Last Sunday, Katy Perry was really, really Orientalist. Although the whole set was horrific, every rain-cloud has a silver lining. In this case, Katy Perry’s incredibly racist four-minutes of glory at the AMA Awards sparked some truly phenomenal critical writing from the Asian American blogosphere and social justice organizations.
Here is a round-up, in no particular order. Please leave a comment to add anything I missed!
- Geisha A-Go-Go: Katy Perry’s AMAs Performance Stirs Debate by Jeff Yang, Tao Jones columnist, Wall Street Journal
- The Uninspired Orientalism of Katy Perry by Jenn, Reappropriate
- Katy Perry and Her Fauxrientalism*: Yes, Her AMA Performance was Racist by Phuong Nguyen, Schema Magazine
- Katy Perry’s faux-Japanese American Music Awards performance was terrible by Gil Asakawa, Nikkei View
- Katy Perry gets her geisha on at the American Music Awards by Phil Yu, Angry Asian Man
- Yes, Katy Perry’s Performance Was Racist, Here’s Why by Ravi Chandra, Psychology Today
- Katy Perry: Apologize For Your AMA Performance (petition) by 18MillionRising
- JACL Statement on Katy Perry Performance by JACL
- Asian Cultural Sensitivity 101: Why is Katy Perry’s “Geisha” performance considered racist? by lilandra, FreeThoughtsBlog
- Mixed Reactions to Katy Perry’s “Geisha” Act by Rafu Shimpo