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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: mirroriste
2009-06-02 10:51 pm (UTC)
There's also the fact that he doesn't HAVE a typical name. Hikaru was added later (by George Takei I think, but don't take my word for it), and Sulu has, well, an L in it. What makes it wonderful (especially given the time) is he's just as American as anyone else on the crew (minus, well, the obvious non-americans). Just because he's Asian doesn't separate him from the group at all.

In shorter words, I concur.
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