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Bee Vang’s Experience Making Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood

January 25, 2011 by


[Last edited:  March 16, 2012] Gran Torino.  I didn’t like it at all as a representation for Asians and Asian-Americans to popular audiences.  I wrote about how the Hmong “characters” were nothing more than walking wikipedia entries.   They were nothing more than lifeless, passive victims.  They lacked any character or individuality at all. Today, at a public […]

Mistrust of Police and Ending Violence in One LA Community

January 22, 2011 by


Lot of thought-out ideas to ending violence in one LA community.  The ideas came complete with definitive metaphors and punchlines about problems and solutions. I noted a few of the comments that struck me. One major theme of the meeting was a community distrust of the police. Perception of the Police: They viewed the police […]

Racism and Attribution of Credit in Sports Talk Discourse

January 20, 2011 by


Having read sports message boards for years, one thing I’ve started noticing is how people assign credit to players and coaches over the years. My hypothesis:  people, whom I almost default as “white”, will tend to give a lot more credit to white players and leaders than they do black players and leaders.  How do […]

Bags: Embodied Metaphor for Categories

January 20, 2011 by


We don’t like shit that might appear to us “unwieldy” if were not specifically looking for it.  “Unwieldy” means messy.  “Messy” just means that we have no structure of concepts of how to understand how something or some things work. To deal with the unwieldy and messy, “bags” function as nice neat containers to place, […]

Techniques of the Body

January 18, 2011 by


So at the park in Panorama today.  Was doing chin-ups.  Corner of my eye, a guy on a mountain bicycle strolls in.  Instead of going to the push-up bars, I notice that he just decides to do pushups on the ground. Afterwards he gets up and does a few punches like he’s a fighter or […]

Asian Male Hero Finally in a Blockbuster Film

January 15, 2011 by


So the first movie I see in 2011.  Green Horn…et. Green Hornet represents something I’d been having wet dreams about ever since Harold and Kumar; a heterosexual Asian male lead character with an accent who’s actually cool AND kinda gets the female, a freakin’ white girl, albeit an aged, 250,000-miles on her Cameron Diaz. The […]

People React Strongly to Categories not Individuals

January 7, 2011 by


A theoretical realization today:  People will react more strongly to whatever is perceived as more unbreakable. What is “unbreakable” tends to be big categories, and systems, than things or persons perceived as “individuals.” A few definitions to understand that realization: “Categories” and “systems” is stuff like capitalism, socialism, police, all of which which contain defined […]