When Will It Be Safe To Be Long Asian Dudes?

by Johnny Debacle

Bruce Lee is acceptable to white womenThe movie 21. Normally I don’t care when they do true-story things and take a little poetic license and what have you. Fine, whatever, add a spice of glamor, a touch of Hollywood and tighten reality to make it snappy. But in the case of 21, they made a needless racist edit to the story. The real life MIT blackjack team was mostly asian and middle eastern, and the main guy, Jeff Ma, was asian (he later started PROTRADE). In the movie version, the lead is some banal young white “star” and Kate Bosworth. If an asian dude can’t be the star of a movie about going to MIT by day and counting cards by night…what exactly can he be in except for a kung fu movie? Not to go Stossel, but GIVE ME A BREAK.

Recommendation: Additionally, after almost 20 years of Real World and Road Rules, and several hundred cast members, not one has been an asian guy. Not a single one. Look it up. Surely there are other cool acceptable asian dudes out there in the vain of Bruce Lee and Paul Kariya’s dad!

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  1. March 28th, 2008 | 2:35 pm

    hahah Priceless label on the photo JD.

    For the record, I’m long any guy who can rock the monstrously large belt buckle/ vintage YSl sunglasses.

  2. March 28th, 2008 | 5:26 pm


    You’ll be happy to know that the all-AzN Jabbawokees (sp?) won America’s Next Dance Crew last night, and will be “paving the future wave of Hip Hop” according to the judges. Yellow is the new black (unless you want to get into college, then it’s still the old white).

  3. wtf
    March 28th, 2008 | 6:46 pm

    they are not all asian. one of them is blatantly black.

  4. gooz
    March 28th, 2008 | 7:29 pm

    MTV only finds value in the Jamie Chungs of the world to cast on the Real World. That drunk driving ho.

    Frankly, Asian men should be passing. That show sucks ass.

  5. Aspiring Mini-Baller
    March 30th, 2008 | 1:47 pm

    Sure the Jabbawockeez are mostly asian dudes but MTV only went long on them after they covered their faces with white masks.

    Since when was it ok to discuss an MTV show on here watched mostly by 16 yr old girls?

  6. anon
    March 30th, 2008 | 4:26 pm

    as long as asian-american males are overly-pampered, self-centered, arrogant brats who is going to want to watch a movie about them. what other racial/ethnic group in the US is so characterized by upper-middle class tools excessively doted on by their mommies? ironically asian-americans males are always the first to point out the flaws in the black community and blame blacks for their own social and economic plight. maybe a little self-introspection could work for your community as well.

  7. March 30th, 2008 | 10:43 pm

    Yeah, maybe a little introspection would serve you well as well? Jeez….

  8. cargguy
    March 31st, 2008 | 10:45 am

    Happened to catch the History Channel docu on the history of the MIT blackjack team just last night. Unless that show was part of the MSM Conspiracy all you Internet blowhards are so fond of invoking – and note that the majority of their sources were interviewed ON CAMERA, and identified with their presumably REAL NAMES – then you’re just plain wrong about them being mostly Asian.

    It seems there was not one but several “MIT blackjack teams,” starting in the early ’80s and breaking up and re-forming all the way up to the present. This docu focused on the first formally organized one – it actually filed documents with the SEC as a limited partnership to raise funds in a private placement! It began in early 1992 and disbanded at the end of ’93 amid intense heat from the casinos, a run of bad luck (remember that actual return usually deviates from “expected return” in the short run), and dissention in the ranks. They were all white, except for one Asian named John who I think was part of the “management” rather than one of the players actually working the casino floor. The mastermind was unidentified, a professor referred to as “Mr. M,” but was obviously white. A key player was a Russian immigrant named Semyon Duchak. After leaving the first team I think he organized a subsequent effort along similar lines; the team that Ben Mezrich (who was also interviewed on camera) wrote about was an offshoot from that one.

  9. Evander O.
    March 31st, 2008 | 11:28 am

    At least 60% of the team was Asian, I believe. This is what I heard from someone who was part of the blackjack team.

  10. The Dryer
    March 31st, 2008 | 12:58 pm

    “Long” Asian???

  11. Half Azn
    March 31st, 2008 | 3:24 pm

    Dryer: Although I would like to hope that JD is ‘Long’ Asians, I don’t think this can be deduced.

    As an asian guy, I think it’s is clear that the media is trying to deny play down our influence in historical events.

    In porno, I don’t think they know asian guys exist.

  12. Asian Person. Blalantly
    March 31st, 2008 | 10:25 pm

    “as long as asian-american males are overly-pampered, self-centered, arrogant brats who is going to want to watch a movie about them.”

    Wow, biased much? And that doesnt describe.. hm… Jewish American Princesses? Rich people? Jersey Boys? or any group of people who are “overly-pampered, self-cenetered, arrogant brats.” You feel that way about rich kids under the age of 14 as well? Are you also saying that movies are never about overly-pampered, etc etc people?

    You also say “ironically asian-americans males are always the first to point out the flaws in the black community and blame blacks for their own social and economic plight.”

    So Asian American males are upper middle class brats, spoiled, pampered, self-centered.. but have “social and economic plights.” I’m sorry, can you string together a coherent argument in the span of one paragraph? I am having a hard time convincing myself that you can.

    To respond to the original post, yes there are cultural icons like Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan (though he’s rather goofy) and ones that the Asian American community can do without (William Hung comes to mind). And coming from New York City where there are a ton of Asian faces, I forget sometimes that Asians are very much a minority in the US. Asians still turn heads in a crowd of non-Asians, and I do think that Asians stand out more than blacks or Hispanics. I think American will see a black president and a female president a long, long time before a serious Asian candidate comes to the foreground.

  13. April 1st, 2008 | 9:06 am

    Yeah, carg guy sucked. I think the reason we won’t see a serious Asian candidate is more demographics than anything. Which, I guess, implies most people are racially prejudiced, or at least that most political decisions, even entrance, are made predicated on the assumption that most people are racially prejudiced.

  14. To The Hilt
    April 1st, 2008 | 10:26 am

    Guy, guys, guys…..

    Tiger Woods for President.

  15. DooDoo
    April 7th, 2008 | 11:14 am

    However, the world has been long the Asian Girl for a very long time. And they are still in a very nice uptrend. They have never hit a point of resistance in their 200-year chart.

  16. my2cents
    May 8th, 2008 | 8:10 am

    Just to have Carguy check his sources would be nice… see below