How do you piss off 4,000,000,000 people in 3 minutes? Like this:
(Video commentary by White on Rice at his blog Confessions of a Rice Queen, who wrote a great post about this as well.)
You can laugh at Alexandra Wallace, sure. This video is viral gold: the timing (posted the day after the Japanese tsunami), the peroxide-fried hair, the boobies nearly busting out of her clothes, how she looks like she’s going to a Fox News anchor audition, everything she says, basically. (My favorite? Referring to the ongoing Japanese tragedies as “that tsunami thing.”)
Or, you can also be sad about it. Even in this day and age, even in Los Angeles, even in friggin’ UCLA, a should-be scholar can be so obliviously ignorant, gleefully repulsive in her stereotyping of her academic colleagues. Did she say she’s a poli-sci major? Does this mean that she means to pass legislation someday? (Only if being a “wannabe model” doesn’t work out, I guess.)
Or, you can be angry about it.
I am angry about it. No. I am fucking pissed off.
My best friend Brendan (who goes to USC and is studying to become a high school teacher, which makes him a secular saint as far as I’m concerned) often says: “Today it is worse to call someone a racist than to be a racist.” What that means, in my interpretation, is that it is now politically correct to act as though we live in a post-racial society. “Your president is black, so shut up and be a good model minority, okay?”
But homegirl got personal when she attacked the Asians.
Alexandra made that video because she figured she could get away with it. And who can blame her for thinking that? Asians and Asian Americans tend to keep a low profile. They tend to stay in their cliques and in cities they form neighborhoods that they never leave. We are barely represented in government at all, even on a local level. (By the way, if you are interested in Asian representatives in local government, Jay Chen is someone to keep your eye on.) And we are easy targets that don’t complain because we apparently can’t speak English.
I’ve made a case in previous posts that I feel a disconnect with other Asians and Asian Americans. I’m proud to be Asian, but I’m an outlier in many ways. I’m an outlier in that I blog about my gay sex life, for instance. I’m also an outlier in that if she had made that face to me in the library, I’d have thrown her so much shade that her spray tan would have melted right off her face. And, I’m going to be one of the outliers who rips her a new one.
I know exactly the type of people, those “hordes of Asians” that you speak of. They went to my high school in Orange County, where they were ostracized during lunch and sat at the shitty tables. They never learned English because none of us ever talked to them. It would have been social suicide. The popular kids used to throw food at them.
They are my roommates, who flew out of their lives into a fast-paced country that does not slow down for them. My roommate asked me why some things were translated to Spanish but not Chinese when there are so many Asians in California. I couldn’t give her an answer, other than that no one has asked for it.
They are my family, with heavy accents and old world traditions that they cling onto as they try to balance some semblance of an American dream. Yes you’re right: At 24, my mom still brings me food that she and my grandma cooked specially for me. My mom came to this country with nothing, and she built an empire, and she spent every cent of it on my education and upbringing. She raised me damn well too.
Don’t attack your Asian classmates. They’re just kids too, like you. They care about the way their hair looks too. They want to go out and have fun too, and to flirt and dance and talk shit. They want to pass their exams too (especially since some of them aren’t fluent in English).
It’s easy for you to dehumanize them. It’s also easy for the media to make you the fucking face of the Japanese tsunami. My post title is a joke about this phenomena, but seriously, the media loves to play the blame game, no matter how ridiculous, and you are quickly becoming the internet face of the tsunami. Holy shitballs, girl!
Your problem, Alexandra, is that you’re delusional. You have a perception of “America” and “being American” that simply doesn’t exist in educated society. I don’t know where you’re from, but Los Angeles is a melting orgy of everything. There is nothing that is specifically “American” in this city, and that’s why most of us are here. “America” is a false promise, and the rest of us have wised up to that, and we just try to be decent to each other as a result.
The one thing that was good about your little editorial is that you defined “yellow peril” perfectly. I’ll refer the questions I get about that to your video from now on. I’m sure it will be easy to find, forever.