Hollywood (and media corporations) still biased against Asians

I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but after watching this Wong Fu movie:


I realized how Wong Fu works so hard to make good movies, and yet Hollywood doesn’t pay attention to them. Why does Hollywood and other media corporations have such a strong bias and hate towards representing Asians, especially Asian guys??

Edit: even PBS covered the topic here:

I know I’ve addressed this before, and I know I said the trend of Asian girls dating white guys is partly Asian guys fault, but this bears repeating. Doesn’t matter where, San Francisco, Toronto, New York, Vancouver, you will always see more Asian female – white male couples than Asian guy – white female couples. Or in Asia itself, white guys are always seen as the smarter, more handsome, more powerful and wealthy race, compared to Asians, where in Japan and Korea, English speakers are worshipped as being superior, or in China, where businesses can actually rent white people to be their spokesperson (Don’t believe me? Google it).

It’s insane and unfair, and the media has a big part to play in this, especially US’s global influence. Let’s set aside the fact that 99% of video games has a non-Asian guy as the main character, or that Japanese Anime often contain white characters as the protagonist, or in TV Shows, where again, Asian guys don’t get lead roles, and focus on movies for now.

I’m going to focus on Hollywood movies that I’ve seen, that has a bias towards Asian guys or Asian women. Feel free to add more that I haven’t seen.

Karate Kid II (1984)
Old Asian man as a mentor, young white kid that is learning Karate, a martial art perfected by the Japanese. In addition, his love interest in this movie is Japanese. Why couldn’t the lead be Asian??? because Hollywood is racist.

Kung fu (TV series) (1972)
I know this is a TV series, but this matters because Bruce Lee was supposed to star in this movie, but couldn’t because Hollywood decided he was too Asian, and got a white guy to play the role. Cmon, it’s Bruce Lee!! He acted in the Green Hornet, and even then Hollywood had to put a mask over him so white people can’t see that he’s Asian. Unbelievable.

Shanghai Knights (2003)
Owen Wilson falls in love with Fann Wong, the beautiful Asian female that’s supposed to be Jackie Chan’s sister in the movie. There are actually lots of scenes where Owen has fantasies about her. Yeah… Ever seen that happen with an Asian guy and white female?? I don’t think so.

The Social Network (2010)
In this movie, Eduardo Saverin’s gf is an Asian girl, and there’s even a scene where they make out in the bathroom stall. Another classic case of yellow fever.

Cypher (2002)
Main guy is white, main girl is Lucy Liu. Do I really need to explain what happens? Yes.. she becomes his main love interest. Yes, they kiss at the end. I can probably say that for the majority of Lucy Liu, Brenda Song and Jamie Chung movies.

Wayne’s World (1992)
In this classic movie, Wayne’s love interest Cassandra, is (of course) Asian. And he even speaks horrible Cantonese in the movie to try and seduce her. Gaaah.

The Last Airbender (2010)
The cartoon is based on an Asian monk. The main character in this movie is cast by a white guy. Nuff said.

21 (2008)
They had to take a british actor and train him with an American accent to play the main character in this movie, which originally was based on an Asian-American guy (who had no accent). Crazy.

Charlie’s Angels (2000)
They changed the third Angel to be an Asian girl (Lucy Liu) and had her boyfriend be white (Joey from Friends).

Dragonball Evo (2009)
Again, character is based on a Japanese Anime with Asian characters, yet the main character Goku is portrayed by a white guy in this movie, yet his wife Chi-chi is inexplicably Asian.

Pacific Rim (2013)
The main character is white, the co-pilot is a Japanese girl. And this whole film is based on Gundam, a Japanese series. So why couldn’t the main character be an Asian guy??? Again, Hollywood’s racist.

The Hangover (whole series)
I think I already talked about this movie, but again: the main Asian guy in this movie is just ugly and obnoxious. And I’m sure Hollywood wanted it that way. (Ken Jeong actually has no Asian accent in real life). And also, one the main characters in the movie (Stu) has an Asian wife.

Looper (2012)
Bruce Willis gets into a bar fight with a Chinese girl and they immediately have sex after. Sounds like something Hollywood came up with…

Limitless (2011)
The same thing happens in Limitless, the main white guy gets into a verbal fight with his Asian housemate and they immediately have sex after. Seriously, what the heck.

Pocahontas (1995)
Pocahontas, who is Asian-looking, gets saved and falls in love with John Smith, the typical white American hero.

