Dose of Don’ts Lately there have been a few companies who have committed some cultural faux pas especially when referring to the Asian community. It is always tough to distinguish between what can be deemed as cultural attunement or stereotyping. How do you reach the proper target, the right community and come off as genuine? Well this week, we will look at some cultural missteps and essentially a Dose of Don’ts when it comes to the Asian Community.
Are you a fan of phở? Did you know the most iconic Vietnamese soup noodle actually came from the French cuisine? "Phở" is derived from "pot au feu," a French signature beef stew. The Vietnamese pronounced 'feu' as pho and that's where it all started. Before the French colonization, beef was not consumed in Vietnam. After all, Vietnam is a country with limited land and cows are far more useful as a farming tool. This all changed as Vietnam became the French Indochina. Under the French colonial influence, beef became the symbol of gourmet luxury. That's why Vietnamese blended the French and Chinese flavors together to created phở.
Dear John Cho, Just got the word that you are going to be playing Spike Spiegel in Netflix’s live action series Cowboy Bebop, an adaptation of one of the most iconic anime series in the world. The news is all over the internet, from CNN, to Vanity fair and Buzzfeed. Theres isn’t one popular news station that has not caught wind of this momentous occasion! Not only that, the original creator Shinichiro Watanabe, the director of the original will serve as a consultant to the Netflix series. I do have to say, you are definitely leading the way for Asian American actors being cast as leads. especially today.
Public Displays of Affection (PDA) is a big taboo in many Asian cultures. Although the standard has been relaxed in recent years with western influence, India remains one of the most conservative cultures when it comes to PDA. Hugging, kissing, and even holding hands between men and women are not publicly acceptable, and sometimes even punished by law. So, what about these photos above? Are they progressive gay couples trying to make a statement?