Let's take a little quiz. The winner will get a prize. I'll have to think of one.
Premise: It is 1971. You are a little girl growing up in the United States. Your heritage is East Asian. Which of these prominent East Asian female role model will you choose to emulate?
A. Nancy Kwan, above left, playing a hussy. I'll give you a hint here. Watch this clip - if you know me at all, you'll know this is just the kind of role model I was looking for.
B. A Housekeeper - notthattheresanythingwrongwiththat. (Do you think Mr. Eddie's Father will propose to Mrs. Livingston like The Nanny? Oh. Was that still illegal back then?)
C. A Laundress, above right, pigtails required.
D. Woman at the Well (picture above left.) Scrubs stinky American GI's backs. Then lays on back.
E. Same as D above, picture above right. What? you ask? But, but that good, strong American GI will rescue her! But she is shunned. How do you know that? Was that in the episode? Well, no. You see, that grubby little boy is hers. But she's wearing long braids. Which means she's not married. Which means that's a bastard boy. Which means he's persona-non-grata. And she's shunned. Which means she'll have to earn a living laying on her back. See D, above.
or. . . . . . . . . . . the final choice:
6. Connie Chung, newscaster, journalist.
Then along comes Connie (Connie, Connie)
And does she want to set them free
and let them see reality . . .
dumdee dumdee dumda da . . . if I only had a brain...
The correct answer will be in the next post in this series.