You guys can now search for whoever and whatever to your heart's content. w00t!
So... I finally got a search box for Asian Hip Hop Times. Powered by Blekko.
You guys can now search for whoever and whatever to your heart's content. w00t!
Got this link sent to me by someone. It's an all-female quintet from North Korea's Moranbong Band singing Go Study... or at least that is what the Chinese lyric translation says. My Chinese is not too good, but some of the translated Chinese lyrics says something like "go study for the sake of our country".
The music sounds like 1980's Soviet music mixed with old-school Korean feel. But I like it. It's quite lively. The girls performed well.
Here are some photos of Mongolian model Anuka Anundari from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Some of Anuka's pictures have a cutesy Kpop girl look. That's because she's quite young and secondly, there is quite a profound Korean pop culture influence in Mongolia. I wonder how her looks will develop as she matures... she could turn out to be a real badass model.
Hope you enjoy the pictures. Anuka is a really pretty girl )))).
Here are some pictures of a cute 20 year-old Chinese Kazakh girl from Xinjiang. Oh, and to prevent any misunderstanding and confusion, what I mean by "Chinese Kazakh girl" is that she is ethnic Kazakh from China. According to Wikipedia, there is an estimate of 1,500,000 ethnic Kazakhs in China. Most Kazakhs live in Xinjiang province, the westernmost frontier in China.
Looks like this Chinese Kazakh girl has has adopted the Chinese media standard of beauty to a tee. The Chinese media standard of beauty emphasizes on cuteness, big innocent eyes, and doll-like poses. And that is what this girl is doing! What a shocker!!! Lol. I suppose that most Mainland Chinese men - possibly Hong Kong and Taiwanese men too to some extent - will find this dolly beauty extremely attractive.
Kazakhs from Kazakhstan love to put slideshows Kazakh girls on Youtube to showcase their beauties to the world. From what I have seen, Kazakh girls present themselves in a totally different fashion than Chinese girls. Kazakh girls tend to follow Russian or European fashion trends whereas Chinese girls tend to follow Japanese or Korean trends.
I also made a slideshow of her pictures just for kicks. I am extremely curious about how Kazakhs would react to seeing a cutesy doll-like Kazakh girl because in Kazakhstan that's not the style of the girls at all.
A new female pop band From Taiwan TOFFEE did a remix of Ye Lai Xiang (夜来香), a classic Chinese song covered by many female Chinese artists about all the sweet perfumes and fragrances during the night. What sets this female pop band apart is that they always incorporate traditional Chinese instruments in their music such as the guzheng and the pipa. In this particular remix of Ye Lai Xiang TOFFEE incorporates not only Chinese classical instruments but also modern electro to re-invigorate this timeless Chinese classic.
The rapper in this song MC GAWEED, sounds like he's a Far East Movement reject. He does really crappy poppy raps and lacks the energy in his voice to get me hyped up (that's the whole point of rap anyways right? Otherwise, why bother rapping?).
The music itself is not bad at all but the music video on the other hand is really good and aesthetically pleasing. It includes a lot of Chinese elements yay!
After years and years in this rap game, Raekwon shows other emcees that he can still can make good music amidst all the nonsense from the mainstream. Peep his new joint called 86 featuring AZ and Altrina Renee. It's got that 90's feel to it. I know you all true hip hop heads out there love this as much as I do!!!!!!!
According to whosampled.com 86 samples Mtume's You Are My Sunshine.
Every now and then there is someone (usually a White American but not always) who makes a video and then spews out derogatory remarks against Asians and then it goes viral. Then people start messaging me and tell me "Hey man, we Asians are under attack again, you need to post this and spread this around" or something to that effect.
Last time it was some blonde college student complaining about Asians in the library saying "Ching chong ling long ting tong", now it's some guy who makes a video about why he would hate to be Asian. Tomorrow it's going to be something else and then all hell will break loose again.
Since I have been writing a lot about my personal thoughts lately about many different issues, I have decided that I will chime in about this issue regarding Asians and racism.
Before I go into my thoughts, I would like to give a WARNING: my thoughts are quite unorthodox compared to other pro-Asian agenda bloggers and might be interpreted as a bit extreme, so... just make a mental note of that before you read this post.
And secondly, I don't speak for all Asians. I just speak for myself and this blog. If you are feelin what I'm saying then it's all love. If not, fuck it!
It's just the internet for goodness sake
I might be the only Asian that doesn't get offended or mad whenever these viral videos crop up. For some reason I don't have emotional reaction whatsoever to any of them, or at least to the ones I have seen. I mean it's just some random guy on the internet. How the hell am I supposed to react? If I knew that guy in real life that might be a different story but I don't, so I don't care. And plus, it's on the internet! People say all kinds of shit on the internet all the time!
Now of course when people make these public videos saying crap against Asian people and it goes viral, there are bound to be some consequences as a result of it. Not only will there be negative reaction (mostly by Asians themselves) on the internet and in the press, they might lose their job, they might get kicked out of school or might ostracized by society as a consequence of their video. Or even worse scenario: some Asian mobsters who take the internet too seriously might be knocking on some doors. Some people lose their lives for less than that!
