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In recent years, a huge number of opeds and articles consist of D List Celebrities of Color, such as obscure writers, explaining why America desperately needs more C, B, and A List Celebrities of Color who look like them, such as, to pick random examples, them.

But they’re not haranguing us about this vast societal shortcoming because their agents told them they need to do more self-promotion. No, they are doing it For The Children, the children who look like them, as well as the ex-children who are them.

Like Black Panther last winter, the current hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, which I’m reviewing in Taki’s Magazine on Wednesday, has generated a lot of this kind of tie-in content. For example, from the New York Times last week:

An Asian-American Teen Idol Onscreen, Finally
When you see someone who looks like you, it reveals what is possible.

By Jenny Han
Ms. Han is the author of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

Aug. 17, 2018

… No matter how I did my hair, I was never going to look like any of my idols or any of the girls in my cherished Delia’s catalog. No average girl would ever achieve that impossible ideal, but if she was white, she did see a glossier version of herself in movies and on magazine covers and TV. As an Asian-American girl, I didn’t have that experience. …

When I sold my first middle-grade novel in 2005, it wasn’t that common to put an author photo on the back flap, but 24-year-old Korean-American me insisted. I wanted Asian girls to see my face. And more than that, I wanted them to see what is possible. …

What would it have meant for me back then to see a girl who looked like me star in a movie? Not as the sidekick or romantic interest, but as the lead? Not just once, but again and again? Everything. There is power in seeing a face that looks like yours do something, be someone. …

Because when you see someone who looks like you, it reveals what is possible. It’s not just maybe I could be an actress. It’s maybe I could be an astronaut, a fighter, a president. A writer. This is why it matters who is visible. It matters a lot. And for the girls of 2018, I want more. I want the whole world.

And from the New York Times today:

Asian-Americans Need More Movies, Even Mediocre Ones

By Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen is a contributing opinion writer.

Aug. 21, 2018

If you are Asian-American, you have most likely heard of a movie called “Crazy Rich Asians,” based on the popular novel of the same title by Kevin Kwan. If you are not Asian-American, maybe you are wondering why a romantic comedy is causing so much excitement. If you are saying to yourself that it’s just a movie, you probably take for granted that there are many movies that feature people like you. For Asian-Americans, however, one movie can be of enormous consequence.

One of the movie’s stars, Constance Wu, explained that the importance of “Crazy Rich Asians,” with its all-Asian-American cast, comes from a desire for “narrative plenitude.”

I came up with that idea in my book “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.”

Did I mention that an actress in a currently popular movie may have borrowed a phrase from my book, which is available on Amazon for overnight delivery?

Narrative plenitude is what makes it possible for Hollywood to make so many Vietnam War movies. Not just “Apocalypse Now” and “The Deer Hunter” but also “Platoon” and “Full Metal Jacket” and “Rambo.”

They are all set in Vietnam, and some of them are excellent works of art, but they are all dramas of white American masculinity.

Masculine white Americans … what’s the deal with them?

Why didn’t Coppola, Kubrick, Stone, Stallone, De Niro, Milius, Cameron, Herr, Cimino, Duvall, Streep, Fishburne, Dafoe, Cazale, Walken, Ermey, Zsigmond, Storaro, Wagner, and various Sheens make movies about people like me?

Oh, well, because that would be whitewashing and cultural appropriation. Which is as equally bad as not making movies about people like me.

But these are American movies, you might say. Of course they should be about Americans. That does not explain why blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, women or yes, Asian-Americans, all of whom served in the American military, barely appear in these movies.

Because, obviously, us Asian are in perfect solidarity with blacks, Latinos, Native Americans and women against the enemy: masculine white Americans.

Oh no … In two of those five Vietnam movies, the central character is played by a Latino with the birth name of Estevez.

I’m sure Mr. Nguyen will be hearing from the Spanish-Americans Are Latinos Too (SPAALT) organization shortly.

It matters because I, and most other Asian-Americans, grew up and still live in the opposite of “narrative plenitude.” We live in an economy of narrative scarcity, in which we feel deprived and must fight to tell our own stories and fight against the stories that distort or erase us. Many Americans will take these Asian images — which are usually awful — and transfer them to any Asian-American they encounter.

The most notorious examples are characters like the Japanese landlord in 1961’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” played by a bucktoothed, slant-eyed Mickey Rooney,

Mickey Rooney’s Mr. Yunioshi is the Emmett Till of casting, destined to be mentioned in the NYT forever.

or the heavily accented foreign student Long Duk Dong of 1984’s “Sixteen Candles,” who was at least played by an Asian-American, Gedde Watanabe.

Or Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who won the 1984 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for portraying the heroic Dith Pran in The Killing Fields, but who can remember a celebrated epic compared to a John Hughes comedy?

Many Asian-Americans winced at these portrayals, knowing that they might be subjected to the slant-eyed, bucktoothed, ching-chong mockery of their classmates or random people, including adults. …

For Asian-Americans, if “Crazy Rich Asians” succeeds, we all do; if it fails, we all do. …

The real test of narrative plenitude is when we have the luxury of making mediocre movies.

In fact, I have several mediocre screenplays in my desk drawer that I’d willing to auction off.

If you try to read my Wikipedia page, you’ll soon be exhausted by my widely acclaimed awesomeness:

Viet Thanh Nguyen (born March 13, 1971) is a Vietnamese- American novelist. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.[1] Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction among other accolades, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from an American Author from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association.[2] He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2017.[3] …

Accolades

Nguyen has also been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (2011-2012), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard (2008-2009) and the Fine Arts Work Center (2004-2005).[1] He has also received residencies, fellowships, and grants from the Luce Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the James Irvine Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Djerassi Artists Residency, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation.[1]

His teaching and service awards include the Mellon Mentoring Award for Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students, the Albert S. Raubenheimer Distinguished Junior Faculty Award for outstanding research, teaching and service, the General Education Teaching Award, and the Resident Faculty of the Year Award.[1] Multimedia has also been a key part of his teaching: In a recent course on the American War in Viet Nam, he and his students created An Other War Memorial, which won a grant from the Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching and the USC Provost’s Prize for Teaching with Technology.[1]

Seriously, I’m a 47-year-old official MacArthur Genius based in L.A., but I only have 3 IMDB credits, all for junk like being interviewed on the Tavis Smiley Show.

Where’s my movie?

And after having made mediocre movies, we would be rewarded with the opportunity to make even more mediocre movies, just as Hollywood continues to make enormous numbers of mediocre movies about white people, and specifically white men.

That is one measure of equality — the right to be mediocre and rewarded for it, rather than the demand, placed on Asian-Americans and “Crazy Rich Asians,” to be exceptional just to be seen.

Viet Thanh Nguyen, a contributing opinion writer, is the author, most recently, of “The Refugees” and the editor of “The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives.”

Did I mention that I am a refugee? Only 43 years ago? And I’m currently working on several other properties, such as Lord of the Refugee, Game of Refugees, Black Refugee Panther, and, since this weekend, Crazy Rich Refugees.

 
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  1. Lol. You should see white people in Asia complain about the way they are portrayed. Any little thing is a slight in a media that they cannot control.

    • Replies: @Tiny Duck
    white privileged entitjement and fragility at it's most sickening


    You guys NEED to watch the Fung bros
    , @GSR
    Geez, Stone and his obsession with Vietnam. Get over it. Truth be known, US & SV had the war all but won by '71-'72. Demtard Congress cut off funds for SV to defend itself since US forces were all but gone.
  2. The narrator/central character and most supporting actors in Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War movie Heaven and Earth are Asians. I liked it, but it didn’t do well financially.

  3. Great minds.

    • Replies: @Dtbb
    Where's Tom Petty when we need him?
    , @anonymous

    Mickey Rooney’s Mr. Yunioshi is the Emmett Till of casting, destined to be mentioned in the NYT forever.
     
    I know who Mickey Rooney is (I’m thinking most under 5o do not), I’ve seen “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (hated most of it — really hated that anorexic “ style icon”what’s-her-face — and why is everything an icon or iconic these days?), but, all jokes aside, who the heck is this Emmett Till? Was he Adlai Stevenson’s running mate? Or is he the guy that Adlai shot when he was a kid … or is Emmett Till the name of Mickey Rooney’s character in Hatari? Help me out here, please.
    , @Anonym
    Personally I think Mr Kobayashi was as egregious and more recent. Pete Postelthwaite is an excellent actor but the Japanese accent is a little incongruous on him.

    https://youtu.be/MneFTo1gRq0
  4. It seems like these people won’t be happy until they are surrounded with people and media who “look like them.” It’s a terrible burden, living among all these Whites Who Don’t Look Like Them.

    Wouldn’t it be easier just to move to a country full of people who look like them, than to repopulate America with people who look like them?

    • Replies: @Anon
    Alan Watts tells the story of an Asia king who wanted to pave the roads of his realm with leather, to make travel easier. His court wise man suggested he just have shoes made for his subjects.
    , @Father O'Hara
    Did these stupid MacArthur award ching chongs see Wakanda? Certainly they owe it to other narrative deprived POC to support THEIR art?
    , @AnotherDad

    It seems like these people won’t be happy until they are surrounded with people and media who “look like them.” It’s a terrible burden, living among all these Whites Who Don’t Look Like Them.

    Wouldn’t it be easier just to move to a country full of people who look like them, than to repopulate America with people who look like them?
     
    Exactly. The whole point of "immigration" is to glom onto a white run--i.e. prosperous, with rule-of-law--nation. Precisely because white guys have generally done it better--thrown up better "nation".

    If it annoys 2nd, 3rd generation you to be around these white people, see them "culturally dominant" ... then bitch to your parents or grandparents. And then go back.
  5. Also, it seems like Justin Lin’s successful career has been kind of memory-holed.

  6. @Dave Pinsen
    Great minds.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1031669728107003904?s=21

    Where’s Tom Petty when we need him?

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson II

    Where’s Tom Petty when we need him?
     
    That lazy bastard thinks that death lets him off the hook. I mean, sure, it is tough to recover from death, but with the surgeons we have today, it really is a lame excuse. ;-)
  7. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    When you see someone who looks like you

    Well, if you’re Asian, African, or Latino that shouldn’t really be hard. You could always go to the continents full of Asians, Africans, and Latinos. Or, as the plan now stands, simply occupy Europe and America and just watch your brethren pour in.

    –Famous Original 337 Guy, whose Anon# (337) got hijacked yesterday.

  8. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Wouldn’t it be easier just to move to a country full of people who look like them, than to repopulate America with people who look like them?

    Yeah but this way’s more fun, plus they get to live in a first-world country (while it lasts). And the locals here genuflect in the general direction of all POCs, as these endless ‘news’ and ‘opinion’ articles in the MSM demonstrate.

  9. Jack D : Jews
    Twinkie :: Asians
    Rosie ::: Women
    Thomm :::: OpenBobs

    • LOL: 27 year old
  10. “That does not explain why blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, women or yes, Asian-Americans, all of whom served in the American military, barely appear in these movies.”

    Nguyen forgot to mention all the Arab trannies. Surely everyone knows that America’s wars have mostly been fought by platoons of Asian chicks and Arab trannies. Nguyen should feel ashamed of himself/herself/zezelf/theirselves for thus erasing towelheaded trannies fom military history.

  11. The Chinese will watch this for the same reason that Blacks watched Black Panther, it flatters them.

  12. • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    As anti-tweet as I am, I'll admit that that is one hell of a tweet by Gospel Speak. As for Miss Yam, I don't think she should flatter herself due to some Chinese hotties in a "film". Many Chinese women are starting to look a lot closer to Yams then they'd like to admit. (Yes, too much white rice.)
  13. I don’t get this “fight to tell our own stories” line. What is stopping Vietnamese-Americans from making their own damn movies? There must be thousands of independent film-makers of all races and ethnicities out there trying to tell their own stories. Some have talent or luck and will make it big, others will not. Mr. Nguyen seems to believe that Asian-American filmmakers and their movies are owed popular success and adulation from the white movie going audience.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Over 50 notables in just the directing category alone.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Asian-American_film_directors

    None of the 'fringes' will rest until they achieve 100% representation, to the exclusion of all the other fringes. Whites are merely the first to go. Divide et Impera. Guess who's left on top, while all the other tribes fight for scraps?
    , @Daniel Chieh
    I've had similar thoughts before, and so I just wrote Asians into my stories. Didn't seem like I need an op-ed for it.
    , @Forbes

    Mr. Nguyen seems to believe that Asian-American filmmakers and their movies are owed popular success and adulation from the white movie going audience.
     
    The idea or concept of assimilation (foreign assimilation to local custom or culture) has been turned on its head.

    It is now expected, nee demanded, that the local custom or culture must now alter and adjust to accommodate the foreigner/outsider--in order that the foreigner can retain his cultural or customary preferences.

