Hi pals. Haven’t posted on here much but I’ll be flying out to London for a study abroad program today and I’ll be in Europe for the next six weeks or so. If you want to keep up with what I’m doing, I’m going to be posting pictures and everything to a separate blog I made, pochesdelavande.tumblr.com.
It’ll just be a bunch of pictures of me in pubs and hanging out at the beach in Croatia so if you dig that feel free to follow! And happy Fourth to you Americans!
Maria, Young Girl in a Moravian Costume, Alphonse Mucha.
I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”
"What I recall from the Harold and Kumar movies is my struggle with the advertisers. There was all this racial humor in the movie, and the advertising department wanted to say “Starring the Asian guy in American Pie, and the Indian guy from Van Wilder…” and they did go with that, and they submitted that to me for approval, and I said, “I don’t like it.” They asked me why, and I explained it to them, and that was tricky because it’s difficult explaining to my own representatives why that didn’t jibe with me, because everyone kind of felt like it was keeping in tone with the movie. And I said, “I don’t like it. We’re poking fun at racism in the movie all the time, but it puts the audience on the wrong side of the racism joke.” So they were playing with the wording a little bit in the edits, and they kept coming up with versions to make me happy, but they were essentially the same thing. I finally said, “You are not going to make me happy. You’re dancing around it, and you’re clearly attached to this idea, and I want you to know that no version of this idea will make me happy. And if you’re afraid that I won’t show up to do promotion because of this bitterness, you can rest assured that that’s not true. I consider promoting a movie part of my duties, and I will show up nevertheless. But you can either use this campaign and know that I’m unhappy, or you can change it and know that I’m happy. That’s it. Stop trying.” And eventually they went with it, and it’s one of those things where I look back and I’m very proud of the movie, but that’s the thing I remember.
John Cho, in a great, long-read 2009 interview on the UCLA Asia Institute’s Asia Pacific Arts website. Thanks to radiophile for the link.
This quote strikes me as particularly relevant in the aftermath of the STID press tour and John’s comments. He’s always thinking about the portrayal of race in media and culture because it hits home. And he’s a total BAMF for consistently pointing out when people get it wrong.
Spring Scattering Stars by Edwin Howland Blashfield (1927) (via)
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Alfons Mucha in his atelier, 1900
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Park Row, Leeds - John Atkinson Grimshaw
Italian Girl with Flowers - Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
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The Gorgon - Wilhelm Trubner
Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing (1786)
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André Romão - Decapitation on Auguste Comtes’s statue, 2008-2012
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