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"He speaks so well!" - Sulu as Asian anti-stereotype [May. 31st, 2009|02:56 am]
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When I watched Star Trek, my initial Enterprise crush was on Sulu. It's not just because he had that compact physique I was so fond of, but also because . . .
  • an Asian man had a way of speaking that made everything he said sound like poetry
  • the voice of that same Asian man conveyed sensual masculinity
  • I mean, seriously, George Takei is like . . . the Asian Barry White
  • no stereotypical "Engrish" coming out of his mouth
  • nothing he did was an "ancient Chinese secret"
  • said, "Don't call me Tiny" after he laid the smack-down!
And while I think it could be argued that Sulu is completely whitewashed, there's something about the character - or George Takei's acting - that makes me feel like something about Sulu being Asian is incredibly wonderful and unique - something that enhances the character in a real way. I wish I could put my finger on it, though. Any ideas?

(OT: Much love to Jet Li - one of my favorite outta wedlock baby daddies)

[User Picture]From: ishtar79
2009-05-31 10:41 am (UTC)
George Takei could read the back of a cereal box and make it sound sexy as hell/the smartest thing ever.

English is not my first language, so I'm sure I'm missing a lot of the subtleties in his speech patterns, but it struck me that his voice has a lot of gravitas, if it makes sense, but tinged with an undercurrent of wry amusement a lot of the time.

Have you seen the Voyager episode where Tuvok flashes back to his first assignment aboard Captain Sulu's ship? It was my introduction to Sulu, and just Full Of Awesome.
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[User Picture]From: watervole
2009-06-01 07:19 am (UTC)
Gravitas. Yes, that's it. I was listening recently to a TV programme where someone was interviewing Takei - and his voice was beautiful.
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