    E.g., if you are an employer or a service-provider, the government, military, educational institution, hospital, airline, et al., you must--on penalty of a lawsuit for discrimination/hostile environment--accommodate the requirements of your employee/customer/client/enlistee/student/patient/passenger however made.

    You cannot present a standardized offering to the public at-large. It must be accessible to all. If a particular offering is not available--then one must be made available.

  14. Yes, your review of Crazy Rich Asians helps illustrate Bill Maher’s argument that, these days, the main ideological driving force of conservatism is “just being a d–k,” while totally missing the point (obviously, you know as well as I do that “diversity” can also mean that, yes, an all-Asian starring film is playing next to an all-caucasian starring film, etc. It doesn’t just mean different races all in the same film. But you knew that.).

    I would add to that, another guiding principle of the modern-day conservative is to on the one hand criticize Hollywood for being liberal and irrelevant, while on the other hand desperately searching any form of popular entertainment for “secret” conservative themes (i.e., “Avengers: Infinity War” is about honour! Therefore, it is, of course, conservative – and I guess being pro-honour means it’s, needless to say, also pro-Donald Trump!).

    Black Panther makes it pretty clear that it’s ”against” the king’s previous stance of closing off his country to the world, yet, somehow, it’s anti-open borders?

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    What's the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you've seen?
    , @anonymous

    obviously, you know as well as I do that “diversity” can also mean that, yes, an all-Asian starring film is playing next to an all-caucasian starring film, etc. It doesn’t just mean different races all in the same film. But you knew that …
     
    All I know, all I need to know, is that … Diversity is our strength!
    , @Alec Leamas
    We've finally found him - someone who sincerely believes that Bill Maher has a point.

    He's not wrong about the rest though - diversity is our strength, it's not necessarily their strength. Their strength is having an idealized depiction of a racially homogeneous society reflected back to them. That's why it's important for Idris Elba to play Richard III. Carry on celebrating your films free from contamination by Caucasians.
    , @Forbes
    We have a winner! A winner of the non sequitur contest.

    Yes, diversity can mean anything, such as an all-Asian starring film, because diversity means whatever I say it means. Segregation means diversity because two segregated communities are side-by-side.

    Apparently they could put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson II

    Bill Maher’s argument that, these days, the main ideological driving force of conservatism is “just being a d–k,”
     
    Maher's raison d'être is how to get himself as much promiscuous sex as he endure, with his Viagra-enhanced little general doing all his thinking. You, OTOH, will get no sex, as women are not interested in you, because you are too stupid to distinguish between a bright sunny day and you having your head up your ass.
  15. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:
    @SnakeEyes
    I don't get this "fight to tell our own stories" line. What is stopping Vietnamese-Americans from making their own damn movies? There must be thousands of independent film-makers of all races and ethnicities out there trying to tell their own stories. Some have talent or luck and will make it big, others will not. Mr. Nguyen seems to believe that Asian-American filmmakers and their movies are owed popular success and adulation from the white movie going audience.

    Over 50 notables in just the directing category alone.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Asian-American_film_directors

    None of the ‘fringes’ will rest until they achieve 100% representation, to the exclusion of all the other fringes. Whites are merely the first to go. Divide et Impera. Guess who’s left on top, while all the other tribes fight for scraps?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The ex-husband of the lady next door is a Chinese guy who directs TV shows. He comes from an elite Shanghai clan who are big in theater, film, and fashion back home.

    TV directing isn't film directing, but still ...

  16. “An Asian-American Teen Idol Onscreen ….”

    The first law of female journalism strikes again.

    • Replies: @Dr. X
    Speaking of female "journalism," it's now a serious matter at the NYT that "boys do more chores than girls." This is the "newspaper of record"???

    Cry me a f---ing river...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/upshot/chores-girls-research-social-science.html?fallback=0&recId=199u2IYhEnRWRMM4yXcTUlDXa0T&geoContinent=NA&geoRegion=CA&recAlloc=random&geoCountry=US&blockId=signature-journalism-vi&imp_id=330049558&action=click&module=editorContent&pgtype=Article&region=CompanionColumn&contentCollection=Trending

  17. For Asian-Americans, if “Crazy Rich Asians” succeeds, we all do; if it fails, we all do. …

    What’s that movie about? Stereotype of Asians as materialistic?

    Mickey Rooney’s role in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S is inspired and funny as hell. His most memorable role. Blake Edwards went for ethnic comedy. Clouzot and his Chinese butler were funny as hell too. And the homo stereotypes.

    Comedy can be offensive, but there lies the humor. Not pleasant to everyone, perhaps, but it’s just how it goes.

  18. I’ve got a better idea: Why don’t we have separate countries, with separate cultures, so that people who are members of those cultures can be surrounded 24/7 with “narrative plenitude” reflecting themselves?

    For those who enjoy the offerings of other cultures, we could build this worldwide communication system — I’m thinking it would be a series of tubes — allowing people to experience the rich offerings of some other culture while remaining safe within their own.

    It’s basically the same one-world globalism that all thinking people understand is the only acceptable outcome, except there would be this add-on feature — I call it “borders” — that would keep everything from devolving into a Mad Max movie.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote once that the existence of slavery elevated the status of the poorest whites in the South. Coates gets mocked a lot here, deservedly so, but even he can stumble on a nugget of wisdom occasionally.

    I don't think these Chinese Americans want to live in China; I think they'd rather live somewhere like Singapore, where there's some diversity, but they're on top of the hierarchy.

    But Singapore is small and hugely expensive. So the next best thing would be for Chinese-Americans to become culturally dominant in America, as China becomes economically dominant in the world.

    , @MNL

    I’ve got a better idea: Why don’t we have separate countries, with separate cultures, so that people who are members of those cultures can be surrounded 24/7 with “narrative plenitude” reflecting themselves?
     
    It's interesting. I suspect that many of those quoted by Steve for this post would label themselves firm believes in Diversity. However, their arguments more soundly undermine the cause!
  19. narrative plenitude

    In the current year®, narrative plenitude is wall to wall post modernism.

  20. That Jenny Han piece is an amazingly childish bit of writing. It’s like something a not-terrifically-bright girl would come up with as the “autobiographical essay” part of her college application. Yet it was published by our most prestigious newspaper … Lordy, the public conversation really does seem to have been taken over by spoiled 14 year olds.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    NYT attempting to attract Millennials who, for the most part, are permanent adolescents.
  21. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    If Asians love Asians so much, why did they leave fellow Asians to come to a nation where Asians are a small minority? And why do so many Asians find non-Asians as dates and mates?

    And why do so many get plastic surgery? Why is anime about white-looking characters?
    Why do so many Asians imitate black culture? Why do so many get blonde hair? Why do so many know nothing of the history of their own people?

    Also, why did Asians stay away from Oliver Stone’s HEAVEN AND EARTH, finally a movie about what the war did to Asian civilians in the war? I think more of them flocked to RAMBO.

  22. @Anonymous
    Over 50 notables in just the directing category alone.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Asian-American_film_directors

    None of the 'fringes' will rest until they achieve 100% representation, to the exclusion of all the other fringes. Whites are merely the first to go. Divide et Impera. Guess who's left on top, while all the other tribes fight for scraps?

    The ex-husband of the lady next door is a Chinese guy who directs TV shows. He comes from an elite Shanghai clan who are big in theater, film, and fashion back home.

    TV directing isn’t film directing, but still …

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    You are well-connected, Steve. Could you not supplement your iSteve income by cajoling your Oriental connections into getting you a bit part as the resident racist gweilo who once in a while makes some kind of sarcastic comment? Sure, it's just TV, not the big screen, but some of the TVs nowadays are damn near as big... if that makes you feel any better.

    They could give you some quick throw-away lines like "These dumplings are making me thirsty!"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxusPufsN4c
  23. Haven’t heard much from him recently but back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s the film director Wayne Wang was all over the place: “Chan Is Missing,” “Dim Sum,” “The Joy Luck Club” … I always found his work a little dull but he was certainly a dynamo. Has he been memory-holed? Does no one alive today remember the 1980s?

  24. @Beene35
    Yes, your review of Crazy Rich Asians helps illustrate Bill Maher's argument that, these days, the main ideological driving force of conservatism is "just being a d--k," while totally missing the point (obviously, you know as well as I do that "diversity" can also mean that, yes, an all-Asian starring film is playing next to an all-caucasian starring film, etc. It doesn't just mean different races all in the same film. But you knew that.).

    I would add to that, another guiding principle of the modern-day conservative is to on the one hand criticize Hollywood for being liberal and irrelevant, while on the other hand desperately searching any form of popular entertainment for "secret" conservative themes (i.e., "Avengers: Infinity War" is about honour! Therefore, it is, of course, conservative - and I guess being pro-honour means it's, needless to say, also pro-Donald Trump!).

    Black Panther makes it pretty clear that it's ''against'' the king's previous stance of closing off his country to the world, yet, somehow, it's anti-open borders?

    What’s the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you’ve seen?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I think it was Bergman's "Wild Strawberries"
    , @Anon
    What’s the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you’ve seen?

    Except for a short scene with a black cop, BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER.

    DARK CRIMES. FF-ed it. Serious movie with Jim Carrey. Didn't buy it'.

    I recently saw BREAKING AWAY again. Damn, that was a better time.

    LOCAL HERO has an African reverend, but otherwise all white.

    I think FANDANGO is all-white.

    Most Woody Allen movies.

    SHATTERED GLASS is mostly white. It has one black-hispanic female character as token.

    The 1993 version of SECRET GARDEN is pure delight. But I'm guessing all future versions will have non-white kids.

    TWILIGHT NEW MOON had a one black vampire, but the wolves got him real good.

    Did NOAH have Negroes? I don't recall.

    MOTHMAN PROPHCIES has a Negro for 5 seconds. He says 'she knew'.

    Did GROUNDHOG DAY have Negroes?

    VIRGIN SUICIDES
    , @Truth
    "The Birdcage."
    , @Reg Cæsar

    What’s the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you’ve seen?

     

    I saw a Tajik film at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival back in the '90s. But Tajikistan is a bit east of the Caucasus, isn't it?

    Whatever happened to the "Tajik Dawn", anyway?

    This kid, by the way, could have been in Triumph of the Will:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/Yaghnobi_boy.jpg

    , @Vagabond
    “A Quiet Place”. I had a date earlier this summer. The gal wanted to see a movie. “But you choose,” and so I did. A Quiet Place didn’t have super heroes, so we saw it. There is not a non-white soul in the movie. The main family lives in a dystopian America. It is never explained how this came to be. Their world has been taken over by subterranean monsters who emerge to kill humans when they make the slightest sound. The monsters are super sensitive to whites making the slightest sound. This is a shot against political correctness. Traditional whiteness no longer has a voice. The mother is beautiful and happily bears children. The father, we find out in the end, had been plotting to outsmart the monsters, to find their weakness. Thought and ingenuity are his strengths. I was very pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended.
  25. anonymous[354] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Great minds.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1031669728107003904?s=21

    Mickey Rooney’s Mr. Yunioshi is the Emmett Till of casting, destined to be mentioned in the NYT forever.

    I know who Mickey Rooney is (I’m thinking most under 5o do not), I’ve seen “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (hated most of it — really hated that anorexic “ style icon”what’s-her-face — and why is everything an icon or iconic these days?), but, all jokes aside, who the heck is this Emmett Till? Was he Adlai Stevenson’s running mate? Or is he the guy that Adlai shot when he was a kid … or is Emmett Till the name of Mickey Rooney’s character in Hatari? Help me out here, please.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    Founder of the eponymous cash register company, later acquired by IBM.
  26. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    No matter how I did my hair, I was never going to look like any of my idols or any of the girls in my cherished Delia’s catalog. No average girl would ever achieve that impossible ideal, but if she was white, she did see a glossier version of herself in movies and on magazine covers and TV. As an Asian-American girl, I didn’t have that experience.

    Sheesh. How about growing up and thinking about what really matters? How about getting into some real culture than being stuck in 14 yr mentality all your life. What an airhead.

    • Agree: TheBoom
  27. @Mr. Blank
    I’ve got a better idea: Why don’t we have separate countries, with separate cultures, so that people who are members of those cultures can be surrounded 24/7 with “narrative plenitude” reflecting themselves?

    For those who enjoy the offerings of other cultures, we could build this worldwide communication system — I’m thinking it would be a series of tubes — allowing people to experience the rich offerings of some other culture while remaining safe within their own.

    It’s basically the same one-world globalism that all thinking people understand is the only acceptable outcome, except there would be this add-on feature — I call it “borders” — that would keep everything from devolving into a Mad Max movie.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote once that the existence of slavery elevated the status of the poorest whites in the South. Coates gets mocked a lot here, deservedly so, but even he can stumble on a nugget of wisdom occasionally.

