|Australia's RED DAWN: or how they got it right|
I never realized that I had a thing for Australian movies until I read the latest article from the "youoffendmeyouoffendmyfamily" crew. There was JAPANESE STORY and then there is MAO's LAST DANCER where not only does the AM romance the ladies, but they're shown as fully realized characters and not stock caricatures to make racist mockery out of.
Of course, there are a few other indie movies (THE DISH) that had some substance and thought rather than US haolewood's mindless lowest denominator drivel.
So what brings me to write this blog entry is that I just saw the Aussie version of RED DAWN called "TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN" and have to give it three thumbs up, if I had polydactyly.
|AA media: appeasing white people; or wanting to have cake and eat it too|
I just saw a play reading recently and the aphorism of wanting cake and eating it too is blatantly on show with the playwright.
It had everything: from the 'Chinatown' episode cliches of sweatshops to the white savior theme are all there.
Also problematic is the writer's subtle tactic of divide and conquer one Asian ethnicity against another. It's a play about human trafficking and the 'snakeheads' are Chinese, while the 'victims' are SE Asian. One line from the play goes on about how ruthless the mama-san is at business, she replies to the effect of course she is because she is Chinese.
All the AM characters are either somehow deficient or inhumane, and the AF are the hapless victims. Of course, the playwright has the AF marrying white males, including one who rescued them from their sweatshops.
At the end all the oppressed AF cheer on how great the US is and how much freedom they've had after marrying "Americans" (which we can assume means YTs).
And who do you think is the writer, some SOW who has identity issues? Not at all:
Yes, it is an AM playwright that wrote all those pandering to white audience stockholm syndrome auto-racist puerile crap.
All the same, various Asian organizations and media outlets have been promoting this tripe and telling Asians to support it. What is there to support besides YT appeasement?
That is the problem with Asian-American media in general: trying to appease a white audience, while alienating the socially conscience AM ones but still wanting 'the Asian community' to support them.
Perhaps 10 or 20 years ago when the agendas of MM haven't gotten out there on the internet the SOWs can try to get away with pseudo-liberal pandering, but with the internet so prevalent and the truth so obvious it's time for Asians to stop being hop-sings and be brave.
Stop pandering, and start to 'keep it real' and call out the real issues that appeals to the sophisticated Asian-American audience rather than pandering to whites and also wanting the support of Asians for financial purposes.