2.28.2015

Ranier M: Black Women Deserve Better

From The Love Life of an Asian Guy:

**If We Don't Love Black Women, Who Will?**
*Society's Constant Disrespect of Black Women*

The racist comments towards 18-year-old Zendaya caused a hurling punch to America's right eye and forced it's citizens to ask, "did we go to far?"

But making fun a Black woman's natural hair isn't the only thing our society has done. We've been chopping down the identity of Black Women for HUNDREDS of years:

We discourage them from playing with toys and instead give them blonde barbies that look nothing like them. We tease them mercilessly for their individual names, calling them "ghetto" and "ratchet." We convince them that their highest achievement in life is to be the arm candy of another man. We look with disgust upon their body types, then turn around and praise a white girl who looks exactly the same. We fail to acknowledge when they graduate from Harvard with PhDs and Masters in Biomedical Engineering and we still pretend like they're ALL on welfare. We treat them like they're always angry and bitter yet, how many killers and mass murderers are Black AND female? And then we strip them of ANY confidence they have left by bashing their natural hair? Hair that they spend HOURS trying to hide so no one will tease them ever again?

What have we left for these women to be proud of?
What aspect of their lives have we NOT fucked up?
What the hell are they to be proud of when all we do is laugh?
Who are they to trust?

Black Women are THE MOST oppressed group in America, and arguably the entire planet. And when you make an ignorant, lazy, racist insult, you chop down at an already fallen tree.

It's up to all of us, especially POCs, to lift up our sisters and allow them to grow. They deserve it. They deserve our attention, respect, and appreciation.

They
Deserve
Better.

2.26.2015

Tokyo: My General Impressions

Me in Odaiba, Tokyo with Rainbow Bridge in the background.

Encouraged by Amaya's post about her trip to Hong Kong, I have decided to share my thoughts here on the Narrative about my most recent trip.

The grand Tokyo Skytree, completed in 2012.
Recently, I took my first solo trip ever. Location: Tokyo, Japan. Though I only spent six days there, Tokyo has officially become my favorite city in Asia so far.

While planning my trip, many people told me going to Tokyo would be a waste of time as it is very similar to Taipei, where I currently live. Indeed, the Taiwanese do borrow several elements of Japanese pop culture (i.e., the Taiwan Hello Kitty craze), and both are bustling cities with many skyscrapers, restaurants, shopping streets, etc. Nevertheless, for years I have wanted to go to Tokyo and see the city for myself. Admittedly, when I was a kid, I wanted to go to Japan because I was an avid anime fan. Yet my teenage and later adult self who was (and is) strongly interested in other aspects of Japanese culture (i.e, the Showa era, especially kayōkyoku; cuisine) wanted to experience Japan firsthand.

As I explored the options of where to go in the city, I became increasingly excited about my 3-hour hop from Taipei to Tokyo. Additionally, the trip was a gift to myself for my 25th birthday. What better way to celebrate turning a quarter century and having survived working nonstop on my thesis and at my two jobs for the past six months? These days, I love to spend most of my money on experiences - especially travel - (and food) rather than things, so a trip to Tokyo was a no-brainer.

I decided to stay in an apartment in Kōtō-ku or Kōtō City, a small special ward in eastern Tokyo. My accommodation was small and cheap as it was not in the city center. Nonetheless, my apartment was clean and the view from my window of the Sumida River was absolutely priceless! I was barely in my apartment during my stay, but when I was I loved to watch people running along the river and the boats passing by. Plus, you can see Tokyo Skytree clearly from Kōtō.

The Sumida River.

2.23.2015

Fresh Off The Boat: "The Shunning", "Success Perm", & "Persistent Romeo" Review (Ep.3-5)

Apologies for another late review post, but better late than never I suppose.



The Shunning (Episode 3):
"Jessica finally makes a new friend she likes named Honey (Chelsey Crisp), only to discover that the other neighborhood women don't like her. To gain more popularity after not being able to have Jordans like the other kids at school, he figures showing off a hot girl like Honey to them will make him more popular instead."

