more inquiries about the Asian American Disney Princess photoshoot

knphoto:

Donnie (donniekompany): Before I start, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has liked and reblogged our photo project. All of the positive comments make us smile because it means that our message is getting out there. It is making people, you, think. I’m also jumping in my seat a bit because yamino and albinwonderland have shared our work on their pages too!

Now, amongst the many positive comments we have received, there have been a few negative comments as well. Kim did a great job addressing some of them in a separate post. I, however, am tired of reading the same criticisms over and over again. So I will address them here.

(I, Kim (knphoto/annakimskywalker), will also be adding my 2 cents to each criticism as well)

“Tinkerbell isn’t a princess”:
Donnie: True, she isn’t. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t belong in the classic Disney character list. Tinkerbell played a crucial part in Peter Pan and deserves just as much credit as any other Disney princess.

“Children of color don’t have a hard time relating to White Disney princesses”:
Donnie: I will have to disagree. Kim’s and my whole project revolves around how not only us, but other women of color grew up not being able to fully connect with the White princesses. This doesn’t lessen the hardships the princesses went through. We can still connect with them through those hardships and overcoming struggles, but it is the experience we are making a connection with; not their image. When I was little, I would pick Belle as my favorite Princess to imitate because she has long dark hair (this was before Mulan came about). I wouldn’t pick Cinderella because she had blonde hair, and I wouldn’t pick Snow White because she was extremely pale (even though she had dark hair too). When it came to Barbie dolls, I would always try to get the one with dark hair. Why did I have this deep need for dark hair? Because I HAD DARK HAIR. I wanted to look like them so I could be them. But there was always this disconnect because I wasn’t white. My skin wasn’t a peach color. My eyes didn’t have the double eyelid. So to say that children don’t have a hard time relating to White Disney Princesses invalidates all of my childhood struggles of trying to be a Disney Princess myself. I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t do that and accept our feelings.

Kim: This is an incredibly broad statement to make. If you’re White and have no problem connecting to princesses of color/a person of color and have no problem connecting to the White princesses, that’s great, but also keep in mind that your experiences don’t speak for everyone. Donnie and I are coming from a very personal place in this photoshoot, a place I know many fellow PoC come from as well. Do you have any idea what it means to a young Asian/Asian American girl to see Mulan be presented in the Disney princess lineup? What it means to go so long with little/no representation of your race and only living with the scraps of problematic, racist depictions? Because it’s a feeling only those of us who don’t have people who look like us splattered everywhere will ever know. This colorblind mentality is incredibly problematic and erases individual experiences/identities/histories, and non-PoC really have no place telling us how we should feel. Asking questions is one thing, claiming PoC don’t have problems relating to White characters is something totally different.

Also, don’t think I didn’t see some of you use “colored princesses”. if we’ve been consistently using “princesses of color”, it’s your best bet to use that same term as well.

“Having a character that is completely different from the origin they are supposed to be wouldn’t be accurate.”
Donnie: And having Hollywood white-wash a whole cast that was supposed to be Asian wouldn’t be accurate either *cough* Dragonball *cough* 21 *cough* Akira *cough* Dead or Alive *cough* 
Just saying.

Kim: Donnie was spot on with the White washing of PoC casts. Where’s the controversy over that? Where’s the same criticism 21 should get for White washing REAL PEOPLE that the James Bond franchise got for wanting Idris Elba to be the next James Bond, a FICTIONAL character? 
Also, something important to consider is why mostly European fairytales/stories are the ones being chosen. There’s countless tales from every culture, and yet only European ones are being chosen. Why is that? Why is the idea that it’s a European setting used to justify the lack of PoC characters, as if we don’t exist at all?
And if we’re talking about accuracy here, let’s also talk about a woman turning into a dragon. or talking bears, fish, and crabs. or turning a grown woman into a frog and then turning her back into a human. LET’S TALK ABOUT ALL THESE THINGS.

