Asian Americans: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Objavljeno 6. jun. 2021
John Oliver discusses the large and diverse group of people who fall under the term “Asian American”, the history of the model minority stereotype, and why our conversations on the subject need to be better-informed.

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  • John Oliver devotes such a large fraction of time to discern between the different communities within Asian Americans and then goes on to basically ignore anyone other than the Chinese in his analysis, especially Indians (and others from the subcontinent)

  • Cool another white liberal to explain race for us...

  • You’re talking about shit that happened when my grandfather was fighting in WW2. Now do Harvard admissions because half the university would have Asians, but they’ve been capped at 18%

  • That’s actually a problem of the left. Categorizing people in groups. I lived in Japan…they want no part of being ‘Asian American’ if they’re getting lumped in with Koreans. Much like John wouldn’t like to be lumped in with the Germans just because they’re European.

  • 3:18 You guys forgot to include Afghanistan in your map.

  • Not sure how a family has their Son murdered. Yet, a judge let's them walk, and they are ok with This? Please don't ever touch my family because a judge nor anyone else will keep me from evening the score.

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  • I was at a hotel this past summer. A man came up to us without any prompting and asked where we were from. We said we’re from the Midwest. “No, where are you really from? Like, where were your parents born?” 🤡

  • John Oliver and Jollibee. 2 things I never thought I would see in 1 screen.

    • watchgirls18. com He didn’t mention this, but Vincent Chin was actually murdered the night before his wedding, when these two white guys saw him at a bachelor party with his friends.

  • As an asian russian (Kazan tatar) it was very interesting to see how asian people are treated in US but I wonder why he never mentioned Russia when he showed that map. There are a lot of asian ethnic groups in Russia but no one ever talks about them, like they don't exist. Most people outside of Russia think that all russians are white.

  • A Japanese American, Pakistani American, and Filipino American walk into a bar. The white bartender asks, "What can I get you triplets?"

  • The mass shooting in ATL wasn't racially motivated. It was an incel trying to get laid. There are Asian massage places that do "other stuff" he thought they just didn't like him.

  • Thank you for making the distinction between asian and asian american. There is a difference. Thid is a super cool and comprehensive resource.

  • Yeah like Caucasian represents diversity from French to Italian to Irish...

  • good luck Laotians

  • This is some racist stuff. The woke left loves to talk about asians like they lived in asia. Why don't yall go on and on about africans?

  • Anyone else want Khari to be a reoccurring character.

  • The only time Asian Americans are people of color, according to white people, is when we're good at science/mathematics That's I T

    • Otherwise, we're "white" and we can't complain about racial inequality

  • Finally saw this. Really good amount of ground covered here. Good stuff. For better or worse, the more useful you are in a "movers and shakers" economy / environment, the more valuable you are. Also for better or worse, not everyone values human dignity over their time or money. hhmmm...

    • watchgirls18. com When you dismiss Vietnamese or Japanese students who do well as if it's part of their heritage, you undermine the hard work they put forth to achieve.

  • Kamala Harris is now Asian? Last time she was black.

    • You know people can be more than one race, right?

    • She is half Asian and half Black.

  • How conveniently he leaves out the story of Harvard's Double Standard for Selecting Asian Americans, when it doesn't fit his Liberal Agenda.

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  • Name an Asian American:? Lucy Liu?

  • 👏🏽 thank you for speaking truth and educating!

  • Didn’t know being a minority was a competition. 🙄 the ridiculous thing is that they don’t even know how they sound. Like you are comparing minorities like phone brands 🙄

  • I think it's the Hem on the right that brought most of the bacon home. He got so fat on his last movie, got so low that he needed two flying axes to feel good about himself

  • Who the hell thought Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan are native americans?

  • My biggest problem as an Asian American is basically I’m too Asian to be taken seriously by Americans and too American to be taken seriously by Asians, it’s like I’m stuck in this weird limbo lol

  • im asian american and i do mini bikes go carts computers remote control vehicles, but no musical instruments.... BTW a mini bike is a lawnmower motor powered small sized motorcycle like an off road all purpose vehicle

  • The guy who made China's nuclear program was a victim of racism who had to flee back to China

  • John Oliver doesn't know what he's talking about - as usual!

  • I love that the starting picture of Asians and the term "Asian" ignore lighter-skinned Asians who often live in Russia and Israel, and Arabs, and who knows whomever else.

  • I cant wait until John Oliver does a full segment on Joe Rogan and how awful he is

  • I knew I loved John Oliver for a reason

  • 13:15 the John Oliver/Vox crossover

  • If you go back 100 generations in your own family you share an ancestor with literally every human alive. Race is made up garbage. There is only one race and that is human.