    I don’t think these Chinese Americans want to live in China; I think they’d rather live somewhere like Singapore, where there’s some diversity, but they’re on top of the hierarchy.

    But Singapore is small and hugely expensive. So the next best thing would be for Chinese-Americans to become culturally dominant in America, as China becomes economically dominant in the world.

    • Replies: @Lars Porsena
    The poorest whites in the south were mainly against slavery. They saw it is having a lot to do with why they were poor (dey turk our jerbs) and had a lot of class resentment against the slave holding aristoi. They typically wanted to send all the slaves back to Africa.

    You are right about the Jenny Hans of the world though. Probably, they do not speak an asian language, cannot easily or may not be able to learn, don't know that much about real world street level asian cultures. If they went to an asian country they would want everyone to speak english and act like assimilated americans. So they will want to import co-ethnics to help cement themselves here. Ironically if they were there they would probably be just as insecure about their place and trying to import a bunch of westerners and western-assimilated over there and pushing our poz culture.
    , @Flip

    But Singapore is small and hugely expensive. So the next best thing would be for Chinese-Americans to become culturally dominant in America, as China becomes economically dominant in the world.
     
    It seems like Vancouver is well along that path.
    , @Twinkie

    But Singapore is small and hugely expensive
     
    Singapore is surprisingly inexpensive despite its wealth. Seoul and Tokyo are much more costly.

    Although certain items are very expensive (cars, wine) due to heavy taxation, the Singaporean government maintains de facto price controls to ensure that the middle class there has a good quality of life. Somehow they manage to make that work.

    I miss eating at Fatman Satay (just a few SGDs for a plate full of chicken and lamb satay) and drinking reasonably priced local beer. Some black pepper crab would hit the spot right now.
  28. anonymous[354] • Disclaimer says:
    @Beene35
    Yes, your review of Crazy Rich Asians helps illustrate Bill Maher's argument that, these days, the main ideological driving force of conservatism is "just being a d--k," while totally missing the point (obviously, you know as well as I do that "diversity" can also mean that, yes, an all-Asian starring film is playing next to an all-caucasian starring film, etc. It doesn't just mean different races all in the same film. But you knew that.).

    I would add to that, another guiding principle of the modern-day conservative is to on the one hand criticize Hollywood for being liberal and irrelevant, while on the other hand desperately searching any form of popular entertainment for "secret" conservative themes (i.e., "Avengers: Infinity War" is about honour! Therefore, it is, of course, conservative - and I guess being pro-honour means it's, needless to say, also pro-Donald Trump!).

    Black Panther makes it pretty clear that it's ''against'' the king's previous stance of closing off his country to the world, yet, somehow, it's anti-open borders?

    obviously, you know as well as I do that “diversity” can also mean that, yes, an all-Asian starring film is playing next to an all-caucasian starring film, etc. It doesn’t just mean different races all in the same film. But you knew that …

    All I know, all I need to know, is that … Diversity is our strength!

  29. @Dave Pinsen
    What's the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you've seen?

    I think it was Bergman’s “Wild Strawberries”

  30. @anonymous

    Mickey Rooney’s Mr. Yunioshi is the Emmett Till of casting, destined to be mentioned in the NYT forever.
     
    I know who Mickey Rooney is (I’m thinking most under 5o do not), I’ve seen “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (hated most of it — really hated that anorexic “ style icon”what’s-her-face — and why is everything an icon or iconic these days?), but, all jokes aside, who the heck is this Emmett Till? Was he Adlai Stevenson’s running mate? Or is he the guy that Adlai shot when he was a kid … or is Emmett Till the name of Mickey Rooney’s character in Hatari? Help me out here, please.

    Founder of the eponymous cash register company, later acquired by IBM.

    • Replies: @Polynikes
    Huh? I always thought he was the founder of the eponymous farm implement company, later acquired by John Deer.
    , @Father O'Hara
    I thought Emmet Till was that famous clown,the one who wore raggedy clothes and was known for sweeping up the spotlight into darkness?
  31. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t get it.

    First, many people don’t even go to movies anymore.

    Also, in our internet age, it is easy for anyone in the US(or anywhere) to get easy access to movies and TV shows from all over the world. In fact, if you want to spend all day watching movies from China, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and etc, you can do so.
    Also, Youtube has news from just about every nation in their own language.

    And with giant digital screens, people can see whatever with HD clarity and sound.

    Today, some guy in bumbleville Idaho has more access to movies from around the world than a professor and student at NYU film school before the internet era. When I started college in 85, I saw world cinema on 16 mm prints and clunky videos with washed out pics and hardly visible subtitles.

    Also, Asians all around the world are rather lucky in terms of cinema because of the vast output. Latin America, Middle East, and Africa lag Asia in movie production. Japan had a long great run and still makes good movies now and then. (It now seems to be known mostly for anime and porn.) South Korean movie industry is very much alive. Hong Kong made tons of movies and the industry is still alive(though mainland piracy cut into the business). India is the king of cinema. So, even if most Americans don’t watch that stuff, ANY Asian in the US can watch Asian movies and entertainment via DVD, Youtube, Mubi, or any number of platforms. Also, at film festivals and among cinephiles, many Asians have gotten fulsome praise. These movies are not big hits, but good movies are good, and that’s what really matters. David Lynch never had a hit like Michael Bay, but people will be talking about ERASERHEAD and MUL DR forever.

    Also, youtube has personalities of all kinds, and some of them are Asian. Some guy named nigahiga was even featured in some magazine piece about how youtube is changing entertainment. So, there is no paucity of Asian faces. Also, instagram has made mini-celebrities of countless bimbos of all colors who do nothing but look in the mirror. If you want to find them, you can find them. It’s all a matter of choice. This video has 78 million views: but it seems like these Asians just want to imitate trashy American culture.

    So, this is not about Asians not having the means to look at other Asians. Internet, satellite, and cheap dvds made it possible for anyone to see just about anything. An Asian in US or Canada can spend his or her entire life looking at nothing but Asian news and Asian movies and Asian TV shows. Also, certain Asian personalities on Youtube have big followings, and on occasion, even something as trashy like gangnam style can become a global hit.
    Also, any non-Asian in the US can see Asian stuff if they so wish. No one is preventing them.

    Then, what is all this gripe about? It’s about validation by Mainstream America. It’s like Asians feel they have no value UNLESS they make it in America. But if they really see worth in their own lives and culture, why would they care what anyone thinks? Why do their stories and lives have to be validated and ‘celebrated’ by trashy Hollywood to have worth?
    But even as they seek validation, it is never as real Asians but Popular Asians who conform to the shallowest standards of global culture: “Look, we are as vulgar and stupid like you guys. We are cool too.”

    Maybe these idiot Asians need to learn to appreciate real Asian cinema, learn from the best, find inspiration, and make movies with real worth.
    YIYI by Edward Yang is pretty good. STILL WALKING is a masterpiece. For mindless but fun entertainment, there is THREE by Johnny To who can really make a movie. Now, when those films were shown at art-houses, where was the Asian-American audience? They were more likely to be seen by white hipsters as most idiot Asians are into pop trash culture(or moronic soap operas back in Asia).

  32. The Straits Times of Singapore reports that the author of the book is wanted in Singapore, because he skipped his mandatory military service requirement, having lived overseas since the age of 11. When he tried to give up his Singapore citizenship, they flagged him. So he couldn’t attend the premiere over there.

    SINGAPORE – Singapore-born writer Kevin Kwan, whose book inspired the movie Crazy Rich Asians, defaulted on his national service obligations, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday in response to queries from The Straits Times.

    “Mr Kevin Kwan failed to register for National Service (NS) in 1990, despite notices and letters sent to his overseas address. He also stayed overseas without a valid exit permit. Mr Kwan is therefore wanted for defaulting on his NS obligations,” Mindef said.

    It added: “In 1994, his application and subsequent appeal to renounce his Singapore citizenship without serving NS were rejected.”

    Under the Enlistment Act, Mr Kwan is liable for a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to three years if convicted.

    The Straits Times has reached out to Mr Kwan, who left Singapore at age 11 and now lives in the US, on multiple occasions this past week for an interview. The 44-year-old was last interviewed by ST last year.

    https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/crazy-rich-asians-author-kevin-kwan-defaulted-on-his-ns-obligations

  33. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    But these are American movies, you might say. Of course they should be about Americans. That does not explain why blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, women or yes, Asian-Americans, all of whom served in the American military, barely appear in these movies.

    APOCALYPSE NOW had a black chief who ran the boat. And Mr. Clean. It also had blacks going “you think you bad mothaf***a, you think you bad”.

    PLATOON and BORN ON FOURTH had lots of blacks.

    HEAVEN AND EARTH dvd has a deleted scene of black Africans recruited by the French raping Vietnamese women.

    FULL METAL JACKET has blacks. One guy get shot up pretty good.

    CASUALTIES OF WAR has Benny Blanco from the Bronx as one of the rapists. And it’s the death of a black guy that makes Sean Penn snap.

    GO TELL THE SPARTANS has multi-racial characters.

    HAMBURGER HILL has blacks among its lead.

    What is that woman talking about?

    As for masculinity, well that is what wars are about. Men fight and kill and die.

    That said, I would argue that, aside cartoon movies like RAMBO, most Vietnam movies are not about white masculinity, if that is meant as white machismo. As the war was lost, many Vietnam War movies are about American impotence and alienation(abroad and at home). COMING HOME is about a paraplegic. So is BORN ON FOURTH. John Savage in DEER HUNTER ends up in a wheel chair. Walken character loses his sanity. In FULL METAL JACKET, Americans with all their big guns and bombs meet their match in a lone female assassin who picks them off one by one. And FIRST BLOOD was more sober than its knucklehead sequel. It was about American manhood was traumatized by a war it couldn’t win. And Tommy Lee Jones comes to a pretty bad end in HEAVEN AND EARTH.

    Now, one can argue that war movies should focus more on people who are impacted by the war. Old people, women, children, animals, and etc. TWO WOMEN was such a movie. OPEN CITY is shows how civilians are affected by war. HOPE AND GLORY was a war comedy about kids. It worked oddly enough. FORBIDDEN GAMES is a tragic story of a girl orphaned by war.

    But the fact is Hollywood movies are expensive and most small movies about war don’t sell tickets. HEAVEN AND EARTH is a really fine movie but it bombed like hell. It raked in measly $5.9 million.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven_%26_Earth_(1993_film)

    Now, a masterwork like DUNKIRK can draw in the audience with enough fireworks but also include some side stories about small heroes, civilians who risk their lives to serve their country in time of dire need. But most directors don’t have the skills to juggle big and small.

    Now, what I find most irritating about Nguyen is he makes some good points about how Hollywood rarely shows the full breadth of war and what it does to a nation. And Hollywood war movies have been this way about every nation. Even anti-war movies focus on more on the war’s impact on American soldiers than the nations they helped destroy. AMERICAN SNIPER is a good movie but forget about learning anything about Iraq. Rare is a masterwork like BATTLE OF ALGIERS that portrayed that tragic event from various angles and perspectives.

    But after making some serious points about war and history, Nguyen endorses CRAZY RICH ASIANS?

    That’s like a Greek-American arguing that Hollywood movies rarely got Greece and Greek experience right and then calling for more movies like BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING in the name of… what? Narrative Plenitude?

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    You’re talking about reality, she’s talking about some fantasy world she’s had constructed for her. She chose the latter. She chose poorly.

    All writing as if she were in good faith does is make you look like a (very interesting, insightful) sucker.
  34. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    What's the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you've seen?

    What’s the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you’ve seen?

    Except for a short scene with a black cop, BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER.

    DARK CRIMES. FF-ed it. Serious movie with Jim Carrey. Didn’t buy it’.

    I recently saw BREAKING AWAY again. Damn, that was a better time.

    LOCAL HERO has an African reverend, but otherwise all white.

    I think FANDANGO is all-white.

    Most Woody Allen movies.

    SHATTERED GLASS is mostly white. It has one black-hispanic female character as token.

    The 1993 version of SECRET GARDEN is pure delight. But I’m guessing all future versions will have non-white kids.

    TWILIGHT NEW MOON had a one black vampire, but the wolves got him real good.

    Did NOAH have Negroes? I don’t recall.

    MOTHMAN PROPHCIES has a Negro for 5 seconds. He says ‘she knew’.

    Did GROUNDHOG DAY have Negroes?

    VIRGIN SUICIDES

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Dunkirk. The cast was chosen in part to be notably British Isles-looking.

    How about Lord of the Rings?

    , @songbird
    Speaking of The Secret Garden - I recall seeing the movie A Little Princess from 1995. There was this little girl drudge character who didn't get to go to school but worked at the school cleaning. Of course, they made her black even though though in the story is set in London in the late 19th century or so. And, of course, a lot of ignorant young girls seeing the film will take it as history.
  35. @Anon
    What’s the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you’ve seen?

