Saturday, March 15, 2014

Some Things Never Change? Multi/Asian Women & the New Millennium

Hawaiian Types (1945)
book of photography by Henry Inn, image from ebay

"Certain it is that Hawaii of 1944 offers America's most impressive large scale demonstration of racial democracy at work."

France Nguyen Vannga, multiracial Asian actress (1958)  
South Pacific movie poster, Thailand release, image from ebay
"Bali Ha'i will whisper
On the wind of the sea:
'Here am I, your special island
Come to me, come to me'"

Hawaii Now (circa 1960s)
United Airlines Hawaii travel poster, image from Ripley Auctions

Nancy Kwan, multiracial Asian actress (1961)  
Flower Drum Song movie poster, Belgium release, image from LA times
"When I hear the compliment'ry whistle
That greets my bikini by the sea,
I turn and I glower and I bristle,
But I'm happy to know the whistle's meant for me!"

Meet the Golden People of Hawaii (circa 1970s)
Matson Line Hawaii cruise poster, image from Pinterest hawaii's

New Millennium

Kelly Hu, multiracial Asian actress (2002)  
The Scorpion King [film] promotional shot, image from

Devon Aoki, multiracial Asian model (2009)  
The Boop Troop by Ellen Von UnWorth, image from La Vie en Pose

Right There (2011)
Nicole Scherzinger dancing hula-fusion in Right There [music video] image from Wikipedia

"Me like the way that you hold my body
Me like the way that you touch my body
Me like the way that you kiss my...
Me like the way that he put it on me
Me like the way that he push up on me
Me like the way that he goin' down..."

What's Your Mix? (2012)
Bay Clothing ads feature multi/Asian women in mathematical equations, image from Bila Kapamilya
"Call it biased, but the mixing and matching of different nationalities with Filipino blood is almost a sure formula for someone beautiful and world class."

Jessica Gomes, multiracial Asian model (2013)
 Sports Illustrated swimsuit spread, image from (Re)Mixed

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