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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

“Whassa Happening, Hot Stuff?”

posted by on March 25 at 13:55 PM

Adrian Tomine has a comic up at NPR about his troubled relationship with a certain Asian-American stereotype from Sixteen Candles. Due to bad lettering, I can’t tell if the strip is from 2001 or 2007 (I think the former), but I still think it’s great and he should do more like it, rather than writing the ambiguously-ending Raymond Carver pastiches he’s been hung up on for the last few years.

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That's a great strip. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Carollani | March 25, 2008 2:13 PM

This is posted in conjunction with an NPR piece I heard yesterday on the character of Long Duck Dong. It was pretty interesting...

Posted by Julie | March 25, 2008 2:18 PM

"I canít tell if the strip is from 2001 or 2007"

Maybe just read the NPR page?

"In 2001, graphic novelist Adrian Tomine (Shortcomings) published a pungent one-page comic describing his own history with the legacy of Long Duk Dong."

(note: he was interviewing Gedde for an issue of Giant Robot.)

Posted by stinkbug | March 25, 2008 2:24 PM

My main problem with sixteen candles is the part where Jake Ryan, the supposed nice guy, gives his unconcious girlfriend to a random guy who has sex with her, and then no one seems to think there was anything wrong iwth it.

Posted by hm | March 25, 2008 2:27 PM

I feel your pain, Adrian. I woke up at 3 am this morning to watch the baseball game (such a fucking waste of time and energy, I know) and in the very first inning, the announcer said that Kurt Suzuki, the A's catcher, was making a "homecoming" to Japan. Uh, I think the fact that he was born in America and lives in California made this a..."there-going".

And I just know that when Kristi Yamaguchi loses to some hot guy on Dancing With the Stars, it'll read "American beats Yamaguchi in TV dance contest."

Posted by kebabs | March 25, 2008 2:44 PM

Remember, Japanese (and many other asian nations) citizenship is based on blood (Jus sanguines), not on where one is born (jus soli).

Posted by Medina | March 25, 2008 2:58 PM

come on it was the 80's! date rape hijinks were a natural part of growing up back then...everyone was in on it! untill the damn NO MEANS NO! people ruined everyone's (us horny young virgins wthout a chance in the world ) fun.

oh yeah and speaking from an insensative lily white lower income sunova be-ach who never got to enjoy any fruits of white privalage and resents being resented and guilt tripd just because of my skin coler....I find racial humor absolutly hilarious...liberating even. at least donger was played by an asian instead of mick rooney

Posted by linus | March 25, 2008 2:59 PM

Have you read "American Born Chinese"? It's a fantastic comic that goes into great depth about the Asian American Experience, whatever that is.

Posted by mattymatt | March 25, 2008 3:08 PM

Shortcomings was great. I would totally recommend it, and it's available from SPL. Anyone know what the deal is with the cliff hanger ending, will it continue?

Posted by left coast | March 25, 2008 3:08 PM

Linus, you're scaring everybody again.

Posted by elenchos | March 25, 2008 3:13 PM


Posted by linus | March 25, 2008 3:24 PM

Sadly, while linus is scaring everyone, he's more right than many people realize.

It's weird thinking about how people thought back then ... but they did.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 25, 2008 5:53 PM

Left Coast, that wasn't a cliffhanger ending. That was a too-ambiguous ending. And it was the end. I loved it up 'till there, but the lack of an ending really pissed me off.

Posted by Paul Constant | March 25, 2008 9:52 PM

Gedde Watanabe? He was great in "UHF".

Posted by --MC | March 26, 2008 7:28 AM

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