New comedy series shows what Asian women have to deal with in America
“Quiet Tiny Asian” shows in a funny way just what it’s like to be an Asian woman in America today.
One of my new favorite YouTube shows is “Quiet Tiny Asian”, a comedy slash sketch show about how Asian women are treated in America today. You know, like quiet, tiny Asian women.
Created by comedy duo SJ Son and Ginny Leise, the series shows what Asian women have to put up with every day, being portrayed as the quiet, exotic women that a lot of men have a fetish about (a lot of men).
Son told The Huffington Post:
“Asian women don’t have the luxury of being just ‘Asian women. We are a fetish, we are exotic, we are small, we are large, we are smiley, we are deadpan, we are this and that, not because we are people but because we are Asian.”
So far they’ve filmed five small episodes, each tacking a different aspect of how Asian women have to live through different stereotypes every day. Despite being only about a minute long each, the episodes are well-produced and get their points across in a funny manner. Which is what you might expect, given it’s created by two comedy writers.
The first episode, embedded above, has Son telling her niece what to expect as an Asian woman in America today, telling her, among other things, to expect people making fun of their eyes. Which in 2017, is still a thing. Seriously, how do some people still find this gesture “fun” in 2017?
The rest of the episodes points out various stereotypes associated with Asian women. For example, their periods aren’t as bad (Episode 2), everything is an “Asian thing” (Episode 3), all Asians are together or related (Episode 4), and good ‘ol fashion racism (Episode 5).
You can check out the rest of the episodes here. They’re all well done and executed like done by pros, and I hope some studio heads at one of the TV networks sees it and gives these talented girls a shot at bigger things.
Women writers and directors and grossly underrepresented in TV and movies, and when it comes to Asian women writers and directors, well, they’re practically non-existent.