  • Asian Americans, huh? Good topic, but how about Asia...more specifically, Taiwan?

  • This has been, for some reason, the news.

  • Tell me what to think John Oliver! Feed me your opinions!

  • Kamla Harris Joke Was LIT 🤣🤣

  • Every week there is a new “fastest growing group” - I thought it was for sure Latinos looking at LA

  • If you can, do watch Alamat's "Kasmala" video wherein references about the Filipino manongs were made.

  • The 1990's King Riots was also a boil-over from a Korean-American convenience store owner killing Latasha Harlans, who was African-American. Soon Ja Du was convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter but only given 5 years probation.

  • Also the racism within Minorities.

  • Is there a way I can contact John Oliver? I have a solution that I'd like him to see, it involved Artificial Intelligence! I can't proceed with building it until it's more Widely seen. I'm not irresponsible enough to start this without letting You know! It's THAT AI

  • 10:57 kinda like Annabelle..."Positively, Do Not Open"🤭

  • Oh my

  • stop diving us with your identity politics

  • If you watch it closely you will see the real lesson that America should learn from this. A 1965 law that prioritized immigration of skilled and educated people in professions that American business needs. These immigrants had the best experience and are the most successful group. You know kind of the point system based immigration that President Trump supported. Also he skipped the part where the newspaper headline about Chinese exclusion law mentioned it was a Democratic party proposed law.

  • 0:51 John.... How did you lose your opportunity to say Joe Mama.

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  • I'm not sure if its a good thing or a bad thing that Filipinos are mentioned specifically in this piece.

  • I 100% agree i'm american and british of pakistani and Cambodian heritage and I hate being considered a model minority like no I'm american, I hate the higher standards i'm just a normal american, a normal brit who happens to be asian, people sometimes get shocked when I'm not the smartest at everything like bruh

  • in the UK "asian" is a derogatory term, used to label all non whites.

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  • While your motivation is to make you feel helpful, dividing people by race means embracing racial thinking. Why can't people just be American? I'm sure what you're trying to do is some kind of briefing, but you're just pointing out the battlefield.

  • As a German living on the "Eurasian Continent" at least the Asian-Americans have a geographic reference and not some "white" race bs. Almost sounds like an upgrade. Compared to Africans or Europeans put in race categories of black or white while ignoring their 250+ cultural identities. Americans like their "racial identities" from the times of the slave traders while lecturing the world about americancentric Anti-racism. It´s like an Alcoholic lecturing others not to drink.

  • ahhh... you people do realize that the middle east is still Asia right? not once were they mentioned, for f#&ks sake they didn't even show them on the map 1.5 million Persian Americans are in usa for example

  • Bruce Lee is actually Asian American. So at least 9% of them are correct.

  • An Indian, I've been asked so many times in Europe by Americans coming from urban cities like New York even, "where is India geographically located?" and whether "Indians know English"! I started wondering what do they teach in US schools when you have so many Indian Americans sitting with you in the classes!

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  • When I watch all the other crazy shit happening to other people, other races, etc, I get all angry and maybe a bit sad. Now that I see it happening to my own I just can’t stand to watch it. It’s too much I’d just want to pretend it doesn’t exist. I wonder if black or latino Americans feel that way more often than not, ditto other Asians.

  • Man you know I never really thought about how much the model minority myth affected my mental health. Also wow accurate description of “nice racism.”

  • Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Some of the worst type-casting of Asians ever. The "model minority" myth, while having some basis in truth, is nonetheless incredibly dehumanizing in its own right, because it emphasizes the otherness of Asians as people. It becomes a way for white society to distance themselves from having to take Asians and Asian cultures seriously on their own terms, turning human beings and human cultures into an ideological scourge to use against other minorities.

