As a fan of Phoenix and Korean dramas, I realize I’m a very tiny itsy bitsy niche overlap that connects this Venn diagram. But I could not have asked for a weirder and more obscure video from Phoenix. I really hate the typical rock band’s LIVE AT [insert midwestern town name here] so to see some Asian American actors get to reenact the best moments that never happened in K-drama history: “look back and smile”? CHECK! “die in someone’s arms?” CHECK! “just plain running?” CHECK! You’re talking to a guy who likes Korean movies named SUNNY and SAD MOVIE so I might not be the best judge on this, so please check it out yourself:
I’ve said it many times before. I’m a fan of Korean films. Asian American films are usually a bit too serious for me. Chinese films are just heartless and lack emotion for me. Korean films are the most honest depiction of the human condition out there and yes its awesome to see an Asian person on the big screen. But when I originally got the advance copy of Sunny, I didn’t expect much. And 2 hours later, sitting at home with my mom, I was almost in tears. I said almost cause hey this isn’t the intro to Pixar’s Up.
Without giving away too much, this movie is funny and drama-filled but best of all, its self-referential (which helps those unfamiliar with Korean pop culture as well as the hardcore fans). Watch it. And if you do like Sunny, check out director Hyung Chul Kang’s previous feature, Speed Scandal, starring Tae-hyun Cha (who makes the greatest cameo appearance in Sunny that I have ever seen in any movie ever).
So now let’s get to the meat of this graph cause I came to the rodeo to talk about numero dos and numero tres. CHINA? SERIOUSLY? China, as in Hong Kong, China, as in where you go for $200 cups of f’n tea on a roof garden CHINA? China as in TOM CRUISE just shot Mission Impossible in China, China? China, as in where they make my iPhone and iPad, and uh, everything else, China? China, as in our second greatest trading partner China? That’s not even the most f’d up thing about this list. You wanna know how I know this is about RACE and not about international politics? See number 3 on the threat list? And then take a look at the actual list.
NORTH KOREA/KOREA (nonspecific). NORTH KOREA SLASH KOREA NONSPECIFIC? As in people just said KOREA? Or Koreans? Or goddamn Koreans? If they specified gooks would it be listed as Vietnam and then on the “other” list? A few of them must have answered with “GODDAMN JAPS” cause Japan is right there on this list as numero 9. Right under “United States Itself”. Smart move hippies. Very clever. And if you’re keeping score at home, Japan is our 4th biggest trading partner and (unspecified) Korea, but I’m going to say South Korea, is our 7th biggest trading partner.
I hope to GOD this survey was done in the middle of a weekday to homes in states with cardinal directions in their names (that would be North, South, and West for geography majors). How else can you ‘splain this nonsense?
Come on Big Bang! You got 11+ million hits for a video shot in NYC! You’re the biggest band in South Korea right now which means you can hook up with any PYT in Seoul… YET…
None of you can hook up with the white girl!? Not even a kiss? Is it cause she’s white? You might wanna change your name to 5 Small Bangs. Seriously guys.Would have helped Asian Americans a bit if one of you did. Least you can do while filming stateside, YO!
Seriously, the first thing that caught my eye while in Asia last week wasn’t the fact that all the girls in this girl band were hot. Or that the video was playing at every restaurant I went to in Seoul or every seedy electronics shop I dropped into while in HK or every bootlegged dvd retailer I visited in Saigon. What made me drop my jaws over Girl Generation’s Gee music video was that there’s NINE OF THEM.
Seriously?! Nine singers in a girl band? Can you imagine how hard it would be to separate the Beyonce’s from the LeToya Luckett’s (WHO? is the correct response) if Destiny’s Child had 9 members?! This group is like The Polyphonic Spree except they’re all Korean, all female, all hot and not a cult. Wait, this is NOTHING like Polyphonic Spree, that was a terrible analogy.