Apologies to Our Musicians of Color

I should've known you've been doing what you can.

Over on the Blasian Narrative, I've come a long way in just a few days.  This all started with Raizo and Mika, if you recall.  I was trying to help usher in a new pairing into fandom which didn't incur as much drama as Spock and Uhura, and which we could simply enjoy...you know, like we're supposed to in fandom?

But Raizo and Mika opened up a whole new world for Moi and others - as productive communication is supposed to - and now I've found myself anxiously awaiting the next episode of Ktown Cowboys, and avidly fangirling the likes of Big Phony, Danny Cho, and Se7en (yup, this is he).

And I've found that the whole "Blasian bond" is even stronger than I thought.  I, like most folks, just didn't know it.

Our musical artists have been working with each other for quite some time, but to hear MTV & VH1 tell it, it ain't happenin'.  Rain, one of the biggest international stars today, did a collaboration with Omarion and another one with, ahem, Ray J., and both went under the radar - um, how the fuck does that happen?  Se7en, another international star (and one who deliberately avoids homogeneity in his videos), did a collaboration with Lil Kim, featured her in his damn video and again...nada.  Well, except maybe some ire (but not from POC, of course).

I've issued another one of my little challenges on the Blasian Narrative, and this time I'm encouraging people to post links to musical collaborations between black and Asian artists, thus creating the ultimate Blasian playlist.  I've since been introduced to Toshi Kobuta and have turned into a downloading fiend.

I guess what I'm saying is this: good job, guys.  You're gettin' done despite the obstacles you're laying down foundations, building upon what was laid down before, and I for one am deeply grateful to all of you.

Love always to my fellow POC,
Moi

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  1. Great post Ankh. It has indeed been a lot of fun and a learning experience.

    I hope that our "movement", (yes, that's what I'm calling it) continues to grow and gain ground.

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  2. I hope that our "movement", (yes, that's what I'm calling it) continues to grow and gain ground.

    Uh-oh...look at the Big Picture on you!!!

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  3. Rain, one of the biggest international stars today, did a collaboration with Omarion and another one with, ahem, Ray J., and both went under the radar - um, how the fuck does that happen?

    Half the people in America don't even know how to spell the word international. If it didn't happen on the shores of the good ole' US of A, we don't know about it. For example, I had no idea that R&B and hip-hop was so popular in Asian countries until Rain. Now I can't get enough, but guess what? Can't get it here! Nope. Not in America. It's ridiculous.

    Actually, now that I'm learning so many new things here and on the Narrative about other cultures and our similarities, I feel kind of boxed in here, you know? Like there's so much out there in the world, and America is just...here. I hope that makes sense, because it's hard for me to explain it any other way.

    The white establishment goes so far out of its way to make POC think that we all hate each other that it can all be really depressing sometimes. You know white people don't like you, but then you have to also worry about Latinos, Asians, etc. It's so liberating to know that the numbers are being inflated. It makes me feel less "alone" as a minority. Again, I hope that makes sense, because this is kind of hard for me to put into words.

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  4. Half the people in America don't even know how to spell the word international.

    Girl...seriously...I mean...damn....

    I feel kind of boxed in here, you know? Like there's so much out there in the world, and America is just...here.

    As my older sister would say, this is done deliberately, in order to keep people HERE. Americans are discouraged from traveling or speaking more than one language. It keeps them safely ignorant and easier to control. They have HUGE misconceptions about the outside world, and because of this, they don't realize that the rest of the world is laughing at them.

    It's all about insight. Either you have it or you don't. It's not smart to be the one without the insight, but white Americans in particular have done everything to brand insight as a negative thing.

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  5. It's not smart to be the one without the insight, but white Americans in particular have done everything to brand insight as a negative thing.

    Two words: Sarah Palin.

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  6. Two words: Sarah Palin.

