Feminist Current

Jollene Levid on 'Asian Girlz' and the stereotyping and fetishization of Asian and Asian American women

| August 6, 2013

Podcast




Artist: Feminist Current
Title: Jollene Levid - Asian Girlz - rabble
Year: 2013
Length: 16:18 minutes (14.93 MB)
Format: 44.1kHz, 128Kbps

Show Notes:

Asian Girlz,” a song released by the band “Day Above Ground” has been called the most racist song ever. The lyrics are essentially a list of racist and sexist stereotypes about “feng shui,” “spicy tuna sashimi,” and “creamy yellow thighs” and the video features a sexualized Asian woman, played by Levy Tran, who is shown in various states of undress, dancing around in lingerie, and in the bathtub.

Aside from the song being completely awful, musically, it is unbelievably racist, amounting to a five minute long mockery of Asian people.

AF3IRM -- The Association of Filipinas, Feminists Fighting Imperialism, Re-feudalization, and Marginalization -- sprang to action and successfully petitioned YouTube to remove the video.

In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Jollene Levid, national chairperson of AF3IRM, about the song and video as well as, more generally, the stereotyping and the fetishization of Asian and Asian American women in the media and in society at large.