I’m happy to announce that I will be the “Artist in Residence” at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University. As someone who considers “standup comedy” an art form, it’s amazing to see NYU recognize this.
In a related legitimizing note, my album “Waiting for 2042" & I were mentioned in the NY Times! I was even called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.” Glad to see the Times finally catch up with Tumblr! (WINK, WINK)
Amanda Levitt Talks Fat Body Politics, A Horrible House Obesity Bill
Here is the interview I did at Netroots
H*28: Problematic Asian American Youtube Stars (feat. Lucy)
This week for H*28, Chuks and Kari are joined by ragstoreverie (Lucy) to discuss Asian-American Media. In the last few years, especially the rise of YouTube stars, Asian American media has boomed with Wong Fu Productions, Fung Brothers, KevJumba, JK Films/David So, Jabbawockeez, and many more. They play an important role in the community—needed representation and control of production, for example—but they are not without their problems. For asks this week, we answer an ask from Sarah about access to social justice movement, butchrobot about developed/developing nation terminology, and 2goldensnitches about fighting with family members over the Gaza-Israel conflict.
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This was spot on! I was also pissed off at the Fungbro’s when they gave dating advice on whether or not Asian guys liked black women. They gave such stupid stereotypical advice saying that the only chance bw had was to only date urbanized *ghetto* asian guys.
But we also have power, if we choose to have it. We have the capacity to create an anti-racist culture, a culture of resistance, using new definitions to express our own anti-racist values.And we have the capacity to challenge the dominant definitions of the white supremacist culture. Anti-racists in the ’90s can learn from feminists of the ’70s who created new definitions, a new vocabulary, to express a feminist reality; and demanded that male supremacist institutions change their language accordingly. Anti-racists can demand that white supremacist institutions change their language, if our demands are backed up by powerful movements of grass roots anti-racist activists.
I just got around to seeing this movie, despite the fact that it did not get a wide-release.
Find it and watch it.
Believe me when I say, this film is in the same league of sci-fi/speculative film classics as Bladerunner and Children of Men.
Should have a HUGE fandom.
It deals with issues like class, caste-systems, oppression, and the nature of humanity in a way mainstream films like The Hunger Games never could.
Let me tell you a story about the film-maker Joon-Ho Bong. Some years back, I had the privilege of attending a screening of one his films and the man happened to be there. At that time, he’d already gotten some notice for making The Host, another awesome film that allegorizes heavy issues in humanity.
So, he does the q&a at the end and someone asks him why he’s never produced a Hollywood movie.
…And he says, paraphrasing; that Hollywood would never let him make the kind of movies he’d like. He’d have to hire an all-white cast and the actors would have to fit a certain aesthetic. They couldn’t be non-white, older than twenty-five, or non-thin…especially actresses.
He said, it’s not worth selling out, when he can make the kinds of movies he wants in South Korea.
…And then he makes this.
I’d love to spoil it for you, but suffice it say it was, as all good speculative sci-fi is, very effecting for me.
Again, I beg you PLEASE SEE THIS MOVIE.
And if you need more convincing??
Your faves are in it: Octavia Spencer aka the above flawless actress in the poster, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and the father/daughter pair from The Host, Kang-So Hung and Ah-Sung Ko (which had me thinking AU!).
Now, I shall commence spamming my tumblr with Snowpiercer reblogs…
Apologies ahead of time.
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I was playing badminton yesterday and all I could think about was this stupid gif.
I’ll freely admit… this is one of the greatest gifs, ever.
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Am I allowed to tell this joke at parties??
She is so satisfied with that joke.