The Last Samurai (2003)
Tom Cruise is (ridiculous) the Last Samurai. Note that Samurai is a Japanese social class. Anyways, he is the last one, and he kills the evil Japanese warlord, and (of course) falls in love with his Japanese wife.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
In this classic film, Mickey Rooney plays as I.Y. Yunioshi, complete with buck teeth, and other makeup to make him look Asian. Disgusting.

Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)
The main character’s love interest in the beginning is a Chinese schoolgirl. She falls hopelessly in love with him. And she later becomes his partner.

King of Fighters (2010)
Just look at this cast:
Sean Faris as Kyo Kusanagi, a Japanese-American motorcycle enthusiast and the son of martial artist Saisyu Kusanagi.
Need I say more? And obviously the girls in the film who are supposed to be Asian do look Asian. But not poor Kyo, a victim of the Hollywood Asian-guy-replaced-by-white-guy role.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
The kissing scene with Harry Potter and Cho Chang. They made them do that like 10 times. I know J.K Rowling wrote it this way, but still… why couldn’t this be ignored? Hollywood has no problem replacing Asian guys with white men, but when it comes to love scenes, they have no problem keeping the girl Asian.

And I’m just touching the tip of the iceberg here. Bruce Lee originally wanted to fight against this racism and bias against Asians in Hollywood but sadly he died before he could change Asian stereotypes. There are countless movies and shows where either 1) Asian guy is shown as weak, weird or heavy accent, 2) Asian girl is portrayed as love interest for white guy or 3) Asian guy role is replaced by a white guy in acting. They continue to make these to this day (Pacific Rim, Hangover Part III) So… feel free to add to this list in the comments. And leave your opinions on this 🙂

General Politics

Disadvantages of being Canadian

Let me just the say that what I’m going to say in this post doesn’t by any means imply that I hate Canada in any way, only that I’m dissatisfied with living here. Alot of comparisons are obviously going to be made relative to our American neighbors. I’ve lived in Canada since I was 4, and I must say that for all its strengths there are just some things I can’t stand about Canada:

1) High prices/taxes

We have to pay higher prices on everything, this isn’t including tax yet, but everything from cars to houses we pay much more than Americans do on the same items. Alot of items we can’t even get here in Canada, so I have to look on, not .ca to find them only to see either that the shipping cost to Canada is outrageous (Free Shipping to Continental US as usual) or “We only ship to 48 contiguous states”. Yes not only do Americans pay less – alot of offers and opportunities aren’t even available to us (take Hulu as an example).

So we pay more for items in the first place (+ shipping + handling + duties), AND we have to pay higher taxes. Some states in the US (NJ, OR, etc) don’t even have state taxes. What do we get here? A freaking 13% (soon to be higher) tax on everything. That’s ON TOP of the high prices that we pay to begin with. This accounts for the high gas prices ($4/gallon is pretty common here in Toronto), insurance ($3000/yr is common for students) and everything else. Canadians must be rich to afford living here.

2) Government is corrupt and doesn’t care about Canadians / Canadians don’t give a shit

Well this ties in with my first point. The Canadian government is corrupt as hell. That’s why I never vote for any of them, because the new boss is the same as the old boss. So we pay high taxes. Let’s see what the government has done for us recently:

-Increase taxes next year: Thats right, HST is coming next year, because McGuinty decided that raising taxes during a recession is a great idea, and Provincial government approved it.

-Increase tuition next year: Thats right, because McGuinty decided that students aren’t suffering enough and need to pay more for substandard education (you’ll see why).

-Increase TTC fees next year: That’s right, as if we weren’t paying high enough fees for that crappy TTC service, they decided to increase the metropass and fare prices.

You’d think that all these high increases would go to something useful. But I can say from personal experience, the government isn’t making good use of our taxpayer dollars. People say that universal healthcare in Canada is good; I can say that the quality is crap. A while ago, I was going in for treatment for a bump on my skin that I didn’t know what it was; not only did I have to wait long lines for the treatment, but I had to go 3 doctors because none of them knew what it was. First doctor prescribed me some cream: turns out it didn’t work. Next 2 doctors I told them what didn’t work; they gave me the same cream. I don’t think any of them are competent nor do they care about their patients at all. So is quality of healthcare good? no.

