You know who's #AGoodAsian? Someone who is EXTRA Asian American nerdy then goes on national television to win at Jeopardy, be called a "thug," and has ZERO shame about it. THAT'S #AGoodAsian.
THAT'S WHY WE ARE GONNA LIVE TWEET CURRENT JEOPARDY CHAMP ARTHUR CHU'S RETURN TO THE SHOW TONIGHT 7PM PST.
#ChuOnThis is the hashtag to follow.
We've been afraid to be that guy: the awkward, humorless Asian nerd who doesn't get the girl. That's the stereotype and some of us live it everyday.
But what I LOVE is Jeopardy badass Arthur Chu TOTALLY OWNS how he appears and who he represents and is NOT AT ALL being all quiet and ashamed of it.
- He TWEETS BACK to his critics (@arthur_affect).
- He knows he's gotten some flack because of his "robotic" and aggressive playing style.
- He also recognizes it is racial because "most of America" doesn't feel like they relate to him.
- Ken Jennings, an unorthodox strategy Jeopardy champion himself, has stated that the negative attention Arthur Chu has gotten is indeed racialized. No other champion who played like Arthur in the past has gotten this kind of hate.
And guess what? Arthur is actually creative and funny (he does community theater and took standup comedy classes) AND he "got the girl." (He met his wife while he was a student at Swarthmore College, which is also MY alma mater!)
And that's why we want badass Asian nerdgod, Arthur Chu to win. We shall celebrate every moment of his 15 minutes of fame on Twitter. GO ARTHUR! #CHUONTHIS
For more coverage on Arthur Chu:
From @originalspin Jeff Yang (no relation), Wall Street Journal: Bad Boy of 'Jeopardy,' Arthur Chu, Refuses to Apologize - Should He?
From Marah Eakin, The A.V. Club: Controversial Jeopardy champ Arthur Chu tells his story.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHOULD ARTHUR CHU APOLOGIZE FOR HIS "BAD" BEHAVIOR? COMMENT BELOW AND TWEET WITH US TONIGHT!
TIRED OF BEING A "GOOD ASIAN"? DO YOU SECRETLY WANT TO DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?LET'S REDEFINE "SUCCESS" ONE FAILURE AT A TIME...AND START KICKING ASS.EXPLORE THIS COLLECTION OF BLOGS AND ESSAYS WRITTEN AND CURATED BY WRITER AND STANDUP COMIC JENNY YANG.