Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Asian Week Is Dead
Some folks are comparing this ridiculous Kenneth Eng editorial to the "Tsunami Song" incident at Hot 97 two years back. I am not going to disagree.
Talk of a boycott against Asian Week is already afoot. If these interweb activists are serious--and we can ask Abercrombie & Fitch about how serious they can be--they may be enough to actually shut down this tiny little weekly paper that claims almost 50,000 readers--which is, not coincidentally, equal to the number of all the people in the Fang family plus all of their friends and everyone they owe money to rounded up to the nearest half hundred thousand.
It is truly jaw-dropping that the same pressure to be not just stupid, not just anti-"PC", but completely frickin' moronic, has not affected only media monopolies (think radio, TV, the New Times) but even Asian American-targeted free weeklies, that is, the alternative alt-weeklies!
Trust me, I get that community papers don't always have access to the "best and brightest", who are all, um, going to work for Google. But in Eng, we have a 20-something dude who barely leaves his house, doesn't seem to hold anything in esteem--Blacks, religion, whites, Asian Americans--except for his writing abilities, which are not yet developed enough to allow him to be able to write coherently about anything for more than 400 words, except for sci-fi stories, as Poplicks points out none-too-subtly, about dragons who pack swords and guns. Isn't fire-breath enough any more?
(For kicks, you can read Kenny's rabid description of his recent college-going experience, click here and scroll down to the article gently entitled, "DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ASIANS AT NYU", all caps his. Yet another jaw-dropper in the way it manages to cheapen the real experiences of discrimination all too many Asian Americans experience every day.)
Eng has now been sent packing--and we can rest assured he will not be recruited to go work at some competitor ala Star & Buckwild because even Viacom now thinks this niche is just too damn small.
The financial damage to Mr. Eng will also be miniscule. He could make more money washing dishes, if he would ever bother to leave his bedroom. Perhaps he'll get called for that new "comedy" show on Fox News Channel. Even Jon Stewart has one black guy working for him.
But someone named Fang ought to be seriously questioning Asian Week's Email-Forwarder-In-Chief Samson Wong's judgment. If this was s'posed to be an expose of real tensions between Blacks and Asians, who let it past logic check? (Russo-Japanese war--huh?) If this was s'posed to be edgy humor, who the hell thought it was funny?
Here's Asian Week's tepid, at best, apology which reveals, by not saying so, that essentially the Fangs' last serious journalistic venture--whoa, who knew those words after 'last' would ever appear together in a sentence?--is getting out in the world with no one at the wheel. It doesn't take that famous Asiaphile Paul Haggis to tell you that such cars will eventually crash, and afterward, often burn.
So anyway, it's not as titillating as the fake Antonella Barba pictures (I'm not linking those you perves), but Hyphenblog is hosting a funky feedback fiesta. For me, the best of all is Claire Light's angry screed--I consider Emil "Amok" Guillermo a friend, but whew! just read this--entitled all too aptly, "Embarassed 2 B Azn".
Yup, I think I'll stay home tonight, too.
posted by Zentronix @ 5:31 PM
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