“Rather than changing white princesses to Asian, should we not try to draw more focus to princesses of colour instead?”
Donnie: Like how Pocahontas’s portrayal was historically inaccurate? How Tiana was a frog and GREEN for a majority of the movie? How Jasmine’s skin color was considerably paler than Jafar’s or Aladdin’s? If you want to focus on Princesses of color, we can. We can focus on how Disney fucked over every princess of color they’ve ever had. Which is 4.

Kim: And why is it that even PoC cultures are being represented, the absolute bare minimum of research is done and we wind up with horrendous, inaccurate portrayals? Let’s talk about that too.

“White Princesses aren’t bad role models just because they’re White”:

Both of us: We never said that White princesses are bad role models solely because they are White. We never said White princesses are bad role models, period. This entire project shows how much we like the princesses, so we don’t know where this argument came from at all.


just to answer a couple of inquiries i’ve seen regarding our Asian American Disney Princess photoshoot

knphoto:

to those who wish there were more dark skinned princesses included:

thank you to those of you who have brought this up!

i think i can speak for both myself and my partner when i say that we agree with you. we tried our best to have a variety of Asian American women because we didn’t want to limit our models to one specific type because it wouldn’t be an accurate representation of the Asian American population. unfortunately, 3 of our models (who would have been Ariel, Rapunzel, & Merida) had to pull out of the shoot due to scheduling conflicts on the 2 days we could shoot, and 2 of those models are dark skinned Asian American women. i’m happy with how this shoot came out but i do agree that there should have been more dark skinned princesses as well. just having one definitely is NOT enough, and this is something we’ll fix for future shoots. or we could even keep adding on to this one!


what about Kida from Atlantis? why isn’t she included in the description? 

you’re right and that was a massive slip up on our part. i’ve never seen Atlantis (though i’ve heard it’s wonderful and yes, underrated) but i did know if Kida so there’s really no excuse for not including her in the caption. i’m going to add her now! thanks for pointing this out as well.



why Tinkerbell is in the Cinderella photo:

our Tinkerbell model wanted to troll the whole photoshoot so we just added her in there for fun :)

 

thank you all for the love this shoot has gotten, it means a lot to me & Donnie! we welcome all feedback, whether they are compliments or constructive criticism :)

please also keep an eye out for another statement we’re going to release regarding an issue that’s been brought to our attention regarding how these photos are being read.

hint: the question is along the lines of “but aren’t we ALL human?” :|


littlefoots:

susurrations:

knphoto:

ASIAN AMERICAN DISNEY PRINCESSES:
by Kim (annakimskywalker) & Donnie (donniekompany)
11x17 inkjet prints


Most of us grew up watching Disney classics featuring the beautiful Disney princesses we all know and love. Disney was and continues to be a staple in the lives of many children. However, despite how much we admired these princesses, it was difficult relating to them because they didn’t physically represent us. Take a look at any Disney princess product and you will see the preference towards the White princesses, white washing of princesses of color (skin color, facial features, etc), and the shoving of these princesses to the side.

In the 76 years since Snow White was released, there have been 11 (soon to be 12) Disney princesses, only 4 of whom are women of color (Jasmine in 1992, Pocahontas in 1995, Mulan in 1998, and Tiana in 2009). It took 55 yearsto portray a woman of color as a princess, and these portrayals also came with problematic and inaccurate representations of their respective cultures & histories (not to mention Tiana was a frog more than half of the movie).

How are young APIA children supposed to believe in “happy endings” when we don’t see them happening to people who look like us?

All of the above was the inspiration behind this photoshoot. We believe physically showing some of our favorite princesses as Asian American women will allow us to build more of a connection with the princesses who weren’t women of color, but who still possess qualities we admire and/or see in ourselves.

