asian is not an aesthetic
determine for yourself whether or not your attraction is based on racist stereotypes or simple physical appreciation that you would have for anybody else
(you are pretty much guaranteed to find porn or anime in any tag that has anything to do with japan)
Yellowface is another example of the racism prevalent in American culture. Yellowface means more than a white person wearing make-up to look Asian. It also describes the systematic bias against hiring real Asians to play Asian roles shown by white producers, directors, and others who control the depiction of Asians in popular culture through casting decisions and the propagation of racist Asian stereotypes and caricatures.
Racist Asian Stereotypes
When Asian immigrants first arrived in the United States, they were welcomed as cheap labor. But after the California gold rush brought a flood of Asian immigrants to California, the cheap Asian labor began to be seen as a threat. What began as neutral or amusing stereotypical caricatures of Asians soon took on more negative connotations.
The “Coolie” stereotype originated with Chinese laborers in the 1850s as a means of preventing Chinese from entering the skilled trades. The lowest-paying unskilled jobs were called “coolie labor” or “n****r work.”
The “Yellow Peril” or pollutant stereotype began to take hold in 1890s California. Asians were viewed as alien and a threat to wage-earners, and a movement began that had the goal of making California racially pure.
The “Deviant” stereotype was a response to the movement of Asians from common labor to household servants, laundrymen, and operators of opium dens, and the importation of women for prostitution.
Asian women have often been portrayed as cunning “Dragon Ladies” — aggressive or opportunistic sexual beings or predatory gold diggers. Non-threatening stereotypes include servile Lotus Blossoms, China dolls, and Geisha girls.
The “Gook” stereotype originated with the US Military during the Korean War as a generic term for Asians, and became more popular during the Vietnam War. A gook is an invisible and powerful enemy with superhuman endurance and ability to absorb punishment.
The “Model Minority” stereotype originated in the 1950s as a representation of successful assimilation of Asians that was contrasted with the less successful assimilation of Blacks and Hispanics.
As a trickle turned into a flood, (between 1850 and 1930, about one million Asians from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and India came to the United States) a backlash soon developed.
"Yellowface" portrayals date to at least 1767 in the United States, when Arthur Murphy’s theatrical work The Orphan of China was presented in Philadelphia.
Whites in Yellowface have a long history on screen, beginning with Mary Pickford’s Cio-Cio San in Madame Butterfly (1915).
A phenomenon wherein white actors are cast to portray what were originally non-white characters is called “whitewashing.” Instead of using yellow face makeup, the film makers change the race or origin of the characters.
The most blatant contemporary example of Yellowface in Western European media is a character created by Dutch TV and later adopted by Danish TV called Ushi; a caricature of a Japanese woman, but played by white women.
In 1997, The National Review magazine published an illustrated cover of then President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, in stereotypical Oriental garb and featuring caricatured features, buck teeth and slanted eyes.
In 1815, white women owned about 24 percent of the slaves in St Lucia; 12 per cent of the slaves on properties of more than 50 slaves, and 48 per cent of the properties with less than 10 slaves. In Barbados in 1817, less than five of the holdings of 50 slaves or more were owned by white women, but they owned 40 percent of the properties with less than 10 slaves…
White women also owned more female slaves than male slaves. The extensive female ownership of slaves in the towns was matched by the unusually high proportion of females in the slave population; female slave owners owned more female slaves than male slave owners….
From these data the image that emerges of the white female slaveowner is that she was generally urban, in possession of less than ten slaves, the majority of whom were female. That female slaveowners generally owned female slaves, indicates the nature of enterprises, and hence labour regimes, managed and owned by white women. It is reasonable, then, to argue that any conceptualization of urban slavery, especially with reference to the experiences of enslaved black women, should proceed with an explicit articulation of white women are principal slaveowners.
this has been answered in the faq already, but just as a reminder:
Can you stop answering repetitive messages/hatemail? It’s annoying.
No, I’m sorry I’m just not for reading these pieces of shit floating in my inbox and not being able to respond to them. I think if you had ever dealt with this you would understand. To be honest, doing that has generally been meaningful for me even if it isn’t for you. I do not really owe you that.
Still, I tag them as “bullshit asks” and you can block that if you feel the need to.
uh I don’t know where you read that but “side eye” is definitely AAVE
a lot of things that are called AAVE were at least partially coined by Asian Americans bc our communities are often physically and culturally adjacent or integrated, especially in centers of language development like the Bay Area or Los Angeles.
Really? I didn’t know that
There should be a clear link at the top of our page
uh I don’t know where you read that but “side eye” is definitely AAVE
I kind of agree. It’s important to maintain a balance. While we don’t have the luxury of not talking about white people, because that’s the world we live in and have to navigate (where white people hold most of the power), if we center them in discussions always, we don’t leave enough time to develop our own positive, creative, inter-PoC projects. It’s always a good idea for PoC to make sure we’re not centering the white gaze too much, either positively or critically.
You’re describing 99% of all white male expats in Japan. It’s kind of like asking if cockroaches are common! In short, yes.
Yes, it’s extremely racist and also ableist. Please refer to the Wikipedia entry. That particular entry isn’t a very good one because it was obviously based on an older and more racist encyclopedia entry, but at least it’s updated a little bit, and the outdated-ness is noted at the top.
The word “mongoloid” is connected to far-fetched theories of scientific racism, some of which argued that E and SE Asians were literally descended from orangutangs.
"Mongolian" is an ethnicity and nationality exonym in English, but please don’t ever, ever use "mongoloid", and your history teacher should know that! It’s also derogatory towards people with Down’s Syndrome.