    Except for a short scene with a black cop, BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER.

    DARK CRIMES. FF-ed it. Serious movie with Jim Carrey. Didn't buy it'.

    I recently saw BREAKING AWAY again. Damn, that was a better time.

    LOCAL HERO has an African reverend, but otherwise all white.

    I think FANDANGO is all-white.

    Most Woody Allen movies.

    SHATTERED GLASS is mostly white. It has one black-hispanic female character as token.

    The 1993 version of SECRET GARDEN is pure delight. But I'm guessing all future versions will have non-white kids.

    TWILIGHT NEW MOON had a one black vampire, but the wolves got him real good.

    Did NOAH have Negroes? I don't recall.

    MOTHMAN PROPHCIES has a Negro for 5 seconds. He says 'she knew'.

    Did GROUNDHOG DAY have Negroes?

    VIRGIN SUICIDES

    Dunkirk. The cast was chosen in part to be notably British Isles-looking.

    How about Lord of the Rings?

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist

    How about Lord of the Rings?

     

    That's a good one. Could LotR be made today with the same cast demographics?

    I think that would be NOT OKAY.
    , @Alfa158
    Lord of the Rings was made in New Zealand instead of Hollywood. If it had been a Hollywood movie, at least one of the Fellowship would have been Black (Aragorn), one an Asian martial artist (Legolas), two gay (Merry and Pippin) and Frodo would have been gender changed to a grrrlpower Mary Sue.
    All British TV shows and movies now have mandatory Black and Muslim actors, even if set in historical times. This is for two primary reasons. First, it conditions White Brits to the idea that Oceania is at war with Eurasia, it has always been at war with Euarasia and you’d better get used to it and celebrate it. Second, there are a lot of non-White actors in Britain and they want work. If they can’t get cast in all those historical shows as medieval knights, then they miss out on a lot of roles.
    , @Brutusale
    A lot of the orcs were visibly black or Maori.
  36. @Steve Sailer
    Dunkirk. The cast was chosen in part to be notably British Isles-looking.

    How about Lord of the Rings?

    How about Lord of the Rings?

    That’s a good one. Could LotR be made today with the same cast demographics?

    I think that would be NOT OKAY.

    • Replies: @Anon
    You may be right. Certain minor characters in Game of Thrones were blackwashed.
  37. @The Last Real Calvinist

    How about Lord of the Rings?

     

    That's a good one. Could LotR be made today with the same cast demographics?

    I think that would be NOT OKAY.

    You may be right. Certain minor characters in Game of Thrones were blackwashed.

  38. Anon[383] • Disclaimer says:

    When I sold my first middle-grade novel in 2005, it wasn’t that common to put an author photo on the back flap, but 24-year-old Korean-American me insisted.

    Buuuuuuuullshit.

    Publishers love young authors. They love female too. Young, female, and non-white? That’s the trifecta!

    And since they probably can’t sell a debut novel that is, by its own author’s admission, “middle-grade”, on the strength of the novel or the author’s previous work, their only option is to market the author rather than the book.

    I guarantee that if Simon & Schuster liked her enough to want to push her, then this is exactly what they’d have done: interviews with her, stories about her, articles about the book that are mostly about her, etc, etc. And, yes, photos.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    From Amazon...

    Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series...
     
    Seems NYT is doing a little cross-promotion. Given her picture on Amazon, she's not photogenic. And more than a little self-absorbed.
  39. If any of these female Asian writers want to see films featuring female Asian stars I would suggest Pornhub.

    Or so I am told .

    • LOL: Forbes
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    LOL, Hodag!

    Yes, some friends of mine have told me the same thing. I think google knows that, which is why all those ads for Asian bikini girls keep coming up when I'm trying to watch Alex Jones, or Jordan Peterson, or Oriental bikini girls.
  40. @Anonymous
    Lol. You should see white people in Asia complain about the way they are portrayed. Any little thing is a slight in a media that they cannot control.

    white privileged entitjement and fragility at it’s most sickening

    You guys NEED to watch the Fung bros

  41. @Dave Pinsen
    Founder of the eponymous cash register company, later acquired by IBM.

    Huh? I always thought he was the founder of the eponymous farm implement company, later acquired by John Deer.

  42. @Jenner Ickham Errican
    https://twitter.com/GospelSpeak/status/1031138736506118151

    As anti-tweet as I am, I’ll admit that that is one hell of a tweet by Gospel Speak. As for Miss Yam, I don’t think she should flatter herself due to some Chinese hotties in a “film”. Many Chinese women are starting to look a lot closer to Yams then they’d like to admit. (Yes, too much white rice.)

  43. @Hodag
    If any of these female Asian writers want to see films featuring female Asian stars I would suggest Pornhub.

    Or so I am told .

    LOL, Hodag!

    Yes, some friends of mine have told me the same thing. I think google knows that, which is why all those ads for Asian bikini girls keep coming up when I’m trying to watch Alex Jones, or Jordan Peterson, or Oriental bikini girls.

  44. Women also were scarce in Hollywood war movies. Probably had something to do with the fact that women did not serve in combat units in WW2, Korea or Vietnam so casting a female as a combat soldier would look ridiculous.

    Now Latino/Hispanics may comprise 17% of the US population today but they didn’t in 1968 and Asians were a tiny portion of the US population then as well. If you watch any historical footage of US troops in Vietnam you will be hard pressed to see any Asians in American uniforms and any identifiable Hispanics will not look like a 5 foot tall Guatemalan Indian but more like Bill Richardson.

  45. how long before some white high school kid in Kentucky wises up, legally changes his name to “Viet Linh Dinh” or such-like, proclaims he is a trans-Asian, and applies for an (e.g.) admission to West Point on grounds that he is “of color”?

    My impression is , (1) you don’t really pay any social price amongst American white chicks (or their parents) if your name is PRONOUNCIBLE at first glance, and…..

    (2) what happens in Brazil always eventually starts happening in USA, but with more lawyers involved

    Ps: geographically, Israel is in Asia (water separates it from Europe, and the Suez Canal separates if from Africa). And in the earliest days, Israel was assigned to Asia-region sports competitions.

    Is this an opening for kids at Kehillah Jewish High School (Palo Alto) ?

    • Replies: @S. Anonyia
    Don't have to go through all that effort. Just dye your hair if it isn't already dark, get a tan and proclaim oneself Hispanic. The only Anglos who won't be able to pull this off are the gingers and albinos.
  46. @Beene35
    Yes, your review of Crazy Rich Asians helps illustrate Bill Maher's argument that, these days, the main ideological driving force of conservatism is "just being a d--k," while totally missing the point (obviously, you know as well as I do that "diversity" can also mean that, yes, an all-Asian starring film is playing next to an all-caucasian starring film, etc. It doesn't just mean different races all in the same film. But you knew that.).

    I would add to that, another guiding principle of the modern-day conservative is to on the one hand criticize Hollywood for being liberal and irrelevant, while on the other hand desperately searching any form of popular entertainment for "secret" conservative themes (i.e., "Avengers: Infinity War" is about honour! Therefore, it is, of course, conservative - and I guess being pro-honour means it's, needless to say, also pro-Donald Trump!).

    Black Panther makes it pretty clear that it's ''against'' the king's previous stance of closing off his country to the world, yet, somehow, it's anti-open borders?

    We’ve finally found him – someone who sincerely believes that Bill Maher has a point.

    He’s not wrong about the rest though – diversity is our strength, it’s not necessarily their strength. Their strength is having an idealized depiction of a racially homogeneous society reflected back to them. That’s why it’s important for Idris Elba to play Richard III. Carry on celebrating your films free from contamination by Caucasians.

  47. To an extent I get this – Asians do fairly well and stay out of the news (for the right reasons) and therefore are just sort of cultural window dressing compared to the attention whites, latinos, and blacks get.

    However, this is largely a product of the progressive-dominated institutions in society (traditional media, Hollywood, Democratic Party) that drive popular culture devoting outsized effort to play up the magnificence of blacks and latinos and their virtues and demonizing whites as evil or stupid. Asians are not interesting to them because they cannot plausibly be considered oppressed, and they don’t produce edgy content like rap or live in culturally dysfunctional ghettos with loud and in your face style and personal habits. They don’t even give their kids names that are just a collection of syllables for crying out loud – they end up with names like Jenny and Kevin.

    • Replies: @Q
    Asians don't seem to understand that being "invisible" is a compliment, it means they've blended in and disappeared like everyone else, i.e. 99% of whites who came before them.
  48. Anonymous[266] • Disclaimer says:

    Or Dr. Haing S. Ngor, who won the 1984 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for portraying the heroic Dith Pran in The Killing Fields, but who can remember a celebrated epic compared to a John Hughes comedy?

    Ngor survived the killing fields of Khmer’s Land (ស្រុកខ្មែរ) only to be murdered in the killing fields of Los Angeles by an Asian gang.

    In 1998, the three gang members, immigrants from Cambodia, were convicted of robbing and murdering Ngor. Jason Chan, 20, was sentenced to life without parole, Tak Sun Tan, 21, to 56 years to life and Indra Lim, 21, to 26 years to life.

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/06/26/murder-killing-fields-star-haing-ngor-still-haunts-detective-didn-t-have-any-answers.html

  49. @Mr. Blank
    I’ve got a better idea: Why don’t we have separate countries, with separate cultures, so that people who are members of those cultures can be surrounded 24/7 with “narrative plenitude” reflecting themselves?

    For those who enjoy the offerings of other cultures, we could build this worldwide communication system — I’m thinking it would be a series of tubes — allowing people to experience the rich offerings of some other culture while remaining safe within their own.

    It’s basically the same one-world globalism that all thinking people understand is the only acceptable outcome, except there would be this add-on feature — I call it “borders” — that would keep everything from devolving into a Mad Max movie.

    I’ve got a better idea: Why don’t we have separate countries, with separate cultures, so that people who are members of those cultures can be surrounded 24/7 with “narrative plenitude” reflecting themselves?

    It’s interesting. I suspect that many of those quoted by Steve for this post would label themselves firm believes in Diversity. However, their arguments more soundly undermine the cause!

  50. @Moses
    It seems like these people won't be happy until they are surrounded with people and media who "look like them." It's a terrible burden, living among all these Whites Who Don't Look Like Them.

    Wouldn't it be easier just to move to a country full of people who look like them, than to repopulate America with people who look like them?

    Alan Watts tells the story of an Asia king who wanted to pave the roads of his realm with leather, to make travel easier. His court wise man suggested he just have shoes made for his subjects.

  51. @Steve Sailer
    Dunkirk. The cast was chosen in part to be notably British Isles-looking.

    How about Lord of the Rings?

    Lord of the Rings was made in New Zealand instead of Hollywood. If it had been a Hollywood movie, at least one of the Fellowship would have been Black (Aragorn), one an Asian martial artist (Legolas), two gay (Merry and Pippin) and Frodo would have been gender changed to a grrrlpower Mary Sue.
    All British TV shows and movies now have mandatory Black and Muslim actors, even if set in historical times. This is for two primary reasons. First, it conditions White Brits to the idea that Oceania is at war with Eurasia, it has always been at war with Euarasia and you’d better get used to it and celebrate it. Second, there are a lot of non-White actors in Britain and they want work. If they can’t get cast in all those historical shows as medieval knights, then they miss out on a lot of roles.

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    There was a miniseries about the Roman invasion of Britain that had a black centurion as one of its main characters.
    , @Desiderius
    No, I think they barely got in before it became mandatory and/or got grandfathered in because of Tolkien 60s cred.

    Given how the 60s turned out, that cried looks more and more anomalous.
    , @Q

    Lord of the Rings was made in New Zealand instead of Hollywood. If it had been a Hollywood movie, at least one of the Fellowship would have been Black (Aragorn), one an Asian martial artist (Legolas), two gay (Merry and Pippin) and Frodo would have been gender changed to a grrrlpower Mary Sue.
     
    LOL how true. We were lucky that trilogy was made a decade before Hollywood got all woke.

    Forbes ran an article titled "Ten reasons why success of CRA is a major triumph", and it included this obligatory paean:


    It proves, for the 99,99,99,999th time, that diversity sells at the box office.
     
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2018/08/20/box-office-10-reasons-why-constance-wu-and-henry-golding-crazy-rich-asians-is-a-big-deal-and-a-huge-win/#776312bf7d6e
    Really? Tell that to the producers of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Somehow featuring a diverse cast including a kungfu fighting blind Asian guy and a frumpy Asian chick falling for a no-name black actor pretty much killed off the franchise, leading to Solo's subsequent bomb at the box office. Go figure.
    , @songbird
    Amazon is making a Lord of the Rings TV show. I imagine it will be diversitarian.
    , @Forbes

    All British TV shows and movies now have mandatory Black and Muslim actors, even if set in historical times.
     