  • After moving to Canada for awhile, my NYC friends asked me what the differences were between Canada and the US when it came to racism. Canadian stereotypes aside, I finally gave them an answer they could relate to. The US and NYC in particular is a 'melting pot' so picture it as a white colored soup and you stir in some black colored ingredient, it may turn briefly gray but ultimately it becomes white color again. Same thing happens when adding any other color ingredient: red, brown, yellow, etc. No matter what, the soup ends up being white again - and this is what it means to be a melting pot - in the US, the expectation is that you become "American" and that is defined as being lighter/white in skin color, judged also by how you look, dress, speak and behave. On the other hand, Canada is based on being a "mosaic". That can be described as the stain-glass window in a church, comprised of many colors, all connected and together under one roof. In fact, when I later studied for the Canadian citizenship test, the concept of mosaic was written into the textbook and stated Canada's principle to be a multicultural landscape, that symbolizes a national ideology of inclusion and diversity. The proof in the pudding was when I saw members of the parliament (MP), perhaps analogous to assembly or members of the House of Representatives, speak with different accents (from their native lands), wearing turbans, etc. and I thought to myself, this could rarely happen in the States - can you imagine an American of Middle East descent wearing a turban or kufi (skull cap) running for Senate? And God forbid s/he is speaking with an accent(!). Nevertheless, I'm really heartbroken with what's been happening in the US, I still tear whenever hearing about these kinds of domestic issues and Canada still has its own challenges with racism, but we need to see and treat each other as individuals, get to the root of the social issues and address them. This is the only way we can move forward together as a society and make America great again, rather than lowering standards in the name of equality and setting up our future generations to be less competitive in the global market.

  • I don't think it would be too weird for the average american to think that asians are only eastern asians

  • If your have created many great things, you will not complain racism. Japan and Korea produce perfect products and create anime and kpop. China invent paper, tea, gun power, kongfu movie, Indian invent zero and chess and Bollywood. That's why Asian don't complain, just study and work hard. because we are proud people.

  • Holding up ANY other American minority gains as a yardstick with which to unfavorably compare African Americans makes fuck-all sense, because with the notable exception of American Indians, the rest of are here because our forebears *sought* to come here as immigrants or refugees, while those of black Americans were taken forcibly as slaves. (Note: It is true in early colonial period there *were* also some Irish/British convicts and "undesirables" who came as indentured servants who had very little legal rights and often no real prospect of ever being freed; however I think they were too few in number compared to the vast populations of immigrants of their own ethnicity to be of statistical relevence here). There is an overwhelming difference between an ancestor populations of economic immigrants, some even with meager capital, vs captured slaves from which every resource has been stripped. Think about what it takes to survive 2 -3 generations as economic immigrant (and then 1st -2nd generation American) vs what it takes to survive **10+ generations** of chattel slavery! Immigrants are self selected often among the most enterprising. In some cases the majority of immigrants from certain countries were middle/upper class there- doctors, lawyers, nurses-- despite the fact they may wash dishes or drive a taxi in US. At the very least, they had the financial or cultural capital to afford passage here, either by their own family's money or liasions with your erhnic community here, and humanitarian or religious organizations. As highly enterprising, they come with some built in internal resources and resilience factors which are transmitted to their children in subsequent generations, mostly culturally. While this is probably less true of straight up war refugees scooped up indiscriminately by humanitarian aid, a minority of immigrants are war refugees. Whereas people captured, sold as slaves, stripped of all human dignity and brought in ships literally stacked like cargo, separated from anyone who speaks youre language, families split apart, no legal rights whatsoever, you are compleyely and utterly at the mercy of only the degree of sadism or mercy of your owners. Your cultural tradotions systematically stamped out or broken, tbe entire might of half a nation goes to trying to exploit or excise every internal resource you might somehow retain beyond your immediate physical constitution so you can perform hard labor...think about what it takes to survive THAT. Its a different skillset that gets passed on, you do not want to draw attention to yourself with your creativity, by showing you are smart or working hard you gain NOTHING and stand to lose your life and those of your friends. Your enterprising nature may only safely be used in improvisational entertainment or athletic pursuits, you are only allowed to have learning regarding religion, and spirituality is one of the only comforts you may turn to, of course your only choice is Christianity. This is not like Roman slavery, where a slave may theoretically buy or earn his freedom, or where escape might mean a visual blending in, or where at least your children or grandchildren will be free....No. You are a slave by a categorical inherent quality that is boldly visual. The color of your skin. This means you are a slave for life, and should you escape anyone who ever sees you knows it. It means your children and their children will also be slaves for life, your entire bloodline eternally doomed...A certain fatalism and investment in the spiritual would be almost *necessary* to not go fucking insane. Christ too suffered, this too shall pass, their will be justice on the afterlife. Think about the kind of mindset you need to accept and survive knowing that, on top of all the other psychological, physical and sexual horrors and traumas you are subjected to and see otjers subjected to. And when your finally freed after a war, you arent in a new country and you are still hunted and have a boot on your neck for the next hundred years?? Over 10 generations of this! What kind of legacy gets passed generationally, what kind of trauma and collective ptsd and what wisdoms that may or may no longer apply since the civil rights legislation in 1960s? There is just no comparison. That African Americans managed to develop a culture, experienced joy, contributed most of our countrys music, have their own dialect using English meshed with grammar of various African languages, that their descendents maybe 1 or 2 generations post legislation protecting their civil rights and voting rights, succeed at all, in any way, is so monumentally against all odds, it is a testament to the dignity and achievement of the human spirit in general, and particularly of theirs.

