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There’s a woman I read about recently who seemed to be representative of many of the ideas outlined in Weiser’s piece in a rather haunting way. Lovey Banh, who you can read about here, is someone who created an entirely fake internet persona in an attempt to solicit donations because she was in legal trouble. She kept her internet persona (Lovey Banh the kooky Amazon author) entirely separate from her real-life persona (Vivian Tu Banh, who was unfairly arrested and put on a bail she could not afford). It was only through the internet sleuthing of the person who wrote the above piece I linked to that the connections arose

In the beginning of her paper, Weiser brings up Tila Tequila, another female media personality who also happens to be Vietnamese, though Weiser fails to observe the impact of race. Tequila’s media presence is inseparable from her identity as an Asian woman; whether or not she herself uses her race in her self-brand, the way that the general public consumes her is heavily racialized — media outlets tend to qualify her descriptions as an “Asian reality star,” rather than simply a “reality star.”

Banh, on the other hand, chooses to emphasize her race in her self-brand — her rhetoric is laced with descriptions of herself as a “sexy, submissive Chinese woman.” By describing herself in terms associated with racist stereotypes of Asian women, Banh attempts to use the Western sexualization of Asian women to her advantage, branding her Asian female body through her photos and language in an effort to draw attention to herself.

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