Lee and Joung both played their parts admirably and drew laughs from the audience when they were on-screen, but it’s unfortunate that talented Asian-American actresses are forced into roles that lack depth and rely heavily on their race to sell jokes. With Asian visibility in the media slowly on the climb, we don’t have to settle for ethnic caricatures anymore.
THIS. Although one caveat I would add is that Utkarsh Ambudkar’s character is actually positively represented. Maybe it’s something about FEMALE Asian characters?
Okay, okay, here I go again, with the Taiwan thing.
Two years ago when I was applying to attend UCLA, I complained bitterly about how the UCLA Graduate School application states that students who identify as “Taiwanese” should check “Chinese” on the application. I explained that this practice…
So good. I definitely also struggle with defending Taiwanese-American identity…and not offending/ostracizing people with conflicting opinions. I can see the professor’s point about quibbling over a minor semantic, BUT I also understand the larger problems of lack of self-representation and self-determination and agency. Adding ‘Taiwanese’ to the census would probably open the floodgates for all ethnic minorities to demand a checkbox, but then again, why is it that Koreans and Filipinos are entitled to their own category? I’m also wondering how many Taiwanese-Americans would actually self-identify as Taiwanese on an official form - do they even know that there is difference between Chinese and Taiwanese-American?
Taiwanese comic artist Jie Jie lives in Hong Kong and keeps an illustrated diary.