“Asians in the Library” (2011) is a YouTube video, a three-minute racist rant against Asians made by Alexandra Wallace (pictured), a White American student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It came right after a tsunami had killed 10,000 people in Japan. Three years later it is still the top suggested completion for “Asians” on Google.
In the video she informs us that there are “hordes of Asian people” that UCLA accepts into “our” school. Which, she said, was “fine” but they should learn “American manners”.
In commenting on their lack of manners, she observes:
their moms and their brothers and their sisters and their grandmas and their grandpas and their cousins and everybody that they know that they’ve brought along from Asia with them – comes here [to her apartment complex] on the weekends to do their laundry, buy their groceries and cook their food for the week.
Like that was a bad thing. She claims, “They don’t teach their kids to fend for themselves.”
At the library:
I’ll be in like deep into my studying, into my political science theories and arguments and all that stuff, getting it all down, like typing away furiously, blah blah, blah, and then all of a sudden when I’m about to like reach an epiphany… Over here from somewhere, “Ooooh Ching Chong Ling Long Ting Tong, Ooohhhhh.” …
I swear they’re going through their whole families, just checking on everybody from the tsunami thing. I mean I know, okay, that sounds horrible like I feel bad for all the people affected by the tsunami, but if you’re gonna go call your address book like you might as well go outside …
American manners: She completely destroyed any claim to having manners herself by her racist “ching-chong” stereotype and her heartlessness about “the tsunami thing”, wrapping it all in a racist rant for the whole world to see.
She does not seem to know the difference between China and Japan or that most Asians at UCLA, at least two-thirds, are Americans. Just. Like. Her.
She talks as if America is only for White people – everyone else is a guest or something. Thus the “our”, the big deal about “manners” and her dichotomy between “American” and “Asian”.
The video inspired:
- at least three songs,
- loads of parody videos,
- stereotypes of her as a dumb blonde slut. (The “blonde” and “dumb” parts are clear from the video, but not the “slut” part.),
- several death threats (she made no threats in the video).
The Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA called the video “hate speech”.
The university chancellor called it “thoughtless and hurtful” – and condemned some of the reaction as “uncivil discourse”. Instead of punishing her he defended her right to free speech.
Wallace, after insulting Asians at UCLA and making Whites look bad, became a social outcast at the university. She left UCLA: the death threats made it unsafe for her to remain.
- YouTube: the video, best song, best parody (in my opinion)
- “ching chong”
- The perpetual foreigner stereotype
- white privilege mindset
- more racist videos:
- “Too Asian”
- “America” / “Asian”