Marketing Japanese Electronics 101

Yes, its cliched for a Japanese electronics company to show off its new robot by making it do a samurai tea ceremony and spearing demonstration. Boring! You know what I want? I want an American company to create one of these and demonstrate it by reenacting all the Puppet Master movies from Puppet Master I to Puppet Master: Axis of Evil. Am I crazy or am I nuts?!

And now this. The Helicopter Boyz via Nikon Corp’s marketing department. Its cool how they outfit the kids with cameras everywhere, but do they need to throw them off a crane to take bungie picts?! My favorite part? The cheerleaders with pictures of the Tokyo Tower and the Eiffel Tower on their backs. Cause its weird as hell.

From Engadget: Samurai of Kuroda and the Helicopter Boyz.


Lovely to Me (Immigrant Mother) by Taiyo Na

From Taiyo Na comes a beautifully shot music video about immigrant moms.

This is for my moms, who didn’t understand the concept of me taking a week off for Thanksgiving. I’m lazy compared to what you went through when you first came over to the States. Thanks Kid Jaundice.


Disney Does it Again (maybe)

I’m not gonna pass judgement until I see the movie, but I’m expecting the worst from Disney based on this poster alone. Props to them for finally having an African American princess, but you know how Disney is. Characters are usually one-dimensional, good or bad, black or white. Which is why I’m glad Pixar pretty much runs Disney now, cause their characters usually have a heckofa lot more depth. So I’m hoping John Lasseter does a good job on his first Disney animated film…

Click to check out the trailer.


Saturday Fuckery: Spot the Difference, Communist Edition!

OK, so my gawdamm $%*P*%^ Verizon internet was out for a few days for the 27th time this year, so I missed the boat on this week’s Friday Fuckery. So Saturday Fuckery, here ya go.

Pics are a bit blurry, clearer shot here.

Basically it’s the images that pop up under a Google search for “Tienamen Square Protest” in China (on left) vs. the U.K. (on right).

Nothing we didn’t know, but this is just another example of why, when I see that smarmy college student sporting a Mao bag with a little red book tucked under his arm, espousing this perfect, egalitarian system, who’s never by any stretch of the imagination experienced the ramifications or intergenerational trauma of living under a communist regime outside of what’s he’s read in PolySci 102, I wanna punch him in the face. Yeah, you know the one.

Via Buzzfeed

BANANA Recap from CBruhs

Welp, there’s not a whole lot I can add to AZNHeartthrob’s thorough post, and I’m pretty much in agreement with what he wrote. I’ll just add a few additional thoughts:

To get out of the way what has arguably turned into the most infamous aspect of the event: Yes, I was sitting close to MM during the panel and I would say he was a disruption, especially to those sitting next to him.  I certainly didn’t appreciate having my first comment interrupted —  in which I referenced an all-Asian American male podcast that considered interracial dating the primary concern of the Asian American gender divide — by MM yelling at me “C’mon, don’t throw us under the bus!” (MM, please don’t make assumptions about my sexual politics- you would probably be surprised). But I think that day was not a good representation of who MM is or his generally compelling perspectives and writing. And I do respect his heartfelt and honest apology (big ups to Lady Militant for taking a stand), as well as the other times we all hung out over the weekend.

We also have to keep in mind that we’re not all coming from the same place. Some of us work in the private sector, some of us have a background in academia, some work on social justice issues for a living. While the race, identity, and gender framework of the event may have fallen short of some’s expectations, we all need to meet each other where we are in order to progress together, otherwise we run the risk of appearing elitist and alienating because we don’t fulfill each other’s definitions of what a “good progressive” looks like.

And I do have to admit my hopes for the event were overly ambitious – that we might emerge with a loosely agreed upon set of goals or coordinated strategy, either to build our own online power or find a way to link up as a online community to an social/policy issue – as other progressive bloggers and bloggers of color, such as Pro-Migrant Blog Squad and Netroots, have done. Or that we might discuss how to diversify the online community and cultivate more varied voices in terms of ethnicity, class, age, education, etc.  But I realize a pre-requisite to all this is to just get in the same room to educate ourselves about each others’ presence and perspectives. This was, after all, a large panel/social gathering, not an advocacy work group.  Perhaps the next step will be figuring out if we (or who among us) even want to work together and what agenda we may want to push forward.

And I’m with AZN here on changing the name BANANA…I wanted to joke during the event that “yellow on the outide and white/off-white on the inside”  might be more appropriate for me, being half white (BA-DUM-CH!).  But while I understand the term’s interpretation by the organizers, I can’t separate it from the meaning many of us have grown up with — with “banana” used as a derogatory term — like oreo or coconut —  to challenge or invalidate our “authenticity” as Asian Americans, as well as reinforcing the fucked up notion that all of us want to/should aspire to be white.

Bottom line is, I commend Lac and Steve for having the initiative, vision, and sheer sweat to pull this together. BCB was honored to be invited, and the value of face time with other folks outweighed all the snafus that it’s fair to say would be expected from such a massive inaugural undertaking. I’m excited about what the next one will look like and who it will draw, and I’ll be priviliged to say I was there at the beginning.

