ATR 88 – What Harold and Kumar says about race and gender

Update: I’m listening to it now and it seems like there’s a bit of lagging/shifting going where it sounds like I’m constantly cutting Jenn off mid-sentence. Sorry folks, that’s just Skype acting up.

We’re ba-ack! The hiatus lasted a little longer than I thought it would, but Addicted to Race is here again. We’ve got some new theme music (thanks, Garageband!) and I bought a new mic, so hopefully the sound quality has improved a bit. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll find in this episode:

Is “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” really the best thing ever to happen to Asian-American cinema? Carmen and Jenn Fang discuss this stoner comedy’s implications on race and gender. Also, does Barack Obama believe in the American flag? We break down the politics of patriotism as it’s playing out in this presidential race.

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Guest co-host Jenn Fang blogs at Reappropriate: a blog focusing on issues of race, gender, and grassroots activism as they affect the formation of the Asian American sociopolitical identity.

Duration – 57:58
File Size – 26.7 MB

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6 thoughts on “ATR 88 – What Harold and Kumar says about race and gender”

  1. Carmen,

    You were thinking of when H&K were in the convenience store and confronted by those racist dudes who said ‘Thank you, come again’ to Kumar.

    When H&K get to steal the racist dudes pick-up truck, as they peel out of the parking lot, Kumar yells out to the dudes, ‘Thank you, come again!’ It really was gratifying.

    But I don’t think I’ll be seeing the sequel.

    Welcome back!

  2. Follow-up: I didn’t know there was a stereotype that we Asian men were meek, submissive, and not in control of our romantic relationships. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.

  3. Just found you guys – and I’ll be going to your archives as time permits. I love the show, both radio and video. As a Caucasian man dating a black woman (she has two biracian children from a marriage to another caucasian), these issues are near no tme. I’d like to give my perspective on one item, though – the ‘grape soda’ scene from ‘Harold and Kaumar’ was funny to me, that the racist agent assumed the black man he was interviewing would be affected by the offer (and pouring out) of the soda – the revelation the man was a doctor – who was hanging out in street clothes playing basketball because that was what he enjoyed – just made it funnier. So I was most definitely laughing AT someone – the racist cop. At the same time, I remember a shot with one of the black men in the background reacting according to stereotype, and I found that funny, too – that there ARE people who live up to stereotypes, and that we all too often buy into that fallacy -

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