly related to Asian American consumer production and counter-production and is of interest for this class.
And related to the brief lecture earlier (e.g. stereotypes, assumptions, the constructed nature of race and examples of humor used to address and critique):
What kind of Asian are you?
Things Asians Hate: