Miss Molly believes in improving our vocabulary. Today we will discuss a word in the vocabulary of racism: yellowface.
According to Asian Week:
It may be hard to believe, but there was once a time when Hollywood would routinely turn to non-Asian actors to portray Asian characters in films.
Often, these “yellow face” performances both reinforced and embodied all the negative stereotypes — funny accent, slanted eyes, buck teeth, and enough “Orientalism” to send the yellow fever meter through the roof.
For those too young to know this history or those wanting to take a walk down memory lane, here are the 25 “yellow face” film performances (so no David Carradine in Kung Fu unless the long-rumored film version gets made) that have arguably had the most impact on our cultural landscape.
And if you think “yellow face” existed only in the non-P.C. past, note that three of the entries are from this year.
Take a look at some of Asian Week’s 25 Most Infamous Examples of Yellowface here.
Unfortunately, yellowface is not a practice of the past.
CBS recently developed a series of clips using yellowface puppetry, entitled “Farnfucious Say”. These have since been pulled by CBS, but here is an image from the video:
The only reason these clips got pulled is because people complained loudly. Miss Molly thinks that “yellowface” is an important word for her nieces to know, so they can recognize it when they see it and join their voices in fighting it.
Miss Molly remembers the days when women “knew their proper place” in society. It wasn’t that long ago. Really.
Miss Molly laughed at this video, but it also made her shudder.
You see, some people are trying to bring back those “good old days”. They are known as “the political right”. They want to take away some of the rights you take for granted. Miss Molly wants to make sure you know about this. So she’s going to get more specific about it. But for now, just have a good laugh!
Miss Molly is hip. She is just as plugged in as anyone she knows. So of course, this video doesn’t apply to her. No, no.
She is also sure it is not you. Miss Molly knows you are a person of impeccable balance and good common sense. But, in her concern for developing young psyches, she wonders if this could be one of your friends.
If you know someone like this, you can send an intervention email to your screen addicted friend.
Miss Molly believes you can never really grow out of being a “daddy’s girl”. Dads and daughters often have a very special relationship.
But — Miss Molly asks herself, who teaches dads what their daughters really need the most from them? After some serious research, she found this video. Invite your dad to watch it with you.
You might also want to show dad this quiz (but don’t look over his shoulder while he does it! Miss Molly insists on good manners and respect for the personal space of others.)
And then give dad a great big hug and tell him how much you love him!
Miss Molly has decided she wants to write a girl-centric blog. This means what it says. Girls will be at the centre of this blog.
Now, this is not an anti-boy blog or a girls-are-superior blog.
Miss Molly adores her nephews. Boys are most welcome here, but they are to be respectful guests. They must wipe their shoes at the door, wash their hands, and sit quietly, speaking only when spoken to. (Miss Molly is trying to inject some humour into a delicate subject here.)
Once again, Miss Molly will let rock music make her point. This video shows what happens to girls when they have a girl-centric space. Rock on!!
Miss Molly has nieces and nephews who lives in the suburbs. They’ve got awesome parents who make sure they have everything they could possibly need. For a long time, Miss Molly has asked herself, “What can I add to their lives?”
She’s not sure how this blog is going to work, but it’s a way for her to share stuff that is amusing, provocative, quirky, and empowering. Miss Molly knows that this blog has to be funny and she’s not sure she can pull it off. But she’s going to give it a try!
To set the tone, here is her theme song.