Its nice that they're adding more depth to as far as giving Jessica a friend that shares a similar interest. Its especially endearing since she has had trouble acclimating and finding new friends with similar interests in Orlando.

It also tackles an interesting subject of selling out (befriending fake friends to bring in business) or being true to her friend, Honey (befriending someone who is disliked strongly). Its also nice that they gave him the pretty girl next door that Eddie is interested in.


Success Perm (Episode 4):
"Jessica's sister Connie (Susan Park), her husband and Louis' old boss Steve (C. S. Lee), and Jessica's mother visit the family. As they arrive in Orlando, Louis and Jessica have tried to make their house and the restaurant look nice so that successful Steve, snotty Connie, and penny-pinching Grandma Chu will think they're successful as well. Eddie is excited about seeing his cousin who introduced him to hip hop, Justin (Lance Lim), but Justin is now very depressing to be around since he found grunge music."



This episode was very needed as far as providing a good deal of backstory to the Huang's pre-Orlando. It details alot of motivation for Louis starting his own business, Jessica's relationship with her sister and mother, and Eddie's love for Hip-Hop. Its a very nice clash of one-ups both Louis & Steve and Jessica & Connie. Very well done as far as how Steve, Connie, and their mother were portrayed. The lesson is essentially both sides want to portray success over the other, ultimately both sides has their hiccups but they're both family and thats what counts. Also, the jokes are well written (the 90's fax reference and Steve driving his Miata from NY to Orlando just to show it off).


Persistent Romeo (Episode 5):
"Jessica requests that Louis has a sexual harassment seminar for the restaurant, but ends up making the employees feel harassed. Eddie tries to impress the kids in his school by showing them a dirty movie which happens to be Louis' sexual harassment video for the restaurant."

 So this episode carries over from episode 3 on Eddie trying to impress the popular kids with a sextape. It tackles every kid's desire to want to be liked or approved by their peers. It also touches on sexual harassment in a humorous way. Jessica, with too much free time watching several bad news what-ifs leads a sexual harassment seminar within the restaurant. It also illustrates "the talk" when the sex tape (sexual harassment training video) gets passed around school. Again, well-written and the casting was well done.


Five episodes in and this show feels like it knows what its doing. If you haven't been watching this show, you need to get in on this ASAP. New episodes on ABC every Tuesday.


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2.21.2015

The 1ST ANNUAL PHILLY PHEST Event on April 4th!!!

The 1ST ANNUAL PHILLY PHEST Event is coming up on April 4th!!! 
Tickets are limited so act now before it's Sold Out!!!

WHEN: Saturday, April 4, 2015
WHERE: District N9NE, Philadelphia, PA
Doors: 5:00PM / Show: 5:30PM (event ends at 9:00PM)
Charge: $20.00 - $50.00
This event is for 12 yrs. old and over



Click Here to Purchase Tickets and find out more information about the Artists:

FEATURING: 
Timothy DeLaGhetto (Traphik), Honey Cocaine, Lil Crazed,
Nutreez, JoanLee, Danny Chung, Ruby Ibarra, Rob Campman,
BFR, Nikko Dator, Hella Chluy & Special Guest Chops

ALSO PERFORMING:  
VMG, Rush Hour, Dolo, Von & Yung Jae

HOSTED BY: 
Ricky Shucks & Jessica Hien

MUSIC BY:
DJ Ricky Lee & Ronnie D

This is gonna be an incredible event that people will be talking about for years to come.
Show your positive support and reach out to as many people as you can to help get the word out. 
  
I'll be at the event doing video interviews with the artists, video documenting, & asking fans questions. Who knows, maybe I'll get a chance to interview you.

Do not be the only person that missed out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
See you there and hope to speak to you in person. 

Which Music Artist do you really want to see??? Why???

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2.16.2015

2.15.2015

Rihanna Covers the March 2015 Issue of W Korea Magazine

I'm sure there's an interesting and informative article in there somewhere, but for now I can't get past the covers. She looks absolutely stunning.

