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12 August 2007 @ 09:01 pm
In honor of IBARW  
Inspired by kali921 International Picspam of Hotness, and others I ran across recently as part of the International Blog Against Racism Week, I thought I'd share some pics.

Now, I'm a white girl, who grew up in a rather ethnically mixed area of the Southwest with a particularly high concentration of Latinos and Native Americans. So I was always familiar with races outside of my own, and then in high school I went on a six-week tour of Asia which changed my life, opened my eyes, and just generally blew me away. So I suppose it shouldn't be all that surprising that I married an Asian.

And yet, the path to why and how I married him is easier to explain than that. You see, it all started with Dustin Nguyen.

Most people remember '21 Jump Street' as the show that made Johnny Depp a teen beat idol. (And the show that got Peter DeLuise into show business on his own, becoming eventually one of my favorite producers on 'Stargate SG-1. But I digress).

I thought Dustin Nguyen was the hottest dude in the cast.

Am I wrong? No, I think not.

Or this is probably a better example...

Sadly his wife was paralyzed in a car accident so we have fewer images of his hotness in recent years because he spends a lot of time as a spokesperson for The Paralysis Center. So, not only hot, but an amazing person. *sigh*

And then, not long after that, there was this show called 'Vanishing Son' about this guy who played violin and did martial arts. I'm pretty sure there was something about vengeance and justice and righting wrongs and things like that. I don't really remember, because I was too busy watching the hot guy in it. He remains, to this day, one of my main crushes.

Isn't Russell Wong just awesomely thudable?


Or there's this one, because he is, after all, big into the whole martial arts thing...

His biggest fansite (that I can find, being incapable of even googling anything in Chinese) is... in Poland. How's that for international?

hmm, let's see, in rough chronological order to when I fell in lust... oh yes.

Before he went on Lost and inexplicably got even hotter, Daniel Dae Kim was on a short-lived show called 'Crusade', the sequel to B5. I was one of about six people who thought John Matheson was one of the most interesting characters on the show. I still have a very long ship fic for Matheson in my incomplete folder, because I thought it was a tragedy that poor Matheson had no personal life.

Wouldn't you write a thinly disguised self-insert Mary Sue for this?

Somewhere around then I saw "Iron Monkey" and got a new crush.

Donnie Yen. He just moves so...beautifully. *guh*

And here's a small bonus pic of Rick Yune, from "Die Another Day" just because it was in the same folder -- look at those cheekbones and the pouty lips. yum.

Well, I could be here all night, but that's a pretty good taste of my... taste. I hope you enjoyed it and maybe gained an appreciation for Asian male gorgeousness, if you hadn't before!
Current Mood: hothot
Rosierosiethehobbit on August 13th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
I didn't realize you'd spent six weeks in Asia. That certainly will change your perspective on things.

And yes, yummy pictures.
lizardbeth: Wonderinglizardbeth_j on August 13th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, it was a great trip. It was a long time ago now, but we (about twenty of us, all high-schoolers) had a chance to stay with families in Japan, Taiwan, China and South Korea, and visited Hong Kong for a few days too. Nothing like being a teenager, halfway around the world from your own family, but seeing that other families are so much like your own to really appreciate the shared humanity, y'know? Wouldn't have traded the experience for anything.

And they are all just so thudable. I'm not fannish about their work in the same way I am my t.v. boyfriends, but it's a bit more personal somehow, too.
weissmanweissman on August 13th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
Wow six weeks in asia, thats amazing. What countries did you visit while you were there. I think the longest I was in China was 21 days.

lizardbeth: Agathonslizardbeth_j on August 13th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and South Korea. We were in China a total of about nine days, IIRC. And one of those days was spent in the Beijing airport waiting for our flight out - we couldn't fly direct to South Korea, so we had to go through Japan, and our reservations had gotten all screwed up. Looking back, it was likely more worrisome for the adult tour leaders -- I was just bored. But some Chinese kids taught us to play mahjongg while we waited, so we found our fun. My homestay in China was the shortest, only a few days (and it was all a government-sanctioned performance from beginning to end, which made the visit a bit creepy). In Japan, Taiwan, and Korea we had longer stays and the families were great -- I stayed in touch with my Japanese host family for ten years or so afterward.

I'd love to go back, since it's all so different now. But it was certainly quite an experience.
weissmanweissman on August 14th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
I don't think you would recognize china if you went back, just going back once a year or so for the last five I have seen amazing chnages. Just in my wifes hometown of Xiamen alone. In the last five lears Xiamen went from I think around 4 million to 5 million people. I went from being one of the only caucasians you saw to being one of literally dozens you see every day. The number of US compnaies there is amazing.

lizardbeth: Agathonslizardbeth_j on August 14th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
oh I wouldn't recognize much at all, definitely. The Shanghai I remember has more in common with the city of the pre-war years than the city that's there now, just from pics I've seen. A good friend recently went to Taiwan, and of course there's that giant tower in Taipei that wasn't there back then either. Japan's probably changed the least, but when we go (hopefully next year), I'll be in a different part of the country so it'll still be all new.
weissmanweissman on August 14th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
I think you will have a blast when you go back