    The tokenism is regularly glaring--and I watch a lot of Brit TV series. My recent favorite example of tokenism is from The Frankenstein Chronicles on Netflix, starring Sean Bean, who plays a policeman--ca. 1820. The only black role is another officer, Bean's sometime sidekick. Historic fiction in more ways than one...
  52. @Dave Pinsen
    Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote once that the existence of slavery elevated the status of the poorest whites in the South. Coates gets mocked a lot here, deservedly so, but even he can stumble on a nugget of wisdom occasionally.

    I don't think these Chinese Americans want to live in China; I think they'd rather live somewhere like Singapore, where there's some diversity, but they're on top of the hierarchy.

    But Singapore is small and hugely expensive. So the next best thing would be for Chinese-Americans to become culturally dominant in America, as China becomes economically dominant in the world.

    The poorest whites in the south were mainly against slavery. They saw it is having a lot to do with why they were poor (dey turk our jerbs) and had a lot of class resentment against the slave holding aristoi. They typically wanted to send all the slaves back to Africa.

    You are right about the Jenny Hans of the world though. Probably, they do not speak an asian language, cannot easily or may not be able to learn, don’t know that much about real world street level asian cultures. If they went to an asian country they would want everyone to speak english and act like assimilated americans. So they will want to import co-ethnics to help cement themselves here. Ironically if they were there they would probably be just as insecure about their place and trying to import a bunch of westerners and western-assimilated over there and pushing our poz culture.

  53. Anon[332] • Disclaimer says:

    “Black Panther makes it pretty clear that it’s ”against” the king’s previous stance of closing off his country to the world, yet, somehow, it’s anti-open borders?”

    One of the guiding principles of liberalism, if there even is one, is “do as I say, not as I do.” Thus, we have a liberal professing the virtues of an all-black ethnostate that claims to support multiculturalism but actually does not anywhere on screen.

  54. “Lord of the Refugee, Game of Refugees, Black Refugee Panther, and, since this weekend, Crazy Rich Refugees.”

    Is Black Refugee Panther associated with DC or Marvel?

    Game of Refugees sounds like a winner, Steve. Could easily see gamers lining up to play it.

  55. My wife commented on the popularity of the movie, “What’s the big deal? Over here in Asia, we see (East) Asian shows ALL THE TIME! It’s only those asian ethnics in the US who are making such a big deal, so dumb.” She’s a big fan of Korean dramas, must always follow the latest most popular show.

    Speaking of which, Korea has definitely moved ahead of Japan in terms of producing quality shows. Japanese shows tend to be quirky, but Korean shows have a bad tendency to have weird unfulfilling endings (IMO).

    There’s also a lot more movement of actors across East Asian borders nowadays. Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong artistes (actors and singers) moving into the PRC market and vice versa. I was surprised when I found a few months ago that Yoona of the Korean group Girls Generation was the lead actress in a PRC historical fiction drama about the 3 Kingdoms era. Apparently she could speak accented mandarin – does this mean more and more Korean and Japanese artistes are following suit?

    My take is that the Sinosphere, for lack of a better word, is coming more strongly into focus as a more culturally integrated unit.

    • Replies: @Karl
    53 Wobbly Guy > Korea has definitely moved ahead of Japan in terms of producing quality shows



    Well, perhaps.

    Or perhaps Korean shows are taking over SE Asia soap-opera slots because they're cheaper to syndicate than the Japanese ones are.
  56. Good news. The last 5 decades of relentless indoctrination is bearing fruit. Asians are now as racially obsessed and white-hating as blacks, Latinos and Jews. Finally!

    First, pit every minority group against the majority white group. Then, pit every group against every other group. Divide and conquer, invented by the British, perfected by the Jews, works every time!

  57. @SnakeEyes
    I don't get this "fight to tell our own stories" line. What is stopping Vietnamese-Americans from making their own damn movies? There must be thousands of independent film-makers of all races and ethnicities out there trying to tell their own stories. Some have talent or luck and will make it big, others will not. Mr. Nguyen seems to believe that Asian-American filmmakers and their movies are owed popular success and adulation from the white movie going audience.

    I’ve had similar thoughts before, and so I just wrote Asians into my stories. Didn’t seem like I need an op-ed for it.

  58. Anon[151] • Disclaimer says:

    “Yes, your review of Crazy Rich Asians helps illustrate Bill Maher’s argument that, these days, the main ideological driving force of conservatism is “just being a d–k,”

    Sure. That’s why conservative Taliban types are out tearing down statues supported by large majorities of the public across almost all races and renaming words like vagina into “front hole.” Can’t imagine there is any popular support for that, so I guess these people just want to be “front poles.”

    “helps illustrate Bill Maher’s argument”

    Ah yes, the successor to Socrates himself, Dr. Bill Maher.

    “while totally missing the point (obviously, you know as well as I do that “diversity” can also mean that, yes, an all-Asian starring film is playing next to an all-caucasian starring film”

    Translation: “words can be redefined to mean whatever my tribe wants, regardless of their literal definitions. Sure, “diversity” means what you think it does, but if it makes me look like a fool (cheering for an ethnically homogeneous cast while extolling diversity), then it no longer means that but means something else. It’s like when Al Gore suggested we end poverty by redefining what poverty means. See? Get that low IQ conservatives? I can’t believe I have to spell it out for you guys — gals — nonbinaries — organisms…whatever.”

    “I would add to that, another guiding principle of the modern-day conservative is to on the one hand criticize Hollywood for being liberal and irrelevant, while on the other hand desperately searching any form of popular entertainment for “secret” conservative themes.”

    …because it makes no sense whatsoever that movies meant to appeal to families and men would have some kind of conservative or traditional undertone; Hollywood never tries to appeal to their audience.

    And we all know regressives never look for secret messages or conspiracy theories themselves, being enlightened by the wisdom of Dr. Bill Maher and all: https://www.gamerevolution.com/features/418045-doom-eternal-mortally-challenged-joke-offensively-boring

    As Alfred Hitchcock once said, “sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” But what would he know? He was just a white guy.

    “Black Panther makes it pretty clear that it’s ”against” the king’s previous stance of closing off his country to the world, yet, somehow, it’s anti-open borders?”

    Do as I say, not as I do. A bit like that time 97% white Malibu claimed to be a sanctuary city but then tried to secede from paying the bills of the poorer areas around it. See guys, it’s not really about principle, it’s about claiming loudly to have principle when really you don’t; how else could one advance in a social group? In that respect, it doesn’t matter that audiences were treated to an ethnically-homogeneous nation state in Black Panther. The only thing that matters is that a character says something or other about being opening minded to the outside world without actually following through or seeing it on screen. Get that front poles?

    If only traditional values democrats were in charge about now: words wouldn’t mean what they obviously do, we’d have a lesbian president in a yellow wig extolling American values to howls of laughter around the world, and a “traditional values” president who has multiple well-adjusted kids and a wife would be replaced by a staffer who merely likes collecting pictures of young kids – for research purposes, of course.

  59. @Alfa158
    Lord of the Rings was made in New Zealand instead of Hollywood. If it had been a Hollywood movie, at least one of the Fellowship would have been Black (Aragorn), one an Asian martial artist (Legolas), two gay (Merry and Pippin) and Frodo would have been gender changed to a grrrlpower Mary Sue.
    All British TV shows and movies now have mandatory Black and Muslim actors, even if set in historical times. This is for two primary reasons. First, it conditions White Brits to the idea that Oceania is at war with Eurasia, it has always been at war with Euarasia and you’d better get used to it and celebrate it. Second, there are a lot of non-White actors in Britain and they want work. If they can’t get cast in all those historical shows as medieval knights, then they miss out on a lot of roles.

    There was a miniseries about the Roman invasion of Britain that had a black centurion as one of its main characters.

    • Replies: @OFWHAP
    Yes, and this black centurion was Numidian, which means that he was a Berber from modern-day Tunisia.
  60. @Dave Pinsen
    What's the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you've seen?

    “The Birdcage.”

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    Two of the dancers at the club are sistas, uh, bruthas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlDo1mgqTRQ
  61. @YKW
    "An Asian-American Teen Idol Onscreen ...."


    The first law of female journalism strikes again.
  62. Anon[334] • Disclaimer says:

    Beene35. A middle aged white guy who increasing thinks those circling sharks he sees are circling him. Hence, he comes here looking for either validation or refutation, each time subconsciously moving closer to the right. There is no place for a guy like that in the future democrat party. Ask that white guy who lost to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just because he was dumb enough to show up for a television debate against her, thereby showing his minority constituents what he looked like. I’m sure Beene35 will rationalize that as being the result of policy differences, though, never mind the fact that very liberal – and ideologically similar – Bernie Sanders lost to black-favorite and corporatist Hillary Clinton due to the overwhelming black vote against him in 2015/16.

    Where Beene35 is now, I once was, too. I was once an active poster on a number of left wing websites. I started to come around at about the time of BLM and the concomitant – clearly racist, dog-whistling – anti-cop vids posted by leftists on YouTube in response; I remember being told how racist H.W. was back in the day for bringing up Willie Horton, but yet I saw democrats doing exactly the same thing times about a million. Bernie Sanders losing just because he’s white to an unacceptably bad Hillary Clinton was the final nail. I’m still socially and economical liberal – very antiwar, pro civil liberties, atheist – but I’m no longer blind to what’s going on, either. The change will come slowly, but it will come. Embrace it. #walkaway

  63. @Steve Sailer
    Dunkirk. The cast was chosen in part to be notably British Isles-looking.

    How about Lord of the Rings?

    A lot of the orcs were visibly black or Maori.

  64. @Arclight
    To an extent I get this - Asians do fairly well and stay out of the news (for the right reasons) and therefore are just sort of cultural window dressing compared to the attention whites, latinos, and blacks get.

    However, this is largely a product of the progressive-dominated institutions in society (traditional media, Hollywood, Democratic Party) that drive popular culture devoting outsized effort to play up the magnificence of blacks and latinos and their virtues and demonizing whites as evil or stupid. Asians are not interesting to them because they cannot plausibly be considered oppressed, and they don't produce edgy content like rap or live in culturally dysfunctional ghettos with loud and in your face style and personal habits. They don't even give their kids names that are just a collection of syllables for crying out loud - they end up with names like Jenny and Kevin.

    Asians don’t seem to understand that being “invisible” is a compliment, it means they’ve blended in and disappeared like everyone else, i.e. 99% of whites who came before them.

    • Replies: @GSR
    When do we stop saying "came before"? About one-third of Americans trace their family history back to the 1700's. Is that authentically American enough for you?
    , @megabar
    > Asians don’t seem to understand that being “invisible” is a compliment

    Well, yes and no. I don't blame Asians and other minorities for wanting cultural representation. After all, a lot on the right are chafed that the "straight white male" and his values are much less culturally dominant. We all like to see ourselves in the movies.

    For example, I read some of Kelly Tran's recent op-ed piece, and some of it rang true to me. I truly don't want her or anyone else to feel marginalized in their own country.

    But as always, agreeing on a problem doesn't mean we'll agree on the same solution. I think that this is actually a pretty strong argument against multi-ethnic societies.

    A lefty might argue that having 'equal' representation solves everything, but 'equal' is easier said than done. More likely is just that everyone is annoyed.
  65. @Alfa158
    Lord of the Rings was made in New Zealand instead of Hollywood. If it had been a Hollywood movie, at least one of the Fellowship would have been Black (Aragorn), one an Asian martial artist (Legolas), two gay (Merry and Pippin) and Frodo would have been gender changed to a grrrlpower Mary Sue.
    All British TV shows and movies now have mandatory Black and Muslim actors, even if set in historical times. This is for two primary reasons. First, it conditions White Brits to the idea that Oceania is at war with Eurasia, it has always been at war with Euarasia and you’d better get used to it and celebrate it. Second, there are a lot of non-White actors in Britain and they want work. If they can’t get cast in all those historical shows as medieval knights, then they miss out on a lot of roles.

    No, I think they barely got in before it became mandatory and/or got grandfathered in because of Tolkien 60s cred.

    Given how the 60s turned out, that cried looks more and more anomalous.

  66. @Anon
    What’s the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you’ve seen?

    Except for a short scene with a black cop, BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER.

    DARK CRIMES. FF-ed it. Serious movie with Jim Carrey. Didn't buy it'.

    I recently saw BREAKING AWAY again. Damn, that was a better time.

    LOCAL HERO has an African reverend, but otherwise all white.

    I think FANDANGO is all-white.

    Most Woody Allen movies.

    SHATTERED GLASS is mostly white. It has one black-hispanic female character as token.