  • I don't about covid from Chinese food , but I am pretty sure you can get chicken pox from KFC , that shit is toxic.

  • I am from Kazakhstan and I don't know which box to check

  • 15:02 those countries look like a album cover it is a large woman and a little stocky man she has him luck with their elbows together facing away from each other she is a one foot bit forward he has both legs curled up flexing I do not know the name of that album although I listen to it everyday lol he would be on the left she would be on the right

  • 6:02 I have never seen an Asian riding a mini bike I have never seen an Asian play football I have just recently seen an Asian play ROCK GUITAR 🎸

  • I wish they'd at least attempted to explain the wild discrepancies between cultures.

  • I thought they invent the term because they cannot distinguish which asian is

  • How bout Latin Americans. We are completely ignored, yet one of the largest populations!

  • It's stressful and unsafe to live in the U.S 😓

  • I think you should call China, Philippines, Japan origin people Asian American, and Pakistan India Bangladesh Sri Lanka origins Indian American. Otherwise Middle East and Russia also come under asia.

  • I am Pakistani but I dont feel "Asian" American. I feel more affiliation with the middle east.

  • I was able to do a little bit better at naming famous Asian Americans than the people in that interview. In addition to Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, I remembered Kamala Harris, and was able to add in Grant Imahara and Monty Oum. Not exactly much of an improvement, though.

  • So… maybe this is an indictment of the American schooling system but it wasn’t clear from this video if John Oliver and Americans in general know that Israel, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan (Borat), Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Yemen, Turkey, Syria, to name just a few are also in Asia. He seem to completely skip Central Asia and West Asia. Asia has 49 UN member countries and around 4.5 billion people.

  • I’m sorry he didn’t cover the racism of caps for “Asian American” students in US schools and universities.

  • John Oliver: Makes a 27min talk on why is it bad to generelise Asians. Also John Oliver:"SoUtH AsiAnS"🤡🤡

  • You guys need to stop using the the term 'South-Asian' too @10:34

  • Sen. Joe Biden: “I do not believe the United States has an obligation, moral or otherwise, to evacuate foreign nationals. The United States has no obligation to evacuate one, or 100,001, South Vietnamese.”

  • Talk about the Asian exclusion act of 2021, "Affirmative Action".

  • The facts about racism and all them being under an umbrella term is true but Asian cultural identity around hard work is very real and is a reason why Asian Americans are so upwardly mobile

  • 0:45 Kamala Harris has only ever been described as a “woman of color” whenever the subject is broached. I personally didn’t know her ethnic background, and would not think of her when I think of an Asian American

  • Those three children actually look alike. Seriously, are they siblings?

  • Very interesting. As always. Greetings from Tricity in Poland

  • 6%??? Are you reading a census from the 1700's???

  • Every immigrant group in America has faced discrimination, mostly notably the Jewish, Irish and the Italians. Unlike these other groups that have assimilated to a large extent over time, the difference for Asians, and the Blacks for that matter, is that these groups will always look different physically from Whites and thus can never fully assimilate as Americans.

  • Kamala Harris was shoved down the throat of Americans, don't pretend she's likable.

  • As a white dude, I hate that so many folks from all different backgrounds are still having this kind of discrimination. I'm very aware it's still happening but I'm also appaled that it's still happening. Unfortunately, I'm not surprised.

  • 0:52 JOE MOMA

  • Re Bruce Lee, Thats like saying Muhammad Ali is an inappropriate answer to a question about a well known black person. A legend is a legend.

  • Well all need to stop marking ourselves xxx-American. If you live here, you're just American. Racism will continue to exist for as long as humans identify themselves by race. I don't care about Asians, Blacks Whites, or anything else. If you follow the law, you're a good American. If you don't, you're not. Simple. Yes, that means a lot of people have to forgive the past and move on. It means adopting a new worldview.

  • Yeah the model minority stereotype needs to go away. Maybe it was useful for Asian immigrants once upon a time, but that's no longer the case. Even within the same group (e.g. Indian Americans), there's diversity to be found. Not everyone has the same views, and nobody should be treated like a perpetual foreigner (and especially not in a country that's so xenophobic).