Me personally, I can accept that some people just don't like Asian people. I don't get why some people lose sleep just because somebody on the internet don't like Asians! They have the right not like Asians. Furthermore, I don't go purposely looking for these anti-Asian videos, blogs or websites either. Where I draw the line is: don't say any derogatory shit directed at me or else we will have problems.
Asians that sensationalize anti-Asian media
I am so sick and tired of these Asian-themed blogs or Asian-American Youtube celebrities (if you can call them that) that are always on the lookout for these anti-Asian videos or anti-Asian news in the media and then they just blast it out whenever they find one like it's red alert.
Oh noes! The White man is out to get us again. Let's all band together and fight the oppression. Excuse me but - HA HA HA HA! You guys are way too funny! If that's your daily life narrative - that Asian people are always under attack by society and the media - then I honestly feel sorry for you.
There's an old Bible adage that says "Seek and ye shall find". That old adage speaks the truth. And that applies to all these Asian bloggers and Asian-American Youtubers that look for anti-Asian shit on a daily basis. I mean, if you look and search hard enough on how Asians are always targeted by "the other", you will always find it! If not, you will just make up some shit or give everything an anti-Asian spin.
You know those type of people who lack self-confidence and have social anxiety? Tell them that the people walking down the street aren't making fun of them. They won't believe it. Why? Because it's etched in their heads everyone is constantly judging them. Oh look, that guy just rolled his eyes, that means he thinks this and that about me! It's the same fucking thing with these Asian bloggers and Asian-American Youtubers that thrive off this anti-Asian bullshit. They just blow up things out of proportion.
I'm not a fan of these stupid, overly-sensitive fuckers anyways. Who the hell chose them to represent all of us? Probably the readership and the Youtube subscribers that gravitate to this stupid shit. And that's why I don't relate to half of you guys out there!
Asians can be just as racist too
Here's the meat of why I really don't give a flying fuck: it's because Asians can be just as racist too. Yeah, you guys please take off your fake golden halos around your head. Nobody is falling for that shit! The same Asian people who write about the media and Americans being racist against Asians are the same people who turn a blind eye whenever Asians instigate racism.
Let's for starters, let's start off with intra-Asian racism. There is a common phenomenon among Asian-Canadians and Asian-Americans that poke fun of and look down at FOBs or people that are "fresh off the boat" so to speak.
So what is the difference when some White girl says "Ching chong ling long ting tong" and some Asian guy ridicules and pokes fun of FOB accents? Oh, that's right. NOTHING. Both are equally just as racist except that in the Asian-American media, there is less light being shed on Asian-Americans picking on FOBs and more light is being shed on the Whites picking on Asians. Honourable mention goes to South Koreans vs North Koreans.
Then we have years and years of political baggage from our own individual histories as Asians. Me as a Chinese, I have 5000 years of that! LOL. Political baggage is some real shit that goes on even today. Some Asian nations have some real problems with their neighbours and it goes even deeper than some White girl saying "Ching chong ling long ting tong".
Some other Asians might hate Chinese people and consider them as the "Jews of Asia" (google it). Or some Chinese people might look down on other Asians just because they have darker skin colour or it's because they are from "less civilized" countries or whatever else.
Some Asians might not like the Japanese because of what their histories said Imperial Japan did in WWII. Even worse, some Japanese today still deny any allegations to this day and believe the other Asian countries are conspiring against them. What I am saying is only the tip of the iceberg! I don't need to list out all the intra-Asian conflicts and racism but it goes on and on and on and on....
I'm not trying to justify intra-Asian racism, I'm just pointing out that it DOES EXIST and it goes even deeper than White America's racism against Asians. But some Asians really LOVE to tap on that White guilt don't they?
And then you have Asians who are racist to people who are not of their own kind. A prime example is go to Japan or Korea and you will find out there are places with signs that say "NO FOREIGNERS ALLOWED". What in the fuck? If that's not racist I don't know what is.
And what about non-Asians that go into Asian countries trying to make it into the entertainment there? Asians in America talk all the time about being pigeon-holed into stereotypical roles, it's the same shit back in Asian countries but far, far worse!
Again, I don't need to list out all the things that Asians do or say to be racist to non-Asians, but I'm saying it does exist. It is in the media in many Asian countries. But sadly, many of these Asian-Americans don't acknowledge it because they have a bad case of double standards. If you want to call my bluff, go ahead. Make my day.
This Blasian guy, whose Youtube channel is TheBlasianChannel, made a video rant about Blasian stereotypes. Oh, and just in case you didn't know, "Blasian" means someone who is of Black + Asian heritage.
In his video he just wants to dispel the common stereotypes about Blasians. Anyways here are some of my thoughts about the points he was making in that video.
Blasian is... Black + ?
The first thing he mentioned is that people often assume about Blasians is that their Asian side is Chinese. Then he says says there are other Asians who have mixed with Blacks such as Japanese, Korean, Thai - and in his case - Filipino. Point taken!