    The 1993 version of SECRET GARDEN is pure delight. But I'm guessing all future versions will have non-white kids.

    TWILIGHT NEW MOON had a one black vampire, but the wolves got him real good.

    Did NOAH have Negroes? I don't recall.

    MOTHMAN PROPHCIES has a Negro for 5 seconds. He says 'she knew'.

    Did GROUNDHOG DAY have Negroes?

    VIRGIN SUICIDES

    Speaking of The Secret Garden – I recall seeing the movie A Little Princess from 1995. There was this little girl drudge character who didn’t get to go to school but worked at the school cleaning. Of course, they made her black even though though in the story is set in London in the late 19th century or so. And, of course, a lot of ignorant young girls seeing the film will take it as history.

  67. Q says:
    @Alfa158
    Lord of the Rings was made in New Zealand instead of Hollywood. If it had been a Hollywood movie, at least one of the Fellowship would have been Black (Aragorn), one an Asian martial artist (Legolas), two gay (Merry and Pippin) and Frodo would have been gender changed to a grrrlpower Mary Sue.
    All British TV shows and movies now have mandatory Black and Muslim actors, even if set in historical times. This is for two primary reasons. First, it conditions White Brits to the idea that Oceania is at war with Eurasia, it has always been at war with Euarasia and you’d better get used to it and celebrate it. Second, there are a lot of non-White actors in Britain and they want work. If they can’t get cast in all those historical shows as medieval knights, then they miss out on a lot of roles.

    Lord of the Rings was made in New Zealand instead of Hollywood. If it had been a Hollywood movie, at least one of the Fellowship would have been Black (Aragorn), one an Asian martial artist (Legolas), two gay (Merry and Pippin) and Frodo would have been gender changed to a grrrlpower Mary Sue.

    LOL how true. We were lucky that trilogy was made a decade before Hollywood got all woke.

    Forbes ran an article titled “Ten reasons why success of CRA is a major triumph”, and it included this obligatory paean:

    It proves, for the 99,99,99,999th time, that diversity sells at the box office.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2018/08/20/box-office-10-reasons-why-constance-wu-and-henry-golding-crazy-rich-asians-is-a-big-deal-and-a-huge-win/#776312bf7d6e
    Really? Tell that to the producers of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Somehow featuring a diverse cast including a kungfu fighting blind Asian guy and a frumpy Asian chick falling for a no-name black actor pretty much killed off the franchise, leading to Solo‘s subsequent bomb at the box office. Go figure.

  68. @Moses
    It seems like these people won't be happy until they are surrounded with people and media who "look like them." It's a terrible burden, living among all these Whites Who Don't Look Like Them.

    Wouldn't it be easier just to move to a country full of people who look like them, than to repopulate America with people who look like them?

    Did these stupid MacArthur award ching chongs see Wakanda? Certainly they owe it to other narrative deprived POC to support THEIR art?

  69. @Alfa158
    Lord of the Rings was made in New Zealand instead of Hollywood. If it had been a Hollywood movie, at least one of the Fellowship would have been Black (Aragorn), one an Asian martial artist (Legolas), two gay (Merry and Pippin) and Frodo would have been gender changed to a grrrlpower Mary Sue.
    All British TV shows and movies now have mandatory Black and Muslim actors, even if set in historical times. This is for two primary reasons. First, it conditions White Brits to the idea that Oceania is at war with Eurasia, it has always been at war with Euarasia and you’d better get used to it and celebrate it. Second, there are a lot of non-White actors in Britain and they want work. If they can’t get cast in all those historical shows as medieval knights, then they miss out on a lot of roles.

    Amazon is making a Lord of the Rings TV show. I imagine it will be diversitarian.

  70. @Anon
    But these are American movies, you might say. Of course they should be about Americans. That does not explain why blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, women or yes, Asian-Americans, all of whom served in the American military, barely appear in these movies.

    APOCALYPSE NOW had a black chief who ran the boat. And Mr. Clean. It also had blacks going "you think you bad mothaf***a, you think you bad".

    PLATOON and BORN ON FOURTH had lots of blacks.

    HEAVEN AND EARTH dvd has a deleted scene of black Africans recruited by the French raping Vietnamese women.

    FULL METAL JACKET has blacks. One guy get shot up pretty good.

    CASUALTIES OF WAR has Benny Blanco from the Bronx as one of the rapists. And it's the death of a black guy that makes Sean Penn snap.

    GO TELL THE SPARTANS has multi-racial characters.

    HAMBURGER HILL has blacks among its lead.

    What is that woman talking about?

    As for masculinity, well that is what wars are about. Men fight and kill and die.

    That said, I would argue that, aside cartoon movies like RAMBO, most Vietnam movies are not about white masculinity, if that is meant as white machismo. As the war was lost, many Vietnam War movies are about American impotence and alienation(abroad and at home). COMING HOME is about a paraplegic. So is BORN ON FOURTH. John Savage in DEER HUNTER ends up in a wheel chair. Walken character loses his sanity. In FULL METAL JACKET, Americans with all their big guns and bombs meet their match in a lone female assassin who picks them off one by one. And FIRST BLOOD was more sober than its knucklehead sequel. It was about American manhood was traumatized by a war it couldn't win. And Tommy Lee Jones comes to a pretty bad end in HEAVEN AND EARTH.

    Now, one can argue that war movies should focus more on people who are impacted by the war. Old people, women, children, animals, and etc. TWO WOMEN was such a movie. OPEN CITY is shows how civilians are affected by war. HOPE AND GLORY was a war comedy about kids. It worked oddly enough. FORBIDDEN GAMES is a tragic story of a girl orphaned by war.

    But the fact is Hollywood movies are expensive and most small movies about war don't sell tickets. HEAVEN AND EARTH is a really fine movie but it bombed like hell. It raked in measly $5.9 million.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaven_%26_Earth_(1993_film)

    Now, a masterwork like DUNKIRK can draw in the audience with enough fireworks but also include some side stories about small heroes, civilians who risk their lives to serve their country in time of dire need. But most directors don't have the skills to juggle big and small.

    Now, what I find most irritating about Nguyen is he makes some good points about how Hollywood rarely shows the full breadth of war and what it does to a nation. And Hollywood war movies have been this way about every nation. Even anti-war movies focus on more on the war's impact on American soldiers than the nations they helped destroy. AMERICAN SNIPER is a good movie but forget about learning anything about Iraq. Rare is a masterwork like BATTLE OF ALGIERS that portrayed that tragic event from various angles and perspectives.

    But after making some serious points about war and history, Nguyen endorses CRAZY RICH ASIANS?

    That's like a Greek-American arguing that Hollywood movies rarely got Greece and Greek experience right and then calling for more movies like BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING in the name of... what? Narrative Plenitude?

    You’re talking about reality, she’s talking about some fantasy world she’s had constructed for her. She chose the latter. She chose poorly.

    All writing as if she were in good faith does is make you look like a (very interesting, insightful) sucker.

  71. Anon[364] • Disclaimer says:

    “There was a miniseries about the Roman invasion of Britain that had a black centurion as one of its main characters.”

    Don’t forget that they turned GREEK Achilles into a black man. That can’t be anything other than just be being a d–k.

    When the Breakfast Club is inevitably remade, the smart guy will be an Asian girl, the jock will be a black football player falsely accused, the white prep girl will be an attractive lesbian whose mother is divorcing an abusive white male, the troubled kid will be an illegal alien, and the crazy girl will be a non-binary who falls for the rich girl after overcoming her PTSD…but they’ll keep the teacher as an evil white guy. They may even include a demure, stereotypically shy, Asian guy for the Asian genius girl to fall in love with after she rejects the hunky white guy she has a crush on.

  72. @Dave Pinsen
    Founder of the eponymous cash register company, later acquired by IBM.

    I thought Emmet Till was that famous clown,the one who wore raggedy clothes and was known for sweeping up the spotlight into darkness?

  73. Unfortunately, I trudged all the way through Nguyen’s Pulitzer-Prize winning The Sympathizer. The premise was intriguing: half breed French-Vietnamese communist spying inside the Southern Army flees with anticommunist refugees to the US where he continues to subvert and betray. All kinds of interesting opportunities for divided conscience, double consciousness. Maybe like Darkness at Noon? Also, reader reviews were mostly 5-star. Since it was by and about an Asian-American, it never occurred to me that critic and reader praise would be driven by SJW participation-prize marvel that a POC (but not NAM!?) could write complex literary prose. It is well-done in some ways. Every fifth page, however, there is a ritualistic and plot-irrelevant eruption of white-American hating. It’s like you’re starting to enjoy the meal, but then someone defecates on the table, over and over again. The America-hating is not, as you might think, because the US imprudently warred on Vietnam for 20 years contributing to four million deaths. Rather, in both the Vietnamese and American portions of the novel, it’s simply real-hate atavistic racism against American-Americans by Nguyen’s stand-in. Not hatred of war, imperialism, monopoly capitalism, suffering, sin. Just hatred of, you might say, white bodies.

    An Amazon reviewer complained,
    ,

    “Military amputees flapped empty sleeves like flightless birds…” or “We were smoking a final cigarette at the mouth of the dark, dripping alley that was the beer garden’s exit when a trio of hydrocephalic marines stumbled out of the vaginal darkness.” or …”his southern accent so thick I had trouble understanding him.” or “…,for I would rather have liked a photograph of the General saluting the two massive marines charging forward, the hero in the rear taking a rather close interest in his comrade’s posterior.” The book is full of this ungrateful refugee/immigrant/Eurasian/Amerisian’s etc. (the author is very self-centered about his mixed race and thinks intelligent people give a damn) commentary about who he is.

    There are probably a hundred of these defecations.

    By the way, Nguyen’s bio states that he was born in Vietnam but raised in America. His parents ran Vietnamese groceries in pre-tech San Jose. In other words, he was not the one to suffer ideological torment, terror, war, starvation, flight. He attended St Patrick’s and Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, then wandered through UC Riverside, UCLA, and Berkeley, graduating in English and ethnic studies, and then obtained a Berkeley PhD. Undoubtedly at Berkeley he learned that race hustling was the royal road to success in academia. His upbringing I am guessing was no harder than any average American’s, who, he is eager to remind you, he hates, hates, hates. A friend of mine, of the color that dare not speak its name, obtained a PhD at a top-five university. He told me that every POC he met over six years in the program was from a higher socio-economic stratum than his (a good number the children of oppressing elites from around the world).

  74. @Dave Pinsen
    There was a miniseries about the Roman invasion of Britain that had a black centurion as one of its main characters.

    Yes, and this black centurion was Numidian, which means that he was a Berber from modern-day Tunisia.

  75. @Dave Pinsen
    Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote once that the existence of slavery elevated the status of the poorest whites in the South. Coates gets mocked a lot here, deservedly so, but even he can stumble on a nugget of wisdom occasionally.

    I don't think these Chinese Americans want to live in China; I think they'd rather live somewhere like Singapore, where there's some diversity, but they're on top of the hierarchy.

    But Singapore is small and hugely expensive. So the next best thing would be for Chinese-Americans to become culturally dominant in America, as China becomes economically dominant in the world.

    But Singapore is small and hugely expensive. So the next best thing would be for Chinese-Americans to become culturally dominant in America, as China becomes economically dominant in the world.

    It seems like Vancouver is well along that path.

    • Replies: @Karl
    73 Flip > But Singapore is small and hugely expensive


    not if you "go native"

    don't rent some Thai pussy on the (police-monitored) Orchard Towers building

    Ride the train for 30 minutes in any direction, to a local-yokels government-housing neighborhood.
    Sit down at the local beer joints on the ground floor in the evenings. Make talk with the local older Chinese guys. Buy a table a few rounds.

    Tell them you want to make the acquaintance of one of the MainlandChina single moms who likes to "date"

    Also, these local neighborhoods still have made-to-measure tailoring joints, that are a LOT cheaper than downtown.

  76. I say again: who peed in these creatures’ Cokes?!

    You know where there a a shit-ton of films by, starring, and about Orientals…I bet you do!

    Yep: the Orient. And not that many round-eyes in the films out of Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, etc.

    “Diversity” for thee…. Tee-hee!

    (And by “Diversity” of coursei mean invasion and disinheritance of your patrimony.)

    • Replies: @Anon

    And not that many round-eyes in the films out of Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, etc.
     
    Well, I don't know about that...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg6aQX_xOCM
  77. The notion that Asians (“Asian-Americans”) have suffered great bigotry in the USA makes me laugh every time.

    No, more like young Asian -Americans have been conditioned in universities to believe this claptrap.

  78. @Anonymous
    Lol. You should see white people in Asia complain about the way they are portrayed. Any little thing is a slight in a media that they cannot control.

