Yellow face montage from “Slaying the Dragon”

There were plenty of actual Asian actors available but non-asian actors were used to portray them instead, the real Asians were used as back fill they weren’t allowed to be in the lead role, this is known as yellow face, (when it was first done to African Americans it was called black face, those portrayals…

Clip from “Slaying the Dragon Reloaded” c2011

The clip is from the introduction of “Slaying the Dragon Reloaded”. I highly recommend both “Slaying the Dragon” and “Slaying the Dragon Reloaded”. I streamed this through Kanopy a free app through my Amazon firestick. You need a library account to access Kanopy. It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the US.

Poem: Colorism

Colonialism started colorism The judgement of shades of skin The lightest pigmentation wins The game of inequality. It was created to subdivide Within the already divided classes Steps of hierarchy based on hues from darkest to lightest Stay in your designated space Don’t step outside of your place Dark skinned peasants worked the fields under blazing…

Poem: Invisible Asians

Whenever I hear the phrase black and brown or people of color I assume it doesn’t include asians we’re the only minority that’s discriminated against even among minority in Ivy League schools Asians are an unwanted commodity. We’re all Chinese aren’t we we all look alike don’t we We’re exotic orientals stereotyped subservient massage parlor…

Poem: Asians Are Not Exotic (the unpopular poem)

I couldn’t hide my eyes which made me Other Ghengis Khan Mongolian hordes attacking with long swords other. Mongolianism was the original term for Down’s Syndrome, a parent’s nightmare to see their child’s eyelids’ thick and covered open “short stature, flat face” those were the mentioned features “It’s” not like Us looks like Them slit…

Poem: Yellow Face Rant

(I’ll preface to say this poem is an angry rant against racists not against “white people”. I also advocate for the rights of transsexuals, they are not my target). Cloud Atlas in Yellow Face Shame on the directors The Wachowskis Who used to be brothers Why are you both so racist? You’ve ruined the original…

Poem : America is a Sanctuary Only for the Rich

Copyright free images are from pixabay.com Child hostages locked in chain link cages in concrete kennels unfit for dogs. Child prisoners still in diapers wrapped in crinkled space foil metallic paper blankets with tear-stained misery and hungry stomachs fed GMO poison and sedation drugs. Stolen toddlers labeled Unaccompanied are standing on trial representing themselves in…

Cultural Appropriation Part Two: Rachel Dolezal

Have you heard of Rachel Dolezal? I hadn’t until I watched a documentary about her life called, “The Rachel Divide”. She has changed her name, but for clarity in this article, I’ll refer to her as Rachel Dolezal. She is infamous in the United States for representing herself as a black woman even though she…

Cultural Appropriation, Part One: Star Wars

The original “Star Wars” had instant cinematic appeal with fantastical creatures, space battles, charismatic characters and the grandeur of John Williams’ operatic score but in retrospective viewing, it’s full of cultural appropriation and subtle racism. I’ll admit, I too enjoyed the volley of romantic bickering between Han and Leia, the humor of R2D2 the sassy,…

Thank You Bruce Lee

Copyright free images of Bruce Lee The Martial Artist, Bruce Lee internationally elevated Asian attractiveness during the 1960s. Before (and unfortunately after) him, both Asian men and women were depicted as unattractive and/or villianously alien but at least his magnetic presence propped open the door to eventual positive Asian portrayal in media. The standard depiction…