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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: ribbon_scythe
2009-06-01 12:21 pm (UTC)
I mean, seriously, George Takei is like . . . the Asian Barry White

Yeeeeesssss...You're not alone in the Sulu/George Takei love. Another thing that I loved is that in NuTrek, when Kirk asks what Sulu's combat training is, most people assume some sort of Asian martial arts, but he totally subverted that by saying, "Fencing." He didn't add, "...and Kendo" or "...and Judo" just fencing. I hate it when people see Asians and say, "Oh don't bother him, he may karate chop us to death." Not every Asian knows karate/jujutsu/tae bo/shaolin monk style.

Sulu, while he didn't have any real canon love interest that I remember, had a sort of sultry sexiness about him that is often unexplored in American media. The Asian male tends to be desexualized and can't get the girl. Sulu at least got to keep his sexy (in both versions). Maybe there's hope for him getting a girl? I've got a whole other rant about racefail regarding Asians for a few other movies, but I'll stick to the fandom since this is about Star Trek

My opinion? I'd much rather be jumping into bed with Sulu than Kirk.
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[User Picture]From: afro_dyte
2009-06-01 01:47 pm (UTC)
It'd be better if he got more ass than Kirk, even though he's discreet about shit.
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[User Picture]From: mirroriste
2009-06-02 10:52 pm (UTC)
*jumps in*

I like to think that he DOES get as much ass if not more, but discreetly, keeping it his personal business and not making a big deal about it.
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