Smoking hot! Rihanna looks incredible on the front cover of W magazine Korea, for their 10th anniversary issue, out in March 

Winter Asian Men: Anthony Ma on #Scandal (@AnthonyMaSays)

Oh...my...God.

Someone please tell me why Hollywood repeatedly insists on denying us this.  What is that about???  How cute is this guy?

Along with being a writer and a director, Anthony Ma is an actor from Los Angeles.  In fact, I'm sure some of you recognize him; he's also comedian with his own channel on YouTube.

I only learned about him while watching Scandal.  He was probably the only thing I remember/care about the whole kidnapping storyline which has fans wondering WTF has happened to the show.

In addition to being easy on the eyes, his character Pete was hilarious.  Scandal fans know how Olivia is legendary at being able to talk people into or out of anything, and when she's kidnapped and being auctioned off, she tries to talk Pete in helping her.

What's hilarious to me is that Ma appears to be this seemingly laid-back, comedic personality-type, but on Scandal, his character Pete is pretty cold-blooded.  As Olivia's auction price skyrockets towards a billion dollars, he makes it clear there Ain't No Way in Hell he's walkin' away from that much cheddar, and then lets her know precisely which part of his ass she can kiss.  For the folks who don't watch Scandal, let me clarify that characters usually don't do that...but he did.

Anthony Ma's IMDB page thankfully shows a decent list of credits, which I'm always glad to see; he also recently completed the film Elevator, where fans will see him portray a young criminal trapped in an elevator.  Love Arcadia is also in post-production, and he's the central protagonist.  I know, right?  Look at him go!

Check out his cuteness comedy:

2.10.2015

Fresh Off The Boat Series Premiere Review (Ep.1 & 2)

I'm assuming if you are a reader of a blog like this, then you have probably heard of this show called Fresh Off The Boat. I won't divulge to deeply in regards to all the controversy surrounding the show (that may be a future post) but try to stay on topic of reviewing both episodes in the premiere.

Pilot (Episode 1):

"Eddie Huang's family moves from D.C. to Orlando when his father assumes control of a failing steakhouse, certain that he can turn around its fortunes. Jessica is confused by the rituals and habits of her new neighbors. Eddie finds it difficult to fit in at school, while Emery seems to be doing just fine."
So, this is what you would expect as far as the first episode should be. Setting up the story, characters, location, scenarios, etc. Its done in a manner that's not overwhelming which is good for the audience. Definitely appreciate the approach to showcasing a fish out of water-esque set up (ex: moving from D.C. to Orlando, being the minority at school, being the black sheep at home). The main character Eddie, played by Hudson Yang, is a very easy character to follow and root for. The writing definitely makes you want to cheer for him as he uses Hip-Hop (specifically the late B.I.G.) to not only bridge the gap between him and the white kids but to also be confident in expressing who he is. Randall Park, who plays Louis Huang, is the foundation that holds the family together alongside Jessica Huang, played by Constance Wu. Both were great choices who also bring life together. Jessica surprisingly has great chemistry with everyone from Eddie to the lady giving free samples at the grocery store.
My only complaints are Eddie's siblings Emery and Evan. They have their moments but I couldn't really see much distinction between them. I hope their characters are given a chance to develop. It also introduced the neighborhood group of rollerblading women (which I spent 15 mins trying to find a picture) which was a bit disappointing. This episode also tackles the racial slur, "chink" with the reaction that is justified through, a kick to the groin, pudding shoved in the face, and a list of obscenities that cannot be repeated because God is listening to quote Eddie's principal.

Overall rough but definitely enjoyable with enough potential to be given a fair chance. I give it, 4 out of 5 stars.