But what about his Black side? What is Black anyways? How come nobody ever questions what is Black? Black isn't an ethnicity. It's a color! When somebody says they are Black, it just stops there? I mean, which part or parts of Africa does your Black side come from?
Blasians have no culture?
The next thing he said was that Blasians have no culture or no foods. I totally get what he means as it pertains to his own experience. And point taken.
I'm not trying to contradict him but... there are actually REAL organic "Blasian cultures" in Madagascar. Take a look at the Malagasy peoples from Madagascar:
These peoples are mixed with Austronesian and East African roots. And yes, they have their own Blasian cultures, so to speak.
I totally understand where the Blasian guy was coming from as he was talking about his own experience being Black and Filipino, but I just wanted to show that there are actual Blasians in Madagascar with their own unique cultures!
Inheriting Black and Asian stereotypes
The last thing he talked about was that just because he is Black and Asian, he said it doesn't mean that he inherits both stereotypes from both sides. The examples he used was that he said he isn't good at basketball and mathematics.
My quibble about his basketball and math example is that although I have heard of the basketball stereotype (as it supposedly means all Blacks are good at basketball), I have never heard of the stereotype that Filipinos are good in math. That is not to say that there are no Filipinos who are good in math. I'm pretty sure there are many Filipinos who are good in math, but that stereotype about Filipinos and math is unheard of.
Filipinos are stereotyped as being good in other things, like singing and dancing. Oops. That's a Black stereotype too isn't it? Ha ha.
Watch the video here:
There are many Asian blogs, Asian forums and Asian Youtubers online nowadays trying to represent Asians as a whole.
These Asians try to speak for all Asians and most of the time they all fail miserably and fall flat on their face. Whenever I read the stuff they write about and hear the things they say in their videos about Asians as a whole, I'm thinking.....really? Are you serious?
Whenever an English-speaking Asian (usually a Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese) in North America tries to speak for Asians as a whole, most of the time what he or she actually means by "Asian" is East Asians.
East Asians are part of a cultural sphere that makes it easy to group them together, even with all the diversity among them. That's because East Asians all share a culture that has been largely shaped by Confucianism and Buddhism. They all celebrate the same holidays (Chinese new year for example), they share similar foods, similar social structure, and have similar values etc. Not to mention that most East Asians look quite similar.
Yes, together East Asians are collectively known as Asians, but let's make this clear: East Asians are NOT the end-all, be-all for what is Asian.
Some good examples to illustrate what I am trying to say are as follows:
"Asians are yellow [skinned]". Really? You never saw tanned, brown skinned or black skinned Asian before?
"We Asians eat with chopsticks". Really? What about the Filipinos who eat with forks and spoons? What about the Indians who eat rice with their hands?
You get my drift?
And to top it off - and this REALLY takes the icing on the cake - many of these pro-Asian agenda people who try to fight against racism and ignorance of Asians are, by and large, pretty ignorant themselves about other Asian peoples who are from different cultural spheres. Ironic, isn't it?
Don't act like I'm making this shit up because I'm not. I wish I was making this shit up.
In the Chinese male narrative, it is automatically a given that girls from other East Asian countries like Korea, Japan and Vietnam are overall very pretty girls.
For example, whenever someone mentions "Korean girl", the Chinese male might conjure up in his head a Kpop princess with white skin, nice long legs and has a cute face.
Whenever someone mentions "Japanese girl", the Chinese male might picture some Japanese porn star who looks cute and innocent and screams like a little girl in bed.
Whenever someone mentions "Vietnamese girl", the Chinese male might think is that she is extremely sexy and horny in bed.
Of course these are really stupid examples that might not necessarily reflect the actuality of these other East Asian girls, but trust me on this. Whenever Chinese males mention or think about Korean girls, Japanese girls or Vietnamese girls, it is automatically assumed that they are attractive.
So even if the East Asian girl you are actually referring to is actually not that attractive, if you say "Korean" "Japanese" or "Vietnamese" followed by "girl", they will automatically light up and think that she is attractive unless proven otherwise. So it's kind of like the other East Asian girls all hot until proven ugly.
I have no idea what other East Asians' impressions about Chinese girls are like, but I'm not so sure that Chinese girls would be given the benefit of the doubt the same way Chinese males give the benefit of the doubt to all other East Asian girls.
If anyone who is reading this blog post now that is a Korean, Japanese or Vietnamese male, feel free to comment about your overall perceptions of Chinese girls. Thanks!
Look at this beautiful kebaya that this girl is wearing. The kebaya is a very sensual and elegant traditional Indonesian dress. It's probably my favourite traditional Asian dress of all time. The Indonesian girl is very pretty too. She's got a fine petite body.
Chuckie Akenz is back with a newly released track entitled I Remember. The song is another introspective type song that Chuckie is quite well-known for. One thing I noticed is that the flow of the second to fourth lines in the 1st verse seems a little off.
Music video and album will be dropping soon...
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Royal is from Vancouver, Canada.