The artist Tyrus Wong died just over a week ago, at the remarkable age of 106. Remarkable as well was the contribution he made to one of the most beloved films of all time. Tracy Smith learned all about his life story firsthand:
For decades, artist Tyrus Wong and his fantastic kites were a fixture on and above Santa Monica Beach.
And while you might not recognize his name, a certain deer named Bambi has Wong to thank for his exquisite settings in the Walt Disney 1942 film.
“He basically created the look of the film,” said Michael Labrie, director of collections at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. He curated an exhibition of Wong’s work in 2013. “Everything you see on the screen – the other artists were trained to draw like Tyrus for that film.”
Wong was working a tedious, entry-level job at Disney in 1938, when he heard about the studio’s plans to adapt Felix Salten’s book into a movie.
Labrie said Wong spent weekends at home doing hundreds of drawings, “sort of like Chinese scroll paintings.”
Walt Disney himself decided that the look of the film would be based on Wong’s drawings.
Tyrus Wong’s preproduction paintings helped dictate the style of the Walt Disney animated film “Bambi.”
Courtesy of Tyrus Wong Family
The 74-year-old film is beloved by generations, including Los Angeles filmmaker Pamela Tom, says, “Tyrus really contributed to American culture.”
She was watching “Bambi” with her daughter back in 1997, when she happened to catch Tyrus Wong’s name in the credits. “My first thought was, ‘Wait a minute, a Chinese-American working at Disney in the 1930s?’” Tom said. “I just had to find out who he was.”
The Asian American ‘advantage’ that is actually an illusion
For decades, the data on median household incomes have shown the same, persistent racial disparities: Asians beating out whites at the top, while Hispanics and blacks hover near the bottom.
Asian Americans seem to offer proof that minorities can prosper — and even leapfrog whites — if they work hard and jump through the right hoops. For that reason, Asian Americans have often been invoked as a way to excuse the income gaps between whites and blacks or whites and Hispanics.
But why do typical Asian American households outearn typical white households? Like many statistics showing an Asian American advantage, this fact proves illusory upon closer examination. A common explanation is that Asian Americans are better educated. While that’s true, there’s another factor that can completely account for the income gap between Asians and whites.
It has to do with where people reside.
Prices and rents vary wildly in different parts of the country. The cost of living near Jonesboro, Ark., for instance, is about 18 percent below the national average, while the cost of living near San Francisco is about 21 percent above the national average.
White and African Americans are more likely to live in cheaper locales, while Asian and Hispanic Americans are more likely to live in pricier ones. The contrast between whites and Asians is particularly stark. Nearly 1 in 5 white Americans reside in rural counties, where a dollar goes a lot further. But 97 percent of Asian Americans live in or near a major city, where the cost of living is higher.
People often think I am exaggerating when I say whites are a racist and duplicitous bunch of degenerates. Well, wonder no more…
The people we regard as the laziest, rudest, most promiscuous, drunken drug takers are white men in their twenties.
Three of the top six are Chinese, Jewish and black Caribbean
The lousy reputation of young white men is one of the most striking things to emerge from our surveys. When we look at individual characteristics, white men in their 20s have the worst reputation, out of all 48 groups, for drunkenness, sleeping around, hard work and politeness. They also have the joint worst score, with young black Caribbean men, for a belief that they are prone to drug taking.
Attorney: FBI singling out Chinese-Americans with insider-threat program
The FBI has singled out Chinese-Americans as part of a controversial insider-threat reduction program that has sought to flag alleged efforts to manipulate polygraph tests, according to a leading national security defense attorney.
“The government reacts with this sledgehammer instead of laser precision to determine who would be an insider threat which is very difficult to predict,” said Mark Zaid, who has several clients with ongoing disputes involving intelligence agencies including the FBI. “They’re sacrificing tons, dozens and dozens of Americans who’re doing nothing but their jobs, and the FBI is one of the worst to do this.”
Zaid argues the program is flagging potentially innocent people based on a questionable standard.
One of Zaid’s clients – who asked not to be identified for fear of further retaliation – explained how it works. The client said, in their case, an evaluator alleged during a routine polygraph that the FBI employee had used “counter measures” to affect the accuracy of the test.
What is “Western” masculinity? Do you mean Physicality? Honor? Bravery? Chivalry?
My wrath bristles through my helmet, the rain stops as I stand by the rain;
I look up towards the sky and let loose a passionate roar…
Let us ride our chariots through the Helan Pass,
There we shall feast on barbarian flesh and drink the blood of the Xiongnu.
Let us begin anew to recover our old empire before paying tribute to the Emperor.
-General Yue Fei
Over a 20-year period, this super soldier rose to the military rank of Overall Commander of Imperial Forces, while emerging victorious in 126 battles. He earned the respect of those he commanded as he was stern and fair yet caring. He also invented a half-dozen styles of martial arts, wrote sweet poetry about the annihilation of his foes, and honored his parents.
Today, he is revered as a national hero in China, a symbol of patriotic loyalty, honor, intelligence, and courage.
Meanwhile, somewhere in Europe during the same time…
You got brainwashed into thinking desirable masculinity is “Western”. The West loves to racialize anything positive and fool you into believing that they hold some untouchable monopoly. Another example is Western “ingenuity”. Since when is ingenuity Western?. Here’s one final example: Western humanist traditions.
Pursue traditional Asian masculinity [scholar, warrior, gentleman].
ps. These rugged eSports champions and sensitive otakus will never be seriously revered by Asians or anyone on earth.