    One word: shudder

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  7. It's wonderful to see you ladies appreciate Korean/Korean-American singers/musicians. The Korean music industry is h-u-g-e all across Asia. May I suggest you check out Drunken Tiger, Taeyang, Big Bang, Yoon Mi Rae, and 2PM. I'd guarantee you'll be hooked!:)

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  8. PlusSizedWomanist6/22/10, 2:51 AM

    Ooh, Se7en and Rain. I love both of them, along with many other Asian singers such as Big Bang, SS501 and Super Junior.

    I do wish that there were a K or J drama out there that had a blasian love story! That would really turn some heads!

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  9. And don't forget DBSK, even if they have split up now.

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  10. @PlusSizedWomanist
    I do wish that there were a K or J drama out there that had a blasian love story! That would really turn some heads!

    It would be great. Unfortunately, it's probably not going to happen because a majority of Asians aren't gungho on this union either.

    While I certainly applaud these musicians of color for making it in the music business, it's because they're in the music business they can succeed. Some many other avenues are completely cut off to them. This isn't a completely racial matter either. Much of it is class. Most Blasians have black fathers, not Asian fathers and this makes all the difference in the universe.

    I hate reality checks...

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  11. @cinnamon

    I feel kind of boxed in here, you know?

    I know how you feel. That's why I initially left that stagnant, fossilized country at age 18. It was killing me. I was dying a little each and every day. Just being there was withering my soul. It was also killing my brain. These days, I get so much input I don't know what to do with it all. My little head is overwhelmed with information I know I never would have learned in the US. If my parents and grandmothers weren't still alive, I'd never return.

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  12. Most Blasians have black fathers, not Asian fathers and this makes all the difference in the universe.

    *raises eyebrow* I'm a little lost here. This post in particular is about Asian musicians flying all the way over to the US to work with black artists...and having their work go unrecognized. I'd don't understand where being Blasian fits into that since most of the peeps on the playlist aren't Blasian (gotta spell things out to me, Hateya).

    Now, if you're talking about "T"...well, there's another post for her.

    Unfortunately, it's probably not going to happen because a majority of Asians aren't gungho on this union either.

    Unfortunately, we've got the same issue with black people. Many our folks tend to see Asians much like the way whites do (weak, tiny, unable to speak English no matter what, hyperfeminine whether they're male or female, etc.), and see Asian-Americans as being white-washed and narcissistic.

    And when our artists try to bridge the gaps, spend a LOT of time and money trying to make some progress, they get shut down. It's a really sick situation we've got here.

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  13. @Moi

    I'm a little lost here

    Perhaps I am.

    It's a really sick situation we've got here.

    I wholeheartedly agree.

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  14. PlusSizedWomanist6/24/10, 3:45 AM

    @Moi:

    *raises eyebrow* I'm a little lost here. This post in particular is about Asian musicians flying all the way over to the US to work with black artists...and having their work go unrecognized. I'd don't understand where being Blasian fits into that since most of the peeps on the playlist aren't Blasian (gotta spell things out to me, Hateya).

    She's responding to me and my lament that there are no K/J Dramas out there that feature blasian couples, specifically Asian man/Black woman pairings. Seeing as that coupling is quite the rarity in both Asia and America, it'd be a cold day in hell we see that pair shown on television screens in Asia, unfortunately.

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  15. Gotcha Slight mix-up, that's all.

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  16. It's wonderful to see you ladies appreciate Korean/Korean-American singers/musicians. The Korean music industry is h-u-g-e all across Asia.

    I'm not entirely surprised. Peoples with traumatic histories have a habit of "taking over" in various arts forms.

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  17. @PlusSizedWomanist

    Do you have a journal where I could PM you or email? Yesterday, I met two Japanese (both work for major networks) who verified a recently-formulated theory I have regarding Blasian couples in J-dramas. It would be off-topic in this thread. I'm always at Hateza [at] gmail dot com

    The email uses a "z", it's not a typo.

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