Next, construction of roads. It’s nice to have roads renovated and repaved, but taking 3+ years of road construction is ridiculous My street, St Clair West, has been under construction ever since I got to Toronto. It’s been getting worse and worse. Recently, looks like every major road is under construction, and from what I can see there hasn’t been any changes. It took me 45 minutes to get through the traffic on my street. That’s unacceptable. They constantly cut down three lanes to one to increase traffic and here’s a plan sure to get you pissed: they block off all other roads leading to the street you want to get to only leaving one path. So obviously all the cars is on that one path to get through and you wait a long ass time to get somewhere you could’ve walked to in 10 minutes.
So are our taxpayer dollars being spite wisely on road construction? nope.

Another peeve I have is that for all this crappy treatment we receive from the government, Canadians don’t seem to care. As far as I know, the government can keep increasing prices / taxes and Canadians won’t give a shit. Why? Our neighbours in the south have been receiving tax cuts for the past 8 years and we’ve been receiving tax hikes and you don’t feel the least bit outraged at that discrepancy? Sure, I see around UofT demonstrations for tuition freezes and everything, but do they actually work? My bet is no. You can march all you want, the government doesn’t care and neither do other Canadians – we are all happy taking our price hikes up the ass from the government. I read in the paper recently how the 407 highway or the company that owns the toll road, charged many Canadians for using the road – even if their car has been in the garage for the past 8 years, or the license holder has expired. I think I was most surprised about the line that said “Many Canadians gave up and paid the fees anyway”. Are you kidding me? Can you not sue the 407 highway for unnecessary charges? Why would you pay for something that you never incurred? I don’t understand the mentality – the lack of ‘fight’ that Canadians have.

3) Unions are too powerful

The city union workers are too powerful and this is again, something you wouldn’t see in the US. Let me tell you something – when your job is to provide a public service to the Canadian people, you are NOT allowed to go on strike. Hear me? You get paid a high wage to driving your bus or taking out garbage, and you are NOT allowed to go on strike – or shouldn’t be anyways. Public services like transportation, education, etc are provided to Canadians as a part the contract of living in Canada – these services should always be provided. Those points I spoke of above – those outrageous fees – we pay those because we expect to receive service and these services are so essential that their workers should be banned from going on strike. Thank god I’m not from York University – if I was a student there and I lost a semester of my money and time because of some workers that went on strike – I would be out of this country for good. Why doesn’t the government do anything about that? These are essential services that you provide to the Canadian people – make sure that these ‘Union’ workers do their job and are banned from going on strike.

4) Housing prices are outrageous

I may be speaking particularly about Toronto – but the housing prices here are outrageous and unsustainable. Do you know why?

-Because no Canadian (oh wait I forgot Canadians love high prices) are willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars more to live in Toronto when they can live in the GTA for much much less and take a 30 min longer commute.

-Toronto’s housing prices do not reflect the city. Is this Manhatten? No. Beverly Hills? No. What makes Toronto so special? There’s nothing of value I see in these homes and that’s why I think it’s not sustainable and it’s due to a housing bubble rather than common sense.

-Toronto’s population growth is low. Therefore sometime in the future, demand will level off and prices will come down. Common sense that some people *my parents* can’t seem to see.

-You can purchase a similar condo or home south of the 49th parallel for 1/4th the price or 1/8th the price or much much less (see this book for how you can do that). No sane Canadian (but then again we love paying high prices) would want to stay here when they can purchase a similar home in NY, FL, CA, etc for much cheaper. At least those Chinese investors are thinking big – and buying up all that valuable real estate for entrepreneurship.

5) Weather sucks

Well yeah. I’ve never seen such unpredictable weather in my life. In one day you could be driving through rain, sunshine AND snow. It’s really annoying to have heavy drizzle for 30 secs then bright sunshine the next. I mean, I know the Irony because I work for Environment Canada, but cmon this weather is just ridiculous…I hate it and it gets worse and worse as you go north. Maybe it’s just East Coast (which I’m also tired of). West Coast sunshine and drizzle is where it’s at…

So in short, that’s why I’m not proud of being Canadian – you can tell from this post that I’m itching to move south soon and I am planning too after I graduate – but I was put in this situation because of my parents, not myself. My intuition has often been good about these things and I’m not going to start doubting myself now. And I’m really sick of the corruptness of the government and inaction of Canadians to stop these things from happening. Whatever happened to free thought? We’re being good socialists and letting the government get the best of us here.