Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Welcome to the Chinese monkey house

Okay, I told you. I'm not Tibetan. I'm a hot Chinese chick okay? I speak, write perfect Chinese and know all about the community here. These months have stressed the hell out of me. It just brings out all the bigots around me. Yeah, the presidential election and Proposition 8.

Wanna know about how the ethnic minority's media in Southern California are like? Well, yeah, fuck it, you know who I'm talking about, the FOBs, Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, all the way to Diamond Bar or whatever the China in the Far East on the 10 Fwy. Even if you don't have cable, you can still watch LA18.6 just from digital signal starting this year. Yes, that station with some mid-aged yellow trash woman under 1-inch-thick heavy makeup, 90s fashion and lots of dated accessories all over, interviewing some jackasses from whatever Protect Marriage or unknown graduate school, talking about gay marriage. It's a daily show called "LA Living". Yes, that's the channel, KSCI. You got it. It's like a fucking Chinese version of Fox TV, only even stupider. Write a message to complain here.








Or, look at that church woman who also hosts a daily show on the Chinese radio, one time, about "counseling gay people". Um, excuse me? How dare you bitch?! Every evening, you can mistake AM 1430 for FM 99.5. It's the same heterosexist Christian preaching shit on air. What time is it now? 7PM? Yeah, here we go.

I think Chinese people in L.A. are facing a big crisis: the mainstream Chinese media serving 5-6 million Chinese Californians here are monopolized by bigots. I sometimes read / listen to the news done by the local Chinese media. Oh my holy moly, that's just awful journalism. I don't know what we can do with it when each year, thousands of immigrants from Asia, who don't speak English well enough to understand other media, settle down in Southern California and thought what these bigots preached about was true. I'm from Asia but none of the people I knew from school would say offensive stuff like "counseling the gays." My home was more westernized, not as tainted. So I was stunned, surprised, bothered and I'm now very confused. I hate stereotypes and all but I still feel I have actually lost touch with "my people". But really, who are "my people"? You tell me if you know who "your people" are. Do you really know? Who are Chinese and who are whatever names you call yourself? I have to admit I feel very embarrassed to just think of the idea that I might be associated to a big ethnic group like these FOBs. Is anybody just as ashamed as I? I need a hug.

9 comments:

Bob Pielke said...

My ethnic background is 100% German, so you can imagine the stereotypes I've had to live with. I was always unsure how to break this news to my friends -- most of whom my "fellow countrymen" would have in years past incinerated for their heresy, race, sexual orientation and other deviations from "pure Aryan-hood." My grandmother always maintained she came from "Mas-sa-chu-setts" -- thus accounting for her accent. And although my problem with stereotypes is older than yours, I still have to deal with the theologian/military/dictator imagery. [Where is "Cabaret" when we need it??]

Bob

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But Bob, German people are one of the most open-minded people nowadays. It's totally different from Chinese people. They are one of the most scary people nowadays. That's what I was talking about. It's not the stereotypes that other people use on me that bother me. It's the fact that stereotypes matches the Chinese people in reality so well that bother me. Seeing is believing. I can't beat that.

Bob Pielke said...

Oh I agree...not the same now. But not too many scary years ago, the stereotype DID match the reality. The stereotypical German WAS the real German in far far far too many cases. [My grandfather, being an exception to the rule, hopped a steamer out of Bremen to escape the Kaiser's army. My aunt -- a professional dancer aka artist -- just made it back to the States in 1938 before H took over.]

Bob Pielke said...

Oh I agree...not the same now. But not too many scary years ago, the stereotype DID match the reality. The stereotypical German WAS the real German in far far far too many cases. [My grandfather, being an exception to the rule, hopped a steamer out of Bremen to escape the Kaiser's army. My aunt -- a professional dancer aka artist -- just made it back to the States in 1938 before H took over.]

. said...

I basically don't always feel safe among Chinese people in Southern California. When I watch some of their TV shows and listen to their radio, the hatred and ignorance inflicted in them remind me of Planet of the Apes.

Anonymous said...

hey...did any one mistake u for a tibetan?? but u r chinese right??i was juss searching for some random site...i thought this site was a clothing site...cuz i think i think i saw it somewhere in the paper...n i type it n the first thing i see is "Okay. i told u i'm not tibetan". n i'm like wooooo...did anyone mistake u for a tibetan..juss curious/// cuz i'm tibetan..

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Yes, somebody thought I was Tibetan because during the 314 riot I wrote something in this blog about Tibet. I think you were looking for www.chickdowntown.com, which is an online clothing store. I, Downtown Chick, however, is a Chinese chick living in Downtown Los Angeles that is concerned about Tibet because I am a follower of the Gelugpa tradition... Well, kind of a very lazy follower but yes, I am one. It's funny my "I'm not Tibetan" caught your eyes since you are Tibetan... Hah! Drop by sometime!

tonyc said...

bwahahahahaha! 18.6 makes me LAUGH man!

is it bad I just moved to Alhambra? shiiiet.. Chinese Christian Evangelicals are SCARY but.. I live 5 minutes away from Kang Kang Shau May.

. said...

Dang! Shau May's "flesh" "fried" bun is awesome, man! I still love Alhambra. Lived there for 4 years. Great place to live when without the bigotry.