Butterflies, Slumdogs, And Tiger Moms: Asian American Women And The Rescue Narrative

Born into Brothels

By Sayantani DasGupta at Racialicous “Can we try it more mysterious, with that mystique from the East? … Channel a late night sex chat ad … Maybe go back further into your heritage … A little more ethnic.” Remember those racist-alicious ads from Michigan senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra, the ones where the docile, limpid … [Read more...]

Every Day Racism and You (AKA: Would you Date an Asian Man?)

What's Happening Hot Stuff? ~Long Duc Dong

By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor Last week we had a rather lively Facebook debate around white privilege. Now while a few FB friends acknowledged their privilege, it seems that a handful of folks still don't quite get it. Which is fine and we're not going to lambaste anyone for their hard earned views. But, given that we are … [Read more...]

Should We Ban “Little House” for Racism?

Little House book cover

Editor’s note: Although the writer originally wrote this post for her blog in the context of Banned Book Week in 2010, the American Library Association (ALA) recently announced that the Office for Intellectual Freedom has released the Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011 as part of ALA’s State of America’s Library … [Read more...]

Can Asian Teen Narratives Get Beyond Tiger Parents and Rebellious Kids?

1987 TIME cover

By Sayantani DasGupta I recently finished Paula Yoo's charming Good Enough, a novel about a Korean American teen violinist whose life of SAT prep tests, HarvardYalePrinceton applications, All-State violin rehearsals, and Korean church youth group is disrupted by the arrival of a Cute Trumpet Guy in her life. Written in an … [Read more...]

Why Are We Still Whitewashing?

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By Sayantani DasGupta Images matter. They matter a lot. Images on magazine and book covers not only reflect what we, as a society, think is beautiful, but they seep into our individual and collective consciousness – urging us to emulate those thinner, younger, taller, richer and yes, whiter images. Race is a critical part of … [Read more...]

All-American Muslim: A New Show Unveils Muslim Life in the Midwest

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By Ophira Edut Hey, non-Arab America, guess what? There are Muslims living in the U.S.A. and some of ‘em are just like us. At least, that’s what TLC’s new reality show All-American Muslim is attempting to portray. It’s groundbreaking…and it isn’t. … [Read more...]

Unintentionally Eating the Other (The Fashion of Racial Drag)

Crystal Renn's other forays into racial drag, also published in Vogue Japan (June 2011)

by minh-ha t. pham [The other week], Crystal Renn, the [former plus-size] model who recently appeared in a Vogue Japan spread with her eyes taped in ways that were suggestive of an old theater makeup trick meant to make white actors look “Asian,” offered an explanation and defense of the cosmetic practice. Tape, it should be … [Read more...]

This Is Why I Worry About “The Help”

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By Tami Winfrey Harris A lot of folks have been giving the whole idea of a book, written by a Southern white woman,  about black domestics in 1960s Mississippi, the side eye. I understand. When my book club decided to read Kathryn Stockett's The Help last year, I was ambivalent. The book was a popular best-seller with rave … [Read more...]

Of Shame and Pride: Confronting My Culture and Identity

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By Olivia Hoang Often times, love and criticism go together. To fully embrace our heritage, we must be willing to rectify the bad, as well as nurture the good. It was July 2002 when I stepped out of  Tan Son Nhat International Airport, and into the streets of Saigon, revisiting my homeland and my past.  The heavy humid air … [Read more...]

Dolls: It Matters If You’re Black or White

The Los Rebeldes Dolls (Rebel Dolls)

By Whitney, Contributor (Originally published August 2009) As a college student, I had spent most of my college career wrestling with the concept of how I have white privilege. Through my studies, I tried to learn about and deconstruct our society's power structure and my place in it. Recently, in a Northern California … [Read more...]