Why are there so many Asian female comedians?
As Asian women make their way into the comedy world, there are already some very talented female comics.
But as Asian women continue to make their voices heard in the industry, they face an uphill battle.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has recently launched a “feminism of the comedy” initiative, and is encouraging Asian women to contribute to its online comedy platform.
As one Asian woman who has recently entered the industry put it, “I feel like I have to be brave and open and say something that might be politically incorrect and might be controversial or controversial to be heard, because there are no other Asian women in comedy.”
As a result, Asian female comics face a unique challenge in the comedy industry.
They’re not only expected to be outspoken about their political views, but to also take a risk.
Asian women who have come out as Asian in the past have faced the same issues, and have had to adapt their comedy styles.
“We’ve been taught that we’re supposed to be funny as long as we’re not making a big deal out of it, that we need to be careful with our language,” says Emily Kato, an Asian woman from Singapore who has been in the professional comedy business for more than 15 years.
“I was born in the US and I think that’s the biggest barrier for me to get into comedy.
I was told that I needed to be respectful of people’s lives and that was the biggest hurdle I’ve had.”
Asian women are often seen as the “daughters of America” The stereotype of Asian women as the daughters of America and Europe has been one of the main obstacles to entry into the industry.
As a generation of Asian American women who came of age in the 1990s and early 2000s, Asian women have been stereotyped as “dolls” and “sassy” in a country where they were often stereotyped for their “glamour” and their “doll-like” looks.
“It’s something that we’ve been told that we should be very proud of our Asian heritage and our cultural heritage, and I just feel like that’s been the biggest thing,” says Kato.
Asian-American women who were born in this era have often faced backlash from their parents, particularly the parents of American immigrants who felt that Asian-Americans were “over there” and were “too smart”.
“I remember my mom getting really angry when she found out that I was Asian- American, and then I remember when I started school, when she saw that I looked like a girl,” says Kim Shing.
“She told me to change my name and stop acting like a boy.”
Asian-Asian women have also faced discrimination from the media and from the public in the form of negative reviews of their work and negative stereotypes about Asian-America.
“The only thing I have that Asian Americans have is a certain amount of cultural awareness,” says Shing, who currently lives in Singapore.
“But that’s also the reason why Asian- Americans are constantly told to be sensitive to what’s going on around them.
If we’re being discriminated against because we’re Asian- or Asian-ethnic, then we’re going to get it and we’re gonna suffer because of it.”
Asian male comedians are more accepting of Asian-asian women’s struggles In a survey conducted by Asian Americans in Australia in 2012, only 13 percent of Asian men said that they believed Asian women were not as intelligent as Asian men, while 50 percent said that Asian women had the same intelligence as American men.
The majority of Asian male comic comedians said that “the best Asian comedians” were Asian-Asians, according to a 2014 study by the University of Southern California.
The study also found that Asian American men felt that they “earned” Asian-women’s jokes because they had “great comedic chops”, and that Asian men “earned the respect” of Asian female comedy fans.
In 2015, Asian American comedian Kevin Krieger, who has previously said that he’s not interested in becoming a comic, released a short film called “Why I’m Not a Comedian.”
It’s a short video in which he explains his “problematic” views and why he thinks he is the “best Asian comedian.”
In the video, Kriege tells a story about how he first encountered Asian-woman comedians when he was 12 years old.
“When I was 12, I went to a show and a comedian I knew came up and said, ‘Yo, I’m going to introduce you to Asian women,'” he said.
“And he said, You’re a funny Asian-man, but you’re not funny as an Asian man.
And I said, Yeah, I know, I’ll take that.”
In response, Krikiege told a local news outlet that Asian male comedian Kevin Tae was “very friendly and kind, and he was always talking to me about how I should be a better Asian comedian.