BANANA Recap by AzN

I’m not sure what folks were expecting before they attended BANANA, the Asian American blogger meet-up that Steve Nguyen and Lac Su, author of I Love Yous are for White People set up. Did we think we’d all get in a room with our bargain UC degrees from the 2000’s and hash out every gender, racial and class issue known to (wo)man? I was expecting two things, to meet up with like-minded Asian American bloggers and to be a part of the first of many videotaped panels that would be broadcast online.

Did I get to meet other bloggers? Check. I not only met the folks I knew beforehand like bigwowo and asianamericanmovement and The Antisocial Ladder, but I met new folks that I’ll start reading as soon as I’m done writing this spot up. Meeting these folks was 90% of why I drove through the Grapevine and skipped a few days of work (in addition to the Red Velvet Pancakes from the Buttermilk Dessert Truck, which I F’N MISSED OUT ON BTW). Finally putting a face to the emails, comments, and collabo-blog posts means we at BcB are one step closer to being a part of the meth induced, unicorn riding, dragon-hunting mythical hope of having Asian American bloggers united to push the movement from online to offline and to recreate the Civil Rights Movement for Asian Americans (via Twitter, WordPress, and Facebook). That’s very ambitious, and we weren’t about to do that at one panel at U$C on a saturday afternoon whilst Socialists are outside our door selling overpriced books about Democrats being part of the “establishment” (seriously, I really wanted to buy Democrats: A Critical History, but I ain’t about to pay cover price from a dude with a Che beard and Mao glasses). The point is I got to meet lots of folks I will continue to contact (whether they like it or not) and that’s what mattered the most for me.

The other reason I came was for the panel. It wasn’t great, and it could have been better. I know folks were critical of the questions asked (questions the panelists themselves wrote up). I sure know that one heckler in the audience thought it could have been better. But the panel makes sense if you consider this as an introduction to the very idea of annual offline blogger meet-ups. This year is the introduction, the next year will be focused on a specific topic, the year after that will be break out groups, and so on. Bottom line is that I came in EXPECTING the actual panel to not draw many folks in person. The actual goal was the video that will be put online and consumed by the people that read our stuff. Sure the questions can be better and the flow could have used some help. I’m just sayin the people that read our blogs don’t and won’t go to SC to see us talk, they’ll watch the video when its produced. So I wouldn’t jump into any conclusions until then.

The truth is I thought the drive was worth it. And I’m going to assume the folks who flew in from NY, CO, and OR thought it was worth it. And if you drove in from a neighboring SoCal city, all the better. 5 hours out of a Saturday morning to shoot the shit with like-minded Asian American folks would have been worth the 15 minute drive I hope. At the very least, if you didn’t feel it was worth it, let me tell you that I was glad every single one of you came out, and that I had a chance to talk to most of you. I can now put a face to the online communiques I’ll be sending to y’all from now on.

And now to this, what everyone is probably waiting for. Let me start by saying The Minority Militant is the only blogger I had actually met before the event. He’s my boy and will always be. I think it was unfortunate he didn’t get a chance to speak his mind, the mind that I know can be eloquent and thought-provoking. He made one mistake, and I’m thinking he’s regretting it and will eventually write an apology (wait, he just did). I’m not going to condone him for his action, but I’m also not going to slam him on his behavior. At most, he caused a distraction, but not a commotion. And his burps and belches and quizzical looks could easily be overlooked if you were really intent on making the panel work. If you decided to focus on the drama behind the camera, then I’m thinking you missed a few things, but I hope you come back next year where the panelists will be offered Odwalla Protein Dranks and Martinelli’s Apple Cider pre-recording, and Zimas post-recording. Trust me you, that alcohol induced spectacle was the second most alcohol induced drama I experienced that weekend…

So in conclusion (Ms. Lawler, this is a blog and not a 7th grade english paper), I wanted to say props to Steve Nguyen and Lac Su. Although there weren’t any PI’s on the panel, there were some Yiet-Nah-Meeh folks running around behind the scenes, before and during the panel that made it all happen. Drama or no drama, I think we all took 1 step back, 1 step sideways, but had a few hops and skips forward due to BANANA. I just implore you not to call it BANANA next year, cause I can’t spend my whole life railing on the term, only to defend it during year 29…

Man Marries Nintendo Character

Y’all might say this man is sick for marrying Nene Anegasaki, a character from Love Plus, a game on his Nintendo DS. Or that Japan is obsessed with video games. Or that marriage should only be between a (real) man and a (real) woman. I just wanted to say I wish I had thought of this idea back when I played Street Fighter II. Cause I was 16 and of legal marriaging age (somewhere in the South I’m sure) and I was always getting Chun Li to do her SPINNING FLOWER KICK! E-CHA!

Good Luck, Sal9000. Nintendo, based on past legal wranglings, isn’t about to allow no annulment.