Home Sweet Home-School (Episode 2):

"When the boys all get high marks in school, Jessica tries to get them moved into gifted programs but the school doesn't have them. She then considers enrolling them in a Chinese Learning Center (CLC), but there are none in the area. Wanting to get Jessica and her incessant micromanaging away from the restaurant, Louis convinces her to home-school the kids."
This tackled differences in priorities between asian parents and white parents are distinguished from the beginning in this episode. It starts with the principal leading what I assume to be a PTA meeting of sorts explaining that there is a shady character giving drugs to children. At that point Jessica (Eddie's Mom) asks when report cards are due. The stark contrast is highlighted when Eddie's younger siblings are giving stickers instead of letter grades. What's also shown is a difference in mindset between Jessica and Louis (Eddie's Dad) in regards to their restaurant.
Long story short, the restaurant struggles and Louis treats people with kindness while Jessica is much more critical of patrons, expenses, etc. It brings in a homeschool CLC that emphasizes education where public school does not. Its an interesting dynamic that adds depth to the household and the overall show. This episode was nice in exploring a typical stereotype of asian culture while adding a humanizing value and reasoning to pushing book smarts on the kids. This episode also brings in a neighbor who is the same age as Eddie but who's father is not in the picture. It shows a family structure that is missing in american homes more and more. Not to go off into a tangent, this episode was good but I'm still waiting for Eddie's siblings to have some depth.

Overall, I give it 3 and a half out of 5 stars.

So this is my first review. Had some trouble with the wi-fi earlier so I didn't get to post this as early as I wanted but I hope this was informative. I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes but I also hope this series is around for a good while. Definitely worth a look, with two new episodes tonight on ABC.


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2.09.2015

Sam Okyere: Black History Month Festival

IT'S ABOUT TO GO DOWN IN DAEGU TOWN!
 

Remember a post I did about this incredibly popular show in Korea, Abnormal Summit, and one of its most famous stars? Well, perhaps the most famous black person in Korea at the moment will be hosting this year's Black History Festival in Daegu! I'll be sure to bring the highlights of this event to you all for your viewing pleasure.
 

2.02.2015

The Other Beenzino: Korean Hip-Hop

            

A Facebook friend  back in Atlanta where I'm from posted the video above of Korean rappers Dok 2 (Doki), Bobby, The Quiett, YGGR, and Master Wu, and said "I don't know what they saying, but they going hard". Subsequently, others commented and were shocked to see Koreans rapping with that Atlanta "trill" beat or sound. This sound has become popular in the last 6 months here in the ROK. They play it in coffee shops, grocery stores, and the dentist's office. My students, sometimes at the most random moments, come up to me saying "Teacher, Turn Up!" or "I'm a born Hater" from rap group Epik High's hit song. Since before coming to Korea about 18 months ago, I've been more or less obsessed with a particular Korean rapper Beenzino. His laid back, fun, yet incredibly rhythmic lyricism keeps me wanting more. I have been trying to get to a Beenzino concert since I got here, but never had the time. Well, I decided not to let another Beenzino concert go by this year without me being there, so I bought myself a nice Christmas present and traveled to Seoul for the concert.

               
Korean Hip-Hop has gone from a minuscule underground concept to a major force in bridging Korea with pretty much everyone else. Popular programs like Show Me the Money (rap battle show), showcase Korea's up and coming rap artists with "rap" dreams. Even some black folks have tried out and  made pretty far in the competition, spitting rhymes not only in English, but in Korean as well. Hip-Hop in Korea takes a backseat to K-Pop. Let's put it this way, Korean Hip-Hop is still climbing out of the trunk. *Sidenote*: I was watching TV one day and I saw that Coolio was hosting a HipHop show that taught Korean rappers how to be "hard" and whatnot...yeah I changed the channel real quick. Anyway, Korean rappers  make pennies compared to American Hip-Hop and Rap stars and they know it. However, their shows are continually selling out and their international following is growing everyday. KHip-Hop's biggest artists include Amoeba Records' Dynamic Duo and Primary, Epik High, Swings, YDG, SanE and the Illionaire camp Beenzino, Dok 2 Doki), and The Quiett, and most recently from Show Me the Money Bobby. In fact in March  there will be an Amoeba Culture Tour in Atlanta and New York. Don't sleep on Korean Hip Hop.