(Note from Editor: This is either a stroke of genius or the biggest mistake of this blog’s young existence. Ric is arguably the most opinionated follower of AsAmNews. Some might call him obnoxious. I got tired of answering his many missiles hurled at me, so I invited him to write a guest blog. Let us know what you think by commenting below.)
No, the above pictures are not part of another homemade American interracial porn video scene. It’s part of a scene from the commercial television boob tube. That’s right commercial TV; you know the media machine that brainwashes millions of Americans every night. Guess after years of watching over glorified prostitutes and whores, aka ABC’s Desperate Housewives, there another mutant version, brought to you by same boys and girls who created a series about bored housewives, called ABC’s Mistresses. The Debut show is set for June 3, 10/9pmC. So this new show is supposedly based off on some hit British television series of the same name. Check out this direct quote line -“Mistresses is a provocative and thrilling drama about scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self discovery.”
Yup, this Asian female stereotype is ready and waiting to be queued up for the enjoyment of the masses—a public that already has pre-conceived notions of those of Far Eastern descent. But wait a minute there Ric, why are you already making assumptions and judgment on this TV series?
It may in fact break new imagery of what it’s like be an Asian American female. It’s safe to say I’m pretty much always right when it comes to any forms of media that depicts Asians and Asian Americans from a western perspective. These types of tired and old Asian media are still the landscape that exists today. The link below shows a brief description of Yunjin Kim’s character, Karen.
Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, but the site mentions her name as Karen Rhodes for some reason, maybe a typo?
Direct quote from this site
“Karen is a therapist with her own thriving practice, reconnecting with the girls after her involvement in a complicated relationship with a wealthy, married patient goes too far; she was having an affair with a terminally ill client to whom she had prescribed morphine. After his death, the man’s distraught son, Sam, confides in a guilt-ridden Karen, unaware of her role in his father’s life. The grieving widow, Elizabeth Grey (recurring guest star Penelope Ann Miller [The Artist]), has no idea her late husband had a romance with another woman.”
So did ABC not contact Lucy Liu for this role? The sound and look of this role for token Asian female plays on this show speaks “Lucy Liu.” Now, Now, Asian and Asian American sisters don’t get your made in China panties in a bunch. Ms. Liu is anything but a positive role model, and it looks like Yunjin will take on any role that is thrown at her as well regardless of greater and bigger picture of positive media for our community.
I guess Lucy was too busy being the “Asian” female version of Dr. Joan Watson from the CBS show, Elementary. Dr. Watson is yet again another Asian female – oriental – portrayal for white casusian male.
The brief description of Karen should have mentioned race because obviously the dying rich guy is white. So Karen Rhodes or Kim, or whatever ABC decides to name her, is playing a role that has been recycled more times than I can count.
An immigrant from Korea, Karen met Savi at UCLA during undergrad, and they’ve been friends ever since. Karen’s pioneering work with Los Angeles’ immigrant communities has made her one of the most respected psychiatrists in her field, but a secret from her professional past still haunts her — a patient with whom she had an affair, whose untimely death throws Karen’s life into chaos.
But wait there’s more. The cast is as racially diverse as American media wants it to be:
White blonde guy. Check
White blonde girl, Check
White Brunette Guy.Check (guess possible appeal to Latin and Chicano population)
White Brunette girl. Check (see above line)
Black Male. Check
Black Female. Check
Asian Female (Yunjin Kim)
Wow what a rainbow of races showcasing on this series. But guess what? The white and black depictions are paired up mathematically, but where is Yunjin or Ms. Rhodes’s analog of an Asian male counterpart?
Surely ABC must have forgot this little detail when they came up with casting work. After all ABC can’t be playing favorites in regards to race depictions in their media, right? I mean Yunjin character has even non-Asian last name even though she not an Asian American adoptee, so she cant be Asian token in this series? Right? I guess same station that brings your Bachelorette, can’t be playing race card or in this case lack of race in cards? The lack of Asian men in media is as tired as Yunjin character role. I will not dive into this beaten down horse issue, but I say this: where is the voice from Asian or Asian American women in today’s media? How about YouTube media or even average Asian or Asian American females in everyday life?
Life imitates Art or boob tube, Art or boob tube reflects human mindsets.
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