First, let’s break it down. There’s a problem that’s been bothering me for a long time in the Asian American community, and all the subdivisions within that space. The problem is that the white majority see Asian Americans in one particular way. Most white people see Asian Americans as just extensions of the mainland country they might refer to for the sole purpose to identify and validate themselves, and to avoid “where are you from” questions. Adopted, first generation to third generation Asian Americans are not seen as American. This leads to many identity problems for the majority of the community. East Asians not born in the US, who come here to study abroad for instance, may look down upon Asian Americans for trying to “act Chinese (for example),” because to them, self identified Asian Americans are really only American. For the Asian Americans, they are excluded from white American society, so they try to fit into a culture that will accept them, which is usually wherever their parents identify. Usually, they are accepted, but other times, their parents may even alienate them for being “too American.”
I was raised on Disney movies that premiered on the Disney channel growing up. My mom was never into going to the theater, so I stuck with the small screen. I was at the perfect age for High School Musical, Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana. I was head over heels obsessed with all of them until 2010, when I started to get too old for them. But when Disney announced its Memorial Day weekend DCOM Marathon this year, I had to watch it. I caught up with new Disney Channel movies and old ones from the late 90s and early 00s, and came out with this obvious common thread.
Nothing gets me more mad than a Julia Roberts bad film. Not saying I don’t like her at all (Mona Lisa Smile is a great film!) but god has her agent put her in some bad films recently (Timothy Green comes to mind). However, I think the worse movie she has been cast in was EAT PRAY LOVE. MY GOD that movie makes me angry. Typical clichéd unhappily married woman goes to Italy and India to try to find herself and magically gets transformed into a better person.
24 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.