**These are just 5 of the 15 we recently showed at our university’s Asian American Studies Expo.

Andrea as Sleeping Beauty
Henna as Belle
Cat as Cinderella
Young as Snow White
Jenny as Tinkerbell

Photography/lighting: Kim
Hair/makeup/wardrobe: Donnie
Editing: Kim & Rachelle

These are lovely! I would have liked to see more dark-skinned princesses, though.

Wait, why is tinkerbell with cinderalla?? :’D

Fantastic nonetheless… But I would have liked to see some dark-skinned princesses, too.

one of the artists here! thank you both for bringing this up!

i think i can speak for both myself and my partner when i say that we agree with you. we tried our best to have a variety of Asian American women because we didn’t want to limit our models to one specific type because it wouldn’t be an accurate representation of the Asian American population. unfortunately, 3 of our models (who would have been Ariel, Rapunzel, & Merida) had to pull out of the shoot due to scheduling conflicts on the 2 days we could shoot, and 2 of those models are dark skinned Asian American women. i’m happy with how this shoot came out but i do agree that there should have been more dark skinned princesses as well. just having one definitely is NOT enough, and this is something we’ll fix for future shoots. or we could even keep adding on to this one!

also our tinkerbell model wanted to troll the whole photoshoot so we just added her in there for fun :)

(via thepsychoticfuckingbiotic)


knphoto:

ASIAN AMERICAN DISNEY PRINCESSES:
by Kim (annakimskywalker) & Donnie (donniekompany)
11x17 inkjet prints


Most of us grew up watching Disney classics featuring the beautiful Disney princesses we all know and love. Disney was and continues to be a staple in the lives of many children. However, despite how much we admired these princesses, it was difficult relating to them because they didn’t physically represent us. Take a look at any Disney princess product and you will see the preference towards the White princesses, white washing of princesses of color (skin color, facial features, etc), and the shoving of these princesses to the side.

In the 76 years since Snow White was released, there have been 11 (soon to be 12) Disney princesses, only 4 of whom are women of color (Jasmine in 1992, Pocahontas in 1995, Mulan in 1998, and Tiana in 2009). It took 55 yearsto portray a woman of color as a princess, and these portrayals also came with problematic and inaccurate representations of their respective cultures & histories (not to mention Tiana was a frog more than half of the movie).

How are young APIA children supposed to believe in “happy endings” when we don’t see them happening to people who look like us?

All of the above was the inspiration behind this photoshoot. We believe physically showing some of our favorite princesses as Asian American women will allow us to build more of a connection with the princesses who weren’t women of color, but who still possess qualities we admire and/or see in ourselves.

**These are just 5 of the 15 we recently showed at our university’s Asian American Studies Expo.

Andrea as Sleeping Beauty
Henna as Belle
Cat as Cinderella
Young as Snow White
Jenny as Tinkerbell

Photography/lighting: Kim
Hair/makeup/wardrobe: Donnie
Editing: Kim & Rachelle


preview of mine & Donnie’s Asian American Studies expo project, race bending some Disney princesses! here’s Young as Snow White, and we did Belle today and have a few more for tomorrow :3

preview of mine & Donnie’s Asian American Studies expo project, race bending some Disney princesses! here’s Young as Snow White, and we did Belle today and have a few more for tomorrow :3


last one and then i’m done, i promise

i’m sick of the kumbaya bullshit 

i get that answering hate with hate is probably bad

and i get that shit like this should definitely lead to greater discussions about WHY shit like this still continues to happen and what we can do to change it

BUT i think it’s also important to consider how far just asking someone to think about what they’ve done will get

that’s a slap on the wrist for doing something so hateful towards a group of people and that’s just not right

people need a wake up call and if you’re big enough to post a video mocking a whole race with age old stereotypes, be big enough to deal with it when those you mocked come back at you. don’t be surprised when they don’t take it lying down and refuse to be polite to someone who so openly made fun of them and continues to defend it as comedy

i’m also sick of these asians/asian americans making their way into these conversations with “LOL I THINK HE’S HILARIOUS Y’ALL ARE TOO SENSITIVE” no you are not a ~special snowflake~ bc you find him funny, you are derailing the conversation. if you’re not hurt by it, that’s fine.  whatever, that’s all you but don’t go ahead and try to invalidate the people who ARE hurt by it.


