The Latest How I Met Your Mother Features Some Meta-Orientalism

Monday's How I Met Your Mother episode had some bloggers asking "What is up with the yellowface?" After watching it myself, this show had me asking the same thing, as well as wondering if the orientalism on display had any legitimate place in this particular storyline. » 1/15/14 7:15pm 1/15/14 7:15pm

Stereotypes Abound in Disney Channel's New 'Japanese-Style' Game Show

The trailer for Disney XD's new Japanizi: Going, Going Gong plays like a specially made media installation to accompany a game of Uninformed Generalizations About Japanese Culture Bingo: Japanese man shouting in a kooky outfit! Sumo wrestlers! Ninjas! Guy hitting a gong! » 12/04/13 5:55pm 12/04/13 5:55pm

Hipster Bar to Throw Old-Timey Asian Racism-Themed Party

This weekend, a hipstery bar in hipstery Brooklyn will throw a hipstery party called Madam Wu's Good Luck Banquet of the Senses. Based on the invitation, it will be like going to a party thrown by actual racists in 1950, but apparently someone thought it was okay because it's happening ironically in the year 2013.… » 11/19/13 5:00pm 11/19/13 5:00pm

Asian Women Aren't Your Oriental, Submissive, China Dolls

{Clarifications (including the acknowledgement of a lack of Indian representation and other major movies) can be found here.} » 11/14/13 10:02pm 11/14/13 10:02pm

Rinko Kikuchi is Not Your Toy

A while back, I wrote a rant on Pacific Rim's conspicuous lack of women, but I feel that I failed to really go into depth about the movie's one really prominent woman, Mako Mori. While the physical lack of women is still problematic, what was actually somewhat refreshing was that the lone speaking woman didn't seem,… » 8/09/13 3:53pm 8/09/13 3:53pm

Video Series on 'Yellow Fever' Confirms It Is Gross and Racist

"Yellow fever" is one of the grossest terms in the world. I feel embarrassed every time it is uttered because basically everything that's wrong with it as a concept is contained in the name itself: it's racist, it relies on painfully antiquated views of sexuality (men are so helpless before their desire that it's… » 4/17/13 12:15pm 4/17/13 12:15pm

The World Of "Sheikh Romance" Novels

"In an exotic land where it is rumoured that men still rule, a tall, dark and handsome sheikh meets a white woman who teaches him how to be ruled by love." That's the basic formula of the "sheikh romance." » 11/17/10 5:35pm 11/17/10 5:35pm

Dear Christian Dior: Your Orientalist Campaign Is Lame

I can't go another day without posting the pictures from Christian Dior's new ad campaign, ‘Shanghai Dreamers.' Check it out, friends! I have a ton of thoughts about this, mostly 1) What the fuck? Parading this tired bullshit again? » 8/04/10 12:30pm 8/04/10 12:30pm

Fantasizing About What's Under The Burka

Here's an intentionally provocative German lingerie commercial that imagines its products being slipped on under a burka. Neo-Orientalist sexualization of Muslim women for Western eyes? Or acknowledgment of an expression of sensuality behind closed doors and under public cover-ups? [BoingBoing] » 6/04/10 6:40pm 6/04/10 6:40pm

New Book Ponders Western Male/Asian Female Erotic Obsession

I used to know a dude who seemed to think having an "Asian fetish" was a badge of honor. It wasn't that he happened to date Asian women; he wouldn't date anyone else. And he talked about it. A lot. » 6/16/09 4:00pm 6/16/09 4:00pm

Lebanese Magazine Advocates Nudity, Change

A new Lebanese magazine, Jasad, or "Body," may be causing controversy in the Arab world by promising to "deal with the forbidden," but is that in itself enough? » 2/10/09 1:20pm 2/10/09 1:20pm