    Geez, Stone and his obsession with Vietnam. Get over it. Truth be known, US & SV had the war all but won by ’71-’72. Demtard Congress cut off funds for SV to defend itself since US forces were all but gone.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  79. @Q
    Asians don't seem to understand that being "invisible" is a compliment, it means they've blended in and disappeared like everyone else, i.e. 99% of whites who came before them.

    When do we stop saying “came before”? About one-third of Americans trace their family history back to the 1700’s. Is that authentically American enough for you?

  80. @Moses
    It seems like these people won't be happy until they are surrounded with people and media who "look like them." It's a terrible burden, living among all these Whites Who Don't Look Like Them.

    Wouldn't it be easier just to move to a country full of people who look like them, than to repopulate America with people who look like them?

    It seems like these people won’t be happy until they are surrounded with people and media who “look like them.” It’s a terrible burden, living among all these Whites Who Don’t Look Like Them.

    Wouldn’t it be easier just to move to a country full of people who look like them, than to repopulate America with people who look like them?

    Exactly. The whole point of “immigration” is to glom onto a white run–i.e. prosperous, with rule-of-law–nation. Precisely because white guys have generally done it better–thrown up better “nation”.

    If it annoys 2nd, 3rd generation you to be around these white people, see them “culturally dominant” … then bitch to your parents or grandparents. And then go back.

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson II

    Exactly. The whole point of “immigration” is to glom onto a white run–i.e. prosperous, with rule-of-law–nation.
     
    Yes, your view of the past, when we had a rule-of-law–nation, does explain it. But today, we don't have a rule-of-law–nation anymore. Because we have elite betters (from the Ivy League or Stanford, you know) we have jettisoned the rule-of-law–nation. And now we get Murdered Mollie and Killed Kate.

    Ain't rule by stupid elites, and diversity, grand?
  81. What would it have meant for me back then to see a girl who looked like me star in a movie? Not as the sidekick or romantic interest, but as the lead? Not just once, but again and again?

    That was very possible when she was growing up.

    https://5to10bestreviews.com/top-10-youngest-korean-actresses/

    She was just frequenting the wrong video stores.

    https://choicemusicla.com/collections/dvd

  82. I would like to see a movie about the Opium Wars – the Jewish Opium Mogul Sassoon (biggest British taxpayer) on one side and the heroical Chinese Lin Zexu as his adversary

  83. @Dave Pinsen
    What's the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you've seen?

    What’s the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you’ve seen?

    I saw a Tajik film at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival back in the ’90s. But Tajikistan is a bit east of the Caucasus, isn’t it?

    Whatever happened to the “Tajik Dawn”, anyway?

    This kid, by the way, could have been in Triumph of the Will:

  84. Anon[123] • Disclaimer says:

    “Amazon is making a Lord of the Rings TV show. I imagine it will be diversitarian.”

    Yep. I remember an article from a few months ago. It may have suggested they were casting a black female elf. Also, Netflix is making a Witcher TV series. The main protagonist is white – as the story is based on Polish history and aesthetics – but they have floated casting a black man.

  85. @Dave Pinsen
    Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote once that the existence of slavery elevated the status of the poorest whites in the South. Coates gets mocked a lot here, deservedly so, but even he can stumble on a nugget of wisdom occasionally.

    I don't think these Chinese Americans want to live in China; I think they'd rather live somewhere like Singapore, where there's some diversity, but they're on top of the hierarchy.

    But Singapore is small and hugely expensive. So the next best thing would be for Chinese-Americans to become culturally dominant in America, as China becomes economically dominant in the world.

    But Singapore is small and hugely expensive

    Singapore is surprisingly inexpensive despite its wealth. Seoul and Tokyo are much more costly.

    Although certain items are very expensive (cars, wine) due to heavy taxation, the Singaporean government maintains de facto price controls to ensure that the middle class there has a good quality of life. Somehow they manage to make that work.

    I miss eating at Fatman Satay (just a few SGDs for a plate full of chicken and lamb satay) and drinking reasonably priced local beer. Some black pepper crab would hit the spot right now.

  86. Anon[301] • Disclaimer says:

    Some authors don’t have any other stories in them except for that of ‘being a refugee’ or ‘being a foreigner.’

    Remember that remark that everyone has one good book them? For these writers, that’s it. That’s their book. They’ll never write anything else of interest unless they quit it with the fanatical navel-gazing and broaden their horizons, and learn how to care for someone else besides themselves.

    • Agree: Sarah Toga
    • Replies: @J.Ross
    As Derb has pointed out (and had pointed out about him) often before: he writes about math, history, China, politicians, the development of computers, home improvement, fish, and race, and the other side writes about race (that's it), and their problem with him is that he writes about race too much.
  87. If they would just move back to Taiwan, Hong Kong or China they could watch lots of movies with people just like them!

    Well, there is that one guy in the Hong Kong movie industry who is half English:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wong_(Hong_Kong_actor)

    but he is pretty famous these days …

  88. @Dave Pinsen
    Great minds.

    https://twitter.com/dpinsen/status/1031669728107003904?s=21

    Personally I think Mr Kobayashi was as egregious and more recent. Pete Postelthwaite is an excellent actor but the Japanese accent is a little incongruous on him.

  89. Are the various Asian columnists

    looking at movie casting and telling us . . . that there is . . . Sum Ting Wong?

  90. @Steve Sailer
    The ex-husband of the lady next door is a Chinese guy who directs TV shows. He comes from an elite Shanghai clan who are big in theater, film, and fashion back home.

    TV directing isn't film directing, but still ...

    You are well-connected, Steve. Could you not supplement your iSteve income by cajoling your Oriental connections into getting you a bit part as the resident racist gweilo who once in a while makes some kind of sarcastic comment? Sure, it’s just TV, not the big screen, but some of the TVs nowadays are damn near as big… if that makes you feel any better.

    They could give you some quick throw-away lines like “These dumplings are making me thirsty!

  91. The sooner billions of dollars go into creating entertainment that appeals specifically to Asians, the sooner they’ll lose interest in working so much. They’ll start having all the motivation problems the rest of americans have. All these idiots from all these cultures that never got off the ground don’t realize what they’re asking for. They’re demanding to be led down the same path of sloth that whitey has been on for generations.

  92. @The Wobbly Guy
    My wife commented on the popularity of the movie, "What's the big deal? Over here in Asia, we see (East) Asian shows ALL THE TIME! It's only those asian ethnics in the US who are making such a big deal, so dumb." She's a big fan of Korean dramas, must always follow the latest most popular show.

    Speaking of which, Korea has definitely moved ahead of Japan in terms of producing quality shows. Japanese shows tend to be quirky, but Korean shows have a bad tendency to have weird unfulfilling endings (IMO).

    There's also a lot more movement of actors across East Asian borders nowadays. Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong artistes (actors and singers) moving into the PRC market and vice versa. I was surprised when I found a few months ago that Yoona of the Korean group Girls Generation was the lead actress in a PRC historical fiction drama about the 3 Kingdoms era. Apparently she could speak accented mandarin - does this mean more and more Korean and Japanese artistes are following suit?

    My take is that the Sinosphere, for lack of a better word, is coming more strongly into focus as a more culturally integrated unit.

    53 Wobbly Guy > Korea has definitely moved ahead of Japan in terms of producing quality shows

    Well, perhaps.

    Or perhaps Korean shows are taking over SE Asia soap-opera slots because they’re cheaper to syndicate than the Japanese ones are.

  93. Anonymous[457] • Disclaimer says:

    I was at a private college orientation in south Texas this week. Although the school has a lengthy roster of race/sexuality/disability groups which it can tap for bouts of Current Year status competition, only 2 obviously minoritarian student tables (to hand out flyers and what-not) were organized for the club day amidst the Christian-fellowship, cheer-squad, film-geek, enviro-political-malcontent, and fraternity/sorority tables: Jewish and Vietnamese. (Also a year ago I met with an ethnically-nonspecific pre-med group in N. California who turned out to be entirely Vietnamese.)

    I didn’t mark it at the time because the non-representers of any Latino — or even Spanish-language themed! — student group, on a campus not very far from the border, were so conspicuous by their absence: the epitome of “the dog that didn’t bark.”

  94. @Flip

    But Singapore is small and hugely expensive. So the next best thing would be for Chinese-Americans to become culturally dominant in America, as China becomes economically dominant in the world.
     
    It seems like Vancouver is well along that path.

    73 Flip > But Singapore is small and hugely expensive

    not if you “go native”

    don’t rent some Thai pussy on the (police-monitored) Orchard Towers building

    Ride the train for 30 minutes in any direction, to a local-yokels government-housing neighborhood.
    Sit down at the local beer joints on the ground floor in the evenings. Make talk with the local older Chinese guys. Buy a table a few rounds.

    Tell them you want to make the acquaintance of one of the MainlandChina single moms who likes to “date”

    Also, these local neighborhoods still have made-to-measure tailoring joints, that are a LOT cheaper than downtown.

    • Replies: @britishbrainsize1325cchehehe
    Yep this is the only way you losers are gettin any, otherwise in The US you would be a bunch of incels as the chinese whores are too rich for the likes of you, and too bad the filipino women immigrants are too self respecting who actually work instead of prostitooting themself unlike money loving chinese whores
  95. @SnakeEyes
    I don't get this "fight to tell our own stories" line. What is stopping Vietnamese-Americans from making their own damn movies? There must be thousands of independent film-makers of all races and ethnicities out there trying to tell their own stories. Some have talent or luck and will make it big, others will not. Mr. Nguyen seems to believe that Asian-American filmmakers and their movies are owed popular success and adulation from the white movie going audience.

    Mr. Nguyen seems to believe that Asian-American filmmakers and their movies are owed popular success and adulation from the white movie going audience.

    The idea or concept of assimilation (foreign assimilation to local custom or culture) has been turned on its head.

    It is now expected, nee demanded, that the local custom or culture must now alter and adjust to accommodate the foreigner/outsider–in order that the foreigner can retain his cultural or customary preferences.

    E.g., if you are an employer or a service-provider, the government, military, educational institution, hospital, airline, et al., you must–on penalty of a lawsuit for discrimination/hostile environment–accommodate the requirements of your employee/customer/client/enlistee/student/patient/passenger however made.

    You cannot present a standardized offering to the public at-large. It must be accessible to all. If a particular offering is not available–then one must be made available.

  96. @Beene35
    Yes, your review of Crazy Rich Asians helps illustrate Bill Maher's argument that, these days, the main ideological driving force of conservatism is "just being a d--k," while totally missing the point (obviously, you know as well as I do that "diversity" can also mean that, yes, an all-Asian starring film is playing next to an all-caucasian starring film, etc. It doesn't just mean different races all in the same film. But you knew that.).

    I would add to that, another guiding principle of the modern-day conservative is to on the one hand criticize Hollywood for being liberal and irrelevant, while on the other hand desperately searching any form of popular entertainment for "secret" conservative themes (i.e., "Avengers: Infinity War" is about honour! Therefore, it is, of course, conservative - and I guess being pro-honour means it's, needless to say, also pro-Donald Trump!).

    Black Panther makes it pretty clear that it's ''against'' the king's previous stance of closing off his country to the world, yet, somehow, it's anti-open borders?

    We have a winner! A winner of the non sequitur contest.

    Yes, diversity can mean anything, such as an all-Asian starring film, because diversity means whatever I say it means. Segregation means diversity because two segregated communities are side-by-side.

    Apparently they could put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

  97. @Dave Pinsen
    What's the last movie with an all-Caucasian cast you've seen?

    “A Quiet Place”. I had a date earlier this summer. The gal wanted to see a movie. “But you choose,” and so I did. A Quiet Place didn’t have super heroes, so we saw it. There is not a non-white soul in the movie. The main family lives in a dystopian America. It is never explained how this came to be. Their world has been taken over by subterranean monsters who emerge to kill humans when they make the slightest sound. The monsters are super sensitive to whites making the slightest sound. This is a shot against political correctness. Traditional whiteness no longer has a voice. The mother is beautiful and happily bears children. The father, we find out in the end, had been plotting to outsmart the monsters, to find their weakness. Thought and ingenuity are his strengths. I was very pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended.

  98. @Paleo Retiree
    That Jenny Han piece is an amazingly childish bit of writing. It’s like something a not-terrifically-bright girl would come up with as the “autobiographical essay” part of her college application. Yet it was published by our most prestigious newspaper ... Lordy, the public conversation really does seem to have been taken over by spoiled 14 year olds.

    NYT attempting to attract Millennials who, for the most part, are permanent adolescents.

  99. @Anon

    When I sold my first middle-grade novel in 2005, it wasn’t that common to put an author photo on the back flap, but 24-year-old Korean-American me insisted.
     
    Buuuuuuuullshit.

    Publishers love young authors. They love female too. Young, female, and non-white? That's the trifecta!

