Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Two Steps Forward Six Steps Back

How say I lacist? Hmmm, ret me latiocinate...

Hey fam, the summer continues and so does the blogging at PBS. Today's entry is Part 1 of an interview with John Jay, the creative director of advertising giant Wieden + Kennedy.

If you didn't know, W+K is the famous firm responsible for the Spike Lee + Michael Jordan ads that changed representations of race forever, and has been a pioneer in the globalization of hip-hop.

We're continuing the thread about race images in the hip-hop era. Despite what you might think, John is a second-generation Chinese American of late baby boomer age, and he has a lot to say about hip-hop and images of Asian Americans. I think you'll find this one fascinating.

On a related tip, our man Mosi Reeves sends us this link wherein Dave Kehr waxes on, but mostly off, about Charlie Chan:

In a medium founded on action, Charlie Chan remains one of the few heroic figures in American film to function proudly as an intellectual. Chan's adventures in ratiocination were first recounted by Earl Derr Biggers in a series of six successful novels and eventually in 47 films made from 1926 to 1949 (as well as in a few parodies and semi-parodies that came after).

This courtly detective — an employee of the Honolulu Police Department on seemingly permanent leave — stands as one of the best-loved characters in American movies, a tribute above all to the warmth and gentle humor that the Swedish-born actor Warner Oland brought to the role during his 1931-to-1938 tenure as Chan...

Are the Chan films racist? Not, I think, by the standards of their time. Mr. Biggers is said to have created Chan (based on a real detective, Chang Apana, who worked for the Honolulu police) to counter the negative images of Asians being fueled by the Hearst papers' "yellow peril" campaigns and embodied most repellently by Sax Rohmer's sadistic "Oriental" villain, Dr. Fu Manchu.


Oh yes, we so happy to have "best-loved character" once again. We love him long time!

(Actually, we'd be dancing in the streets if it weren't for these rickshaws. To think our clients only used to have Dr. Fu. How did they ever trust us?)

As Billy Bragg once said, still waiting for the Great Leap Forward.

By the way, if you haven't seen Oliver's take on F&F: Tokyo Drift, it's worth the time.

posted by Zentronix @ 3:51 PM   1 comments links to this post

1 Comments:

At 7/13/06, 6:47 AM, Blogger sacred said...

man big ups jeff change for your persistance to keep up on whats
going on in the world and having
hip hop being your voice and vessel to bring unity and awareness
that we as this culture can come
together and become more strongly
active, im an mc graff artist and
activist out of the east bay of
hayward ca the home of joe quix
king tech and the mighty motion
man wich a lot of people probibly
didnt know that, well im soon to
launch a worldiwde activist foundation called SOULUTIONHEIREZ
wich will be a map of the world and
when you click on where your from resource topics will appear and they will all be about building a
stronger community with resources to bring change, i have given powerfull presentations on my life
as a hip hop artist changing to
become a pillar for gospel hip hop
wich is soon to blow up we are out
here and GOD is moving within us
powerfully with some of the rawest
mc's like ohmega watts,braille and
the lightheaded crew,deepspace5 with mars ill and so many others,well i just wanted to give you much support and unconditional love that GOD is using you to inspire people to raise up and become more active,i would love to build with you on some subjects in the bay i am launching my website on the 25th of this month for my
birthday and i will have a press kit and some new music but the full launch will be on new years, im working on non profit to open up a hip hop youth center movement call the OUTLET if your not plugged in your lights out! well i hope you find this exhortive one love sean sac-red sr vent chapin
APPOINTED PURPOSE MINISTRY OF LIFE.

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

 

Previous posts
At PBS: An Interview with Reginald Hudlin of BET |...
Everyone Loves Ronaldinho
Cham: "This is my real ghetto story"
Damon: "We Stink"
The Definitive Desmond Dekker Post
Election Day In CA
Me On PBS.com: Hip-Hop And American Identity
R.I.P. Desmond Dekker
The South Berkeley Guide To The Conservative Guide...
Ed Park on Kaavya Vishwanathan


select * from pages where handle = "BlogLinks" #content#

Archives
June 2002
July 2002
August 2002
September 2002
October 2002
November 2002
December 2002
January 2003
February 2003
March 2003
April 2003
May 2003
June 2003
July 2003
August 2003
September 2003
October 2003
November 2003
December 2003
January 2004
February 2004
March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
November 2004
December 2004
January 2005
February 2005
March 2005
April 2005
May 2005
June 2005
July 2005
August 2005
September 2005
October 2005
November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008
June 2008
July 2008
August 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
December 2008
January 2009
February 2009
 

Email list

Add me to the Can't Stop Won't Stop email list, an irregular update of what's new in our world:

Submit