Amazing Race, and then some…

Am watching the family version of the Amazing Race on Channel 7 right now. Some gripes:

1) It’s not Amazing Race without the exotic and foreign destinations! It’s already week 3, and they’re still in Yank territory…

2) Why are the members crying and whinging when they’re last/stuck/unable to cope when everyone around them speaks English! Just bloody ask for directions!

3) As usual, a complete lack of a genuine American representation. 10 families, only 1 is non-white, in this case, black. The white and xenophobic media needs to lose their myopia and understand how the world is changing, and how the hispanics, blacks and Asians will only become more affluent and prominent in the next few decades.

I’m completely going askew here, but i always get a little upset when i talk about racial representation. I write as an Asian. An Asian living in Australia. Who’s not too happy with the way Asians are under-represented in the Australian media. Asians have been living here right beside the Anglos from the days of the gold rush, and Asians can rightfully claim that they’re just as established as any Australian Anglos. But turn on Channel 7, 9 or Ten and all the newscastors, reporters and journalists are Anglos.

I can honestly say that the Mayor of Melbourne John So is just a token representation for all Melburnians. I reckon, when the next Mayor is appointed, there wouldn’t be another Asian Mayor for a long time. Everybody loves John So, but only because nobody understands what he’s saying and love laughing at his gibberish. I cringe when he appears on television, as John So represents everything that is stereotypical of an Asian – non-English speaking. Surely someone could have voted for an Asian who speaks perfectly intelligent and palatable English?

I’d really like to see more Asians in the Australian media in the next few years. Heaps of 2nd and 3rd generation Chinese and Vietnamese in Melbourne, surely some of them are television-worthy, with the pefect ocker Australian accent, slaps on the lamb on the barbie like a pro and perhaps outdrink an Anglo Aussie in a local pub, no?

3 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 8:35 am

    2) Yeah, they are big whingers. They should not eat for a day and save their money to buy a GPS unit.

    3)10% non white on show. non white population 19% in US. Don’t see any problem with that. Why does it have to come down to colour of peoples skin? The problem is that people make it a black vs. white issue thus stirring the racial pot. I don’t have quotas for black friends or Asian friends, I don’t see nor care about that so why should I think that way for TV.

    John So really can’t put together a sentence and he is a prime target of Asian racism in Melbourne. I still don’t know what he does other than turns up to every event where there are cameras.

    Australia is 8% Asian so I would guess that 8% of shows on TV have an Asian in it so whats the problem. I mean in 20 years time China will dominate the world, just be patient. That is if we don’t all blow each other up by then.

  2. neomien (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 11:32 am

    surprisingly john can be quite articulate…

    Adrock – I take it you don’t watch sbs?

  3. adrock2xander (unregistered) on December 3rd, 2006 @ 10:53 pm

    Quite articulate? Why i take offence to that!

    I watch SBS all the time. They show better movies (foreign) and a better sport (soccer). I have seen an Asian lady newscastor, but making it on SBS is nothing as nobody watches SBS. The three big channels still rule the roost.

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