    And since they probably can't sell a debut novel that is, by its own author's admission, "middle-grade", on the strength of the novel or the author's previous work, their only option is to market the author rather than the book.

    I guarantee that if Simon & Schuster liked her enough to want to push her, then this is exactly what they'd have done: interviews with her, stories about her, articles about the book that are mostly about her, etc, etc. And, yes, photos.

    From Amazon…

    Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series…

    Seems NYT is doing a little cross-promotion. Given her picture on Amazon, she’s not photogenic. And more than a little self-absorbed.

    • Replies: @Peripatetic commenter
    I see what you mean.

    https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-htF-pdblFPc/UGpsGEzdIZI/AAAAAAAAFcs/daifeoaE4oIDHWiZudUlTmqPANHg6nIog/s1600/Jenny%2BHan%2Band%2BSiobhan%2BVivian%2B1.JPG
  100. @Alfa158
    Lord of the Rings was made in New Zealand instead of Hollywood. If it had been a Hollywood movie, at least one of the Fellowship would have been Black (Aragorn), one an Asian martial artist (Legolas), two gay (Merry and Pippin) and Frodo would have been gender changed to a grrrlpower Mary Sue.
    All British TV shows and movies now have mandatory Black and Muslim actors, even if set in historical times. This is for two primary reasons. First, it conditions White Brits to the idea that Oceania is at war with Eurasia, it has always been at war with Euarasia and you’d better get used to it and celebrate it. Second, there are a lot of non-White actors in Britain and they want work. If they can’t get cast in all those historical shows as medieval knights, then they miss out on a lot of roles.

    All British TV shows and movies now have mandatory Black and Muslim actors, even if set in historical times.

    The tokenism is regularly glaring–and I watch a lot of Brit TV series. My recent favorite example of tokenism is from The Frankenstein Chronicles on Netflix, starring Sean Bean, who plays a policeman–ca. 1820. The only black role is another officer, Bean’s sometime sidekick. Historic fiction in more ways than one…

  101. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    https://vietnguyen.info/

    Wait a minute. I saw this guy give a lecture on Youtube. It was quite thoughtful. He seemed to call for truth and honesty over myths and fantasies.

    I respected him then.

    BUT NOW he wants more mediocre crap movies just for “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee” factor for ethnic pokemon points? Wow, pop culture just corrupts everything and everyone.

    I would argue for LESS movies like CRA and more like A BRIGHT SUMMER DAY. It is slow but not boring like the bogus films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien. It gradually builds to a tragic end and along the way shows so much of the people and culture. Among Vietnam films, I recall SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA that was pretty good. I can understand why an airhead liken Jenny Han would stick up for CRA but Nguyen who has thought deep and hard about history? Shame on him. Good thing Unz has Linh Dinh. I can’t imagine him calling for more crap movies for ethno-pokemon points. (Seriously, did MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING do anything for Greeks? My Greek friend nearly killed me for dragging him to it. Gosh, it sucked. It as bogus Jewish fantasy of Greek Americans as Southern Italians who don’t work with ropes and cement.)

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    I gave Nguyen a hard time, but he's obviously smarter than the Young Adult fiction lady. But he's still repeating the same old cliches as the Ethnic Studies majors, which ought to embarrass him.
  102. @Karl
    how long before some white high school kid in Kentucky wises up, legally changes his name to "Viet Linh Dinh" or such-like, proclaims he is a trans-Asian, and applies for an (e.g.) admission to West Point on grounds that he is "of color"?


    My impression is , (1) you don't really pay any social price amongst American white chicks (or their parents) if your name is PRONOUNCIBLE at first glance, and.....

    (2) what happens in Brazil always eventually starts happening in USA, but with more lawyers involved

    Ps: geographically, Israel is in Asia (water separates it from Europe, and the Suez Canal separates if from Africa). And in the earliest days, Israel was assigned to Asia-region sports competitions.

    Is this an opening for kids at Kehillah Jewish High School (Palo Alto) ?

    Don’t have to go through all that effort. Just dye your hair if it isn’t already dark, get a tan and proclaim oneself Hispanic. The only Anglos who won’t be able to pull this off are the gingers and albinos.

  103. @Q
    Asians don't seem to understand that being "invisible" is a compliment, it means they've blended in and disappeared like everyone else, i.e. 99% of whites who came before them.

    > Asians don’t seem to understand that being “invisible” is a compliment

    Well, yes and no. I don’t blame Asians and other minorities for wanting cultural representation. After all, a lot on the right are chafed that the “straight white male” and his values are much less culturally dominant. We all like to see ourselves in the movies.

    For example, I read some of Kelly Tran’s recent op-ed piece, and some of it rang true to me. I truly don’t want her or anyone else to feel marginalized in their own country.

    But as always, agreeing on a problem doesn’t mean we’ll agree on the same solution. I think that this is actually a pretty strong argument against multi-ethnic societies.

    A lefty might argue that having ‘equal’ representation solves everything, but ‘equal’ is easier said than done. More likely is just that everyone is annoyed.

  104. @Anon
    https://vietnguyen.info/

    Wait a minute. I saw this guy give a lecture on Youtube. It was quite thoughtful. He seemed to call for truth and honesty over myths and fantasies.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ5s5NCw6-w

    I respected him then.

    BUT NOW he wants more mediocre crap movies just for "Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee" factor for ethnic pokemon points? Wow, pop culture just corrupts everything and everyone.

    I would argue for LESS movies like CRA and more like A BRIGHT SUMMER DAY. It is slow but not boring like the bogus films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien. It gradually builds to a tragic end and along the way shows so much of the people and culture. Among Vietnam films, I recall SCENT OF GREEN PAPAYA that was pretty good. I can understand why an airhead liken Jenny Han would stick up for CRA but Nguyen who has thought deep and hard about history? Shame on him. Good thing Unz has Linh Dinh. I can't imagine him calling for more crap movies for ethno-pokemon points. (Seriously, did MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING do anything for Greeks? My Greek friend nearly killed me for dragging him to it. Gosh, it sucked. It as bogus Jewish fantasy of Greek Americans as Southern Italians who don't work with ropes and cement.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4pHZ_IrKDk

    I gave Nguyen a hard time, but he’s obviously smarter than the Young Adult fiction lady. But he’s still repeating the same old cliches as the Ethnic Studies majors, which ought to embarrass him.

    • Replies: @Anon
    It's incredible that a writer who knows so much about the tragic Vietnam experience is now shilling for a movie about shallow yellow airheads whose lives revolve around a swimming pool in the sky.
  105. @Forbes
    From Amazon...

    Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series...
     
    Seems NYT is doing a little cross-promotion. Given her picture on Amazon, she's not photogenic. And more than a little self-absorbed.

    I see what you mean.

  106. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says:

    The last thing we need is more Asian version of Lena Dunham.

    This is what happens when society moves away from humanism… except now it’s worse due to celebrity-hood being some kind of ‘right’.

    It used to be ordinary women looked at beautiful women and lamented they weren’t as glamorous as Greta Garbo. They spent too much time doing that. But at the very least, they knew that some people did have the look while most didn’t.

    Now, every dogula thinks she’s some hot stuff because she grows up with idol-culture from cradle. (Bad parenting, really.) So, they wanted to be regarded as the hot stuff. And there is now a field of journalism that is about staring in the mirror. It used to be journalism was about reporting on OTHER people. But all these female journalist cover the world only to arrive at the question, “how come the world doesn’t find me so hot?”

  107. @Steve Sailer
    I gave Nguyen a hard time, but he's obviously smarter than the Young Adult fiction lady. But he's still repeating the same old cliches as the Ethnic Studies majors, which ought to embarrass him.

    It’s incredible that a writer who knows so much about the tragic Vietnam experience is now shilling for a movie about shallow yellow airheads whose lives revolve around a swimming pool in the sky.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Maybe Professor Nguyen hired an agent recently and the agent recommended it?
  108. @Anon
    It's incredible that a writer who knows so much about the tragic Vietnam experience is now shilling for a movie about shallow yellow airheads whose lives revolve around a swimming pool in the sky.

    Maybe Professor Nguyen hired an agent recently and the agent recommended it?

    • Replies: @Chuck
    Maybe his editorial should be re-titled:

    Please make a movie based on The Sympathizer!
  109. @Dtbb
    Where's Tom Petty when we need him?

    Where’s Tom Petty when we need him?

    That lazy bastard thinks that death lets him off the hook. I mean, sure, it is tough to recover from death, but with the surgeons we have today, it really is a lame excuse. 😉

  110. @Beene35
    Yes, your review of Crazy Rich Asians helps illustrate Bill Maher's argument that, these days, the main ideological driving force of conservatism is "just being a d--k," while totally missing the point (obviously, you know as well as I do that "diversity" can also mean that, yes, an all-Asian starring film is playing next to an all-caucasian starring film, etc. It doesn't just mean different races all in the same film. But you knew that.).

    I would add to that, another guiding principle of the modern-day conservative is to on the one hand criticize Hollywood for being liberal and irrelevant, while on the other hand desperately searching any form of popular entertainment for "secret" conservative themes (i.e., "Avengers: Infinity War" is about honour! Therefore, it is, of course, conservative - and I guess being pro-honour means it's, needless to say, also pro-Donald Trump!).

    Black Panther makes it pretty clear that it's ''against'' the king's previous stance of closing off his country to the world, yet, somehow, it's anti-open borders?

    Bill Maher’s argument that, these days, the main ideological driving force of conservatism is “just being a d–k,”

    Maher’s raison d’être is how to get himself as much promiscuous sex as he endure, with his Viagra-enhanced little general doing all his thinking. You, OTOH, will get no sex, as women are not interested in you, because you are too stupid to distinguish between a bright sunny day and you having your head up your ass.

  111. @AnotherDad

    It seems like these people won’t be happy until they are surrounded with people and media who “look like them.” It’s a terrible burden, living among all these Whites Who Don’t Look Like Them.

    Wouldn’t it be easier just to move to a country full of people who look like them, than to repopulate America with people who look like them?
     
    Exactly. The whole point of "immigration" is to glom onto a white run--i.e. prosperous, with rule-of-law--nation. Precisely because white guys have generally done it better--thrown up better "nation".

    If it annoys 2nd, 3rd generation you to be around these white people, see them "culturally dominant" ... then bitch to your parents or grandparents. And then go back.

    Exactly. The whole point of “immigration” is to glom onto a white run–i.e. prosperous, with rule-of-law–nation.

    Yes, your view of the past, when we had a rule-of-law–nation, does explain it. But today, we don’t have a rule-of-law–nation anymore. Because we have elite betters (from the Ivy League or Stanford, you know) we have jettisoned the rule-of-law–nation. And now we get Murdered Mollie and Killed Kate.

    Ain’t rule by stupid elites, and diversity, grand?

  112. @Anon
    Some authors don't have any other stories in them except for that of 'being a refugee' or 'being a foreigner.'

    Remember that remark that everyone has one good book them? For these writers, that's it. That's their book. They'll never write anything else of interest unless they quit it with the fanatical navel-gazing and broaden their horizons, and learn how to care for someone else besides themselves.

    As Derb has pointed out (and had pointed out about him) often before: he writes about math, history, China, politicians, the development of computers, home improvement, fish, and race, and the other side writes about race (that’s it), and their problem with him is that he writes about race too much.

  113. @Steve Sailer
    Maybe Professor Nguyen hired an agent recently and the agent recommended it?

    Maybe his editorial should be re-titled:

    Please make a movie based on The Sympathizer!

  114. @Autochthon
    I say again: who peed in these creatures' Cokes?!

    You know where there a a shit-ton of films by, starring, and about Orientals...I bet you do!

    Yep: the Orient. And not that many round-eyes in the films out of Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, etc.

    "Diversity" for thee.... Tee-hee!

    (And by "Diversity" of coursei mean invasion and disinheritance of your patrimony.)

    And not that many round-eyes in the films out of Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, etc.

    Well, I don’t know about that…

  115. @Truth
    "The Birdcage."

    Two of the dancers at the club are sistas, uh, bruthas.

  116. @Karl
    73 Flip > But Singapore is small and hugely expensive


    not if you "go native"

    don't rent some Thai pussy on the (police-monitored) Orchard Towers building

    Ride the train for 30 minutes in any direction, to a local-yokels government-housing neighborhood.
    Sit down at the local beer joints on the ground floor in the evenings. Make talk with the local older Chinese guys. Buy a table a few rounds.

    Tell them you want to make the acquaintance of one of the MainlandChina single moms who likes to "date"

    Also, these local neighborhoods still have made-to-measure tailoring joints, that are a LOT cheaper than downtown.

    Yep this is the only way you losers are gettin any, otherwise in The US you would be a bunch of incels as the chinese whores are too rich for the likes of you, and too bad the filipino women immigrants are too self respecting who actually work instead of prostitooting themself unlike money loving chinese whores

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