Asian Chicks (Or, With Six You Get a Yawn!)

All right, I haven’t been around as much as I should.  What can I say?  Dr Tim is in big demand.  (Or so my cat tells me…)

Kristina Wong.  If you do not know who she is, find out.  Kristina is an amazing performance artist who tells it the way she sees it.  Fearless.

Today, she released a series of six shorts on YouTube about Asian Women and how men seem to perceive them.  She is accompanied by (should-be) well known writers and directors reading from books about Asian women that were written by white men.  Check it out, this is eye-opening to say the least.  For my adult movie fans, perhaps you will notice appearances by Asa Akira.

Dr Tim had some of those same misconceptions until he was 11 or 12 years old which was during the Vietnam Conflict.  My mother overheard something I said about Asians and swiftly corrected my misconceptions.  Forcefully and painfully.  After the rage passed, she taught me better.

Please note that while you laugh (as I certainly did) these books were written to be taken seriously.  That’s right, Asian women are just objects that can be characterized by gross generalizations that demean and dehumanize them.  While I chuckled during the videos, it was uncomfortable, because I knew that I was being called out for past behaviour.


Bottom line: We have to stop objectifying each other.  To misquote a book, “The only sin is to treat people like objects.”