I’m starting a running list of Asian/Asian American characters I come across on TV/Netflix and in movies. Some will be from 2017 because I’m playing catch up, but the majority of the list will be from 2018. Let’s see how many offensive stereotypes they can fit in this year…
“I love interacting with Asian people. They’re so wise, knowledgeable, polite.”
There’s a funny College Humor about this phrase which totally encapsulates my hatred of it. It’s funny and also extremely dark, my two favorite things. But besides watching the video I haven’t actively been around people who say this that much. It’s usually just on the internet and I usually scroll past it. However, recently on campus in an academic setting, I heard this phrase used. We were talking about Disney movies which we were dissecting for our Gender in Children’s Literature class. Ripping apart Disney movies is my all time favorite hobby, so I was really excited about it until I realized everyone in my group was for Disney, and actually hated the class because it was ‘running their childhoods.’ They claimed that knowing Ursula was portrayed by the drag queen Divine was baffling. They said after reading the article about Ursula teaching Ariel that gender is a performance means that they can never look at her the same way again. They said they’ll still watch the movies and love them, but through a more perverse lens.
This is an extremely heated topic as sexuality becomes more visible in the United States. It’s always been there, but we just haven’t talked about it at length and in depth until now. The question is, should we teach gender and sexual fluidity to children between the ages of 5-10 years old, and I answer unequivocally, yes, yes we should. Of course, there are people who disagree, especially since we don’t know the “root” of this “problem.” Is it biologically determined or is it due to differential socialization? If it’s the latter, then will teaching this “turn” people one way or another? For the people who compare teaching sexuality to religion, we’re not trying to ‘recruit’ your children into believing a certain ideology; we’re just teaching them that it’s out there. And who knows maybe we should teach religion to younger children to be more tolerant of other religions. I know parents are taking their children to places of worship as young as a few months old, so why not teach sexuality the same way?
24 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.