videos like this make me consider seeing a therapist to find productive ways to channel my anger/emotional problems


womenwhokickass:

(#33 Burma) Aung San Suu Kyi, why she kicks ass:
She is a Burmese politician who has campaigned non-violently to resist one strongly brutal dictatorship.
She’s currently the Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy in Burma.
She was a political prisoner and had to endure house arrest for fifteen years. She was offered freedom if she left the country, but she refused.
Once she was released from house arrest, she started making plans to free “the faces the regime wants you to forget”, meaning the remaining 2,100 political prisoners in Burma.
She has fought for democracy and the right of people to govern themselves.
She has received numerous awards for her work, including: the Rafto Prize in 1990, the Sahkharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, the  Jawaharla Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1992, the International Simón Bolivar prize was awarded to her in 1992 by the Venezuelan government. In addition, Canada made her an honorary citizen of that country in 2007. In 2011 she was awarded the Wallenberg Medal, and on 2012, she was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
She also has worked with the United Nations in the struggle to free the Burmese people.
She fights for the freedom of women whom under the Burmese government have been brutalized, have suffered from extreme poverty, and have been raped as a weapon of war.

womenwhokickass:

(#33 Burma) Aung San Suu Kyi, why she kicks ass:

  • She is a Burmese politician who has campaigned non-violently to resist one strongly brutal dictatorship.
  • She’s currently the Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy in Burma.
  • She was a political prisoner and had to endure house arrest for fifteen years. She was offered freedom if she left the country, but she refused.
  • Once she was released from house arrest, she started making plans to free “the faces the regime wants you to forget”, meaning the remaining 2,100 political prisoners in Burma.
  • She has fought for democracy and the right of people to govern themselves.
  • She has received numerous awards for her work, including: the Rafto Prize in 1990, the Sahkharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990, the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, the  Jawaharla Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1992, the International Simón Bolivar prize was awarded to her in 1992 by the Venezuelan government. In addition, Canada made her an honorary citizen of that country in 2007. In 2011 she was awarded the Wallenberg Medal, and on 2012, she was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal, which is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
  • She also has worked with the United Nations in the struggle to free the Burmese people.
  • She fights for the freedom of women whom under the Burmese government have been brutalized, have suffered from extreme poverty, and have been raped as a weapon of war.

(via sarah-laughs)


This is just a personal observation but for some fucked up reason, Asian countries sure love blackface.

sara-huynh:

ashcan2:

sara-huynh:

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But Asians are doing it for different reasons than whites, whites created black face out of hate and to inflict PAIN onto Black Americans, as whites created yellow face to insult Asians, both are examples of hate. Are Asians doing it for that reason?

Yeah Asians are doing blackface because they think it’s funny. We should totes let them off the hook for doing something extremely hateful, ignorant and anti-Black because intent is everything to you apologists.

If you don’t see why blackface is problematic regardless of who does it, you need to fuck off right now.

there’s no way any of the fuckery above ISN’T racist. Black face, yellow face, etc. were all obviously made by White people out of hatred for PoC, but is it somehow not hateful when Asians do it just because we’re PoC too? nope. Blackface is racist and disgusting, no matter what. the people in the images above should be ashamed of themselves. shit, i’m ashamed for them.

(via sarah-laughs)


it’s 75 degrees outside in late october which is really weird but kind of nice i guess but i can’t wear shorts because since it’s officially fall i’ve grown too lazy to shave my legs
happy days!

it’s 75 degrees outside in late october which is really weird but kind of nice i guess but i can’t wear shorts because since it’s officially fall i’ve grown too lazy to shave my legs

happy days!