So I was looking on the internet a couple of days ago and I ran across this comic.
I thought it was kind of interesting and so I tried to find out if it had a website, and just my luck it did! (www.safcomic.com) I began looking around the website and reading the comics and started to think about what they were really saying. One of the things that bothered me the most was that the author of Single Asian Female is not a female but rather a man. The website claims that the purpose of the comic strip is to “facilitate discussion and raise awareness about historical and contemporary issues in the Asian American community.” However, I can’t really understand how a man can really properly express the feelings of his female counterparts. The author on the other hand justifies what he does by saying he runs all of his strips by an advisory panel of 10 Asian American women and men from all different backgrounds before publishing them. I thought this statement was interesting seeing as how the author is trying to push awareness about Asian American women, but at the same time he is falling back on a somewhat racially ignorant statement. Kind of like when people cite their “colored” friends in an attempt to fight charges of racism, he is citing the Asian females as a way of showing that his comic is really o.k. After looking at a bunch of the comics on the page I found myself to be kind of stuck in the middle and not knowing what to think. Is the author really doing a good job facilitating discussion about issues regarding Asian American women or is he doing something else? All of the press on the website for the comic is positive(why would they put up anything else) but while searching the internet I found quite a few Asian American women who seemed to be upset by it. I am not really sure what I think about it as of yet and I invite you all to take a look at the comics on the website and tell me what you think.