So I've been in this TV watching, Sci-Fi, pop culture groove. Clearly, since that's all I've posted about the last 2 months. I've been thinking about the shows in terms of gender and race, and have started reading Racialicious, which is about the race and pop culture.
The new TV season starts this week and I've been thinking about what to watch. One think that's really bothered me about Buffy and Firefly is how absent Asian Americans are, despite being set in southern California and a future where China and American cultures meld.
So on one hand, I feel like boycotting shows set in major cities or on the West Coast that don't have at least one major character who is Asian American. However, that would preclude "V" "Burn Notice" "Leverage" and "Project Runway" from my list, shows I really enjoy. Shows that do make the list are "Dollhouse" "Heroes" "Chuck" "Stargate Universe" and "FlashForward." Hm. That's a really short list.
The flip side would be to watch shows that do cast Asian Americans as major characters. However that would include "Eastwick" which I'm not really interested in watching, and now's a bit late to join the "Lost" bandwagon. Plus I've heard "FlashForward" is the next "Lost."
So what's the answer? I'm hoping that as the season progresses, the shows without Asian Americans add them later.
How's that for a compromise? And I'll keep reading Racialicious. Because sometimes a cigar is not just a cigar, and sometimes it is.