Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A Chink in the Armour

We all know kung fu? We blush red like cherries when we drink? Think again! Check out this hilarious "documentary" on Chinese Canadian stereotyping. It's so good, I actually watched it instead of going to my first class of the morning (okay, granted I was already late). I'm such a bad student. The only criticism I had of this video was the insistence upon a distinction between "good" stereotypes and "bad" stereotypes. We all know this to be a fallacy. But, grit your teeth through those two minutes in the film, because it all makes up for it in the end, when they get to the "kung fu test". I laughed so hard I was literally crying. Courtesy


Anonymous BehindRoundEyes said...


You saying you don't know kung fu?

5/09/2006 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

I would definitely be one of the running hoardes if I were thrown into the situation at the end of this little film. ^_^

Runnin' scaaaared!

I know a little self-defensive karate and other stuff taught in women's self defense classes, but not enough.

5/09/2006 03:25:00 PM  
Anonymous BehindRoundEyes said...

I finally got the chance to watch the video...

I'm still laughing...

Got a story for you about the reverse of this.

I was on campus here in the lounge, playing pool with a friend of a friend, a Chinese girl. She promptly whored me, and I lost miserably...not surprising, since I've played pool maybe 12 times in my entire life...

She turns to me and says, "How can you be that bad? I thought white people knew how to play pool!"

The only response I could think of was, "Do you know kung fu?"

BTW...I turn red when I get too much alcohol in me as well.

5/09/2006 05:15:00 PM  
Anonymous tekanji said...

The "kung fu test" was my favourite part, hands down.

Aside from the humour factor, I think one reason why I liked this movie so much was because it was so... fluffy. And light. But it still hit the hard issues, and addressed stereotypes in a way that I think even the most privileged person would be hardpressed to dismiss.

It seems like the perfect thing to show a potential ally, because it can foster good dialogue and hopefully lead them to look more into the matter on their own. Or maybe I'm giving the average person too much credit....

5/10/2006 03:56:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

It was definitely good and fluffy in that respect, although I wish they hadn't spent time trying to justify a "hard-working" positive stereotype. I think the film would've been just fine without that...

5/10/2006 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger solitaire said...

Hey girl!

I really liked this. Man, I saw so much of Markham, it made me want to cry (I really miss home!!)

One thing that had me raging in anger was seeing Midnite Oil. UGH. A few friends (Black, Asian and I think one white person) went out after an ex-friend's birthday celebration. We sat at a table in Midnite Oil, the young miss took our order...and we didn't see her again.
She served all the Asians that came in after us, as well as a group of white boys.
We were so peeved, we walked out. She half-heartedly tried to call us to say "your order is ready!"

Too late.

I don't know what I did to them, except being born Black. Same thing when I went to Pacific Mall. I don't want to steal anybody's ish. I want to buy it.

Never again.

5/10/2006 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger James said...

I think I had a cultural disconnect watching that video.

To me, the driving test was the funniest part, since I remembered my dad's incessant commands as he taught me to drive. That was cute. I think I'd have stayed in the gym to face off against the professionals, just for kicks.

But overall, I found it a neutral video. I don't have the immersion necessary to laugh along with improper translations or drunk bar patrons, since I only speak English and never drink alcohol. Oh well.

5/11/2006 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

are you serious? you didn't find this documentary funny?

now i feel bad i badgered you to watch it.

5/11/2006 03:12:00 PM  
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